Earlier this week, Verizon hosted a media event at its Innovation Center in San Francisco to highlight some of its recent business ventures and tech projects. There were glass-paneled tables, a huge interactive mural, and a handful of promo videos explaining how the Center partners up with other companies, big and small, to solve problems in health care, environmental, and consumer industries using technology. Oh, and there was hummus. It was nice.
T-Mobile now has a nationwide LTE network of its own.
The carrier said Wednesday that its LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in 233 metropolitan areas, exceeding its year-end target a few months early.
T-Mobile is in a neck-and-neck race with Sprint over their respective LTE coverage, with Verizon Wireless and AT&T still well ahead. But T-Mobile has been quick to address the major cities and covers 91 of the top 100 markets, something Sprint has struggled with.
With more people using their smartphones to stream video, browse the Internet, or upload photos to their … Read more
If you're a frequent international traveler, you're going to want to pay attention to Uncarrier 3.0.
T-Mobile's latest shake-up puts international roaming rates in its sights, with the carrier eliminating fees for data and text messages entirely in more than 100 countries. It will also simplify the calling rates, charging a fixed rate of 20 cents per minute.
New and existing T-Mobile customers who are on a post-paid plan are eligible for the new international plan, which kicks off on October 31. The company also introduced a $10 Stateside International Talk and Text plan for US … Read more
AT&T subscribers who own the HTC One should keep an eye out for Android 4.3.
On Tuesday, AT&T confirmed that it has officially started pushing the latest flavor of Jelly Bean to HTC's flagship phone. HTC One owners should see a notification that the update is available for download. Users can also manually check for the update by tapping the setting for AT&T Software Update and then choosing the option to Tap Check for Updates. After the update has installed, the phone will automatically restart.
T-Mobile is getting ready to irk the other wireless carriers again.
The wireless carrier is planning another event on October 9 in New York's Bryant Park to announce "Uncarrier 3.0," or the next part of the company's plan to shake up the wireless industry.
The impact of the first two parts are still being felt. T-Mobile led off by eliminating contracts and moving to a model where customers pay for their own phones in exchange for lower monthly rates. Then T-Mobile offered an early upgrade program called "Jump," which enabled customers to swap … Read more
Over two million subscribers tune into Cricket Wireless' unlimited Muve Music download service, the company said Thursday, claiming that this makes Muve the country's most popular on-demand subscription service.
Muve (pronounced "move"), which is automatically bundled into the carrier's rate plan for Android phones, lets customers download as many songs and ringtones as they can store, provided they keep paying their monthly phone bill.
In addition to doubling its user base from 1.1 million at the end of 2012, Cricket also says active listeners play music longer than they did last year, to the tune … Read more
The carrier just unveiled a new promotion, which offers all three heavy-hitting Android smartphones for no money at time of purchase. Billed as "Zero Dollars Down," this special deal promises that customers will be able to sign up, then walk out of the store holding one of these powerful mobile devices without cracking open their wallets.
Sounds great, but shoppers aren't … Read more
AT&T wants to get a leg up on Google Fiber.
The company said on late Monday that it would launch its "GigaPower" super-fast home Internet service on December 1 in Austin, a city that Google has said it would deploy its own speedy Google Fiber service.
GigaPower would start with speeds of 300 megabit per second, or roughly 40 times the speed of the average U.S. Internet home connection, before upgrading customers to 1 gigabit per second next year. Google also plans to offer its own 1-gigabit connection some time next year.
By moving first … Read more