MetroPCS has announced that it will offer an unlimited everything plan for any customer who buys the BlackBerry 8530. The $60 plan also includes messaging, GPS turn-by-turn navigation, MetroPCS's backup service, Metro Banking, directory assistance, and all taxes are included in the price. The 8530 costs $230 if you buy it from MetroPCS, but that's because there's no contract.
When we first heard that AT&T had completed its efforts to upgrade its 3G performance in New York City, our first reaction was, "really?" Excuse us for our skepticism, but we've heard this sort of claim before, and we want to see some proper evidence that this is the case.
For that, we'll need your help. If any of you AT&T subscribers in the NYC area could write in describing where exactly in the city your big problem spots have been, and whether or not your performance has improved, please let us … Read more
I'll admit that I'm a little cranky, but I think I have every right. Almost two months ago, I posted a list of expectations that I had for Sprint's Evo 4G smartphone. At the time, I had just seen the device at CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas and I was duly impressed with its design, features, and zippy 4G speeds. And because I want spiffy phones to sell well I advised Sprint to take care with the Evo's marketing, pricing, and performance and to widen its 4G coverage as quickly as possible.
I wasn't able … Read more
4G is slowly gaining traction--that is if Sprint, Clearwire, and Comcast have their way. The companies have announced that all three will expand their 4G coverage to several more markets this summer. They include Jacksonville and Daytona, Fla; Kansas City, Kan.; Nashville; St. Louis; Salt Lake City; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eugene, Ore.; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, Wash. All three will market their 4G services under their own brands, of course.
If you don't see your city on the list, don't fret--the companies have promised to further their expand 4G coverage … Read more
Boost Mobile is sweetening its $50 monthly unlimited deal--which includes voice, messaging, and Web--with a very nice bonus. Boost Mobile customers can now make free, unlimited 411 calls. This bonus is for both the $50 unlimited customers as well as those who are on the $60 a month BlackBerry unlimited plan. Boost Mobile also announced unlimited e-mail and instant messaging in addition to the 411 service.
Boost also announced that it will be offering a version of Sprint's Samsung Rant on May 19. The sliding messaging phone will be the first of its kind on the prepaid carrier. The … Read more
It's been a busy week, thanks to Apple and Microsoft. First, we raced down to Cupertino, Calif., to watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs preview iPhone OS 4, and then we zipped back up to San Francisco to catch Microsoft as it took the wraps off Project Pink and unveiled the Kin One and Kin Two. Of course, after all that, we had more questions than answers, so we try to tackle some of those issues in this week's episode of Dialed In. Plus, we take a look at the latest rumors and reviews and give Kent a warm … Read more
Even though Sprint was one the first carriers in the country to offer a femtocell solution to its customers, its Airave device was not able to support 3G service. So while your voice calls would improve, your data signal would be the same as before. (The Airave does provide coverage for the 1x network, however.)
Now it seems that Sprint will finally be adding 3G/EV-DO support to a new generation of Airave femtocells, including a port for landline VoIP, if these FCC documents are to be believed. Word is that Verizon is also getting in the game by releasing … Read more
MetroPCS announced Tuesday a new feature that will deliver text messages of your voice mail messages straight to your cell phone. When a caller leaves a voice mail, the message will be converted to text format and sent to your messaging in-box. Users still can access the audio version of the message in the normal manner, but they'll also get the voice file as an attachment with the text message. MetroPCS is the first national carrier to offer the service, which costs $3 per month.
It's a very special day at Dialed In. For a limited-time engagement, our very own Bonnie Cha graces us with her presence on her way back to New York City from CTIA. Bonnie had a little business on the left coast, which included a visit to her old stomping grounds at the San Francisco office. She's even back in her old cubicle so it's like she never left.
But as exciting as her visit is, today's show is all about CTIA. We saw a lot happen last week in Vegas, from America's first commercially available (… Read more
Sprint is really pulling out all the stops lately to differentiate itself from the rest of the big nationwide carriers. Its latest attempt is to offer a decidedly fantastic money back guarantee. Starting April 1, 2010, Sprint will give new customers 30 days to try out Sprint service, and if they are not completely satisfied, Sprint will give them a refund for absolutely everything--the device purchase, the activation fee, the service plan charges, all taxes and surcharges--and the company will waive the early termination and restocking fees, too. AT&T and Verizon have 30-day policies as well, but they … Read more