After trading barbs with the FCC over the summer upon announcing a plan to start throttling some customer’s LTE data speeds, Verizon announced today that the company was not going to proceed with the change to their network optimization policy. The new policy was going to impact users who crossed over into the top 5 percent of data users and were on a legacy unlimited data plan. This would include users on the LTE portion of the network. Users on 3G are already subject to the policy.
To match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free until the end of the month. Sprint and Verizon are taking a similar path.
If you are a Sprint customer on the 32, 40, or 60 GB shared data package, the carrier will give you 60, 80, or 120 GB, respectively. The 32 isn’t quite doubled, but it’s close enough to count. The plans still come with unlimited texting and calling, so if you need a ton of data on an account with multiple lines, it’s a great deal.
Sony has announced that its teamed up with Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile in order to launch its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, in Canada on Friday, October 31.
The handset will be available to purchase from any of the operators bricks-and-mortar stores, as well as their online ones, too. Sony shops will also be stocking the Z3 for purchase on launch day.
Unfortunately, we have no information with regards to pricing as of yet, but we expect to see the device retail for around $700 on a prepaid tariff or south of $200 on any flexible two-year contract.
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Last month, Sony introduced us to its Xperia M2 Aqua — a water and dust-proof version of its older brethren, the Xperia M2. At the time of the announcement, Sony stated that the device would be an ‘Asia exclusive’ and would not be making its way to North America. However, it now looks like that’s all about to change.
Carriers are focused on getting you to drive a connected car. They are striking deals with automakers left and right to maximize the chances that a customer gets a vehicle with a wireless connection built-in. The structure of a network is one of the biggest factors for an automaker when striking a deal.
There are three new versions of the Galaxy Alpha series floating around, but the A5 seems to be the least shy of the bunch. That usually means that it’s close to release, but another clue is the needed FCC approval.
The Galaxy A5 has officially cleared the FCC, but interestingly enough, it’s only sporting the LTE-FDD Band 5. Could this be a US Cellular only phone? There could be other variants as well, but we at least know that US Cellular customers will have a chance to buy the device.
Sprint, the last of the four major US carriers, has just published a pre-order page for Samsung’s flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note 4 — so you can now reserve yourself a unit on either AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint.
AT&T announced today a new plan to double the amount of data available on their Mobile Share Value Plan. Now, instead of getting 15 GB for $130, you can get 30 GB for the same price.
AT&T is currently pushing out a relatively minor over-the-air stability update to all its carrier-branded Galaxy S4 Active smartphones currently located in the United States. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include an updated edition of Google Maps, some security improvements and a handful of ‘system stability developments,’ aimed at enhancing connectivity when using voice calling and SMS.
Verizon is rolling out an update for the DROID DNA device built by HTC that includes a couple security related items. One of the fixes included in the update is a collection of patches addressing OpenSSL security. The other security fix addresses a “device root vulnerability.”
Besides the security issues addressed, Verizon includes improvements to their implementation of Softcard and Miracast functionality. Verizon also threw in some updates for the WiFi connection status indicator and the battery indicator.
If you have a DROID DNA, head over to www.vzw.com/droiddnasupport for more information on downloading and installing the update.