You have to hand it to T-Mobile, they have really stirred the mobile carrier pot with their UN-Carrier programs. Verizon has been waiting and watching, but once AT&T jumped into the war, Verizon was forced to do something. That something is “More Everything,” which will give customers more data (or cheaper pricing) and international messaging.
More Everything replaces the Shared Everything plan with lower prices across the board. So you have a choice of either lowering your monthly payment, or staying with the same payment and grabbing more data. In certain situations, you might actually double your data. Plus, they are also finally offering a further discount for those that are in the Edge program. It has been a huge beef for many that Verizon continued to offer the same monthly rates for those that are willing to pay full retail for their phones.
If you own a U.S. Cellular Moto X, than you will be happy to know that the most recent version of KitKat (4.4.2) is being pushed now. The build number is KXA20.16-1.27, and you must be connected to WiFi to pull it. There is no changelog posted, but you can expect the usual bug fixes and tweaks. You can wait for the over-the-air update to automatically hit your phone, or you can head over to Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it.
While the Nexus 7 LTE is coming to Verizon tomorrow, that doesn’t mean other LTE models cannot be used with Big Red’s network. A software update is currently rolling out to Nexus 7 LTE owners that adds “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.” The exact build number for this update is KVT49L. If you are going to purchase the Nexus 7 LTE from Verizon, it will cost $349.99 or $249.99 with a new two-year contract.
Tomorrow, Verizon will be launching what it is deeming a “game changer.” According to various reports, the carrier will unveil its More Everything plans. These plans will allow for customers part of the Edge program to obtain higher data caps at a reduced price. Having 8GB or less will save you $10 and 10GB or more will retain $20. Apparently Verizon’s Share Everything plans will be morphed into More Everything. Also, Big Red is throwing in 25GB of free cloud storage… because, you know, we need another cloud storage service. This is Verizon’s attempt to fight T-Mobile and lower monthly bills.
Stay tuned for when More Everything is officially announced tomorrow.
Owners of the Moto X on Sprint should be on the lookout for the Android 4.4.2 soak test. Some are reporting that the Motorola Feedback Network has contacted them regarding the update and saying there is a “preview software release” incoming. Both T-Mobile and US Cellular owners have already been updated to the latest version of Android, meaning it is only a matter of time before everyone else issues the update.
If you are one of the people taking part in the soak test, let us know about the update in the comments.
In the market for a tablet and not looking to spend a fortune? AT&T has got you covered. From now through March 31, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is free with a new two-year contract. Normally the tablet would cost $299 with a new contract, so you are getting a great deal. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. Inside is 16GB of memory, but Samsung of course offers a microSD card slot to expand that memory. Interested in this deal? Head on over to AT&T’s site through this link.
T-Mobile has approved the latest KitKat update for their version of the Moto X, bringing the device up to Android 4.4.2. It’s an incremental update from 4.4, but it brings a few extra features including better wireless printing options, improved battery life, and a fix for delayed emails.
It makes sense that this model of the Moto X was the first to see this update, as T-Mobile’s variant of the Moto X is just an unlocked Moto X, so it doesn’t have to go through the carrier for any approval. Motorola handles pushing the updates directly to the device. You should begin seeing the update notification on your device soon, but you can manually go into settings and check for the update to speed the process along. » Read the rest
If you were a bit uneasy regarding the HTC M8 being available on your carrier, this may allow you to take a breath. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified an HTC device with the design model number “0P6BXXX, HTC6525LVW.” It is not confirmed that this is the HTC M8; however, it is very likely so. Under the software version number, Verizon is joined by AT&T and T-Mobile as the carriers. Unfortunately, Sprint is nowhere to be found. But, you may recall that @evleaks was tipped that all four of the United States’ big carriers would be getting the HTC M8 by the end of Q1 2014. So if this is indeed the real deal, it looks like everyone will be getting HTC’s upcoming flagship device.
It was back in September that consumers found out that Verizon wouldn’t issue new SIM cards for the Nexus 7 LTE tablet, even though it would work with an existing SIM taken from another device. Verizon’s response was that it wasn’t certified yet even though Google announced the tablet as compatible with the network. Still, Verizon said it would take about 8 weeks to get it certified. Well that was a long 8 weeks because it’s finally going to be available on Big Red this Thursday, February 13.
It will be priced at $349.99, but if you want to sign a two-year contract, you will get a measly $100 off the price bringing it to $249.99. Of course, if you already own the LTE version of the Nexus 7, you will be able to activate it with a new SIM card after a quick software update. Either way, you can add your existing or brand new Nexus 7 LTE to your Share Everything plan for $10 extra per month.
Almost anyone will associate magenta with T-Mobile. The federal court agrees. T-Mobile announced today that a Federal Court in Texas has ordered AT&T and Aio Wireless to stop using the plum color you see in their logo above, as it is ”confusingly similar” to T-Mobile’s own trademark magenta. According to court documents, T-Mobile claims the Plum in question, Pantone 676C, is so similar to its own Pantone Process Magenta that it “dilutes its strength and likely causes confusion among consumers.”
AT&T can no longer use magenta, plum, or any other ”confusingly similar shades” in advertising, marketing and store design.