Today, FreedomPop introduced a new unlimited WiFi plan that activates almost ten million hotspots in the United States. The company is offering unlimited talk, text, and data over WiFi hotspots for $5 per month. FreedomPop wants to step in front of “high priced LTE data plans” by reducing the amount of data used on carriers’ networks.
Good news for Verizon prepaid customers: the company has increased the data allowance on their prepaid plans, so now $45 will net you unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data. The plan previously offered 500 MB, so you’re getting the double the data for the same amount.
Considering you can still grab an extra 500 GB for signing up for auto-pay and you’ll get full access to Verizon’s LTE network, their prepaid network is a great option for someone who’s looking to avoid contracts.
Earlier this month, T-Mobile recapped 2014 and proved to everyone that consumers are very much aware of the carrier’s advantages. T-Mobile does trail behind the other carrier’s in a few areas such as size, but there is one area that no one else can beat. When it comes to attracting new customers and retaining existing ones, T-Mobile is the winner. Research firm Consumer Intelligence Partners (CIRP) discovered that the amount of consumers feeling won over by T-Mobile was much greater than by Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Among the big four carriers, T-Mobile’s percentage of new customers and retained customers was unrivaled.
While T-Mobile and Sprint have been engaged in a heated battle to change the market for cellular service in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon have been slower to adopt any of the changes their smaller rivals are pushing. In particular, Verizon appears to be content for now to rely on a strategy of offering quality for the additional expense and trouble their subscribers deal with to stay with them. To help justify their value, Verizon is back with a new video this month, following up a video released in December showing the Verizon device testing lab at work, that shows a little bit about how they test the connectivity of their devices.
Marriott’s efforts to block its customers’ personal WiFi hotspots have ended, according to a statement from the company.
Last month, Microsoft and Google expressed concern over the issue, and Marriott is finally backtracking.
In an email to Inc., a Marriott spokesperson said, “Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels,
The FCC had also filed a complaint against Marriott, so that was likely part of the decision to stop using cell jammers as well.
A leaked document from Verizon shows a device codenamed “LG-VK815″ listed next to other Verizon Wireless tablets: LG-VK410 and LGV700.
The 815 seems to be a step up of sorts from the original LG G Pad 8.3′s codename, 810. This could be suggesting the 815 is a new G pad tablet coming from Verizon — of course this is all very speculative, but it’s something to keep an eye out for nonetheless.
Bringing home a new device can be expensive. Whether it is paying the full retail price or even signing a contract, a fair amount of money is required. Fortunately, carriers are starting to do what they can to spread costs for customers. The Sprint Lease program provides customers with a new device without any money being paid upfront. Instead, the lease lasts for twenty-four months and customers have a choice to make at the end of it. They can extend the lease with the current device, purchase the current device outright, sign a new lease with a different device, or walk away from Sprint altogether.
Late last year, the program launched with two Samsung devices. Now, another Samsung device as well as one from LG are joining the Sprint Lease program. Leasing the Galaxy Note 4 will cost $25 per month and the LG G3 has a monthly charge of $15. Two devices with impressive specifications will relatively low monthly payments. Not too bad considering the benefits of the Sprint Lease program.
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Virgin Mobile announced today that they are introducing the first no-contract data sharing plans to the industry. Customers will have a choice of two to four lines to have on their account and will have access to a special data-sharing app that can help with data buy-ups, adding on international service, and monitoring usage. In addition to the normal charges for service, Virgin Mobile is also giving users an option to pay a flat $5 per month fee to avoid having data charges for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pandora, and other social media and music streaming apps, from counting against their data cap.
Earlier today, an unannounced Sony smartphone passed through Japan’s official certification authority — the RRA (Radio Research Agency). Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we could potentially be looking at the upcoming Xperia Z4 — a revamped model of the company’s flagship smartphone of 2014.