By now, it is almost a given that you have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS. All across social media, people have been getting a bucket of ice water dumped on them and challenge others to do the same. This week, it has spread to the technology industry. And it should not be a surprise that one of the first to do so from the mobile industry is John Legere. The CEO of T-Mobile gets about six buckets of ice water dumped on him.
So who did Legere challenge? His good friends Lowell McAdam, Randall Stephenson, and Marcelo Claure. Oh wait, those are not John Legere’s good friends. Those are the CEOs of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, respectively. Gentlemen, you have twenty four hours to accept the challenge. John Legere will be sure to make it known on Twitter if you decline.
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Data throttling has been a topic lately, and it looks like T-Mobile isn’t excluded. According to an internal memo, the carrier is planning on throttling the data speeds of a specific set of users on its network. Fortunately, they aren’t taking Verizon’s approach to try and force people off of older plans, but depending on what you do with your phone, you might be affected.
T-Mobile is planning on going after users that either engage in high data usage activities, like p2p file sharing, or tethering outside of the terms and conditions of their service. So if you’re downloading movie torrents on T-Mobile’s LTE network or tethering your phone without paying for the hotspot features on your plan, you can expect to start seeing some slower data speeds. The throttling is only going to affect customers on the $70 unlimited or $80 Simple Choice plans, since the newer plans already have throttling caps in place anyway.
Just because T-Mobile claimed the top spot in the prepaid market doesn’t mean they’re going to back off on their competitive pricing. The carrier’s newly announced Pay As You Go plans offer extremely low, flat-rate costs for customers that are both extremely cheap and simple to keep up with.
Sprint has announced that they will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 on August 15th. Buyers can grab the 7-inch tablet for no money down if they sign up for a two year data plan and make 24 monthly payments of $12.50. To help sweeten the deal, Sprint is offering a $10 monthly credit for 24 months on qualifying data plans. Sprint indicates their version of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is not only compatible with their 4G LTE network, it can handle the faster speeds of their new Sprint Spark network as well. This is the first tablet device in their portfolio that will work with Sprint Spark. Sprint will offer the device in both black and white.
Until now, Verizon users that had a line that was grandfathered into an unlimited data plan could upgrade a line for a feature phone to a new and discounted smartphone, and then move the phone over to the unlimited line in order to keep the unlimited data package while still keeping the $9.99 per month feature phone line price. Verizon is reportedly on their way to ending this workaround, by requiring its current subscribers who upgrade or activate a new smartphone on a two year contract to keep their selected data package for the length of their contract.
This change has not yet been confirmed by Verizon Wireless, as it is based on rumors sent to Droid-Life, citing unnamed sources — and _DroidForums.net, but would make sense.
The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
We already knew that HTC was working on the “ultimate selfie phone,” because it has entered the testing phases at AT&T.
But now according to a tweet from @upleaks, the device will also be headed to Verizon, T-Mobile US and Sprint.
We could also see the device going to carriers in both Europe and Asia as well. It’s a given that the phone will offer a better selfie experience than both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Desire 816, but we’re not sure on any of the specifics. Stay tuned for more on this device, which we’ll surely hear more about in the coming weeks.
When news broke that Verizon would start throttling its unlimited data customers, the FCC came forward in calling out the carrier’s actions and the possible repercussions. Verizon responded by explaining the data throttling it intends on doing. By throttling the data of affected customers, those on tiered data plans are less likely to be harmed by network that is clogged. The carrier also feels that there is such a small amount of customers being affected and that other carriers are already doing the same. Well, the man in charge over at the FCC is still very unhappy.
Consistent with their goal of making things easier for customers, T-Mobile has developed an app that users can run to unlock their devices when their contract is up or to temporarily unlock the device when traveling abroad. The biggest downside at present is that only a few customers can actually use the Device Unlock app – those who have a Samsung Galaxy Avant. Still, it is good to see T-Mobile making this move.
AT&T has officially announced the LG G Vista will be coming to the network on August 22nd, which is not a surprise given the previously leaked manual for the device. AT&T will join Verizon in offering the LG G Vista. The device gains some screen real estate via a 5.7-inch display versus the 5.5-inch display of the LG G3. In gaining that extra size, LG toned down some of the other specs, like a resolution that is only 720p, an 8 MP rear camera, a Snapdragon 400 processor and only 1.5 GB of RAM. Nothing top of the line there, but it should still be a capable smartphone for those looking for a larger device who are not so interested in raw power.
AT&T will offer the LG G Vista for $49.99 on a two-year contract or $14.80 per month on the AT&T Next18 plan. Consumers can also buy it straight out for $354.99. AT&T is also offering a special 99 cents deal on the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for anyone buying an LG G Vista.
You can read the full press release after the break.