Earlier today, a couple of variants of the LG G4, namely Sprint and Verizon, made a pitstop at the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveal that the units carry the model numbers LS991 and VS986, and ship with 32GB of internal storage on board.
Verizon Wireless and Lyft have partnered up in a multi-tiered fashion that will benefit Verizon customers and both Lyft passengers and drivers. What this means for us is we’ll get yet another app preloaded onto our phones carried by Big Red and that starts today followed a discount offered next week.
American prepaid carrier Straight Talk has now made some changes to its Unlimited 4G LTE data plans. The carrier mentions that users will now be able to get 5GB of high speed LTE data, beyond which the speeds will be throttled to 3G or 2G depending on your location. Read more
When Google announced Project Fi, there were some concerns over its compatibility with Google Voice. It was clarified that if you ported your GV number over to Fi, you’d keep all of your texts, call logs, and other Voice settings, but you were going to lose tons of functionality that many users were probably familiar with, especially when it came to Google Talk and Google Voice apps. Read more
Late last year, despite claims that throttling on legacy 4G plans was not automatic, users discovered that AT&T was in fact throttling data speeds whether the network was congested or not. The carrier promised to change the policy sometime during 2015 and it looks like the time may have come based on a change to some information on their web site. Read more
While many of us are waiting to see what Samsung will bring to the table with its upcoming Galaxy Tab S2 range, the British mobile network provider, Vodafone, has unveiled the Tab prime 6 that boasts a 9.6-inch display and 4G connectivity.
Samsung’s Galaxy J1 is a mid-range device, and one that typically doesn’t see its way onto many US carriers. However, it looks like the budget-friendly phone will find a home on Verizon’s network at some point this year. Interestingly, the normally 3G-only device appears to have 4G connectivity. Of course, you shouldn’t expect Verizon to launch any phones in 2015 without their signature 4G LTE branding, but it’s worth noting that this model will be slightly different than what Samsung has previously released. Read more
Motorola has released some support documents that seem to indicate that both the older and newer versions of the Moto X should be seeing the Android 5.1 update pretty soon. The original Moto X is currently on Android 4.4, so this update should leapfrog Google’s initial Lollipop update.
The documents show feature changes for the Moto X 2nd Gen, and the T-Mobile version of the same device. Another document does specifically mention the 1st generation device, and it obviously is seeing the bigger jump since it’s coming from KitKat. Read more
The final quarter of 2014 was not pretty for Sprint as the carrier saw a drop in money and customers, two areas that are clearly not favorable for investors. Amid fierce competition with T-Mobile for placement as the third largest carrier in the United States, Sprint reported losing 201,000 postpaid customers; however, prepaid customers increased by 546,000. Despite generating $8.3 billion in the quarter, the carrier had a net loss of $224 million.
It looks like Marcelo Claure and his fellow Sprint executives are heading back to the drawing board.
One thing you can always count on with T-Mobile and it’s abrasive CEO, John Legere, is that a marketing campaign will have oodles of zing and lots of finger-pointing. Nowhere is it more evident than the latest offer that gives current Verizon customers the chance to try out T-Mobile’s network for up to 14 days without any charges. The offer is called Never Settle Trial and if customers like what they have tried out, T-Mobile will cover Verizon’s ETF (Early-Termination-Fees). Read more