Relief is on the way for those of you across the pond who enjoy traveling, but loathe roaming prices from mobile carriers. As Europeans already know, mobile networks are allowed to charge whatever fee they want for phone calls, text messages and data when roaming in other countries. So for some individuals, they are greeted with a “shock bill” when returning home from a holiday— a massive cellular bill due to charges that a cell phone user may be unaware of. The European Union has taken note of this and the Parliament has voted to place a cap on all roaming charges for mobile subscribers. The move is meant to reduce the overall cost of using your phone when you’re out of your home country.
The new caps are set to begin in July and will impose a set cap for users. Rates will be limited to 24p per minute for calls and 58p per megabyte for data. The Parliament hasn’t stopped there either as it plans to allow cellphone users to pick which network they wish to roam with rather than be restricted to the network chosen by their main cellphone carrier. The end hope of this new regulation? Fairness and equilibrium by 2015.
It’s a small, but significant victory for all mobile subscribers in Europe, isn’t it?
source: Cool Smartphone
via: Android Central
Back on April 17th we told you about the official announcement in regards to the LG Optimus Elite coming to Virgin Mobile USA. The eco-friendly successor to the Optimus S will come with 800MHz, NFC, 3G connectivity, Gingerbread and a 5MP camera. You can pre-order this budget device for $149.99 and it should be available within 3-5 business days if you purchase the phone today. The price isn’t bad if you’re wanting a budget device on Virgin Mobile with the ability to use Google Wallet. While the phone is available on Sprint already those of you on Virgin Mobile only have a few short days to wait as it’s slated to arrive in stores on May 15th. Hit the source link below if this looks like a device you could get behind!
source: Virgin Mobile
Just in time for the weekend, Google has released a minor update to their Google Play Store that is currently being sent out to Android devices everywhere. It’s unclear what all has changed or improved in version 3.5.19, but it’s officially from Google so if you haven’t received it OTA yet, feel free to hit one of the links below to get the goods.
As the heading says, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC has been given the honor along with 8,000 other to be named a torchbearer during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Chou was chosen for this opportunity because of his outstanding contribution to the worldwide mobile industry. HTC Corp has presented to it’s consumers great mobile devices over the years, and had put the Taiwanese smartphone company on the map as a top global leader in mobile technology.
This event will be during a 70-day tour of the United Kingdom, which will begin May 19th. Chou’s particular run will be on July 6th before the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on July 27th. Hit the source for more on this story.
It seems crazy that another Galaxy S II variant would release now with the Galaxy S III releasing in a couple of weeks, but Samsung is doing just that. The SHV-E170K is going to be an LTE device and have the latest chipset and a high-capacity battery according to Korea Telecom. They didn’t tell us anything else, but SammyHub found a GLBenchmark and another Korean site that tells us it will have a 4.3-inch (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
We should see the SHV-E170K later this month around the same time as the Galaxy S III.
Well well well, what do we have here? That mysterious Samsung SGH-T999 model number has made yet another appearance before our eyes. It was originally thought this device could be anything from a Galaxy S 4G Blaze to a T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Now that the Galaxy S 4G Blaze is released, we know this SGH-T999 isn’t the Galaxy S 4G Blaze. And we know WiFi Direct and DLNA is supported on this SGH-T999 device, so the Galaxy Nexus is tossed from the equation as well. So what gives? Why would this model number mysteriously appear yet again? Perhaps it has something to do with a certain announcement that was made last week? It certainly appears to be the case. Ladies and gentlemen– while this is by no means concrete or certain, the recurring appearance of the SGH-T999 model number may very well be our first hint of what could possibly be the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone as the SGH-T999 ID would likely indicate the model number in Galaxy S III territory. T-Mobile needs to just come out already and confirm it’s releasing the Galaxy S III on its network. We know it’s set to launch on all the major carriers already.
Can’t get enough of the Galaxy S III? Why don’t you check out the Galaxy S III again in our hands-on video once you hit past the break?
Newsflash: Verizon has the biggest LTE network and they continue to get bigger. This month’s expansion is hitting most of the major beach towns and vacation destinations. Everything below should be up by Memorial Day, which will be in time for those Summer trips. I’m excited because I’m heading down to Virginia Beach in June so my Galaxy Nexus will be at lightning speed for streaming Slacker and Google Music. Hit the break for the complete rundown.
ASUS announced on Twitter that their Eee Pad Slider tablet-with-a-built-in-keyboard is receiving Android 4.0 right now, bringing the software number up to 184.108.40.206. The update should be getting pushed to devices as we speak. Anyone with a Slider get it yet? Let us know in the comments!
source: asus twitter
We just showed you the first glimpse of Sony’s Xperia ST21i “Tapioca” handset, and now courtesy of Russian site Mobile Review, we get several more pictures of an early ST21i prototype to inspect. Tapioca pudding isn’t very expensive, so perhaps that’s why this device got that particular moniker… these specs are definitely entry-level:
- 3.2-inch HVGA screen
- 800 MHz single-core CPU
- 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera
Yeah. Nothing fancy here. It’s expected to sell for around $260 off contract, which seems a tad bit high for these specs. The prototype in these pictures still shows Ericsson branding, which will undoubtedly be removed in the final revision. Check out some of the pics after the break, or hit the source link for the full set.
Remember the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD that AT&T announced at CES early this year? Well, if you were waiting for it, don’t hold your breath. According to Samsung’s Ryan Bidan, plans for releasing this LTE device have been scrapped. Bidan told The Verge that it didn’t make sense to release the 720p version of the S II due to the imminent release of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III.
Does that mean the S III is coming to AT&T? Bidan would only say that it will be coming to “the fastest HSPA+ and LTE networks” in the country. Ok, so T-Mobile and either Verizon or AT&T. It’s a good bet that AT&T will get it since it was planning on carrying the S II. We’ve also seen evidence of a Sprint version.
If it’s like previous Galaxy phones, it will pretty much be available on most, if not all major U.S. carriers, and Samsung already said it will come to the U.S. in June. Bets on who gets it first?
source: the verge