If you were a prepaid customer on T-Mobile last week, the only way for you to utilize hotspot capabilities (legally) was to pay $15 a month. However, over the last few days, things have been shaken up a bit:
Starting Oct. 20, T-Mobile will give pay-in-advance customers access to domestic data roaming across the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, pay-in-advance customers that sign up for our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (i.e. tethering). Only T-Mobile gives pay-in-advance customers data roaming AND Smartphone Mobile Hotspot at no extra charge with their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.
That’s right— free hotspots for prepaid customers, as well as some domestic data roaming. The moves are made as part of their re-branded “Simple Choice” prepaid plans seen in the picture above.
It’s great to see that prepaid customers are getting some of the features that those with regular and unlimited plans have been receiving in the past. It’s a big step forward for the company and carriers overall. Expect others to follow suit.
Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.” Read more
New doesn’t always mean better, right? In a new study done by OptoFidelity, they claim that the touchscreens of the new Apple iPhone 5c and 5s are nowhere near as accurate as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S III. The study explored touchscreen responsiveness triggered by a robotic finger.
In the image above, green is showing accuracy within one millimeter and red is showing over that measurement. As you can see, it is quite obvious how much better Samsung’s accuracy is than Apple’s. For Apple, this is strange as these devices just launched. On Samsung’s side, they must be proud of the parts used for their handsets.
Well, after waiting for quite some time (one month) since the game was released to iOS fans, Android is now getting its long awaited taste of Call of Duty: Strike Team. With a vigorous focus on mobile gaming for phones and tablets, the game offers a ton of action packed sequences with some extra features never before seen in the Call of Duty brand.
Call of Duty: Strike Team delivers an all-new, first-person and third-person Call of Duty experience built from the ground up for mobile and tablet devices. Fully customize your squad’s loadouts and abilities before leading them into combat in diverse gameplay environments. Call of Duty®: Strike Team features the revolutionary ability to dynamically switch from run-and-gun first-person view to reconnaissance and coordinated squad attacks in third-person view.
The year is 2020. Tensions run high amongst the world’s superpowers. In a surprise attack, the U.S. finds themselves in a war with an unknown enemy. Your mission is to lead a Joint Special Operations Team in a global effort to hunt down those responsible.
Play your way. Switch between first-person and third-person action at almost any time. Strategically customize the members of your squad with weapons, perks or body armor.
Ouya, the popular game console manufacturer is at it again with what appears to be a follow through on promised new Android powered gaming devices. Announcements of Ouya 2.0 are already in the works and is geared up for a release to the masses some time next year. In addition, the company is in favor of updating the look of their consoles with a whole new design leaving previous models behind. CEO Julie Urman made the following statement to further corroborate:
Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven’t finalized the date of that. We’re still determining what exactly we want that to be. For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want. Read more
If you’ve been waiting on getting the Moto X, this could be another reason to grab one. If you purchase through Moto Maker (the AT&T model only for now), Sprint, or US Cellular, the device can be bought for just $100. That price is for the 16GB version while the 32GB has been slashed to $150. What about the AT&T and Verizon carrier models? They’re still at the usual $200 and $250 level. And if you wait around a little bit longer, the Moto X’s Moto Maker may get an interactive display at your local Best Buy store.
Source: Motorola, Sprint
While the Nexus 5 launch is just a few days away, recent rumors suggest the Nexus 4’s life could be extended for just a bit— there was a filing for the device at Bluetooth SIG. Earlier this year, the Nexus 4 received Bluetooth 4.0 certification. This filing could mean LTE support is finally coming to the device.
This of course is good evidence that the Nexus 4 with LTE and the Nexus 5 will be sold alongside each other in the Play Store, making for a very nice potential smartphone lineup from Google.
As we reported earlier this month, Instagram announced that they would be placing advertisements in your stream. Now we finally have a look at what these ads will look like. In a company blog post, Instagram explained that “you’ll know a photo or video is an advertisement when you see the “Sponsored” label where the time stamp normally would be.” Sometime next week, this ad will be on millions of users’ feeds to show how exactly their new sponsor system works.
Instagram wants feedback on the sponsored ads that will be arriving. They urge that “if you see an ad that doesn’t interest you, you can tap the “…” below it to hide it and provide feedback about what you didn’t like. This will help us show you more interesting ads in the future.” Let us know when you start seeing this ad and others arriving into your stream.
Glympse, the location sharing service, has announced a new partnership with Verizon that will make their service available within the Verizon Messages application. This will be the first example of Glympse integration in a text messaging service. Until now, accessing Glympse would mean exiting out of the Messages app and launching the Glympse app. When the new version is released by Verizon, users will be able to just tap a “Glympse” icon within the Messages app to start a 15-minute sharing session. Others in the text conversation will receive a dynamic map, within the Messages application, showing the other users’ locations. According to Glympse, users will be able to extend the sharing time or end it on demand. According to Glympse co-founder and CEO Bryan Tussel, the new paradigm will mean “anyone can send a visually rich, engaging text message that definitively solves the question, ‘where are you?'”
The updated version of the Verizon Messages app, that includes this new Glympse functionality, is expected to be available for Android and iPhone users within a few weeks. You can read the full press release from Glympse after the break. Read more