Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices. » Read the rest
At some point in your Android phone or tablet’s lifetime, you’re probably going to need to perform a factory reset on the device. Whether you’re giving the device to a friend, trading it in to get a better device, or sending it off for a warranty repair, it’s handy to know how to completely wipe all of your personal information off of the device (and optionally, the SD card). In this guide, we’re going to go over how to do that complete wipe so you never have to worry about leaving personal info on a device when you no longer have it. » Read the rest
Barge BAL0010 in San Francisco is about to be the new home of what some believe is a floating data center currently being built by Google. According to some really solid CNET reporting, the tech giant is working on a revolutionary “water based data center.”
In 2009, Google actually filed for a patent for a “system [that] includes a floating platform-mounted computer data center comprising a plurality of computing units, a sea-based electrical generator in electrical connection with the plurality of computing units, and one or more sea-water cooling units for providing cooling to the…computing units.”
This project could very well fulfill that patent’s dream.
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.
Here’s a bold move for the “Uncarrier.” T-Mobile will be offering 200 MB of data access free of charge to any and all T-Mobile tablets. No strings, no commitments, just free data. CEO John Legere talked up the free data packages that will be available starting November 1st, all while taking a few potshots at other carriers. He considers the fact that most tablets are WiFi-only and tethered to smartphones “silliness” that needs to stop, and he thinks T-Mobile will be the first step in moving tablets in that direction. Of course, 200 MB isn’t a whole lot of data, so T-Mobile will also be offering a $5 plan that gives you 500 MB for a day and a $10 plan that gives you 1 GB for a week. It’s not unlimited data, but hey, it’s convenient and cheap.
On top of the new data packages, T-Mobile will also offer their selection of tablets for $0 down, with monthly payments working similarly to their smartphone payment plans. They hinted that the $0 down may not be permanent, so if you’re in the market for a new tablet, you may want to check out T-Mobile pretty soon.
If T-Mobile had better coverage in my area, I would jump at the chance for something like this. Are any of you planning on taking up their free data offer? Let us know in the comments.
source: The Verge
Tablet sales for Wi-Fi only models have been booming for quite a while now. However, 3G/4G capable models have not been selling quite as well, for obvious reasons— consumers don’t want to deal with new contracts on top of their already expensive mobile phone contracts. It’s just too much money, especially because most people are afraid that they won’t use their tablet on the go enough to justify the price they’ll be paying.
AT&T has recognized this issue and is finally ready to do something about it. The company just announced that they’ll be offering a deal which will allow users to use the 3G/4G network for $5/day, letting them choose which days they want to use it. This could be great for those not wanting to pay hefty prices for hotel WiFi.
US Cellular is one of the only major US carriers that hasn’t offered shared data packages for consumers. They’ve finally caught up today, though, and their new share plans are officially available to consumers. However, like how the other carriers are handling these plans, you aren’t required to move onto these plans if you’re already on older plans.
The pricing is similar to other options you’ll find; 300 MB with unlimited talk and text will run $40 per month, plus a $40 per device access fee. The 1 GB share plan puts you at $90 each month, which seems to be the sweet spot with postpaid individual plans. You can add up to 10 devices onto one of these plans, and lesser devices like feature phones or tablets have cheaper access fees. All in all, nothing revolutionary here, but if you’re a US Cellular customer, it’s nice to have more options. You can check out their full press release below. » Read the rest
It looks like the NSA is about to have a rival in the spying business— good old Mom and Pops.
Got a feeling your kids are up to no good? Want to monitor your kids’ data usage? Need to lock your son out of his phone because he won’t do his homework?
Good news for you— Verizon has announced “FamilyBase,” which will let parents (or account administrators) monitor and limit calling, texting, app usage, app purchases, as well as set time restrictions and review contact lists. The feature to remotely lock their devices on demand is also available.
Big Red is making the service available for $5/month for up to 10 lines— it’s only for Android devices running 2.1 or higher. (So pretty much all of you can use it.) To set it up, parents can visit familybase.vzw.com, or by calling SAFE, or by texting SAFE to #7233. The apps are also available in the Play store.
Check out the press release after the break for more info.
Sprint is looking to give new life to their wireless data plans with a new set of options available to customers. The basic concept is that the more you add, the more you save. Here’s the breakdown.
- One line of unlimited talk and text = $50/month
- Two lines of unlimited talk and text = $40/month each
- Three lines of unlimited talk and text = $30/ month each
Ok so you get the picture. There’s also the option of paying $20 for just 1GB if you so choose. Sprint will also be featuring a package plan called “My All-In Plan” which will feature both unlimited talk and text, data, plus 5GB of hotspot data for $110/month. (We would assume that this is per line.)
This all seems a bit complex and a little unnecessary, but the chart above lays it all out pretty well.
Source: Phone Arena
After some successful beta testing, Sony has announced on their blog that they are ready to roll out their “my Xperia” remote security service globally.
While there are certainly other alternatives to Sony’s service currently on the Play Store, “my Xperia” will surely introduce some new and useful options.
It does all the basics, such as locate and protect your phone should it ever be misplaced, sound an alert which overrides silent mode and wakes the display, maps the phone’s location through the cloud, locks the phone, pings a message with contact details, and even erase internal and external SD card data info or data if needed.
Check out the full press release after the break for more info. » Read the rest