AT&T Changes Individual Messaging Packages; Will Offer Only Unlimited Plan Beginning August 21st

Complete with a hint of irony, AT&T has confirmed they will limit their individual messaging choices to include only their unlimited plan beginning August 21st.
The aptly named Messaging Unlimited Plan goes for $20 and will leave you with few other options beyond pay-per-message, which would cost you twenty cents each (thirty cents for MMS).

So you can say good-bye to the $10 bundle for good, unless you’re a current customer that is. “Current customers can keep their texting plans even if switching handsets,” an AT&T spokesperson confirmed in addition to releasing an official statement. Also, no worries for those with Family Unlimited Messaging, no changes have been made there, so you can continue to text all you like with this $30 plan.

Hit the break for AT&T’s official statement.

“We regularly evaluate our offers and are making some adjustments to our messaging lineup. Starting August 21, we’re streamlining our text messaging plans for new customers and will offer an unlimited plan for individuals for $20 per month and an unlimited plan for families of up to five lines for $30 per month. The vast majority of our messaging customers prefer unlimited plans and with text messaging growth stronger than ever, that number continues to climb among new customers. Existing customers don’t have to change any messaging plan they have today, even when changing handsets.”

[via engadget]

LG Plans to spend $18 Billion to Save their Business in 2011

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LG needs to pull it together to save the South Korean business, specifically within its handset sector. LG is the fourth largest business in South Korea, but has been experiencing a downturn and hopes to increase their investment by 12%, totally a record $18.2 billion.

LG seems to be placing all its chips into the smartphone and tablet divisions, as it did see large success after releasing its LG Optimus One Android smartphone, its biggest selling handset to date. This comes as great news to LG after reporting record losses in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

Here’s what they had to say;

The focus for 2011 will be bolstering our core businesses of smartphones, tablets, TVs and large-sized displays and also supporting new growth engines such as solar cell, new types of displays and small-sized display panels for smartphones and tablets,

It’s clear that LG plans on boosting their mobile technology, and its probably safe to say they’ll stick with Android as the OS to run its mobile technology after the successful launch of the Optimus One.

[via Reuters]

FCC Plans To Upgrade 911 for Mobile Technology Integration

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The FCC is trying to get 911 emergency services up to date with the latest technologies involving mobile devices. The bulk of the task involves building a system that could handle accepting 911 text messages, mobile video footage, audio recordings, pictures and pings (mainly from services such as alarm systems and On-Star enabled vehicles).

The FCC sees this as a challenge, but a must in the continued advancement in emergency needs for the public. These functions would allow someone to report a crime without being overheard, or from off in the distance if they see a crime being committed.

The FCC said the following at a Press Release Tuesday announcing their planned changes;

“The technological limitations of 9-1-1 can have tragic, real-world consequences… During the 2007 Virginia Tech campus shooting, students and witnesses desperately tried to send texts to 9-1-1 that local dispatchers never received. If these messages had gone through, first responders may have arrived on the scene faster with firsthand intelligence about the life-threatening situation that was unfolding.”

This could be a huge aid in the speed to which emergency situations are responded to, as well as resolved within a time frame where evidence is crucial. It is noted that currently, there are over 230 million 911 calls, 70% of which are made from mobile devices.

[via Wired]

Is HTC releasing their own App Store / Market for Android?

According to an article at engadget, they have it on two reliable sources that HTC is working on their own app store for Android devices. We’ve seen this with carriers (Verizon, for example) and companies (like Amazon), but generally not from a manufacturer. The rumor comes hot on the heels of HTC saying they want to be more active in the software aspect of their devices, even though they already have HTC Sense on just about all of their handsets. The company also recently released htcsense.com cloud service for Desire HD and Desire Z handsets, and uses HTC Hub as an assistant for app discovery.

It is also possible that HTC is looking to bring this rumored service, is real, to more than just Android devices; they also make a good amount of Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 devices, so it wouldn’t surprise us too much to see something like an HTC Market for those devices as well.

What do you think? Should HTC look at making their own app store, or stick to what they do now? Be sure to let us know your opinions in the comments!

[via engadget]