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Sprint to begin offering prepaid service on January 25th

Sprint tries their hardest to offer the most value for their customers’ dollar, and for the most part they do a great job, especially with their unlimited data plans. Now Sprint looks to be getting into a pay-as-you-go service to offer more flexibility for consumers who don’t want to sign a contract. According to some leaked documents for Sprint employees, customers will be able to get on a prepaid plan with their choice of four phones.

Unfortunately, only two of those are smartphones, and neither of those two are top shelf devices. If you want to take an LG Optimus Elite or a Samsung Victory (which may or may not be LTE-enabled) you’re in luck. They’ll run $150 and $250 respectively. As far as plans go, $70 bucks a month nets you unlimited everything with a smartphone, but there may be some stipulations on using data while roaming off-network. You can also opt for a $50 monthly bill with a cheaper feature phone, but where’s the fun in that?

Now, here’s the catch that’s probably going to turn off many customers; regular Sprint Android phones, like the incredibly popular Galaxy Note II or Sprint’s own flagship device, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, can’t be used on this prepaid service. If you want a high end device, you have to stay postpaid. That puts Sprint at a disadvantage against Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, as both of those prepaid carriers use Sprint coverage anyway, and offer a wider selection of phones and cheaper plans. Neither offer truly unlimited data, since they both throttle users after a certain data threshold, so Sprint might be hoping to pull over the extreme data hogs onto this prepaid option. Any readers interested in trying this out?

source: Android Police

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Sprint to begin offering prepaid service on January 25th

Sprint tries their hardest to offer the most value for their customers’ dollar, and for the most part they do a great job, especially with their unlimited data plans. Now Sprint looks to be getting into a pay-as-you-go service to offer more flexibility for consumers who don’t want to sign a contract. According to some leaked documents for Sprint employees, customers will be able to get on a prepaid plan with their choice of four phones.

Unfortunately, only two of those are smartphones, and neither of those two are top shelf devices. If you want to take an LG Optimus Elite or a Samsung Victory (which may or may not be LTE-enabled) you’re in luck. They’ll run $150 and $250 respectively. As far as plans go, $70 bucks a month nets you unlimited everything with a smartphone, but there may be some stipulations on using data while roaming off-network. You can also opt for a $50 monthly bill with a cheaper feature phone, but where’s the fun in that?

Now, here’s the catch that’s probably going to turn off many customers; regular Sprint Android phones, like the incredibly popular Galaxy Note II or Sprint’s own flagship device, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, can’t be used on this prepaid service. If you want a high end device, you have to stay postpaid. That puts Sprint at a disadvantage against Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, as both of those prepaid carriers use Sprint coverage anyway, and offer a wider selection of phones and cheaper plans. Neither offer truly unlimited data, since they both throttle users after a certain data threshold, so Sprint might be hoping to pull over the extreme data hogs onto this prepaid option. Any readers interested in trying this out?

source: Android Police

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Sprint to begin offering prepaid service on January 25th

Sprint tries their hardest to offer the most value for their customers’ dollar, and for the most part they do a great job, especially with their unlimited data plans. Now Sprint looks to be getting into a pay-as-you-go service to offer more flexibility for consumers who don’t want to sign a contract. According to some leaked documents for Sprint employees, customers will be able to get on a prepaid plan with their choice of four phones.

Unfortunately, only two of those are smartphones, and neither of those two are top shelf devices. If you want to take an LG Optimus Elite or a Samsung Victory (which may or may not be LTE-enabled) you’re in luck. They’ll run $150 and $250 respectively. As far as plans go, $70 bucks a month nets you unlimited everything with a smartphone, but there may be some stipulations on using data while roaming off-network. You can also opt for a $50 monthly bill with a cheaper feature phone, but where’s the fun in that?

Now, here’s the catch that’s probably going to turn off many customers; regular Sprint Android phones, like the incredibly popular Galaxy Note II or Sprint’s own flagship device, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, can’t be used on this prepaid service. If you want a high end device, you have to stay postpaid. That puts Sprint at a disadvantage against Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, as both of those prepaid carriers use Sprint coverage anyway, and offer a wider selection of phones and cheaper plans. Neither offer truly unlimited data, since they both throttle users after a certain data threshold, so Sprint might be hoping to pull over the extreme data hogs onto this prepaid option. Any readers interested in trying this out?

source: Android Police

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Netflix to add social sharing features in 2013

The folks from Netflix have announced they’ll be offering multiple social features starting in 2013 for their movie and TV services. A bill was recently passed in the senate that removes restrictions on sharing movie and rental history in the US. Netflix has offered social features outside the US for some time, but this will be available stateside soon.

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According to Talking Points Memo once Obama signs the bill and everything gets the green light Netflix will be rolling out updates and new features across all their platforms in early 2013. For those looking to share to Facebook that they’ve just finished the Breaking Bad season — soon you’ll be able to do just that.

The bill that will soon be passed will overturn the current US restrictions that was preventing Netflix and others from sharing movie and TV information socially. The same way in which we share to Facebook, Twitter, and more which Spotify song we’re currently enjoying — and things of that nature.

This will amend the Video Privacy Protection Act and allow services like Netflix to integrate sharing and social features into Facebook. This might not be a big deal to some, but we know how us Americans enjoy sharing anything and everything on Facebook. Netflix expects to integrate these features in early 2013. Get ready to share your favorite seasons and shows to the social world.

[via SlashGear]

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T-Mobile dropping end of the world sale on December 21st

Last Chance SaleNo, not really. It would have been cool if they called it that though. T-Mobile is having a pretty great sale though. They are running a last chance holiday sale from December 21st through December 31st. Tossing up their most popular 4G devices up for for grabs. Many are free, after a mail in rebate, while others will still have a small price tag attached. Of course this sale is extended to qualifying customers and those who are one, or are willing to switch to Value Plans.

Personally, the Value Plans are pretty great ways to get your hands on a device. You pay the down payment in the store and pay the rest of the device price off over time. It never is more than $20.00 extra a month on your phone bill. With a sale like this, even having to wait on the rebate, you can come out a head. This is exactly what I did on the last sale to get my Galaxy S III. Take a look at the layout of devices and pricing down below. Heck, they even have the Nexus 4 in the mix.

Last Chance SaleJust be sure to fill out that rebate form accurately and their won’t be an issue. Anyone out there planning on taking T-Mobile up on this offer tomorrow, or before it ends?

Source: Tmonews

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Bango brings carrier billing services to Google Play for Australians

Carrier billing in the Google Play Store has been something that US carriers have enjoyed for quite some time, but did you know that a ton of the world still doesn’t have this functionality? It’s unfortunate, really, because carrier billing is one of the most convenient tools one can have.

Imagine being able to pay for everything you download when your monthly bill arrives instead of racking up tons of smaller purchases at a time. It may not mean much for many of you, but there are a lot of us who just can’t stand to look at a long monthly bank statement filled with smaller, irrelevant purchases.

Well, it looks like that problem is set to be solved in more countries soon with the latest news from Bango. The company has announced that it would begin rolling out its carrier billing services to the Google Play Store. The first partner on-board is Telstra in Australia. Our friends down under can buy all that weird music they like without having to pay for it until their bill is due!

Fun quips aside, it should be exciting news for those who aren’t on Telstra, too. Bango has deep roots in the UK (that’s where its homebase is, after all) so hopefully we can Play Store carrier billing in more European countries as Bango continues striking up partnerships with the various carriers of the world.

In fact, Bango’s blog post on the matter suggests that more carriers are already lined up, but it is not yet ready to disclose which other carriers are set to receive the service. Bango says it’s too early to know how this new development will affect the level of business generated, but the general idea is that easier payment options equals more sales. Be sure to try it out if you’re on Telstra, and let us know how smooth things are in the comments below!

[via Bango]

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T-Mobile moving entirely to Value Plans in 2013

I guess I can’t really say I didn’t see this one coming. Anyone somewhat in touch with T-Mobile could deduce that they would eventually move to this model, and today it was officially announced at T-Mobile’s Capital Market Days that they would be adopting this model full-time beginning in 2013. 80-percent of their post-paid customers are already on a Value Plan so it’s not a drastic change anyway. This would tell me that their customers prefer that type of plan, so why not adopt it full time to streamline operations?

If you’re not familiar with this model; you pay less per month on your bill, and have the option to either pay full price for your device up front or get the phone financed over 20 months. It now also gives those with an unlocked device the option to bring their own device to T-Mobile and take advantage of the Value rates. Additionally, get used to the term ”Un-Carrier” as they threw that term out at the event during the announcement. I’m looking forward to how they’re going to market that and spin it. Below is a tweet from T-Mobile regarding the shift in business models:

Seems like a great way to show value for our customers.

There you have it. A dedicated shift in focus within the company summed up in one sentence. If you’re on T-Mobile currently, how do you feel about this? Also, if you’re carrier-shopping, how does this sway your decision?

source:  Twitter

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T-Mobile moving entirely to Value Plans in 2013

I guess I can’t really say I didn’t see this one coming. Anyone somewhat in touch with T-Mobile could deduce that they would eventually move to this model, and today it was officially announced at T-Mobile’s Capital Market Days that they would be adopting this model full-time beginning in 2013. 80-percent of their post-paid customers are already on a Value Plan so it’s not a drastic change anyway. This would tell me that their customers prefer that type of plan, so why not adopt it full time to streamline operations?

If you’re not familiar with this model; you pay less per month on your bill, and have the option to either pay full price for your device up front or get the phone financed over 20 months. It now also gives those with an unlocked device the option to bring their own device to T-Mobile and take advantage of the Value rates. Additionally, get used to the term ”Un-Carrier” as they threw that term out at the event during the announcement. I’m looking forward to how they’re going to market that and spin it. Below is a tweet from T-Mobile regarding the shift in business models:

Seems like a great way to show value for our customers.

There you have it. A dedicated shift in focus within the company summed up in one sentence. If you’re on T-Mobile currently, how do you feel about this? Also, if you’re carrier-shopping, how does this sway your decision?

source:  Twitter

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T-Mobile moving entirely to Value Plans in 2013

I guess I can’t really say I didn’t see this one coming. Anyone somewhat in touch with T-Mobile could deduce that they would eventually move to this model, and today it was officially announced at T-Mobile’s Capital Market Days that they would be adopting this model full-time beginning in 2013. 80-percent of their post-paid customers are already on a Value Plan so it’s not a drastic change anyway. This would tell me that their customers prefer that type of plan, so why not adopt it full time to streamline operations?

If you’re not familiar with this model; you pay less per month on your bill, and have the option to either pay full price for your device up front or get the phone financed over 20 months. It now also gives those with an unlocked device the option to bring their own device to T-Mobile and take advantage of the Value rates. Additionally, get used to the term ”Un-Carrier” as they threw that term out at the event during the announcement. I’m looking forward to how they’re going to market that and spin it. Below is a tweet from T-Mobile regarding the shift in business models:

Seems like a great way to show value for our customers.

There you have it. A dedicated shift in focus within the company summed up in one sentence. If you’re on T-Mobile currently, how do you feel about this? Also, if you’re carrier-shopping, how does this sway your decision?

source:  Twitter

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T-Mobile moving entirely to Value Plans in 2013

I guess I can’t really say I didn’t see this one coming. Anyone somewhat in touch with T-Mobile could deduce that they would eventually move to this model, and today it was officially announced at T-Mobile’s Capital Market Days that they would be adopting this model full-time beginning in 2013. 80-percent of their post-paid customers are already on a Value Plan so it’s not a drastic change anyway. This would tell me that their customers prefer that type of plan, so why not adopt it full time to streamline operations?

If you’re not familiar with this model; you pay less per month on your bill, and have the option to either pay full price for your device up front or get the phone financed over 20 months. It now also gives those with an unlocked device the option to bring their own device to T-Mobile and take advantage of the Value rates. Additionally, get used to the term ”Un-Carrier” as they threw that term out at the event during the announcement. I’m looking forward to how they’re going to market that and spin it. Below is a tweet from T-Mobile regarding the shift in business models:

Seems like a great way to show value for our customers.

There you have it. A dedicated shift in focus within the company summed up in one sentence. If you’re on T-Mobile currently, how do you feel about this? Also, if you’re carrier-shopping, how does this sway your decision?

source:  Twitter

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T-Mobile to completely end device subsidies next year

We are hearing some interesting news today out of the T-Mobile camp. It looks like those folks are looking to shake up the mobile industry and make some massive changes. T-Mobile hopes to completely get rid of device subsidies attached to contracts and such starting early next year. This means no more discounted phones and 2-year contracts, instead you’ll be on value plans and make payments towards your purchase.

According to FierceWireless T-Mobile will be completely killing off subsidies starting next year. This model is something T-Mobile has been offering for some time. Instead of signing a new 2-year contract and getting a brand new Galaxy S III for $199 you’ll have no contract, join a value plan, and pay an additional $20 a month (or so) on your bill as you pay off that smartphone. Whether this is less out of pocket or not depends on a few different variables.

T-Mobiles new man in charge Legere had this to say: “We think there is a huge room for a carrier to change in a way that the larger players will choose to or will not be able to respond to,” Legere said. He noted that the Value plans T-Mobile will offer next year will be “fair and simple pricing” with “low out of pocket expenses” for consumers.

Whether or not Verizon or AT&T follow suite will be a big deal, considering you’ll be able to get contract free smartphones from T-Mobile and not on the others. This could really make a shift for the better and get the ridiculous 2-year contract model on the way out. With technology advancing as fast as it is and Samsung releasing new flagships yearly, do you really want to be stuck into a contract for 2-years. I sure don’t! Although this means we essentially finance our phones from T-Mobile instead of signing a 2-year contract.

In 2013 T-Mobile will offer cheap value plans, and what they’re calling “iconic devices” for just $99 with $15 monthly payments to go along with those unlimited 4G data plans offered from the company. Another benefit here is users can bring unlocked devices (like the Nexus 4) over to T-Mobile and enjoy lower value plans than the competition offers. T-Mobile stated 80% of their activations last quarter were these new value plans, so they expect an impressive and smooth transition next year.

Thoughts regarding T-Mobiles new plan? I just wish Google would buy T-Mobile already and start a mobile revolution. Yup, I just went there.

[via SlashGear]

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Safely distract kids with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire

Sometimes, you just need a way to keep the kids busy so you can get stuff done. Well Amazon has launched a service called FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire that is a kid-friendly entertainment service designed to keep kids happy and entertained. The subscription-based service pulls in books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows that are specifically designed with young people in mind.



All of the apps included in this program have ads, in-app purchases, and social media integration disabled. This means you don’t have to worry about the kids racking up a giant bill buying things in apps without your permission. The “Unlimited” package also means there’s no restriction on how many times they watch individual episodes or movies.

For this program, Amazon has teamed up with Common Sense Media for ratings. This is designed to make sure that not only are the apps appropriate for kids, but also that what the child does use is likely to be interesting for their particular age group. Parents can also add their own picks individually and set limits on how much video, app, and reading time is allowed.

The FreeTime content is accessed through a separate interface, and it supports separate profiles for each child. A password is required to leave the app, so it keeps kids from getting out and using the full features of the tablet. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is priced at $4.99 per child or $9.99 per family, per month. Prime members receive a discount on the service, taking it down to $2.99 per child or $6.99 per family. It will work on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with a software update coming soon, and a month’s free trial to get you started.

[via Slashgear]

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“Andru Chill” – Charge your phone via your favorite little robot

Want to get a cool holiday gift for the Android lover in your life? Check out this awesome new edition of the Andru phone charger, shaped like your favorite little robot. The new Andru Chill charger comes in “winter white” just in time for the snowy season. The charger costs $25 and features movable arms, flexible antennae, light-up eyes (blue: charging; green: standby), a soft and smooth white finish, and its own stand and charging cable. If you’re wondering what to stuff some stockings with this year, Andru Chill might fit the bill. Be sure to check out our review of the original Andru charger for a better idea of what you’re getting into before dropping your $25. Hit the source link below if you’re ready to place your order!

Source: Power By Gen – Andru Chill

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“Andru Chill” – Charge your phone via your favorite little robot

Want to get a cool holiday gift for the Android lover in your life? Check out this awesome new edition of the Andru phone charger, shaped like your favorite little robot. The new Andru Chill charger comes in “winter white” just in time for the snowy season. The charger costs $25 and features movable arms, flexible antennae, light-up eyes (blue: charging; green: standby), a soft and smooth white finish, and its own stand and charging cable. If you’re wondering what to stuff some stockings with this year, Andru Chill might fit the bill. Be sure to check out our review of the original Andru charger for a better idea of what you’re getting into before dropping your $25. Hit the source link below if you’re ready to place your order!

Source: Power By Gen – Andru Chill

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“Andru Chill” – Charge your phone via your favorite little robot

Want to get a cool holiday gift for the Android lover in your life? Check out this awesome new edition of the Andru phone charger, shaped like your favorite little robot. The new Andru Chill charger comes in “winter white” just in time for the snowy season. The charger costs $25 and features movable arms, flexible antennae, light-up eyes (blue: charging; green: standby), a soft and smooth white finish, and its own stand and charging cable. If you’re wondering what to stuff some stockings with this year, Andru Chill might fit the bill. Be sure to check out our review of the original Andru charger for a better idea of what you’re getting into before dropping your $25. Hit the source link below if you’re ready to place your order!

Source: Power By Gen – Andru Chill

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Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Sure, most have the world has been utilizing Google’s free turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps for years, but until now users south of the border have been left out of the action. Well, that’s changing today as Google has announced that Google Maps Navigation is now available to users in Mexico, albeit in beta.

Much like its other-wordly counterparts, the Google Maps app features full turn-by-turn directions, directions by point of interest, Spanish-language voice search, voice playback and even real-time traffic updates.

Users will need to be running at least Android 2.2 Froyo to take full advantage of Google’s new application. Those who fit the bill can head to the Play Store to find the official download.

Source: Twitter


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LG Optimus Regard available from Cricket as first 4G LTE phone

The popular regional and prepaid carrier Cricket has just released a brand new Android smartphone today, although we certainly wouldn’t call it high end. The new LG Optimus Regard is available today from Cricket and is their first 4G LTE capable smartphone. It surely isn’t high-end, or cheap, but head below for more details.

Cricket is a large regional carrier that also happens to have millions of pre-paid customers too. Not offering contracts means you won’t get subsidized pricing on smartphones. For that reason alone this phone ends up being quite expensive, while not offering much compared to other carriers. For those looking to save on their monthly bill however, this could be a great choice.

The LG Optimus Regard is their first 4G LTE smartphone, which is also a retooled LG Motion 4G on MetroPCS — another regional carrier. The new phone is available online and in stores today from Cricket for a price of $249, but at least you won’t be singing any contracts.

The Regard comes with a 3.5-inch display with a painful 320×480 resolution, but is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, offers a 5 megapixel camera, 8GB of storage, 4G LTE, and a decent 1,700 mAh battery. It also runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so overall is a decent phone, save for that terribly low resolution display. Obviously the price here is $249 due to you not singing a contract, and Cricket offers some cheap plans. Personally I’d suggest you save up another $50 and get the LG Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store instead. If Cricket is your only choice, the LG Optimus Regard is a decent option considering their lineup.

[via UnwiredView]


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Galaxy S3 Mini on sale from Daily Steals for $349.99

Galaxy S3 Mini

Curious to see what $349 can get you outside of the Play Store? If you head to the deals site Daily Steals in the next day, you'll get a chance to buy the Galaxy S3 Mini for just a penny under $350. This one is the 16GB model with just HSPA+ — no LTE here — and is unlocked with the proper frequencies for AT&T. So if that all fits the bill for you, hit the source link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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Sprint adding Spotify Premium to carrier billing for Android customers starting November 11th

DNP Sprint adding Spotify Premium to carrier billing for Android customers starting November 11th

A few months back Sprint’s Android customers gained the option to charge Google Play purchases to their monthly wireless bill. In an effort to keep the carrier billing party going, the Now Network will soon be adding this option for Spotify Premium customers. An anonymous tipster has shared with us that starting on November 11th, Sprint’s Android clientele will be able to add the music streaming service’s $10 monthly charge to their bill. While we’re sure that some customers will take advantage of this new option, we can’t help but long for the good old days when people could bill a new phone to their account. Ah, Sprint giveth and taketh away.

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Verizon offers Sandy victims relief by waving phone bill – or part of it

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has been severe, for some more so than others, but either way it’s a sad situation. It’s nice to see parties from all sides come together for the good of this great nation, whether it be politics, or the cell phone companies teaming up. Today we just learned that Verizon has pulled some strings and in a thoughtful gesture will be waiving the bill for many of their customers.

T-Mobile and AT&T teamed up and were allowing free and unaltered easy roaming between between networks so friends and families could have full phone access, and now Verizon has announced some awesome news that is quite surprising. While Verizon gets a bad wrap by many for charging fee’s and what not, this is a very nice gesture and something worth giving a shout out for. Well done Verizon!

Verizon has stated that some customers in New York and New Jersey will not be billed this month for their cellphone usage — although this only is aimed and voice and text usage. Users will still be billed for any data charges they’ve incurred. Here’s the statement from Verizon:

“Customers in portions of New York and New Jersey will not be billed usage charges for domestic voice and text usage incurred between October 29th and November 16th 2012. No action is required by our customers to be eligible for this program.”

When they state no action will be required what this means is users won’t have to pay their bill, and then wait for credits, or call and confirm that they’ll be included. All customers within the selected areas simply won’t be billed for the dates mentioned above. To see if your area is included you’ll want to click here. Those not in any of the mentioned areas can also call 1-800-922-0204 and ask for a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

It’s great to see Verizon Wireless taking this step to help those in need. One point for Big Red!

[via InformationWeek]


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AT&T refunds wireless overcharge fees after FCC investigation

AT&T has had their share of unlucky business with the FCC, and it looks like it’s happened again. Back in 2010, AT&T had discovered an error in their systems that moved some subscribers onto more costly data plans without the subscriber’s consent. Even though AT&T owned up to the mistake and refunded customers who contacted them about being overcharged, the FCC started an investigation about a year ago.

According to AT&T, the switch affected only .03% of their customers, and on average only incurred an extra $25 – $30 per month charge, which could have been much worse, although I certainly would’ve been pretty upset at an extra $30 per month. On top of reimbursing customers for those charges, AT&T has agreed to pay an additional $700,000 fine, as well as spend more resources properly training employees and notifying customers of changes to their bill. AT&T definitely looks eager to keep their customers happy and make efforts to keep them happy in the future. You can’t fault them too much for that, even if it came a little late in this situation.

source: Reuters


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Verizon Finally Killing VCast App Store In January 2013

V-CASTIt is profoundly unlikely that when you think about getting apps, you consider heading over to Verizon’s VCast App Store. Apparently no one else was doing so either, because Big Red has announced via its developer site that it is shuttering the VCast store in January. I will give you a moment to silently weep before continuing.

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The VCast Apps storefront was delivered to a handful of Verizon’s Android devices starting back in late 2010. At the time the idea was that users would charge app purchases and subscriptions to their monthly bill, which was not supported by the Android Market client at the time.

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Verizon Pledging $1.2 Million To Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Yesterday Verizon Wireless announced that the Verizon Foundation would be pledging $1.2 million to the victims that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The contribution will be split in half into two different parts. The first part is a matching pledge by the Verizon Foundation for the first $1 million donated by customers on Verizon Wireless who donate through their Text to Donate program. The Text to Donate program will enable customers on Big Red to make a donation to the American Red Cross by sending a text reading REDCROSS to 90999. After doing that, it will trigger a $10 donation to be put on the customers next bill or even a withdrawal from a prepaid customer’s balance. Verizon has said that they will be waiving any fees so that 100% of all donations will reach the American Red Cross. Those using Verizon Wireless can donate up to $50 through their Text to Donate program.

The second part of this pledge is going to involve direct donations amounting to $200k to nonprofit agencies located in New York and New Jersey that are and will be assisting with the relief efforts. In addition to both of the pledges indicated (the $1 million and $200k), the Verizon Foundation has indicated that they will be providing a 2-to-1 match of employee online donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Along with these matching grants, Verizon has also set up a bunch of charging stations in the affected areas (as we reported on a couple of days ago) to help those still without power recharge their devices so that a element of communication can be maintained with family and friends. Check out the Press Release below.

Verizon Foundation Pledges $1.2 Million to Provide Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Foundation to Match Customer Text Donations up to $1 Million to the American Red Cross; Will Also Donate Additional $200,000 for New Jersey and New York Relief

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Verizon Foundation will match $1 millionbeing raised by customers through the Verizon Text to Donate program to the American Red Cross to help provide immediate relief to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. To provide additional relief, the Verizon Foundation is also donating $200,000 to nonprofit agencies in New Jersey and New York that are assisting with local efforts. In addition, the foundation is providing a 2-to-1 match of employee online donations to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

“Our hearts go to those impacted by this disaster, and we are leveraging our resources to help mend communities,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation. “From our employees who are working round-the-clock to reconnect our customers, to our support of national and local relief agencies, we are committed to supporting our communities, especially in times of crisis.”

Text messaging fees will be waived, and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the American Red Cross. Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on the next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be taken from customers’ prepaid balances.

Additional Help and Support From Verizon

Charge Your Devices: To support those in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Verizon Wireless has also set up multiple mobile device charging stations to assist those still without power.
Wireless Service: For more information on Verizon Wireless efforts related to Hurricane Sandy, visit the Emergency Information Center.

Report a Problem: Customers can contact Verizon online at www.verizon.com/outage to report any wireline service-related issues; or call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966). Please note that hold times will be longer than normal due to higher calling volumes.

Enterprise Updates: Regular news updates from Verizon Enterprise Solutions are located atwww.verizonbusiness.com/info/hurricane.

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, health care and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org ; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation ) and Twitter ( www.twitter.com/verizongiving ).

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com .

VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news . To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

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Verizon pledges $1.2 million to aid Hurricane Sandy victims

Yesterday Verizon announced that their philanthropic arm, the Verizon Foundation, is pledging $1.2 million to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. The contribution is split into two parts. The first is a matching pledge by the Verizon Foundation for the first $1 million donated by Verizon customers who contribute through the Text to Donate program. The Text to Donate program enables customers to make a donation to the American Red Cross by sending a text reading REDCROSS to 90999. Doing so will trigger a $10 donation to be included on the customer’s next bill or withdrawal from a prepaid customer’s balance. Verizon indicates they are waiving any fees to ensure 100% of donations reach the American Red Cross. Customers can elect to contribute up to $50 via texting.

The second part of the pledge will involve direct contributions amounting to $200,000 to nonprofit agencies in New York and New Jersey that are assisting with relief efforts. In addition to the pledges indicated, the Verizon Foundation also indicates they are providing a 2-to-1 match of employee online donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Along with the matching grants, Verizon has set up mobile charging stations in affected areas to help those still without power recharge devices so they can maintain communication with others.

Verizon Foundation Pledges $1.2 Million to Provide Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Foundation to Match Customer Text Donations up to $1 Million to the American Red Cross; Will Also Donate Additional $200,000 for New Jersey and New York Relief

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Verizon Foundation will match $1 millionbeing raised by customers through the Verizon Text to Donate program to the American Red Cross to help provide immediate relief to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. To provide additional relief, the Verizon Foundation is also donating $200,000 to nonprofit agencies in New Jersey and New York that are assisting with local efforts. In addition, the foundation is providing a 2-to-1 match of employee online donations to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

“Our hearts go to those impacted by this disaster, and we are leveraging our resources to help mend communities,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation. “From our employees who are working round-the-clock to reconnect our customers, to our support of national and local relief agencies, we are committed to supporting our communities, especially in times of crisis.”

Text messaging fees will be waived, and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the American Red Cross. Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on the next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be taken from customers’ prepaid balances.

Additional Help and Support From Verizon

Charge Your Devices: To support those in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Verizon Wireless has also set up multiple mobile device charging stations to assist those still without power.
Wireless Service: For more information on Verizon Wireless efforts related to Hurricane Sandy, visit the Emergency Information Center.

Report a Problem: Customers can contact Verizon online at www.verizon.com/outage to report any wireline service-related issues; or call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966). Please note that hold times will be longer than normal due to higher calling volumes.

Enterprise Updates: Regular news updates from Verizon Enterprise Solutions are located atwww.verizonbusiness.com/info/hurricane.

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, health care and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org ; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation ) and Twitter ( www.twitter.com/verizongiving ).

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com .

VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news . To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.


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Carrier billing launches on Google Play through Verizon

Verizon is finally adding the ability to purchase apps on Google Play and have them sent to your mobile bill. AT&T and T-Mobile have had the ability to do this for a while and Verizon was bringing up the rear in terms of this feature. Recently, we reported that the feature was coming to Verizon, and it’s finally here.



This feature has been live for a little over a day, so you may have already noticed it as an option when getting apps. You don’t have to do anything special to set it up. When you purchase an app, it will be listed among your other payment methods. Simply click the option to bill my Verizon Wireless account, and you will see the purchase on your next cell phone bill.

We are hearing that there is a $25 limit for carrier billing. Verizon has not officially confirmed that this is the case, but it is the report we are hearing. Hopefully Verizon will issue a statement about whether this is true.

Of course, you can also look at that limit as a positive. If you were to lose your phone, at least you know the person who finds it cannot go crazy charging hundreds of dollars in apps to your Verizon account. You can also use Verizon’s website to block this feature if you are worried about children or other people who use your phone buying things without your permission.

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Google Play carrier billing goes live for impulse buyers on Verizon

Google Play carrier billing goes live for impulse buyers on Verizon

Google gave the broadest of targets when it said Google Play carrier billing would reach Verizon in the “coming weeks” — those last two words are often hints from companies that we shouldn’t hold our breath. Call us surprised, then, when Google quietly takes the option live two weeks later. At least one Droid-Life reader has discovered that it’s now possible to load as many as $25 in purchases per month on an existing Big Red smartphone bill and pay through just the one channel. The move puts all four major US carriers on the same page, and gives Verizon subscribers an incentive to splurge on apps and movies for that new Droid RAZR HD… so long as they remember to deal with the financial fallout afterwards.

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Google Play Store carrier billing for Verizon now live

Customers on Verizon can finally purchase Play Store content using their wireless accounts as Google and Verizon have activated carrier billing support. This is a feature that other carriers have had for quite some time, and whatever reason Verizon had for waiting this long to offer the option no longer matters — it’s here, and should be here to stay.

 

Carrier billing is a great option for those who want to defer payments for apps, music, books, and more until they pay their Verizon bill each month. It’s an easy and convenient way to lump all your wireless-related purchases into one bill, though it won’t come without a bit of hesitation for those of you on family plans.

If you’re the account holder or the one who pays all the bills you’ll want to make sure to setup a PIN on the other phones on your account. Otherwise, little Jimmy could go on a game buying spree and drive your Verizon bill up to something you’d never imagined could happen. This is easily done in the settings menu of the Play Store if you fear the worst.

And if you just flat-out don’t want to take the risk Verizon allows you to turn carrier billing off altogether on its site using your My Verizon account. You can’t be too mad at having more options to purchase content in the Google Play Store so we’re thankful for this feature finally making its arrival. It might not show up in your Play Store right away so keep that in mind before you diagnose yourself with the case of the crazies for not being able to find it.


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MetroPCS releases Q3 earnings information

MetroPCS has released its earning statement for Q3 2012. While the regional carrier did not smash any records in terms of revenue, it looks like they are doing fairly well. That may explain why T-Mobile is so interested in acquiring the smaller carrier. Most importantly, MetroPCS managed to post an impressive $193 million net profit this quarter, which is an increase of $44 million over last quarter.



That being said, things aren’t all great for MetroPCS. The carrier lost over 300,000 subscribers, which is obviously not a good thing when a large portion of your income is generated from subscribers paying a month bill. Still, in spite of that, the company managed to gain $1.26 billion in revenue. In all, MetroPCS is reporting that they have just under nine million customers, one million of which is subscribed to 4G LTE plans.

In the last six months, the carrier has lost just over 500,000 customers. Still, MetroPCS plans to “re-energizes” its subscriber growth, even if it might hurt its bottom line a bit. Year-on-year, MetroPCS revenue did not grow much. In Q3 2011, MetroPCS netted $1.21 billion in revenue.

In terms of profit, MetroPCS has seen some solid growth year-on-year. This could certainly be a good sign going forward, as they have clearly managed to cut costs and make more profit off the money they are bringing in. We will let you know how MetroPCS does in Q4.


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Verizon Announces The Spectrum 2 By LG For $99 After Mail-In-Rebate

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About a week ago, we got a look at the LG Spectrum 2 and all of its innards thanks to Best Buy. Now, Verizon has made it official. It’s not going to rock any socks off, but for $99 after mail-in-rebate and a new two-year contract, it’s really not a bad piece of kit:

  • 4.7″ True HD 1280×720 IPS display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage, microSD card slot
  • Global Ready
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 4.0

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It’s not winning any awards for most stylish, best all around, or… anything else, for that matter. But it is a solid mid-ranger that might fit the bill perfectly for anyone looking for a new device that packs a punch and won’t break the bank.

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Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Manilla – Bills and Reminders [Productivity]

I don’t know about you, but I love an app that makes you more organized and productive. Managing your bills, travel rewards, and subscriptions is one big pain since you have to go to numerous web sites to get the info you are looking for. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could look up any of these accounts in one place? If you haven’t heard about Manilla, you have to check it out. It’s basically a one stop shop for managing your bills, finances, travel rewards, and subscriptions. With Manilla, you will have all the information you need with just a couple of clicks. For bills, you will be able to see how much you owe, see and save a copy of your statement, and get a reminder when your payment is due. Want to quickly see how much mileage you have earned? Just whip out your phone and in seconds you will have the answer.

Manilla is so easy to set up. You can create an account online or through the app. Then it’s a matter of adding accounts. There are over 3,000 accounts covering finance, rewards, and subscriptions. You simply search for each company name and add your log in credentials for each one. You can add accounts for your credit cards, utilities, phone service, cable, etc. You can even add your bank so you can check your balance at anytime. For rewards, you can add the typical accounts such as all the airlines, hotels, and rental cars. They even offer magazine subscriptions and services like Netflix. For bill type accounts you will be able to see what you currently owe and you will start getting reminders 21 days before your payment is due (as long as it’s not an autopay type of bill). If you need to see more detail, Manilla can grab the image of your statement for you to examine, and you can save it in your personal database if you so wish. You can even download, print, or email those saved documents at anytime.

Now it’s possible that you might have some sort of expense or account that wouldn’t be supported by Manilla like rent. What you can do is add a custom reminder for those bills. For now you can only do that on the web interface, but you will soon have the ability to create your own custom account like rent that you can manage on your own. That option should land in November and will also support the mobile app.

Now I know exactly what you are thinking. You’re probably wondering if it’s safe to store all this info on the Manilla servers? Security is Manilla’s top priority and they use the same type of security that banks use which is SSL 128-bit encryption. Their practices are also monitored and verified by TRUSTe, Verisign, McAfee, and other leading security agencies. They do save your account credentials (online only) so they can access your account information, but they are stored in an encrypted format using AES-256 symmetric keys, which again is a similar protocol used by banks. Your credentials are never saved on your phone or tablet. Furthermore, to get access into the mobile app, you will set up a 4 digit pin code to insure that no one can get into it in the event your phone is stolen. Again, even if they could somehow figure out your pin code, they wouldn’t be able to get your log in credentials since they won’t physically be on the device. I also noticed that when I attempt to log in from different desktops, Manilla doesn’t just accept my username and password. They go one step further and ask me one of my secret questions. The bottomline is Manilla is secure and if you can trust your bank, you can trust Manilla.

Manilla is Free and I promise that you will feel more empowered when it comes to controlling and managing your bills. Check out my hands on video below, as well as their quick demo video, and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.

Feature list:

ACCOUNT MANAGER & BILL ORGANIZER

  • One secure place to monitor all your bills, finances, travel rewards & subscriptions
  • Automatic reminders to help you avoid late fees
  • Organized document storage for bills & statements
  • Never worry about missing something again

SEE ALL OF YOUR ACCOUNTS

  • Manilla supports more than 3,000 leading providers and is adding more each week, making bill management easier than ever.

ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU OWE

  • Manilla will send you a text message or email to tell you when it’s time to pay your bills. With Manilla as your bill reminder, you’ll never miss a due date or pay a late fee again.

GET FREE ONLINE DOCUMENT STORAGE

  • Download, print, send via email and read your documents whenever you want.

STAY PROTECTED

  • At Manilla, your security is our No. 1 priority. Manilla has top-level security and is monitored 24/7 for your protection. Manilla does not store passwords or secure information on your phone.

 

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