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AT&T announces new flat rate global talk and text plans, offers options for weary travelers

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A few months back AT&T made some changes to its international data plans and today old Ma Bell is at it again. The carrier’s new text and call packages will take effect on November 16th and will offer flat rate pricing to globetrotters who often find themselves abroad. AT&T’s Europe Travel plan offers minutes in increments of 30, 80 and 200 respectively priced at $30, $60 and $120 per month, with an overage rate of $1 per minute. For customers traveling elsewhere, the company’s new Rest of World Travel setup features buckets of 15, 40 and 100 minutes of talk time also priced at $30, $60 and $120 a month, with an overage charge of $2 per additional minute. As for those who’d rather text than talk, AT&T’s newest Global Messaging plan serves up 600 text, video and picture messages for $60 per month in over 120 countries. Finally, customers who have 300MB or 800MB international data add-ons will be able to use AT&T’s WiFi International app to access up to 1GB of free WiFi data each month. Now take a breath and let all of that info marinate. Got it? Good. So, if you’re a frequent flyer trying to save some won, euros or rupees, or whatever — then be sure to check out the press release for a complete list of countries covered under these new plans.

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AT&T and T-Mobile partner up to help keep families and friends in touch after Hurricane

I can remember back when Katrina hit, T-Mobile did some pretty great things for the people in those areas. Tossing up mobile cell cites, offering phones for people to use to call friends and family and even wiping out minutes and crediting accounts for overage int hose areas. It is a pretty great gesture from a mobile operator to offer up a helping hand rather than adding more burden to the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster.

Looks like T-Mobile is going to be partnering up with AT&T this go around after Hurricane Sandy tore up New York and New Jersey. They will be opening up all of their towers in the surrounding areas to lighten the data and talk time load. This should help more people get through to the people they need to without getting network busy issues. In addition, all calls placed and received in those areas on either carrier tower won’t go against their minutes on their plan. We definitely applaud both networks for getting involved so fast and working together to help people, rather than hinder them.

AT&T and T-Mobile Open Networks to Customers of Both Carriers in New York and New Jersey

Dallas and Bellevue, Wash. — October 31, 2012 —  In the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, AT&T and T-Mobile are taking extraordinary measures to make sure our customers can stay in touch.

AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies in the heavily impacted areas and where capacity is available and for subscribers with a compatible device.

AT&T and T-Mobile customers will be able to place calls just as they normally would, but their calls will be carried by whichever network is most operational in their area. This will be seamless for AT&T and T-Mobile customers with no change to their current rate plans or service agreements even if the phone indicates the device is attached to the other carrier’s network.

T-Mobile and AT&T both utilize network technology based on GSM and UMTS standards, which allows for this sharing of voice and data traffic.

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FreedomPop ships its 4G-enabling iPod touch case, lets us nearly go phoneless for $99 (update: plan clarifications)

FreedomPop ships its 4Genabling iPod touch case, lets us nearly go phoneless for $99

FreedomPop’s gamble on free WiMAX data launched in beta at the start of month, but early adopters had to be contented with conventional hotspots and modems at first; those of us with a fixation on data-only cellular handsets had to keep waiting. We can stay slightly cooler-headed now that the provider is shipping its iPod touch 4G Sleeve. Shelling out $99 grafts a 4G hotspot to the back of the fourth-generation media player that gives it independence from WiFi as well as connection sharing with eight other devices — at least, for anyone willing to burn through that 500MB of free monthly data in record time. About the only catches are the $10 per gigabyte overage fee and a design that’s just slightly behind the times for iPod addicts. While some of us will still cling to smartphones for coverage or legacy reasons, others who mostly communicate through Instagram food photos could have that excuse they need to drop cellular phone service once and for all.

Update: Thanks to reader (and early adopter) Penn who pointed out that overages are $20 per gigabyte if you’re on the free plan — it’s only $10 if you’re a regularly paying customer.

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FreedomPop ships its 4G-enabling iPod touch case, lets us nearly go phoneless for $99

FreedomPop ships its 4Genabling iPod touch case, lets us nearly go phoneless for $99

FreedomPop’s gamble on free WiMAX data launched in beta at the start of month, but early adopters had to be contented with conventional hotspots and modems at first; those of us with a fixation on data-only cellular handsets had to keep waiting. We can stay slightly cooler-headed now that the provider is shipping its iPod touch 4G Sleeve. Shelling out $99 grafts a 4G hotspot to the back of the fourth-generation media player that gives it independence from WiFi as well as connection sharing with eight other devices — at least, for anyone willing to burn through that 500MB of free monthly data in record time. About the only catches are the $10 per gigabyte overage fee and a design that’s just slightly behind the times for iPod addicts. While some of us will still cling to smartphones for coverage or legacy reasons, others who mostly communicate through Instagram food photos could have that excuse they need to drop cellular phone service once and for all.

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LTE in the US costs 10 times more than Sweden

Everyone knows that getting data on a cell phone is expensive. Those hefty cell phone bills build up quickly, and our data plans are a huge part of the large cost. If you consider overage fees for going over your data allotment, the cost can become downright obscene. If you think 4G LTE is expensive, well, you’re right, but you will think it’s much worse when you realize how much more the US pays for data than other parts of the world.



In a study performed by the GSM Association based in London, they looked at data prices for countries all around the world and compared the cost. In spite of the US having the largest 4G LTE market in the world with almost half of total LTE subscribers in the US, it is still far more expensive than other parts of the world. In total, the test found that there are 27 million 4G LTE subscribers in the world. South Korea is the second-largest market for LTE service with 7.5 million users, with Japan behind them with 3.5 million users.

The study used Verizon wireless to compare prices with European prices. They found that Verizon charges $7.50 per gigabyte of data received. In Europe, the average charge for a gigabyte of data is only $2.50. That is the average of Europe as a whole, when you get down to individual countries, the results look even worse for the US.

Sweden is the most shocking example, where customers often pay as little as $.63 per gigabyte of data. Verizon was quick to cite that the plans shown also feature unlimited minutes, texting, picture messaging, video messaging, and Verizon’s personal hotspot. If you strip away those extras, Verizon is still charging $5.50 per gigabyte of data, which still puts it a long way off of the European average and so far from the price in Sweden that it’s almost a different universe entirely.

[via SlashGear]


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4Glob: Safeguard From Those Huge Data Bills

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Nektony updated 4Glob, a new version of the Internet data tracker for and iPad. 4Glob is an application that will help you stay within your plan and avoid overage fees, which will be beneficial for people actively using mobile Internet.

With this app, you shouldn’t worry about overage charges, and be more mindful of your Internet usage. 4Glob will help you avoid extra bills by preventing unexpected data consumption.

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Finish reading “4Glob: Safeguard From Those Huge Data Bills” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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US Cellular launches their own Wi-Fi Now application

US Cellular have released an app that helps their customers easily find Wi-Fi connections while they’re on the go. The app is called Wi-Fi Now and is available in the Play Store for free. Once you launch the application on your device, you will be automatically connected to known good Wi-Fi access points that are available around you. The app can also be configured to automatically connect to your Wi-Fi at home after manually entering the connection information. According to US Cellular, this feature will be pre-loaded on all of their Android devices from now on.

This can be a great application for customers looking to save data usages each month. More information available in the press release after the break!

U.S. CELLULAR LAUNCHES FREE “WI-FI NOW” APP

Devicescape app helps customers seamlessly connect to Wi-Fi hotspots to manage data usage

CHICAGO (September 13, 2012) – With millions of Wi-Fi hotspots available across the country, it is becoming easier for smartphone and tablet users to stream a baseball game or download important documents while managing their data usage. U.S. Cellular has worked with Devicescape, a leader in Wi-Fi offloading services, to simplify the process even more with the launch of Wi-Fi Now, a free app that allows customers to easily connect to Wi-Fi hotspots wherever they are.

Customers can use fast Wi-Fi Internet connections on their smartphones and tablets in their home, hotels or favorite coffee shops and not worry about using their data plan allotment. Wi-Fi Now detects and automatically connects U.S. Cellular customers to the Wi-Fi hotspot, making a seamless transition from the cellular network to Wi-Fi.

“Wi-Fi Now complements our high-speed nationwide network and allows customers to easily get the data they want when they need it,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “Our goal is to create a better wireless experience and with the surge in demand for more data, this free app will help customers manage their usage and save money.”

U.S. Cellular customers can download the free app from the Google Play store on their Android-powered device, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and it will be available soon on the U.S. Cellular shelf in the Amazon App Store. It will also be preloaded on future U.S. Cellular Android-powered devices. The app prompts users to add their own home Wi-Fi networks and automatically connects them to quality public hotspots when they are available.

In addition to Wi-Fi Now, U.S. Cellular provides additional resources for customers so they can personally manage and monitor their data usage and help ensure they are on the right plan for their needs. These tools include a data estimator on its website, data tracking on My Account, a web page dedicated to helping customers manage their data usage and recently launched data overage alerts to go along with the company’s free Overage Protection program for voice and messaging.

To say hello to a better wireless relationship, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 31 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 58 percent will have access by the end of 2012. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

About Devicescape
Devicescape, The Wi-Fi Offload Company™, connects more devices to more Wi-Fi hotspots than any other offload service because Devicescape manages the largest virtual network of hotspots worldwide. Devicescape, which serves mobile operators with advanced Wi-Fi solutions, is headquartered in California, privately held by leading venture capital companies including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, August Capital, JAFCO Ventures, and Enterprise Partners. Online at www.devicescape.com.


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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Announced at Press Event

At the Press event in Los Angeles yesterday, Amazon announced its new high-end Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE tablet device. Amazon had their very own Jeff Bezos at the event speaking and he said that to sell a tablet at $499, Amazon would be required to include “the ultimate tablet feature.”

The 8.9 inch, $499 Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE will be coming with a whopping 32 gig’s of storage along with a $49 per year data plan that will allow you to use 250mbp/s of data, 20 gigs of cloud storage and a $10 Amazon App Store credit. Bezos did not mention just yet regarding how much it’s going to cost you if you over that minor monthly allowance, but I am hoping that Amazon will open up an option to increase that 250mb’s by a few gigs or at least make the overage charges not so ridiculous. Amazon also has not said which network was partnering with them, but the 4G LTE logo that was displayed matches up to AT&T.

Amazon was very bent on promoting the advantage of its device versus Apple’s device, and highlighted the savings that was involved in an integrated data plan. Jeff Bezos summed up the bullish attitude by simply saying “we have just built the best tablet at any price.” The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available for pre-order today (granted that their website didn’t crash), and will be shipping on November 20th alongside the Wi-Fi only version.

Anyone excited for this new device? Will you be purchasing it when it launches or even pre-ordering it? I personally think it looks really nice and is a lot better than a lot of the $299 tablets on the market. Comparing it to the iPad 3, it also looks pretty good, if not better than it.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

source: android central

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T-Mobile Kicking Off New Unlimited Data Plan

We’ve arrived upon T-Mobile’s 10th anniversary in the U.S and to celebrate the carrier is launching its new Unlimited Nationwide “4G” Data Plan. It’s available today and I’m sure many of you have already seen it in you’re emails or account notifications. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s some details as to what you can expect with it.

You’ll notice that the data plan actually has no caps, speed limits or any sort of overage, and also includes an extra discount on newer devices like the HTC One S when signing on for a brand new two-year plan. The data plan cost essentially will be depending on your core voice and text plan. If you’re already on the value plan, the new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be costing you around $20/month, while it will cost $30 if you’re on the T-Mobile Classic plan. If you choose to get unlimited everything on T-Mobiles network and a subsidized phone, it’s going to cost you around $90/month or $70 without the new phone.

This new unlimited plan was announced earlier this summer, and should be doing very well to compete with Sprint (the only carrier in the United States that continues to boast of unlimited plans for quite some time now) for the back-to-school rush. Sprint has also added a bonus of LTE connectivity for now, but if you look at it this is only a selling point if you live in their coverage area. Sprint has less then 15 LTE markets across the United States, so chances that you’ll be getting LTE connectivity is very minimal. I wonder with both T-Mobile and Sprint waving their Unlimited Data plans in everyone’s faces, what are the chances that Verizon and AT&T will be revisiting this idea? What would the chances be of either carrier starting to include Mobile Hotspot or even tethering with the data plan? While they offer a very expensive Mobile Hotspot plan, it’s limited to 10GB’s of high speed internet, if you go over, they’ll reduce your speeds. They didn’t say how much they reduce speeds but it should be a notable difference. I’d at least assume they’d switch you over to 3G, which really isn’t bad per-say, but a truly unlimited hotspot plan would be pretty amazing and a really competitive move on T-Mobile’s part.

Is anyone actually interested in this new offering from T-Mobile or are you just not so sure on the idea? Personally, I like the idea of their Hotspot plan, but it’s way to expensive to even think about getting it. You can expect to pay around $150 a month per handset on the plan which as you can tell, is very a very pricey amount. That said, would you be interested in switching over from AT&T or Verizon, Sprint even, to take advantage of this new plan that T-Mobile is offering?

I’m kind of on the fence about it. I personally would have to wait and see how the plan is working out for everyone before thinking about switching. Not like T-Mobile is in my area or anything though.

source: Android Central

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Sprint Bashing AT&T and Verizon’s Shared Data Plans, Boasts of Its True Unlimited Data Plan

Depending on how many people are on your data plan, shared plans could potentially be a really good thing. Both AT&T and Verizon has adopted this business model mainly to “bank” off of data usage, but even though the sole goal is to earn money, it can potentially help you save money. Other carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile aren’t fond of this though. Lately, Sprint has been boasting of their last true unlimited data plans in the country. Lately they have even been breaking in their new advertising campaign to remind you that you don’t need to share your data.

In a Press Release, Caralene Robinsone from Sprint said “the concept of sharing a monthly data allowance across a family or group of users increases the likelihood for a surprise monthly bill due to data overage charges.”

I’m not entirely sure what the idea was behind that statement, but I’ve found that it offers a whole lot more data and freedom than AT&T’s normal data plans. I do agree that sharing data might require some unnecessary overage charges if someone isn’t watching it carefully, but overall I think it’s a great thing if you have a group of users on one plan. What Sprint isn’t mentioning is that they only have a small amount of LTE cities up and running. That small amount is less than 15, just to let you know. What they also won’t tell you is that, if they had more LTE cities, they’d be hopping on the Shared Data plan bandwagon too.

Jarred Sutherland, a Droid-Life commenter summed it up perfectly:

No, T-Mobile and Sprint would LOVE to do the same but it would give people even less reason to jump to or stick with those carriers. They would love to stick it to customers but they realize that they don’t have the resources that Verizon and AT&T have. Big business is not your friend, they are there to be as profitable as they can be, in whatever way they can be. Props to their PR firm though, they would be stupid to let Verizon and AT&T get away without at least some jabs at them.

I personally think the shared data plan works in certain situations, but not all of them. It can potentially save you a few dollars while also helping you lose a few dollars, it just depends on what way you use it, really.

What do you think of shared data plans? Are they worth it or are you not sure yet?

Let us know in the comments below!

source: Droid-Life

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T-Mobile to the rescue with a truly unlimited data plan.

T-Mobile, my service provider of choice (sometimes for reasons unknown…), reportedly has a data plan on the way that is actually unlimited!  Could this be the end to throttling, caps and overage charges?

Quite possibly best of all, the plan is supposedly just $30 for Classic Plan customers and $20 for Value Plan customers and is available for all account types, including Small Business, Enterprise and in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately tethering isn’t included as they will offer 5GB and 10GB options.

What’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G good for?

  • Watch HD content to your heart’s content without worrying about things suddenly slowing down on you
  • NOT for those that wish to share their device’s data connection
  • Those that currently have 2GB of data and don’t want to worry anymore
  • Those that just want piece of mind

With T-Mobile moving in this direction, it would be nice if other carriers followed suit, but I know it’s wishful thinking.

source: tmonews


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T-Mobile calls out AT&T, says shared data plans are too complicated

Just this morning, AT&T announced their upcoming shared data plans that will begin rolling out to customers in August. This is an obvious competitive move toward Verizon’s newly released shared data plan offering, and both wield similar pricing.

This evening, T-Mobile‘s Director of Product Marketing Harry Thomas released a statement on the AT&T’s new data plan offerings, calling them costly, complicated, and punitive. He believes that this will only confuse customers even more, and will only help AT&T take more money out of their wallets.

“Unlike AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile does not plan on introducing shared family data plans and believes consumers will not benefit from that model. AT&T and Verizon shared family plans are:

· COSTLY – AT&T and Verizon are charging more for what consumers want by raising rates on data, but promoting the “value” by pointing to unlimited talk and text even though today many consumers use less of these services.
· COMPLICATED – both plans force customers to share data when many customers don’t know how much data they’re using, which makes it hard to stay within their limit when trying to balance multiple users.
· PUNITIVE – At the same time that AT&T and Verizon are making it harder for customers to manage overages, they are also charging overage rates of $15/GB for accounts with at least one smartphone.

Conversely, at T-Mobile we believe that:

· Customers who pay more, should get more – Rather than having to account for each device on a shared family data plan, T-Mobile customers can use their existing data plan to power multiple devices, while still saving hundreds of dollars annually.
· Data should be worry-free – With T-Mobile’s unlimited data plans, there is no surprise data cap or bill shock.
· Data plans should be flexible and affordable – At T-Mobile, customers have the option of only paying for the amount of data each member of the family believes they will need.” – Harry Thomas for T-Mobile

I actually agree 100% with Harry Thomas, as Verizon and AT&T are trying to make customers think that they are getting a good deal with unlimited talk&text. But lets face it: talk is becoming less and less popular, and text is starting to vanish with Google Talk and iMessage. 4G LTE has begun its rollout, so it’s only a matter of time before people are going to start to use more and more data.

What are your thoughts on Harry Thomas’s statement?

Source: TMoNews

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Verizon says Share Everything, and now you finally can

Verizon says Share Everything, and now you finally can

When Verizon finally came good on its Share Everything promise, mobile matrimony on the big red finally seemed a solid reality. If your team couldn’t wait to get its sharesies on, then rest easy, as Verizon’s come good on that 28th delivery date. Don’t forget, you’ll still have to cough up a monthly fee per device ($40 for a smartphone, $20 for a mobile hotspot etc) but you can still divvy up that $50-$100 monthly access fee, and be prepared to argue over that $15 overage charge if you choose the wrong one.

Verizon says Share Everything, and now you finally can originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile brings out new mobile data plans mainly for the suits and ties, makes overage optional

TMobile brings out new mobile data plans for the suits and ties, makes overage optional

T-Mobile just updated its prepaid data plans a month ago, and now it’s the corporate crowd’s turn for a shakeup. The new (and quite frankly daunting) array of primarily business-minded plans is based around whether or not you’d rather face throttling or overage fees if you push past a set cap. Overage Free plans for subsidized (Classic) and unsubsidized (Value) devices are largely self-explanatory and slow down that bandwidth cap-busting hotspot, modem or tablet until the next month. The High-speed plan range costs lower as a matter of course, but you’ll be dinged to the order of two to 10 cents for every megabyte over the limit. That said, there’s some bargains to be had versus other carriers, especially with the 5GB and 10GB plans. Provided you’re happy with T-Mobile’s coverage, it may be worth signing up to eke out a few extra dollars in savings every month.

T-Mobile brings out new mobile data plans mainly for the suits and ties, makes overage optional originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Offers, Boingo Wireless Sponsor Summer of Free Wi-Fi in NYC

Google Offers and Boingo Wireless are working together to bring free Wi-Fi for both New Yorkers and visitors alike. Starting June 25th, people could access the internet via free Wi-Fi hotspots set up in select subway stations across Manhattan.

Since its birth about a year ago, Google Offers has always been aggressive to provide the people of New York City and other 39 cities across the US with an easy way to find places to eat, play and shop. In a bid to make it even easier for the locals to find what they’re looking for online, it has partnered, for the first time, with Boingo Wireless to setup Wi-Fi hotspots in the following subway stations;

  • A, C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
  • L station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
  • C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 23rd Street
  • 1, 2, 3 station at Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street
  • F, M station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street
  • L station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street

This is going to be a summer-long free offering for straphangers so everyone could enjoy surfing the web without worrying much about overage charges until September 7, 2012. According to the director of marketing for Google Offers, Cliff Hopkins, this is just one way of bringing great deals to New Yorkers. This relatively new department of search titan has been working with hundreds of local businesses in bringing better deals for the localized market and so far, people are thankful for making their lives easier day-by-day.

The vice president of consumer marketing for Boingo Wireless, Dawn Callahan, also believes in the same idea as with Hopkins. In an official press release, she said that the partnership of Google Offers and Boingo Wireless brings the fun part faster for the people. Considering the internet plays a great role in everyone’s lives nowadays, stable and reliable connection like the ones being offered by Boingo is what people need to communicate or enjoy with their family.

Moreover, Transit Wireless is also grateful that big companies like Google also sees the importance of making transit riders connected most of the time. Transit Wireless CEO, William A. Bayne Jr., sees this opportunity as a great help in its vision to making subway riders of New York City the most connected people in the world.

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DataSaver Helps Android Users Reduce their Data Consumption

Is data-usage taking a toll on your mobile bills? Are you wary of the overage charges which your data operator might levy on you?

Well, to counter combat your woes, Devicescape- the company which is world leader in Wi-Fi offload services has launched an Android app- DataSaver. As the name suggests, DataSaver helps you downscale data consumption by automatically finding and using nearby Wi-Fi networks. According to Devicescape, there are over 8 million Wi-Fi hotspots over the world, most of which provide free internet access.

Though most people are tuned to their Wi-Fi connections at home for uninterrupted data usage, there is no option other than packet data when one is mobile. However, DataSaver automatically detects Public Wi-Fi connections and connects to them. Apart from certain retail locations, we all know how complex it is to connect to public Wi-Fi.

According to Jean-Marc Matteini, GM of Consumer for Devicescape, “The app is fully autonomous, and given the tremendous size of the Devicescape Network, Android users would now be able to chop off their cellular data consumption more than 30% “.

DataSaver mainly caters two vivid functionalities. The connection manager helps you connect to 8 million Wi-Fi hotspots on Devicescape network without the need to login. This provides a hassle-free Wi-Fi experience. Data Manager informs users about their current data performance and shows a graph of Wi-Fi versus 3G/4G usage.

It also informs users when they are nearing their data plan limit and provides some subtle tips to improve their data savings. The user-interface of the app is a huge plus as it is extremely intuitive, easy and very eye-catchy.

The only bottom-line of this app would be the need to have your Wi-Fi continuously on which might eventually drain the battery off rapidly enough. However, it is all about striking a cordial balance between battery and data usage. One needs to be foreseen for another.

This app is available for FREE download on PlayStore and you can download it here.

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Verizon announces their “Share Everything” plans, available June 28th


Today Verizon announced the “Share Everything” plans we have been hearing about. The “Share Everything” plans are kind of like a build it yourself plan. They all include unlimited voice and text then let you chose what devices you want to add (up to 10) and how much data you want (up to 10gb). I was reading over this PDF and made sure to zoom in on the fine print “Data overage is $15 per 1gb. Need more than 10gb of data? Add 2gb for $10 by logging in to My Verizon.” It is nice of Verizon to offer us 2 extra gigabytes for just 10 dollars but the overage charges could still get ridiculous. It’s a pretty interesting idea and I can definitely see how for the right situation this would be perfect but for those with grandfathered in unlimited data plans not so much. Are any of you thinking of switching over from your current plan to the “Share Everything” plan?

 

Source- Verizon 

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AT&T cuts prices on international data roaming, goes easier on overages

International data roaming in Barcelona

Could it be? Is AT&T addressing bill shock by simply trying to make international data roaming costs reasonable? From the looks of its new Data Global Add-On deals, that might be the case. The baseline price is up from last year at $30 per month, but you’ll get 120MB of data for your trouble — an amount that used to cost $50. The next step up not only costs less than before, at $60 versus the old $100, but ups the data ever so gently to 300MB in the process. AT&T’s maximum allotment is still a relatively modest 800MB, but at $120 a month, it’s a lot easier to swallow for a European vacation than the earlier $200 for the same data cap. The real advantage for all three may be the overage rate: rather than bill by the byte, AT&T is now charging $30 for every 120MB over your limit, so you won’t have to fork over the equivalent of a car payment just because you couldn’t resist posting to Instagram from the Alps. We still think dedicated international services like Xcom Global (or an unlocked phone and a prepaid SIM) are the most efficient ways to go, but the carrier-bound among us will catch a big break when the new international plans take effect June 1st.

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What to do with your Verizon unlimited data plan

Like a few of you, I was dismayed to hear last week that Verizon would be phasing out its customers who were “grandfathered” into unlimited data plans by forcing them to adopt the new shared data plans this summer. I’ve been an unlimited customer for years, and when I lived out in the country the tethering plan saved me around a thousand dollars a year in overage fees I’d otherwise have been paying. “Blow this for a game of soldiers,” said I, “they can have my unlimited data when they take it from my cold, dead hands!”

Of course, you can keep the current terms of your contract so long as you don’t buy a subsidized phone. Which puts me in something of a conundrum: I’m the (mostly) happy owner of a Galaxy Nexus, and as previously discussed, it doesn’t look like Verizon has any intention of releasing a device that meets or beats it before the new policy goes into effect this summer.

Now as it happens, I’ve been eligible for a discounted phone since April (because I bought my Nexus from Verizon outright) and have just been waiting for a worthy and hack-friendly Verizon device to come along. Which hasn’t happened, and unless the Galaxy S III gets here before July, probably won’t. So here’s what I did:

I bought an iPhone.

“What?” you ask, “You? The man who swore up and down that the only thing that makes the iPad more worthy than its Android competitors is the data plan? The man who takes every opportunity to poke fun at Apple, its hardware and its customers? You, who by your own admission are as rabid an Android fanboy as has ever walked under the living sky?”

Yup. Here’s why: if you’re grandfathered into unlimited data, you can renew your contract right now and get and get a subsidized phone without losing unlimited, even if you’re upgrading from a 3G phone to an LTE phone. You can even score a pretty sweet $30 unlimited tethering plan. I don’t know if Verizon will come out with a worthy high-end Android phone before the new policy goes into effect, and we’d certainly tell you if we did. So I decided not to take chances and grab the discount now.

So why did I pick an iPhone? Simple: Apple products have an almost mythical ability to retain their value, and a brand new one in its original packaging can sell for nearly 90% of the retail price. It’s unfair, perhaps, but Android devices just can’t keep up. So I bought an iPhone 4S 16GB at a Verizon store, then without even opening the box, told them to re-activate the line on my Nexus. Bingo bango, I’d just spent $200 to get a device that’s worth $550 or more at street value – and my unlimited data is safe for another two years.

I put that sucker on eBay as soon as I got home, and it was claimed in a matter of hours. Now I’m $350 in pocket, with a Verizon unlimited contract that’s untouchable for another two years. Yes, I’ll have to spend extra money on the next Verizon phone I get. Between my unlimited plan and the remote location of most of my family, switching carriers really isn’t an option. But with contract-free prices of high-end devices hovering at around $650 on Verizon, the full price of that phone minus the $350 I just “made” probably won’t be any more than the upgrade price would have been anyway, at least at the time that the phone comes out.

This isn’t an ideal move for a lot of reasons. You’ve got to be 1) a grandfathered unlimited customer with 2) an expired contract or one that’s set to expire very soon and 3) have an Android phone you don’t mind hanging on to until the next big thing comes along. I’d still recommend waiting until just before the new policy goes into effect, just in case there’s a phone you really want that we haven’t heard of. But for those who, like me, are absolutely committed to keeping an unlimited Verizon 4G LTE account, I think it’s a pretty good solution.


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NetZero launches ’4G’ wireless service, we go hands-on

NetZero launches '4G' wireless service, we go hands-on

Remember NetZero? Today the company announced that it’s launching NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband, a wireless service rolling out in 80 US cities and offering value-priced monthly data plans without activation fees, contracts, commitments or overage charges. Customers can chose between two levels of service — Lightspeed (up to 1Mbps down / 384Kbps up) to conserve data and Warpspeed (up to 10Mbps down / 1.5Mbps up) for maximum performance — and can switch back and forth by simply logging into NetZero’s website (this can take up to 15 minutes). Five monthly data plans are available:

  • Free, $0, 200MB (limited to Lighspeed and limited to one year)
  • Basic, $9.95, 500MB (limited to Lighspeed)
  • Plus, $19.95, 1GB
  • Pro, $34.95, 2GB
  • Platinum, $49.95, 4GB

Two devices are offered — the NetZero 4G Stick ($49.95 + shipping) is a Windows and OS X-compatible USB modem and the NetZero 4G Hotspot ($99.95 + shipping) is an eight device-capable WiFi hotspot with an LCD and a 2200mAh battery.

So far, so good — NetZero is becoming an MVNO. Yet strangely, there’s no mention in any of the PR as to which network the company is using. We test drove NetZero’s new wireless service over the weekend using the WiFi hotspot and figured out that it’s using Clearwire‘s WiMAX network. In fact NetZero’s 4G Stick is identical to the Clear 4G Mobile USB modem (manufactured by Ubee), and its 4G Hotspot is the same as the Clear Spot Apollo (a rather bulky unit made by Gemtek)– see the FCC links below and read on for our impressions after the break.

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Interesting concept: AT&T planning to allow developers to pay for your data

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Tiered data plans and throttles has everyone careful about their data usage. After being used to unlimited data, customers are starting to feel the drawbacks of being limited. Streaming and other data-hungry tasks are starting to become less popular (at least when out of WiFi range), but AT&T is looking to relieve its customers by charging app developers for those GB’s.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Ma Bell is planning a new tactic, in which developers cover the costs of data while using their app. The claim is that this would help developers get much more downloads and usage, as users are starting to avoid such data-hungry apps. Users would be able to use said apps without the data going against their monthly limit.

If a developer offered to take the punch for your data, more users would be willing to download and use their applications. AT&T executive John Donovan compares such service to toll-free 1-800 numbers, in which the company covers the costs of phone conversations.

Of course, those are the positive sides of the story. There is the other side of the spectrum, in which it is believed that developers would be substantially hurt by such practices. Sure, users might be most likely to use their services, but the costs for the developer might become too overbearing; hence, hurting the Android ecosystem. Users who once feared that $10 per GB overage fee would now blow their GB’s away streaming music, videos, etc. Not to mention that the prices for those services would probably rise.

We will have to wait and see how AT&T plays its cards. We would hope that no developer is forced to be part of this, and stays optional. But let us know what you think. Would this be a convenient method? Will it harm developers and consumers, in the long run?

[Source: The Wall Street Journal Via: GigaOM]


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Shareware Site Tucows Launches Cheap Wireless Service in Conjunction With Sprint

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The folks at Tucows, who were once known for their applications (free, shareware or otherwise) repository for desktop operating systems are looking to introduce a new venture that’s interesting, to say the least. With the help of Sprint they have launched Ting, a pay-as-you-go service that gives users extremely good value compared to other PAYG carriers.

One of the great things about Ting is how flexible it is. You don’t have to have text, data, or voice if you won’t want it. Some might just want data and text messaging, while others might just want voice and nothing else. Ting lets you do any combination of the three main services that you wish. That is reason enough to switch for a ton of people.

Ting has ridiculously low prices when it comes to voice and text. For $3 you could get 100 minutes of talk time if you don’t use voice much. $9 would get you $500, saving you $3 if you extrapolate from the cheapest plan. Similarly with text messages, you can get 100 of those for $3, 1000 for $5 and so on and so forth.

Data is a bit different, though. You can get anywhere from 100MB of data ($3) to 3GB ($60). Naturally it’s more expensive than text and voice but Tucows allows you to step onto Sprint’s 4G WiMax network with any capable 4G phone of theirs.

Without the extra $10 data charge and without needing to pay separately to use your device as a mobile broadband plan it does still come out to be a decent value. Take a look at their rate plans above.

The most interesting thing is their overage feature. If you go over any of your allotted minutes, texts or data you’ll simply be stepped up to the next tier on whichever feature you go over on. If you don’t use all of the allotted features for that tier you’ll be reimbursed for those unused featured. If you happen to be stepped up to XXL and go over, you’ll be charged normal overage rates as seen above.

Here’s a list of the Android devices you’ll be able to get (all prices are without contract as this is a PAYG carrier):

If any of this sounds interesting to you and you want to try out a new carrier, head to Ting’s site. It’s not clear whether or not your existing Sprint devices will be able to be activated for Ting but we imagine you won’t be able to without some hackery on your part. Wherever Sprint’s network extends is wherever Ting extends so you won’t have to worry about a lack of coverage (for 3G and voice, anyway). [Engadget]


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Reversing the trend, T-Mobile UK introduces new unlimited plans

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In a move directly opposite of the current trend in mobile service plans, T-Mobile UK is introducing The Fully Monty. Yes, that’s really the name for a plan that affords subscribers unlimited calling, texting, and data. Divided into four price brackets, The Full Monty comes at four different price brackets ranging from £36 to £61 per month. The biggest differentiating factor between the tiers is the up-front cost of the device purchased alongside the new contract, though the lowest pricing option only includes unlimited calling within the T-Mobile UK network.

It’s refreshing to see a carrier introducing new unlimited plans rather than taking them away in an era where data usage has exploded and become a highly profitable venture. While the average user is probably just fine without unlimited data, a plan that doesn’t come with the threat of overage charges is music to the customer’s ears.

[via T-Mobile UK]


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T-Mobile, Walmart do another kumbaya with contract-free unlimited family plan for 3G users


Remember that 4G plan that T-Mobile and Walmart started collaborating on last year? Well, the two companies are making yet another announcement, teaming up on an improved Family Mobile Plan with unlimited 3G talk, text and web. For those who like cheap dates with no long-term commitments, the news gets even better at $45 per month for the first line ($35 for each additional line) with no contract necessary. There is a bit of a catch as your data speed gets throttled after you exceed your cap — 5GB if you sign up before March 16 and 250MB if you sign up after that. But, hey, that’s still better than being charged overage fees. You also have to pay a one-time $25 Starter Kit fee for each line.

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Verizon CEO: Family Shared Data Plans Coming in 2012

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Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam spoke at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference this week and he touched on the annoyance that is their family plan data structure. As it stands, each line under a family plan maintains their own data plans.

One might have 10GB of data while the other line may have 2GB, both having to pay their respective amounts. Some people would be quite alright just sharing data but it is not currently possible.

Fortunately for us, McAdam says Verizon has been working on the issue for a couple of years and may be ready to introduce it sometime in 2012. Of course, without the option of unlimited data for those who aren’t grandfathered shared data might become a problem for some accounts.

Trying to share 2GB of data between two or more lines might prove to be worrisome for everyone involved as you’d approach overage charges in the blink of an eye depending on usage.

Even having a 10GB plan might not be great if you have two or more lines under one account. Of course, no details were given on how all of this would work for both tiered users and current grandfathered unlimited users. We’ll just wait patiently for all of this to go down when the time comes. [Fierce]


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Verizon Offering Double Data Package On LTE Phones Beginning November 8th

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Here’s a tidbit of good news for those looking to pick up a new 4G LTE device on Verizon this month — be it the Droid RAZR, HTC Rezound, Galaxy Nexus (granted that it actually comes out this month), or even an existing LTE handset. Starting tomorrow, November 8th, Big Red will be doubling the data for all new or existing customers who re-sign their two year agreement with an LTE phone.

So, instead of being stuck with 2GB of data, you’ll have 4GB to play with before overage charges kick in. Sure, it’s still not unlimited, but for…

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Sprint axes unlimited data for all mobile broadband plans and mobile hotspot

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We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official.  Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data.  Depending on your existing plan, you'll be placed in a tier that goes between 3GB and 10GB of data, with a $0.05 per MB overage in-network, and a $0.25 per MB overage while roaming.

Note that this does not affect unlimited data for smartphones.  Your Epic 4G Touch or EVO 3D will still have unlimited data.  It's still a direction we hate to see yet another carrier travel, though.  Resist the temptation Dan.  Don't kill your unlimited smartphone plans.

Source: SprintThanks everyone who sent this in!


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[Deal] UK carrier Three discounts Galaxy SII to “free”

UK provider Three has recently lowered it’s prices on the uber popular Samsung Galaxy S II to “free”. In order to qualify for the discount you must sign a new two year contract with a minimum of £27 ($41.68) per month. The plan only gives you 500 anytime minutes, 5,000 text messages, and 1GB of data, which isn’t very much for you heavy users. If you’re anything like me, I personally would blow through that data cap in about a week. This plan appears to be geared more toward the occasional user, so be cautious not to accrue excessive overage fees. You can also opt for the £34 ($52.20) per month plan, which will upgrade your minutes to 2,000 and give you unlimited data.

On top of getting the phone for free, you will get 2 months free of Spotify premium, and you will have your choice of the black or white version. Hurry because this offer ends on September 30th. Hit the links below for details on each of the GSII versions offered during the sale.

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[Deal] UK carrier Three discounts Galaxy SII to “free”


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Sprint to cap mobile hot spot data plans starting October 2

Sprint has gone and killed off one of the few things that many of us liked about the carrier. It has stuck to the unlimited offerings while other carriers have been killing them off. Sprint is having second thoughts now as it has confirmed to BGR that it will in fact place a cap on mobile hotspot data used from Android smartphones and other smartphones starting early in October.

The data cap is set at 5GB and will go into effect on October 2. The cap will apply to WiFi tethering on 3G or 4G networks and will not count on the actual phone data plan says Sprint. If this goes smoothly for Sprint though I would not be surprised in the least to see, caps come to normal data plans too. Sprint is mum on what any overages will cost the user.

It has been rumored that the overage charges will be in the area of $0.05 per megabyte, which will get expensive very Quickly. The new hotspot plan will apparently still cost $29.99 monthly to use. I guess it’s still good that the normal data plans are unlimited, but a cap on one part certainly puts a damper on things.

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Sprint’s Truly Unlimited No More – Mobile Hotspot Getting A 5GB Cap Beginning October 2nd

sprint-logoThe carriers continue screwing us in lockstep. Sprint is once again making its service less appealing (and more in line with the rest of the quadopoly) by putting a 5GB cap on its Mobile Hotspot plans. As always with capped data, overage fees are now here to keep you up at night. Going over the 5GB cap will tack 5¢ per MB onto your bill, which means the homepage of AP is going to cost you around $0.30. We’re like an old timey newspaper.

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