Android? We know it isn't a very popular idea, but Google Ventures' Rich Miner is wondering why carriers don't do the same thing. He said as much at the Open Mobile Summit, with Fierce Mobile reporting that he expressed surprise at the fact that carriers don't take advantage of Android's open platform to make their phones stand out from the crowd.
Verizon is helping out the recovery effort by doing a number of different things. For instance, the company has opened up Wireless Emergency Communication Centers on Staten Island, at Monmouth University in New Jersey, and in two locations at Toms River in New Jersey.
AT&T and T-Mobile have announced that they will be opening up their networks for customers of both carriers in New York and New Jersey, two areas that have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Since both companies use GSM and UTSM networks, it means that users will be able to switch between the two networks with no problem.
T-Mobile customer, you might be experiencing better 4G speeds today. That's because T-Mobile has improved its 4G offerings at many "popular locations" around the city, specifically mentioning that 4G speeds are now available in "Arrowhead Stadium, Westport, Power and Light Districts, The Legends and in surrounding areas including Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte counties" in its announcement. T-Mobile customers are getting better voice and data coverage with this roll out, and the company says that you can expect faster data speeds if you're using an unlocked device.
SoftBank's desire to purchase a majority stake in Sprint last week, but today, the two companies confirmed the deal. SoftBank will pay out $20.1 billion to take control of a 70% share in Sprint, with $12.1 billion of that going to current Sprint shareholders as consideration for the buyout. The rest of the money - all $8 billion of it - will be given to Sprint as new capital.
data service that promises free 4G access, launched in a "public beta" of sorts today. FreedomPop users can access Clearwire Corporation's 4G WiMAX networks free of monthly charges and contracts, but there a couple of catches. First, the service isn't free right off the bat, as you'll need to buy either a USB router for $49 or a mobile hotspot for $89 from FreedomPop. Once you've purchased your peripheral of choice and are prepared to connect to the Internet, you'll be ready to take advantage of the free 500MB of data per month that FreedomPop has on offer.
Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet would be available from your carrier, and today we have all the details. Just like the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note II will be launching on all major US carriers. That means Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and the Now Network will all offer the 5.5-inch Jelly Bean powered smartphone.
now AT&T, smartphones and tablets are making a lot of people filthy rich. AT&T sold a whopping 5.1 million smartphones in Q2 of its fiscal year, with 61.9% of its postpaid subscribers using a smartphone. That 61.9% figure jibes quite well with what we've been hearing from Nielsen lately, which says that in Q2, 2 out of every 3 people who purchased a phone went with a smartphone over a feature phone.
Google Play Store isn't anything new. I've been able to bill app purchases directly to T-Mobile for a long, long time. Today though Google has issued an update regarding what all we can purchase and bill to carriers, and who all supports the system. If you're the type that hates giving out that credit card number (like my parents) this graph might be worth a second look.
Nokia's Lumia 900 has made quite the splash over on AT&T. But apparently it's not doing so hot across the pond: reports out of European cell carriers say that their retail staff can't make a case for other Lumia phones like the 710 and the 800. Why? It's the software, of course - Nokia's gone full Windows Phone 7 with their smartphone line, something that's a hard sell for European customers expecting Android.