Aio Wireless has just announced that will be rolling out their service throughout the US starting next month. Aio Wireless, which provides no-contract prepaid plans, is so far only available in selected markets in Tampa, Houston, and Orlando.
Virgin Mobile has released their latest Android smartphone, which coincidentally is also their first waterproof device. The handset is the Reef and it has arrived with a 4-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an IPX7 certification for protection against water. The Reef also has a relatively low contract-free price and is available for use with the Virgin Mobile plans beginning at $35 per month.
Over at the Prepaid Press Expo in Las Vegas, mobile provider Ultra Mobile announced an addition to its no-contract plans. Ultra Zero is a new feature that allows subscribers to make calls to Canada, the UK, China, Mexico, and Singapore at almost no cost.
TextNow has expanded from being an app that offered WiFi based calling and messaging to a standalone service. This is arriving as a no-contract setup and will be using the existing TextNow SMS and voice infrastructure. Well, that along with a 3G network for times when you are outside of a WiFi connection. Of course, perhaps the bigger story here is the pricing -- service begins at $19 per month.
Virgin Mobile has another LTE handset joining the available lineup today. The handset is the LG Optimus F3 and as standard practice with Virgin Mobile -- it will be available without any long-term contract. The Optimus F3 will be priced at $179.99 and available with the month-to-month Beyond Talk plans.
Boost Mobile looks to have begun rolling out an update for the HTC One SV. This update will bring your handset up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is arriving with HTC Sense 4+. Boost Mobile has yet to post an official changelog for the update, however there are plenty of details that have been shared.
Boost Mobile has confirmed the availability Samsung Galaxy Prevail II and Kyocera Hydro Edge this morning. The Galaxy Prevail II is available for purchase as of today and the Kyocera Hydro Edge will be arriving in the not to distant future. As standard practice with Boost Mobile, both of these devices will arrive contract-free. The Galaxy Prevail II will be $179.99 and the Hydro Edge will be $149.99.
Aio Wireless was launched by AT&T as a prepaid carrier setup. The original announcement came back in May and at the time Aio Wireless had a few smartphones and tablets available. While that number hasn't grown tremendously since, there has been a new addition that arrived today. The latest handset is the ZTE Overture 4G which Aio Wireless has priced at $149.99.
AT&T had announced some updated GoPhone plans earlier in the month and as was expected, those plans have since come available. The carrier has updated the basic/quick messaging plans, however the focus here will be on the smartphone plans -- of which there is now two new options available.
Confirming the earlier rumors and leaks, Boost Mobile has confirmed the upcoming availability of the LG Optimus F7 smartphone. The handset will be available beginning on June 27th and will arrive priced at $299.99. And just to make it clear, that is a contract-free price. Those considering a purchase will be getting 4G LTE connectivity along with Jelly Bean and a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display.