With tomorrow's iPad 2 launch, it's a win-win-win for Apple, consumers, and the nation's two largest carriers AT&T and Verizon. But what about the nation's third and fourth largest carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile? Despite the end of AT&T's exclusivity agreement, Apple continues to snub Sprint and T-Mobile, leaving them scrambling to stay in the game.
AT&T have announced a new calling package, A-List, which will allow the carrier's heavier users to contact between five and ten numbers without using their monthly minutes. Launching on September 20th for individual Nation subscribers on plans priced at $59.99 or above, or FamilyTalk subscribers on $89.99 or higher plans, the service will take on Verizon's Friends & Family scheme and T-Mobile's myFaves.
Individual subscribers who are eligible for A-List will be able to select five numbers, while FamilyPlan subscribers will have a ten-number list that affects all users on the plan. Meanwhile AT&T's rollover system will mean that unused minutes still get carried forward to future months.
Welcome to the last week of the year, and here at SlashGear an odd week since last week we did not have a wrap-up as such. What we're doing this week is checking out our last reviews, our last featured posts, columns, top posts, and the like. Note furthermore that this review is one part of a set of reviews of the whole year of 2011, pieces that we choose and that you choose in kind! The last posts of the year were an odd bunch, let me tell you, and at no point should you expect that a holiday season would be bland - in fact it was utterly wild when it came down to it - enjoy!
After months of waiting, the FCC approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, which gave it the better known prepaid service Cricket Wireless. Soon after approval was given, AT&T announced the acquisition was completed, and it seems wasted no time getting the ball rolling. As a result of the business move, the carrier's subsidiary Aio Wireless will fizzle away, being absorbed into Cricket.
A new wireless carrier is reportedly coming to the US on September 26 and it could be called Personalized Wireless. A short ad aired recently hinting at the mysterious new carrier, touting a service that will be different, that will adapt to you, quietly bringing apps, rewards, and "stuff that's just right for you."
Sprint is reportedly in talks with cable companies to buyout Clearwire, which has recently announced adoption of 4G LTE and its need for funding to build out the new network. The carrier is already invested in Clearwire, but may seek to buyout the remaining portion of the company and may do so jointly with Comcast and other cable partners.