Verizon will launch WiFi calling in mid-2015, the carrier has confirmed, having previously dismissed the technology as needless given the breadth of its existing voice network. The decision was announced by Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo this week, conceding that the carrier will need to do some technical work to upgrade its network, and pointing out that the system was "never a top priority" in the past.
Verizon customers chomping at the bit to get the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus as soon as possible are in luck: those with a smartphone upgrade eligibility date of November 15, 2014 or sooner will now be seeing that date changed for an immediate upgrade, allowing them to swap out their current handset for Apple's shiny new smartphone.
If you needed any more indication that a Nexus 6 smartphone is on the horizon, we may have stumbled onto a neat tidbit of info. When asked why the Nexus 5 was no longer on their support page, a Canadian carrier’s support page mentioned the Nexus 5 was no longer in stock, and wasn’t being sold. Further down the conversational line, we find that the Nexus 5 might be out of rotation entirely.
UK phone retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration, leaving 550 stores to close and many iPhone 6 preorder customers wondering whether their new iOS 8 smartphones will actually be delivered. The retailer had already received one unexpected blow after Vodafone opted not to renew its contract, and a similar decision by EE to also pull out of Phones 4U has seemingly signed the chain's death warrant.
T-Mobile USA is kicking off Uncarrier 7.0, and while John Legere might be proving to be a controversial chief exec with his regular rival-baiting, it seems his aggressive strategy is paying off. August was the biggest post-paid net-add growth in the history of the carrier, Legere revealed today; "Let me tell you the startling event that happened... it was August!"
Sony's Xperia Z3 smartphone will be launching with T-Mobile near the end of the year, ensuring buyers in the United States will be able to get their hands on the new flagship without lengthy waits. This is a big deal for Sony, which has seen lackluster carrier support for its flagship handsets, which are often difficult or out of reach for many fans in the US.
T-Mobile USA is racking up the Uncarrier events with alacrity, and the latest - Uncarrier 7.0, if you've not been keeping count - is set to take place on September 10th, the day after Apple's big iPhone 6 reveal. Taking place at a T-Mobile USA store in San Francisco, exactly what's on the agenda is unclear at this stage.
HTC's One M8 with Windows, the Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8, is headed to T-Mobile USA this fall the carrier has confirmed. Announced earlier this month as a Verizon exclusive at launch, the smartphone has the same 5-inch Full HD display as its Android counterpart, as well as the Duo Camera system with UltraPixel technology.
T-Mobile USA has added six new streaming music services to its Music Freedom, promising audio access from twelve providers without eating into your data allowance, and with Google Play Music still to come. Music Freedom launched two months ago, divorcing services like Spotify and Pandora from each subscriber's data bundle so that they could listen to as much they wanted without encountering overage fees.