At a time when many are pining for simple data-only smartphone plans, there's a subset among us who still use their phones in a decidedly traditional manner: voice calls and perhaps texting. Those individuals don't want to pay for the data they don't use, and often gravitate towards smaller carriers that tailor to those wants.
We’ve all but confirmed an Amazon phone is on the horizon, with a mystery device in the announcement and poorly edited video teasing the device. What remained to be seen was just how Amazon would tie their offering into Prime. A new report hints at just how we’ll be able to take advantage of an Amazon phone on our carrier of choice.
T-Mobile has a curious new program for us. Via Google+, we find T-Mobile bragging up an exclusive club of sorts, with “limited-stock devices and accessories reserved for true enthusiasts”. Called The Underground, T-Mobile seems to want to create an avenue for oddball devices to make their way to the tech-hungry minority.
Remember those family calling circles, where you had to put a few of your closest pals (and parents) in a special circle, and calls to them wouldn’t count against your plan allotment? It was a pretty terrible scheme, but it may be coming back. A patent has been found, detailing how Vic Gundotra and the Google+ team imagine their circles feature would work with carriers. It’s a bit complicated, but has some interesting potential.
The ability to text an emergency to 911 has long been in the works, and will finally be realized this month. Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be able to handle your 911 texts. While the program is not designed to take the place of calls to 911, it does provide a necessary option for those in dangerous circumstances.
This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.
This week T-Mobile USA has made clear that they’ll be trashing all overage charges for smartphones, tablets, and any other device on their network. This move was started with their Simple Choice plan last year, and will now be spread to all devices on all plans.
It might sound like a headline worthy of April Fools, but BlackBerry is a company that can hardly afford such a joke. The embattled smartphone maker has just announced that come April 25, it will no longer renew its license agreement with T-Mobile that allows the carrier to sell BlackBerry devices.