After T-Mobile's rather biting offer, almost a bribe, for subscribers from other carriers to switch sides, it was only a matter of time before those carriers bit back. Now Verizon is announcing a revised Edge plan, shortening the 6-month wait to 30 days, to keep their customers from jumping ship.
This afternoon the folks at AT&T have made clear - sort of - their plans to move forward with their Mobile Share plans through the future, suggesting as they do that users currently on non-data phone plans will be able to stick to the old ways (for now). Until a time when traditional plans are axed completely, the basic $40 USD plan for 450 minutes of talk time will remain available - that's without data or text messaging of any kind, mind you. Mobile Share plans have been laid out as well.
T-Mobile's new contract-free value plans have just gone live. All of the new plans will have unlimited calling and unlimited texting included. The cheapest plan available is the $50 unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of data plan. If you want to increase your data limit, you can do so for an accumulative $10 charge. So for the 2GB plan, you'll have to pay $60, 4GB you'll have to pay $70, etc. After you reach your data limit, your data will be throttled to 2G speeds. All of the tiered data plans come with free Mobile Hotspot, so you can tether your phone to your laptop or PC.
Facebook is working together with 18 carriers throughout 14 countries to bring free or discounted data for Facebook’s messaging services. The free/discounted data will be available for Messenger on Android, Messenger on iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone within the next few months. This will allow people to save money on their current messaging plans, and will also draw in more users from those emerging markets.
Here near the end of the year T-Mobile is ramping up efforts to let you know that they are, indeed, a company that's expanding at a high rate. T-Mobile is expanding in 14 new metro areas including areas from one end of the United States to the other and they're making it clear that they're ready and willing to take in your unlocked iPhone 4S with their network - a network they say has beaten AT&T in internal speed tests - imagine that!
If you've been with T-Mobile or AT&T in the past and miss your ability to add Google Play purchases to your carrier bill each month now that you're on Verizon, you'll be glad to know that they'll be joining the party too quite soon. A confirmation of this update to the Google Play store as well as Verizon's connection to it has come through today via Google Play's official twitter account, complete with a date range for the roll out. If you're on Verizon you'll be able to add digital purchases to your normal carrier bill starting soon - within the next few weeks, in fact!
It's time to get your T-Mobile iPhone 5 party started with T-Mobile's own NanoSIM made specifically - since there's no other phone that uses it - for the current-generation Apple smartphone. What we're seeing today is the NanoSIM in a set of T-Mobile stores across the USA - the one you're seeing in this post appears to have been sent out - or at least printed - near the end of September. With these NanoSIM cards users will be able to plug their non-carrier-specific iPhone into the T-Mobile network for big pink connectivity across the USA.
It appears that the folks at T-Mobile are aiming to keep or gain a new collection of customers on iPhone 5 day - that being this Wednesday - with a plan they call "Unlimited & Unlocked." This plan will have customers bringing in their unlocked iPhone devices - of all kinds, we must assume, hint hint - with a lure of unlimited data in the mix. Whether or not they'll offer the same deal for the iPhone 5 as they are prepared to with the iPhone 4S and below is not yet known - what is known is that this is T-Mobile's biggest effort to date for working with a phone that they don't even carry.
This morning the folks at AT&T have made it clear that they will indeed be blocking Apple's FaceTime usage over their 3G network unless users switch to their new data plan, and have defended this move with a reiteration of an FCC rule on the subject. The FCC has a rule in place that keeps carriers from blocking applications that compete with their own - but because AT&T does not have an application that competes with FaceTime, they've made it clear that they feel justified in this situation. AT&T representative Bob Quinn spoke up today with assurances that criticism of this move by the carrier is nothing more than a "knee jerk reaction" on the part of users.
This week the folks at AT&T have unleashed a bit more information on their next generation of shared data plans for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This new set of plans for families, businesses, and groups of associates in general gets you ready for the shared data future as it hits AT&T on August 23rd, 2012. AT&T has provided a "Mobile Share Planner tool" that you can use to mark what you'll need and how much you'll be paying for it as well.