Intel is hunting $500m and a chip supply deal for its ailing OnCue pay TV service, it's reported, despite the system not having launched yet, with Verizon, Samsung, and others tipped to be in talks about a sale. The processor company had hoped to launch OnCue - which would include TV and mobile streaming over an internet connection - sometime this year, but struggled to ink the necessary content deals among other issues; now, Bloomberg reports, it's aiming for a second-best solution.
Wireless subscribers have been hit by scheming and scamming third parties over the years who trick customers into subscribing to premium text messaging services. These services send the user text messages and then charge money to the user's wireless bill. Many consumers simply pay these bills without realizing a bogus charge has been added.
HTC's One max phablet has landed at Verizon, with the 5.9-inch Android smartphone finally going on sale in the US. The oversized handset, which has a Full HD display and a biometric fingerprint scanner on the back for easier security, is priced at a not-inconsiderable $299.99 with a new two year agreement.
Back in August, we mentioned that smartphone and tablet maker Samsung had proposed installing kill switches on its smartphones and other gadgets by default. These kill switches would render the smartphone useless if it was stolen. The idea sounds good enough in theory, but the top wireless carriers have rejected the idea.
Reuters is reporting that an unnamed source "familiar with the matter" is saying T-Mobile is looking to buy $3 billion worth of wireless airwave spectrum from Verizon. T-Mobile, which is majority-owned by German telecom Deutsche Telekom, is the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the US. Its rapidly expanding wireless services operation is in need of more spectrum.
This week at the Mall of America in Edina, Minnesota, Verizon has unveiled their first "Verizon Destination Store". This store works with a variety of "lifestyle zones" including a "Get Fit Zone" and an "Amplify it Zone" and is in its first iteration a 9,700 square foot space designed to draw in new customers and tend to current customers all at once.
Today Motorola has made clear that the Verizon version of the Moto X smartphone will be first to work with Android 4.4 KitKat. This update to the newest version of the Android mobile operating system will likely spread to the rest of the Moto X iterations in the very near future, but rests here with the big red carrier in the USA first.
The very first modern Nokia tablet will be arriving in the form of the Nokia Lumia 2520, and it'll be hitting both the likes of AT&T and Verizon here in the United States. With Verizon, the tablet has been announced today as coming on the 21st of November and offered in both on- and off-contract iterations. While this is not a first for tablets going off-contract with the carrier, it's unique in that the idea is being presented so up-front.
Coming off a rather long testing phase, Isis Mobile Wallet has launched nationwide today. The digital wallet service is arriving with support from three of the big four US carriers and basically means users will be able to make mobile payments with their NFC-equipped smartphone. The catch of course, having a supported device and finding a location that will accept mobile payments.