T-Mobile Lays Down Overage-Fee Challenge

T-Mobile Lays Down Overage-Fee Challenge

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 14 2014 - 2:25pm

T-Mobile president/CEO Tom Legere
T-Mobile president/CEO Tom Legere


UPDATE! Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile threw another challenge at its competitors by ending overage charges on older T-Mobile consumer plans.

Last year, the company launched Simple Choice plans, which lacked overage charges, as part of its “uncarrier” strategy.

All Simple Choice plans offer unlimited talk and text and 500MB of 4G data at $50/month for a single line, with unlimited data at 128Kbps speeds when the 500MB cap is exceeded, according to T-Mobile’s website.

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Sprint Enters Kids-Phone Market

Sprint Enters Kids-Phone Market

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 14 2014 - 9:30am

Sprint’s $199 WeGo is targeted to kids ages 5 to 12.
Sprint’s $199 WeGo is targeted to kids ages 5 to 12.


Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint entered the kids-phone market with a $199 WeGo phone targeted to kids ages 5 to 12 and featuring parental controls and GPS tracking.

Positioned as a value-priced starter phone for kids, the WeGo is available in Sprint stores and indirect retailers at $199 up front or 24 monthly payments of $5. Service costs $9.99 per month for 1,000 minutes of talk and 1,000 text messages.

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Report: Amazon Readies Smartphone

Report: Amazon Readies Smartphone

By TWICE Staff On Apr 14 2014 - 8:50am




New York – Amazon will extend its CE hardware lineup beyond e-readers, tablets and its recently launched TV set-top box with a smartphone that could be announced in June and ship in September, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The company has been demonstrating the handset to app and software developers, the report said.

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MagicJack Rebrands App, Adds Android

MagicJack Rebrands App, Adds Android

By John Laposky On Apr 10 2014 - 3:16pm

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MagicJack's MagicApp is iOS and Android compatible.


West Palm Beach, Fla. -- MagicJack VocalTec has rolled out its updated mobile app – rebranded as MagicApp – which adds free calling on Android devices.

In addition to free unlimited local and long-distance calling to the U.S. and Canada and free unlimited international calling between any MagicJack number globally, MagicApp also provides low-cost outbound international calling to mobile phones and landlines from the U.S., the company said.

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HTC One M8 Smartphone Rolls Out Broadly

HTC One M8 Smartphone Rolls Out Broadly

By TWICE Staff On Apr 10 2014 - 1:36pm

HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 chassis is 90-percent aluminum.


Bellevue, Wash. – HTC’s new flagship One (M8), available since March 25 in Verizon’s brick-and-mortar stores, turned up today in the brick-and-mortar stores of other top carriers and in the stores of indirect retailers.

Since March 25, the phone has also been available from multiple online stores, including Amazon, Appalachian Wireless, AT&T, Best Buy, Bluegrass Cellular, Car Toys, Cellcom, Chat Mobility, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Costco, Military Exchange, Net10 Wireless, Pioneer Cellular, RadioShack, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Walmart.

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Motorola Mobility Names President/COO

Motorola Mobility Names President/COO

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 9 2014 - 2:14pm

Rick Osterloh
Rick Osterloh


Chicago — Google promoted Rick Osterloh to president/COO of Motorola Mobility.

He was Motorola Mobility’s product management senior VP and replaces Jonathan Rosenberg, who took the COO reins on April 1 after CEO Dennis Woodside left the company to become Dropbox COO. Woodside left after Google announced it would sell Motorola Mobility to computer maker Lenovo.

Rosenberg said he will continue as Google liaison and adviser to Motorola through the transition period leading to Lenovo ownership.

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T-Mobile Lobs Another Price Bomb

T-Mobile Lobs Another Price Bomb

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 9 2014 - 12:32pm




Bellevue, Wash. — In what it called the first of multiple new “uncarrier” initiatives launching over the next three days, T-Mobile unveiled a Simple Starter value plan that positions T-Mobile as the only major U.S. carrier offering a single-line 4G data plan at $40 with unlimited talk and unlimited texting.

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More FCC-Certified Cellphone Boosters On The Way

More FCC-Certified Cellphone Boosters On The Way

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 9 2014 - 12:16pm

Wilson’s $549-suggested in-door DB Pro cellular-signal booster
Wilson’s $549-suggested in-door DB Pro cellular-signal booster


New York — More cellular-signal boosters have won certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under new regulatory and technical standards to prevent cellular-network disruption.

Wilson Electronics of St. George, Utah, said its entire line of consumer cellular signal boosters has now been certified with the certification of the MobilePro and DB Pro 4G products.

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Sprint, Kyocera Team On Feature Phone

Sprint, Kyocera Team On Feature Phone

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 9 2014 - 8:27am

Kyocera’s feature phone with slide-out keyboard is called the Verve when sold wi
Kyocera’s feature phone with slide-out keyboard is called the Verve when sold with Sprint and Boost Mobile service, and it’s called the Contact when sold with PayLo service.


Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint and its prepaid brands Boost Mobile and PayLo will launch a low-cost feature phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, underscoring a continuing need to offer low-cost feature phones, particularly with no-contract services that don’t subsidize phones.

The Kyocera-made phone features CDMA 1x data technology, which delivers data at real-world speeds averaging 80Kbps to 100Kbps.

The phone is called the Verve when sold with Sprint and Boost service, and it’s called the Contact when sold with PayLo service.

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Carrier Consolidation Continues

Carrier Consolidation Continues

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 7 2014 - 2:29pm




Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon is buying Cincinnati Bell’s wireless operations in a deal valued at $210 million.

Verizon will get access to Cincinnati Bell’s 1.9GHz and 1.7/2.1GHz spectrum in the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, areas.

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