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Google could reveal its new wireless carrier today

Google Project Fi

Google Project Fi

Google is believed to be working on a new wireless carrier, relying on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks for data connectivity. A new report suggests that this service could be officially announced today by the Mountain View company. This service which was initially known as Google Nova was believed to be known as Project Fi thanks to a revelation made by an app.

This wireless service from Google is said to offer the ability to switch between different network types seamlessly, while also offering the ability to share data with different devices without requiring to change SIMs. Google will also heavily rely on WiFi calling to ensure that users don’t have to use cellular networks at all times.

Google’s move is commendable and we’re hoping that this will offer inspiration to the current crop of wireless carriers to push for consumer satisfaction rather than focusing on the bottom line. It is said that Google’s new carrier will only work on the Nexus 6 initially, although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

What do you expect from Google’s new wireless service? Any feature in particular that you would like to see?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Sprint offering up to $650 for customers switching to Framily Plan

Sprint Logo

Sprint is now offering a nice incentive for customers who are looking to switch to the company’s Framily Plans. As part of its new Framily Switching Bonus, the carrier is offering $650 to customers who opt to choose Sprint from another carrier. $300 will be offered for trading-in an old device and another $350 will be given as a Visa prepaid card to pay off early termination fees and other charges.

Luckily, customers who are already involved in this plan can add their friends or family members so as to avail benefits of this new promo. Since T-Mobile offers a similar promotion urging customers to make the switch, the CEO of the carrier took a jibe at Sprint for supposedly ripping off their popular idea.

Customers under the Framily Plan will have to pay $55 per month and will get 1GB of data along with unlimited voice and texts. Adding an extra member to the group will take down the per-person cost down by $5 and will keep reducing until each member has to pay $30 per month. So ideally, you would want to have six members for this plan to avail the most benefits. This certainly isn’t a bad idea for people who have large social circles and the new signing up bonus makes the Framily Plan more attractive now.

This new promo will last until the 8th of May, so there’s plenty of time for you to make up your mind.

Source: Sprint

Via: Droid-Life

Rumor: Google could start its own wireless service soon

Google Logo

Google Logo

Google already provides internet service for customers through its Fiber service (only limited to a few cities at the moment). However a new rumor suggests that the Mountain View company is also working on starting a new cellular service in the country. We have heard reports about this previously, but nothing noteworthy has cropped up until now.

Some sources familiar with the matter have reportedly heard from Google that this service will be rolled out in areas where Google Fiber is currently available. It is said Google wants to team up with either Verizon Wireless or T-Mobile to launch as a MVNO in these regions.

Of course most of this is only a rumor at this point, so we can’t comment on its future. But it certainly sounds like a feasible option for Google, given that it already offers hardware through its retail channels. While merging with Verizon would help them leverage the vast customer base on offer, T-Mobile will most likely be a better option given its relationship with the public. For now though, take this with a pinch of salt. But as soon as we have something substantial, we’ll make sure you’re the first to know.

Source: The Information

Via: Android Authority

AT&T LG G Flex drops by FCC

AT&T LG G Flex

The AT&T LG G Flex has been spotted at the FCC website, days after the device was rumored to be heading to the wireless carrier. The document shows a device with the model number LG D959 (which is the model number of the LG smartphone) supporting LTE band 17. Other connectivity options that were revealed by the same document include GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, and quad-band GSM.

AT&T LG G Flex
AT&T LG G Flex

AT&T is just one of the carriers that are believed to be offering the smartphone soon in the United States. The others, according to a post by @evleaks recently, are T-Mobile and Sprint.

The T-Mobile LG G Flex, like the one that is coming to AT&T, has been spotted at the FCC, as well, showing support for LTE Band 4 (AWS).

With the device hitting market shelves in the United States in the near future, LG seems determined to make a killing with the smartphone. Of course, it helps that the device has been sparking a lot of curiosity from the public, mainly because of its curved and flexible OLED display, as well as its self-healing rear plate which was recently shown off in a demo video.

As for its other specifications, the LG G Flex appears to be a pretty decent device. It features a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage capacity, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 3,200mAh battery, and a 6-inch 720p display. It has dimensions of 6.32 x 3.21 x 0.31 in and tips the scale at 6.04 oz. The device is frequently compared to the Samsung Galaxy Round, although such Samsung product will only be available in limited quantities, even in Samsung’s home country of South Korea.

Apart from the United States, the LG G Flex will make its way to Europe and the rest of Asia this year. The device was officially unveiled in its home country during the latter part of October.

via pocketnow

T-Mobile HTC One, Blackberry Q10 to launch nationwide on June 5th

T-Mobile will be holding the nationwide release of the HTC One and the Blackberry Q10 on the same date, June 5th.

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Last month, the HTC One was made available in only 300 stores, a very limited number due to HTC’s lack of supply of the smartphone. A few days ago, HTC announced that it is increasing the production because of the high demand for the device. The company in fact doubled production starting from the middle of this month to the next to be able. This will allow HTC to guarantee an adequate supply of HTC One units in June.

The HTC One comes with a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, HTC Sense UI v5, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage capacity, 4 MP primary camera, 2.1 MP secondary camera, and support for Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, HSPA+ and LTE, among others. The 32GB T-Mobile HTC One costs $99 with a contract of a $20 payment per month for 24 months.

Joining the HTC One is the Blackberry Q10. Prior to this launch, the Q10 had already been made available for business customers. T-Mobile’s Blackberry Q10 is expected to retail for $99.99, with a contact of $20 payment per month for 24 months; or without a contract for $579.99.

The Blackberry Q10 is packed with a physical QWERTY keyboard, 3.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels, Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, BlackBerry 10 OS, 8 MP main camera with support for 1080p HD video recording, 2 MP secondary camera, NFC, and lastly, LTE and HSPA+ connectivity.

via tmonews

Sprint to impose $10 charge on Nextel iDEN customers

Call service provider Sprint recently announced its plan to impose an additional $10 charge against Nextel iDEN customers in January in an attempt to encourage customers to upgrade their phones to CDMA push-to-talk service.

Sprint, the third largest long distance provider by subscribers, is apparently luring its subscribers to switch to CMDA before they shut down Nextel iDEN on 30th of June 2013.

“Customers that migrate prior to January will likely find a price plan comparable to what they have now,” Sprint spokesman Mark Bonavia said in a statement. “They are also eligible to receive a variety of very attractive device offers.”

Sprint purchased Nextel for $35 billion in 2004 but the carrier’s decision to drop Nextel’s iDEN technology signifies that it’s starting to initiate moves for the accomplishment of its Network Vision plan. Starting in 2013, Sprint will unveil new features and improved services, including its move to 4G and LTE technology.

Sprint still has loyal market base in the public safety and construction industry along with its followers in the business sector, but the company had to make a move in order to capitalize on the booming mobile market and catch up with the kind of services being offered by its competitors.

Instead, Sprint has been encouraging customers to Sprint Direct Connect handsets, which provides the same push-to-talk feature of an iDEN phone.

Meanwhile, a report from a reliable insider said Apple will not be granting carriers to upgrade its 4G and LTE services until certainly requirements are met.

Telecoms.com reported Friday that Apple will be meticulous on carries, whether they have the capacity to support the iPhone 5.

In an article written by CNET reporter Erick Mack, he believes that Apple is just trying to avert any snag that could affect the sales of iPhone 5 and its future smartphones.

“It’s hard to imagine many situations where users would be better off on an old 3G network than even mediocre LTE. Perhaps Apple is still smarting from the legacy of the early iPhone era when sometimes shoddy service at the hands of AT&T’s network led some iPhone users to jump ship for an Android phone on Verizon (back in the days before Big Red snagged the iPhone),” said Mack in his article.

Google And Dish Network Holding Talks Over Possible Wireless Service Launch

Google has been holding talks with Dish Network as of late to partner on an all-new wireless service. This wireless service would be a competitor with some of the other big name carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. One of the people familiar with these discussions has said that the talks between Google and Dish Network could go nowhere. If Google were to launch a wireless service though, a lot of people would be jumping on board right away.

Google is just one company that Dish Network has been having talks with. Regardless, it seems like Google is wanting to get in on the industry. It’s not a bad move for the company either, especially with the launching of Google Fiber.

We’ll just have to wait and see if any fruit comes out of this.

source: Wall Street Journal

Rogers Set To Launch LTE In More Cities Throughout Canada By October 1st

Carrier Rogers Communications in Canada has just announced via their RedBoard blog that the company is getting ready to flip the switch on more locations throughout Canada with LTE service. Rogers Communications has plans to cover at least 60% of Canada with their LTE service before the end of the year. We are getting to the end of the year really fast, so Rogers is going to need to work fast. With trying to reach that goal, Rogets has taken a rather large step towards it and is launching the LTE service in the following locations that should be available no later than October 1st:

  • Kingston
  • Edmonton
  • Quebec City
  • Oakville
  • Burlington
  • London
  • Kitchener
  • Waterloo
  • Cambridge
  • Barrie

Rogers Communications has indicated that a lot of customers experiences speeds on their LTE network are hitting around 12 to 40 MBps. Apparentlly it’s supposed to offer a theoretical speed of 100 MBps, which we haven’t seen happen yet. Rogers has claimed that they offer the largest selection of LTC devices and handsets in Canada with a whole lot more to be added to their lineup.

Is anyone excited to see Rogers Communications expanding so fast? Having a goal of covering 60% of the Canadian population by the end of the year is quite a step, and a step that is going to make a lot of customers really, really happy. Do you live in Canada and have a 3G device? Is anyone of these LTE additions going to encourage you to purchase a LTE handset?

Let us know in the comments below!

source: talk android

Sony Take Over Of Sony Ericsson Approved By European Commission

Back on October 6th Sony announced that it’s intention to buy out their partner Ericsson in Sony Ericsson mobile phones. Now just a little over three months later the merger has been approved by the European Commission.

Sony’s CEO Sir Howard Stringer announced at a press conference at the International Consumer Electronics show that the newly formed unit of Sony for mobile devices would be called Sony Mobile Communications. We’ve heard from several sources that some of their newest, yet to be released devices have carried the branding of both Sony Ericsson and Sony Mobile Communications.

Sony’s buyout of Ericsson is $1.05 billion dollars and includes a treasure trove of patents and cross licensing with other Ericsson intellectual property.

source: Phandroid

42Mbps Verizon 4G LTE At Lucas Oil Stadium Ahead Of Superbowl 46

The world is preparing to converge on Indianapolis Indiana and Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl 46. Verizon Wireless, the wireless partner for the NFL, is preparing for the hundreds of thousands of extra wireless signals on their network during the big game and the festivities preceding it.

Our good friend Josh Smith over at Gottabemobile (Desree song playing while I write this) was treated to a set up tour of Lucas Oil Stadium. Smith reports that Verizon Wireless has installed over 400 4G/LTE throughout the stadium. We’re sure that Verizon also has a whole farm’s worth of C.O.W.S. and G.O.A.T.S behind the stadium.

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