Two new tools that'll combat scam calls will soon roll out from T-Mobile. Scam ID and Scam Block offer pretty much exactly what their names suggest. With Scam ID, customers will be alerted to a call likely not being legitimate. Scam Block will actually block calls.
Vodafone and Idea Cellular have agreed to a merger that'll make Vodafone the largest mobile carrier in India. Their combined provider will immediately have a customer base of 395 million subscribers, far surpassing some of the other largest carriers in the world.
AT&T has launched a new prepaid tier that includes unlimited calling, texting, and data, but it lacks full data speeds. You'll be capped at 3 Mbps for either $65 per month or $60 per month when using AutoPay. The offer is much cheaper than AT&T's other unlimited plan.
Streaming related to Verizon FiOS will no longer count against your data usage on Verizon Wireless. This zero-rating practice will see the carrier allow customers to use the FiOS Mobile App as much as they like. The app offers streaming and DVR content.
T-Mobile is upping its cap on unlimited high-speed data to 30 GB, which is 8 GB over what's offered by AT&T and Verizon. If you hit that limit, your speed could be throttled when you're in an area that's experiencing a significant level of traffic at a given time.
FreedomPop has unveiled a budget smartphone for the European market that comes with a free though limited mobile plan. The new V7 handset has a 5-inch 720p display, 1 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 210, a 13 MP camera, and 8 GB of storage. It's limited to two markets.
Chevrolet has announced it'll be the first major US automaker to offer an unlimited LTE data plan for customers. If you spend $20/month, you'll be able to get unlimited service in your vehicle. This offer comes from a partnership with OnStar. AT&T is being used for the network.
T-Mobile is planning a full commitment to LTE within the next couple years. The wireless carrier is likely going to drop its support of 2G and 3G, according to CTO Neville Ray, who was speaking at MWC. 2019 isn't a guaranteed date, but it is what the carrier is targeting.
T-Mobile has announced a new wireless promotion that includes three lines of unlimited data for only $100 per month. The offer technically provides an extra free line when you buy two or more lines. It's available for new and existing customers beginning March 1.
AT&T is working to make its unlimited plans more competitive in a space that's now filled with unlimited offers from all the major carriers. Its latest Unlimited Plus plan starts at $90 per month and includes unlimited talking, texting, and data. 10 GB of tethering is available.
LTE-U support will arrive on T-Mobile this year. The wireless carrier's announcement comes just after the FCC approved new LTE-U base stations from Ericsson and Nokia. Customers will begin benefiting from the use of unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band this spring.
Verizon is going to test 5G wireless technology in 11 US cities this year. It's going to introduce "pre-commercial" service to pilot customers. This is the first time the carrier will set up its 5G technology for actual use. The tests will begin in mid-2017.
EE, a mobile carrier in the UK, has unveiled drones and mini-blimps that'll be used to provide enhanced or emergency coverage. The drones and blimps come together for an "air mast" network that could be used for situations ranging from natural disasters to soccer matches.
Verizon has announced a new low-tier plan that includes 2 GB of LTE data for $40 per month upfront. The plan is $10 cheaper than its previous lowest-price offer. You'll also get unlimited calling and texting with the plan. It's not a great offer compared to other carriers.
Voice over LTE is being tested in Google's Project Fi. A small portion of users have received the feature, Google announced on its product forums. It'll be clear that you're part of the testing group if your signal indicator continues to read "LTE" when in a call.
To keep up with the competition, Apple plans to include wireless charging solution with the next-generation iPhones. According to JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur, Apple has been working with Broadcom on a new customized wireless charging solution for iPhones.
Merger negotiations between T-Mobile and Sprint are going to begin again in April, reports Reuters. SoftBank, the parent company of Sprint, is said to be approaching Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's parent, about a deal. SoftBank is looking to sell most of its shares.
Sprint has joined the rest of the top four US wireless carriers in updating its data plans. The company now has a $65 unlimited plan that includes HD video streaming and 10 GB of mobile hotspot. That's between its previous $55 non-HD plan and its $75 HD plan.
Joining Verizon, AT&T has announced its own unlimited data offer. The company will now let all new and existing subscribers pay for unlimited monthly data, an offer that had been restricted to DirecTV customers. Both companies had at one point offered unlimited plans.
Within hours of Verizon announcing its return to unlimited data, T-Mobile updated its One plan to make itself more competitive. The plan now offers HD video streaming and 10 GB of LTE hotspot tethering. Merely offering unlimited data is no longer as much of a selling point.