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.
Verizon is back to offering unlimited data. The wireless company has introduced a new $80 plan that includes unlimited talk, text, and data. It offers HD video streaming, Mobile Hotspot, calling/texting to Mexico and Canada, and 500 MB/day of LTE roaming in Canada and Mexico.
More than 5.5 billion mobile phones will be in use around the world by 2021, reports Cisco. The world's population will be around 7.8 billion by the same year. Cisco's report says mobile phone use will rise 7-fold. Mobile video will increase significantly in the coming years.
You can receive a free year of Netflix streaming if you purchase or lease a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge from T-Mobile. Either phone must be purchased by February 7 and you must register for the promotion on the Samsung Promotions site by February 21.
AT&T has revealed the cities that'll first begin to receive 5G technology from the carrier. The initial US rollout of 5G is set to occur later this year in Austin and Indianapolis. At that point, a higher-speed "5G Evolution" will begin to be established.
Wireless roaming charges will move closer to becoming a thing of the past on June 15 in the European Union. The EU has been working on this plan for years and the European Commission has finalized agreements that'll let people use their mobile devices while paying very little.
Taxi driver jobs haven't begun to dry up as a result of Uber's presence on the market, but wages have declined, according to a study published by the University of Oxford. The research used data from the US' Bureau of Labor Statistics and specifically at data from large cities.
Free wireless internet is going to be provided by the Indian government in 1,050 villages around the country. The government is installing WiFi hotspots in regions that don't have fast and accessible broadband. This program has a price tag of $62 million.
Vodafone and Idea are negotiating a merger that could create the largest telecommunications provider in India. A statement to the London Stock Exchange confirms Vodafone is speaking with Aditya Birla Group, the owner of Idea Cellular, about a merger.
Comcast will begin offering a wireless network sometime in 2017, CEO Brian Roberts confirmed during an earnings call. This will give Comcast the ability to bundle wireless service plans with its existing cable plans. Those bundles will "add value" for consumers.