Qi wireless charging consortium is now bigger by another key smartphone player, Xiaomi. The Chinese company has not released any official confirmation that it has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, but it has been found listed on in the WPC member list on the official site of
Using an Apple Watch with its own cellular connectivity will cost you $10 per month if you're living in the United States. On top of the $399 base cost for the wearable, carriers in the US will charge the same $10 monthly service fee. Carriers are offering three months free.
T-Mobile came out ahead of all other wireless carriers in terms of LTE speeds during the first half of the year. A new US Market Report for Mobile Broadband from Ookla reveals the carrier earned a 23.17 "Speed Score." That score combines multiple factors.
T-Mobile is now including free Netflix service with its family plan. ONE customers can view as much content from the streaming service as they like, with a monthly plan normally worth $10. This bonus, known as the carrier's "Netflix on Us" offer, is available with 2+ lines.
AT&T's testing of 5G wireless technology is expanding to three additional cities, with the carrier hoping to roll out the upgraded tech nationwide by the end of next year. Trials are headed to Waco (Texas), Kalamazoo (Michigan), and South Bend (Indiana). They'll begin this year.
Verizon is implementing some video playback restrictions on its unlimited data plans such that the most basic "unlimited plan" only offers 480p playback on phones and 720p on tablets. That plan also lets the carrier throttle your stream whenever, yet it costs $75 per month.
The FCC is moving to classify mobile broadband in a way that's similar to its existing broadband definition. A document from the agency outlines how it would implement a standard speed classification of 10 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. It's seeking comment on the proposal.
The next-generation Apple Watch is reportedly going to come with LTE support. Bloomberg says the company is intending to release a wearable with cellular support this year, giving the Apple Watch itself significantly more functionality. People can use their Watch for a lot more.
Offering unlimited data has proven to be problematic for Verizon Wireless and AT&T, according to a report from OpenSignal. It appears both carriers have seen a decline in 4G speeds since they began offering unlimited data plans. AT&T's LTE speed fell from 13.9 Mbps to 12.9 Mbps.
After many users complained about throttling on YouTube and Netflix, Verizon Wireless confirmed service had been altered by a "video optimization" system test. Without going into detail, it appears that test throttled download speeds, capping them at 10 Mbps.
Three is working with Netflix, TVPlayer, Deezer, and SoundCloud to offer an unlimited streaming offer for select services. In a move that'll upset some net neutrality advocates, the carrier's "Go Binge" plan lets people use those services as much as they like.
Talks between Sprint and T-Mobile have reportedly been put on hold in favor of acquisition and investment discussions between Sprint and Charter/Comcast. It's possible the combined cable company could end up acquiring the wireless carrier or heavily investing in it.
AT&T is quickly expanding the reach of its wireless internet service, which began in Georgia in April. It has arrived in eight additional southeastern states, bringing acceptable internet coverage to more than 70,000 locations that'd either have poor or absent coverage.
After years of negotiation and planning, European Union has finally dropped roaming charges. This means that EU residents will be able to use their mobile devices abroad without paying extremely high prices their calls, text messages and data. Still, there are some things you
More data is now included with Verizon's prepaid plans. Starting June 6, the plans will either come with a higher monthly data use allowance for the same price or they'll even see their price drop. The most expensive plan now costs $60 rather than $70.
For only $10 more than the usual AT&T Unlimited Choice plan, you can get over 60 channels from DirecTV. The carrier's new $70 bundle is available for current Unlimited Choice customers who are interested in adding television to their plan. Video streams are limited however.
T-Mobile is working hard to attract consumers way from Verizon. Its latest campaign, called "Get Out of the Red," will help people switch without incurring any fees or losing their device purchased from Verizon. T-Mobile is offering to cover people's early termination fees.
Comcast's wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, has launched. It only costs $65 per month for unlimited data and those who are already using Xfinity Internet can now sign up for the plan. Early subscribers can get it for $45. The roll out will take months.
A 5G network from Sprint will be up and running by the end of 2019, the carrier has announced. It's not releasing much information about its planned 5G upgrade, though Sprint is known to be partnering with Qualcomm and SoftBank on the wireless technology.
T-Mobile is no longer offering 200 MB of free data with new iPads on the network. As of May 7, new iPad activations don't come with free LTE data per month. T-Mobile first offered its Free Data for Life plan in 2013. You'll no longer have the data upon upgrading.