Tag - WebConnect
A leak late Tuesday gave out one of T-Mobile's plans for the CTIA phone show next week. Backing earlier rumors of the Kitty Hawk, the Jet 2.0 4G would provide a 21Mbps HSPA+ 3G connection for budget-minded travelers. TmoNews' copy doesn't mention most details but expects it to ship on March 23, likely the same day it's made public.
T-Mobile lived up to rumored changes on Monday by launching its new mobile broadband plans. The 200MB, 5GB and new 10GB data-only plans cost $50 and $85 respectively, reflecting late leaks of price hikes, but can still qualify for a new 20 percent discount for those who already have a T-Mobile phone plan.
T-Mobile will soon offer a 20 percent discount for subscribers who combine a new webConnect broadband data plan along with a voice line, leaked documents sent in to TMoNews reveal. The new plans will arrive on March 13, and need to qualify for the discount. Thus far, the documents just say individual or pooled voice plans and a broadband plan will qualify for the 20 percent discount.
T-Mobile today became the latest US carrier to add data to its prepaid mix. Its prepaid phone plans now include a 'sweet spot' $50 monthly plan with unlimited calling and messaging but also 100MB of data. Those avoiding a subscription can also either opt for a basic $30 plan that has a mix-and-match 1,500 minutes or text messages but just 30MB of data as well as a $70 plan that merges the unlimited calling and text with 2GB of data.
T-Mobile this morning gave its HSPA+ service a lift by adding a new modem and new coverage. The webConnect Rocket 2.0 is considerably sleeker than the original and adds a swiveling USB connector that can fit into the MacBook Air and other tight spaces. Accordingly, it improves on the earlier modems by having Mac support from the start and can provide both Macs and Windows PCs with microSDHC storage.
T-Mobile's HSPA+ service should get a major expansion in just over a week, including a new netbook to match, if a tip this evening is accurate. The 21Mbps access would reach 19 new coverage areas on July 21, ranging from major cities in Ohio and Texas to the island of Hawaii and cities such as Baltimore, Kansas City, Portland and Washington, DC. It would represent one of the largest expansions of the faster 3G since it launched.
A couple of leaked images reveal that T-Mobile will soon offer the sequel to the webConnect Rocket 3G modem. Simply called webConnect Rocket 2.0, the modem remains the only one with HSPA+ support in the provider's lineup. The new device is also compatible with Macs as well as PCs from the outset and has a built-in microSDHC memory card slot for adding up to 16GB of storage.
T-Mobile has revamped its webConnect data plans with new guidelines for overages. The new 5GB plan eliminates overage fees, however the connection is throttled if the user exceeds the monthly allowance. The company has yet to disclose specific details regarding the level of speed reduction when an account passes 5GB.
T-Mobile this morning set out a more detailed launch schedule for the webConnect Rocket, its first HSPA+ modem. The 21Mbps USB-based, Mac- and Windows-compatible stick should ship on March 14th and will be available either online or in Philadelphia-area retail shops, where the first HSPA+ service is going live. Buying the stick carries a $100 price after signing a two-year data contract.
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Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49
Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss
Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW
Carl Icahn dumps Apple stock on China worries
Carl Icahn has sold all of his stock in Apple, citing concerns over sales in China. While he called Apple a "great company" and praised Tim Cook for "doing a great job," Icahn sold his shares after the Apple investor results, garnering a profit of $2 billion over three years. Icahn said of business in China that the Chinese government could "come in and make it very difficult for Apple to sell there." Should the market steady in China, Icahn said that he will re-invest in the company, regardless of the market price. http://cnb.cx/1SCfEdI
August Home HomeKit compatible Smart Lock ships
Smart lock developer August Home today began shipping its second generation Smart Lock, with HomeKit support. In addition to full Siri support, the Smart Lock is also compatible with third-party HomeKit apps like Insteon+, Lutron, and iDevices, allowing for multi-step actuations, like turning on a light when the door is locked or unlocked. The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled retails for $229. http://bit.ly/1SvADlG
Triby third-party speaker with Alexa Voice Service
Speaker and telecom device developer Invoxia has announced the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is now integrated and available on Triby, its device that combines music, messaging and communication functionality in one family-friendly, voice-activated product. Starting today, Triby becomes the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. The Triby retails for $199, with a limited time $30 launch discount. http://amzn.to/1SC4zJG
EDGE shutdown plan on track for 2016 completion
AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stevens has reported that the company is continuing to migrate its customer base as it moves forward with plans to shut down its 2G EDGE network by the end of this year. According to Stevens, the carrier has already repurposed some of the 2G network spectrum in areas where 2G device traffic has dropped off. This incremental approach, he said, means some markets will only have small chunks of spectrum left that need to be repurposed. The freed bandwidth will be used to expand the 4G network. http://bit.ly/1Tyj7w9