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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE