Today MetroPCS shareholders approved the merger with T-Mobile USA, after Deutsche Telekom had sweetened their offer last week. The proposed deal gives Deutsche Telekom a 74 percent stake in the merged entity and MetroPCS shareholders a $1.5 billion cash payment. Once the transaction is complete, T-Mobile will gain 9 million subscribers, boosting their total customer base ... Read More »
Today Archos announced their first line of Google-certified smartphones, which are slated to hit Europe at the end of May. Archos has been producing Android devices for awhile, but not all of them were certified by Google, and they lacked access to Google’s mobile services like the Google Play store.
The new family of smartphones ... Read More »
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently said it would be “pretty easy” to eliminate wireless contracts if consumers started asking for it, so a Verizon customer and blogger from Wichita, Kansas, started a Change.org petition to get the ball rolling. In his petition, Mike Beauchamp says that “this has the potential to change the entire wireless industry” and he ... Read More »
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Last year I made the jump to using unlocked Android phones on no-contract wireless plans, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I saved a ton of money on my monthly bill, I can choose any Android phone I want, and I no longer have to rely on carriers to deliver my software updates.
Last month T-Mobile un-leashed their no-contract Simple Choice plans, which separated the mobile device costs from the service plan. This is a relatively new concept for the Big 4 US carriers, but Virgin Mobile recently reminded us that they have offered similar no-contract plans for Android devices since 2011.
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Last year I briefly switched to TracFone’s Straight Talk SIM when I cancelled my Verizon contract, but I eventually left the service because of their undefined data policy. Straight Talk SIM offers a no-contract plan for $45 which includes unlimited talk, text, and data, but we all know that “unlimited” is never really ... Read More »
We have been begging HTC to offer more unlocked devices in the US, so I was excited to see them announce the HTC One Developer Edition last month. HTC already revealed the unlocked One with 64GB of memory would retail for $649, but we didn’t know exactly when it would go on sale. Today ... Read More »
“This is the biggest crock of shit I’ve ever heard in my entire life,” said T-Mobile’s new CEO John Legere when talking about traditional wireless contracts and subsidized smartphones. “Do you have any idea how much you are paying? Everybody hates the high cost and crazy complexity of rate plans, and I hope I’ve been clear ... Read More »
Today T-Mobile announced several bold moves in an attempt to become America’s “Un-carrier.” As expected, they are ending contracts and device subsidies, offering simple unlimited plans, rolling out their new 4G LTE network, and offering the iPhone 5.
“These bold moves serve notice that T-Mobile is canceling its membership in the out-of-touch wireless ... Read More »
Last year I made the jump to using unlocked Android phones on pre-paid wireless plans, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I saved a ton of money on my monthly bill, I can choose any Android phone I want, and I no longer have to rely on carriers to deliver my software updates.