Verizon has updated its Edge program, and it’s definitely not better. Edge offers a way for customers to pay off their phone over a period of time while also having the ability to upgrade early. With the update, Edge now has payments spread out over 24 months instead of 20, and customers must get through 75 percent of a device’s purchase price before upgrading.
Frequent international travelers will be happy to hear that Sprint is pushing out an update for the Galaxy S4 that will enable international WiFi calling. The Galaxy S4 is now the first device on Sprint’s Spark 4G LTE network to get international WiFi calling, but there could be some extra fees involved.
T-Mobile is improving its Simple Choice family plan by increasing the number of lines that it can support. Ten lines can now be activated on a family plan, and those lines can receive twice as much data each month if a tablet is added to the plan. T-Mobile and Sprint are both trying to build their subscriber base, and while Sprint has been losing subscribers, T-Mobile has been gaining them on a quarterly basis.
EE’s 4G roaming is expanding to include 14 additional countries, according to a statement from the wireless service provider. 4G roaming for EE customers was first introduced in early 2014, with EE allowing people to travel to France and Spain without having to worry about issues with roaming. Now, the latest expansion allows people to retain their 4G coverage while in Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and other nations around the world.
Samsung has already launched the LTE-A version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in South Korea, but it seems the Korean OEM is going to launch another variant of the flagship device for Singapore. Not too long ago, SingTel is prepping up to launch the world’s first commercial 300mbps LTE Advanced network, along with the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+. The smartphone will utilize the fast connection speeds, and will go on sale on August 23rd, the same day when the 4G+ network will be available.
Following up on our post about the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone, Sprint has just announced its availability to Sprint customers for a measly $239 sans contract or $10 month via Sprint’s Easy Pay Plan or $149.99 via Sprint’s prepaid plan. Although undisclosed as to when this phone will actually become available, its features and relatively cheap price despite its excellent feature are more than enough to generate a much needed press hype.
If you are a Three UK customer who has purchased a phone from the carrier in recent months, you may have noticed that the phone is not locked. Even though thousands of customers have been receiving phones that are unlocked at purchase from Three, the carrier has been quiet on the matter. Now, finally, Three has confirmed that it is no longer selling locked phones.
T-Mobile has just announced its earnings for the second quarter, and in doing so continues to show that the carrier is still going strong in regards to the acquisition of new customers.
For parents who don’t want their kids spending too much time on their mobile phones, Virgin Mobile is launching a smartphone plan called Custom. A Walmart exclusive, this plan allows customers to modify their wireless plans to their specifications.
US mobile carrier Sprint has revealed in its first fiscal quarter of 2014 earnings report that it has accrued a net income of $23 million – their largest figure in seven years. It has also announced the near completion of its 3G network, and the expansion of its LTE coverage to cover an estimated 254 million people.
The London Underground will be blanketed in WiFi by the end of this month, Three UK Director of Customer Strategy, Danny Dixon, has revealed. Speaking with TechRadar, Dixon confirmed Three will begin offering free public WiFi in 137 Underground stations. Those stations will begin seeing the WiFi service in July, and other stations could also receive free WiFi service later this year.
There are a few freemium wireless carriers but the most well known may be FreedomPop, a service that offers free wireless data up to 500MB per month. Since launching, FreedomPop has only been available inside of the United States, but as the startup has grown, so has its ability to expand. FreedomPop now says it will expand to Europe and possibly other markets after that. To begin with, FreedomPop will enter Belgium, the UK, France, Germany, and Spain.