May 19th, 2013 by Stalyn
Jelly Bean update has become available for yet another phone from Sprint’s prepaid brands. This time Virgin Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Reverb becomes upgradable to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (M950VPMD6). The update is available over the air (OTA) so an update notification should be coming soon. The owners of Reverb can also check for the update manually by going to Settings – About phone – System updates.
During the last few days, Jelly Bean update for Boost Mobile’s phones LG Venice and Samsung Galaxy Rush have been rolling out, and that’s not all. In an email from Boost Customer Care to AndroidForums user, it’s indicated that “other phones” from Boost Mobile will be updated besides these two. Continue reading ‘Jelly Bean update for Virgin Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Reverb available’
May 13th, 2013 by Stalyn
When a Sprint’s MVNO PlatinumTel became a T-Mobile’s MVNO PTel in Decemberlast year, the company has announced that the CDMA service will be discontinuedin the middle of 2013. According to a PTel’s representative who was answering users’ questions on the carrier’s Facebook page, CDMA customers need to switch to GSM service and compatible handset during this month because right after it, CDMA service will be discontinued.
“…we suggest all customers looking to stay with PTel Mobile switch to the GSM service by the end of this month. CDMA service will be terminating immediately after.”
Continue reading ‘PTel to discontinue CDMA service soon, customers should switch to GSM during May’
May 8th, 2013 by Stalyn
AT&T is about to launch new prepaid All In One plans, according to a report from Fierce Wireless. New AT&T prepaid plans will include $35 and $50 monthly options and possibly the $70 plan. The carrier plans to test the service starting this month in Florida and Texas and to launch it nationwide on June 15.
The $35 monthly plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data for feature phones. The $50 monthly smartphone plan will include unlimited talk, text and 2GB of HSPA data. New AT&T prepaid options will likely include the $70 plan as well with 5 GB of data that would be throttled after reaching the allotment (this goes for $50 plan too).
Plans details could change before the nationwide launch, according to Fierce Wireless’s sources.
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April 22nd, 2013 by Stalyn
Ultra Mobile, an MVNO that uses T-Mobile USA’s network, recently introduced a new cut-rate plan for those who need only the most basic services. For $19 per month, Ultra Mobile subscribers get 250 voice minutes, unlimited international SMS, 50MB of data, and $1.25 to put toward international calls. Continue reading ‘Ultra Mobile Aims At Budget-Minded with $19 Plan’
April 16th, 2013 by Stalyn
Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III will be coming soon to Walmart retail stores, according to the leaked image posted by a Howard Forum user. The image shows that the last year’s flagship Samsung phone will be offered for $439.88. It is also identified that it’s CDMA-based. That means that Straight Talk’s version will be using either Sprint or Verizon network. However, information on when the phone actually might become available is unknown for now.
Both TracFone’s brands Straight Talk and Net10 were offering the phone’s previous version, Samsung Galaxy S II. The S II was GSM-based and was compatible with AT&T’s network. However, few months ago, both carriers have removed AT&T’s SIM cards from their BYOD programs as well as most AT&T compatible handsets from their offer. Net10, on the other hand, have reached a new data deal with AT&T. Since March 1, the Net10 AT&T SIMs are capped at 1.5 GB of data per month on the carrier’s unlimited plan.
Continue reading ‘Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III coming soon for $439.88, CDMA-based’
April 13th, 2013 by Stalyn
Largest MetroPCS shareholder, Paulson & Co., has issued a statement yesterday in which it comes to support the proposed merger with T-Mobile. This change of heart has been the result of Deutsche Telekom offering the better terms under which these two companies would merge.
Paulson & Co. has been opposing the deal since the beginning, as it “believes the proforma company has too much debt at too high an interest rate to be competitive in the well- capitalized U.S. wireless industry,” said Paulson & Co. in a statement in March.
Exactly on those terms, too much debt at too high an interest rate, Deutsche Telekom offered improvements just before the special meeting of MetroPCS shareholders scheduled for today, April 12. According to DT, it is their “best and final offer.” They have reduced the debt owed by the new entity for the $3.8 billion and lowered the interest rate for the loan.
Given that MetroPSC shareholders have received new terms at the last minute that need to be went through before voting for or against the T-Mobile/MetroPCS deal, shareholders have rescheduled the meeting for April 24.
However, for Paulson & Co., it didn’t take long to agree to the new terms. “While Paulson needs to review the revised proxy statement before making a final decision, Paulson intends to vote for the merger as restructured.” – it’s said in the statement.
All the way through the process of government regulators approving the deal and some of the MetroPCS shareholders opposing it strongly, MetroPCS and T-Mobile were confident that the deal would go through. However, only now both companies can expect that other shareholders will follow the step of the largest one among them and vote for the T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger on the April 24.
April 10th, 2013 by Stalyn
Usually when we see unlimited calling to international destinations, it covers landlines only. The cost of calling mobile phones in these destinations is typically more expensive and so is not included in most international calling plans. Boost Mobile is changing this up a bit, offering a $15 monthly add-on that provides unlimited calling to all of Mexico. That includes landlines and cell phones, as well as landlines in a number of other international destinations (including Canada). The promtion runs through June 6th, though in the past we’ve seen Boost promotions end and the price stay in tact. You can check it out now at Boost Mobile’s website.
April 7th, 2013 by Stalyn
Sprint’s prepaid division Boost Mobile has recently added a new Android handset to its lineup, Kyocera Milano. The Milano is a low-cost environment-friendly Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone that’s available at Boost Mobile’s website for $79.99. Boost Mobile Kyocera Milano, also released by Sprint in September 2011, is affordable messaging phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3-inch display with a 320×240 resolution. It comes with an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, a 2GB memory card included and microSD card slot for expanding memory additionally, up to 32GB. The Kyocera Milano has a 3.2-megapixel camera with video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and a 1,490mAh battery. In addition, the phone provides access to Boost ID packs for personalizing users’ phones according to their own preferences while materials that the Milano is made of have minimal impact on environment.
Kyocera Milano is compatible with Boost’s $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan that can be shrank to as low as $40 per month after 18 on-time payments. Also, it can be paired with the Daily Unlimited plan for $2 per day. As an alternative to this Gingerbread phone, users can look at Boost’s Kyocera Hydro. Until April 18, the Hydro is $20 off of the regular $99.99 price so it can be purchased for the same money as Milano, $79.99. It doesn’t offer physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard but it has an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a larger 3.5-inch touchscreen display and a faster 1GHz processor.
Additionally, Virgin Mobile is offering Kyocera Event, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone with a 3.5-inch display, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal memory for the same, $79.99, price tag. When compared with Boost’s Kyocera Milano, it only lacks slide-out physical keyboard that some users highly prefer and would overlook higher specs in favor of it. And the last and possibly the best alternative to Kyocera Milano is Virgin’s Kyocera Rise that comes with a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1 GHz processor and a larger 3.5-inch display. The Rise is currently on sale at the carrier’s website until April 8 or while supplies last and users can purchase it for $69.99 (regular price $99.99). Also, Virgin Mobile’s unlimited data and messaging plans start at $35 per month while Boost and Virgin Mobile’s coverage is the same since both are Sprint’s prepaid brands.
April 7th, 2013 by Stalyn
Last week, Straight Talk and NET10 representatives have announced launching Bring Your Own Verizon Phone program (CDMA BYOP) for both TracFone’s brands. While Straight Talk’s CDMA BYOP site is still offline, NET10 and Telcel America have launched theirs.
Even though both sites went live, it cannot be said that they are functional yet. Still, ones they became fully functional, users will be able to order SIM card for GSM based service or activate a CDMA Verizon compatible handset. According to both websites, in order for a Verizon handset to be successfully activated on either of these two carriers, users “must have a Verizon compatible phone that has never been activated outside of their network. This program will not work with 4G LTE technology phones even if they are compatible with Verizon. This program is also not available for Blackberries or branded Straight Talk, TracFone, Safe Link, Net10 Wireless, and Telcel America phones.” Continue reading ‘NET10 and Telcel America launched CDMA BYOP sites’
April 2nd, 2013 by Stalyn
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers who own the Samsung Galaxy S II can now download Jelly Bean update. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is available through the Samsung’s Kies PC software and not through an over the air download.
To install it, users need to connect their phones to PC with a USB cable and start Kies. Ones the update is installed, Samsung Galaxy S II owners will be enjoying many improvements in performance and camera control. Also, some new features from Galaxy S III will be added as new user interface TouchWiz Nature UX and features as Direct Call, Smart Stay, Pop-Up Play and more.