Odin Mobile today announced that it will launch new cellular service in July for those with visual impairments. Odin Mobile is an MVNO that operates on T-Mobile USA’s network. The company will offer several handsets, including the Huawei-made Ray (pictured). The Ray is a touch phone that was designed with eye-free operation in mind. It can be used to make and receive voice calls, manage contacts, and lets the visually impaired access their call history and use caller ID. It uses text-to-speech technology to read text messages aloud, and includes a calendar, and the ability to recognize colors and money. The Ray can be used with audiobooks and audio magazines, as well. The Ray costs $299.99. Odin Mobile is offering two other handsets made by Emporia, the Click and the Essence, The Click is a flip phone and the Essence is a bar-style phone. They offer similar features, such as adjustable fonts, high-contrast displays, large buttons, and loud speakers. They also include basics such as SMS, Bluetooth, flashlights, GPS, and emergency call buttons. The Click costs $73.00 and the Essence costs $49.00. Service plans start at $10 per month for 150 minutes and 150 texts and range up to $45 per month for 4000 minutes/texts. Odin did not say exactly when in July its service will launch.
C Spire Wireless today refreshed its plan offerings to include three options with varied unlimited services. The new plans start at $50 per month, which includes unlimited talk and text. Data can be added separately as needed through what C Spire calls day passes. The middle plan costs $80 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and picture messaging, and web surfing. It only includes 30 minutes of online video streaming, however. More video streaming minutes can be purchased in $5 buckets whenever needed. The top-tier plan costs $100 per month and offers unlimited everything, including video streaming. Customers can add a second line to any of the plans for $50 more per month. The plans are called Unlimited Talk and Text ($50), Unlimited Lite ($80), and Unlimited ($100), respectively.
Boost Mobile has announced that it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S III with LTE on board beginning June 12. The GSIII costs $399.99 but does not require a contract. It can be paired with Boost’s $55 monthly plan with shrinking payments.
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’
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.”
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.
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’
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’
MetroPCS shareholder Paulson supports the deal with T-Mobile now that Deutsche Telekom gives better terms
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.
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.