AT&T forcing new text-hungry subscribers into unlimited messaging plans starting August 21st

By on August 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM.

AT&T forcing new text-hungry subscribers into unlimited messaging plans starting August 21st

AT&T will stop offering its 1,000 text message package on August 21st and will instead only offer customers a $20 individual unlimited option and a $30 family unlimited plan, Engadget reported on Wednesday. The carrier’s official statement, provided to BGR via email, is as follows:

Starting August 21, we’re streamlining our text messaging plans for new customers and will offer an unlimited plan for individuals for $20 per month and an unlimited plan for families of up to five lines for $30 per month. The vast majority of our messaging customers prefer unlimited plans and with text messaging growth stronger than ever, that number continues to climb among new customers. Existing customers don’t have to change any messaging plan they have today, even when changing handsets.

Customers will still have the option to pay by individual messages at a rate of $0.20 per SMS and $0.30 per MMS, and AT&T has confirmed to BGR that subscribers who wish to ensure they to not incur a la carte messaging fees can call customer care and have messaging blocked on their account. This feature is free, and messaging can be enabled again at any time. More →

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Verizon to offer family data plans; move to tiered data pricing for all customers this summer

By on May 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM.

Verizon to offer family data plans; move to tiered data pricing for all customers this summer

In a report today, Reuters noted that Verizon Wireless’ cellular data offerings are in for a major overhaul. “Verizon Wireless plans to kick off pricing changes this summer by eliminating smartphone plans that allow unlimited Web access for a flat fee,” reads the article. “It will replace them with tiered pricing that forces heavy data users to pay more for mobile data.” The report goes on to paraphrase Verizon Communications’ CFO, Fran Shammo, who explained that “after this change, which forces heavy data users to pay more, the company will look to soften the blow by offering more options such as family plans for data services.” Currently, Verizon Wireless smartphone users with family plans are required to pay $29.99 per line for cellular data. Non-family-plan smartphone customers can purchase unlimited mobile data (with a 5GB allowance) for the same monthly price. More →

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HTC to introduce range of new tablets; NFC smartphone coming this year

By on May 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM.

HTC to introduce range of new tablets; NFC smartphone coming this year

HTC isn’t just planning one or two successors to its first Android tablet — the HTC Flyer — instead the company plans to deploy an entire range of Android tablets, said HTC’s European president, Florian Seiche, during the Reuters Global Technology Summit. One such tablet could be the HTC Puccini, possibly destined for AT&T with a 10-inch screen and LTE in tow. “I really believe that the tablet market is really going to be a big market in the future and this is just a start,” Seiche said, noting that his firm feels good about the reception towards its HTC Flyer already. “In five years’ time, schools will have tablets probably instead of physical notebooks. I think that’s going to be such a massive wave of additional penetration in society… I think we can’t even guess the potential,” Seiche added. Mr. Seiche touched on the smartphone market and noted that HTC has plans to launch a new smartphone with near-field communications (NFC) built-in sometime this year. He also discussed Nokia’s budding partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone: “It will not change our commitment to Microsoft,” Seiche explained. “With a new player entering, it should actually help to elevate the relevance of that platform … we actually feel that we should be able to benefit.” More →

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More details about Walmart Family Mobile

By on September 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM.

More details about Walmart Family Mobile

We’ve just been given a little more information about the Walmart Family Mobile service we told you about several days ago. Here are all the details — some new and some old — that we’ve been given: The phone service will cost $45 for the first line (which includes unlimited calling and texting) and $25 for each additional line; you can add up to five lines. The web portion of the plan will be a shared bucket that rolls over from month to month. If you have a 200 MB allowance, and only use 50 MB in the first month, your 150 MB of leftover data are still available. Data allowances will be purchased on pre-paid data cards named WebPakTM cards. Calling to 14 major international cities (including cities in Canada, Mexico, and Japan) will be billed at 5-cents per minute (the $0.05 is billed against the value of your WebPakTM card). You will be allowed to activate any unlocked U.S. GSM cell phone on Family Mobile for a $25 activation fee and you can pre-pay your bill with a credit or debit card at any Walmart store nationwide. On Monday September 20th, the service will launch with the following phones: Nokia 1661 for $35, Samsung t139 for $50, Samsung t749 for $150, and the Motorola Cliq XT for $250. There will also be a Samsung slider-device, similar to the Gravity, available for $100. The ability to BYOP (bring your own phone) seems pretty generous. What do you think? Perfect spot for a Nexus One?

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T-Mobile launches "Kids Are Free" promotion

By on September 8, 2010 at 8:26 AM.

T-Mobile launches "Kids Are Free" promotion

Today, T-Mobile announced a new, cost-saving feature for those that have family plans and progeny called Kids Are Free. As T-Mobile explains, “With Kids Are Free, new and existing T-Mobile customers who sign up for a qualifying family plan through Nov. 2, 2010, receive free add-a-line service on up to three lines of their plan until 2012.” The press release cites a Pew Research study that found 75% of children between 12 and 17 now carry a cell phone. The limited time offer is good until November 2nd and customers will be responsible for paying all taxes, fees, and activation charges on the free lines. “The Kids Are Free promotion is the latest effort from T-Mobile to ensure families are united with compelling and affordable mobile services,” stated the press release. You can hit up T-Mo’s website for more information. The full release is after the break. More →

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