Sprint, Google Voice integration gets April 26th launch date

By on April 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM.

Sprint, Google Voice integration gets April 26th launch date

Intel gathered by blog Android Central indicates that Sprint and Google will make their Google Voice partnership ready for prime time on April 26th. The venture, which was announced last month, will allow Sprint customers to seamlessly integrate their current wireless number with Google’s Voice service. Calls and texts sent from your mobile device will be logged by Google Voice’s online system, and calls can be made from the browser using the service’s VoIP feature. International calls made from linked mobile devices will automatically route through Google Voice — which offers deep discounting on international voice traffic. The feature has been available in beta for the last few weeks, but it looks like the two companies are finally ready to let everyone in on the fun. More →

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Apple iPad 2 launches internationally; ridiculous lines form in 25 countries [video]

By on March 25, 2011 at 10:18 AM.

Apple iPad 2 launches internationally; ridiculous lines form in 25 countries [video]

Apple’s iPad 2 goes on sale Friday in 25 countries around the world, and early reports from Australia are showing monumental lines for Apple’s latest tablet. AFP quotes an Apple fan as having waited over 53 hours in line for the iPad 2 launch in Sydney, Australia, with hundreds of people waiting behind him. In addition to Austrlia, people have lined up across the globe and most are only hours away from bringing one home from the store — if inventory holds up. The list of countries where the iPad 2 is now available includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Reublic, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

UPDATE: Hit the break for a video from Toronto, Canada sent in by a BGR reader. The video was shot of the Apple Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre, and it was taken at approximately 9:30 a.m. The iPad 2 doesn’t go on sale until 5:00 p.m. More →

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Apple iPad 2 launches in 25 more countries this Friday

By on March 22, 2011 at 8:54 AM.

Apple iPad 2 launches in 25 more countries this Friday

Apple has just announced that the company will, indeed, launch the iPad 2 in 25 more countries this week. Apple is coordinating an international launch time of 5:00 p.m. local time on Friday, though customers can order online at Apple’s website starting at 1:00 a.m. in the morning. Full countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, with Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea getting iPad 2 in April.

Hit the break for Apple’s full press release. More →

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Sprint integrates Google Voice; effortless calling, texting for Sprint users

By on March 21, 2011 at 8:02 AM.

Sprint integrates Google Voice; effortless calling, texting for Sprint users

Now this, is awesome. Sprint and Google have just announced that they have worked together to give practically all Sprint wireless subscribers the ability to start using Google Voice immediately without any effort. It will literally be as simple as entering your number into your Google Voice account; the system will recognize that it’s a Sprint number and ask you if you’d like to use it as your Google Voice number. The best part? Google Voice apps aren’t needed anymore, and this works with practically any phone and OS. Android, BlackBerry, feature phones — it doesn’t matter. Any calls or text messages you send from your phone will appear in your Google Voice account, and you’ll be able to place calls or send texts from your Google Voice account online as well. What’s even cooler is that when you make international calls, it will automatically use Google Voice, thus affording deep discounts compared to standard international calling.

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Apple iPad 2 giveaway!

By on March 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM.

Apple iPad 2 giveaway!

Apple’s iPad 2 just launched on Friday but you’d be hard-pressed to find a single iPad 2 in stores. Virtually every Apple store, AT&T store, Verizon Wireless store, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are sold out, and Apple’s online store is showing shipping times of up to one month — but we have you covered! We have an iPad 2 we’re giving away in typical BGR fashion, so you can FaceTime, GarageBand-create, iMovie-edit, and Safari-surf to your heart’s content. The model that’s up for grabs is a 64GB AT&T (3G) black iPad 2. Here are the contest rules!

  • To enter, drop a comment below letting us know why you should be the lucky winner of an iPad 2 that you can’t get anywhere else. Would it be your first Apple device? Did you get one of those $99 Android tablets and regret it ever since? Break it down for us!
  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you have accounts
  • The giveaway will run for one week until March 21st, at 11:59PM ET
  • The contest is open to everyone 18 years of age or older, and it is in an international contest — that’s right — if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re eligible.

Good luck!

P.S. You can always follow our personal Twitter accounts, too! @boygenius, @andrewmunchbach, @zacharye, @robotodd.

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T-Mobile to introduce two new international calling plans that don’t suck

By on March 4, 2011 at 3:23 AM.

T-Mobile to introduce two new international calling plans that don’t suck

According to the latest intel gathered by TmoNews, the nation’s fourth largest carrier, T-Mobile, will begin offering two new, pre-paid international calling plans on March 13th. Aimed at those who frequently dial from the U.S. to friends and family internationally, the plans include unlimited calling to landlines in 50+ countries, unlimited text messaging to any mobile phone in over 220 countries, and discounted calling to international mobile and landline numbers. The plans look like this:

  • $60 – International Unlimited Talk & Text with 100MB of domestic data
  • $80 – International Unlimited Talk & Text with 2GB of domestic data

Both plans also include unlimited, domestic voice minutes and text messages. That’s a pretty strong offering — especially in the pre-paid category — from T-Mo. Thoughts? More →

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The international heist: carriers, consumers, and global smartphone data

By on February 1, 2011 at 1:11 PM.

The international heist: carriers, consumers, and global smartphone data

While the debate over domestic data limits — 2GB versus 5GB versus truly unlimited — continues, another, more controversial smartphone bandwidth topic is slowly coming to a boil: international data. For those of you who frequently venture out of the confines of these United States, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t yet made your way out of the country in the smartphone era, you’re in for a rude awakening. Exorbitant costs, pathetic data allowances, and little recourse… it wasn’t always as bad as it is now. But, like all things in the cellular industry these days, carriers seem to be charging more for less. Are you the kind of person who always has your passport and smartphone with you when you travel abroad? Are you sick of being raked over the coals? Read on for our thoughts. More →

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AT&T vs. Verizon iPhone

By on January 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM.

AT&T vs. Verizon iPhone

There are now two carriers in the United States that will be offering the Apple iPhone 4. One has advantages in the reliability and 3G coverage areas, and one has advantages with faster network speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities. With both handsets priced exactly the same (remember that ridiculous analyst report saying the phone would be $30 more on Verizon?), we do have to ask… Verizon or AT&T iPhone?

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Sprint signs 4G international roaming agreement with Digicel and Global Mobile

By on December 9, 2010 at 12:41 AM.

Sprint signs 4G international roaming agreement with Digicel and Global Mobile

Today, Sprint announced a new, 4G international-roaming agreement it signed with Jamaican carrier Digicel and Taiwanese carrier Global Mobile. The new agreement will allow select Sprint devices — currently the Sierra Wireless 250U and Sprint U600 — to operate on the aforementioned networks while traveling abroad.

“With these agreements, Sprint is kicking down the door to 4G international roaming and taking a first step toward allowing people to enjoy 4G service wherever they are around the globe,” said Matt Carter, Sprint’s 4G chief. “We’ve taken the 4G leadership position in the U.S. and are now proud to partner with visionaries Digicel and Global Mobile to solidify our international leadership role.”

Users who want to connect to the Digicel or Global Mobile network will have to do so utilizing Sprint’s SmartView Connection Manager software. The software will provide one-click activation, GPS services, Sprint Wi-Fi network locations, and custom enterprise configurations.

Unfortunately, the “pricing and launch details of the agreements are still to be determined.” Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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T-Mobile to announce new, low-cost international talk and text plan

By on November 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM.

T-Mobile to announce new, low-cost international talk and text plan

According to a memo acquired by TmoNews, U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile is set to introduce a new, low-cost, international text and calling plan in time for the holidays. The new offering will allow users to send unlimited text messages to cell phones in over 220 countries and call land-line phones in 56 countries without incurring long-distance charges — calls to these countries will count against your plans monthly minute-allowance. The new international talk and text plan will require subscribers to have a postpaid calling account with a monthly plan costing $49.99 or higher and an unlimited domestic text messaging plan. After those prerequisites are met, users can add the international text and calling plan for an additional $10 per line. The plans should be available to T-Mobile customers starting December 8th. Hit the jump to see the full memo. More →

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Apple, Nokia prepare to kick-off legal battles this week

By on November 29, 2010 at 8:09 AM.

Apple, Nokia prepare to kick-off legal battles this week

Technology juggernauts Apple, Inc. and Nokia Oyj are preparing to plead their respective patent-infringement cases to the International Trade Commission (ITC) this week. In preparation for the court battle — which Bloomberg likens to two “800-pound gorillas fighting each other” — the publication is reporting that Apple is actively “recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Intel Corp., and Broadcom Corp.” Nokia filed a complaint against Apple in October of 2009 claiming infringement upon several of its patents; Apple followed with a counter complaint shortly after. The hearings between Apple and Nokia this week kick-off a round-robin of patent litigation between Apple, Nokia, Motorola, and HTC. We’ll stay on top of this one and let you know of any major developments that occur. More →

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AT&T introduces Pay-As-You-Go international data plans for laptops and netbooks

By on October 22, 2010 at 4:02 AM.

AT&T introduces Pay-As-You-Go international data plans for laptops and netbooks

Recently, AT&T announced new Pay-As-You-Go international data packages for netbook and laptop users. The new, 30-day plans start at 20MB for $24.99 and go all the way up to 200MB for $199.99. “Data sessions may be purchased using a credit card or a debit card. Customers can also bill the charges to their wireless bill provided the postpaid wireless account has been active more than 90 days and has no past due charges,” reads the press release. The company will also allow users to schedule when the 30-day pass begins to take effect. The four announced plans are as follows:

  • DataConnect Pass Global 20MB for $24.99
  • DataConnect Pass Global 50MB for $59.99
  • DataConnect Pass Global 100MB for $119.99
  • DataConnect Pass Global 200MB for $199.99

Although expensive, it seems like a pretty good way to prevent scary international overages. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Fring launches fringOut service, landline and cellular calling on the cheap

By on September 20, 2010 at 9:40 AM.

Fring launches fringOut service, landline and cellular calling on the cheap

VoIP company fring has launched a new service dubbed fringOut. As the company’s press release explains, fringOut “enables users to make almost-free international calls to any regular landline or mobile phone throughout hundreds of worldwide destinations, with rates as low as 1¢ a minute.” The company also notes that “fringOut is easy to use and fully-integrated into the familiar fring mobile experience.” If you are interested in seeing how fringOut rates compare to those of Skype or Google Voice, you can view the company’s rate chart here. Currently, the mobile iteration of fringOut is only available for Nokia S60 devices; fring states that the service “will soon be available on iPhone and Android devices.” More →

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