Skype is going World Cup crazy by offering a promotion to help football fans the world over stay connected. Offering free landline calls in multiple countries (more on that in a second), U.S. residents will get a bit of extra love with free mobile calling for a month. Thirty countries are included in the promotion, and depending upon which country you call you will receive 60, 120, or unlimited free minutes of calling, so be sure to check out Skype’s blog for the full details. More →
There’s not too much to say about this one. Apple fired off a press release a little earlier stating that since the iPad launch on April 3rd, they have sold over 2,000,000 devices. That’s in only 59 days — pretty amazing. The sales figures include both Wi-Fi and 3G models as well as the recent international launch of the “magical” unit. Full press release is after the break! More →
Apple is mum on the actual figures, but sales of the iPad apparently are continuing at a staggering pace, as the first production run of international iPad sold out in a mere two days. According to Apple’s international pre-order pages, current international pre-orders will now ship on June 7th, a full ten days after the initial May 28th launch date. Early adopters can gloat breathe a sigh of relief as initial pre-orders should still arrive on May 28th. International customers late to the pre-order party take note: if you have not already pre-ordered your iPad, and must have it on the launch date, mark May 27-28th on your calendar…and prepare yourself for an overnight camping trip at your local Apple Store. More →
Yes, the delay sure does suck, but everyone living in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will be able to grab an iPad to call their own on Friday, May 28. Just don’t bother calling your local Apple Store to ask how much it’ll set you back because pricing will be announced at a later date. Live elsewhere? If so, we sure hope its either Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand or Singapore as they’re all penciled in to get the iPad come July. Just promise us you’ll play it safe and pre-order, okay? We wouldn’t want anyone to get left behind.
UPDATE: And we’ve got pricing. Since we’re an English-speaking blog we’ll stick to Canada and the UK. Check it out after the jump. More →
Oh, dear. Anyone outside the U.S. hoping for an iPad to call their own before the month’s end will be sorely disappointed. Apple has just announced all international sales have been delayed until the end of May due to strong demand in the US. Here’s Apple statement.
Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.
Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.
Yeah, Apple. All of us who live outside of the U.S. are sooo pleased for you.
Disclosure: Michael is a Canadian.
So much for that MetroPCS tagline “Unlimit Yourself.” It turns out that the carrier’s unlimited international add-on, which sounded like a great deal for just $5 a month, excludes many countries and regions like Israel and the UK. Now MetroPCS has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over the issue. The lawsuit accuses MetroPCS of false advertising and deceptive business practices because details aren’t disclosed and people are wrongly baited to sign up. Apparently, many people signed up for MetroPCS’ “Ultimate Unlimited” plan to qualify for the $5 add-on and found that their ability to place certain international calls were very limited. Before you sign up for this calling plan and add-on, make sure to check the fine print and be sure that countries you plan on calling are included.
Those of you who have always wanted a Kindle 2 from Amazon but never pulled the trigger citing its cost have little excuse not to break out the plastic this morning. The 2nd generation E-Book reader has benefited from a price drop. Shedding $40 off of its price tag and standing firm at $259, Amazon shouldn’t have too much of a problem obtaining a decent boost in sales. Of course there’s the fact that it only has a CDMA radio and can’t download books while abroad, but that’s just a sacrifice you’ll have to make… Or will you? No, because Amazon has announced that come October 19th, it will be selling the Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless. Awful name, yes, but a good enhancement as its GSM radio and AT&T SIM card will let jet setters grab the latest Murakami while in one of the “100 countries and territories” it will receive service in. You’ll be charged a fee of $1.99 on top of the price of the book for the international download, but what’s $1.99 these days anyway?
This morning, Samsung announced the list of countries that are slated to get the Omnia II in August. Missing from the list is the United States and other major markets including the UK, France and Germany. Pretty odd, considering we know Best Buy is (or was) slated to score it later this month. We’re guessing: 1) Something was delayed. 2) BBYM will get shipments on the 23rd but the handset won’t be available for sale until early September. 3) Samsung just can’t mention the US yet as there has been no official announcement with AT&T. The lucky 14 that will officially see the Omnia sequel hit the shelves this month are the Philippines, Thailand, Netherlands, Turkey, UAE, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chile, Colombia and Australia. These countries will join Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, which have already seen the launch of Samsung’s latest Windows Mobile offering. Those folks still limping along with their original Ominas will just have to wait for the next round of launch locations to be released to see if their countries will be among those mentioned.
Seriously… Crushed. MetroPCS is among a handful of smaller carriers here in the US that continues to make waves and this morning the tiny scrapper knocked one clear out of the park. If you live in a MetroPCS-covered area of the US and make any international calls whatsoever, you should be very interested to learn of the carrier’s new $5 unlimited international calling plan. $5 — unlimited to over 100 different countries. Untouchable. The new unlimited international add-on requires an unlimited national calling plan of $40, $45 or $50 per month, which is hardly unreasonable. MetroPCS CEO Roger D. Linquist had this to say:
Unlimited international calling at such an affordable rate can dramatically reduce monthly long distance costs and is yet another example of MetroPCS’ commitment to providing industry-leading value to consumers in today’s tough economic climate. MetroPCS is eliminating the worry of high international calling fees, counting minutes and dialing a connecting number, typical of traditional calling cards. With MetroPCS’ international calling, consumers are truly unlimited now more than ever.
With WWDC just around the corner, it is time for the iPhone rumors to kick into high gear and get a little international flavor. First stop is Vodafone, where an email sent to the retail staff reveals that the 16GB iPhone has been categorized as “End of Life” by well-known mobile phone supplier Brightpoint. In a different part of the world, a placeholder for an “iPhone 32 GB” has appeared and then disappeared from T-Mobile’s Austrian website, mimicking a similar brief appearance of the iPhone on T-Mobile’s German website last year. Sounds like the old is making way for the new, no?
Jet setters, listen up! We got our hands on a Verizon Wireless document that details two new global data plans for plain Jane handsets. Windows Mobile and BlackBerry are out of luck this time around. You and your “high-powered” devices still have the unlimited $64.99 (on top of a voice plan) and $69.99 (data only) Global Email plans. Starting November 16th, Verizon will introduce 2 new bolt-on plans for data usage when you and your “regular-powered” handset are traveling internationally. You can select from a 10MB plan for $19.99/month or a 20MB plan for $29.99. Yes, the plans are a bit pricey but they are not nearly as expensive as the pay-as-you-go fees which can be as high as $20.48/MB. Yikes! The new data plans will allow you to use picture and video messaging, access Visual Voice mail, use Mobile IM, download BREW content and browse the web on your handset while traveling abroad. These new plans are only available for locations that are part of Verizon’s Preferred Data Coverage which includes eight new International CDMA destinations: Bermuda, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Saipan, Guam and South Korea. Interested parties will have to contact Verizon to get the full list when the plans go live next week. So there you have it, a few new options for you travel bugs that always need to be connected while on the go.
For better or for worse, the Australian Communications and Media Authority is proposing an amendment to the Mobile Phone Jammer Prohibition that would permit cell phone use on domestic and international flights. An 18-month long trial of the pico cell technology used for in-flight cellular communications was deemed successful with no reported complaints of interference to either the plane’s avionics system or ground cellular networks. Both Qantas and V Australia have each announced plans to offer in-flight SMS and GPRS services and are anxiously awaiting these rule changes so they can expand the technology from a single test airplane to fleet-wide deployment. Bravo to Australia for pushing this technology forward and kudos to Qantas and V Australia for offering only SMS and data services. We like getting SMS and GPRS but don’t fancy listening to the bloke next to us telling his mate how he was as full as a boot while watching some aerial ping pong and spent the whole night liquid laughing. What a dill!