Sprint's Google Voice integration now live

By on April 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM.

Sprint's Google Voice integration now live

Despite leaked information that Sprint and Google would launch Google Voice integration services on April 26th, multiple sources have confirmed that the service is already being rolled out to users. Sprint and Google announced the partnership last month, and the new service will allow Sprint users to access calls and text messages, or place calls through Google Voice’s Web interface using their Sprint number. Alternatively, users can opt to have their Google Voice number replace their Sprint number on their Sprint handset as well. International calls will route through Google Voice, which offers discounted fees. The feature is free and can be turned off at any time.

Thanks, Clayton!

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T-Mobile makes calling and text messaging Japan free

By on March 15, 2011 at 6:02 PM.

T-Mobile makes calling and text messaging Japan free

T-Mobile has become the latest U.S. wireless company to make calling, texting, and donating to the Japan relief effort free. The company has just announced that all voice calls and text messages from the U.S. to Japan will be free until March 31st; T-Mobile will also make this courtesy retroactive to March 11th. Additionally, the carrier is waiving any text messaging charges associated with donations made to various relief efforts — your messages won’t count against your text messaging plan quota either. All around a solid effort on T-Mobile’s end to help connect people with family and friends at this difficult time. The full press release is after the break. More →

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MetroPCS offering free calls and text messages to Japan

By on March 15, 2011 at 5:29 AM.

MetroPCS offering free calls and text messages to Japan

Following on the heels of AT&T and Verizon Wireless today, MetroPCS has announced that its customers can send free text messages and place free phone calls to landlines in Japan. MetroPCS says the offer extends throughout the next 30 days, and that it will “support free calls to mobile numbers in Japan for a timeframe to be determined.” It’s unclear if that means calls to mobile numbers in Japan will be free for more than, or less than, 30 days. More →

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Verizon to provide free calls, texts from wireless and wireline phones to Japan

By on March 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM.

Verizon to provide free calls, texts from wireless and wireline phones to Japan

One of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies, Verizon Communications, has announced that it will be providing its customers free text messages, along free with wireless and wireline calls, from the United States to Japan. The company announce its intentions via a short tweet earlier today:

We’re about to announce free calls to Japan from wireless and residential landline phones. Free messaging to Japan too.

The move comes hours after AT&T announced that it was providing its customers with a similar courtesy. Verizon Wireless has provided instructions on how users can donate via text to the Japanese relief effort — both press releases are after the break. More →

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Leaked T-Mobile G2 ROM brings Google Voice widgets for your existing Android phone

By on August 28, 2010 at 2:43 PM.

Leaked T-Mobile G2 ROM brings Google Voice widgets for your existing Android phone

If you’re a Google Voice lover, there is a pretty good chance you’ll jump at the opportunity to install the latest leaked version. Not only does it contain ever-exciting unspecified changes since it’s a new version, it also brings homescreen widgets. Something most people have been waiting for, the widgets allow shortcuts for composing a text message, seeing your Google Voice calling balance, settings access, and the ability to toggle Google Voice. It all comes from the leaked ROM for the T-Mobile G2, made by HTC, that’s been making the rounds lately. Going to give a go? We’re loading up the .apk now! More →

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Some handsets suffer Y2K16 SMS bug

By on January 3, 2010 at 10:01 AM.

Some handsets suffer Y2K16 SMS bug

Text Message from 2016

Ah, yes, Y2K…remember the good old days?  ATM’s weren’t going to recognize your bank card, servers were going to spontaneously combust, and elevators would have no idea where the second floor was. For those of you who look back with nostalgia at the Y2K hysteria, there is a new, albeit much smaller, Y2 “something” glitch to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside again. WMExperts is reporting that some mobile users are seeing text messages sent after 1/1/2010 dated as 1/1/2016.  The most widely affected group seems to be those on Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 although some non-Windows Mobile users are also reporting this behavior. WMExperts has a home grown .cab file posted with a fix, however we haven’t seen anything official from Microsoft or other major manufacturers. How about it? Any of you out there getting text messages from the future? More →

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Rogers to begin charging customers without text messaging plans for incoming SMS

By on May 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM.

Rogers to begin charging customers without text messaging plans for incoming SMS

More news on the messaging front is coming down from Rogers Wireless today as the company prepares to makes a few text-related changes to its service offerings. There has been a rumor going around for quite some time regarding the elimination of free incoming SMS for customers without text messaging plans and it looks like Rogers is finally getting ready to implement the new policy. Beginning July 7th, incoming SMS will run plan-less subscribers 15¢ per message — the same rate as outgoing texts. Customers with text messaging plans will continue to receive unlimited free incoming SMS. Rogers customers will find information to this effect circulated via bill inserts that will begin going out today.

Now before you start to get all crazy, we’ll repeat that this change only applies to those of you without a monthly messaging bundle; leaving the overwhelming majority of you unaffected. In fact, 94 percent of messages sent and received on Rogers’ network will not be affected by this news. Those of you currently without a messaging plan might want to consider catching up with the times; if you send and receive a combined 34 messages or more each month, it would now behoove you to snag the $5 bundle. Two related notes: Rogers is running a promo that provides unlimited free incoming tweets via SMS — whether or not you’re on a text messaging plan — for the remainder of 2009. Also, this policy change does not apply to Fido customers.

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