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Sprint to provide free calling, text messaging to Japan

March 14th, 2011

In an email correspondence with blog Phone Scoop earlier today, Sprint confirmed that it too would provide its customers with free calling and text messaging to Japanese phone lines. The news comes just hours after both AT&T and Verizon Wireless announced similar policies for both their wireless and wireline subscribers. Although the U.S.’s fourth largest carrier — …

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

March 14th, 2011

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 …

AT&T: Calls and texts to Japan free through March

March 14th, 2011

In response to last week’s tsunami, AT&T has announced that its wireless customers, in the United States and Puerto Rico, can call or text Japan for free through March 31st. AT&T has also said it will not charge its wireless postpaid customers for international long distance calls or texts to Japan that were placed after …

FaceTime for Mac exits beta, costs 99¢ in the Mac App Store

February 24th, 2011

Apple’s FaceTime video chat service for Mac exited beta on Thursday to coincide with the release of the company’s refreshed MacBook Pro line. It also comes bearing a new price tag: 99¢. FaceTime is Apple’s branded video calling service that allows Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and soon, iPad users to make video calls for free …

Spotify close to Universal deal, may launch without Warner

February 24th, 2011

A report on Wednesday claims European streaming music extraordinaire Spotify is “a few weeks away” from signing a new deal with Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company. Reuters cites people familiar with the talks in reporting the deal, which will give Spotify access to Universal’s massive catalog of music in the U.S. Spotify has …

Amazon adds unlimited streaming videos to Prime membership benefits

February 22nd, 2011

If you find yourself frequently purchasing from online retailer Amazon, you probably have been pitched to sign-up for the company’s Prime service before. For a $79 annual fee, Amazon will provide members with unlimited, 2-day shipping on all eligible items purchased along with heavily discounted shipping upgrades (you can get next day shipping with Saturday delivery for just $3.99). Now, to …

AT&T offering 1,000 Rollover minutes to loyal iPhone customers

February 11th, 2011

Competition is a great thing. The Internet is atwitter with reports that AT&T is, without provocation, offering its loyal iPhone customers an additional 1,000 Rollover minutes via text message. What makes you worthy of this offering? We’re not quite sure. What we do know is that texting the word “yes” to 11113020 will help expedite …

T-Mobile offers two free G2 smartphones with unlimited family plan

February 4th, 2011

Several BGR readers have emailed us to point out a new limited-time promotion T-Mobile is running, and we’re glad they did because it’s quite an attractive deal. The caveat: you’ll have to put all those shiny new dual-core Android phones from CES out of your mind, and ignore the second wave of next-generation smartphones set to …