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New service offers wireless data to European travelers for just $5 per day

July 11th, 2012

Staying connected while traveling abroad is a painful endeavor, at best. Roaming with your U.S.-based wireless device can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and sourcing local handsets or foreign SIMs for an unlocked phone is often a hassle. Travelers heading to Europe now have a new option that could potentially keep them connected …

T-Mobile USA to receive AWS spectrum and a 3G roaming deal from AT&T breakup

December 20th, 2011

Deutsche Telekom recently detailed the breakup terms AT&T agreed to following the deterioration of its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA. Deutsche Telekom will receive $3 billion in cash and T-Mobile USA will benefit from fresh AWS spectrum as well as a new 7-year 3G roaming deal with AT&T. “As part of the break-up fee, T-Mobile …

AT&T to launch $25 monthly GoPhone prepaid plan on September 18th

September 14th, 2011

Beginning on September 18th, AT&T will offer a new $25 GoPhone prepaid plan that will include 250 minutes and unlimited messaging. Starting on the same day, customers can opt to sign up for a new $10 international long distance plan that offers 250 minutes of calling to more than 50 countries. The minutes for both …

Verizon to launch BlackBerry Torch 9850 on September 8th for $199.99

September 6th, 2011

Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it will offer the BlackBerry Torch 9850 on September 8th for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. The Torch 9850 offers a full 3.7-inch touchscreen display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1.2GHz processor, support for global roaming in more than 200 countries, a 5-megapixel camera capable of …

Sprint Motorola XPRT hands-on

June 15th, 2011

FedEx just buzzed by and dropped off Sprint’s latest QWERTY Android smartphones, the Motorola XPRT. The XPRT reminds us a lot of the DROID Pro on Verizon Wireless, but it feels just a bit cheaper, which likely explains the lower price tag. It lacks the polished finished of the DROID Pro and it feels much …

Deutsche Telekom confirms $6 billion prenuptial agreement with AT&T

May 13th, 2011

It’s more like a pre-prenuptial agreement, but you get the idea. T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telecom, has confirmed that it stands to receive a $6 billion settlement from AT&T should the companies’ proposed merger fall through. According to DT, a $3 billion cash payment would be made along with additional spectrum and a national roaming agreement. While the …

Sprint to pay Clearwire $1 billion in 4G fees through 2012

April 19th, 2011

Sprint, which owns the majority stake of Clearwire, has agreed to pay the company at least $1 billion through 2012 for fees associated with the use of its 4G WiMAX network. Sprint and Clearwire entered arbitration late last year after Sprint argued that it shouldn’t have to pay a fee for 4G handsets that exist …

Verizon Wireless reminds us it supports international roaming

April 11th, 2011

Verizon Wireless has taken a beating over the years because its CDMA network is very prohibitive for international travelers. As such, the carrier has released some new resources in an effort to remind subscribers that they’re free to roam the world with their Verizon phones in hand — it might cost an arm, a leg …

Verizon Wireless cries foul, responds to FCC-mandated data roaming rules

April 7th, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of a new set of rules that will force larger cellular carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T to provide roaming access to their data networks at prices set by the FCC. The move will allow smaller regional carriers to take advantage of the large investments …