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MetroPCS offering free calls and text messages to Japan

March 15th, 2011

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 …

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 …

LG Revolution crosses FCC’s desk, release date still unknown

March 10th, 2011

We first heard about the LG Revolution at CES back in January — if you’ll recall it was part of Verizon’s decagon of LTE device announcements. The 4.3-inch handset sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, mobile hotspot capabilities for up to eight devices, Android 2.2, and, of course, …

Verizon’s Samsung Stealth gets pictured; April release date rumored

March 8th, 2011

Formerly known as the SCH-i520, the Samsung Stealth made a brief appearance at the Consumer Electronics show back in January. Announced along with ten other LTE devices by Verizon Wireless, the Stealth was forced to play second fiddle to the ThunderBolt, BIONIC, and XOOM. But today, we get to pay a little homage to the forgotten, 4G handset, …

CTIA awards site suggests two new LG smartphones due at conference

March 8th, 2011

The CTIA Wireless conference is just around the corner, and in preparation for the three day extravaganza, the Wireless Association is starting to make its final preparations for the event. Part of these preparations include listing the finalists for conference awards, and the “Phones/Smartphones” category has yielded some interesting information. The first three finalists include the HTC ThunderBolt, Motorola ATRIX 4G, and LG Revolution. …

Apple, Jobs interested in creating LTE iPhone according to China Mobile

March 4th, 2011

Speaking at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference today, China Mobile’s Chairman, Wang Jianzhou, let go an interesting tidbit of Apple information. “Jobs has expressed his interest in an LTE iPhone and is willing to start the development at an early date,” said the Chairman. China Mobile currently runs a TD-LTE network in mainland China, …

Verizon offering $100 off all DROID smartphones via online store

March 2nd, 2011

It looks like Big Red is doing a little wheeling and dealing with its entire DROID smartphone lineup. Via the company’s web store, Verizon Wireless is offering online-purchasers of any DROID-branded smartphone an additional $100 off the subsidized, two-year contract price. With the new, temporary pricing schema in place, the DROID X (CPO), DROID R2D2, …

Verizon Wireless will move to tiered data plans this summer

March 1st, 2011

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference this afternoon, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told investors that Verizon Wireless plans to move to tiered data plans in the near future. The plans, which could roll out as early as this summer, may be based on consumption, speed, or a combination of the two. …

Verizon-branded HTC Trophy spotted; Windows Phone set to fly on Big Red

March 1st, 2011

The gang over at Engadget have acquired an image of a Verizon-branded, Windows Phone 7 handset — the HTC Trophy to be exact — in the wild. The site’s tipster notes that the phone has indeed been injected with Microsoft’s “NoDo” software update, providing copy and paste functionality. Rumors peg the Trophy for a late …