New Plans for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint were just introduced. AT&T’s new Mobile Share Advantage plan eliminates data overage charges for its mobile customers. The plans will be available from 21 August. Essentially, the company plans to throttle data speeds to 128 Kbps once caps are reached rather than charge for extra data.
Not to be left out of the limelight, T-Mobile bustled in with a new unlimited plan called T-Mobile One as part of its “12th Un-carrier move”.
In typical showbiz style, T-Mobile US CEO John Legere unveiled the move in a video blog, declaring: “The era of the data plan is over. After Un-carrier 12, the wireless industry will never be the same again.”T-Mobile One will offer unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited high-speed 4G LTE smartphone data from 6 September. The obvious downsides are just 128 Kbps speeds on tetheringand of course an FUP: customers using more than 26 GB a month “may see their data traffic prioritised behind other users.”
T-Mobile lso described it as a “radically simple subscription”, but see what you make of this:
“A family of four can get T-Mobile One for just $40 per line…The first line is $70 a month
the second is $50 a month, and additional lines are only $20 a month up to 8 lines withautopay. And it’s just $5 more a month per line without auto pay. All include unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data while on our blazing-fast network.”
Sprint also launched its own unlimited plan, jostling for headlines with T-Mobile US. The Unlimited Freedom plan offers two lines of unlimited talk, text and data for $100 a month.
Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO, said the company wants to provide “simple, worry-free and affordable wireless plans” to its customers.”There can be a lot of frustration and confusion around wireless offers, with too much focus on gigabytes and extra charges. Our answer is the simplicity of Unlimited Freedom,” he said.
Google today launched two new features for Google Maps for Android: a Wi-Fi Only mode, and the option to store offline map data on removable memory cards. Together, the two features are especially useful for those traveling overseas, where data roaming is expensive. The Wi-Fi Only mode allows users to stay connected to data networks for functions like email, while avoiding data charges for mapping, relying instead only on offline map data previously downloaded, and on Wi-Fi service when available. Users can also download extensive map data before their trip — or over Wi-Fi while traveling — and store it on a removable memory card for navigation without using mobile data while roaming. The features are also useful for non-traveling users with limited data plans or spotty service locally. The company did not announce whether the Wi-Fi Only mode will come to Google Maps for iOS.
Kyocera today announced the DuraForce Pro, its new rugged Android phone. The DuraForce is positioned as a significantly upgraded replacement for both the DuraForce and the Brigadier models, and comes in versions both with and without CDMA. That implies the phone may come to both AT&T and Verizon, although Kyocera is not announcing carrier partners at this time, just that it will be released “in the coming months.” Most specs have been upgraded compared to the DuraForce/Brigadier. The main camera steps up to 13 megapixels, and is accompanied by a wide-angle “action camera” with 135-degree lens and 5 megapixels, plus 5-megapixel front camera. A fingerprint reader has been added to the side, which works with NFC. It’s just as rugged and waterproof, but also fully washable (unaffected by soap). The screen can be used while wet and the camera has an underwater mode. The screen is larger (5 inches) and higher-resolution (full HD). The processor is a faster Snapdragon 617. It also has a larger 3,240 mAh battery and both fast charging and wireless charging. Other features a 3.5mm audio jack, memory card slot, PTT, dual front speakers, and barometer. For business users, it supports enhanced MDM, enterprise Wi-Fi, and advanced VPN capability. Its rugged specs include IP68 and U.S. Military rating for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, temperature shock, blowing rain, low pressure, sun, salt fog, humidity, water immersion (up to 2 meters for 30 minutes), and icing freezing rain. The DuraForce Pro runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).