Tag Archive for ‘Cell Phones’

Google Announces Project Fi ➝

Nick Fox, Google Vice President of Communications Products, writing on the official Google Blog:

Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible. By designing across hardware, software and connectivity, we can more fully explore new ways for people to connect and communicate. Two of the top mobile networks in the U.S.—Sprint and T-Mobile—are partnering with us to launch Project Fi and now you can be part of the project too.

Project Fi is an MVNO built on Sprint and T-Mobile’s cellular network which claims to seamlessly switch between the two networks and Wi-Fi depending on whichever will provide the fastest connection in your current location. The service starts at $20 a month for talk, text, tethering, and international coverage. As for data costs, it’s a simple $10 per gigabyte. And if you don’t use all of the data from your chosen plan, you’ll receive credit for your unused data.

At launch, the Nexus 6 is the only device supported by Project Fi and you’ll need to request an invite if you’re interested in using the service.

Project Fi sounds great in concept, but my biggest concern would be what all this network switching is going to do to your device’s battery life. We’ll have to wait and see what reviewers experience when they put it through its paces.

Rumors of New 4-inch iPhone May Be False ➝

Mitchel Broussard, writing for MacRumors:

Just over a month after sparking discussion of a possible new 4-inch iPhone in 2015 based on supply chain sources speaking to Taiwanese media, Chinese site Feng.com now claims its own sources are seeing no indication of such a device.

I’m still holding out hope for a new 4-inch iPhone. The 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones are a bit larger than I’d like them to be. All we can do is wait and see what September brings (unless more solid claims crop up).

AT&T Throttles Unlimited Data Users After 5GB of Usage ➝

From AT&T’s support page regarding data usage on legacy unlimited data plans:

As a result of the AT&T network management process, customers on a 3G or 4G smartphone with an unlimited data plan who have exceeded 3 gigabytes of data in a billing period may experience reduced speeds when using data services at times and in areas that are experiencing network congestion. Customers on a 4G LTE smartphone will experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle exceeds 5 gigabytes of data. All such customers can still use unlimited data without incurring overage charges, and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle.

I would assume that AT&T reserves the right to throttle any of their users if they’re experiencing network congestion. That’s just how networks work. I’m one of the customers that’s still holding on to my unlimited data plan, and I don’t plan on letting go of it anytime soon. I take comfort knowing that I won’t be charged extra if I happen to use more than 5GB of data in a single billing cycle.

(Via Engadget.)

AT&T Plans to Offer Wi-Fi Calling in 2015 ➝

I didn’t expect to see AT&T on board with Wi-Fi calling so quickly — it seemed more like a T-Mobile-type of feature to me. But, I suppose my assumption was misguided. And, now we wait for the rest of the major carriers to announce support of it.

‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ ➝

Beginning Thursday, if you break contract and switch to T-Mobile from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, T-Mobile will pay your early termination fee up to $650 per line.

I have to be honest, T-Mobile is presenting a very tempting offer.

George Hahn: ‘Why the PhoneBloks Phone Will Never Happen’ ➝

I first saw PhoneBloks last week when Tim Van Damme linked to it on Twitter. My immediate reaction was that it wouldn’t work out. As much as I love the idea of having exactly what I want and need in my phone and everyone else being able to do the same, it just isn’t a realistic goal.

Sprint’s New Unlimited, My Way, and My All–In Plans ➝

Cameron Summerson does a great job explaining how the new plans work. They seem like a great deal and to be honest, unlimited data looks pretty attractive. I’m still grandfathered into AT&Ts unlimited data plan but it’s only a matter of time until they force me into a plan with more restrictions.

What Could Have Been ➝

Derek Kessler got his hands on a webOS prototype that was codenamed “WindsorNot.” It was scheduled to be released after the Pre3 in late 2011 but, unfortunately, never saw the light of day.