With T-Mobile's newly unveiled global data roaming plan, the carrier is hoping to turn a weakness into an advantage.
That weakness -- the lack of business users and heavy travelers wealthy enough to pay those hefty roaming fees -- is exactly what allowed T-Mobile to offer free, unlimited data outside of the US, according to CEO John Legere.
T-Mobile on Wednesday night announced the global data roaming feature at a splashy event in Manhattan's Bryant Park, which was decked out in magenta lights and featured performances from DJ Swizz Beats and singer Shakira. The park was packed with … Read more
When completing a S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, there are some lines that are intentionally left blank until the company is ready to go public. But, it appears that one such line was inadvertently filled in during Twitter's S-1 filing.
And this slipup possibly led to a crucial reveal for the company's initial public offering: Twitter's IPO date will most likely be on November 15.
If you're a frequent international traveler, you're going to want to pay attention to Uncarrier 3.0.
T-Mobile's latest shake-up puts international roaming rates in its sights, with the carrier eliminating fees for data and text messages entirely in more than 100 countries. It will also simplify the calling rates, charging a fixed rate of 20 cents per minute.
New and existing T-Mobile customers who are on a post-paid plan are eligible for the new international plan, which kicks off on October 31. The company also introduced a $10 Stateside International Talk and Text plan for US … Read more
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In all my years of living in Albuquerque, I have managed to completely miss one of the city's marquee events, the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year, I finally dragged my sorry self out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, caught a school-bus shuttle, and arrived in the dark and cold to huge crowds and hundreds of balloon teams setting up on a massive field.
I knew hot air balloons were pretty. What I didn't realize is just how geeky they can be. Among the usual colorful entries there was a certain contingent of balloons that stood out on my geek radar.… Read more
Some war video games have reached an incredible level of realism and sophistication in their depiction of armed conflict. Everyday gamers can immerse themselves in the same sort of video games used to train real soldiers. The International Committee of the Red Cross wants these kinds of games to be so real as to also depict punishments for war crimes.
The ICRC is aiming to work with video game developers on integrating virtual consequences. It is especially concerned with crimes such as the use of torture during interrogation, deliberate attacks on civilians, and attacks on medical units. The organization doesn't oppose the inclusion of these acts in video games, since they happen in real life, but believes there should be penalties for players who engage in them.… Read more
International phone-roaming fees can be enough to make you never want to step outside your own home. Sure, you can pick up a local SIM card everywhere you go, but that's an inconvenience. KnowRoaming's new SIM card sticker lets you connect to local networks without having to do a thing.
KnowRoaming is opening up preorders Monday for the $35 sticker. The device attaches to your regular SIM card using a small applicator that comes with it to help with proper placement. You then download the KnowRoaming app and let it automatically hook up with local networks as you go gallivanting about the world.… Read more
According to Apple Maps, it's 3,550 miles from my house to the Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska. It will take me 64 hours of non-stop driving to get there. Oh, and I'll need to drive down a taxiway used by airplanes to reach my destination.
According to the Alaska Dispatch, an iOS Maps app flaw has led two inattentive out-of-town drivers to unquestioningly follow their iPhones down Taxiway B over the last few weeks, despite a gate and sign meant to deter exactly that sort of behavior.… Read more
Judge Thomas Pender, who posted the decision Monday on the ITC's Web site, found that Taiwan-based HTC infringed on one patent related to removing errors of radio signals, and another on dealing with different radio frequencies. The commission found no infringements on a third patent in question, which had to do with transmitting data from a computer to a mobile phone.
The ITC is expected to make a full decision early next year, by … Read more
Sales of Apple's new iPhones began Friday, a day that's already arrived in some parts of the world.
That includes Australia, where the first iPhone sales began at 8 a.m. local time. Online sales kicked off hours before that, with new buyers of the 5S facing a 7- to 10-day ship time, and 5C buyers looking at 1 to 3 days.
The entry-level iPhone 5C comes in around $698 US dollars there, while Apple's charging $820 for the higher-end iPhone 5S (prices that include tax, and are for the unlocked model).
Both devices are going on sale in 11 countries this time around (up from 9 last year), and for the first time that includes China, where Apple has said it hopes to lure in first-time buyers. Apple then plans a staggered rollout to reach some 270 carriers in 100 countries by the end of the year. This first rollout includes Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and US. … Read more