Starting Wednesday September 10, the HTC One (M8) smartphone will be getting an update on its Android operating system. It is not quite Android 4.4.4 yet, but owners of the device should still have plenty of reason to enjoy the updated.
AT&T recently announced that their LTE network is now covering more than 300 million people in the United States. That figure is about 95% of the whole population of the country.
AT&T did not state for certain whether they are stopping their 4G rollout. But by hitting 300 million, the carrier has no doubt accomplished something significant -- AT&T has covered more people than Verizon did when it initiated its LTE rollout. Back in June of 2013, it was reported that Verizon had reached 298 million people when it completed its 4G network rollout.
As reported by The Information earlier, Verizon was purportedly planning to create a new coalition of wireless service carriers and phone manufacturers in order to launch an app store that would challenge Google's Play Store, according to to unnamed sources. But just recently, Debi Lewis, a spokesperson for the carrier, made it clear that Verizon has no plans to do just that.
Verizon recently introduced a new Single Line plan that allows its subscribers to enjoy unlimited voice calls and unlimited texting for a monthly fee of $60.00. Under this new plan, customers also get to make use of up to 2 gigabytes of free data.
In a statement released through its official website, Verizon stated that this Single Line plan is specifically targeted to smartphone users who are using only one line. The carrier was quick to add though that single line subscribers who want to share voice and data between more than two lines may still avail of MORE Everything plans.
Verizon is yet to go all out on its HD Voice service, unlike its competitors AT&T and T-Mobile. But soon, Verizon customers who are eagerly awaiting the upcoming service may not have long to wait.
At a recent investor conference, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo announced that the carrier's Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service is indeed set to launch before the end of this year. However, Shammo further confirmed that Verizon will not be offering LTE-only smartphones, at least until the year 2016.
A top AT&T executive recently revealed that the mobile telecom operator is planning to deploy LTE Broadcast technology (aka LTE Multicast) starting next year. Based on Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS), LTE Multicast is a technology that allows a certain type of content to be sent simultaneously to a subscriber group. It is generally considered a more efficient way of broadcasting compared to having the same content delivered to each individual user upon request.
Verizon is making a move to fix a loophole in its unlimited data plans. Starting August 24, users who want to upgrade their smartphones or activate their devices on a new service will need to get a data package for the full duration of their two-year plan. This change in policy is expected to make it even more difficult for customers to enjoy discounted smartphones without having to give up unlimited data usage.
This morning Verizon Wireless announced some updates and a name change to their Share Everything plans. The newly branded MORE Everything plans are truly a step in the right direction for the second generation of data sharing plans from Verizon Wireless.
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