Even on the eve of HTC's scheduled event in New York City, the leaks continue to pour in, especially with regards to the HTC One M8 for Windows smartphone.
The Taiwan-based company was supposed to debut the One M8 for Windows phone during their upcoming event in the Big Apple on August 19, but it appears that HTC enthusiasts may be getting an advance notice as to when and where they'll be able to get their hands on the device.
In late July of this year, T-Mobile announced its Simple Choice Family Plan. Offered for a limited time only, the plan allowed subscribers to have four lines of service with unlimited calls, unlimited texting, and 2.5 gigabytes of high-speed data per line -- all for just a monthly charge of $100.00. The introduction of the plan was a timely effort by T-Mobile to counter similar family-friendly offers by its competitors, namely Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.
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.
Wireless carriers are starting to change their mind when it comes to mandating kill switches in smartphones. Earlier this year a California Senator proposed a bill that supported the idea of kill switches.
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