Verizon now offers unlimited data plans for pre-paid subscribers

Verizon announced today that effective immediately, it will offer an unlimited data plan for its pre-paid customers. The price of the service is $80 a month and includes unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited text to over 200 international locations. The pre-paid unlimited plan streams video at up to 480p (DVD quality). Mobile hotspot and tethering usage is not included as part of the plan, and during times of heavy traffic your data could be prioritized behind other customers.

Verizon has now simplified its pre-paid offerings, and all of them include unlimited talk, text and …


Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it’s aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system to process agricultural waste products with a digester, which in turn generates …

Smart bandages will use 5G data and nano-sensors to help doctors track a wound


Imagine a bandage that will report to a Doctor via 5G wireless on how well a wound being covered is healing. Swansea University in the U.K. will begin trials inside of the next year on this so-called smart bandage. Besides using next-gen wireless service to send reports on the wound to health care professionals, the bandages employ nano-sensors to track any improvements in the injury..

With the information from the bandages, Doctors will be able to monitor a wound and recommend a treatment plan based on how well it is healing. Doctors will also be able to track how active the injured …

Sprint to position pre-paid service as an alternative for consumers who don't need unlimited data

Sprint has made things quite easy for consumers. $50 a month gets you a single line of unlimited talk, text and data. The plan also comes with 10GB per month of mobile hot spot data. Streaming video arrives at a resolution as high as 1080p, music is streamed at 1.5Mbps and games are streamed at 8Mbps. Sprint customers no longer have tiers to choose from with different data buckets, and the nation’s fourth largest carrier eliminated its plan that takes 50% off the rates charged by Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

While Sprint’s new pricing obviously appeals to those who need unlimited data, …

No, Verizon doesn't plan to sell your data unless you want to

If you’re living in the United States, then you’re probably aware that the Congress recently voted to reduce broadband privacy protections, which would allow Internet providers to sell users’ data much easier and without asking for their permission.

We reported a few days ago that Verizon launched an Android application called AppFlash, which acts as a launcher and search function. According to the report, the app that would come pre-installed on all Android smartphones sold by Verizon can share user’s information with the carrier’s family of companies.

AppFlash …

T-Mobile says data speeds will double for some customers using the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (VIDEO)

T-Mobile used today’s unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ to announce that some subscribers upgrading to these new phones will be able to double their LTE data speeds on T-Mobile’s network. With the faster speeds, a two-hour movie can be downloaded in just 15-seconds. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the first handsets to take advantage of three technologies already built into the T-Mobile network.

These three technologies include 4 x 4 MIMO, which adds more connections between a cell tower and a Galaxy S8/S8+. Carrier aggregation increases the bandwidth and …

T-Mobile announces three new prepaid plans including one with unlimited high-speed data

T-Mobile has announced two new Simply Prepaid plans. The first one, priced at $45 a month, features unlimited talk, text and data. But only 4GB of the data is of the high-speed 4G LTE variety. You can keep your current number and current device, or purchase a shiny new phone from T-Mobile. Spend $55 a month, and you can raise your high speed 4G LTE data cap to 6GB. Both tiers come with Wi-Fi Calling, Music Unlimited (which streams music without dipping into your data bucket), and Data Maximizer (which streams video for free at DVD quality 480p.

With these two Simply Prepaid plans you can …

Google's JPEG encoder reduces image size by 35%, could help you save mobile data in the future

Google’s new open source image compression algorithm is capable of reducing the size of JPEG files by 35 percent, without compromising image quality too much, and the results it produces are compatible with all web browsers and image editing software.

Called Guetzli, which is apparently Swiss German for cookie, the new JPEG encoder does its magic during the so-called quantization stage of image compression, which is when the encoder tries to strike a balance between removing detail to keep size down, without obliterating the source image.

Guetzli uses what …

AT&T's pre-paid GoPhone service adds two new plans including one offering unlimited high-speed data

Unlimited plans are now in vogue, even for pre-paid service. AT&T’s GoPhone brand has added two new plans, including one that offers unlimited high-speed data. Let’s start with the latter plan first. Starting today, sign up for AutoPay and you’ll be receiving unlimited 4G LTE data for $60 a month. The plan offers unlimited talk, text and data cruising at a maximum speed of 3Mbps. Video streams at a DVD-quality 480p definition at a maximum speed of 1.5Mbps. Exceed 22Mbps inside of a month, and you’ll find your data speed throttled. Calls and texts sent in and between the U.S., Mexico and Canada …

AT&T launches Stream Saver, reducing HD video to Standard Definition to save on data

Back in November, we told you about AT&T’s Stream Saver feature. When activated, HD video (720p) is reduced to standard video (480p which provides DVD quality video). The idea is that AT&T customers with a data bucket can save some of the sweet stuff while viewing streaming videos. The feature is now automatically activated on AT&T and GoPhone handsets. To turn it off, you need to go to the AT&T website and click on “Manage my data usage page.” From there, you should see settings for Stream Saver.

If you disable the Stream Saver feature, you will need to wait 5-minutes. After …