T-Mobile matches its rivals, bumps data speeds on the Series 3 Apple Watch to 4G

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is more attuned to his customers’ wishes, hopes and desires than any other executive in the industry. So when T-Mobile subscribers complained that the Apple Watch Series 3 would be limited to data speeds of 512kbps (basically 3G), Legere looked into the matter. Today, the executive disseminated a tweet with good news for T-Mobile customers.

According to Legere, T-Mobile’s new Apple Watch plan will provide 4G LTE speeds for Apple Watch users at the same $10 per month rate that it was going to charge for 3G. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 3 started yesterday …


Oreo bug incorrectly shuts down mobile data on Pixel phones used on certain carriers

The Oreo update is not such a tasty treat for some Pixel users. It seems that the update to Android 8.0 over certain carriers is causing mobile data on some Pixel models to incorrectly stop working. While a number of users are typing out complaints on various Google product forums (like the Pixel user community), it turns out that one Google employee has said that a fix is in the works. When it is disseminated is anyone’s guess at the moment.

The devices involved are sending out notifications to users telling them that their data allowance has run out. But that is not true. It appears that …

Why did Verizon and AT&T networks slow down? Unlimited plan users went crazy with mobile data

T-Mobile has another reason to brag after the latest Speedtest results by Oookla – it has been pegged as the fastest US network in the first half of the year, mainly on account of the fact that the Verizon and AT&T speeds have slowed down significantly after the two big carriers introduced unlimited data offerings. 

In fact, according to Opanga Network analysts, the average mobile data consumption has increased twofold since the carriers went unlimited, which explains the enormous strain on Verizon and AT&T networks, which are the ones with the most customers. 
Verizon …

Verizon splits its unlimited data plan into 3 new ones with more caveats and restrictions

Verizon Wireless has just announced that it is splitting its current unlimited data plan into three new plans: Go Unlimited (starting at $75 for one line), Beyond Unlimited (prices start from $85 for 1 line), and Business Unlimited.
Verizon introduced its original Unlimited plans back in February, and it was a plan with simple and straightforward conditions, but these new plans bring us back to more complicated rules, fine print details and caveats.
“These plans give you the best unlimited choices, but you also get …

A hacker has decrypted the iPhone's security chip, but your data is still safe

In order to make Touch ID on the iPhone 5s an onward secure, Apple introduced a fairly opaque piece of technology to its devices — the so-called Secure Enclave Processor (or SEP in short). This, in simple terms, is a piece of hardware found in almost every Apple-made device since the 5s which is used to keep users’ private data (think passwords, fingerprints, and everything else that requires cryptography) secure, taking the form of a tiny coprocessor kept completely isolated from the rest of the device.

And up until now, the SEP has been a black …

Speedtest data shows a rise in Sprint's LTE Plus download speeds over the last 7 months


The future appears to be looking brighter at Sprint. At the beginning of the month, the company reported its first quarterly profit in three years. And today, the nation’s fourth largest carrier reported that its national average download speeds are on the rise. Data from the Ookla Speedtest app shows that over the last seven months, the download speeds for Sprint’s LTE Plus service have risen 28%. During that same time period, T-Mobile’s download speed is up 18% while AT&T and Verizon show declines of 7% and 8%, respectively.

Sprint customers increasing use of High Performance User …

Get your unlimited on with MetroPCS; $50 a month for all the high-speed data you can eat


It is hard to believe that it was all the way back on May Day 2013 when T-Mobile made its play for MetroPCS. At the time, T-Mobile wasn’t the fearless Un-carrier that it is now. And MetroPCS was your typical pre-paid carrier, hoping to pick up business from consumers who couldn’t afford postpaid service. But things have changed. You no longer have to put up with a wink-wink-nudge-nudge from your friends because you use a pre-paid carrier.

Think of the changes that have overtaken T-Mobile since 2013 started. In January, the wireless operator was about to turn on its 4G LTE network in …

IDC second quarter data shows tablet market still in disarray

IDC has just completed its analysis of the second quarter tablet market. For the three month period, worldwide tablet shipments declined by 3.4% to 37.9 million units. This performance comes despite Apple’s new low priced iPad. Even detachable tablets, once expected to lead the category out of the darkness, were unable to provide much lift for the product. Apple and its iPad continued to have the top market share and also led in unit shipments. For the period from April through June, Apple shipped 11.4 million tablets worldwide, a year-over-year gain of 14.7%. Apple’s market share for the quarter …

Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps? (UPDATE)

Several Verizon subscribers are claiming that Big Red is imposing a speed cap of 10Mbps on video streaming services Netflix and YouTube. To prove that this is indeed happening with Netflix, we copied a test that was published elsewhere on Friday morning. With our Moto Z Force connected to Verizon’s network, we ran Ookla’s Speedtest app and scored a download speed of 48.22 Mbps on Big Red’s 4G LTE network.

The next thing we did was run Fast.com. This is actually an app available from the Google Play Store that is offered by Netflix. The app measures download speeds for Netflix only, so in …

Cricket's Hot Summer Deals: 2 lines with Unlimited Data for $80, and new phones on sale

Sure, summer is now winding down as we get close to the waning days of July. Soon, it will be August and then September brings the start of fall. Before you know it, the holiday shopping season will be here. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. It is still hot outside. How do we know that? Well, there is first hand experience, but also Cricket Wireless is holding its Hot Summer Deals. That means that it still has to be summertime, right? After all, when the cricket sees its shadow, that means we have several more weeks of hot weather ahead.

So what exactly is Cricket offering you for the …