Verizon to make changes to its prepaid plans starting February 20th; switch and get a $50 credit

Starting next Tuesday, February 20th, Verizon will be making some changes to its prepaid plans. For those who need just enough data to stream a little music and check their emails, a new entry level plan is being added. Priced at $30 a month, you can have unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of data. The rest of the line up includes unlimited talk and text plus 3GB of data for $40, 7GB of data for $50 and 10GB of data for $60. With on-time payments, you can carryover unused data for one month. Add additional data using the My Verizon app.

Big Red is also improving its Prepaid Unlimited service. …


Verizon follows AT&T's move, drops plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Wireless network provider Verizon is not going to sell the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This unexpected decision has to do with the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month, AT&T abandoned plans to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to subscribers after members of the congress, with the help of federal regulators, stood against it. Verizon has been going through the same thing, after dropping plans to sell the Chinese flagship to the U.S. audience. That means only channel left for Huawei to distribute its newest device is …

Xiaomi plans IPO to raise up to $100 billion

Last month, Xiaomi executive Wang Xian said that the company, rumored to be in talks with U.S. carriers, will finally establish a presence in the states within two years. To help the company gear up for the heavy financial load that such a move requires, Xiaomi is planning an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to raise as much as $100 billion. Just four years ago, the manufacturer raised more than $1 billion in a deal that valued the firm at $45 billion. Just the year before that, in 2013, the firm had a valuation close to $13 billion.

Last year was a strong bounce back year for Xiaomi after …

US bill plans to prevent government from working with firms that use Huawei and ZTE technology

It looks like Chinese smartphones makers will have a hard time selling their products in the United States. After the failed partnership between Huawei and major carrier AT&T, it appears that another Chinese giant, ZTE, will have problems signing agreements with certain firms in the US.

A Republican lawmaker announced earlier this week that it has introduced legislation aimed specifically at Huawei and ZTE. The bill that was made public this Friday is supposed to prevent the federal government from working with companies that use equipment made by Huawei and …

Traveling abroad? AT&T has new international roaming data plans in its Passport

The AT&T Passport program is a boon for international travelers on the carrier’s plans, and the offering just got simpler and sweeter. Roaming warriors will be able to pick between 1GB of data for a one-time $60 charge, valid for 30 days, or can get triple that amount of data for twice the price (3GB for $120), and set it as recurring payment, if needed. Actual talking is extra, though, at $0.35 per minute to any place.

Given that before that announcement AT&T’s Passport add-on was giving just 200 MB, and for $40 at that, this is certainly good …

Apple buys Shazam for $400 million, has "exciting plans in store"

At the end of last week, we passed along a rumor that Apple was planning to buy music-naming app Shazam. Both companies have a history of working together as Shazam was one of the first titles in the App Store back in 2008. Back then, those running the app on their Apple iPhone 3G could purchase songs whose title they discovered with Shazam, from iTunes. That continues to this day. Starting with iOS 8, Shazam’s song title discovery service was integrated into Siri.

Shazam has added a number of new capabilities since 2008 including the ability to ID television shows, movie posters, magazine …

Report: Apple plans to release cheapest iPad ever in Q2 2018

In March 2017, Apple surprised many by introducing the rather affordable 9.7-inch iPad. Now, a report is claiming that Tim Cook & Co. are considering releasing a new model that will be even more inexpensive. 

According to sources of Digitimes, we might see a new 9.7-inch model break cover in the second quarter of 2018. The cheapest version of this iPad will be priced at about $259. If this turns out to be true, it would mean that the new model will have a starting price that’s $70 cheaper than its current counterpart.
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Unlimited plans introduction brought both good and bad news to U.S. Cellular

US Cellular, which is the fifth largest carrier by subscriber numbers, after Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, released very pleasant for investors quarterly results last week, and saw its stock jump significantly. It turns out, unlimited data plans are to “blame” for the carrier’s stellar performance. After introducing them back in February, U.S. Cellular saw a 51% data consumption increase on its network, but also a jump in subscriber rates.
Nearly a third of its Total plan users are on the unlimited option now, and the average subscriber goes through 3.1 GB …

Apple plans to launch new "all screen" high-end iPad similar to iPhone X in 2018

Apple is working on a completely redesigned high-end new iPad that will have an “all screen” display with thinner bezels and Face ID like the iPhone X. The new iPad, however, is not likely to use an OLED display like the iPhone X, and will instead stick with a traditional LCD screen. The information comes from inside sources speaking for Bloomberg, which has a nearly spotless track record with Apple rumors.
This new iPad is expected to launch later in 2018. The iPad Pro 10.5″ was released in June 2017, while the new model is expected to launch …

Apple plans on selling lower priced models with iPhone X features in 2018?

According to a report published in China today, Apple will be using some of the technology found in this year’s Apple iPhone X on next year’s models that are rumored to have code names of Lisbon and Hangzhou. The report says that Apple is concerned about its market share in China, and believes that by offering many iPhone X features in a lower priced phone, it can help it recapture market share in the country.

Another website in Japan, Macotakara, expects the lower-end model would get a 10,000 yen ($90 USD) hair cut from this year’s pricing. Next year’s phones are all expected to include …