Four free months of Google Play Music now offered for new subscribers

Google usually offers three free months of Google Play Music for new subscribers, after which they have to pay $9.99 per month if they want to continue to use the music streaming service.

However, it looks like the Mountain View company wants to enlarge its pool of subscribers by running a promotion on its music service. For a limited time, Google offers new customers four free months of Google Play Music instead of just three.

Nothing else changed regarding the service’s price, so you’ll still have to pay $9.99 after the four-month trial that Google is now …


T-Mobile wants to help you #GetOutoftheRed with its new promotion aimed at Verizon subscribers

T-Mobile and its CEO John Legere announced today a new promotion designed to make it easier for Verizon customers to move to T-Mobile. With Verizon’s “Big Red” nickname in mind, the nation’s third largest carrier is helping you #GetOutoftheRed. With the plan, Verizon customers can move to T-Mobile, keep the phone they already own (certain models only), and T-Mobile will even pay off the balance. This limited time promotion is available to Verizon customers with the Apple iPhone 6s or newer, and the Pixel or Pixel XL models.

In a video that was released today, T-Mobile’s Legere points …

T-Mobile raising its Telco Recovery fees for older plan subscribers, prepare for a small increase in your bill

Nobody likes a raise in taxes and fees, but that’s the way it’s going to be for T-Mobile customers that aren’t on the carrier’s ONE unlimited plan. Subscribers that chose to remain on a Simple Choice plan or a different older plan will see their Telco Recovery fee for data charges jump from 83 cents to $1.01, while the voice lines fee goes up from $2.11 to $2.58. The Telco Recovery fee is T-Mobile’s way to recoup its expenses for linking up with other service providers.

Granted, this hike is nothing to cry over, but it’s still a little extra cash out of your pocket …

BlackBerry is offering the Privacy Shade to subscribers of Hub+

Back in March, we told you about BlackBerry’s Privacy Shade. This is a feature that uses a dark shade to cover up sensitive information on your screen. You can decide how much of the display you want covered, and how much you want to leave as the viewing area. The idea is to protect sensitive and important words written on your phone screen from being seen by prying eyes.

Currently, the Privacy Shade is available only to BlackBerry users running an Android powered unit. But soon, BlackBerry will offer it for any Android handset free for a 30-day trial, along with all of the other BlackBerry …

Sprint rolled out a $40 month 2GB data plan for subscribers on a budget

Sprint launched a new plan after its Unlimited Freedom promo campaign ran out. The carrier lets you get on a $40 2GB plan ($45 without auto-pay) with unlimited talk and text, which is a good option if $60 for the limitless plan is a bit steep for you. There’s also a retail-only $40 Affordable Choice plan with 4GB of data.

Sprint reportedly introduced these after its lower-paying customers took a dislike to the Unlimited Freedom plans last month. Although the carrier isn’t advertising them, adamant that unlimited everything is “what customers really want”, it’s doing …

Comcast's new XFi service allows subscribers to control their home Wi-Fi service

Making sure that your handset is connected to your home Wi-Fi signal can certainly save you from using all of your high-speed cellular data each month. Even if you have an unlimited data plan, using home Wi-Fi can save you from crossing the threshold that will set off the throttling of your data speed during periods of heavy traffic. This morning, in an effort to improve the home Wi-Fi experience, broadband and cable provider Comcast has launched XFi. This is a new service that is available for free to 10 million of the company’s Xfinity internet subscribers.

With the help of an app installed …

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 …

T-Mobile reports another strong quarter with 798K new postpaid phone subscribers

T-Mobile this afternoon released its quarterly earnings report for the first three month period of 2017. Covering January through March, the nation’s third largest carrier added 798,000 postpaid phone subscribers. Considering that Verizon lost 289,000 customers in this category for its first quarter, T-Mobile seems to be running on all cylinders. The company says that it alone will be responsible for 250% of the industry’s growth in the quarter. The postpaid phone churn for the three months was a record low 1.18%, down 15 basis points from last year, and 10 basis points from the fourth …

Verizon reports a drop in postpaid phone subscribers for the first quarter of 2017

Verizon released its first quarter earnings report today. The nation’s largest carrier had revenue from January through March of $20.9 billion, which was 5.1% lower than what Big Red grossed a year earlier. Verizon blamed the decline on a drop in revenue received from overages, the cost of promoting the business, and a decline in the number of postpaid customers. Of the 307,000 postpaid customers that left the carrier during the three month period, 289,000 were phone-related customers which is the holy grail of the industry. Still, postpaid phone churn came in under .90% for the eighth consecutive …