Oh, you'll have to pay extra for roaming data outside the U.S. — the question is how much
We tend to travel quite a bit in this job, often outside of the United States. So we like to keep up on what it'll cost us to roam on other networks while still paying our home operator. This post is our ever-updating list of those costs.
It helps to remember how all this stuff works. Back in the early days of cell phones, you'd be (more or less) confined to a restricted region. Stray outside that region, and suddenly you're "roaming." What that really means, in a nutshell, is that your carrier then has to pay another carrier for your phone to work. And that costs money.
Fast forward a few years, and those roaming charges disappear. "Free roaming." Now, we just use our phones wherever the hell we want to in the United States. And that's the way it should be. But head outside the U.S. of A., and suddenly you're roaming again. And that means it's time to pay the piper. You might get slightly lower rates in Canada or Mexico (thanks, neighbors!), or you might not.
International data isn't cheap. Your best bet is to find a local prepaid SIM card. But that's not always easy — and there's really something luxurious about stepping off a plane, firing up your phone ... and it just works.
And so we've gathered up the international data rates for the four major U.S. carriers — Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. These are all with various international "plans" that you'll add to your account (with one pay-as-you-go exception for Verizon), and so if you're not consistently heading outside the U.S. on a monthly basis, you'll need to be sure to turn off the service once you're home.
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller 4.6-inch version of the company's new Xperia Z3 flagship smartphone, is now available for purchase directly on Sony's online store in the US for the off contract price of $529.99
Nokia has updated its HERE Maps app with new train and transit information from Deutsche Bahn in Germany, allowing users of the recently launched beta for Samsung Android smartphones to access train connections and timetables in that country.
We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!
AT&T has a new set of international plans, and while they'll still hit your wallet hard, they're an improvement of what came before. AT&T's new plans, dubbed Passport, Passport Plus, and Passport Pro (not to be confused with plans for the new BlackBerry Passport), bring the same data allotments, but at least offer easier billing international data packages than we've seen before from Ma Bell, though heavy users will still find themselves shelling over the big bucks.
Qualcomm announced earlier this year that it was working on multi-gigabit wireless connectivity, and Samsung is following suit today by announcing that it has commenced work on a similar Wi-Fi technology that provides a five-fold increase in transmission rates from the current Wi-Fi standard.
The Galaxy Note 4 has received a firmware update from Samsung before the smartphone launches worldwide later this month. According to a report over on AllAboutSamsung, the firmware update (XXU1ANJ4) clocks in at just shy of 36MB and is reported to include stability improvements, as well as "significantly" extending battery life.
Those who rely on Dropbox to store their personal files may have lost some of their data. The service has experienced some issues regarding a bug in older versions of its available desktop apps. This bug deleted files uploaded by affected users who activated the Selective Sync feature, leading some to find they'd lost a large amount of files.
After announcing the $15 Silver Bullet earphones last month, OnePlus is now teaming up with audio maker JBL in launching a pair of earphones for the OnePlus One dubbed the OnePlus x JBL E1+. Set to launch by the end of October, the earphones will set you back $39.99.
We can't get enough of all the great Android apps out there. You can't get enough of all the great Android apps out there. Here's where we meet up and you get your chocolate in my peanut butter, and the result is way better than things would be otherwise.
Seriously. We pick some apps to recommend each week. The comments are wide open for you to do the same. In the end, we all hear about more apps, try more apps, and find more great apps. What's not to love, right?
Google is testing a new telemedicine service that connect users to a physician for free via video conferencing when they are searching for symptoms or illnesses online. The service is part of the broader Helpouts initiative that was launched earlier where users can ask professionals for advice on a video call like a Hangouts chat. Telemedicine advice, at this time in Google's trial phase, is free and Google will cover all costs.
While it's not as flashy as talking to your phone and using those admittedly cool voice actions built into the new Moto X, there's a slick little tool in the app drawer that a lot of people will find useful — Moto Migrate. It's been around since the first iteration of the Moto X, and if you talk to people who have used it, most will say it worked great. It just never caught the spotlight like the other features, because it's one of those apps you use once then never look at again.
I've been fiddling with it, and noticed a few changes (mostly good changes) so I wanted to talk about it a little bit, and hopefully folks buying a new Moto X will see how it works and get some use out of it. I did!
After a full week on the road, a couple things stand out regarding recent events from HTC and Sony. It's crazy to think that HTC has had such a bigger presence in the U.S. than the Japanese giant, but that's the way it's been for a few years now.
But for both companies, maybe things finally are about to change.
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