Voice over LTE is a big deal, and we're finally getting our first tastes of it
Here in the U.S., carriers are slowly starting to roll out the red carpet for Voice over LTE. If it is available in your area and through your carriers, taking advantage of the upgrade currently depends on your having the right hardware. Once you have everything you need, setting VoLTE up on your phone is very easy and well worth it.
In addition to likes and typing out your comments onto friends' posts, Facebook is now allowing you to express all your emotional glory through stickers. Previously available as a feature inside Facebook Messenger, now users can add stickers within comments to regular Facebook posts.
French telecom Iliad has decided to end its efforts to acquire T-Mobile, announcing today that parent company Deutsche Telekom and members of T-Mobile's board "have refused to entertain its new Offer."
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Zen Studios will add two new tables to its Zen Pinball HD app for Android this week based on South Park, allowing its fans to interact in an all new way with Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny and many of the other characters from the long running animated TV series.
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.
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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.
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