Ultra Mobile, an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) under T-Mobile, announced that starting tomorrow, it will give its customers 1,000 free minutes a month for international calls to more than 70 countries. The carrier will throw in free, unlimited SMS texting to more than 190 countries as well.
This service expands on Ultra Mobile's previous Ultra Zero plan, which was introduced in August.
That plan gave customers 1,000 free minutes for calls made to Canada, China, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. But with this announcement, customers can now call countries such as India, Vietnam, Nigeria, and more, … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is looking to drum up tablet sales with the rollout of four new devices, which went on sale Monday.
The new lineup includes the HP Slate7 Plus, the HP Slate7 Extreme, the HP Slate8 Pro, and the HP Slate10 HD. Equipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the tablets are all listed as available with the exception of the Slate7 Extreme, which currently is out of stock.
Nokia has won a key ruling in the England and Wales High Court against HTC over charges of patent infringement.
Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court ruled on Tuesday that some of HTC's Android-based handsets, including the critically well-regarded HTC One, infringe a patent held by Nokia related to a "modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station" -- a fancy description for the way frequency is carried for smartphones.
Foss Patents was first to report on the news.
Justice Arnold's ruling paves the way for Nokia to enforce a sales injunction … Read more
BlackBerry is trying to mark what little territory it has left.
In an open letter to customers, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has again proclaimed it is "very much alive, thank you," noting that the "for sale" sign had been taken down and that an investment in the company is secure.
If it sounds familiar, that is because this is the second such open letter issued by BlackBerry in the last few months. The company launched a similar campaign in October after it had seemingly reached a deal to go private. That deal fell through, and new … Read more
Samsung is indulging in the mobile camera craze, according to a new report.
The handset maker is working on a 20-megapixel camera it'll bundle into mobile devices in the second half of 2014, Korea's ET News is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans. It should be noted, however, that ET News has had a bit of a spotty record on Samsung news, so the report should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, several reports have surfaced over the last several months suggesting Samsung is at work on bigger and … Read more
The CyanogenMod app to more easily install the open-source Android variant only lasted two weeks on Google Play.
CyanogenMod developers removed the installer because Google said it violates Google Play developer terms, but the startup has hopes it'll be restored. Cyanogen explained the installer removal in a blog post Wednesday:
They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution...
After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, since it &… Read more
Ah, 2013. The year Microsoft continued to be, well, Microsoft, everyone tried to get their mobile on, and Samsung tried to show the world that it's going to be king of wearable tech.
Yup, there were gaffes. There always are. We also saw the launch product for a now-failing platform (and failing company), and the company that wanted to the entire planet to phone Home. And who can forget our nation's Capitol: A stream of leaks that showed the world that, yes, Uncle Sam is watching every click you make, not to mention those of foreign dignitaries. And … Read more