T -Mobile USA, Inc., earned the highest ranking from the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Wireless Customer Care Performance Study – Volume 2, marking the sixth consecutive period that T-Mobile holds the top spot. T-Mobile not only earned the highest ranking, but its overall customer care score was significantly higher than any other wireless carrier. T-Mobile is now the only wireless carrier that has swept a J.D. Power and Associates national wireless category for six reporting periods.
Sprint has launched their variation of tmo's Hotspot@Home, Airave. Unlike the H@H system, Sprint customers who use this program will have to purchase the wi-fi based device and pay a $15 ($30 for families) monthly usage fee, and are not required to purchase new phones. The device rebroadcasts Sprint's existing signal and is therefore compatible with any of their existing phones....
Windows Live Beta has been released in several iterations, including a much improved version of the Vista Photo Editor, and a remarkably nice little blog app called Windows Live Writer. The freebie is ridiculously easy to use and integrates with just about any site you use (including Google's baby, Blogger.com), not just Live Spaces... Just pick your provider, enter your address and login info, and it automatically adapts to your blog's style and connection allowing for one click additions and edits. Try it out and be as surprised as I was...
Kyocera is just finishing a deal to purchase the mobile device portion of Sanyo for a reported $434 million.... Translation: more flimsy, crappy Kyocera phones in your mobile carrier's bargain bin.....
You already know that you can get quick local search results from your phone with Google SMS for the price of a text message, but the service is a helluva lot more usable now that you can set your default location. Just send a text to Google SMS (466453) with
set location [city, zip code, address]. Now when you want to perform weather, movies, or restaurant look-ups via Google SMS, you can just text, for example,
weather rather than
weather 90210. Much more convenient!
The product is relatively simple; users store their music files on a PC with Winamp running. Then they enable the application for remote access. After setting that up, users fire up the Wii or PlayStation 3 web browser and head to http://winamp.com/remote to sign in. As long as the host PC is on, has Winamp running and connected to the Internet, the user can allow a friend to stream music and video from that machine too. If the user was on the road, at a party, over a friend's or trapped in a coffee house with bad music, they can access their tunes remotely from anywhere with an Internet connection.
The software also further expands on the Winamp steaming media concept with a similar interface for cell phones with web browsers and the Xbox 360. Sadly, without a browser, the Xbox 360 can only stream media from a local PC and not from another location. Should Microsoft fix the problem, you should be able to use Winamp Remote there too.
Alltel gets on the new RAZR 2 bandwagon today in releasing the V9m with some of its own customization such as XM Radio, Celltop, Axcess Search, and TeleNav GPS. The V9m offers standard features such as microSD expansion slot, stereo Bluetooth support, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, and a handsome external display - which are all on par with Sprint, Verizon and at&t’s version of the RAZR2.
The MOTORAZR2 V9M is now available at Alltel Wireless retail stores and at shopalltel.com for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate. This discounted price is available to new customers who sign-up for a two-year service agreement as well as existing eligible customers on qualifying rate plans.
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If you thought T-Mobile really didn’t have any BlackBerrys up their sleeve, you were wrong. Set to start on September, 18th in NYC, RIM and T-Mobile will be hitting the road across the USA to preview their "hottest offerings". The list of cities they hit are: Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., and New York. Oh yeah, you get a complimentary breakfast so your hands get all greasy when your enjoying a "hands-on demonstration". Noice! Full size invite after the jump.
It looks like Schmitty isn't the only person hell bent on exterminating the iPhone.
Remember the HTC Juno? It is most certainly going to T-Mobile USA. While Juno is the codename, we haven’t got word of the official launch name yet. It’s a Windows Mobile based device and has a "consumer friendly interface, most likely HTC’s TouchFlo," says our source. He also goes on to tell us that it will have a QWERTY keyboard, but from the looks of things, is that SureType? T-Mobz should be positioning this phone as an "adult Sidekick" and the phone has a "wow screen and interface." It is currently a T-Mobile USA exclusive and set for a mid to late October release.
Bidding starts for my allegiance at a nickel... no cowboys, no raiders, no donkeys....
Just when you thought they couldn’t get any cheaper….T-Mobile is set to completely revamp their data plan lineup with a new pricing scheme that is sure to make subscribers swoon. Beginning tomorrow, September 12th, the big Pink will be dropping updates to their BlackBerry and Total Internet plan offerings. The Total Internet add-on, which includes unlimited web browsing and data service for devices such Wing and Dash, will drop from $29.99 to $19.99. Sweet! The BIS add-on will remain at $19.99 for customers in need of the full BlackBerry email/web browsing experience. For anyone simply looking for an email solution, however, things are about to get very interesting. T-Mobile is launching a new BlackBerry add-on plan that will give customers access to any BIS-accessible email accounts for $9.99 a month. All web browsing and secondary data access will be blocked, but for a 10-spot, it’s hard to argue with the lack of frills. Not bad at all. The bad news (you knew there had to be something) is that the standalone BIS option, as well as the standalone Total Internet Plan, will go up to $39.99 from $29.99. Curiously, this makes the BIS and BES standalone packages identical in price. We’re not sure if T-Mobile HotSpot Wi-Fi access will still be part of the Total Internet package, but we’ve seen nothing to indicate that it won’t still available to subscribers. These new plans will be available via retail channels tomorrow and on T-Mobile.com by the 16th of September. All you FlexPay customers can expect to see changes by the 16th.
Here's a handy little Google Lab project that works pretty well and saves you those 99 cent charges for 411 access....
Welcome to Google Voice Local SearchDial 1-800-GOOG-411
And it's free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.
Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.
[Product Page via Boing Boing Gadgets via Gizmodo]