March 10, 2014 |
Many people agree that focusing on a smartphone or tablet is a bad idea when you're supposed to be driving a car, but what about when you're parenting a child? As mobile devices become increasingly absorbing and pervasive, social commentators and researchers worry what effects they're having on interactions between children and distracted caregivers. In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Boston researchers described what they called the first-ever investigation into the topic.
March 10, 2014 |
Old rivals AT&T and T-Mobile are fighting again to the benefit of their customers. Dallas-based AT&T over the weekend announced that it will offer customers its 2-gigabyte Mobile Share Value data plan for $15 less than it previously did. At that price, a customer with a single smartphone line can get unlimited talk and text along with the 2 GB of data for $65 per month. We're continuing the trend of offering more value to our new and existing customers," said David Christopher, AT&T Mobility chief marketing officer, in a statement.
March 7, 2014 |
In yet another move that probably will draw the ire of its wireless rivals, T-Mobile on Friday announced that it will soon double the amount of Internet data users can consume at high-speed 4G LTE at no extra cost. T-Mobile said customers on its $50 monthly Simple Choice plan will now get 1 gigabyte of 4G LTE data and tethering -- up from the 500 megabytes previously included. T-Mobile does not give overage charges, but users cannot surf at high speeds after they have exceeded their limits.
March 5, 2014 |
After kicking off a trade-in program specifically for loyal BlackBerry users, T-Mobile said it has experienced 15 times the amount of device trade-ins that it normally receives. But surprisingly, most of the customers are dumping their BlackBerry devices. An internal memo sent within T-Mobile indicates that 94% of customers participating in the BlackBerry trade-in program have switched to other types of devices, according to a report by TmoNews . VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Those results are notable considering what led to T-Mobile launching the trade-in campaign in the first place.
March 3, 2014 |
There are a lot of really unfriendly consumer contracts out there. But the absurdly worded terms and conditions for AT&T Mobile Insurance, the company's coverage for wireless devices, take corporate meanness to a whole new level. Marianna Yarovskaya thought she was being smart when she recently purchased AT&T's insurance to safeguard the new iPhone 5S she bought before an overseas trip. "With AT&T Mobile Insurance," the company's website says, "you can protect your investment and get a replacement device quickly to keep you connected.
March 3, 2014 |
For experimental bands looking to broaden their horizons, there's no place like Joshua Tree. Turns out even English dance acts can find some magic in them hills. Simian Mobile Disco, the longtime London electronica duo, has announced an intriguing new project that's half installation-art, half live album. On April 26, the duo will commandeer Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, Calif., for a one-off performance that will be recorded for an...