Whether you camped out in line and picked up an iPhone 5 this morning or upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S III instead (or any other smartphone), the stakes are the same for Verizon Wireless customers. In order to qualify for that sweet subsidiary pricing, you have to upchuck your grandfathered unlimited data plan and swallow a relatively new Share Everything plan. But hey, don't worry about it, because as Verizon's Chief Financial Officer explains, "Unlimited is just a word; it doesn't really mean anything."
Spotify users who signed up for the service right around the time of the Facebook login requirement have been counting down a musical doomsday clock since then -- the imminent ending of their six months of free, ad-supported songs. Spotify has always maintained that it would have to cut listeners down to 10 hours of gratis music per month after six months of freeloading. Today, the company changed its tune. To celebrate its ninth month anniversary in the U.S., Spotify announced it would let the ad-supported good times continue to roll.
If you subscribe to GameFly, your plan just got a whole lot better. The GameFly Unlimited PC Play finally threw off its private beta shackles and entered public beta today, which means that anybody with a GameFly account can play select PC titles as much as they want, as often as they want after downloading GameFly’s client. The program also lets you manage your queue and buy games. Best of all, it’s completely free! No extra subscriptions required.
In order to make Spotify happen on US shores, the company needed to make a few compromises; namely, listeners could only tune in to the ad-supported free version for 10 hours a month, half as long as the 20 hours a month European listeners got. If you wanted to keep listening after that, you needed to pony up the cash for a $5 or $10 subscription plan. That’s about to change; starting today, new Spotify users can listen to unlimited amounts of ad-supported music for their first six months.
T-Mobile recently rolled out its new 'Even More' plan, a single-line unlimited plan that opens the spigot on data, calling, and text messaging. It's an $80 plan with a two-year service contract required that applies to both new and existing customers, and since it's an all-you-can-consume buffet on all three fronts, there aren't any overage charges to worry about.
Merriam-Webster defines "unlimited" as "boundless, infinite" and "not bounded by exceptions." Simple enough, right? It was, at least until wireless carriers got hold of the term and began using it haphazardly. Enter Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, who's apparently as fed up as we are with companies touting unlimited plans that aren't truly unlimited.
How jaded have we become when we automatically assume that an "unlimited" data plan isn't really unlimited at all, but capped at whatever amount the ISP deems is high enough that no one will notice? So imagine our surprise when we caught wind that AT&T's Mark Siegel told GearLog.com that "unlimited is unlimited" when asked about the iPad's 3G data plan.
That's great news for soon-to-be iPad owners holding out for the 3G version to ship. Watch Netflix videos around the clock if you want, and never worry about receiving a letter that you've exceeded your "unlimited" quota. It's hard to believe that we're actually excited about this, but blame it on the ISPs who up to this point had us questioning what the definition of "unlimited" is, never mind what the definition of "is" is.
Apple will begin shipping 3G-capable iPads later this month for $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB, and $829 (64GB). AT&T's 3G data plan for the iPad runs $30 per month.
The launch of a new mobile broadband service at CES next month could spark a price war. The new prepaid mobile broadband service is called DataJack. Its 3G network will cover 130 U.S cities at launch, as per its website. It is promising unlimited mobile broadband – absolutely no download limits- for a flat fee of $39.99 a month. The icing on the cake happens to be the fact that the service is prepaid. The USB modem required to access the service costs only $99 and can be used for storing data using an inbuilt microSD slot (card not supplied). Similar offerings on the market are not only more expensive but also don't provide unlimited data usage. DataJack will be in a league of its own when it debuts unless other carriers try and outmaneuver it by slashing their own prices before that.
Through a partnership with Universal, Virgin Media said it plans to launch an unlimited music download subscription service. The well timed announcement comes just one day before a British report hits the public eye detailing how the creative and telecom industries should go about bumping up digital sales to cope with lost revenue due to online piracy.
"We listened to our customers, our fans, and our artists and we think that this is an opportunity to bring music to a wider audience," said Lucian Grainge, Universal Music chairman and CEO.
According to Reuters, people familiar with the service said it would cost around $16 to $24 per month. Both sides are describing the service as a world first, which would allow Virgin Media broadband customers to both listen to streaming tracks and download however many tracks and albums they want.
Unlike other unlimited subscription services, the downloadable MP3s won't come with any DRM shackles, which means the tracks can be transferred to and played from any MP3-capable device.
"This is really high stakes, if this can't work then what will," commented Mark Mulligan, an analyst with Jupiter.