Carriers Moving to 9PM Off-Peak Start
Dec 12, 2001, 7:13 AM by (staff)
The window to enjoy free night or weekend cell phone calls is changing and, in many markets, getting smaller. Sprint PCS moved the start of its night calling period to 9 p.m. from 8 p.m. after similar moves in many markets by Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless. Carriers say the changes ease network congestion and make their plans consistent nationwide. The changes typically apply only to new customers or those who change their contracts.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
AT&T and Verizon Kick Off Interoperable VoLTE Calling
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have begun allowing some customers to place VoLTE calls to one another. The carriers' deployment of interoperable VoLTE is woefully behind schedule.
Verizon Brings WiFi Calling to iPhone Via Message+ App
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Scratch Wireless to Start Charging for Cell Calls, Texts
Scratch Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, said it can no longer afford to give services away for free and will begin charging for some features. Scratch Wireless has historically offered free WiFi calling and free messaging via cellular and WiFi.