AT&T CEO Says Data-Only Plans Are Inevitable
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today said that he expects to see data-only smartphone plans in the market within two years. Speaking at an investor conference, he noted he'd "be surprised if, in the next 24 months, we don't see people in the market place with data-only plans." He didn't necessarily say that AT&T would offer such a plan, but he believes that new VoIP and other internet-based voice services will replace the need for traditional cellular voice service. Several wireless network operators, including Verizon Wireless, are preparing to offer Voice over LTE later this year. VoLTE could be used in lieu of traditional voice service.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Verizon to Bring VoLTE to Prepaid Later this Year
Verizon Wireless plans to give its prepaid subscribers access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls in the near future. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.
You can also move your plan to a 3GB plan and pay the overages if you want to stay at HIGH speed...
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