Verizon Wireless Refreshes 'My Verizon' Mobile App
Verizon Wireless today announced a new version of its My Verizon account management application for Android and BlackBerry smartphones. The refreshed application lets Verizon Android and BlackBerry customers: View minute, message and data usage; adjust allowance minutes on current plans; make one-time payments and set up and maintain auto-pay; view upgrade eligibility and contract end date; and manage Friends & Family numbers. It retains the original features, such as the ability to check balances, change features, reset passwords and use Family Locator. Verizon says the new application will be pre-loaded on all Android phones, and will work with the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2 to start. More smartphones — and eventually feature phones — will be added to the supported list of devices over the coming months.
PayPal Reaches BlackBerry 10 Devices
PayPal has made a version of its mobile application available in the BlackBerry World app store for devices running BlackBerry OS 10.x. With this new app, PayPal is available to Android, BlackBerry, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows smartphones.
Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Starbucks Gift Cards via Text
Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers can send Starbucks eGift cards to one another from within the Verizon Messages application. The application lets users pick a background, amount ($5, $10, or $25), and enter a short message.
Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Data as a Gift
Verizon Wireless today made it possible for subscribers to send one another the gift of data access. Verizon customers can send 1GB of LTE 4G data to family/friends for $10.
Sprint Reneges On the BlackBerry Priv
Sprint appears to have had second thoughts about selling the BlackBerry Priv smartphone. In January, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the device — initially an AT&T exclusive — would reach Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.