The Story Is Over for Clear's Rover
Clearwire has confirmed plans to scrap its Rover pre-paid mobile broadband service. Rover was first unveiled in the summer of 2010 as an alternative to post-paid mobile broadband plans. Its pre-paid services offered daily, weekly and monthly options, starting at just $5. In a statement sent to Fierce Wireless, Clear spokeswoman Susan Johnston said, "The personal hot spot category of products enable hundreds of Wi-Fi enabled products to access the Clearwire 4G network. Rover provided us with the ability to test some new pay-as-you-go pricing options and was offered on a limited retail basis in a couple markets." The company has ceased offering Rover plans and devices, but has new pre-paid options in the making that "should meet the needs of most of the Rover customer base."
Hands-On: LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy
LG used Mobile World Congress 2015 to kick off its new range of mid-tier devices. The Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy bring LG's high-end design aesthetic to affordable price points.
HTC Desire 610 Coming to AT&T
AT&T tonight announced that it will offer HTC's Desire 610 on July 25 for $200 without a contract. The 610 is an affordable Android phone with a 4.7-inch display, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 8-megapixel main camera, front camera, 4G LTE, and a memory card slot.
Verizon Now Requires Edge Customers to Pay Off Phone
Verizon Wireless today announced a change to its Edge equipment installment plans. Beginning May 31, Edge customers will need to pay off their device in full before they they can upgrade to a new phone.
T-Mobile Increases Mobile Hotspot Allowance
T-Mobile has given its unlimited data customers 2 more gigabytes of data just for mobile hotspot use. The unlimited plan costs $80 per month and had included 5 GB for mobile hotspots; now customers have access to 7 GB of data for mobile hotspots.