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 with the Land Rover Explore
Bullitt, the company responsible for CAT and Kodak phones, has recently added a new brand to its portfolio: Land Rover. The The Land Rover Explore is a tough-yet-capable phone with features designed for the same adventure-seeking crowd that Land Rover vehicles are associated with.
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.
Verizon Kills 2-Year Plans, Bumps Activation Fee to $30
Verizon Wireless no longer offers two-year contracts with device subsidies, and has raised the cost of activating new devices by $10. The changes, confirmed by Fierce Wireless, were put into effect January 5.