MetroPCS Launches Visual Voicemail
MetroPCS today announced the availability of two new visual voicemail services to a select number of handsets. Visual Voicemail allows customers to see their voicemails listed on the phone and listen to them in whichever order they prefer. Visual Voicemail Plus adds transcriptions of the messages into text format. Both options let customers respond to voice messages via voice call, SMS, MMS, and/or email. These new visual voicemail services will first be available to the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, the LG Optimus M, and the Huawei Ascend. A minimum monthly plan of $45 is required for non-4G phones and a minimum monthly plan of $50 is required for 4G phones. Visual Voice Mail Plus is an additional $5 on each plan. MetroPCS said that visual voicemail will be available to the Blackberry 8530 and BREW-based devices soon.
FCC Docs Reveal Samsung Galaxy S8 Active with Band 71 for T-Mobile
Documents seen on the FCC web site suggest the Galaxy S8 Active will be Samsung's first Band 71-compatible smartphone for T-Mobile. The government agency recently approved a new version of the SM-G892U, already sold as the Galaxy S8 Active by AT&T, this time with Band 66 and Band 71 aboard.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
Verizon to Delete Its Paid Visual Voicemail Service
Verizon Wireless said it will discontinue its $2.99 Visual Voicemail service come July 8. All customers who use the Visual Voicemail app will be transitioned to Verizon's free, basic voicemail service.
Verizon Pushing Security Update to Pixel and Pixel XL
Verizon Wireless today detailed a system update for its variants of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The update primarily installs the latest security patches from Google, but also includes a number of software tweaks to improve performance.