U.S. Cellular Eying Tiered Plans
U.S. Cellular today indicated during its quarterly earnings call with media that the company plans to introduce tiered voice and data plans at some point in the next two or three quarters. The company didn't provide more details about the tiered plans beyond that statement. AT&T and Verizon Wireless have rolled out tiered plans, which let subscribers choose how much they want to pay for a defined amount of service. U.S. Cellular also confirmed that is Long Term Evolution network is on track for a November launch. The company plans to offer at least one LTE-enabled smartphone by the end of the year, but it hasn't provided details on that device other than that it will run Google's Android operating system.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.