Sprint Debuts CDMA-GSM International Wi-Fi Hotspot
Sprint today announced the Sprint International Mobile Hotspot, which is made by ZTE. This mobile hotspot is a dual-mode CDMA-EVDO and GSM/UMTS/WCDMA device that works on Sprint's 3G network in the U.S. and can roam onto the 3G networks of GSM providers in other countries. It supports up to five Wi-Fi devices in the U.S., but just one Wi-Fi device when roaming on a GSM network. It has an external display to indicate signal and battery strength, and can be controlled via a web-based user interface. The Sprint International Mobile Hotspot costs $49.99 after rebates with a new agreement. It requires a $59.99 5GB data plan in the U.S. Overseas data charges vary.
Inexpensive ZTE Prestige 2 Hits Boost and Virgin Mobile
Sprint's prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile today launched the ZTE Prestige 2, an entry-level Android handset. The Prestige 2 has a 5-inch FWVGA display and it is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Sprint to Sell ZTE's Hotspot Projector
Sprint today announced it is bringing ZTE's smart projector to its network as the Sprint LivePro. ZTE announced the LivePro at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, which combines a digital projector and LTE mobile hotspot into one device.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
U.S. Cellular Lands the 6-Inch ZTE Blade Max 3
U.S. Cellular recently added the ZTE Blade Max 3 to its roster of Android smartphones.
Overseas Data Charges
Mexico = Leg
Rest of World = Nuts