Verizon Chief Expects Shared Data Plans to Land in 2012
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said that Verizon Wireless will offer shared data plans to families with multiple devices starting at some point in 2012. McAdam has already hinted as much, but this is the first time he's committed to offering shared data. "I think in 2012 we will see it," McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. "We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal." McAdam said that Verizon's customers have indicated that they don't want to pay for separate data accounts for multiple devices being used in a single household. Verizon already allows family plan subscribers to share voice minutes across devices, but McAdam didn't provide specifics on how data sharing would work. McAdam also discussed the company's recent announcement regarding SpectrumCo's AWS spectrum, which Verizon hopes to purchase for $3.6 billion. McAdam said it was a "hand in the glove" opportunity for Verizon, and that SpectrumCo's AWS spectrum, the bulk of which is to the west of the Mississippi River, complements AWS spectrum that Verizon already holds east of the Mississippi. Last, McAdam said that the company's joint venture with AT&T and T-Mobile, Isis, will see a significant market rollout by the end of 2012, and it will become a viable source of revenue by 2013.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Goes On Sale for $329
Asus today made the ZenFone 3 Zoom available from its web site for $329. The phone was first announced in January.
Kodak Ektra Improves Camera and Lowers Price As It Makes US Debut
Eastman Kodak and Bullitt Group this week launched the Ektra smartphone in the U.S. The handset was first announced in October 2016.
Nokia 6 to Be Available from Amazon Next Month
HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia-branded handsets, today said it will sell the Nokia 6 smartphone in the U.S. via Amazon.
Alcatel's A30 Plus Bumps Up the Screen, Processor, Camera and Battery
Alcatel today announced the A30 Plus, an improved version of the A30 we saw earlier this year. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen (up from 5.0 inches) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (up from 1.1 GHz) with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Will it save money?
I'm curious to see if subscribers will be able to save a few dollars on this or will it be like, each device brings 2GB data for $30. So three devices will enjoy sharing 6GB of data for $90 a month.