|Today, Spotify and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) will launch an exclusive music experience, making it easier than ever for gamers to enjoy their favourite tracks whilst playing their favourite games.|
That’s right, the best in music is playing co-op with the best in gaming. So whether you’re diving off Parisian rooftops, battling the evil of Crota or playing Barcelona at the Camp Nou, you’re in charge of the soundtrack.
- Soundtrack your game. With background listening on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system, you can soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favourite tracks. You might die a few times at the hands (or claws) of memorably terrifying monsters in the critically-acclaimed action RPG Bloodborne™, so why not do it to the music of your choice? Upbeat pop, thumping hip-hop, soothing classical…with over 30 million tracks, we’ve got you covered either way.
- On-demand music for everyone. Enjoy all of your favourite tunes on-demand. Pick one of your favourites from Your Music or Browse to find the perfect playlist for every mood and moment. We’ve even got a set of new gaming playlists for you.
- No need to pause. Spotify Connect lets you skip tracks or turn up the music using your mobile device or tablet, without ever having to interrupt your gaming experience.
- “Music has always been a big part of gaming,” says Gustav Söderström, Chief Product Officer at Spotify. “I remember playing computer games like Quake and Counter-Strike with my favourite tunes on in the background – taking the experience to a whole new level. With today’s launch, we’re bringing back that magic of gaming with music – all in a beautifully designed and smooth experience that looks great on the big screen.”
|Facebook today announced a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send AMBER Alerts to the Facebook community to help find missing children.|
The new initiative will deliver AMBER Alerts to people’s News Feeds in targeted search areas after a child has been abducted and the National Center has issued an alert.
These alerts, which include photographs and other details about the missing child, are shown on mobile and desktop. People can share the alert with friends and link directly to the National Center’s missing child poster, which always has the most up-to-date information about the case.
For years, people have used Facebook to post news articles about missing children and AMBER Alerts. In several cases, someone saw a post or photo in their News Feed, took action, and a child was safely returned.
In 2014, an 11-year-old girl was safely recovered after a motel owner recognized her from an AMBER Alert that a friend had shared on Facebook. The woman called the police, and the child was found unharmed. It’s amazing word-of-mouth efforts like this that inspired us to develop a more systematic way to help find missing children on Facebook.
We know the chances of finding a missing child increase when more people are on the lookout, especially in the critical first hours. Our goal is to help get these alerts out quickly to the people who are in the best position to help.
|Cricket Wireless announces the launch of its second phablet, the ZTE Grand X Max. Priced at $199.99 with activation, the ZTE Grand X Max will be available in Cricket stores nationwide and online starting October 10th. Whether you're an on-the-go mom, a super social user, a business user, or a value seeker wanting the advantages of a larger smartphone, this is the device for you.|
"As phablets continue to grow in popularity, the ZTE Grand X Max is designed with the needs of our customers in mind, particularly, customers who rely on one device to bridge their work and social life," said Andy Smoak, head of product for Cricket Wireless. "With Cricket's reliable nationwide 4G network covering more than 98% of the population, customers can stream video and watch their favorite shows."
Just in time for the fall TV season, the ZTE Grand X Max comes equipped with a 6" high definition screen and a quad-core processor that delivers a powerful streaming experience, allowing users to watch football or their favorite prime time television series on-the-go with ease. The phablet also comes pre-loaded with Peel Smart Remote, the ultimate entertainment companion that personalizes TV recommendations based on viewing habits and can be paired with your home entertainment system or mobile device. In addition, users will have access to other useful apps like Kindle, Evernote and Kingsoft Office, along with many more in the Google Play Store. Other features are:
Karma is a company built to empower individuals with the freedom of seamless internet connectivity for all their devices. Today Karma announced Karma Go, its next-generation hotspot. Karma Go utilizes the Sprint 4G LTE Network, with fallback to 3G, which means users can stay connected anywhere they go across the United States.
Karma Go works in the same human-centric way that Karma pioneered: you only pay for the data you use, that data never expires, there are no monthly fees, and you never sign a contract. One tiny box can get all your WiFi-enabled devices online, and when you share your Karma connection with others you earn free data.
|The SUBWAY restaurant chain today announced that it will launch NFC-based mobile payments nationwide on October 1st with Softcard, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon Wireless. Softcard users can use their mobile phones to experience a new way to pay and save at more than 26,000 SUBWAY locations in the United States. This is one of the largest deployments of mobile payment capability in the country.|
Softcard and the SUBWAY brand are also teaming up to deliver offers to SUBWAY customers via the Softcard app. As part of this promotion, Softcard users that tap and pay at a SUBWAY restaurant will receive $1 back on every purchase over $1 made with the American Express Serve card through year-end*.
This national launch is the extension of a relationship that began in 2013 and included a successful pilot in Salt Lake City earlier this year. The relationship will continue beyond today’s announcement to include the SUBWAY loyalty program.
“Softcard has proven to be a valuable partner to us and we are proud to extend our relationship with them,” said Carman Wenkoff, Chief Information Officer, for the SUBWAY chain. “As we’ve worked together to implement and pilot this technology, we’ve been impressed with the Softcard team and opportunities available through the Softcard platform. By embracing mobile payments and loyalty with Softcard’s SmartTap™ technology, we’re making it easier for customers to enjoy smart choices on the go.”
|Consumer Cellular, the number one rated cell phone service provider and exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, is increasing allowances for its voice, text and data plans with no change to current pricing. In addition, current subscribers will have the more robust plans retroactively applied to their April bill. Depending on the no-contract Anywhere Voice Plan and Connect! Text Messages & Data Plan selected, customers will receive up to 1,000 additional minutes and texts, as well as up to 100% more data for the same cost.|
“Over the last six years Consumer Cellular has increased voice, text and data allowances for our subscribers nine separate times,” said Consumer Cellular CEO John Marick. “Giving customers more has always been our hallmark – whether it’s service, new devices, or minutes, texts and data to connect with family and friends. It’s a big reason why Consumer Cellular is approaching 1.5 million subscribers, and as the company grows we’ll continue to look for more ways to give back to our customers.”
Depending on the plan selected, Consumer Cellular has increased allowances on calling plans with 25-33 percent more minutes, doubled text messages for lower use plans, and increased data plans by 25-100 percent. The tables below display the increased allowances compared to Consumer Cellular’s current no-contract plan options:
| There’s a revolution coming in the no-contract wireless space and the new Cricket is leading the charge. The new Cricket Wireless, emerging today from AT&T’s (NYSE:T) acquisition of Leap Wireless International, which had operated Cricket, creates a powerful force that gives customers what they have been asking for. The new Cricket will change the way people think about no-annual-contract wireless by delivering what matters most: a reliable, nationwide 4G LTE network; simple plans at affordable prices; fresh and engaging retail stores in their neighborhoods; and a range of cool devices.|
“Today is more than a milestone in the industry, it’s a signal to consumers to get ready for a smart wireless service option without an annual contract,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of the new Cricket. “We’re fired up to help people across the country take advantage of our fast nationwide 4G LTE network, affordable pricing plans and cool devices everyone will love. This is the power of the new Cricket.”
In the coming weeks, Cricket will be combined with AT&T’s existing operations to create the new Cricket, with a national presence featuring thousands of stores in states across the country. The new Cricket is taking the very best from each brand and focusing on providing customers with simple, affordable no-annual-contract wireless that’s easy every step of the way.
Existing Cricket Customers
Loyalty pays with AT&T. Available now, existing customers on 2-year service agreements** can upgrade to the hottest new smartphone for $0 down with AT&T Next. At the same time, they can move to our new Mobile Share Value plans and start realizing significant monthly rate plan savings, featuring unlimited voice and text, and the ability to add smartphone lines to a data plan for $25 more per line per month, all while enjoying the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network***
AT&T customers on a two-year agreement as of January 18, 2014 are eligible to upgrade to AT&T NextSM six months into their contract. To check their eligibility, customers can dial *NEW# and begin to take advantage of this early upgrade opportunity in AT&T retail stores, and online at www.att.com.
|The world doesn’t wait to advance every two years, so why should wireless users? New devices, apps and accessories get better every day, which is why C Spire thinks consumers shouldn’t be forced to wait two years or pay exorbitant prices to get the latest and greatest devices.|
C Spire rolled out a new program this week that changes the status quo by introducing PERCS Upgrades. The new smartphone upgrade program, which is an extension of the company’s popular PERCS rewards program, allows members to get the lowest pricing on the hottest smartphones every year. By simply enrolling in the PERCS upgrades program and making a $20 monthly payment, PERCS members can get a new phone every 12 months, with no need to trade in old smartphones, pass credit checks or pay full retail price.
C Spire is taking its upgrade program a step further than other similar programs by offering additional device discounts based on PERCS status. PERCS Elite members will receive a 30 percent discount, 20 percent for Premier members, 15 percent for Priority and 10 Percent for Plus status members once they complete 12 months in the program.
“Our PERCS rewards program is designed to thank our customers by giving them a simple and convenient way to get what they want for less. PERCS Upgrades is a natural extension of our rewards program and provides a new way to get the devices customers want sooner and at a sensible price, with additional discounts built in,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire. “With PERCS Upgrades, C Spire is offering the best upgrade program in the industry and putting an end to the frustration and uncertainty that often surrounds consumer upgrade policies.”
| Rogers announced today that its suretap wallet, the first mobile wallet from a carrier in Canada , will be available to customers in the coming weeks. suretap wallet will be available on select NFC-enabled smartphones and will offer a co-branded virtual Rogers Prepaid MasterCard and gift cards from select national retailers as the first cards available for download.|
"The arrival of our mobile wallet is a major step towards our vision of a mobile experience, where Canadians will quickly and securely access cards they carry in their physical wallet on their smartphone," said David Robinson , Vice President of Emerging Business at Rogers. "We have built a strong foundation to deliver financial services and mobile commerce solutions, and we will continue to deliver mobile payments experiences that are beneficial for consumers and retailers across Canada ."
Rogers has entered into various strategic relationships within the mobile payment industry, including officially joining forces with MasterCard Canada through a multi-year strategic agreement to support innovation and drive adoption of mobile payments technology across Canada . Through these initiatives, customers who download the suretap Wallet will have the ability to add a co-branded virtual Rogers Prepaid MasterCard that can be loaded with funds to use at their favourite retailers across Canada .
The suretap wallet will deliver a secure mobile payment experience, safely storing payment card information and passcodes on the secure SIM card in select NFC-enabled smartphones. Customers will have access to additional features within the suretap wallet including gifting of gift cards, reloading of prepaid cards, the ability to check account balances, view recent transactions and use location services to find contactless payment terminals nearby. In the near future, additional cards will become available for download including payment cards from multiple banks and payment networks and loyalty cards.
| Pure TalkUSA, a leading provider of affordable, no-contract mobile phone service, today announced new plans and pricing that features a first in the U.S.: rollover data.|
Pure TalkUSA is now offering 150MB of data and 200 MMS (Multi-Media Messages) for $9.95 per month as an option to customers enrolled in the company's budget-minded Flex calling plan. Any data that is unused at the end of each month will roll over to the next month and never expire.
The rollover plan is geared for light-to-moderate data users, as well as those who tend to connect to wi-fi when it's available and don't need large data packages.
"Our data rollover plan is perfect for customers who want an affordable way to check their email, access social media, and do light web surfing on the go," said R.P. McFarland, president of Pure TalkUSA. "We're excited to be the first company to offer data rollover. It's a terrific feature that provides unmatched value."
| To address the evolution, AT&T introduced AT&T Mobile Share plans last year. In less than a year, our postpaid customers have connected more than 13 million devices via Mobile Share plans – and the number continues to grow daily.|
Today, Mobile Share is the most popular plan that new customers choose when coming to AT&T. AT&T offers a variety of Mobile Share plans which include unlimited talk and text for phones. In addition, mobile hotspot service is included at no extra charge for capable smartphones and tablets. With Mobile Share, customers have the flexibility to add new devices to their plan when they choose, such as adding a tablet for only $10 more a month. Customers can choose to connect up to ten devices and select the data plan that best suits their needs for sharing data across those devices.
|C Spire unveiled a new initiative Tuesday that promises to transform communities into magnets for investment and economic growth by bringing the technology of tomorrow to thousands of homes in cities, towns and neighborhoods in its service area.|
C Spire executives revealed details about the company’s ambitious plans to move forward with an aggressive deployment of 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) ultra high-speed Internet access, called C Spire Fiber to the Home, at a news conference attended by state government officials, business executives, mayors and economic development leaders.
“As a brand that’s been pushing the envelope of innovation our entire existence, it’s only natural for us to want to provide the ‘what’s next’ to the customers we serve,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless. “The ‘what’s next’ is now here and we’re ready to release the power of 1 Gig fiber to communities that want to experience the immediate and lasting benefits of 100 times the speed and 100 times the opportunities.”
Meena said the company took the bold step to launch its 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home initiative because, “We know that unlocking the potential of next generation technology for the communities we serve requires taking optical fiber all the way to their door.” C Spire’s Fiber to the Home service will be available to any community near an existing fiber route that opens its arms to welcome it, with fast-track permitting and homeowner pre-registration.
While C Spire announced its deployment commitment today, the company wants to identify and begin working with the first community to make it a reality as quickly as possible. Therefore, C Spire issued a “Get Fiber First” call-to-action, giving local residents, business owners and municipal leaders throughout Mississippi, the opportunity to pronounce why their town needs, wants and will benefit from the future opportunities and 1 Gig Fiber.
C Spire will be accepting applications from neighborhoods, towns and cities in Mississippi that have a passion for innovation and the desire to make their communities better. The communities that want it the most, and move quickest, will get it first.
|Cricket Communications, Inc. is bringing to consumers the best value in wireless with the introduction of its new Phone Payment Plan to make it even easier for customers to get the phones they really want. The Phone Payment Plan available only at Cricket beginning Sunday, July 21st in Cricket-owned stores and select dealer locations, and provides consumers with a great way to get a phone, with a low initial payment and low monthly payments over time, instead of a large up-front payment or high monthly payments. We expect that a majority of customers who apply for this program will be approved at the most flexible terms found anywhere in the wireless industry.|
When customers apply for the Phone Payment Plan, they are eligible for one of three offers: No Interest, Deferred Interest or No Credit Check. The offer the customer receives and its terms will vary based on a variety of factors, including credit history if applicable.
"We believe Cricket's new exclusive Phone Payment Plan is clearly the best phone purchase program in the industry and is a game-changer," said Jerry Elliott, president and chief operating officer for Cricket. "The plan offers the most flexible payment terms available anywhere and will enable more customers to affordably get the phone they really want, including the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices. In addition, the program allows us to reach those customers who would normally enter a long-term contract agreement with a postpaid carrier. The best phones in the world are now within even more people's budgets. "
| Wells Fargo & Company announced today that in addition to its popular email or e-receipt option, it is introducing text receipts at its more than 12,000 ATMs across the country. This new service is available to all Wells Fargo Online or Mobile Banking customers who provide their mobile phone number. As the first bank to offer e-receipts to its customers at its ATMs in June 2010, Wells Fargo also is the first to introduce a text receipt option.|
“We are excited to offer yet another ‘green’ choice and additional convenience to our customers when it comes to getting their banking done,” said Alicia Moore, head of Wells Fargo ATM Banking. “Today almost half of all receipt eligible transactions at the ATM result in customers selecting an e-receipt or not printing a receipt. Our customers tell us they appreciate the ability to reduce paper waste - text receipts just give them one more option.”
Wells Fargo Online or Mobile Banking customers now have the choice to have an ATM receipt sent to their mobile phone by text, to an Online Banking inbox or to a designated personal e-mail account. They may also continue to select “Print Receipt” or “No Receipt” at the ATM.
“We seek to be environmentally minded in all we do,” said Mary Wenzel, Wells Fargo head of Environmental Affairs. “We’re offering more options to our customers to reduce waste and preserve resources where we can.”
| Aio Wireless announced today the launch of 4G LTE service covering more than 200 million people, further enriching the first-class wireless experience it provides to wireless users who don't want to commit to an annual contract. Aio has made the transition to 4G LTE easy for its customers by sending a free over-the-air software push that has automatically upgraded their SIM cards so they can enjoy 4G LTE speeds when using an LTE-enabled device in Aio's LTE footprint.|
Aio also announced today the expansion of its LTE-capable device offerings with the addition of the ZTE Overture, which will be available in Aio stores and online at www.aiowireless.com in the next month. The ZTE Overture features the Jelly Bean operating system, a full-touch 4" LCD display, rear facing 5 MP camera for photos and front facing camera for video chat. The device supports enhanced, PC-like web browsing, fast LTE speeds, email, navigation and expandable memory option up to 32 GB.
Aio has also added Naples and Ft. Myers to the growing number of markets it serves. Aio began operations last month in Houston, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla., and plans to expand to additional markets across the United States over the next year.
Aio makes wireless simple for customers by offering three simple rate plans, ranging from $35 to $70 per month, including all taxes and fees. All three plans include unlimited talk/text/data with a pre-established amount of 4G LTE data access. Aio also offers an attractive device portfolio that includes smartphones and a tablet, as well as the opportunity for customers to bring a compatible, unlocked device, for activation with Aio service.
|Apple today announced iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver. When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive “first listen” premieres from top selling artists, Siri integration, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.|
“iTunes Radio is an incredible way to listen to personalized radio stations which have been created just for you,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “It’s the music you love most and the music you’re going to love, and you can easily buy it from the iTunes Store with just one click.”
iTunes Radio offers music fans access to thousands of new songs every week, as well as serving up exclusive music from new and popular artists before you hear them anywhere else. Whether it’s an exclusive single from an up-and-coming band or a pre-release stream of an entire album, iTunes Radio has it all. iTunes Radio will also be home to special events including live streams direct from the iTunes Festival in London and other exclusive iTunes Sessions.