|Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android. Together, these services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, wherever they are. Customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free.|
"We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. “The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music.”
|Best Buy Connect, Best Buy’s mobile broadband service for computing, today announced the arrival of 4G mobile broadband connectivity service on an expanded selection of computing devices sold at Best Buy stores nationally. The 4G service provides consumers with high-speed internet access on-the-go, with service activation, billing, hardware and connection support from Best Buy.|
“We’re finding that customers increasingly want choice in service providers for mobile broadband,” said Jed Stillman, vice president of Best Buy Connect. “Best Buy Connect is an end-to-end option that gives them the freedom to connect virtually, whenever or wherever, and the convenience of one point of contact – Best Buy – for selection and service.”
| Skype Access, pay-as-you-go Internet that uses your Skype Credit to get online, has officially launched a partner program for WiFi hotspot operators. Leading WiFi hotspot providers around the globe including BT Openzone, Fon, Tomizone and others have signed on to provide Internet access for consumer and business users on-the-go using Skype.|
With one click, Skype users can connect to the Internet through a WiFi operator partner in over 500,000 hotspots around the globe including 500 airports, 30,000 hotels and numerous cafes, trains, planes, offices buildings, and convention centers. Whether in a neighbourhood cafe or in the airport on a business trip, you can quickly connect to the Internet for voice and video calls, email, or simply surfing the web.
| Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of software and services worldwide, has launched a new all-you-can-eat Internet access plan for laptops that is tailored to customers connecting primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.|
“Boingo Europe Plus” gives laptop users unlimited access at more than 90,000 hotspots in Europe, Middle East and Africa for €27.95 per month. Usage outside the designated region is billed at €0.10 to €0.15 per minute and includes almost 170,000 additional hotspots across Asia Pacific and the Americas. Users can also sign up for the plan in British Pounds Sterling (£22.95 per month and £0.09 to £0.13 per minute for use outside EMEA).
“The new Boingo Europe Plus plan is part of our ongoing initiative to provide more flexibility to customers whose Internet access needs are concentrated in specific geographic regions,” said Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing, Boingo Wireless.
|MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today expanded its no annual contract 4G LTE service into the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando metropolitan areas. Accessible on the Samsung Craft(TM), the world's first, and currently only, commercially available 4G LTE handset, MetroPCS' 4G LTE network allows consumers to do more with unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE web browsing for an affordable price. Additionally, consumers have unlimited YouTube access and unlimited multimedia streaming and uploads and downloads on Wi-Fi, with service plans that range from $40 to $60 a month, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees.|
"We continue to expand our network so more customers can experience the only no annual contract, unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE web browsing service available today," said Roger D. Linquist, president, CEO and chairman of MetroPCS. "MetroPCS is giving customers everything they want - an affordable 4G LTE phone, more choices and the best value in 4G LTE service to stay connected, be entertained and do more - without sacrificing time or money."
|Cricket Communications Inc. today announced the launch and availability of Muve Music in its Las Vegas market. Muve Music, the first wireless rate plan to include unlimited music downloads, is also the first music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone and was named a finalist in the CNET CES Best of Show awards.|
Beginning today, customers in Las Vegas can purchase the Muve Music unlimited wireless rate plan along with the new Samsung Suede (SCH-r710) mobile phone. Muve Music and the Samsung Suede will be available in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, TN; Phoenix and Tucson, AZ; San Diego, CA; Milwaukee and Madison, WI and Wichita, KS in February and in additional Cricket markets this spring.
Best Buy recently announced the launch of its first-ever Buy Back Program to help customers embrace new technology with greater confidence. Created forpeople who want to stay current with their gear but who are concerned about obsolescence, the Buy Back Program provides convenient access to upgrades with the help of a Best Buy gift card from ”buying back” past purchases.
Beginning this month, Best Buy customers can purchase the Buy Back Program in-store or online when buying products in one of five popular categories: laptops, netbooks, tablets, post-paid mobile phones and televisions.
Customers may purchase the Buy Back Program when they buy their new devices, with pricing based on the product category. For example, Buy Back protection for any laptop, netbook or tablet is $69.99.
|MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today announced its new 4G LTE no annual contract service plans that deliver unmatched value to consumers who demand more service flexibility with their entertainment and Web experience.|
Starting at just $40 per month, all three 4G LTE rate plans offer affordability, flexibility and predictability with unlimited nationwide talk, text and Web browsing, with all applicable taxes and regulatory fees included. With the $50 and $60 service plans, consumers have more data access service choices to better fit their actual usage of certain streaming audio and video content, real-time Internet gaming, music and video downloads and other media applications. MetroPCS' other current service plans remain unchanged and continue to offer unlimited talk, text and Web browsing services.
|Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of software and services worldwide, and MetroPCS Communications, Inc. announced yesterday that the Boingo Mobile app will be pre-installed on select Wi-Fi enabled smartphones offered through MetroPCS.|
The agreement – Boingo’s first carrier pre-load deal – enables MetroPCS customers with Wi-Fi enabled smartphones to easily sign up for Boingo Mobile, an unlimited Wi-Fi service that includes access to more than 200,000 locations worldwide. The smartphone app provides easy, one-click access to more than 171 different networks around the world with a single username.
| Today, Assurance Wireless, a cell phone service from Virgin Mobile that provides a free wireless phone and 250 free minutes of wireless voice service monthly to eligible customers, launches in Washington.|
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported1 that the percentage of Americans living in poverty increased by 14.3 percent in 2009 -- the highest rate of poverty in 15 years. An additional 4 million Americans found themselves in poverty in 2009, bringing the total to 44 million.
|Cricket Communications Inc. today announced it is the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer consumers unlimited music as part of a new wireless rate plan. This product offering features an innovative new digital music service called Muve Music. It is the first music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone.|
“Cricket was the first to introduce an unlimited wireless rate plan and now we are the first to introduce a new unlimited wireless rate plan that includes unlimited music. With Muve Music, Cricket is bringing together the best of wireless and music in a way no one has ever done before,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer of Cricket Communications. “Our recent experience with smartphones has shown us that the right products offered at the right price will be successful with value-oriented customers. We are excited and confident that Muve Music will provide a superior mobile experience for customers who want to create a personal music experience without being tethered to a computer.
|Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, and Louisiana Relay Service announce the launch of Mobile Captions Service (MCS) for Louisiana residents with hearing loss. Similar to closed caption on television, MCS enables persons who are deaf or hard of hearing to read typed captions of what is being said on a wireless phone display as the conversation is taking place.|
Available exclusively on the Nokia E5, MCS subscribers can speak, listen and read during a wireless phone conversation. The Nokia E5 smartphone is M3/T3 hearing aid-compatible and comes with a large, 2.4-inch display and full QWERTY keyboard making viewing and typing a breeze.
The MCS program was developed by Consumer Cellular, Hamilton Relay and Mobile Captions Company. Hamilton Relay is the telecommunications relay service provider for the state of Louisiana.
|MetroPCS Communications Inc. today announced the expansion of its unlimited, no annual contract 4G LTE services into the Boston, New York City and Sacramento metropolitan areas. Accessible on the Samsung CraftTM, the world's first commercially available 4G LTE handset, MetroPCS' 4G LTE network allows consumers to do more with unlimited talk, text and enhanced entertainment and web browsing features for an affordable price starting at $55 per month including taxes and regulatory fees.|
"As the only no annual contract, pay-in-advance wireless service provider offering 4G LTE services, we continue to build our network to allow more customers to experience our unparalleled value and flexible, affordable service," said Roger D. Linquist, president, CEO and chairman of MetroPCS. "By offering customers the ability to do more with easy access to their social networks, exclusive MetroSTUDIOSM content and expanded web browsing capabilities, we are giving our customers what they need – a way to stay connected, without sacrificing time or money."
|Today ooVoo announced the launch of ooVoo Mobile, a mobile video chat service on the Android marketplace. With 20 million people worldwide already using ooVoo on their PCs or Macs, ooVoo breaks new ground in mobile video chat by allowing up to six users to simultaneously participate on a video call without compromising the high quality video experience.|
People want mobile video chat, and ooVoo is actively connecting best-in-class technology with a cool user experience. ooVoo Mobile users download and get started in seconds making calls to friends, family and colleagues on PCs, Macs, tablets and other mobile phones. And it works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks so service is sure to be covered wherever they are.
|Visa Inc. and Visa Europe today announced the commercial availability of mobile contactless payments enabled by DeviceFidelity’s In2Pay microSD solution. For the first time in Visa’s history, a mobile contactless payment solution is now included in the list of Visa compliant products available for potential commercial deployment by financial institutions in the U.S. and select markets.|
Following 18 months of technology development in partnership with Texas-based DeviceFidelity, and trials with leading financial institutions in the United States, Europe and Asia, Visa has tested and supports commercialization of In2Pay microSD for use with leading smart phones.
|The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) has launched two new technology-based services to help travelers make the most of their trip through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).|
A new Digital Concierge program features two four-sided digital touch screen directories located at either end of the MSP airport mall in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. The program can be expanded in the future to provide additional interactive directories in other areas of the airport.
|U.S. Cellular is giving value-seekers another reason to rejoice this holiday season with the announcement of three new prepaid monthly plans ranging from $29 to $49. These high-value plans are great options for those who want to experience the joys of wireless with no bill surprises. Prepaid plans also represent a great way for new customers to check out U.S. Cellular's cool phones, high-speed network and excellent customer service.|
"We always want to delight our customers, and these plans are designed to meet their specific needs," said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. "They will also enjoy other great perks like unlimited text, picture and video messaging and our free Battery Swap Program."
|Chase announced today that its new Chase Mobile Android Application with Chase QuickDepositSM allows Android smartphone users to track their Chase account activity, deposit checks, and pay bills and credit cards whenever and wherever they want.|
The application, which already has earned a 4.5 star rating and has surpassed 200,000 downloads in just over a week, can be downloaded from Android Market. And just in time for the holiday season, customers use their phone to easily keep track of what they’re spending as they’re spending it.
“The Chase Mobile Android App is a great complement to the Chase Mobile iPhone® App, which has been a huge hit with customers. The Android App broadens our customer reach through multiple carriers and handsets,” said Jack Stephenson, Chase’s managing director of Mobile, Ecommerce and Payments. “Both apps fit with today’s mobile lifestyle, helping customers manage their financial lives through their mobile device and through Chase.”
| Clearwire Corporation, a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the first 4G network in the country, today announced the availability of CLEAR® 4G, take-it-with-you internet service for businesses and consumers in New Brunswick and New York. With CLEAR, anyone can now use the internet at speeds four times faster than 3G* – whether at home, in the office, or on-the-go within CLEAR coverage.|
In New York, CLEAR covers more than 11 million people. Regionally, service covers six counties in North Jersey from Middlesex to Bergen County and the five Boroughs of New York City. In New Brunswick, CLEAR covers more than 630,000 people. Service extends as far north as Woodbridge and as far south as Monmouth Junction and east to Old Bridge and west to Piscataway. A detailed coverage map of CLEAR 4G service is available at www.clear.com/coverage.
| Clearwire Corporation, a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the first 4G network in the country, today announced the availability of CLEAR 4G, take-it-with-you internet service for businesses and consumers in Tampa Bay. With CLEAR, anyone can now use the internet at speeds four times faster than 3G* – whether at home, in the office, or on-the-go within CLEAR coverage.|
In Tampa Bay, CLEAR covers nearly two million people. Regionally, service extends as far north as Bearss Avenue and as far south as Riverview Drive in Hillsborough County, east to the town of Valrico and west to Clearwater Beach. A detailed coverage map of CLEAR 4G service is available at www.clear.com/coverage.