Google Wallet Will Come Pre-Installed on Android Devices at AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile

It’s official. Google has acquired “some exciting technology and intellectual property” from Softcard, the carrier-owned mobile payment system that for years, was the reason Google Wallet couldn’t exist on your Android phone. Oh how the times have changed.

Thanks to this acquisition of tech, along with a new partnership through Softcard’s founders (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile), Google Wallet will now come pre-installed on Android phones sold by these carriers later this year. Google didn’t specify if this meant all Android phones moving forward or not, but I would imagine that is the case. Google did note that phones will need to run KitKat or higher.  (more…)

AT&T GoPhone $60 Plan Getting Bump to 4GB, $45 Plan to 1.5GB (Updated)

According to sources of ours, AT&T’s line of prepaid GoPhone plans are getting upgrades beginning Wednesday, February 18, plus AT&T will also introduce a new $30 plan and a daily data package for $2 daily customers. The new changes arrive only three months after AT&T changed the plans to unlimited data and introduced a new $45 tier. Still, I think GoPhone customers are going to be excited about these changes.  (more…)

AT&T Introduces 7GB “Truly Shareable” Plan With Rollover Data for $75

AT&T added a new data option to its Mobile Share Value line-up this morning with the introduction of a 7GB “truly shareable” bucket that runs $75 per month and has Rollover Data. Beginning Sunday, February 15, AT&T customers can (for a limited time) find a home with this new 7GB tier, which also includes unlimited talk and text. Keep in mind that $75 is the price for the data itself – your cost will be higher depending on how many lines you add, as each line carries its own price.  (more…)

Phone Unlocking is Now, Like, Super Legal Starting Today

Over a year ago, the FCC and the CTIA (organization who represents all of the big wireless carriers) reached an agreement on how each of the big wireless carriers in the US should approach phone unlocking and unlocking requests from their customers. We are bringing up the subject again today, because February 11 was the date set for all participating parties to be ready for every single one of you to flood your carrier with a wave of unlock requests, or something. OK, not really, but today is the day that carriers needed to to be in full compliance with that previously mentioned agreement, an agreement that included six bullet points for handling the unlocking of the phones (“Six Standards on Unlocking”). You will hear people toss around things like, “It’s now legal to unlock your phone starting today!” (Just like I did in that click-baity title.) But that’s not really the case. It has been legal for a long, long time, it’s just that today, carriers have to be more friendly about it all.

Let’s talk a bit about it.  (more…)