Today there were many wireless and mobile news stories that were too short to report. The stories revolve around the Galaxy Gear, Moto X discount, iPhone 5S/c screen, T-Mobile plans, Nexus 5 and BlackBerry Messenger.The Galaxy Gear is making a comeback, it's being returned at a high rate according to a Best Buy leak which is at about 30%.
The price of the Motorola X has been dropped to $99.99 with contracts for AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. Verizon is offering $100 off the Moto X with a Motorola trade-in.
Screen Off on iPhone 5S/c - According to a study by OptoFidelity using a robotic finger, the touchscreen on the iPhone 5S and 5c is not very accurate. The touch is accurate on the on-screen keyboard while the iPhone 5S/5c has extremely bad touch performance on the edges of the screen, including outlying keys on the virtual keyboard such as the Q, O and P. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has more accuracy across the whole surface.
T-Mobile is now offering data roaming and Wi-Fi tethering with prepaid Simple Choice plans that you pay in advance . Prepaid customers who sign up for the $70 Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will have access to 2.5 GB of mobile hotspot data.
The iPhone 5S 5c is now available in Russia, South Korea and major parts of Europe.
The LG Nexus 5 will reportedly be launched on October 31 in the United States while it should be in stock in Canada on November 7/8. The Nexus 5 may also be available through Virgin Mobile. We figured it would be out in time for promoting Kit Kat bars for Halloween.
There appeared to be bogus 5 star rating reviews for the BlackBerry Messenger for Android. “We have been made aware of a number of potentially fake reviews of BBM for Android on Google Play, with ratings anywhere from one to five stars,” a BlackBerry spokesperson told TNW “We have no knowledge of how these reviews were created or populated. We do not approve of or condone such activities. There are also many genuinely great and useful reviews from our new BBM users on Google Play. We would like to encourage our fans and users to continue to provide true assessments of the BBM experience through the proper channels.”
The Jelly Bean 4.3 update for Samsung devices should be coming soon according to leaked screen shot.
- Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 update is due 10/28, Galaxy S III on 11/22, and Note II 11/29.
- AT&T's Galaxy S III and 4 is due to be updated on 11/13 and the Note II on 11/20 while the Galaxy S 4 Active is due on 12/24.
- Sprint's Galaxy S4 update is due on 10/30, S III on 11/6, and the Note II on 11/20.
- T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S4 update is due on 11/18, S III on 11/25 and Note II on 12/2.