Yes, we at Phonecan are alive. We’re just doing other things lately. Sorry.
We thought we’d pull ourselves away from grilling burgers and enjoying the warm weather where we are to cover some news - our way, of course.
Recently, Verizon Wireless finally announced their new data family share plans (if you want to see the official stuff, Verizon was good enough to launch a page which details the new price plans). And by “new,” we definitely mean new.
The best way to summarize the new plans is with this: minute and texting plans are basically a thing of the past, and data plans are the way of the future. In fact, this is the very thing that some of the Phonecan moderators have been telling people to expect for many, many years. We can’t count the number of times we’ve mentioned to someone that one day a cell company was going to scrap everything, hand you a plan with unlimited voice and text, and ask you to buy a bucket of data. We should have counted, cause now it’s here.
There’s a long list of details, and for whatever reason, much larger and more visited sites around the web haven’t covered it yet. So here it is…
AT&T recently eliminated its 1000 text package. That gives customers the option of unlimited or nothing at all. The change is unveiled with the standard corporate talking points. “Our customers overwhelmingly prefer unlimited.”
True, but customers also prefer choice.
Let’s cut right to the chase on this one. As it stands, the editors of PhoneCan are content with Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
And we don’t appear to be the only ones. Which should be enough for most people to ask why. Why are so many companies accepting this purchase, even though they likely compete with Google and/or Motorola?
What are the real reasons behind the acquisition? What do Google and Motorola Mobility gain?
And what will the company be called (since Motorola Solutions is a separate company)? Googorola?
One of the most interesting editorial pieces we’ve ever written was our article, Hunting Down A Unicorn: The VPhone. For us, we spent considerable time last year working to get current information about the device, only to find none. In response to our article, certain representatives of Saygus, the company behind VPhone, started inundating us with emails and comments making various claims about our article.
Because it’s now been more than seven months since our article posted, we thought we’d do a little recap on the VPhone.
We here at PhoneCan talk a lot about phones and wireless devices. We talk a lot about policies. We cover several angles about the wireless business that other sites don’t bother - or can’t - cover. Our efforts are designed to empower and educate the customer with good sense and an understanding of why things are the way they are.
One thing we’ve neglected to spend much time on, however, are the people who work for cell phone companies within the stores and call centers where real people work with real customers.
Follow with us as we help bring some insight into the life of a wireless industry employee.
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