by Juli Clover
T-Mobile today hosted an Un-carrier event where the company announced the launch of a a new 5G home internet plan, which is priced at $60 per month and offers unlimited data.
The service is available to more than 30 million Americans across much of the United States, including 10 million households in rural areas not typically able to access reliable broadband. Connectivity will be either 4G or 5G, depending on what’s available in a given area.
T-Mobile is promising average speeds of 100Mb/s for “most” new customers, and the company is providing a 4G/5G modem that can be set up in minutes by plugging it in and downloading an app. The service is priced at $60 per month with AutoPay, and T-Mobile says there are no added taxes or fees, no contracts, and no equipment fees, plus data is unlimited. Potential customers can visit T-Mobile’s website to see if they’re eligible.
To further its availability in rural areas, T-Mobile is launching the “Hometown” initiative to bring 5G to rural America. This plan will include hiring 7,500 employees in small towns and rural communities and providing $25 million in grants for community development projects.
In areas where T-Mobile is unable to open new stores, the company will have “Hometown Experts” that are the official T-Mobile representative in a community. T-Mobile is hiring 2,500 Hometown Experts for 2,5000 small towns.
T-Mobile today also announced a trade-in program for a free iPhone 12 with the trade-in of an iPhone 11, half off an iPhone 12 with the trade-in of older iPhone models ranging from iPhone 7 to iPhone X, and half off the iPhone 12 mini with the trade-in of any older iPhone. Trade-in compensation is provided through 24 monthly bill credits to ensure customers stick with T-Mobile.
For existing customers, T-Mobile is upgrading all T-Mobile and Sprint customers to unlimited plans for free. Customers who have AT&T or Verizon with fixed data plans can also trade-in older smartphones for a free Samsung Galaxy A32 5G.
Monday April 5, 2021 1:54 am PDT by Sami Fathi
Apple has adjusted the trade-in values of a number of its products, including the majority of the iPad and Mac lineup, while also making some changes to iPhone. Apple’s trade-in program allows customers to trade-in older devices, and receive a certain amount of value for them, to use towards a purchase of a new device. The exact trade-in value a device has is measured by its condition, when …
Technicians in China have reportedly succeeded in upgrading the memory and storage of the M1 chip, suggesting that Apple’s integrated custom silicon for the Mac may be more flexible than previously thought.
Reports of maintenance technicians being able to expand the memory and storage of M1 Macs began circulating on Chinese social media over the weekend, but now international reports have…
Tuesday April 6, 2021 1:03 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple yesterday updated its Apple Music for Artists app with some minor bug fixes and improvements, but also one other notable change — a new icon. New icon on the right The Apple Music for Artists app now features a simpler, streamlined icon with a pinkish red music logo rather than the multicolored logo that was used before. The icon also has an embossed look that makes it stand out from…
Sunday April 4, 2021 1:12 pm PDT by Sami Fathi
Images shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara claim to show a 3D-printed mockup of the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro with a smaller notch, and repositioned earpiece and front camera, but with minimal changes otherwise.
According to the images, Apple plans to move the earpiece to the top of the notch within the screen bezel, lining up with a previous photo shared by MacRumors that shows the…
Monday April 5, 2021 10:07 am PDT by Juli Clover
Microsoft today shared an ad that pits the Surface Pro 7 against Apple’s iPad Pro, in a continuation of a Surface Pro 7 vs. MacBook ad campaign that kicked off in January.
The ad highlights the Surface Pro 7’s kickstand, pointing out that the iPad does not have a built-in kickstand option, and it calls the iPad Pro’s keyboard “a lot heavier” than the Surface option.
Microsoft also goes…
Monday April 5, 2021 4:32 am PDT by Sami Fathi
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, on her podcast “Sway,” Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about Apple’s feud with Facebook, its stance on privacy, Apple’s legal battle with Epic Games, and possible future Apple innovations such as Apple Glasses.
Apple is in the midst of a heated public spat with Facebook over privacy, particularly over an upcoming feature on iOS that …
While we’re still waiting on word of a potential Apple event in April, we did get confirmation about another upcoming Apple event this week, WWDC 2021, which will return to its usual early June timeframe but remain in an all-virtual format similar to last year’s edition.
Other Apple news and rumors this week included a report about future iPhone SE models, a crazy Apple patent filing that…
Tuesday April 6, 2021 12:37 am PDT by Sami Fathi
WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will allow users to transfer their chat history, logs, and transcripts between iOS and Android devices, making it easier for WhatsApp users to switch between the two platforms. The new future, in the early stages of development, was brought to light by WABetaInfo, who often shares unreleased and hidden features behind the chatting service. According to …
Tuesday April 6, 2021 7:29 am PDT by Sami Fathi
Longtime Apple supplier TSMC is set to begin mass shipments of Apple’s upcoming A15 chip for the iPhone 13 ahead of schedule at the end of May, according to a snippet of a full report set to be published tomorrow by DigiTimes.
The new chip will be based on an enhanced version of the 5nm process, which first debuted in the A14 Bionic with the 2020 iPad Air and iPhone 12 lineup. While the full …
Monday April 5, 2021 11:34 am PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook and Apple are squabbling over document requests in the ongoing Epic v. Apple legal battle, according to a new discovery letter filed with the court today. Facebook is involved because Facebook executive Vivek Sharma is set to testify on behalf of Epic.
Apple wants a “limited set of documents” that are needed for a fair cross examination of Sharma, who plans to testify about Apple’s…