September 27, 2008
A spokesperson for EA Mobile says that, “EA will support the Android platform, as any platform that can deliver a robust game experience is good for introducing new consumers to mobile games.” But don’t get your hopes too high because EA is waiting until the Android App Store allows paid applications, “EA Mobile has elected to wait for the launch of a content billing solution to bring their premier IP to market.”
The bottom line:
Initially Android App Store will only be allowing free applications; EA is waiting until they can make you pay for The Sims app, etc. on your mobile phone.
September 26, 2008
T-Mobile has posted the G1 User Guide! Take a look here:
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T-Mobile G1 User Guide
September 26, 2008
Visa has announced that they are developing an app for the Android App Store that will allow customers to receive Alerts, receive targeted Offers based on recent sales, and use a Locator to find local stores that accept Visa. Users will be allowed to pick and choose from the three options (Alerts, Offers, and Locator) and only enable the ones they want. Users will also be able to cancel out from any of the three options at any time.
Visa is also working with Nokia on the ability to make payments through your mobile device. The Nokia 6212 Classic will have the ability to “make contactless payments, remote payments, money transfers, as well as receive alerts and notifications.” The phone will be available starting next month to financial institutions, and to the general public sometime after that.
The Nokia 6212 Classic.
PC World- Business Center
September 25, 2008
T-Mobile has released a statement retracting their original move to cap their “unlimited” data plan at 1G. Now each person who runs in excess will be reviewed and dealt with on a case-by-case basis. This is how the majority of other major mobile phone carriers enforce their data policies.
“We reserve the right to temporarily reduce data throughput for a small fraction of our customers who have excessive or disproportionate usage that interferes with our network performance or our ability to provide quality service to all of our customers,” said a statement from T-Mobile for NY Times.”
September 23, 2008
Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware
You must ALWAYS read the fine print.
According to T-Mobile’s fine print, your data services from them will be capped at just 1GB per month! If you use beyond your 1G they will reduce the rest of your cycle to 50KBPS or less. What does that mean? Your phone would be running at roughly the same speed as your old dial up modem that you tossed five years or more ago! Yikes!
So how much can you download for 1GB? According to Silicon Alley Insider, “One gigabyte is about how much it takes to download the equivalent of a few albums, a decent quality movie, and a decent quality TV episode — not much. Add to that whatever email, Web browsing, file downloading, app downloading, and whatever else you’ll be doing, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched for the power users that Google is courting to hit that 1 gigabyte cap — 34 MB a day — on a regular basis.”
AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon all offer a 5GB cap— that’s five times the amount T-Mobile is offering!
Silicon Alley Insider