T-Mobile Tweaks Plans, Matches Discounts for Switchers

T-Mobile is tweaking its plans, including one increase that applies to existing plans, and extending a new discount-matching deal to new customers switching from competitors. To account for Netflix raising its prices, customers on an existing T-Mobile One plan with Netflix on Us will see a new $2/month Netflix charge starting in July. Customers can avoid the charge by dropping NetFlix on Us, or switching to a new Magenta plan. The new Magenta plan is the same as the existing T-Mobile One plan, but only includes Netflix Basic, (which does not include HD), although it does include 3 GB of 4G mobile hotspot data. The higher-tier T-Mobile One Plus plan is being renamed Magenta Plus, but is otherwise unchanged, including full Netflix. Starting June 2nd, new customers switching from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint can also new have special discounts matched, up to $15 per line. Eligible discounts include employer, corporate, affiliate, military, and senior discounts.

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Asus ZenFone 6 – Battery update

Asus ZenFone 6   Battery update
This was never meant to be a battery test. What happened, if I’m honest, is that I forgot to charge the ZenFone 6 one night.

This meant that I had to go into uncharted territory. A second day on battery.

Asus ZenFone 6   Battery update
So that happened, and the 5000mAh battery simply eased its way through without any problems. Last night it was down to 20% so I put it on charge. The logical thing to do really.

… however, so I found out this morning, I seem to have kicked the cable out of the charger somehow. Although I’d plugged it in, no charge was actually coming through at all. At 8.30 just 11% remained.

Asus ZenFone 6   Battery update

Now we’re on “battery day 3”. As you can see from these charts, I’m definitely going to have to charge it today. It will, though, last until nearly 3PM according to the battery system and I can turn on “Super Saving Mode” to extend that further.

Asus ZenFone 6   Battery update

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to battery saving options. You can change to “Battery Saving Mode” too, which disables background data when the screen is off. You can also switch to that mode overnight to help preserve your battery. Good that.

Asus ZenFone 6   Battery update

The phone also has a load of clever tech to help monitor long-running background apps and power-intensive apps too. In addition there’s a battery charging “habits” system which helps you optimize your charge times and an auto-start manager. You can tweak all this if you wish, but I’ve had everything set to standard and I have, as usual, used my phone fairly heavily.

Asus ZenFone 6   Battery update

To surmise, I took the phone off-charge at 7.30AM on Wednesday. It’s now Friday and the ZenFone 6 hasn’t been near a charger. I can use it until after lunch according to the battery meter, so that’s a solid two and a half days on battery. A sterling performance.

Asus ZenFone 6   Battery update

More on this phone in our full review, coming shortly!

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Huawei – Possible reprieve in Trump Trade Termination

Huawei   Possible reprieve in Trump Trade Termination
US businessman and part-time President, Donald Trump, is now indicating that Huawei isn’t as “dangerous” as he makes out. He’s told reporters that Huawei could be part of a future Chinese trade deal.

In his stage logic, he’d be quite happy to include the “very dangerous” telecoms company in a future agreement. Perhaps this confirms that he’s only added the company to a trade blacklist so that it can be used as a bargaining chip in the trade war he started.

The trade war between the two companies had escalated in recent weeks, as tariffs have risen significantly.

Trump told assembled media that..

If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.

As we’ve covered a lot in recent days, Huawei has lost a lot of US-connected partners, presenting the company with severe problems for their business. Get the updates below…

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Universal Translator – One Step Closer With Pocketalk

Universal Translator   One Step Closer With Pocketalk

Today saw the launch of Pocketalk. It’s a portable, AI-powered instant voice translation device which is able to seamlessly translate 74 (at present) languages bidirectionally in real time, making it easy for users to understand others and be understood by others. The Global SIM embedded, “Built-in Data” model is available with two years of all-you-can-use mobile data coverage in 128 countries and regions.

Unlike many smartphones, Pocketalk comes with dedicated dual noise-cancelling microphones to pick up every word, even in noisy environments and makes it perfect for use outdoors or in restaurants, train stations or airports. Additionally, whilst having no lag time and a simpler interface than a smartphone, users no longer have to waste the battery on their phone to use it. The Pocketalk has around seven hours of battery life while being used intermittently or around five hours if it is in constant use. The device combines the best speech-to-text, translation and text-to-speech engines from around the world. You’re able to use Wi-Fi, mobile data or a personal hotspot to connect to the internet.

Noriyuki Matsuda, CEO and founder of master company Sourcenext, stated

The need to connect cultures and make the world feel a little smaller is stronger than ever and that’s exactly our goal with this device. We developed Pocketalk to help people of all backgrounds providing them with an instant open line of communication and foster a mutual understanding and respect among different cultures. When you have the right tools, language is a gateway and not a barrier.

With its easy-to-use interface, Pocketalk is a great device for people who are constantly travelling, working with colleagues of different nationalities or those who wish to fully immerse themselves in a country’s culture. The device is available in white, black and gold with its own global sim for two years so, unlike with mobile data on a phone, there are no hidden charges.

Pocketalk is not a device for everyone, but if you travel extensively of need to converse in other languages, this may be the handy device to have. It is currently available from Amazon for £259, and hopefully we will get a chance for a full review.

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Google Duo Gains Group Video Calling

Google today announced the global launch of a group video calling feature for its Google Duo app. The feature lets up to eight people join a live video chat at once. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Apple’s FaceTime has supported group calls of up to 32 people since January, but only works on iOS devices.

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AT&T First to Accept Bitcoin

AT&T now accepts Bitcoin for paying bills. The option is available after logging into an AT&T account online or in-app, and is only available for postpaid accounts.

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NOAA Claims New 24 GHz Band Will Interfere With Weather Satellites

NOAA, NASA, and the Navy have raised concerns with Congress that the new 24 GHz radio frequency band for 5G may interfere with critical water vapor sensors on US weather satellites. The 24 GHz band is one several new mmWave bands the FCC is making available for mmWave 5G service. Verizon and AT&T are deploying 5G this year in the 28 and 39 GHz mmWave bands. The FCC’s auction of the 24 GHz band is expected to conclude on May 28th. The weather sensors in question operate at 23.8 GHz. The new 24 GHz band being auctioned spans 24.25 — 25.25 GHz. Even though the frequencies do not overlap, it is possible for adjacent radio signals to interfere due to “out-of-band emissions”. NOAA claims the interference could reduce the accuracy of weather forecasts by up to 30%. The FCC and CTIA (the industry group that represents American cellular companies) both claim that such interference isn’t possible.

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Proposed Law Would Protect Phones From Warrantless Search at Border

A proposed bipartisan law in the Senate would require a warrant for border agents to search electronic devices such as phones, or demand access to online accounts such as social media. The law protects all digital content of devices, and requires a warrant for passwords, PINs, and biometric authentication such as a fingerprint or face. It would prevent any agent of the government from denying entry to the US (or delaying entry for more than four hours) for refusing to provide device access. The law does include limited exceptions for immediate risk of death, organized crime, conspiracies threatening national security, and threats to public safety or health. The law also places new restrictions on retaining data extracted from devices. The new law would apply to all US citizens and permanent residents entering and exiting the US. A similar bill is being introduced in the House. In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security conducted more than 33,000 device searches. The ability to conduct warrantless device searches at the border has been challenged in court by the ACLU.

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Vodafone 5G phones go live. No Huawei in sight..

A partnership with streaming gaming provider “Hatch”, 5G roll-out plans and pricing. It’s all here from Vodafone today. They’ve also announced two 5G-ready handsets – the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.

No Huawei 5G phones. The pricing, according to Voda, is the same as 4G. This is different to the higher EE prices we saw yesterday.

If you’re going to make us of that 5G data-bucket, you’re going to be looking at £54 per month for a 15GB plan on the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. That said, 5G speeds look to be 10x faster than 4G.

Vodafone 5G phones go live. No Huawei in sight..

Vodafone will be selling the 6GB memory / 128 GB storage version in Onyx Black with a £49 upfront payment on that deal. If you want to see the handset up-close, take a look at our earlier item on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Don’t forget, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is available to get right now here. No waiting like the Galaxy S10 5G.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 running up to 2.8GHz, it also has an Adreno 630 GPU running up to 710MHz. It also gets a USB-C two-way charging port, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi, 4G and 5G. There’s also a fingerprint sensor. At the back you’ll also find two 12 megapixel shooters. Up front, a 24 megapixel and a 2 megapixel arrangement. Get the full details on that phone here.

Also, if you visit that page you can head to the bottom and check your 5G coverage. Here’s Birmingham right now..

Vodafone 5G phones go live. No Huawei in sight..

You might notice above that Grand Central is covered heavily and we saw the 5G trials there just last month. Head to their network checker tool directly to see your coverage.

Here’s a look at those prices then, and this includes promotional pre-order pricing on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (from £58 per month)..

Red Extra plans Red Entertainment plans*
5GB 15GB 30GB 60GB 25GB 50GB 100GB
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
(available now)
£50 p/m
(+£99 upfront)
£54 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£58 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£62 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£61 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£65 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£69 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
(available to pre-order)
£58 p/m
(+£149 upfront)
£62 p/m
(+£99 upfront)
£66 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£70 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£69 p/m
(+£99 upfront)
£73 p/m
(+£49 upfront)
£77 p/m
(+£49 upfront)

Voda are keen to promote the Red Entertainment Packages, which include a choice of Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV, NOW TV Entertainment Pass or Amazon Prime Video subscription.

Vodafone 5G phones go live. No Huawei in sight..

The big switch-on is July 3rd, with 19 towns and cities covered by the end of the year. Right now you’ll get 5G in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. They’ll also be doing 5G roaming and that Hatch partnership I mentioned. This is the first cloud-based mobile gaming service in the world to be built for the 5G network. It’ll deliver instant play, no adverts, no buffering, no downloading. So no precious space used on your phone and live gaming across the speedy 5G network. From July 3rd, Pay monthly customers get three months access to Hatch Premium at no extra cost. If you want to continue, it’s £6.99 a month.

Vodafone 5G phones go live. No Huawei in sight..

Head to the Vodafone 5G pages for more information.

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Huawei woes. Now Panasonic leave Huawei high and dry

Huawei woes. Now Panasonic leave Huawei high and dry
The American businessman, Donald Trump, has single-handedly delivered a hammer-blow to the Huawei and Honor operation.

We’ve already covered the recent problems, which include EE not ranging Huawei 5G phones and ARM stopping HiSilicon using their chip technology, but now things – if it were possible – have got even worse.

Panasonic have today joined the growing line of companies that are leaving Huawei.

Joe Flynn, a Panasonic spokesman, told us…

We’ve stopped all business transactions with Huawei and its 68 group companies that are subject to the US government ban.

ARM, Google, Qualcomm, Lumentum and others have also stopped working with Huawei and its various companies.

US President, and full-time nut-job, Donald Trump, declared a “national emergency” and listed companies which were considered a “security risk”.

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