If you're a longtime AT&T iPhone user whose unlimited data plan was grandfathered in when AT&T stopped offering unlimited plans last year, a brand new twist on your plan might seem like a pretty significant limitation after all.
Few people would say they actually enjoy contacting their wireless carrier for customer service. But if you have a contract for your cell phone, you'll probably get slightly better service, according to a new survey from J.D. Power and Associates.
The prepaid cell phone market has finally hit the U.S. in a big way as economically strapped consumers flock to inexpensive pay-as-you-go services. The result will likely mean that big cell phone providers may be forced to slash prices on contract service plans to keep consumers from defecting.
At first blush, telecom flameouts SunRocket and Amp'd don't have a lot in common. (SunRocket shut down early last week; Amp'd's Web site says the company is "potentially suspending" U.S. operations July 31.) Amp'd is a wireless operator that targets teens and young adults, SunRocket delivered phone calls using Internet Protocol (IP) technology. Its intended audience: Bargain seekers who wanted the cost savings of VOIP service without the perceived complexities of a service such as Skype.
Penny advocates gained an unlikely supporter Wednesday as Britney Spears' husband, Kevin Federline, came out in support of the smallest unit of the U.S. currency system at an event sponsored by cellphone carrier Virgin Mobile.
It takes consistent profits to qualify for an IPO these days. Even solid companies are waiting longer before trying, and many just sell to big corporations instead. Here are nine tech companies that seem likely to go public in the near future. These nine could be some of the movers and shakers in the new tech boom, and investors should keep an eye on them.