The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is already a very competitive one, but with the arrival of Tello, the competition is sure to go up a notch. So how will this new mobile carrier be able to manage? Well, it turns out Tello has plenty up its sleeve, starting with a “No Fees, Whatsoever” branding that just might attract throngs of mobile users eager to sign up for even more affordable wireless plan options.
During the 4G/5G Summit held in Hong Kong, Qualcomm announced that its upcoming processor, the Snapdragon 830 chip, will be equipped with the chip maker’s X16 LTE modem, which will let mobile devices achieve download speeds of up to 1 gbps. The company did, however, qualify that to date, only a little more than two thirds of mobile operators across the globe can implement such download speeds. Then of course, there is the issue of data caps -- what is the use of having ultra fast download speeds when all it does is let the mobile user go beyond his data allowance on any given month.
Pinterest has announced that it has reached 150 million in terms of the volume of monthly active users. This number is definitely an improvement over the 100 million it projected more than a year ago. But as pointed out by a report published by TechCrunch, the 150 million is just short of the 151 million actual target (per leaked documents obtained by TechCrunch).
A startup firm called Shine has decided to deploy a new service that sends on-demand life coaching tips to users via text message. The Shinevisor service is being introduced by the company as a paid tier to its free, daily text messaging service. While most companies out there are rolling out chatbots and SMS based concierge services designed to get people to purchase products and services, it is refreshing to find a company that actually wants to help people become better versions of themselves.
Pandora has just recently launched its own new paid tier called Pandora Plus, and for good measure, the music streaming company also took the opportunity to debut a new redesigned brand logo. It may just be coincidence, but it bears noting that Amazon has also recently introduced its new on demand music streaming service called Amazon Music Unlimited.
Niantic, the firm responsible for unleashing the mobile game Pokemon Go upon the world, has announced through its official blog that it is preparing to roll out a new update that will allow players to bring half a dozen Pokemon to a friendly gym for training. Previously, players were only allowed to bring just one. With this update, Niantic has basically made training gyms more accessible to beginner players.
After becoming the most popular hub for digital comics online and on mobile devices, ComiXology has revealed its plans of creating original comics content. Dubbed as the ComiXology Originals, this brand new program will highlight comics produced by both creators and publishers. Soon, titles will be debuting from Boom! Studios, Valiant Entertainment, and even posthumous work from Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman.