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Wondering if brash T-Mobile US CEO John Legere will be out of a job after Sprint gobbles up the scrappy rival carrier? According to Bloomberg, Legere may actually wind up installed as CEO of the combined company, leaving current Sprint CEO Dan Hesse cashing unemployment checks instead — presumably with a big severance package for his troubles. Just the mere thought of it is probably enough to give Verizon Wireless and AT&T nightmares....
9to5Mac reported Friday that Apple appears to be planning a big push for prepaid and no-contract iPhones at its U.S. retail stores, yet another sign that the old two-year contract model is quietly going the way of the dinosaur. GSM-based carriers AT&T and T-Mobile US are said to be on board with the plan, which will involve Apple Stores stocking up on SIM card activation kits, which allow customers to purchase an unlocked handset, then pay for month-to-month service starting at $50 for 1GB of 4G LTE data. The initiative is expected to kick off the last week of June, and activations for the aforementioned plans must be done at the Apple Store.
AT&T announced Friday that select tablets are now eligible for the carrier's GoPhone SIM cards, offering 4G LTE data with no annual contract, no credit check, and a variety of plans starting at $15 per month for 250MB. GoPhone requires an eligible (typically older) tablet, including the third-generation iPad, original iPad mini, and a variety of Android tablets, including Google's Nexus 7. The only potential downside to the deal is there's no rollover data, so whatever you purchase each month has to be used up within 30 days or it's gone.
Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a photo from the company's Austin, Texas-based Mac Pro facility showing what he called "a team loaded with American manufacturing expertise," but there was something a bit off about the photo. According to Business Insider, that's because the factory features rows of iMacs at each workstation, all running what appears to be Windows software to keep the assembly line humming. Not terribly surprising considering Microsoft's stranglehold on industry, but certainly worthy of a chuckle just the same.
Nice Boy LLC released Unread for iPad 1.0, an all-new version of the popular RSS reader for iPhone that's been custom-designed for the iPad's larger display. Available now from the App Store for $4.99 (sadly, it's not a universal app), Unread for iPad appears to deliver all of the same functionality of the small-screen version including multiple themes, rich sharing, and other features the developer claims "will surprise and delight you in many ways." Like the iPhone version, Unread for iPad works with such syncing services as FeedWrangler, Feedly, and NewsBlur, so you should be covered, no matter where you get your RSS feeds from.
Love the Mac but iPhone isn't your thing? In the wee hours of Monday morning, Motorola briefly gave away their latest Android-based flagship Moto X smartphones for two weeks as part of a new "Try Then Buy" initiative. The manufacturer allowed potential customers to try out a customized, no-contract handset for only a penny down by using a promo code on its website, similar to earlier discounts that slashed $100 or more off the asking price. While the promotion appears to be over for now, the Try Then Buy page remains, suggesting Motorola may resurrect the deal in the near future — so you might want to keep an eye out if Android is your thing.
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