Solavei is an affordable contract free mobile service provider has announced the availability of nano SIM cards that are compatible with Apple’s iPhone 5.
Solavei has only been available since September of last year and since launch the company has focused mainly on Android devices. It’s nice to see the company open to Apple as the iPhone 5 is a very popular phone.
“We created Solavei to make commerce less expensive for our members while allowing the flexibility to use the mobile phone they love,” said Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei. “Solavei is the first company to create an economic linkage between mobile service, social commerce, and social sharing. We believe it’s important to give our members great value for unlimited mobile service while using their favorite mobile phone and enable them to earn recurring monthly income for sharing Solavei with their friends and family.”
Solavei runs on the T-Mobile network and T-Mobile is in the process of re-farming their network to allow 3G /4G speeds to the iPhone. In many cases you will only be getting slower EDGE service until this update is completed.
Solavei’s nano SIM card will cost you $9 and for $49 a month you can have unlimited voice, text and data. They also offer a program of referring people to lower your bill and put cash in your pocket.
Facebook for iPhone received an update today that added the features from the standalone Facebook messenger app. If you have a U.S. or Canada based Facebook account you can make free phone calls to your Facebook friends from the message screen. In addition a new button design allows for easier liking, commenting and sharing posts in the news feed.
To make a Facebook call, simply tap on a friends name in the chat menu, tap the information button and another screen will appear allowing you the option to make a call if the other party is available
In the wireless industry, when you hear fragmentation the first thought is usually Android. In reality fragmentation exists in just about every form. Take for example LTE. LTE is marketed to us all as a high speed form of data communication and one day will also carry our voice calls.
LTE technology is very fragmented. What we mean by this is that world-wide there are 40 different frequencies used to transmit data over LTE. Anyone familiar with the latest Nexus 4 device knows it is missing LTE and this fragmentation is one of the reasons. We are a global society these days and a device needs to work world-wide in addition to being able to be sold around the globe. A close look at Apple’s iPhone 5 demonstrates this issue. There are three version of the iPhone5 to support the various LTE bands. To keep costs low Apple would like to just produce one device that works across the board with carriers world wide. This was the case with the iPhone 4S.
Qualcomm is set to bring LTE euphoria to device manufactures by releasing a chipset that supports all 40 bands. This will allow less expense for over all production. Instead of a manufacturer having to create 7 models for various carriers they can create one and just set the device to the proper frequencies. These chips will be available to manufactures in the second half of 2013.
For more information on the chipset you can visit Qualcomm via this link.
Apple’s iPhone 5 is the world’s best selling smartphone model according to Strategy Analytics. They reported that Apple shipped an estimated 27.4 million units which represents a 13% share of all smartphones. This surpassed Samsung’s Galaxy S III which shipped 15.4 million units.
Apple was also able to outsell the Galaxy S III with the iPhone 4S shipping 17.4 million units. Taking 8% smartphone shares globally.
The iPhone was able to account for 1 in every 5 smartphones sold which is remarkable for its premium price and shear numbers of low cost competitors.
The Galaxy S III series peaked and is now on the decline with sales. We should see Samsung announcing the Galaxy S I’V very soon.
Apple has two new iPad ads for both the iPad and iPad Mini. The ads are named “Together” and “Alive”. In both ads there is music playing in the background with a series of words flashing and different apps explaining the words.
The ads are little different from other Apple ads, but like Tim Cook said, “We wouldn’t do anything we consider a great product” and with Apple’s new ads they let the product do the talking. We are just happy they haven’t brought back those “Genius” ads.
Skype began rolling out a video message feature that allows you to sent a video of up to 3 minutes to your Skype contacts. Think of it as video voicemail. It is being made available for Android, iPhone / iOS and the Mac platform. You read that correctly, no Windows Phone support. It seems Microsoft owning Skype doesn’t mean Windows Phone is included in the first round.
While this is a nice add on you are limited to only sending 20 of these videos before needing to upgrade to a premium account. I really think this wont be a widely used feature as it is easy and free to send video in apps such as Tango.
Look for this update to show up over the next week.
Our friends at Scout have posted a slot machine of Valentines Do’s and Don’ts. Head over to this link and take your spin and leave with a few ideas and some great advice of what not to do.
After three spins Scout will direct you to a list of local ideas for today. Enjoy the day and get out.
Be sure to download Scout for iOS or Android to get you around town tonight with free turn by turn voice navigation.
The much hyped app MailBox for iOS is currently having issues delivering mail. The company has been fielding individual questions via Twitter, simply stating they know about the issue and are working on it. You are still able to get push notifications about new mail, but when you open your mailbox you are greeted with “Having trouble connecting, Please try again soon”.
We reached out to Mailbox earlier and they stated they are working to have a status page available soon for us to look up any services issues and are aware of the issues.
For now jump on GMail or back to the built in mail client on your iPhone.
We will update this article and sent an alert on our Twitter account when service is restored. If you are currently waiting inline to get into the service, take the day off, head outside and have fun.
Update 2: Current users are back online. They are still holding the line to make sure everything is operating correctly.
Update 1: Official Statement from Mailbox Team
We’re currently seeing intermittent issues with our servers syncing mail. We’ve paused filling reservations so that we can focus on a fix.
If you’re currently using Mailbox, you’re most likely seeing a message that says “Having trouble connecting, please try again soon.” Don’t worry, any messages that you take action on or any new emails you create should not be lost. Once we have resolved the issue your Mailbox will simply update and process all actions you’ve taken inside the app.
The team is working on resolving this now, and we’ll let you know as soon as we’re filling reservations again. We hope to get things moving shortly.
Thank you for your patience,
The Mailbox Team
Apple has pushed out an update for iOS, specifically for iPhone 4S users. This update addresses “cellular performance and reliability” issues resulting from the iOS 6.1 update.
If you have a 4S you can update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You can also update via iTunes.
Developers Orchestra has released their much anticipated iOS app, Mailbox. The app is currently available for download in the App Store. To prevent the service from being overloaded they are staggering the launch. When you sign-up you are given a number that represents your place in line to activate the service. This staggered launch is allowing the developers to address bugs before the app is available to everyone and also make adjustments to their cloud storage while making sure all users have an enjoyable experience. The line is moving pretty fast to get in, I am in the 64,000 range and just watching myself move up in line.
Mailbox was designed for your Gmail inbox to be light, fast and mobile friendly. You are able to easily swipe messages to your archive or the trash, scan your entire conversation at once with chat-like organization and the able to snooze emails until later with just the tapping of a button. The snooze feature is what has us very interested. You read an email you want to address tomorrow, no problem just tap when you want to be reminded and you are all set. No switching apps or flags.
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can follow this link to Mailbox. If you want to get in on the early stages I suggest you get signed up fast. You can also watch the promotional video below that briefly touches on the features build into Mailbox.
Apple’s iTunes Store set a new record with 25 billion songs purchased. The 25 billionth song came from an Apple user in Germany who downloaded “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) and that lucky fan received an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros ($13,537 U.S dollars).
“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”
Apple has over 26 millions songs in iTunes and is available in 119 countries.