Thank goodness unlimited plans are alive again | #PNWeekly 240

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Huawei sure has a strange idea about the color spectrum — it might paint the upcoming P10 in at least 13 of them with three shades of gold and a whopping four grains of gray. Then again, if you want to actually see some color, LG used bold hues for its capsule marketing bits it decided to distribute to press outlets (including Pocketnow).

This week’s news also includes the rebirth of the unlimited data plan in the US from, of all carriers, Verizon. And for once, it has left the scrappy players scrambling for a response.

We lead off with that story plus we answer YOUR questions, so make sure you’re charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly!

Watch the live video broadcast from 10:00pm Pacific on February 17th, or check out the high-quality audio version right here.

For folks watching live, you can comment and ask questions by using the #PNWeekly hashtag on Twitter during the broadcast. For folks watching later, you can shoot your listener emails to [email protected] for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air the following week!

Pocketnow Weekly 240


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February 17, 2017

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Juan Bagnell

Jules Wang

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Unlimited Surprise

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Verizon started painting the town red this week with its decision to bring back one form of an unlimited data plan — with a couple more competitive features than its existent equivlaents. This prompted T-Mobile to “one-up” its most basic plan (and get rid of an annoying speed bump along the way) and Sprint has followed suit as well. AT&T put out a clumsy response shortly after.

Who takes credit? Which plan works out to be the best for you? And what might be next as service plan prices continue to droop?

News

 

26:28 | A rainbow of Huawei P10 colors, misfortunate bland text and other rumors

40:08 | LG launches multi-front assault to tease press of G6

58:34 | As Galaxy S8 timeline pushes towards reality, how well can it perform?

1:04:11 | The iPhone 8’s display: how many and how big?

1:17:54 | While we’re on Apple, let’s do a power lunch

1:28:10 | Is ZTE coming to crisis mode with Commerce Department sanctions?

1:36:39 | What will Xiaomi launch its Pinecone SoC on?

1:39:02 | Fossil hopes wearables will lead the way, but investors are wary-ble

1:47:35 | Eh, we wanted to throw in a mention of Sony and Pikachu in here

1:49:36 | OnePlus engages in the most unhygienic giveaway campaign for the sake of love

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Listener mail this week from Kobirul Ali on the Galaxy Beta Program, plus your reactions through Twitter with the hashtag #PNWeekly throughout the show!

See you soon!

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About The Author
Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.