Free is not a word that you hear when it comes to cellular data, but luckily NetZero is changing that. NetZero is offering free 4G data for the first year. This plan will include 200 mB of data with no contracts or commitments. While the data is for free you will still need to buy the device, but luckily they aren’t too expensive. NetZero is offering two options, a USB modem for your computer ($49.95), and a WiFi hotspot that can be used by any WiFi-enabled device($99.95). After your first year you will have to go on one of their 4G plans that ranges from $9.99 to $49.95 a month. The obvious advantage to this is that you will get 200 mB of data free for a whole year, but 200 mB really isn’t that much and NetZero’s network doesn’t cover as much as one would hope.
NetZero Coverage Map (image borrowed from hippestphone.com)
If you are in NetZero’s coverage area, you might want to look into this offer!
For more information you can check out the LockerGnome article at lockergnome.com, and NetZero for more information at netzero.com.
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From the large amount of rumors that have come out in the recent months, there will likely be an iPad Mini. From this you can conclude that Apple is trying to create competition with the other 7-inch tablets in the market.
The iPad Mini will most likely have a 7-ish inch screen, but most likely it will not be a Retina display since they will need to keep the price down to be able to complete. Apple might put a higher res screen than the iPad 2 in it but not a high as the The New iPad. It should also have a A5 chip just like the iPad 2 and run the latest version of iOS 6. The iPad should include around 512 Mb of ram and the new lighting bolt connector like on the iPhone 5. There probably will not be a data plan version of the iPad Mini to reduce the overall cost of the product line. The form factor most likely will ether be similar to the iPad 1 or the iPhone depending on what rumors you look at.
Overall the iPad Mini, or whatever Apple is going to call it, should be around $200 to $300 depending on a couple of factors: if it has a high res screen, 3G or 4G antennas, and the processor.
The latest OS updated for the iOS devices is now out and available for download. There is a couple of things that iOS 6 has going for it, but on the other hand it also has annoyances too.
Redesigned App Store
Although the App Store is not a place that most people go to on a regular basis it is still nice that Apple redesigned it to make it more visually appealing and cleaner. With this update to the App Store we might actually see other parts of the OS get updates like the Home Screen and other Apple apps.
Apple adding the Clock app to the iPad
With this app now on the iPad you can not use you only your iPhone as an alarm, you can use it on whatever iOS devices you want to. Although Apple put this app on the iPad they did not use the same icon so this could lead to some confusion about what exactly it is for the people that are not good with technology.
From iOS 5 update we got Twitter integration which allowed you to easily tweet from your iOS devices, and now with Facebook integration you have two of the most popular Social Networks that you can share too.
This feature has been a long awaited feature of iOS 6. Since now you can see what websites you are viewing on all your iOS devices.
Lack of any customization options
Many people were hoping that iOS 6 would get customization options in the setting without jailbreaking, but we did not even get any added options. Apple does not have to give us all of them but a option to change the app icons like on the Mac would be nice.
You still cant delete Newsstand
The lack of the ability to delete Newsstand from your iOS device like the iBookstore is still annoying since you cant even put it into a folder to hide it from all your other apps.
ALthough iOS has many features that are great, there are some that I wish were in iOS 6:
1. WIFI on/off WIdget
This really needs to happen soon because there is not any easy way to get to the WIfI settings. It does not have to be a default setting, but just an option that will allow you to put a WIFI widget in the Notification center if you want to have easy access to it.
2. Shortcuts for settings
Apple needs to have widgets that will allow you to change the settingsmore easily. It can be a shortcut on the homescreen or widgets in the Notification Center. Just something so you dont have to go to the Settings app all the time to change the settings.
3. Allow you to print from any Network enabled printer
The new update needs to have the abilty to print from any printer on the network no matter what kind of printer it is. This will let you easily print to any printer on your network
4. No password to download free apps
Apple needs to allow you download apps that are free without inputting a password so that you do not have to type it in everytime you want to download an app.
Leave comments below and share what you hope iOS 6 has.