Welcome to this edition of “The Week in Tech,” where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.
Today we highlight T-Mobile’s Data Stash program, Blackberry’s Classic, and the repercussions of the Sony hacking.
T-Mobile launches Data Stash
T-Mobile is changing the wireless carrier game again with its new data-rollover plan called “Data Stash.”
Data Stash allows T-Mobile customers with data plans of 3GB or more to bank any unused data from month to month, for up to a year. The company is also giving these customers a 10GB bump for free.
T-Mobile has made moves to court customers with data-friendly plans. The company has stopped charging customers for data overages, added unlimited data to family plans, and allows for unlimited music streaming. The addition of Data Stash is sure to put more pressure on competitors Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint to make moves of their own.
Blackberry harkens back to its glory days with launch of Classic
On Wednesday, Blackberry launched its new Blackberry Classic phone and the company is going back to what’s worked in the past.
The Classic is reminiscent of the Blackberry Bold, which was the last line of phones that consumers actually liked and used. The physical keyboard is as strong as ever, allowing users to plow through emails. Blackberry Messenger helps you connect with contacts, and the battery life certainly beats other energy-chugging touchscreen smartphones on the market.
The company has realized that it’s no longer a mass-market player and touts the Classic as the perfect phone for enterprises who depend on the high level of security that Blackberry can offer. The company hopes that they’ll lure businesses to use the Classic then upsell these organizations with their software and services.
Backlash on the hacking of Sony
Two weeks ago, Sony got hacked hard, and now there has been major repercussions.
Sony suspected that North Korea was responsible for the hack due to the content of the movie The Interview, where James Franco and Seth Rogen try to assassinate Kim Jong-un; evidence shows that the country was indeed behind the cyber attack. Additionally, Sony has pulled The Interview from theaters and has no plans to release the movie.
In the end, this is a form of censorship and is pretty much expected from a dictatorship like North Korea. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson thinks Sony should release the film on the Internet on sites like BitTorrent, Netflix, and iTunes.
What do you think Sony should do, and what are your thoughts on the entire situation? It’s a crazy one.
What do you think of these stories? Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.