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T-Mobile launches a promotion aimed directly at AT&T’s “Best Ever” plan

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off



In an angry open letter, T-Mobile CEO/resident rockstar John Legere had some choice words for AT&T. Bashing their “Best Ever” deal for being not the best, ever, he announced a promotion allowing a family of four to get 10GB of data (2.5 for each line) and unlimited talk and text for $100/month until the end of 2014 (when the data allotment drops to 1GB per line).

Along with the $60 monthly savings, Legere also notes that T-Mobile doesn’t charge for overages or international data usage, something AT&T cannot claim. Of course no John Legere statement would be complete without criticism of all three major carriers, so he was sure to include Sprint and Verizon in his comparison chart for good measure. All in all it sounds like a great deal, but is it good enough to persuade consumers to join the “Un-Carrier”? Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Source: T-Mobile

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LG’s G Vista coming to AT&T, according to leaked manual

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

LG Vista

According to a leaked AT&T manual, LG’s G Vista phone will be headed to the carrier, alongside Verizon.

In the picture above, which was taken from the manual, you can clearly see AT&T’s logo right on the back of the device.

AT&T’s variant (model number D631) will have a 5.7-inch display with 720p resolution, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 1.3MP front camera.

As far as internals go, it’s pretty much standard mid-range: A Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with a microSD card slot. It’ll run on 4G LTE with a 3200 mAh battery, and will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.




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HTC Desire 610 available today through AT&T

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


In need of a mid-range device from AT&T? Take a look at the new Desire 610. The device has arrived right on time and is available today from the carrier. Even though it is a mid-range device, HTC has kept notable features like BoomSound, BlinkFeed, and Zoe. Performance should be respectable due to the quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor that powers the Desire 610. And while there is just 8GB of internal storage, HTC has bundled a microSD card slot that can fit an additional 64GB. The 720p display measures 4.7 inches.

With a new two-year contract, the Desire 610 costs only $0.99; however, buying it without a contract is a much better choice due to the $199 price tag. For the price of a flagship device with a two-year contract, you can get an impressive mid-range one without any contract. Or, you can take advantage of AT&T Next and pay $8.34 per month for twenty-four months. There is no shortage of options to purchase the Desire 610.

Source: AT&T

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Verizon allowing LG G3 owners to uninstall bloatware

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Carriers in the United States are notorious for loading new devices with bloatware. Bloatware, for those unaware, includes the pesky applications that carriers have installed to greet users right out of the box. Unless you root the device, it is almost impossible to ditch any type of bloatware. Verizon, surprisingly, wants to change and is offering a way to remove bloatware.

They are starting with the brand new LG G3. Using Android’s built-in app manager will allow users to easily and quickly clean up the device. Ironically, Verizon’s very own apps can not be uninstalled even with this process. For now, it is unknown if the carrier will extend this capability to present or future devices; however, it is certainly a good sign to see Verizon of all carriers make this kind of decision.

Via: FierceWireless

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Verizon will start throttling its unlimited data users on October 1st

Posted by wicked July - 25 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Verizon launched their “Network Optimization” policy back in the Fall of 2011, which at the time meant the company could throttle 3G data speeds for their heaviest users in congested service areas. Unfortunately Verizon is now updating that policy to include wireless users on their 4G LTE network with unlimited data plans. Just how long Verizon will throttle affected users depends on a long list of criteria, in their words, “The customer may continue to be impacted for the rest of the current billing cycle and through the next billing cycle, but only while on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.”

Millions of Verizon users still pay for unlimited data, but Verizon says the updated policy will only affect the top 5% of users. As of now, Verizon’s website says users need to use over 4.7GB of 4G LTE data a month to be in the top 5%. The full criteria that must be met before being throttled is as follows:

  • Top 5% of data users (you use 4.7GB of data per month or more)
  • Enrolled on an unlimited data plan or feature
  • Have fulfilled their minimum contract term
  • Are attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand

As for ways to limit your data usage, Verizon suggests these remedies:

  • Migrate to a MORE Everything plan or usage based data feature
  • Use your device’s Wi-Fi options
  • Use VZW tools to track and manage data usage:
  • View real-time data use information on My Verizon and My Verizon Mobile
  • Predict data needs by using Verizon’s Data Calculator
  • Install the Data Usage Widget (available on most smartphones)
  • Dial #DATA from the device to receive a text with data use information

Although throttling is not uncommon, it is curious that only the top 5% of users use over 4.7GB. Regardless, for those of us who use large amounts of data, this news is heartbreaking. The full statement (which will be sent to customers August 1st) can be found below:

Verizon Wireless strives to provide its customers with the best wireless experience when using our network. In 2011, Verizon Wireless launched Network Optimization, which slows the data speeds of its unlimited data subscribers with 3G devices who are in the top 5% of data users when they connect to a cell site experiencing high demand. Effective October 1, Verizon Wireless will expand its existing Network Optimization policy to include its unlimited data subscribers using 4G LTE devices who have fulfilled their minimum contract term. Based on your plan and recent data usage, one or more lines on your account may experience a reduction in data speeds when connected to a cell site experiencing high demand. Customers on MORE Everything or other usage-based data plans are not subject to Network Optimization. For more information about our Network Optimization, please refer to

Source: Droid Life


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 now available on Verizon

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


We knew Samsung was working on producing a version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for Verizon and now the tablet is finally available. Verizon lists the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 on their site for $360 on a two-year contract. If you would rather pay for it outright, it will cost you $460 which can be paid up front or via Verizon’s EDGE program for $23 per month.

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 comes equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The Verizon version is LTE-enabled and is compatible with their XLTE network.

If you are interested in grabbing the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 from Verizon, just hit the source link to start placing your order.

source: Verizon

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Verizon launching the HTC One Remix on July 24, $99 with two-year contract

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


On July 24, Verizon will have yet another handset under its belt. The HTC One Remix will be available on the carrier’s network for $99 when signing a new two-year contract. The handset, known as the HTC One Mini 2 everywhere else, is essentially a watered-down, smaller version of the HTC One (M8). Like many of Big Red’s other devices, the HTC One Remix can utilize the new XLTE network speeds.

HTC has made a few changes to make this mid-range handset possible. The display has been downsized to 4.5 inches and the resolution is presumably 720p (as Verizon only calls it HD). The Duo Camera setup is gone and HTC placed a singular 13MP camera on the back. Up front is a 5MP camera. Inside running everything is believed to be the Snapdragon 400 and a 2100mAh battery is powering this little thing throughout the day. For storage, Verizon is direct by saying the 16GB of interal storage is not all available; however, there is a microSD card slot to raise the minimum to 128GB.

Source: Verizon

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More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


ZTE has been creating some buzz over the last few days including a rumor that T-Mobile was testing a large smartphone from ZTE codenamed Olympia. Sources are now indicating the Olympia is the ZTE Z970, a smartphone sporting a 6-inch display. The previously leaked picture of the device revealed some larger bezels and one person has said the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will almost fit within just the screen real estate of the Olympia. Thus, the device has been described as feeling “huge”.

While sources say the screen will be 6 inches, there are no details about whether AMOLED or LCD technology is used nor is there any word on resolution. The guess is that being a ZTE device it will be more budget oriented so it may only be 720p capable.

The device appears to be plastic phone that feels like a plastic phone despite a brushed metal look applied to the plastic. Reports indicate it is a sealed phone so battery removal and replacement is not possible. One person testing the device did say the battery seems to be able to power the device through a whole day of typical use.

The rest of the hardware seems to be mid-tier. The rear camera comes in at 8MP while the front shooter is only 0.9MP. Sources are guessing it will come equipped with a Snapdragon 400 series processor. It does appear ZTE has the device loaded up with the Google Now Launcher for the UI on top of Android 4.4.2, although some T-Mobile specific apps have been added to the smartphone. Despite the need to drive a larger screen, reports indicate it performs well with snappy responses and app loading.

source: TmoNews

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Yesterday, Verizon announced a nationwide launch of its new initiative called “Verizon Smart Rewards” in order to keep customers latched on to the service happy.

The program, which had been previously available in just a few states, will offer customers rewards in exchange for points that customers earn for their everyday interactions with Verizon Wireless. (Basically you’ll be getting rewarded for sticking with Verizon over any other carrier.)

It all begins on July 24 for customers on postpaid accounts. When you first register, you’ll have 10,000 points immediately placed on your account. (This is likely not much compared to how much a semi-decent reward will cost in points.)

Some of the basic “activities” that will earn you points include simply logging into My Verizon online, paying your monthly bill, taking part in the Verizon Trade In program, or choosing paperless billing.

Some of the rewards include “discounts and savings of up to 40 percent on brand-name merchandise from more than 200 well-known brands, offers on local shopping and dining redeemable directly from a customer’s wireless device, and travel including discounts at more than 26,000 hotels.”

Shipping on all merchandise is free and includes a lowest-price guarantee.

Seeing as the rewards are earned by completing basically mundane tasks that you’d be doing anyway, it’s probably a good idea to sign up and start earning points right away.

You can head to the My Verizon home page to sign up, look at your points, and find out how to earn more.

There is a bit of a catch though — you may be required to sign up for Verizon Selects, part of Precision Market Insights from Verizon. For signing up, you’ll get 2,500 bonus points and 500 points per line each month. (This likely means you’ll be sharing your family’s personal usage information with companies other than Verizon — but hey, everyone’s doing it these days, so whatever?)

Of course, the moment you switch to another carrier, your points will immediately vaporize into the nothingness of the Internet, so that’ll just be one more thing holding you back from leaving the service.

Source: Verizon


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Samsung Galaxy Avant comes to T-Mobile on July 30, remote device unlocking in tow

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


If you’re looking for a new budget phone, than you might want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Avant. We first heard about it back in June, and it’s expected to launch on T-Mobile on July 30 with a couple of new features.

It will feature a Remote Device Unlock, which will give you the ability to unlock the phone either permanently or temporarily. This would be done through a pre-installed app on the phone. All you will need to do it launch the app, and tap “Continue” which will then give you the opportunity to unlock the phone temporarily or permanently. You would then get confirmation that the unlock was successful and proceed to reboot the phone.

The Galaxy Avant could also be the first phone to be compatible with T-Mobile’s upcoming 700 MHz spectrum.

Now as far as the specs go, don’t expect to be wowed. It will feature a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. I’m sure we will hear more about the device in the coming days.

sources: TmoNews (1) (2)

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