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AWS-3 spectrum auction yields $45 billion in bids, AT&T at top of heap

Posted by wicked February - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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The FCC recently completed an auction of AWS-3 spectrum raising almost $45 billion in bids in the process. The amount raised was quite a bit more than the FCC’s last big spectrum auction held in 2008 when they raised $19.1 billion selling 700MHz spectrum. The big player in this round turned out to be AT&T which bid nearly $18.2 billion for 251 licenses. The biggest chunk of those were in the New York City metro area. AT&T says the new spectrum helps them cover 96 percent of the U.S. population with AWS-3 spectrum.

In a bit of surprise, the second largest bidder was DISH which grabbed $13.3 billion worth of spectrum. DISH has been hoping to start up a terrestrial LTE network to augment their satellite offerings, so this latest purchase may help them with that goal. The other large bidders included Verizon and T-Mobile who also hope to strengthen their networks in anticipation of expanding their advanced network offerings in the coming years. Sprint did not participate in this auction as they prepare to invest in 600MHz spectrum in an auction scheduled for next year.

source: The Verge

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T-Mobile releases their final Super Bowl ad

Posted by wicked February - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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T-Mobile just released their final Super Bowl ad. This one was already teased with a behind-the-scenes look a couple of days ago. It stars Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler making calls in unusual locations to promote T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling feature. You can hit the break to see the full commercial, and if you haven’t seen them already, check out the Kim Kardashian West spot as well as the Rob Riggle spot (for the Super Bowl live stream).

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Sprint will apologize to AT&T and Verizon during the Super Bowl

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A couple of months ago, Sprint released a commercial about their family plan and kind of referred to AT&T and Verizon as sheep. Well apparently they have decided to issue an apology during the third quarter of some sort of big football game this weekend. Yup, it will be in the form of a commercial. Something tells me they really won’t be all that apologetic. And is AT&T and Verizon really wait for an apology?

Hit the break for the teaser they released earlier today along with the commercial from November that started it all.

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Verizon increasing upgrade and activation fees to $40 in February

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

2000px-Verizon_logoBad news, Verizon folks. The carrier is upping their activation and upgrade fees to $40 starting February 5th. The current activation fee is $35, while the upgrade fee is $30. If you’ve been considering upgrading your device and want to save a few bucks, you may want to go ahead and knock that out in the next week.

Verizon isn’t the only carrier that charges upgrade fees, and AT&T’s have been sitting at $40 for a few months. You can avoid these activation fees if you go onto an installment plan like Verizon Edge or AT&T Next, anyway, so if you’re on one of those programs, this news may not affect you at all.

source: Phone Scoop

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FTC rules that throttled data plans no longer count as unlimited data

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

tracfoneThe FTC has ruled against TracFone in a case involving their “unlimited data,” forcing the prepaid company to pay out $40 million to customers that were mislead about just how unlimited TracFone’s data actually is. Like tons of other carriers, TracFone offers an unlimited data plan that’s throttled after a certain cap is hit. The FTC isn’t particularly fond of those kinds of plans, which they’ve mentioned in the past.

According to the FTC, data speeds were slowed down between 1 and 3 GB and were sometimes completely cut off once customers hit the 5 GB limit. The FTC might have been more lenient if TracFone wasn’t cutting data off completely and just sticking to throttling, but it’s a tough call knowing that the FTC dislikes throttled data plans anyway.

It’s unclear what kind of impact this will have on other carriers that offer the same types of data plans, but we’ll see in the coming weeks.

source: re/code

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[Deal] Take $48 off a T-Mobile Nexus 6 with promo code

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Nexus_6_Official_4573If you’ve been waiting for a deal on the Nexus 6, T-Mobile is offering a $48 discount on all variants of the phone with a promo code. With the Nexus 6 being so new (and relatively expensive for a Nexus device) you might want to take advantage of this before it goes away.

The promo code NEXUS6DEAL will save you $48 when buying either a 32 GB or 64 GB Nexus 6, but it looks like they’re only offering the blue colored device. Still, for almost a full $50 off, that might be enough to convince you to not worry too much about the color of the phone.

Hit the link below to get started.

source: T-Mobile

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AT&T will acquire Nextel Mexico for nearly $2 billion

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

AT&T_Logo_01_TAAT&T has announced they will be acquiring Nextel’s Mexico business for roughly 1.8 billion dollars. This deal includes all of Nextel’s equipment and stores in Mexico, as well as about 3 million customers in the country. Nextel’s network covers 76 million people, however, so the acquisition will help AT&T create a more competitive service in Mexico.

AT&T expects the deal to close in the middle of 2015, assuming no legal roadblocks show up.

source: AT&T

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T-Mobile makes SCORE! program official, lets you pay $5 per month for smartphone discounts

Posted by wicked January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

t-mobile_logo_magentaT-Mobile has made a new program official for customers to take part in, and they’re calling it SCORE! The program simply lets you pay an extra $5 per month on your bill, and then you’ll get discounts on smartphones after a few months.

After 6 months of paying that extra few bucks, T-Mobile will give you a free entry level smartphone. Today, that would be something along the lines of the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2, which isn’t a bad deal for the equivalent of 30 bucks. However, if you keep paying and don’t cash in, after 12 months you’d be able to pick up a much nicer phone (T-Mobile uses the LG L90 LTE as an example) without paying anything, or you can get a bigger discount on other phones. The discount is supposedly at least $150 off a phone in the same tier as a Galaxy S5, so you’re basically paying $60 for a $150+ discount. Not a bad deal at all. The drawback is that you can’t put those discounted phones on an installment plan, but since you’re saving a bit each month, it should be easier to make those big purchases.

Whether or not you plan on taking advantage of the SCORE! program, it’s nice to have the option to. This kind of deal is pretty strange to the wireless industry, but it’s good to see T-Mobile testing out new ways to sell customers phones.

source: T-Mobile

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HTC One (M8) for AT&T getting software update “early next week”

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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In just a few days, expect a software update to begin rolling out to the HTC One (M8) for AT&T. Mo Versi, the Vice President of Product Management at HTC, responded to one eager customer on Friday. Versi announced that a software update would land on the device “early next week” and include a slew of items.

Here is what Versi said will be in the update:

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • HTC Eye Experience software
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)

Even though it is not Android 5.0 Lollipop, it is a welcome

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

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T-Mobile SCORE! program to launch on January 25

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Just when it seems that T-Mobile has cooled down, the carrier announces something new. T-Mobile wants even more people to upgrade earlier than usual with the new SCORE! program.

The program, uncovered by TmoNews, allows customers that purchased their device at full-price, brought their own device, have a prepaid plan, or have a postpaid plan without an equipment installment plan (EIP) to upgrade after at least six months. The exact plans included with the SCORE! program are Simply Prepaid, SCNC, Simple Choice Pay in Advance Monthly, Simple Choice, New Classic, and Legacy. Basically, every customer not participating in the JUMP! program is eligible for the SCORE! program.

Once six months have passed, a customer can upgrade for free to an entry-level smartphone. Customers that want special pricing on a high-end device will have to wait until the twelve month mark to upgrade. The monthly cost for the SCORE! program is $5 per line while JUMP! is $10 per line. And, unlike the JUMP! program, no trade-in is required.

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A launch is expected on Sunday, January 25.

Source: TmoNews

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