AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 get KitKat 4.4.4 updates

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Both the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 are getting updates. Unfortunately no Lollipop love just yet, but they are the latest version of Android KitKat, which is 4.4.4. They should hopefully squash a few bugs while you wait for the bigger Lollipop update.

The AT&T Note 3 gets Kids Mode, Side Sync 3.0, Safety Assistance, Camera enhancement, and Knox 2.0, while the Sprint GS5 gets international WiFi calling, HD voice icon, and Google security patches.


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Sprint already dropping price of Nexus 6, issuing refunds for those that already bought one

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The Nexus 6 was going for $299 on contract, but in quick fashion, they have dropped the price down to $249. They even dropped the off contract price down by the same amount, bringing it to $648.

Even better news….those that bought the device from 11/14 to 11/18 will get a refund as a credit on their bill. Nothing like finding out that you’re about to receive some money.


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AT&T revamps GoPhone prepaid plans with $45 option

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Change is in the air for GoPhone prepaid plans at AT&T. Rather than halting the flow of data upon going over the cap, the carrier will throttle speed. Being throttled and handed overage fees is way better than being abruptly cutoff. The throttled speed is 128kbps. Customers currently on the $25 or $40 plans may want to take a look at the new $45 option. It offers a total of 1GB of data with unlimited talk and text. It offers a much better value because there is more wiggle room with data.

Source: AT&T

LTE enabled Nexus 9 coming to T-Mobile in early December

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With the launch of the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile today, the Uncarrier took the opportunity to announce that the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile in “early December.” No specific date was given, but December is only a couple weeks away, so the wait should not be much longer for those not content with a WiFi-only version of the latest Nexus tablet.

When it is finally available, T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the Nexus 9 for $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 to well-qualified buyers. According to T-Mobile’s announcement, buyers will have to access the T-Mobile “Underground” which they describe as their “online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find, limited quantity devices” to place their order.

source: T-Mobile

Lollipop breaking text messaging for some Nexus users on certain carriers

android_lollipop_tweetLollipop is fantastic. It’s one of the best operating systems Google has ever put together, and it’s a dramatic overhaul compared to what we’re used to seeing in Android. However, it’s not without its own share of bugs and glitches, which we’re starting to see more and more of.

The latest issues are being reported by Nexus 4 and 5 users that have taken the Lollipop update. Some of those devices are certain carriers are unable to send text messages, and they’re being shown an error code 38 whenever they attempt to send something. Receiving text messages is seemingly unaffected, but that’s still half of the texting experience that’s broken.
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T-Mobile makes it easier and cheaper to talk to family and friends abroad

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T-Mobile introduced an updated Stateside International Talk plan today. Simple Choice customers can add unlimited calls from the U.S. to landlines in more than 70 countries worldwide for just $5 per month. That’s not per individual, it covers the entire family for up to 10 lines.

If you need to call mobile phones, you can opt for the $10 per month plan. This gives the entire family unlimited calling to mobile phones in more than 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico. Plus you still get the unlimited calls to landlines that comes with the $5 per month deal.


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T-Mobile starting holiday deals on November 21 with a free tablet

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On November 21, T-Mobile is expressing appreciation to its current customers by offering early access to Black Friday deals. The carrier is taking $100 off the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 3. Even better, T-Mobile customers can pickup an Alcatel ONETOUCH POP 7 tablet for absolutely nothing but the sales tax. There are no monthly payments and not even a down payment. The following day, November 22, T-Mobile will open up the tablet offer to new customers as well.

T-Mobile notes that canceling your wireless service will cause the device balance to be due.

Source: T-Mobile

Verizon’s ETF fee will not decrease until a contract’s eighth month of life

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That right there is a bunch of jibber-jabber that can be condensed to this: Verizon will not start taking money off of its early termination fee until the contract is at least eight months old. Advanced devices have an early termination fee that starst at $350. Devices that do not fall under that title start at $175. So any money taken off of the ETF is welcome. The savings start at $10 or $5 depending upon the device and climb up to $60 or $30 in the twenty-fourth month of a contract.

This is how the new deductions will operate (advanced devices/non-advanced devices):

  • Months 8-18: $10 / $5 per month
  • Months 19-23: $20 / $10 per month
  • Month 24: $60 / $30

The policy change will be limited to devices purchased on November 14 and thereafter.

Source: Verizon
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