When a carrier surprises customers with unauthorized (or unknown) charges on their monthly bills, it is known as cramming. Over the last few months, the largest carriers in the United States were exposed for doing so. The government is coming down on them with little remorse. On Wednesday, Sprint was served with a $105 million fine from the FCC. And on Friday, T-Mobile reached a settlement with the FTC to avoid any further potential damage.
Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells for only $149.99 with a 2-year contract. That is better than the Black Friday deals that were available.
Along with the special pricing on Android devices, Verizon is also offering a $150 bill credit on any lines you switch over to Verizon to be used with a new smartphone. According to Verizon, the credit will show up in 2 to 3 billing cycles. If you want to check out this deal or some of the other deals that Verizon has right now, like a free LG G3 with a 2-year contract, hit the source link.
Sprint is in a little bit of hot water with the FCC based on a report from the Wall Street Journal. An FCC official has confirmed that they are about to slap a $105 million fine on Sprint for billing customers for text message alerts, horoscopes, sports scores, ring tones and other unwanted services. This practice is known a cramming.
This is as a result from an investigation conducted from August to October 2013, which revealed 35,000 complaints from Sprint customers regarding the unwanted services and charges.
AT&T has just started rolling out an update to its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 Mini located in the United States. The upgrade brings compatibility for VoLTE (Voice over LTE), support for Wireless Printing, and a ton of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Earlier today T-Mobile launched Data Stash at their Un-Carrier 8 event and briefly touched on some of the improvements they have made to their data network during the past year. As a follow-up to that presentation, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray took to the company’s official blog to share some additional details about how the carrier grew during 2014 and what to look forward to in 2015.
T-Mobile’s 8th installment of its Uncarrier strategy is bringing an old concept back but with a twist. Harkening back to days of old with “rollover minutes,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that T-Mobile is introducing rollover unused 4G LTE data. There’s a catch, sadly, as this only applies to customers who purchase additional data for their Simple Choice plan each month.
Verizon Wireless hasn’t always been a heavy player when it comes to government clients. Rival AT&T has a longstanding stranglehold on much of Washington, which is aided by its use of GSM technology as opposed to Verizon’s CDMA. But as LTE networks remove some of the historic boundaries between the two radio types, it opens up possibilities for competition.
In a partnership with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt, Verizon is taking a new service to market called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption of voice calls on Android, iOS, or erstwhile go-to platform for government, Blackberry.
T-Mobile has announced their Wideband LTE service is now available in the New York City area, including adjoining areas like northern New Jersey, White Plains and Scarsdale. According to T-Mobile’s Neville Ray, “New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area.”
According to T-Mobile, their New York City area customers use an average of 2.6 GB of data per month and average 22.2 Mbps download speeds. That will increase with the expansion of Wideband LTE by about 50 percent with peak speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The New York area becomes the 27th major market covered by T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE service. The company plans to roll-out Wideband LTE to more locations during 2015.
Hit the break to read the full press release from T-Mobile.
T-Mobile has been making waves ever since it unveiled its un-carrier approach to well, being a cell carrier. Some of the more notable un-carrier moves include paying off early termination fees of those who move to T-Mobile and Un-carrier 6.0 that allows users to stream music as much as they want without it affecting their data. Well, the company appears to be moving forward with Uncarrier 8.0 as T-Mobile has announced that the next iteration will be unveiled tomorrow.
Vodafone is the first operator in the UK to begin the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update roll out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 currently located in the region.
All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. LG has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications too.
Hit the break below for the full changelog.