AT&T to sell the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for $0.99 when bundled with certain LG phones

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AT&T will be the first carrier to offer the LG G Pad 7.0 with LTE, and they’re offering a pretty great bundle to start selling it. On August 8th, you’ll be able to pick up the carrier-branded version of LG’s slim tablet for just $0.99 if you purchase it with an LG G2, LG G3, or LG G Flex. Without a bundle, the tab will cost $149.99 on a two-year contract. If you’re not a fan of the contracts, you can also opt for AT&T Next, which will run $12.50 a month.
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It’s legal to unlock your cell phone (again)

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After it became illegal to unlock carrier cell phones thanks to the DMCA, a ton of backlash started up to try and get the laws changed back. After tons of petitioning, a bill finally made its way to the Senate floor, and after a few months of work, it’s finally being signed into law. The appropriately titled Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act makes it perfectly legal for a consumer to unlock their handset once their service contract with their carrier expires, allowing them to take the device to another compatible carrier if they so choose. 
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Iliad wants a controlling stake in T-Mobile, submits $15 billion offer

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The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint could be on hold with today’s news. Iliad, a French telecommunications company, has submitted a $15 billion offer in return for 56.6% of T-Mobile. The company values the other 43.4% of T-Mobile at $40.5 billion. The interest in T-Mobile specifically is because it “has successfully established a disruptive position, which in many ways, is similar to the one Iliad has built in France.” Iliad is putting so much momentum behind this bid due to the value for telecommunications in the United States. The industry is locked up by four major players, two of which are trying to merge, and one of them is up for sale.

If SoftBank wants Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, it better hope the entire process moves along a lot quicker.

Via: Bloomberg

T-Mobile boasts momentous growth for fifth consecutive quarter

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There are many reasons for John Legere to smile and the earnings report issued today can only make that smile bigger. The self-proclaimed fastest growing wireless company in the United States is boasting “some pretty amazing results” for the second quarter of 2014. With another outstanding quarter in the books, T-Mobile has experienced momentous growth for five straight quarters.
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LG G Vista now available on Verizon

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As expected, Verizon has added the LG G Vista to their portfolio and it is now available to order. The LG G Vista is a relatively downscaled version of the LG G3 with one exception – the screen is actually larger at 5.7-inches. However, the resolution is only 940 x 560 which is rather low for such a large screen. The G Vista also comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera, a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded. Considering the size of the battery and the hardware being driven, users should be able to get some excellent battery life out of the device.
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The FCC isn’t pleased with Verizon’s new policy to throttle unlimited data customers

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Last week Verizon Wireless announced that they are updating their Network Optimization policy to include 4G LTE customers and would start throttling the heaviest users. This new policy is clearly aimed at their unlimited data customers and will go into effect on October 1.

It’s obvious that customers aren’t pleased with this, but more importantly, The Federal Communications Commission isn’t either. They sent a “strongly worded letter” to Verizon warning that these changes might violate federal regulations, and is a sign that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler could apply new net neutrality rules to wireless carriers.


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U.S. Senate reports that companies are cramming customer bills with obscene charges

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A new study conducted by the United States Senate Commerce Committee found that owners of mobile phones have been wrongly overcharged with bills. This is from cramming, which is the application of unauthorized charges masked by services such as ringtones. The report published by Congress shows that carriers in the United States are keeping roughly 30-40% of revenue. And the carriers are not even the ones doing the actual cramming. In many cases, it is a third party running these services. This is all at the literal expense of customers.
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FreedomPop to offer LTE-enabled tablets with free voice, text and data

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FreedomPop has announced that they will be adding the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to their portfolio of devices, giving users the opportunity to get a 4G LTE-enabled tablet with voice and text message service. In addition to those devices, FreedomPop will let users bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets over to the service. A 16GB iPad Mini will sell for $319 while the 16GB Samsung Tab 3 will go for $199. These will be refurbished units.
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Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

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Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for those wanting the S5′s features without spending over half-a-grand. It features Samsung’s popular S Voice service as well as features like Smart Switch and Easy Mode.


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