New performance update comes to Verizon’s LG G3

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When the Android 5.0 Lollipop update came to Verizon’s variant of the LG G3 in late March it brought an enhanced experience with a plethora of new features and Material Design. Along with that came a lot of problems such as bugs, frequent battery drain and a loss in performance. Ever since then, Verizon’s G3 owners have been posting away in the carrier’s forums pleading for an update to fix these bugs. Now it’s July, and Verizon has finally pushed out an update to help resolve these issues and add some new useful tools.

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T-Mobile continues carrying momentum in second quarter

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Early Thursday morning T-Mobile announced second quarter customer addition numbers and they are very good. T-Mobile announced they have added 2.1 million total net customer additions which is a 41% increase year over year and the ninth consecutive quarter with over 1 million. In addition, the carrier had over 1 million branded postpaid net customer additions for this quarter. This makes the fourth consecutive quarter with over 1 million branded postpaid net customer additions. The company also had over 760,000 branded postpaid phone net customer additions which is up 31% since this time last year.

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T-Mobile’s Simple Choice customers will be covered in Mexico and Canada at no extra charge

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On July 15, T-Mobile customers will be able to travel throughout three countries in North America and not be slammed with any roaming fees. The carrier announced Mobile Without Borders as its next step for being aggressive in the wireless industry, providing coverage to customers in Mexico and Canada in addition to the United States at no extra charge. Customers located in the former two countries will be able to place calls, send/receive texts, and utilize T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network just as they would in the United States.

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T-Mobile will “continue to rewrite the rules” on Thursday

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Normally, summer is a time for companies to relax and prepare for new products launching in a few months. T-Mobile apparently takes no breaks. The carrier will be hosting a media call on Thursday morning with CEO John Legere and COO Mike Sievert participating. Consumers, too, can join the executives by tweeting them questions and comments on Twitter. Apparently, T-Mobile will further amplify their Un-carrier initiative and make their own rules in the wireless industry.

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T-Mobile’s partnership with MLB expands for this year’s All-Star Game

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For this year’s MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Ohio, T-Mobile is elevating its participation. The carrier announced today that its partnership with Major League Baseball would expand, making T-Mobile the Presenting Sponsor of the event. What will that role entail for T-Mobile? Its brand will have “marquee stadium presence inside Great American Ballpark, on-air integrations throughout the All-Star Game broadcast on FOX and FOX Deportes and in social media.” And, just like the last two years, T-Mobile will host All-Star FanFest in the days leading up to the game from July 10-14.

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Sprint to begin selling the budget-friendly Galaxy Grand Prime on July 10th

samsung_galaxy_grand_prime_ve_blackSprint will soon add Samsung’s affordable Galaxy Grand Prime to their smartphone lineup on July 10th. The device will be available for $240, which you can purchase without a contract, with 24 $10 monthly payments with Sprint EasyPay, or for $29.99 on a two-year contract after a $50 rebate. Not bad pricing.

The Galaxy Grand Prime sports a 5-inch screen with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It ships with Android 5.1 and several of Samsung’s more popular software additions, including Ultra Power Saving Mode and still has a microSD card. Read more

Republic Wireless announces new Refund Plans

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Like so many wireless carriers, Republic Wireless is joining the parade in moving away from unlimited data plans and is shifting to a business model based on users only paying for what they actually use. The new Refund Plan options Republic announced today provide a refund to customers for any high-speed data they paid for but ended up not using during a month. Read more

Device unlocking fee on Telus being raised to $50 on July 7th

TelusCanadian carrier Telus has announced that they will be raising the unlock fee for devices on their network by $15 starting on July 7th. This move raises the unlock fee to $50, bringing it in line with Rogers and Bell.

Telus has offered the unlocking service for $35 since 2012, but the cost of unlocking devices is higher than the carrier originally anticipated. I’m not entirely sure how that works, but since it looks like the standard pricing going forward, I don’t think anyone in Canada will have much of a choice there. Read more