New Amazon smartphone to be an AT&T exclusive

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Amazon is going to finally announce their new smartphone tomorrow, but it looks like you you will only be able to buy it on AT&T. I guess this isn’t a shocker since Amazon and AT&T already partner for the Kindle tablets.

In case you have been living under a rock, Amazon is hoping that glasses-free 3D will get consumers excited. I won’t say I am excited, but I am interested to see what Amazon has to offer. Is this going to be something really cheesy, or will it actually be useful? Amazon has worked on this project for a long time, so I would like to think that Amazon will change the game. Either way, you will have only have one carrier choice, and that’s AT&T.

source: WSJ

AT&T reports data breach targeting unlock codes for phones

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AT&T has reported a data breach that occurred between April 9th and April 21st by three employees of a third-party vendor working with AT&T. According to the report, the vendor’s employees had access to a wide swath of users’ personal information including call record, social security numbers, and possibly financial data like credit card numbers. However, none of that information was the target of the hackers. Instead, the employees were trying to secure unlock codes to be used to unlock AT&T phones. AT&T’s report of the breach came out in a filing with the state of California, where breaches involving at least 500 customers must be reported.
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Verizon said to be getting Sony Xperia Z2 with LTE-Advanced support

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We have heard about Verizon adding Sony’s Xperia Z2 to its lineup for quite some time. The device has even appeared in an image posted by Sony. Even after so much time going by since the device’s launch worldwide, it is going to still make its way to Verizon.. with a twist. According to @evleaks, a Xperia Z2 with LTE-Advanced support has to be certified and tested before arriving. The model number is D6503, codename “Sony Sirius Viv,” and is set to arrive in the middle of the next quarter.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 5.0 strategy to entail simplified, tax-included pricing

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Everyone hates taxes. They are just about everywhere and the consumer has to always take into account this extra expense. And more often than not, taxes still surprise the consumer when making a purchase. With T-Mobile’s next Un-carrier 5.0 phase, that is all going to change.

At the June 18 event, which moved from Los Angeles to Seattle, T-Mobile is going to be unveiling simplified pricing. The carrier is going to be altering all post-paid customers bills to represent a price that includes all taxes and fees. Carrier bills are a complete mess right now and T-Mobile is aiming to clean it up.

Source: Phone Arena

Sprint could disappear after merging with T-Mobile, pay $2 billion if deal falls through

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The merger between Sprint and T-Mobile could leave us with only one of the two brands existing. Who will it be? According to CNBC’s David Faber, T-Mobile and its name will be left standing. The Sprint brand, however, would disappear with John Legere’s beast leading the way. In fact, Faber confirmed a that John Legere would remain in charge of the merged company. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has already made it clear he has no problem fading away. The rising success of T-Mobile would be the reason for sticking around. Within the last few years, Sprint has gained negative press for its poor network and high costs. T-Mobile, as we all know, is all about calling out competitors and serving consumers with great deals.
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Sprint pushing software update to HTC One (M8), improves network connectivity

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Sprint owners of the HTC One (M8), head over to the Software Update menu. The carrier is currently pushing an update the HTC’s 2014 flagship. The update improves upon network connectivity, for both voice and data connections. The software version is 1.54.651.10 and Sprint says the update is being deployed in batches. In other words, this is another staged rollout.

Source: Sprint

AT&T will offer 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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AT&T has announced that they will be offering a Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S. Like other carrier tablets, this version will be able to access AT&T’s 4G LTE network, just like any smartphone. They didn’t indicate when the tablet would be available or what it would cost, but we’ll keep you updated with any new info.

Anybody planning on picking one of these tablets up?

source: AT&T

Verizon customers may be getting new tablet option with LG G Pad 7.0

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A new leaked document purportedly shows an LG device bearing the model number LG VK410 heading to Verizon. Based on the model number relative to other devices, it is believed this is the LG G Pad 7.0 with LTE for Verizon.

The LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon’s LTE network bears the model number LG VK810. Meanwhile, other 7-inch versions of the LG G Pad get model numbers LG V400 for the WiFi only version and LG V410 for the AT&T LTE version.

Verizon and LG officials have not issued any statements regarding the device coming to the Verizon network. No pricing or a scheduled release date have surfaced yet.

source: MyLG

T-Mobile to add Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 to portfolio

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A couple leaked press images reveal some new Alcatel devices are on their way to T-Mobile. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 are successors to a pair of budget smartphones that T-Mobile released last fall. No pricing or availability information leaked with the images, but the original OneTouch Fierce and OneTouch Evolve sold for only a few dollars per month.
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