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
Via: Android and Me

Sprint adds more value to its Family Share Pack Plans

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The holidays are coming and it is easily the busiest time for carriers. There are promotional offers to be found everywhere to encourage new lines and upgrades. On November 14, Sprint will be adding value to its Family Share Pack Plans. The plans, which come in $80 (12GB) and $90 (16GB) price points, will lower the cost of a line to $15 per month. This is down from $25. Families will definitely rejoice over that. Furthermore, a tablet will cost $10 per month. Sprint is leaving some money in your pocket with the hope that it will be spent on new devices.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Prepare for bloatware with a Nexus 6 from AT&T

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Purchasing a device through a carrier comes with one major downside: the bloatware. Any device, no matter the hardware manufacturer, will ship with software that just takes up space and will never be used. It has gotten better over time but bloatware is still an issue. Nexus devices always remained the exception to the rule as Google kept the experience pure and the way Android is meant to be seen. This year, the Nexus 6 will be available through select carriers. And at least the Nexus 6 sold through AT&T will be packed with bloatware. Most of them are AT&T’s, covering things like account information and navigation. Fortunately, it can all be removed (which at one point was not possible).

So maybe it is indeed a good thing that Verizon is not selling the Nexus 6 itself at this time.

Via: Gizmodo

Verizon set to introduce “Connection Day” with a host of digital freebies in under two weeks

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Are you looking forward to Connection Day? What day? Connection Day. The day before Thanksgiving when Verizon will be giving away a bunch of free stuff, in an effort to make those long journey’s to families and friends a whole lot more exciting. You don’t have to be a Big Red customer to get in on the action, either. On Wednesday, November 26, anyone can head over to the official Connection Day webpage using a mobile device to receive a freebie.


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T-Mobile Nexus 6 launch now pushed to November 19

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T-Mobile announced via Twitter that the Nexus 6 launch will be pushed to November 19, one week later. They didn’t give a reason other than they want to give customers the best experience possible. That could mean a lot of things, but we suspect it has to do more with supply than anything else.

AT&T pre-orders are already live and Sprint will have the device this Friday. Still no word on when Verizon will carry the device, but don’t expect it to be too soon since they are in DROID mode at the moment.

source: @TMobile

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge for US Cellular stops by the FCC

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The Galaxy Note Edge is heading to carriers in the United States this week. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are all going to release the unique Samsung device on November 14. Verizon, at some point in the near future, will join in doing so. So the Galaxy Note Edge will be found the nation’s four largest carriers. There is good news for customers with smaller carriers as well.

A Samsung device with the model number SM-N915R4 showed up at the FCC. This matches that of the Galaxy Note Edge and the ending “R4″ belongs to a specific carrier. Which one? It seems that US Cellular will be getting its own Galaxy Note Edge.

Source: FCC
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AT&T reverses course on in-flight wireless service plans

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Earlier this year AT&T announced they were going to enter the market for in-flight wireless services. The carrier indicated they were responding to feedback they picked up on from air travelers who were frustrated with the service offered by current market participants like Gogo and Row44. In a statement issued on Monday, AT&T has announced they are abandoning their plans and will “no longer pursue entry into the inflight connctivity industry.”
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Nexus 6 from Sprint to go on sale on November 14th

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Sprint has announced the Nexus 6 will be available for sale through Sprint retail outlets starting this Friday, November 14th. The device will be available in Sprint Stores, on the web, through Sprint Business Sales, and through Telesales. According to Sprint, well-qualified buyers can get the Nexus with no money down and 24 monthly payments of $29 through their Sprint Easy Pay program, yielding a suggested retail price of $696. As part of their announcement, Sprint highlights their Family Share Pack of shared-data plans as well as their $60 Unlimited Plan. The Nexus 6 will be the first device on the Sprint network running Android Lollipop.

If you are a Sprint customer, or considering becoming one, you can check out the Nexus 6 pre-registration page at www.sprint.com/nexus6.

source: Sprint