Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
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The ‘HTC Eye’ super-selfie phone is coming to all major US carriers

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We already knew that HTC was working on the “ultimate selfie phone,” because it has entered the testing phases at AT&T.

But now according to a tweet from @upleaks, the device will also be headed to Verizon, T-Mobile US and Sprint.

We could also see the device going to carriers in both Europe and Asia as well. It’s a given that the phone will offer a better selfie experience than both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Desire 816, but we’re not sure on any of the specifics. Stay tuned for more on this device, which we’ll surely hear more about in the coming weeks.

Source: @upleaks

 

FCC continues to express frustration with Verizon data throttling

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When news broke that Verizon would start throttling its unlimited data customers, the FCC came forward in calling out the carrier’s actions and the possible repercussions. Verizon responded by explaining the data throttling it intends on doing. By throttling the data of affected customers, those on tiered data plans are less likely to be harmed by network that is clogged. The carrier also feels that there is such a small amount of customers being affected and that other carriers are already doing the same. Well, the man in charge over at the FCC is still very unhappy.
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T-Mobile adds Device Unlock to Google Play

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Consistent with their goal of making things easier for customers, T-Mobile has developed an app that users can run to unlock their devices when their contract is up or to temporarily unlock the device when traveling abroad. The biggest downside at present is that only a few customers can actually use the Device Unlock app – those who have a Samsung Galaxy Avant. Still, it is good to see T-Mobile making this move.
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AT&T announces LG G Vista is coming soon

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AT&T has officially announced the LG G Vista will be coming to the network on August 22nd, which is not a surprise given the previously leaked manual for the device. AT&T will join Verizon in offering the LG G Vista. The device gains some screen real estate via a 5.7-inch display versus the 5.5-inch display of the LG G3. In gaining that extra size, LG toned down some of the other specs, like a resolution that is only 720p, an 8 MP rear camera, a Snapdragon 400 processor and only 1.5 GB of RAM. Nothing top of the line there, but it should still be a capable smartphone for those looking for a larger device who are not so interested in raw power.

AT&T will offer the LG G Vista for $49.99 on a two-year contract or $14.80 per month on the AT&T Next18 plan. Consumers can also buy it straight out for $354.99. AT&T is also offering a special 99 cents deal on the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for anyone buying an LG G Vista.

You can read the full press release after the break.
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Verizon Push to Talk Plus now available for select smartphones

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Verizon has officially announced that a few handsets on its LTE network will now be able to use the carrier’s Push to Talk Plus features, including the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the Droid MAXX, among others.

The service offers a handful of very useful features for businesses and employers, including Late Join which allows employees to jump on a conference late without missing the entire conversation, and Talker Priority that allows the leader of a conversation to speak over anyone else on the call. It might not help those of you that only use Push to Talk for smaller conversations, but for businesses they’ll definitely be fantastic additions.


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T-Mobile is officially the number 1 prepaid carrier in the US

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Much emphasis gets put on the contract side of T-Mobile’s business and how it competes with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, but the prepaid section of the market has been a point of focus for the Un-carrier too. According to John Legere, that focus has paid off, as T-Mobile has officially passed the other three carriers to become the top prepaid carrier in the US.
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T-Mobile keeps going and going in battery tests

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New results are in examining battery life for some leading smartphones across carriers and T-Mobile continues to demonstrate superiority compared to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Some of the results are quite impressive for T-Mobile and overall paint a widely divergent picture when it comes to battery life. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was able to go 10 hours 57 minutes on the T-Mobile network while lasting only 7 hours 30 minutes on Verizon. Similarly, the HTC One (M8) was able to go 10 hours 50 minutes on T-Mobile, but only 8 hours 42 minutes on AT&T.
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Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield display on the Brigadier passes stress test with flying colors

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It has been rumored that the upcoming iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire display, but Kyocera beat them to it with the Brigadier. The Brigadier had a soft launch last week on Verizon Wireless, and it is one tough cookie.

The Brigadier is classified as a rugged device, and boy is it. Check out the video below and see how the Sapphire display holds up against a “normal” display. Let’s hope this becomes the norm for all phones in the not too distant future.


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SoftBank selecting Brightstar’s Marcelo Claure as new Sprint CEO

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With the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile in limbo due to Iliad’s massive offer, SoftBank has decided to move on. Re/code is reporting that SoftBank, the majority owner of Sprint, is hiring Marcelo Claure as the carrier’s next chief executive officer. This comes on the heels of word spreading that Dan Hesse would be on his way out and both moves are expected to be made official on Wednesday.
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