T-Mobile has approved the latest KitKat update for their version of the Moto X, bringing the device up to Android 4.4.2. It’s an incremental update from 4.4, but it brings a few extra features including better wireless printing options, improved battery life, and a fix for delayed emails.
It makes sense that this model of the Moto X was the first to see this update, as T-Mobile’s variant of the Moto X is just an unlocked Moto X, so it doesn’t have to go through the carrier for any approval. Motorola handles pushing the updates directly to the device. You should begin seeing the update notification on your device soon, but you can manually go into settings and check for the update to speed the process along. » Read the rest
If you were a bit uneasy regarding the HTC M8 being available on your carrier, this may allow you to take a breath. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified an HTC device with the design model number “0P6BXXX, HTC6525LVW.” It is not confirmed that this is the HTC M8; however, it is very likely so. Under the software version number, Verizon is joined by AT&T and T-Mobile as the carriers. Unfortunately, Sprint is nowhere to be found. But, you may recall that @evleaks was tipped that all four of the United States’ big carriers would be getting the HTC M8 by the end of Q1 2014. So if this is indeed the real deal, it looks like everyone will be getting HTC’s upcoming flagship device.
It was back in September that consumers found out that Verizon wouldn’t issue new SIM cards for the Nexus 7 LTE tablet, even though it would work with an existing SIM taken from another device. Verizon’s response was that it wasn’t certified yet even though Google announced the tablet as compatible with the network. Still, Verizon said it would take about 8 weeks to get it certified. Well that was a long 8 weeks because it’s finally going to be available on Big Red this Thursday, February 13.
It will be priced at $349.99, but if you want to sign a two-year contract, you will get a measly $100 off the price bringing it to $249.99. Of course, if you already own the LTE version of the Nexus 7, you will be able to activate it with a new SIM card after a quick software update. Either way, you can add your existing or brand new Nexus 7 LTE to your Share Everything plan for $10 extra per month.
Almost anyone will associate magenta with T-Mobile. The federal court agrees. T-Mobile announced today that a Federal Court in Texas has ordered AT&T and Aio Wireless to stop using the plum color you see in their logo above, as it is ”confusingly similar” to T-Mobile’s own trademark magenta. According to court documents, T-Mobile claims the Plum in question, Pantone 676C, is so similar to its own Pantone Process Magenta that it “dilutes its strength and likely causes confusion among consumers.”
AT&T can no longer use magenta, plum, or any other ”confusingly similar shades” in advertising, marketing and store design.
AIO wireless customers, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone, you can now get the Moto G. Beginning February 14, the Moto G will be available at a discounted $150 on Aio Wireless. In addition to the Moto G, the ZTE Sonata 4G is available today on AIO for $80.
Aio is also offering customers the opportunity to pick up lower rates on service plans. Customers who sign up for auto-pay will receive a $5 discount on their monthly bills. The rates are as followed:
Basic Plan: $35 (after auto pay credit) - unlimited voice/text and 500MB of data
Smart Plan: $45 (after auto pay credit) - unlimited voice/text and 2.5 GB of data
Pro Plan: $55 (after auto pay credit) - unlimited voice/text and 5 GB of data
Last year, Verizon agreed to buy Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless for a whopping $130 billion which will give Verizon full control over its wireless operations. According to FierceWireless, Verizon will finally close the deal on February 21. Verizon Wireless’ long successes in the U.S wireless market has attracted Verizon to acquire them. It might also be due to the pressure from its rivals in the market. T-Mobile is offering to pay customers early termination fees if they switch to T-Mobile, AT&T is providing discounts on its Mobile Share family plan, and Sprint recently started offering the cheaper “Framily” plan. As a result, Verizon is also hoping to profit from its acquisition of Verizon Communications and compete efficiently in the market. » Read the rest
Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.
There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.
This year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has promised to continue his assault on competitor carriers by trying to steal their customers— Verizon is planning to introduce a new program which it hopes will help retain customers and keep them from switching over.
Still searching for a carrier that fits you? Boost Mobile is running a promotion right now with a reasonable price. Buying one of their LTE devices through the carrier’s site, participating retailer, Best Buy, or Radioshack will allow you to pick up a $35 unlimited plan for six months. Talk, text, and web is included; however, customers will be throttled after 2.5GB of data.
Once the six months are in the past, the monthly bill will jump to $50. But Boost Mobile slashes $5 off per every six months. By the eighteenth month, a bill should be $35 once again. The promotion runs from now through March 31.
Motorola Moto G already proved itself as an exceptional smartphone and the best budget phone ever. According to a new report, Moto G will soon be offered by U.S. Cellular on February 10.
U.S. Cellular will be offering the Motorola Moto G to its customers for a full price without a contract, though the pricing isn’t known yet. Currently, the unlocked version of the smartphone can be purchased from Motorola or the Play Store for $179, while Verizon is offering it for $99 on contract. However you can expect U.S. Cellular to sell the device within this price range as well.