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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Unidentified Motorola box shows up at Verizon, model number is XT1096

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What is inside that box? No one knows.. for now. Someone just needs to open it! What we do know, though, is that it belongs to Motorola and it is now in the hands of Verizon. Inside is some sort of device as the orange sticker attached explains that this is a pre-commercial unit that is not to be activated on any personal accounts and that the confidentiality of its contents is very high.
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T-Mobile to start Summer Savings Upgrade Offer for select customers

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T-Mobile is looking to offer a few customers the option to get some great upgrade pricing with their leaked Summer Savings Upgrade Offer starting tomorrow, August 6th. The promotion will allow customers that have been with T-Mobile for at least a year and don’t owe anything on a current device to pick up a new phone at a pretty heavily discounted rate, in some cases.
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Motorola sending out soak test invites to Moto X owners on AT&T

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Owners of the Moto X on AT&T should be expecting a software update soon. Readers that own the Motorola flagship have notified us that the company has sent out soak test invitations to Motorola Feedback Network members.

While we do not know exactly what this update is for, chances are Android 4.4.4 is incoming. The update should be pushed to everyone else within the next two weeks.

Cheers Josh and Mark

Verizon replies to FCC concerns regarding data throttling plan

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Last week after getting word about Verizon’s plans to throttle data speeds for some customers, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said it was “disturbing” to him the path that Verizon was on. So disturbing that he issued a strongly worded letter asking Verizon to provide additional information to ensure the change was not in violation of some FCC directives. Verizon has now responded indicating that they are doing the same thing as other carriers.
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Kyocera announces ruggedized Kyocera Hydro Life smartphone coming to T-Mobile, MetroPCS

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Kyocera announced today they are making a new, ruggedized smartphone available for consumers through T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The new Kyocera Hydro Life goes beyond the water- and dust-resistance properties of typical consumer grade smartphones. The Hydro Life is certified to the IP57 standard for dust and full immersion in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes. In addition, the smartphone meets Military Standard 810G for shock and drop protection. As part of their announcement, Kyocera tries to create the new term “fragiphoniphobia” to describe the fear of fragile phones and how that limits users from taking their devices into certain environments or situations.
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