T-Mobile’s John Legere apologizes for comments at Uncarrier event

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T-Mobile’s John Legere had some pretty explicit words for other carriers at last night’s Uncarrier event, some of which were pretty offensive. Not only did Legere drop a few f-bombs, he compared other carrier’s actions to “raping customers.” Pretty harsh words. However, today Legere tweeted a much needed apology, saying he realized he sometimes needed a filter during his speeches:

The drawback to having no filter when I speak… sometimes I need a filter. Genuinely apologize to those offended last night

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T-Mobile boasts wideband and VoLTE network presence, removes music streaming from data limits

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John Legere and the folks at T-Mobile have done it again. Tonight in Seattle, Washington, Legere threw more punches (with some intense language) at the wireless industry. The carrier announced the entry of wideband LTE in sixteen markets across the country ranging from coast to coast. They also proudly proclaimed that their voice over LTE network (VoLTE) has a presence over 100 million people in the United States. Pretty impressive considering how far behind other carriers are in terms of getting VoLTE networks off the ground. Also, the carrier’s VoLTE support is being extending to the Samsung Galaxy S 5 tomorrow. In addition to this, its VoLTE network will go live in even more markets.

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Amazon finally enters the smartphone game with the unveiling of the Fire Phone

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We have heard so many rumors regarding an Amazon smartphone, we were thinking it was just an urban legend. Today is a different story as Amazon finally announced their very own smartphone, not surprisingly called the Fire Phone.

It sports a 4.7-inch IPS LCD HD (1280 x 720) display, a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and OIS, and dual stereo speakers. It also features a dedicated camera shutter button, Gorilla Glass 3, a rubber frame, aluminum buttons, and injection-molded steel connectors. Amazon will even throw in tangle-free earbuds in the box.

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AT&T pushing Android 4.4.2 update to Samsung Galaxy S III

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Owners of the Galaxy S III on AT&T, fire up your device and get over to the Software Update menu. The carrier is pushing Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the 2012 Samsung flagship. There are a ton of pieces to the update, many of which are redesigned sections. For example, the status bar and navigation bars have been restyled with translucent elements. Of course, the usual KitKat goodies are included.

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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. » Read the rest

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. » Read the rest