It’s official: The Galaxy Note 7 has been permanently discontinued by Samsung

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So, in the two months since launching to rave reviews, the Galaxy Note 7 has moved from being the hottest phone on the planet, to well, literally being the hottest phone on the planet and getting a pink slip. It would be a vast understatement to say that it’s been quite a wild ride for the latest (last?) edition of the Galaxy Note series, culminating with Samsung bowing to pressure to cancel the Galaxy Note 7 once and for all from carriers, regulatory groups, and the fear of lasting damage to its brand. After a recall and replacement program still couldn’t fix the issue of the handset burning up, the Korean electronics giant really had no other choice but to cancel the Galaxy Note 7 in its entirety. If you are in possession of a Galaxy Note 7, you are advised to return the handset to where you purchased it from so you can receive a full refund or a different handset. Join us after the break for a timeline of how the Galaxy Note 7 went from hero to zero.

T-Mobile running #UnlimitedBaseball contest, offering up a year of free service

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T-Mobile has kicked off a new contest dubbed #UnlimitedBaseball that will obviously appeal to baseball fans. The premise is pretty simple and all you’ll have to do to enter is to tag a photo on Twitter or Instagram with #UnlimitedBaseball and #contest, and you’re automatically entered into the contest. Oh, and you’ll automatically get a $5 MLBshop.com gift card, too.

Verizon unboxes Pixel in new promotional video

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Capitalizing on their position as the exclusive carrier for the new Pixel and Pixel XL phones made by Google, Verizon has released an “unboxing” video for the Pixel. The unboxing part is really only the first few seconds of the video as the devices are shown being taken out of their boxes. After that, Verizon focuses on some of the other key features that Google covered in their event today, notably the power of the camera which was used to capture all of the images used in the video.

Verizon standing firm against offering unlimited data plans

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As business cycles go, it seems we are coming around for our second lap with wireless carriers offering unlimited data in an effort to entice customers to choose their service. During an investor conference on Thursday, Verizon’s chief financial officer Fran Shammo confirmed that in typical fashion for the company, Verizon would not jump on the bandwagon and offer their own unlimited plans.

Comcast to jump into wireless carrier market in 2017

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The wheels have been in motion for a while now and according to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, the company is moving forward with the launch of its own wireless service offering starting in 2017. According to Roberts, the company will capitalize on an existing network of 15 million wi-fi hotspots as well as an existing MVNO agreement with Verizon to access their network.

T-Mobile outshines Verizon’s with official 4×4 MIMO technology

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You’ve probably seen Verizon’s latest commercials for their LTE Advanced network improvements lately, which is essentially just 2 channel aggregation for faster speeds and more bandwidth. If you really keep up with network technology, you probably also know that T-Mobile has offered that for several years and even offers 3 channel aggregation in some areas.

T-Mobile halts sales of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 amidst recall, other carriers following suit

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Earlier today we reported that Samsung has indeed started a recall of the Galaxy Note 7 due to problems with batteries exploding or catching on fire. Samsung is still developing a plan for how to replace units previously purchased and they have halted shipments of the device and they are getting retailers to pull stock from shelves. Getting a jump on Samsung’s actions, T-Mobile took a step on its own to suspend sales of the Galaxy Note 7.