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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AT&T to sell the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for $0.99 when bundled with certain LG phones

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AT&T will be the first carrier to offer the LG G Pad 7.0 with LTE, and they’re offering a pretty great bundle to start selling it. On August 8th, you’ll be able to pick up the carrier-branded version of LG’s slim tablet for just $0.99 if you purchase it with an LG G2, LG G3, or LG G Flex. Without a bundle, the tab will cost $149.99 on a two-year contract. If you’re not a fan of the contracts, you can also opt for AT&T Next, which will run $12.50 a month.
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It’s legal to unlock your cell phone (again)

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After it became illegal to unlock carrier cell phones thanks to the DMCA, a ton of backlash started up to try and get the laws changed back. After tons of petitioning, a bill finally made its way to the Senate floor, and after a few months of work, it’s finally being signed into law. The appropriately titled Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act makes it perfectly legal for a consumer to unlock their handset once their service contract with their carrier expires, allowing them to take the device to another compatible carrier if they so choose. 
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Iliad wants a controlling stake in T-Mobile, submits $15 billion offer

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The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint could be on hold with today’s news. Iliad, a French telecommunications company, has submitted a $15 billion offer in return for 56.6% of T-Mobile. The company values the other 43.4% of T-Mobile at $40.5 billion. The interest in T-Mobile specifically is because it “has successfully established a disruptive position, which in many ways, is similar to the one Iliad has built in France.” Iliad is putting so much momentum behind this bid due to the value for telecommunications in the United States. The industry is locked up by four major players, two of which are trying to merge, and one of them is up for sale.

If SoftBank wants Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, it better hope the entire process moves along a lot quicker.

Via: Bloomberg

T-Mobile boasts momentous growth for fifth consecutive quarter

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There are many reasons for John Legere to smile and the earnings report issued today can only make that smile bigger. The self-proclaimed fastest growing wireless company in the United States is boasting “some pretty amazing results” for the second quarter of 2014. With another outstanding quarter in the books, T-Mobile has experienced momentous growth for five straight quarters.
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