AT&T turns on 12 new 4G LTE markets

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AT&T has put a few more markets under their LTE umbrella, adding to their growing list of cities covered by their speedy 4G network. They didn’t add any huge new cities to the list, but hey, more coverage is never a bad thing. A total of 12 new markets got the green light, including the following markets below:

  • Defiance & Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Greenwood & Seneca, South Carolina
  • Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Deridder, Louisiana
  • Lebanon, Missouri
  • Gainsville, Texas
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Midland, Michigan
  • Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Bismark, North Dakota

One year later and finally some progress on legally unlocking cell phones

by Jeff Causey on
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About this time last year, an small uproar was sweeping over the Internet thanks to action taken by the Library of Congress to make unlocking cell phones illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Library of Congress ruling took effect on January 26, 2013 and any cell phone purchased after that date cannot be unlocked, at least not legally. In response, an online petition was created on the White House web site and in a matter of days surpassed the 100,000 signature threshold triggering a response. President Obama responded as hoped, agreeing with the petition that consumers should have the freedom to unlock their devices. » Read the rest

T-Mobile moving the chains, adds 4.4 million customers in 2013

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Hop on board, the UnCarrier is about to take off.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has done a great job talking up the merits of his company in recent months, and it seems to be working.

The re-branded mobile carrier was on a steep decline when Legere hopped on board, and he’s done an excellent job of turning the train around, as the company announced today that it added roughly 4.4 million customers in 2013.

With its UnCarrier, Jump and Simple Choice programs, it has made things a whole lot easier for customers, and the numbers prove it. Although the company lost $20 million in Q4, it added 1.6 million customers— the money should come back in the long term, though.

Excellent news for the carrier, and here’s to the hope that others take notice and follow suit. (Cough, cough, Verizon.)

Source: T-Mobile

AT&T makes international calling and texting more affordable

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ATT-Mobile-Phone-Wireless-Logo-Store-WindowToday, AT&T is making it much more affordable for customers to text and call internationally from the United States. Beginning Friday, all AT&T Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans will come with unlimited international texting from the U.S. In addition, AT&T is adding a $5-per-month package that allows subscribers to call any of 35 countries for a penny per minute. The 35 countries includes Canada and Mexico, as well as a multitude of Latin American and Caribbean countries.

This is clearly a response to T-Mobile, who cut international costs last year, and gave subscribers free texting and internet access internationally, as well as Verizon, who also cut international rates.

Source: Re/code

 

AT&T announces 13 new countries for 4G LTE roaming

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With all kinds of new mobile devices being announced at MWC 2014 and 4G LTE starting to push down into the mid-tier market, AT&T took the opportunity to announce the expansion of 4G LTE service to thirteen new countries around the globe. Outside of the U.S., AT&T already offered LTE data roaming in Canada and the U.K. AT&T said in their announcement that they are expanding their footprint to the following countries: » Read the rest

Verizon takes another step toward Android 4.4.2 update for Moto X

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Just yesterday we reported that invites had started to go out to Moto X owners on the Verizon network inviting them to participate in a soak test presumably for the Android 4.2.2 update. Another step was taken by the carrier today indicating the update could be only days away from release as a support document for the KitKat update has been posted to the Verizon web site. The document indicates the update includes some security and stability enhancements, including better synchronization of some services; better roaming connectivity; improvements to battery life and Isis Mobile Wallet; and some Verizon app updates.

For those not participating in the soak test, your patience should be rewarded shortly.

source: Verizon Wireless

Sprint launches WiFi Calling, access starts today for two devices

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S 4 Mini on Sprint’s network should be expecting a software update very soon. That is because Sprint has launched WiFi Calling and those two devices are the first to gain access. Unsurprisingly, WiFi Calling will allow all calls and messages to take place over a WiFi network. The update for the Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S 4 Mini will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

Let us know in the comments if you have gotten the update!

Source: Sprint

T-Mobile adds $15 Stateside International Talk & Text offer to avoid unforeseen roaming fees

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T-Mobile is done surprising their customers with roaming fees. The new Stateside International Talk & Text offer builds upon the usual $10 plan. In a company blog post, T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert says “we’re introducing a new $15 Stateside International Talk & Text offer that includes all the great features of the $10 plan, plus adds unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the U.S. to more than 30 countries and up to 1,000 mobile-to-mobile minutes to Mexico.” But don’t worry if this new offer does not appeal to you. The $10 plan will stick around.

T-Mobile provided this solution since many customers are unsure whether they are calling another mobile phone or a landline. Sievert finished by saying “It’s simpler. It’s a whole lot less hassle. And it’s a whole lot more Un-carrier.”

Source: T-Mobile

US Cellular to release the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 today

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Just yesterday, Sprint rolled out the KitKat update to its Galaxy Note 3 and US Cellular will soon follow the lead. US Cellular will start releasing the KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 by today.

The OTA, which will be available anytime by today, will update your device to the latest Android 4.4.2 version. The baseband version for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat build for the Galaxy Note 3 is R970TYUFNAE and N900R4TYUCNAB for the Galaxy S4. The update brings a few changes to your device, such as the ability to choose the default texting app, improved location settings, camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing capabilities etc. and in addition, US Cellular says that it will include a new user interface.

Source: US Cellular

Verizon Moto X to receive Android 4.4.2 update soon

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Back when Motorola started pushing the Android 4.4 update to the Moto X, Verizon was the first carrier to get it. That was amazing in itself, but it was not duplicated with the 4.4.2 update. However, it doesn’t appear Verizon will be the last since soak test invites are going out now to Motorola forum members. This means the actual update could start rolling out as soon as next week, or the week after at the latest. We will keep you posted.

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