U.K.’s Three and O2 to marry

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Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, which is run by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, has announced that they will be purchasing the O2 mobile carrier from Telefonica for 10.25 billion pounds ($15.4 billion USD). Hutchison already owns the Three Mobile network in the U.K., so the merger of the two entities under one umbrella will create a new number one mobile operator in the country.

Hutchison’s announced purchase of O2 comes a few weeks after BT announced that it had entered into exclusive talks with EE, currently the largest mobile operator, to purchase the company as part of a strategy to create a company that provides fixed phone service, mobile phone service, and internet service.
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HTC One M9 obtains Wi-Fi and NFC certifications

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While we have been enjoying the search for leaked photos and information about HTC’s next flagship smartphone, expected┬áto be revealed at MWC 2015, HTC is busy taking care of all the steps needed to bring a product to market. One of those steps is obtaining the variety of certifications needed for a device. HTC is on top of those items as certifications for a couple wireless technologies included in the device have been obtained.
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CommandWear adopts Pebble smartwatches for first responder solution

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CommandWear Systems announced today that they have adopted Pebble smartwatches as part of a solution they make available for first responders. The CommandWear system involves components for communicating with first responders who are actively engaged in the field as well as a system for collecting multimedia information as part of a situational awareness platform. By deploying Pebble smartwatches as part of their solution, CommandWear hopes to help first responders keep eyes, ears and hands free for the job at hand while also improving their situational awareness and communication with central command.

CommandWear indicates the Pebble smartwatch provides the following advantages:
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Amazon Music app gets dedicated Prime Music section

Amazon_Prime_Music_logoAmazon has updated their Music application that brings in a dedicated Prime Music section. You’ll be able to quickly add music to your library and manage what songs you own, and you’ll be able to stream music without adding it to your library first. The search results and filtering methods have also been improved, so finding music you want should be easier now.

Aside from the Prime inclusions, Amazon fixed a few bugs and added support for the OnePlus One. If you use Prime Music, this an update you’ll probably want to grab. If you’re on the fence, you can check out our review of the service here.
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OnePlus partners with Lazada to bring the OnePlus One in Indonesia

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OnePlus announced this morning the “next step” in their growth as a company by launching the OnePlus Indonesia. The company behind the self-dubbed flagship killer is partnering with Lazada, the largest e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia, to offer the OnePlus One exclusively. Not only will users be able to purchase the device from Lazada, the partnership is being developed to offer support for Indonesian users allowing users to get support and help for the device at walk-in service center.

The OnePlus One will be available in 64GB Sandstone Black for RP 4,499,000. In celebration of this partnership OnePlus is also offering an exclusive pre-order starting at 11 a.m. on Jan. 27, at lazada.co.id. So, those of you who want the flagship killer in Indonesia, now’s your chance.

source: OnePlus

Sprint takes a shot at T-Mobile, offers $200 for T-Mobile devices on trade-in

sprint-logoSprint is offering a pretty great deal for potential customers that are willing to switch over from T-Mobile to Sprint’s network. Customers can trade in a T-Mobile device and get at least $200 for it, which should cover the price of a new phone through Sprint.

This trade-in offer can be used with Sprint’s buyout program, so Sprint will pay out up to $350 to cover terminating T-Mobile service. Using both of these offers, it’s possible to get upwards of $550 to jump over to Sprint.
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New $35 Boost Mobile plan gives unlimited talk, text and 2.5 GB of data with auto-pay

Boost-Mobile-logoBoost Mobile announced this morning new plans that don’t require a contract that are also easy on the wallet. While Boost Mobile has already been known for cheap prepaid plans that start at $35, Boost’s new $35 Data Boost plan offers 2.5GB of data on top of unlimited text and talk. The one caveat though is that if you want 2.5GB of data you’ll have to enroll in auto-pay otherwise you’ll get 1GB of data.

The new plan will be available starting on Feb. 3, and will be available to new and existing customers. For those who want more data, you can get up to 10GB of data for $55 a month, which isn’t a bad deal. We have the presser for you after the break.


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Second gen Moto G Lollipop update rolling out in US, same for first and second gen Moto G in India

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For those of you that have been patiently, and impatiently, waiting for the Lollipop update for your second generation Moto G, you’re in luck. Motorola announced today that the US variant of the second gen phone is receiving its update starting today. On top of the US version, both the first gen and second gen models in India are also seeing a roll out of said update. The update is the latest version of Lollipop (5.0.2) and while the India and US variants are specifically mentioned in the tweet, people in other regions are mentioning receiving the update.


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