Major smartphone OEMs and wireless carriers agree to support anti-theft measures

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Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen. » Read the rest

T-Mobile says no to overage charges, and John Legere starts petition for all U.S. carriers to do the same

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After a slight delay, T-Mobile just unveiled their 3rd and final installment of big announcements to further shake up the mobile industry. Last week brought a new Simple Starter Plan for day 1 and day 2 was that LTE tablets will be priced the same as Wi-Fi-only tablets. Day 3 is all about overage charges.

T-Mobile will no longer charge overages to their customers, which is a pretty good announcement in itself, but John Legere and team are taking it one step further. They are encouraging AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless to do the same, and they have created a petition on Change.org.

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Verizon, Sprint join AT&T by removing Download Booster from their GS5 while T-Mobile keeps it

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on AT&T, you are not alone. Verizon and Sprint have followed AT&T’s decision to ditch Download Booster for their variants of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone. For those unaware, Download Booster meshes WiFi and data connections to really pull down a signal. These carriers have opted to omit the feature likely due to data caps being in the way for many customers.

There is one carrier, though, that is not removing Download Booster. Who else but T-Mobile. The nation’s Un-carrier is even flaunting the fact that it is keeping the feature around. So while Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Galaxy S 5 owners cannot enjoy the power of Download Booster, T-Mobile customers can.

Via: Fierce Wireless

More carriers add HTC One (M8) to retail locations starting today

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When HTC announced the HTC One (M8) they also announced their latest flagship device would be available around the globe with more than 230 operators signed up to carry the smartphone. That far-ranging availability did not stop HTC from creating some initial scarcity for the phone by giving Verizon exclusive rights to carry the HTC One (M8) in their retail locations starting on the day of the announcement. In the U.S., if you were not a Verizon customer, you could still order the HTC One (M8) on-line and get it shipped to you. Customers with AT&T or Sprint now have the ability to get their hands on the device prior to making their purchase as Verizon’s exclusivity period draws to a close and these carriers have the device available in retail locations. T-Mobile is scheduled to have HTC’s newest device available starting tomorrow at their retail stores.

According to HTC’s original announcement, several other retail outlets should have the HTC One (M8) available for customers to try their hands on starting today, notably Best Buy. Not surprisingly, HTC is getting the HTC One (M8) onto retail sales floors just in time to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S 5 which will start selling tomorrow.

AT&T version of Samsung Galaxy S 5 missing Download Booster feature

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Reports are surfacing today indicating the Download Booster feature on AT&T versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is missing. The Download Booster, a feature that Samsung highlighted during their launch event, gives users the ability to combine WiFi and LTE connections when downloading files larger than 30 MB. The combination is supposed to give a boost to download speeds. It appears that consumers who have started to receive their devices from AT&T have discovered the feature is not enabled and the switches to turn it on are not even present in the settings or notification panel. » Read the rest

Target will sell the Samsung Galaxy S 5 for $100 when you trade in your old device

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Not able to take advantage of Verizon’s BOGO offer for the Samsung Galaxy S 5? Target is running a deal of their own. If you bring a qualifying device in for a trade, Target will sell you Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for just $100 with a new two-year contract. The carriers eligible with Target’s deal are Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

The deal runs from April 11 through April 19, so check the source link below to see if your current device is eligible for a trade in. The whole process can be done online or in a Target store.

Source: Target

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) now available for AT&T, Sprint and International variant of the HTC One M8

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Just a few days ago, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 was rooted and the method was made available to the public, thanks to XDA developer, Chainfire. Now, the HTC One M8 is next in line as developers at Team Win Recovery Project have already created the TWRP for the Sprint, AT&T and International variant of the HTC One M8.

The custom recovery for the Sprint variant is already available on Team Win’s webpage, however the International version hasn’t been posted over there. So to get it, you’ll have to head to the XDA developer page linked at the end of this article. If you’ve rooted before, the method is pretty similar. » Read the rest

AT&T confirms Asus PadFone X specs, no word on release date

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AT&T has officially announced the specs of the Asus PadFone X that they plan on offering eventually. Unfortunately, they didn’t give us any details in the way of pricing or a release date, but at least we know AT&T hasn’t forgotten about the device with the launches of some other high end devices coming up.

The PadFone X will feature a 5 inch, 1080p display, and the docking tablet will sport a 9 inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. The internals of the device are very capable, with a Snapdragon 800 CPU on board, as well as 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, an SD card slot, and Android 4.4 on board. If you’re chasing the latest and greatest, this phone won’t fit the bill, but it’s shaping up to be a very powerful device nonetheless.

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AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint’s HTC One Max receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

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AT&T and Sprint are now rolling out the KitKat update to both the Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max, respectively.

AT&T is now rolling out the KitKat update to its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which will bring an improved user interface, ability to choose the default messaging app, improved GPS functionality, direct camera access from the lockscreen and much more. You can check the full changelog below: » Read the rest