Verizon to offer Kansas and Missouri customers network test drive program

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Verizon has officially confirmed that they will be offering a test drive program for their network to customers in some states, similar to T-Mobile’s latest Uncarrier move. Apparently, Big Red has been quietly running this program for about a year in Kansas and Missouri. Customers were allowed to test out a smartphone or data device for a week to test if they liked Verizon’s service and network, although very recently that program has been limited to just data devices. » Read the rest

Group photo of LG G3 models leaks, Verizon unsurprisingly makes noticeable changes

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Which one of these devices is not like the others? The Verizon model, of course. You are looking at the different carrier models for the upcoming LG G3. While each has implemented carrier branding here and there, Verizon has gone ahead and revamped LG’s 2014 flagship. The color is noticeably darker and the rear button setup has been altered to resemble what was done with last year’s G2 with chrome trims. On the front, too, Big Red has made changes. The chin of the G3 is now black , which matches their unique design of the back panel.

Is Verizon’s branding and changes holding you back from purchasing the LG G3? Or are you on another carrier and intend on jumping on this device?

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

T-Mobile to “double down” to refund customers charged for premium SMS

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T-Mobile has been the center of attention all week after the company was accused of “cramming,” or charging customers for premium content, hiding the charges, and making a profit.

Back in November, T-Mobile actually committed to never charging customers for premium SMS features again, and in June, launched a program for customers to get their money back. Despite this, in a blog post, John Legere has accused the FTC of “sensationalizing their story and their news at the expense of T-Mobile’s reputation.” Not only that, but the blog post shows that the company will be making an extra effort to refund customers.

Source: T-Mobile

T-Mobile to start offering equipment installment plans for accessories on July 20

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Need a payment plan for some accessories? T-Mobile customers will be happy to hear that on July 20, the carrier will start offering equipment installment plans (EIP) for accessories. Not only accessories will be eligible we assume. Would a $15 case really require a payment plan? Probably not. But for things like headphones or a smartwatch, this would be really helpful and make products much more accessible. T-Mobile will likely implement a minimum for eligibility and it does not seem that the carrier will attach any interest to the cost.

Source: TmoNews

T-Mobile to get 8-inch LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

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T-Mobile has announced that they will be joining the ranks of carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to their customers. The LTE enabled version of the tablet can be added to a T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan for no additional cost. T-Mobile will give customers an additional 1.2GB of data per month through the end of 2014, but that will drop back to only 200MB free per month after that for the life of the tablet.

T-Mobile will start accepting online orders on July 16th and retail locations will start selling the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on July 23rd. The device will be priced at $16 per month for 24 months, or $384. This announcement comes about one week after Verizon announced the device would be coming to their network. Hit the break to read the full press release. » Read the rest

John Legere responds to the FTC’s complaint

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John Legere is not happy that the Federal Trade Commission handed T-Mobile a complaint regarding customers being wrongly charged on their bills. The charge in question has to do with some sort of premium text messages. Legere, the leading man at T-Mobile, has stepped forward to defend his company. Legere goes all the way back to last year in saying that T-Mobile no longer charges customers for those kind of messages and refunds customers when they are impacted by services they do not use.

The T-Mobile CEO then took to Twitter to send a message. The FTC offered a settlement from the FTC and T-Mobile declined, but Legere calls this false. If this was the case, Legere says he would have settled to avoid any problems. Now Legere is telling the FTC to “watch the DC circus that follows! Enjoy.”

Hit the break for Legere’s entire statement. » Read the rest

LG G3 available for pre-order at T-Mobile, arriving July 16

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We are finally starting to find out when carriers in the United States will make the LG G3 available. While the handset has been put on sale in some places outside of the United States, LG has remained quiet on anything further. But T-Mobile has decided to come forward and put the G3 up for pre-order starting today. Customers can then pick up the handset on July 16 on T-Mobile stores (or presumably shipped to their homes).

For other carriers, the rumored release dates are July 16 and 17.

Source: T-Mobile

T-Mobile adds speed-testing apps to data limit exemption

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Earlier this month as part of T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 6.0 announcement, the company indicated they were not going to count data generated by several music streaming services against customers’ data caps. Going a step further, the company has now announced it will also exempt speed-testing apps from the limits. T-Mobile uses network throttling restrictions on user data when customers exceed their monthly data limit in lieu of charging overage fees.

T-Mobile indicated the popular Ookla app in particular would be exempt, but other similar apps would also be whitelisted. According to T-Mobile, their goal with this move is to show off the data speeds available on its network. Of course, by removing the throttling restriction on speed-testing apps, this means customers will not be able to measure how much T-Mobile has slowed down data speeds for traffic that is not exempted from the restrictions.

source: Fierce Wireless

Un-carrier 5.0 and 6.0 off to great starts

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TmobileMusicFreedomT-Mobile unveiled Un-carrier 5.0 and Un-carrier 6.0 the other day and so far have been a hit. Over 12,000 have decided to give the #7NightStand a try while over 75,000 people have voted for their favorite music service to be the next service that gets streamed at no cost to users’ data. Simple Choice plan customers are now able to stream from iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, and Slacker Radio as much as they want without any hits to data. However not all services have made that cut just yet.

So far in a vote for which service should be added next to  Music Freedom, Google Play All Access is at the top, just behind Xbox Music. There’s still time to vote and you can do so by going here. On Sunday, June 22, Rhapsody unRadio will be going live. It’s free to those customers that have the unlimited $80 Simple Choice plan, otherwise it’s $4 per month.