U.S. carriers reject “kill switch” that would prevent smartphone theft

carrier_logosThe New York Times is reporting that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and the CTIA (among others) have rejected having a “kill switch” preloaded onto Samsung phones that would prevent cellphone theft. Samsung and San Francisco district attorney George Gascón have been working together to provide this “kill switch” for some time, but the nation’s largest carriers and the industry’s trade group decided against having one because it would cut directly into their insurance plans. Currently, most carriers offer insurance plans that require monthly payments as well as a deductible for when your phone needs to be replaced. Despite the rejection, Gascón says “we are now evaluating what course of action will be necessary to force them to prioritize the safety of their customers over additional money in their pockets.”

The CTIA’s reason for not wanting this “kill switch” is that an online option to wipe your device could be hacked. Instead, the trade group offers their database as solution that would prevent stolen devices to work with the carriers’ networks; however, it’s just not effective when it comes to actually preventing the theft from happening. A “kill switch” would stop the problem from happening, not worrying about it after. Google currently offers some protection for Android devices by allowing users to track and secure their smartphones. Apple on the other hand can deactivate and wipe a device clean of its information along with requiring users to login before being used again.

Source: The New York Times

LG comments on the retail price of the Nexus 5

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While the Nexus 5 is available for $349 in the Play Store, it costs a whopping $699 at full retail for some markets like Australia. In the United States, T-Mobile is selling it for $449 without a contract. You are probably wondering why is there such a dispersion among the Play Store and full retail prices. Well, LG reached out to Australian site Delimiter to explain. Since the Play Store is run by Google, they have the right to choose the price. Other retailers and carriers such as T-Mobile also have the right to choose the price. The price hike can be explained by the cost of running a “physical store location.” Google does not need a middle man and they clearly have the cash flow to lower the price on products. And markets like Australia have a “tax” because of the cost to get a product there.

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T-Mobile specific Moto G spotted in FCC filing

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Motorola’s Moto G was announced without any LTE or CDMA bands which left support for just a few GSM frequencies; bands 850/900/1900/2100. Now, if you keep up with which carriers use which bands in the US, you’d know that the only support you’d get with T-Mobile with the Moto G would be in areas that had refarmed 1900 MHz coverage. Unfortunately, that’s not the majority of T-Mobile’s coverage, so at first glance it seems like the Moto G wouldn’t be an attractive option for T-Mobile customers.

However, thanks to some FCC filings, there appears to be another version of the device that supports those four GSM bands, plus WCDMA bands 850/1700/1900 which would allow the Moto G to work on T-Mobile’s 3G network. Obviously this is just an FCC filing, so it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but keep your fingers crossed if you’re a T-Mobile customer that wants Motorola’s latest budget device.

source: FCC

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FCC document shows LG G Flex with AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands

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The LG G Flex has been a source of much jealousy on this side of the ocean after it was announced that our friends in Europe and Asia were getting the device while the US was left out in the cold. Earlier this week we found out the the US might be getting their own LG G Flex, but now it’s much more official with an FCC filing that seems to suggest the device is headed to AT&T and T-Mobile. The document shows a version of the LG G Flex that is compatible with LTE Band 17 and well as LTE Band 4 (AWS).

Other details about the device surfaced, but most of those we already knew. LG is apparently in final negotiations for release dates and prices, but the device will most likely see a release in early 2014.

Source: FCC
Via: Engadget

LG G Flex Confirmed For T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T? (Video)

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Who would have thunk it? The LG G Flex appears to be gaining more traction than we initially thought it would. Due out in Europe this December, it appears that US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T may be getting on the flex train too. Of course, Verizon is nowhere to be found since they either tend to announce a device much later than other carriers as to be fashionably late or something, or they may not even bother carrying the handset at all, which is more likely given their track record. Our trusty boy over at @evleaks is claiming that this is a “confirmed” deal and we can definitely expect the three out of four carriers to take on the new curved smartphone.

And with @evleaks’s pretty accurate track record we have no problem believing this is most likely going to happen. And while we’re not ultimately sure how well the device will do, both over seas and in the U.S., our curiosity is still certainly piqued. Most are touting that the device is a “gimmick” and still officially in an experimental phase but we have confidence in LG as they’ve managed to deliver with their Nexus series devices for Google as well as their Optimus lineup. As always, only time will tell and will determine whether the new technology will trend well and take off or go the way of 3D on smartphones.  
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You can now customize your Moto X with Moto Maker on all four major U.S. carriers

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Well it doesn’t always follow the rumor, but this time it did. It was expected that today would be the day the Moto Maker would become available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Well actually T-Mobile was rumored for last Friday, but we will let that slide. Motorola just announced that “The Gift of Choice” is officially available on all carriers. Previously it was only available on AT&T.

Motorola also announced that you can now choose a custom phrase for the back of your Moto X. This was something that was supposed to be implemented when the phone launched, but they weren’t happy with the quality. Apparently the fiber laser technology has been corrected. Last but not least, the price is $99 ($499 off contract) on all four carriers to celebrate. This price has already been available for most of the carriers, but Moto X is saying it will be for a limited time.


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HTC One successor heading to the big four by the end of Q1 2014

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Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted a very interesting piece of information. According to him, the HTC ‘M8′ (the One’s successor) will be heading to AT&T, “among others.” That mystery phrase at the end left things a little open. So a tweeter asked him if Verizon would be joining the fun and it turns out they will. But not just those two. A tipster informed him that “all four carriers” would get the device by the end of Q1 2014. This means that HTC would be launching next year’s flagship with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile right from the beginning. That strategy would correct the mishap of the One launching roughly six months late on Verizon. The given date indicates a launch between January and the end of March. Keep an eye out for plenty of leaks regarding the HTC ‘M8′.

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Nexus 5 to be available through T-Mobile web store starting November 14th, in stores on November 20th

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Earlier this week information leaked indicating the Nexus 5 could be coming to T-Mobile’s retail stores starting November 20th. T-Mobile confirmed the date this afternoon and added that it will be available online starting October 14th. The Nexus 5 will sell for $449.99 through T-Mobile, which is the same price that Best Buy started selling the device for off-contract. However, customers can take advantage of T-Mobile’s installment payment plan, and instead of dropping the full price up front, they can pay $41.99 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $17.

If you want to be first in line for a Nexus 5 from T-Mobile, you can sign up now using the source link.

source: T-Mobile

Android 4.4 KitKat build leaks for T-Mobile’s Moto X

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We have good news if you’re eager to get your Moto X to run Android 4.4 KitKat as soon as possible. Over on the XDA Developers Forum, a leaked build of the software has been made available for owners of T-Mobile’s Motorola flagship. As you know, Motorola plans on updating the Moto X and their line of DROIDs on Verizon.

This is the first leak for a KitKat build available for the Moto X, so proceed with caution (especially if you do not have the T-Mobile variant). After you decide to dive in, you’ll be greeted with the KitKat that everyone is yearning for. The person who created the post says the build “should have updates to Touchless Control, Active Display, Camera and has a home screen selector. It does seem to have most of the standard KitKat features, including SMS with Hangout, updated keyboard, etc.” Hit the source link for directions and the file itself.

Source: XDA Developers Forum
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Nexus 5 Could Sell in T-Mobile Stores Starting November 20th

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The Nexus 5 was a heavily rumored device for a long time building a lot of suspense around the product. Now that it’s been announced many people are wondering how they can get their hands on it. Apart from buying it directly through Google Play, it looks like the Nexus 5 might be available directly through T-Mobile‘s retail stores starting November 20th according to a leaked retail plan. This information also falls in line with T-Mobile’s tradition of releasing products on Wednesday or Thursday.

Information about pricing and availability is still unknown, but those who want a Nexus 5 for their very own can only hope that T-Mobile won’t be putting a big premium on the Nexus 5 when it is finally available from T-Mobile stores.

Source: TMonews