FCC and U.S. Carriers reach a deal to allow consumers to unlock their mobile phones and tablets

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It was back in January when it became illegal to unlock your mobile phone or tablet, which ticked a lot of people off. In most situations, the carrier would unlock it for you, but they didn’t have to. Well fast forward nearly 11 months, and things have changed. The FCC and CTIA have reached an agreement allowing you to unlock your mobile phone or tablet. This deal was reached with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Each carrier will need to post their policy for unlocking on their respective websites. The way the rule works is that carriers will have to unlock devices requested by customers if their contract has been fully satisfied by either the term or termination fee is paid. If you own a prepaid phone, your carrier has to unlock it within a year of the original activation.

source: CTIA

Android 4.3 finally on its way to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 users

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Always better to be late than never right? T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 users should expect their Android 4.3 update to hit their devices right now as the update started rolling out. It’s available as an OTA update so head into your settings and check if its available for you.

Now the question is, when will we see KitKat for this device?

source: TMONews

T-Mobile to get LG Optimus F3Q with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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No, the slide-out QWERTY isn’t dead just yet because LG is going to launch the Optimus F3Q on T-Mobile soon. Unfortunately, these slide-out QWERTY devices usually don’t sport specs any better than mid-range. We don’t know for sure what the specs of this device are yet, but don’t expect much since the Optimus F3 (non QWERTY version) is a mid-ranger in itself.

source: @evleaks

 

 

T-Mobile offering special deal next Wednesday for friends and family of employees

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If you are friends with or even a family member of a T-Mobile employee in the company’s Northeast region and need a new smartphone, next Wednesday may be a good time to strike a deal. T-Mobile has indicated they will be conducting a special event on Wednesday, December 11th, that will let buyers get a new device with no money down and the first month of service, up to $50, will be free.

In order to take advantage of the offer, the customer will have to supply a T-Mobile employee’s P# or C# and name at the point of sale. T-Mobile’s information indicates the zero money down offer will only apply to “selected devices” although no list has been provided yet. T-Mobile’s participation requirements indicate the offer will only apply to new activations of voice or at least a 2.5GB mobile Internet plan, although several lines can be added at once.

It appears T-Mobile’s Northeast region covers Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

source: TmoNews

Preorders up on Amazon for the Moto G, will ship December 4

moto_g_preorder_amazonAfter becoming available a few days ago through their own website, Motorola’s Moto G is now available to preorder on Amazon. Whether you decide on the 8GB or 16GB storage size, it will ship in just a few days on December 4. The 8GB and 16GB sizes will set you back $179.99 and $199.99, respectively. Not bad for decent specs, right? But remember if you’re on Verizon, this device will not work for you just yet. Big Red is set to carry the Moto G in January when it operates on their prepaid network.

Source: Amazon

T-Mobile pushing out Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4

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T-Mobile has started the process of rolling out the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4 devices on their network. The update is available via an over-the-air update if a user is on a WiFi connection or it can be downloaded and installed using Samsung Kies.

According to T-Mobile’s support page, the update brings Android 4.3′s updates along with KNOX and Samsung Galaxy Gear support. To grab the update OTA, just go to Settings –> More –> About device –> Software update. You can hit the source link for more details and information.

source: T-Mobile

AT&T’s Moto X now receiving 4.4 KitKat OTA update

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Android 4.4 KitKat is taking the Moto X by storm, as the device is the first non-Nexus device to receive the update. T-Mobile and Verizon’s variants got the update just a few days ago, and Motorola announced today that AT&T’s variant would be getting the update today.

Motorola has been extremely impressive thus far with the update, and let’s hope the new DROID line won’t be far behind in receiving KitKat as well.

If you’re on AT&T, keep checking your phone for the update and let us know below if you’ve received it.

Source: Motorola Blog

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint plan to stop charging customers for spam texts

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Today, 3 out of the 4 top US wireless carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint) have announced that they will stop charging users for receiving spam texts. While the announcement was made today, it actually won’t fully take into effect for at least a couple of days from now, or as much as a couple of weeks. It’s no secret that getting random spam texts can be quite the nuisance and could potentially cost you money. This move creates very good PR for these 3 companies.

As to why Verizon has yet to jump on board with this, here’s an official statement from a Verizon representative regarding this issue:


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Android 4.4 currently arriving for T-Mobile Moto X

Moto_X_Red_TA-630x341Add the T-Mobile Moto X to the list of devices receiving Kit Kat. According to a tweet from Motorola, the Android 4.4 rollout for the T-Mobile Moto X begins today. It seems to include all of the same enhancements as the Verizon Moto X update, which includes camera enhancements. Be patient if the update doesn’t show up quite yet when you tap “check for updates.” It’ll come eventually, we promise.

Source: @Motorola

LG G Flex for Sprint passes through the FCC

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Have no fear if you were interested in picking up the LG G Flex¬†over here in the United States. We know AT&T and T-Mobile will likely carry the curved phone, but now an FCC filing has Sprint offering it as well. This filing has the model number LG-LS995 and the other variant was LG-D959; therefore, we can assume these two are related. Also, all three LTE bands are packed for the Sprint variant. While it isn’t certain that the G Flex will be available in the United States, these FCC filings elude to it happening. We expect a launch in early 2014.

Source: FCC
Via: Engadget