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

DROID DNA to get Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 very soon

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Good news DROID DNA owners. HTC Executive Director of Product Management Mohammed Versi tweeted that the Android 4.2.2 (along with Sense 5) update for the DROID DNA has been approved by Verizon. If you remember, back in September, Verizon posted the changelog for the update, but it never came. We can only assume that Verizon found some bugs that needed to be rectified. Verizon has the changelog, which is pretty hefty since this move is from Sense 4+ to Sense 5. HTC is throwing in Video Highlights, but it appears Zoe didn’t make the cut. I’m not sure why that would be the case.

The update could take place as soon as today, so be on the lookout.

source: @moversi / Changelog at Verizon

[Deal] Grab the AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Galaxy S 4 for Free on contract at Best Buy

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Ah yes, I love this time of the year. It’s deal central and if you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S 4, Best Buy has the deal for you. The best part of it is that it’s already live so you can beat the Black Friday rush. You can grab either the AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Galaxy S 4 for Free on contract. This includes new lines as well as upgrades, plus they are offering all colors.

This happens to be one of Best Buy’s 6:00pm Thanksgiving Day doorbuster deals, but they decided to start today. The sale will run though November 30, but don’t hesitate because you don’t know when they will run out.

source: BestBuy

HTC starts Black Friday sales early with HTC One deal

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The HTC One, which is widely regarded as one of the best smartphones currently available, is now on sale in a special early Black Friday deal from HTC to customers of both Verizon and Sprint.

From the 24th to the 28th of November, the HTC One is available for $49.99, and on the 29th and 30th of November, it can be snapped up for only $29.99. After that, the price will go back up to $49.99. These prices will come with two year agreements for both Sprint and Verizon customers.


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HTC One Max now available at Verizon Wireless for $299 on contract

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It’s been a tradition for Verizon to carry exactly two HTC phones per year and 2013 is no different. Verizon released the HTC One a few months too late, but they wasted little time making the behemoth HTC One Max available. Starting today, you can grab it for $299 on contract or if you prefer to be part of Big Red’s upgrade program, Edge, $25.22 per month ($599).

The One Max has a bigger screen than the One (5.9-inches vs 4.7-inches) and it offers a fingerprint scanner as well as a microSD slot, not to mention Sense 5.5 over Android 4.3. However, it lacks optical image stabilization and it’s very bulky. Let us know if you pick one up.

source: Verizon

Verizon Moto X officially getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today

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Well there you have it. The first non Nexus phone to get the KitKat update is the Moto X and it just so happens to be the Verizon version. Motorola just announced that the update will start rolling today. Think about this for a moment….The Moto X is receiving the latest and greatest Android before the Nexus 4 (at least OTA). In fact, I have two Nexus 7 devices that have yet to receive the official update. Kudos to Motorola and their team for getting this done so fast while other manufacturers like Samsung are pushing 4.3 to their devices.

This update will roll out in phases, so be patient because it could take a week or two till everyone gets it. Motorola didn’t offer any info for other carrier versions, but did say they will “have more KitKat for Moto X news to share on other carriers and countries very soon.” Hit the break for the changelog directly from Motorola.


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Verizon Wireless Black Friday deals leaked online

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We are all expecting some pretty hefty deals on Black Friday, but we usually don’t know what they will be until a little closer to the day itself. The deals that Verizon is going to offer have been shown in a flier that leaked online. There really is nothing extremely special about the deals, but there might be a few grabs that people might be interested in.


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Verizon Moto X KitKat update coming very soon, soak test ready to commence

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Pigs must be flying and/or it must be frozen in Hell because Verizon might roll a major update before other carriers. Motorola promised that KitKat would come to the Moto X in the coming weeks, and Verizon’s version looks to be the first.

Last week we told you about invites to Motorola forum members for an upcoming soak test, and according to a post earlier this morning, it looks like it’s just about to commence.

If everything goes well, the Verizon Moto X could be getting some chocolatey goodness in time for Thanksgiving, or at least shortly thereafter. We have the full changelog after the break.


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[Deal] Grab the black or white Moto X for Free on contract from Verizon

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Looks like Verizon is trying to move the Moto X. We already reported that you can get a fully customized version for only $49 through Moto Maker, but if you aren’t into customizing, you can grab a white or black one for Free from Verizon’s website. All you need to do is enter coupon code vzwdeal at checkout and it’s yours for Free.

Personally, I would spend the extra $50 and customize it to your heart’s content, but Free is always nice.

source: Verizon

Nexus 7 coming to Verizon Wireless, but when?

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Remember the Nexus 7 debacle from September? In a nutshell, Verizon refused to activate the 2013 Nexus 7 claiming it wasn’t “certified” yet. The only problem was that it’s compatible with the carrier and works with any other SIM card that was previously activated. The issue was that Verizon refused to activate new SIM cards. At that time, Verizon did say they were working on “certifying” it. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks, which just so happens to be right about now.

One of our favorite leakers, @evleaks, just tweeted, “Nexus 7 headed to Verizon.” Unfortunately no word on when, but we can only assume this tweet means it’s really close since the certification process should be just about completed. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.

source: @evleaks