Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
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The ‘HTC Eye’ super-selfie phone is coming to all major US carriers

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We already knew that HTC was working on the “ultimate selfie phone,” because it has entered the testing phases at AT&T.

But now according to a tweet from @upleaks, the device will also be headed to Verizon, T-Mobile US and Sprint.

We could also see the device going to carriers in both Europe and Asia as well. It’s a given that the phone will offer a better selfie experience than both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Desire 816, but we’re not sure on any of the specifics. Stay tuned for more on this device, which we’ll surely hear more about in the coming weeks.

Source: @upleaks

 

FCC continues to express frustration with Verizon data throttling

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When news broke that Verizon would start throttling its unlimited data customers, the FCC came forward in calling out the carrier’s actions and the possible repercussions. Verizon responded by explaining the data throttling it intends on doing. By throttling the data of affected customers, those on tiered data plans are less likely to be harmed by network that is clogged. The carrier also feels that there is such a small amount of customers being affected and that other carriers are already doing the same. Well, the man in charge over at the FCC is still very unhappy.
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Moto X+1 set for September 25 launch on Verizon

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Well there you have it folks, the long-awaited Moto X+1 finally has an official launch date — on Verizon, at least.

The device will be available from Big Red on September 25. There’s a chance that other carriers get the device before Verizon, but we expect that Verizon gets the X+1 around the same time as the other carriers.

A Moto 360 launch date has not been revealed, but it would make sense for it to be the same day as the X+1. Keep checking back for more, but that’s all we have on the Moto X+1 for now.

Source: Droid Life

 

T-Mobile keeps going and going in battery tests

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New results are in examining battery life for some leading smartphones across carriers and T-Mobile continues to demonstrate superiority compared to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Some of the results are quite impressive for T-Mobile and overall paint a widely divergent picture when it comes to battery life. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was able to go 10 hours 57 minutes on the T-Mobile network while lasting only 7 hours 30 minutes on Verizon. Similarly, the HTC One (M8) was able to go 10 hours 50 minutes on T-Mobile, but only 8 hours 42 minutes on AT&T.
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Unidentified Motorola box shows up at Verizon, model number is XT1096

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What is inside that box? No one knows.. for now. Someone just needs to open it! What we do know, though, is that it belongs to Motorola and it is now in the hands of Verizon. Inside is some sort of device as the orange sticker attached explains that this is a pre-commercial unit that is not to be activated on any personal accounts and that the confidentiality of its contents is very high.
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Verizon replies to FCC concerns regarding data throttling plan

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Last week after getting word about Verizon’s plans to throttle data speeds for some customers, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said it was “disturbing” to him the path that Verizon was on. So disturbing that he issued a strongly worded letter asking Verizon to provide additional information to ensure the change was not in violation of some FCC directives. Verizon has now responded indicating that they are doing the same thing as other carriers.
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Verizon Galaxy S5 receiving update which brings bevy of bug-fixes, breaks root access [Update - T-Mobile too]

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.


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LG G Vista now available on Verizon

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As expected, Verizon has added the LG G Vista to their portfolio and it is now available to order. The LG G Vista is a relatively downscaled version of the LG G3 with one exception – the screen is actually larger at 5.7-inches. However, the resolution is only 940 x 560 which is rather low for such a large screen. The G Vista also comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera, a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded. Considering the size of the battery and the hardware being driven, users should be able to get some excellent battery life out of the device.
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U.S. Senate reports that companies are cramming customer bills with obscene charges

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A new study conducted by the United States Senate Commerce Committee found that owners of mobile phones have been wrongly overcharged with bills. This is from cramming, which is the application of unauthorized charges masked by services such as ringtones. The report published by Congress shows that carriers in the United States are keeping roughly 30-40% of revenue. And the carriers are not even the ones doing the actual cramming. In many cases, it is a third party running these services. This is all at the literal expense of customers.
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