T-Mobile kicking off October with no money down on ‘Amazing Devices’

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T-Mobile is on a roll with its UNcarrier revolt against Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Even to the point where they are set to end subsidized contracts altogether. While their likely to host an event for “Phase III” later this month, the nation’s fourth largest carrier is going to start October with a very appealing promotion. TmoNews obtained an email sent out to employees that revives the $0 down sale that ran from the end of July to the beginning of September.

You may be thinking that T-Mobile would restrict high-end devices from this promotion; however, that is not the case. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4, and LG G2 will be available for no money down. Hit the break for the email being sent out to T-Mobile employees. » Read the rest

Verizon leads pack in smartphone sales, T-Mobile marks a change

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As expected, the nation’s largest carrier has lead all U.S. carriers in smartphone sales in a three-month period ending in August, according to a recent Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA survey.

More specifically, 37.1 percent of all smartphone sales went to Verizon, marking a 6.9 percent growth year over year. AT&T held their place in second with 21.7 percent of all smartphone sales— Sprint, in third, with 14.6 percent.

While T-Mobile’s sales weren’t as high, with 13.2 percent of sales, they finally showed some growth, at 1.1 percent from last year. They had been recently following a trend of year-on-year declines, so this is certainly good news for the carrier.

The growth is most likely due to T-Mobile’s new ‘Smart Choice’ plans, which was followed shortly after by similar plans from their competitors.

While not much has changed in terms of smartphone sales, this certainly marks something different in the playing field. It will be interesting to see if T-Mobile can continue on its path of growth.

Source: FierceWireless

 

Verizon to honor unlimited data upgrades from this weekend, fixes loophole

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Over the weekend, a loophole was found on Verizon’s website that allowed customers to upgrade to a new phone and keep their coveted unlimited data plans. If you were among the people to take advantage of Big Red’s folly, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Verizon reached out to Droid-Life, who first reported the news, and said that they would not revert any transactions and would honor those who picked up a new device while keeping their unlimited data plan. Here is the full statement that Verizon provided:

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Verizon web site letting users keep unlimited data plans even when upgrading [Update - Verizon pulls the plug]

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If you are a Verizon customer hoping to upgrade your phone, but hesitant about losing your unlimited data plan, you may want to give some serious consideration to going ahead and pulling the trigger. Like right after you finish reading this article. Inexplicably, the Verizon web site is currently letting customers place orders for upgraded devices, even pre-ordering devices, without requiring users with unlimited data plans to switch over to one of the tiered plans. Several Verizon customers have reported success in placing an order or pre-order for a new device without any apparent impact on their unlimited data plan.

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Best Buy selling Verizon HTC One for $49; Includes the new “Blue” color

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Still in the hunt for Verizon’s HTC One? Now is a good chance as Best Buy is currently offering the device for a mere $49 on contract. What’s even better is that this offer is also extended to the new “Blue” color that just came out. With the HTC One being one of the highly acclaimed devices of this year, this is certainly a deal that is hard to pass up if you are in the market for a new device.

Check out the source links below for a direct link to the product page! Let us know if you grabbed one.

source: Best Buy | Silver | Blue

One-click root now available for LG G2 on both Verizon and AT&T

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XDA-Developers user djkinetic has established a one-click root method for the LG G2 which will work on both Verizon and AT&T variants of the device. Full instructions are available, and it will give you all the information you need to fully set up tools like SuperUtility on your device.

This is great news, especially given the exceptional internals in the G2— this phone is a hacker’s dream. Hit the source link if you’re up to the task.

Source: XDA-Developers

DROID DNA to receive Sense 5 update “soon,” may be included with Android 4.2.2 or 4.3

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We now have news that the HTC DROID DNA will be receiving Sense 5 through Verizon soon, but we don’t know whether it will send alongside Android 4.2.2 or 4.3.

We previously believed that HTC would be skipping Android 4.2.2 on most of their devices, as they tweeted that since it was a “minor” update, they would be going straight to 4.3. This might have only been referring to the HTC One Dev Edition, but the tweet was not clear.

Either way, we do know that Sense 5 will be arriving soon, which will bring a series of updates that will improve your device.

Source: Verizon Wireless

 

Verizon Total Mobile Protection launches for $10 a month

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Verizon is launching a new protection plan for smartphone owners called Total Mobile Protection (TMP). At a subscription fee of $10 per month, subscribers will receive tech support for their device, security, and replacement services if something goes wrong with your device. TMP offers “premium” tech support through Verizon’s “Tech coaches,” with whom you can get in contact with shorter wait times than usual.

TMP claims to protect you from viruses, malware, and other mobile threats. The TMP app features mobile device lock, location services, and wiping should you lose your phone or have it stolen. Lastly, TMP’s insurance benefits will help you if you ever need to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged device

Source: Verizon Wireless

AT&T completes $1.9 billion dollar deal to purchase spectrum from Verizon

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att_lte (1)It took about 8 months, but AT&T has finally finalized the deal to purchase $1.9 billion of spectrum from Verizon. Verizon gets to unload some of their 700MHz spectrum to AT&T, and AT&T gets to improve its LTE service for its 42 million customers across the country. The states affected are California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Source: Reuters

US release dates for Galaxy Note 3, Note 10.1, and Galaxy Gear smartwatch scheduled for early October

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samsung_galaxy_note_101_2014_whiteEveryone’s excited for Samsung’s new devices that were announced earlier this week, and we can now stay excited until early October. While other countries might be receiving their Note 3, Note 10.1, and Gear by September 25, US customers will have to wait another week for theirs. US carriers are announcing their dates separately, and it seems like AT&T will begin shipping their devices October 1, T-Mobile by October 2, Verizon by October 10, and US Cellular with a vague “October” launch date.

It’s interesting that carriers are selling the Gear smartwatch considering it has no cellular device inside of it. Still, you can pre-order from all carriers except for US Cellular. Check out the source links.

Source: PhoneArena, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon