Carriers

AT&T will reportedly do away with 2-year contracts starting June 1

Following in the footsteps of other carriers like T-Mobile that have gotten rid of the traditional contracts with subscribers, AT&T will also reportedly be moving away from their usual 2-year contracts starting on June 1. Instead, they will be pushing AT&T Next to their consumers when their existing contract has run out. But that doesn't mean contracts will cease to exist after May, but the carrier will not be marketing it anymore and it will just be another one of the options for subscribers.

Google expected to launch new wireless service tomorrow

As early as 2012, we learned that Google could be working on a wireless service and was rumored to be in partnership with Dish Network. However, the idea was soon debunked or was discontinued early on because according to a Google executive, regulations blocked the company from entering the phone service market. Google Fiber was launched the same year and still no sign of a wireless service until a year later when a similar rumor surfaced. And now, Google's wireless service is finally expected to launch tomorrow, April 23, Thursday.

Mobile carriers deleting some pre-installed apps from Galaxy S6

We have no idea exactly why mobile carriers in the United States are deleting several preloaded apps on the Galaxy S6 even when Samsung proudly announced at launch these mobile apps especially those from Microsoft. Some Galaxy S6 owners have reported that their units don't have some of the apps they were expecting to see. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are believed to have removed the apps before shipping them to consumers.

T-Mobile shares customer-driven coverage map on website

If you're the kind of person who s always concerned with making sure that you're getting the best out of what you pay for, you're probably curious as to what exact coverage your mobile carrier is actually giving you. While this data may probably be found in their websites, they don't necessarily publicize that it is there, for one reason or another. T-Mobile, which calls itself an un-carrier, is breaking the mold by announcing an "accurate" version of this coverage map.

Opera Max now lets carriers offer limited free app access

Opera has been trying to return to its glory days not by pushing its web browser to mobile but by offering value added services that aim to curb mobile data expenses. It's Opera Max app, which has just recently expanded to 21 countries in Asia, tries to compress data that is sent to smartphones. Now the app has gotten a new feature in the form of "App Pass", which is just a fancy marketing term for sponsored access to some apps.

Want to unlock your phone? Here are some tips

Finally, unlocking phones is now easier via your carrier. Thanks to the CTIA for setting new rules to unlock smartpphones. Carriers were given a recent deadline by the group to unlock phones as per the request of the customers. This means anyone can simply go to his carrier and request that mobile device be unlocked--no questions asked.

Google warns of Nexus update bottlenecks from carriers

Nexus owners used to have reasons to be proud because they are expected to receive Android updates first. The point of getting a Nexus is to be the first in line for such updates from Google— or at least that’s what we counted on. Now, though, Google is warning that although it has its own targets for firmware updates, the carriers may not play ball.

Google Voice MMS expands in North America

There are numerous instant messaging apps on the Play Store today but old school MMS via Google Voice is still available. Google Voice MMS only works over mobile carriers with MMS support. Unfortunately, not a lot of carriers are getting MMS support that's why some messages are missed. But Google is changing all that as Alex Wiesen of the Google Voice team recently made this announcement on his Google+ page that the MMS support is expanding in North America.

T-Mobile promises more for smartphone trade-ins

T-Mobile has announced that it will be guaranteeing that people who bring their old devices to its network for trade-in will get more money than any other carrier offers. T-Mobile is promising to beat the money that other major carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon offer.
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