Carriers

US carriers confirm Samsung GALAXY S 4 launch plans

Based on details that came by way of the Samsung event and the wording from the press release, we already knew that the GALAXY S 4 would be available with a wide variety of carriers in the US market. In fact, Samsung noted that the GALAXY S 4 would be available with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, Cricket and others from the second quarter.

T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger gains FCC approval

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS. This news comes in follow-up to the thumbs up that we recently saw coming from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and ahead of the shareholder vote. MetroPCS has a shareholder meeting schooled for April 12 and have already pushed for approval noting that if the stockholders were to vote against, they could make “no assurance that MetroPCS will be able to deliver the same or better stockholder value.”

AT&T takes a shot at T-Mobile in latest ad campaign

Some new ad campaign material has surfaced showing the folks from AT&T throwing a few hard left hooks and punches to T-Mobile. It wasn't very long ago that these two nationwide carriers were being all friendly, as they tried to get a deal done and merge. Sadly now that the merger won't ever be happening AT&T is looking for a fight and has something to prove.

FCC chairman talks cell phone unlocking and current ban

As of late January it became illegal to unlock your phone. This came as a result of some changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that were actually put in place back in October 2012. Basically, as it stands now -- you are not allowed to unlock your phone. That simply means that you cannot buy a phone for one carrier and unlock it for use on another carrier.

Republic Wireless lowers the price of entry to $99.99

Republic Wireless is the company offering the $19 per month unlimited smartphone service. The one catch though, while the monthly price is super low, the handset purchase price may have kept some from using Republic Wireless. You see, the carrier only offers one phone, the Motorola DEFY XT and previously -- the handset was $249. As of today however, that price has been cut.

Petition to make unlocking phones legal again ends in 7 days

Back on January 26th we reported a story where unlocking smartphones has now become illegal. Not rooting, jailbreaking, or things of that nature, but unlocking a device to be used on different carriers. This exception to the DMCA was what made this legal, and that ended back on the 26th of January. For those looking to do something about it, read on below before time runs out.

HTC M7 rumored to launch March 8th on multiple US carriers

In just under 3 weeks we'll finally be seeing the new and improved smartphone plan from HTC. We're of course talking about the often leaked HTC M7 smartphone to replace their popular One series. Earlier this week HTC confirmed they'll be holding a press event February 19th to announce a new device, and most likely that will be their new M7 flagship. Now some new reports and rumors are claiming to have plenty of details pertaining to their launch plans.

Google exec confirms phone service aspirations were axed

Lately we've heard a few reports that Google and Dish were in talks to launch their own Google wireless service, something that would be amazing. Today however it looks like Google's been looking into offering their own phone services before, but those plans have all since been axed and canceled. Below are a few comments from Google's own VP Milo Medin, who was speaking on the matter.
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