Carriers

ACLU going after wireless carriers over Android security updates

We often hear complaints surrounding the topic of getting updates on Android devices. While this seems to have been an ongoing complaint for many, it looks like it is now getting some attention from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In this case, the ACLU has filed a request asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into the lack of updates coming from the wireless carriers.

Samsung GALAXY S 4 official US launch confirmed for 7 carriers

Just as we all expected it looks like Samsung's new flagship GALAXY S 4 will be widely available shortly across the U.S. with 7 carriers all on board to release the device. When can you get the GALAXY S 4? All 7 carriers are launching between April and the end of May, and it looks like we should start seeing the devices hit the street in a matter of weeks from folks like AT&T and T-Mobile.

Verizon CEO would consider dropping two-year agreements

T-Mobile recently had their UNcarrier event which saw a shift from the priority being on two-year agreements to a new system where the customer would simply pay a small downpayment at the time of purchase and then make payments on the handset they choose. Of course, the option to pay for the device in full up front is also available for the customer. The key here though, T-Mobile does not have the same two-year agreement system anymore and it looks like other carriers are watching closely.

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.
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