Carriers

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.

Rich Miner thinks carriers should develop customized Android interfaces

How do you feel about manufacturers putting their own interfaces on top of vanilla Android? We know it isn't a very popular idea, but Google Ventures' Rich Miner is wondering why carriers don't do the same thing. He said as much at the Open Mobile Summit, with Fierce Mobile reporting that he expressed surprise at the fact that carriers don't take advantage of Android's open platform to make their phones stand out from the crowd.

Verizon details recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy

The worst of Hurricane Sandy is over, but the recovery effort is just getting started. There are missing people find, houses to rebuild, and services to restore. None of this is going to be easy either, so Verizon is helping out the recovery effort by doing a number of different things. For instance, the company has opened up Wireless Emergency Communication Centers on Staten Island, at Monmouth University in New Jersey, and in two locations at Toms River in New Jersey.

AT&T and T-Mobile open up networks for victims of Hurricane Sandy

It isn't often we get the chance to write about carriers doing truly amazing things, but today is an exception to that. AT&T and T-Mobile have announced that they will be opening up their networks for customers of both carriers in New York and New Jersey, two areas that have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Since both companies use GSM and UTSM networks, it means that users will be able to switch between the two networks with no problem.

T-Mobile gives Kansas City, Missouri a 4G boost

If you live in or around Kansas City, Missouri and you happen to be a T-Mobile customer, you might be experiencing better 4G speeds today. That's because T-Mobile has improved its 4G offerings at many "popular locations" around the city, specifically mentioning that 4G speeds are now available in "Arrowhead Stadium, Westport, Power and Light Districts, The Legends and in surrounding areas including Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte counties" in its announcement. T-Mobile customers are getting better voice and data coverage with this roll out, and the company says that you can expect faster data speeds if you're using an unlocked device.
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