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    The Galaxy S6 is here! While we wait on the rollout of the smartphone to begin on April 10, we have until then to start learning about which carriers will support the smartphone (and its S6 Edge companion) on their networks, and which won't. Today, (most of) the major US carriers have announced their intent to carry the device. AT&T kicks off the announcements by letting us know that both the S6 Edge and S6 will be available on its network, in both carrier stores and online. It has set up a landing page which is the first source link below; there you can register your interest in the ...

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    A new age of smartphones is upon us. HTC has just announced the new One M9, and Samsung is set to go official with its Galaxy S6 within another few hours, which means that carriers have plenty of new smartphones to take care of and sell, and that these companies will begin announcing plans to carry these new devices very soon. The HTC One M9 carrier availability announcements have been kicked off today by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AT&T only goes as far as to announce its intent to carry the device, simply stating that it's "coming soon." It has set up a landing page for the ...

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    By most accounts, Samsung is preparing to unveil two new flagship smartphones at its Unpacked event this coming Sunday: the Galaxy S6, as well as a curved-screen variant in the vein of the Galaxy Note Edge (above). While that much has been suggested by rumor time and time again, the specifics have been a little murky, an in particular regarding how this version with the over-the-edge display might arrive. At first we were calling it the Galaxy S6 Edge, but then about a month ago evidence surfaced suggesting it might mirror the numberless naming of the Note Edge and launch simply as the ...

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    After over two years on AT&T, Michael Fisher recently made the switch to T-Mobile US for his personal smartphone account. This is the second in a series of posts about the experience. (For those who prefer to start at the beginning, part 1 is here) • It's not T-Mobile's fault that its network failed at precisely the moment the Pocketnow Weekly podcast needed it the most, but it sure didn't help ease my transition to the "Uncarrier" lifestyle. Regular Weekly listeners know what I'm talking about: during the recording of episode 135, a score of technical issues struck our weekly ...

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    Last week we heard that Google was getting ready to breathe some fresh life into Wallet, not content to sit idly by and let Apple Pay dominate the mobile payments game. It wasn't clear exactly what was going to happen, but it sounded big, and it sure seemed to fit well enough with earlier rumors that Google could be considering acquiring mobile payment competitor Softcard (the one with all the carrier involvement). As it turns out, we won't be waiting until I/O to learn just what Google's up to with Wallet, and today the company starts sharing news of Wallet's next chapter, which will find ...

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    One week from now, the mystery will be over. Samsung will have its Unpacked event behind it, and we'll be talking about the Galaxy S6 no longer in the context of rumor and theories, but as a phone that's very much here, having just launched in Barcelona. Until March 1 rolls around, however, it looks like there are going to be plenty of last-minute reveal to keep us busy, and some of the latest come from Samsung's US carrier partners, as they share some interesting new imagery of the next Samsung flagship. So far we've been talking about a regular flat-screened Galaxy S6, as well as a model ...

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    As we were rounding-out January, LG dropped a little teaser for G3 owners in the US: Android Lollipop would be coming soon. By that point, we had already seen distribution of the G3's Android 5.0 update pass across Europe, so we were understandably eager to learn the details for its spread over on this continent. But all LG had to say was “soon.” In the weeks since there's been no further official confirmation of when to expect any OTA action – the most interesting development was a Sprint leak that talked about its own G3 update starting on February 16, though even that document ...

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    Have you ever unlocked a smartphone so that you could drop in a new SIM and take it to another carrier? Maybe some else has a better deal, or you're traveling internationally and want to make sure you're taking advantage of the cheapest local rates. Whatever your reason, removing a phone's carrier lock is something that plenty of smartphone users find themselves interested in. And while you might have a general idea of under what circumstances your carrier will unlock your phone for you, do you know what to expect if you went with a different network? What about if you wanted to unlock a ...

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    After over two years on AT&T, Michael Fisher recently made the switch to T-Mobile US on his personal smartphone account. This is the first in a series of posts about the experience. (For those interested in jumping ahead, part 2 can be found here.) • My divorce from AT&T began with a realization familiar to anyone who's ever been in a doomed relationship (personal or otherwise): the cost/benefit ratio was no longer working out. I loved being an AT&T customer, but the charges were bleeding me dry. Some of those charges only affected me thanks to my newfound jet-setting ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    It may be around the time of MWC, it may be closer to summer, but one way or another, LG is gearing up to launch its next flagship, the G4. Reports about the phone's hardware have suggested it could arrive with some top-tier specs, while maybe even coming in a little smaller than last year's G3. But just how will it arrive? Piece by piece, we're trying to collect what evidence becomes available, and a new development from over the weekend might just reveal a little detail about the G4, as a User Agent Profile for a possible variant surfaces. What we're looking at is a file describing the ...

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    This past fall, Blackberry introduced the Passport, its Snapdragon 801-powered flagship. With a hardware keyboard, square display, and harshly-angled exterior, it wasn't a smartphone for everyone – though to BlackBerry's credit, the company's not afraid to do things differently from the rest of the smartphone pack. But with the new year upon us, we're also getting a slightly tweaked new edition of the Passport, as BlackBerry smooths-out those corners and prepares to bring a slightly softer-looking Passport to AT&T. Inside, it's the same Passport that launched in late September: ...

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    Last month, as part of its ongoing series of Uncarrier announcements, T-Mobile revealed a pretty substantial change to how it handled billing for mobile data, introducing what was essentially data rollover. When you fell short of consuming all the data you paid for as part of your monthly service plan, those extra megabytes would get added to a “Data Stash” locker where they could be redeemed at a later date – if you had a particularly data-demanding month on your hands. It was a great idea that was hugely overdue, and while we took issue with some of its limitations, it was a big ...

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    I've been a T-Mobile customer since the company was called Voicestream - yeah, that long. One of the things I always loved about the service was that I could tether a PDA, tablet, or laptop to my phone and be able to get work done anywhere I needed to. I'm not a road warrior, so I don't use a lot of data when tethered, nor do I tether very often, but I need to be able to tether with only a little notice. Regardless of whether I was using Windows Mobile or Android, tethering was never terribly difficult, I just opened the settings, turned it on, and away I went. When Android KitKat came ...

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    It may be too late for meaningful holiday gift-shopping at this late hour (and no, your whatever you can find at the local mini mart doesn't count), but the smartphone deals keep right on popping up. A few weeks back we spotted a very attractive offer for the Lumia 530, with the already-budget-priced smartphone selling for a mere $35. While that was great in its own right, today we learn about a better-equipped cousin of the 530 scoring a nearly-as-good offer for itself, with Radio Shack selling the AT&T Lumia 635 for as little as $40. This is the no-contract Go Phone version of the ...

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    That HTC Hima, with some slightly-more-detailed specs that just leaked, sure is sounding like the HTC smartphone to beat early next year. And while it may have the flagship space locked-down, there's plenty of room in the manufacturer's lineup for some new mid-rangers to help add some flesh blood to the Desire family. We may have an early look at how one such model will come together, as a new rumor attempts to describe HTC's model A12. In contrast to the full-HD, Snapdragon-810-powered Hima, the A12 would arrive with a 4.7-inch HD screen (so, 720p, we assume) and with a Snapdragon 410 at ...

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    It has been entirely too long since we've talked BlackBerry with you. There's a good reason for that, as the platform's downward slide has continued unabated throughout 2014, with the latest global figures showing BlackBerry sales dipping to below one percent of the total market. But the company isn't giving up without a fight, and today we once again turn our attention to Waterloo as BlackBerry formally launches its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Classic. If the look of the BlackBerry Classic seems familiar, that's because it's doing its best Bold 9900 impersonation; BlackBerry ...

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    Wireless network technology is in a constant state of advancement. Just years ago, swooning over 3G-capable phones wasn't as heinous as it sounds today, and we're already in a world where the majority of some countries is blanketed with LTE networks. The natural next step in the evolution is the adoption of voice-over-LTE / HD voice technology in order to improve the dying voice call. And AT&T is continuing that momentum with updates to a portion of its smartphone fleet, including through this Galaxy S4 Mini VoLTE update today. The update is only for AT&T-branded units ...

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    Carriers continue to raise the stakes as they jostle for our mobile dollar, all trying to make themselves look like the most attractive option around. This desire is what fuels things like device exclusivity, as well as drives some of the very assertive ways they've gone after each other's users. Recently, that's taken the form of offers to pay-off your early termination fees when switching carriers, but that may be only the tip of the iceberg. Now Sprint's got a new promotion that seeks to not only pay your ETF when jumping ship from some of its competition, but also cut your bill in half ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    T-Mobile may be the cool kid on the block, not messing with the Motorola Nexus 6 it sells in its stores, but not every carrier is committed to being so hands-off. As we looked at last week, the AT&T version of the phone has a few carrier-specific anomalies rendering it distinct from the unbranded model, but they're overly onerous. If you can't live with even those, enthusiasts have already worked out how to restore the AT&T Nexus 6 to a near-clean slate, as well as overcome the mandatory encryption (for the Nexus 6 on all carriers) we understand could be slowing down disk ...

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    Now that carrier sales of the Nexus 6 have begun, we've had the opportunity to check out just what level of impact the involvement of these companies will have on the handset you take home. Really, what carriers like AT&T are doing doesn't look too, too bad – well, assuming that the phone functions at all. As it turns out, there seems to be a nasty bug affecting these Nexus 6 models, one severe enough to have AT&T sending its initial Nexus 6 stock back to Motorola. Revealed in a leaked AT&T doc, the situation is described as one of Motorola delivering the Nexus 6 with ...

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    This year the latest Nexus phone is being welcomed with open arms by all the major carriers in the US, joining Google and its own Play Store sales of the Nexus 6. But if you pick up the phone from one of these networks, just what are you in store for? After all, the Nexus line is heralded as as the purest of Android experiences, yet anyone with even a modicum of experience with carriers knows that they'll do everything they can get away with to influence your phone's software. Now with the first carrier-sold Nexus 6 handsets arriving, we're finally getting a full picture of just how these ...

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    If it weren't for that big Nexus logo down the back, would you be able to recognize a Nexus phone these days? While the Nexus 6 may be an impressive piece of hardware, it's strayed quite a bit from the example set by the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 before it. That means things like higher pricing across the board, whether off-contract or subsidized, and if the Lollipop rollout we've been seeing get underway is any indication, we may no longer be able to count on Nexus phones being first in line for Android updates in the future, too. But at least you can count on Nexus phones being clean and ...

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    Unless you're into modding and customizing your devices to your liking, updates to your phone are almost never a bad thing, which means you'll be glad if you own either a Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, or Galaxy Mega on the nation's largest blue carrier. Learn what today's Samsung phone updates bring to the handsets below. While it would be nice indeed for the updates to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop, it's pretty unlikely that any of these are going to see that update anytime soon. Instead, these are merely enhancements to the Android 4.4.2 experience you'll already find when using the phone. The ...

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