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    At 6pm Eastern on March 29, all the possible US TV stations that would like to sell their broadcast spectrum will have committed to do so. From there, the Federal Communications Commission will work on a blueprint to sort out how that spectrum in the 600MHz band can be put together for sale. That leads up to the next step for the commission in the auctions process, setting up a clearing target. The order of things The clearing target is the total amount of spectrum the FCC thinks can be sold in auction. The government currently estimates a high-end of that total to be 126MHz. Analysts ...

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    Those of you looking to buy and activate the modular new LG G5 smartphone on America’s second largest wireless carrier can hit the trifecta if you hurry, as AT&T throws in more deal sweeteners than T-Mobile and Best Buy combined. While Ma Bell doesn’t let you have the ingenious LG 360 CAM or any “Friends” modules for free, pre-ordering the device by March 31 can hook you up with a gratis “backup” unit. That’s right, LG takes a page from its domestic arch-rival’s playbook, fighting fire with fire and Galaxy S7 BOGO promotions with virtually identical two-for-one G5 ...

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    While Samsung isn’t as aggressive as last year in plugging one of its smartwatches alongside the newest Galaxy S flagship phones, instead greatly hyping up the Gear VR headset, you can still catch the occasional Gear S2 bundle deal and publicity stunt. But that’s nothing compared to how shy LG seemed in relation to its own wearable devices on the heels of G5’s formal introduction. There’s a simple explanation for that, of course, as the original Watch Urbane is a little old and unexciting, and the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE a little… faulty. More than a little, actually, with ...

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    While LG hasn’t been anywhere as quick as Samsung to roll out its newest flagship Android smartphone, you can’t really say the G5 waiting is killing you. It’s still early days, compared to how long it used to take to launch these bad boys worldwide, and you officially have two more weeks to go. What’s two weeks between friends (pun intended), when you’re looking at the world’s first modular handheld, and a bunch of freebies are in store? Namely, LG’s just confirmed, a complimentary battery “pack” and the CAM Plus module in select territories. Unfortunately, it seems ...

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    Mid-rangers have been the filler for this part of the month, but they're pretty important bread and butter in terms of making money for their manufacturers. Take LG smashing more of its K-series this month. But just a letter up the alphabet is the J-series from Samsung. And there's been a big show and tell performance. First off, if you like leaked renders, check out backchannel specialist Evan Blass's leak of the Galaxy J3 for AT&T. The phone's headed to a few US carriers, by the way. Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 for AT&T pic.twitter.com/fEV04WPauS — Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 14, ...

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    Since pretty much all US residents aged 5 to 100 already own and regularly use a smartphone, wireless service providers are now doing their absolute best to get people to change their carrier. Everyone from Verizon to T-Mobile to AT&T is on a rival recruitment spree, covering outstanding balances and further giving out cash money, as well as a host of other incentives. It’s even better if you’re willing to trade a pre-owned but working handheld for a new device, though most of the times, you need the product you’re looking to abandon to be in mint condition. Not at US Cellular, ...

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    While Samsung may stir up great indignation among unlucky Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge buyers if the purported performance gap between Snapdragon and Exynos variants proves authentic and noticeable in real life, the Korean OEM can do no wrong when it comes to its US-based fans. The nation’s four top carriers have all started to ship S7 pre-orders in advance of the official launch date, with two of them already introducing compelling BOGO deals, and each and every retailer letting you have a go at a gratis Gear VR headset. That includes Cricket Wireless, a small but feisty AT&T prepaid ...

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    A new season is nearly upon us, and that means spring cleaning: out with the old, in with the new. Fresh off the announcements of both CES and MWC, for a lot of smartphone users that means it's time to pick up a new handset, and this year they've got some very attractive options. Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of carriers enticing shoppers looking for a new flagship-class phone with buy-one-get-one deals, as a leak suggested T-Mobile may be about to announce such a deal. We're still waiting to see if anything comes of that, but in the meantime we've got confirmed word of a GS7 ...

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    You didn’t really think T-Mobile was the chosen carrier now, did you? Technically, Magenta scored a major publicity coup by being the first of America’s “big four” operators to deliver the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to early adopters. But AT&T and Sprint are quickly following suit, themselves largely undercutting the March 11 deadline initially set on a global basis by the two phones’ manufacturers. Of course, we’re not talking about wide-scale launches… just yet, and we can’t even confirm a single unit having actually reached the doorstep of a ...

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    For a device manufacturer that’s long ceased to carry any weight in the global battle for first place, the OEM podium or even top five or ten, BlackBerry is sure doing a decent job getting US carriers to support its latest flagship. Granted, it’s taken a while for the Priv to reach AT&T and T-Mobile, but now it’s available on both networks, and Verizon subsidies are reportedly next in line. The “when” of the equation remains unconfirmed, though all signs seem to be pointing towards a Big Red pre-order outset this Thursday, followed by deliveries and in-store sales kicked off ...

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    You often hear the world’s most valuable company justifying its success on the unmatched loyalty of its customers, but exactly how do you scientifically assess such a vague and deeply abstract concept? Leave it to New York-based consultancy firm Brand Keys to interview close to 43,000 consumers aged 18 to 65 in the nine US Census Regions, in order to determine the most beloved brand names in no less than 72 categories, ranging from airlines to breakfast bars to deodorants to smartphones, tablets, and social networking sites. The logo that prevailed in the most sections of the ...

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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    Although it probably doesn’t come with an embedded SIM just yet on American shores, Samsung’s most fashionable smartwatch to date should make a few waves among Verizon and AT&T customers, thanks mainly to its standalone cellular support. Unfortunately, we’re only talking 3G connectivity here, not full-blown 4G LTE speeds, which may put off some performance junkies. But the surprisingly good news is Ma Bell appears to charge just $250 for the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G with two-year contracts, while the outright price sits at $350 through the nation’s second largest carrier. As ...

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    Mobile World Congress may be an international event, but when we're talking about big-name Android flagships, you'd better believe that the major US carriers are taking interest in these new phones, no matter where they're announced. LG just took to the stage in Barcelona to get the expo started with its first headliner launch, introducing the metal, modular G5. We've already gone hands-on with the smartphone, its accessories, and even had the chance to compare it with last year's V10. As we get ready to take a more in-depth look at the G5, we're already hearing reports of US carrier ...

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    It’s a great time to buy a new high-end Android handheld or iPhone and activate it on America’s second largest wireless service provider, despite the wave of spring launches needing a few more days to get started. You have a couple of days to decide if it’s worth ditching your carrier for AT&T too, but it feels like a no-brainer when you’re offered up to $650 with eligible smartphone trade-ins, plus a free Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6s upon the purchase of an identical or pricier model. Wait, so the two deals can be combined? You bet, and you’re not even required to plunk ...

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    Smartphones these days pull down data at lightning-fast speeds thanks to 4G LTE connections, and modern data-hungry apps are all too ready to use as much of that bandwidth as they can get their greedy hands on. We've come a long way from sluggish 2G connections, or even the days when 3G was the norm, but just because we're regularly pulling down data at megabit speeds doesn't mean it's time to give up on progress now. Carriers are already looking to next-gen 5G networks as they get ready to bring wireless data to a growing base of smartphone users, and last year we heard Verizon talk about ...

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    The second largest mobile carrier stateside only discriminated between its Samsung and Apple-loving customers for 24 hours, as “new” iPhones now follow the Galaxy S6’s suit in offering huge bundle discounts this Valentine’s Day. For some reason, part two of AT&T’s BOGO (buy one, get one free) promotion is kept as vague as possible, the press release ironically linking to the S6 deal page and thus failing to make it clear exactly what iPhone models are eligible here. We’re guessing similar terms and conditions as yesterday will apply though, so you can score a gratis 16GB ...

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    It's a day that ends in "y" and Apple just lost a patent suit, so that means it's court time again. Haptics technology company Immersion has filed suit against Apple and both AT&T and AT&T Mobility over what three patents it claims the defendants infringed. U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051 regards "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects," No. 8,773,356 is on "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations" and No. 8,659,571 concerns Immersion's "Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices" Immersion believes the following products infringed upon those patents: ...

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    Sprint recently kicked off a trade-in promotion aimed squarely at Galaxy S6 and Note 5 prospective buyers, T-Mobile supports love with a free LTE tablet, among others, and Verizon just bumped up its prepaid data allotment, so it was about time AT&T joined this surprising pre-spring sales bonanza. It looks like the waiting may have been worth it too, as the second largest US carrier ranks first in savings offered to select Android enthusiasts. Namely, if you’re still in the market for high-end 2015 Samsung phones, even as the Galaxy S7 approaches, you can score a whopping $595 in bill ...

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    Annnd coming in third place, it's AT&T. We've been keeping track of software updates for carrier versions of the LG G4 as it was one of the first phones to get bumped to Android Marshmallow. But it's been a fun exercise in watching carriers go through their own processes with editing and sending out the update package. Thus, we come to AT&T,  just behind T-Mobile and all behind Sprint in the US for broadcasting the Android 6.0 OTA which includes a change to video calling as well. As the roll-out rolls on, we watch Verizon to see when it will get its software act together. Source: ...

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    The biggest football game of the year was probably a little less hotly contested than neutral fans may have wished for, but the publicity wars were as fierce as ever, with millions of dollars spent by companies as diverse as Audi, Budweiser, Buick, Coca Cola, Hyundai, LG, Pantene, Pepsi, Snickers, and T-Mobile on special effects, fancy sets, and especially celebrity cameos. It’s obviously hard to pick just one overall advertising winner, but when it comes to your wireless service providers, T-Mobile unsurprisingly prevailed once again. Granted, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contained ...

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    We're none of us fans here of intentionally breaking gadgets, but when a phone's main selling point is durability, we try to find ways to test those claims. The tricky thing about rugged phones, there is no such thing as a truly indestructible device. If you try to break a rugged phone, eventually you will succeed. Still, we can learn a lot about how this gadget handled the abuse we lobbed at it. The Kyocera Duraforce XD gives off a monster first impression, but how well does that thicker, reinforced casing, stand up to tough conditions? Will the waterproofing fail after a bad drop? We put ...

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    Mere weeks after busting Verizon’s balls and accusing it of using incomplete data and biased analysis to claim its network was better at everything from coverage to download speed, T-Mobile prevails in an exhaustive comparison of America’s big four carriers put together by OpenSignal. The seemingly independent company collected over 376 million datapoints from close to 182,000 users between October and December 2015, recording normal 3G and 4G consumption habits in normal usage, both indoors and out, in big cities and the countryside. Thus, OpenSignal states, its measurements represent ...

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    You know what's cool? Having a bunch of connected gadgets. You know what sucks? Having a unique phone number for each and every one. Thanks to the proliferation of instant messaging and VOIP calling services, being tied to a mobile phone number has become less of an issue in recent years – but there are still those who prefer the old-fashioned voice call, and the venerable SMS is still a solid standby when you've got friends who chafe at the intrusiveness of Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. For them, the idea of maintaining separate phone numbers for a 4G tablet, ...

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    AT&T is a big company that's growing ever fatter still. DirecTV got absorbed. Two Mexican carriers were bought out to form AT&T Mexico. It's been edging after more customers with more data and more spectrum. And yet, the Death Star has been quiet. Too quiet. It even chose to skip out on playing around with some ball-based advertisements! Okay, that was cheap. The Dallas-based company told investors that it added 2.2 million wireless subscribers in the US and 638,000 in Mexico in the quarter. The US breakdown comes to 526,000 postpaid subscriptions and 469,000 postpaid ...

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