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    What's a smartphone user got to do to get a cellular plan with unlimited data? Among the big four carriers in the States, your options are pretty limited. Verizon and AT&T stopped selling such plans years ago, meaning if you don't have one already, you're not getting one now. That leaves T-Mobile and Sprint – but for how much longer? Sprint has said time and time again that it won't get rid of an unlimited data option, and so far that's proven true. But now CEO Marcelo Claure is finally talking about change, and warns that the unlimited data gravy train could be about to dry up. ...

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    Even in 2015, one of the worst parts about buying a smartphone in the US is the associated wireless plan. Oftentimes, that plan can work out to even more than you pay for the smartphone itself – and even if it's not, it represents a huge reason why many have stayed away from purchasing a smartphone. The big four carriers don't offer buyers much of a deal. Going with T-Mobile, easily the most affordable of the bunch, still has you paying at least $50 a month even if you're not using much of the allotted minutes, text messages, and data. So how do you get around that? An MVNO (mobile ...

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    HTC One E8 users on Sprint, you have a long-awaited treat headed your way! Mo Versi, a project manager for HTC, has confirmed that the Sprint HTC One E8 Lollipop update has been granted technical approval by the carrier – which means the rollout is just about to begin. According to Versi, the OTA will begin tomorrow (May 21), though it may be a while before your device is able to see the update. HTC has gone ahead and posted a changelog (linked in the source below) of what the update will bring; the four items you see below should be what to expect after the update: Android 5.0 ...

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    It's been three weeks now since the first Android 5.1.1 release went public, we've seen the software come to devices like the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and even Nexus 10. And while Google's tablets have been quick to take to this new build, the same hasn't been true for the company's smartphones, lingering back behind the curve. That may finally be about to change, as Sprint gives users the heads-up that the Nexus 5's Android 5.1.1 update is incoming. Sprint's delivered first warning of on-their-way Nexus series Android updates before, so the odds are in favor of the carrier being on to something ...

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    The G4 has been the LG phone on everyone's mind recently for the most part (and especially for T-Mobile customers, thanks to the various G4 preview events the company is hosting to generate buzz and hype for the smartphone. But that doesn't mean that's all LG has got lined up for the Un-carrier's portfolio; if an internal T-Mobile memo leaked by TmoNews is to be believed, the T-Mobile LG G Stylo and LG Leon are also on their way to the network, supposedly ready to be launching on May 20. According to the publication, T-Mobile retail staff members are being primed to prepare for the ...

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    The LG G4 just debuted in a global launch event, but it's South Korea that's getting the phone first, with availability starting tomorrow, April 28. We knew that the big carriers in the US would start getting their hands on the phone later this spring, but when? One by one, the carriers are now speaking up about their own plans for the G4. First we heard from T-Mobile, confirming its intention to carry the G4. And while it hasn't offered a date just yet, it does have a way to give you an early look at the phone, thanks to a contest that will see the carrier giving out a G4 a day for free ...

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    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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    What do you look for in your mobile provider? The best network coverage? The most affordable rates? Sprint thinks that putting a priority on customer service is going to help it stand out, and that's just what it's doing for its latest effort, making moving to a new phone as easy as possible with the introduction of its Direct 2 You in-home phone “shopping” experience. Direct 2 You brings a new phone right to the homes (or offices, or wherever) of Sprint users, delivered by a Sprint employee who introduces the new device, helps set it up, and transfers customer data over to the new ...

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    With the arrival of iOS 8 last year, Apple's iPhone picked up a valuable new feature: WiFi calling. For users spending much of their days indoors, where cellular reception can be hit-and-miss, being able to route voice calls over a convenient WiFi connection can be a real lifesaver. So far, you've been able to take advantage of it in the US if you had an iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus running on T-Mobile's network. That's great for TMo users, but what about the rest of us? Today millions of additional iPhone users start getting access to the the same capabilities, as the ...

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    The Galaxy S6 is nearly here: in just another two weeks, smartphone fans around the world will finally be able to start taking home Samsung's latest flagship, in either standard flat-screen or curved Edge variants. But for a phone that's about to land, we've found ourselves going without some important specifics concerning just how we'll be able to buy this guy. We've certainly heard enough rumors about pre-orders, and made some inferences from dates mentioned in certain GS6 promotional offers, but now Samsung's cutting through all the clutter and spelling out clear as day how the Galaxy ...

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    We've seen what the HTC One M9 is all about (if you've missed our review, make sure to catch up on it), and now we're hearing official wording on the U.S. HTC One M9. We knew that US carriers would be picking up the 2015 HTC flagship, and now you can prepare to grab yours online at 12:01AM ET on Friday, March 27. The phone will also become available in retailer and carrier stores starting April 10, and, regardless of the carrier of your choice, you should be able to secure your unit if you are a customer of one of the "major carriers", to quote the official press release. As far as color ...

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    The Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Lollipop update wasn't the only bit of information that Sprint shared today. Those of you rocking the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint's network should prepare to finally receive their Android 5.0 Lollipop refresh, according to the carrier. The official wording says that the update is rolling out to customers now, but it might take a little until it reaches your phone. However, that's not an excuse for not checking for its existence manually. As far as the update is concerned, you should expect Lollipop in its full glory (plus TouchWiz), which means Material Design, ...

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    Android 5.1 has been just recently announced, and, while factory images for some Nexus devices have already popped up, the Nexus 6 was not on the list. However, it looks like you don't have to wait any longer, as, apparently, Sprint is preparing to push out the refresh to Nexus 6 devices on its network today. The build number listed in the Sprint support document is LMY47D, and it constitutes the Nexus 6 Android 5.1 update. Release date is set for today, and it should bring you Google's latest and greatest, with some of the improvements we've heard with the occasion of the announcement ...

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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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    When it comes to cellular carrier competition in the US, it's far from an even playing field. We've got Verizon and AT&T so far out in the lead that they've got well over twice as many subscribers as their closest competition. Then there's T-Mobile and Sprint fighting it out for third and fourth place, and while sometimes we like to talk about a “top five,” bringing US Cellular into the mix, that carrier's an order of magnitude smaller. That T-Mobile/Sprint balance has been showing the greatest likelihood of a shift, and while Sprint's been in third to T-Mobile's fourth, stagnant ...

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    We were so optimistic when we LG first revealed the G Flex 2 at CES last month; on first impression it looked like the manufacturer had done much to address some of the shortcomings of the first-gen model. But after spending some time with the Android smartphone, serious chinks in the armor began to show, and unavoidable issues with lag took a big chunk out of our enthusiasm. As we mentioned in our review of the phone, there's hope that LG will resolve some of those software issues in time for the US release; so when will that be? We've got our first confirmation of a date, as Sprint ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop updates first started showing up for LG G3 handsets in the US just about one week ago, as AT&T got the ball rolling for its subscribers. Who would be next? While we hadn't heard anything official from the other big carriers, a leak out of Sprint a few days prior had managed to offer a tentative date: February 16. That document was clear that this wasn't set in stone, and Sprint might end up rescheduling things, but it at least gave us a starting point. With February 16 now upon us, it's clear that Sprint didn't have to change its plans after all, and Lollipop for ...

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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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    Who's the best provider to be on in the United States if you're interested in timely access to Android updates? Sure, the manufacturer in question matters just as much as which carrier you're on, but this afternoon there seems to be one clear winner for scoring the latest Android Lollipop updates for big-name flagship phones: following word that the HTC One M7 is about to make its Lollipop debut with Sprint tomorrow, confirmation has arrived that another high-profile Android model will similarly be making the journey to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as Samsung reveals plans to release a Lollipop ...

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    Well this is an unexpected treat: late last week, HTC fessed-up to missing its own 90-day promise on getting Lollipop updates out for the HTC One M7 and M8. We had already seen solid progress on bringing Lollipop to the One M8 in nations around the world, but the US was still waiting. For the One M7, the situation looked far worse, with little outward evidence of progress towards a public release. So while we were optimistic that the One M8 might complete its Lollipop roll-out soon, we were resigned to waiting a bit longer for the M7's update. So imagine our surprise with HTC's Mo Versi ...

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    The tide is changing in the US smartphone market. Competition between carriers is heating up, and major shifts in how we pay for phones and service are already underway. If you bought a new phone recently, there's a solid chance that instead of taking advantage of a carrier subsidy, you either bought the handset outright or directly financed it through a payment plan. And with so many players offering to pay their competitors' early termination fees in order to snag new customers, you have to think up with something pretty compelling to keep subscribers for the long haul. Last fall, Sprint ...

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    Yesterday, one very old rumor found itself back in the spotlight, as talk of Google getting into the cellular service game for itself picked up new momentum from a report detailing the company's efforts to act as an MVNO by reselling access through Sprint and T-Mobile. It's a quite interesting idea, even if the impact it might have on the market is largely dependent on details like pricing and availability that are still very much unknown. But would anything actually come of the rumor this time, or would it be like all those times before, where nothing concrete ended up happening? Neither ...

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    Google's interests continue to grow year after year: from search, to phones, to self-driving cars, to fiber optic internet. On the phone side, Google already runs development of its operating system, sells its own brand of Android hardware, and publishes its own apps – really, all that's left for it to become a one-stop-smartphone-stop is delivering the wireless connectivity phones need to get online. We've heard rumors about the company expanding into the carrier space for some time now, with the most recent round surfacing last spring amidst claims that Google might launch an MVNO that ...

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