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    Last week, unlocked Windows 10 Mobile phones got the Anniversary Update. This week, the carriers' phones get their turn. It started with AT&T's Lumia 950 today getting the update to 14393.67. There's no new firmware for the double-tap to wake feature, but it's still the Anniversary Update. Whether or not you're in for the same disappointment elsewhere is to be determined. AT&T hasn't officially listed the update on its device support page for the Lumia 950, but check your settings throughout the week for the update. Via: Windows Central

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    Time to knock some balls about. RootMetrics chewed through 265,386 miles across all 50 states and performed nearly 3.7 million tests in conditions from the great outdoors to the urban jungles and, yes, even inside the concrete canopies of 125 metropolitan areas. All of that just to find out how our big four carriers in the US are doing. So, how did everyone do? Well, Verizon's the winner because duh, AT&T's second, but who came in last? Here are the criteria and scores (base on a 100-point scale): [table] Criteria,AT&T,Sprint,T-Mobile,Verizon Reliability,92.4,90.1,84.0,95.7 ...

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    T-Mobile and Sprint are delivering "optimized" unlimited data plans. What does this mean for your phone bill? We've spent some time with Google's Duo video chat. Will this pull people from Facetime? Plus we went hands on with the new Honor 8 at the launch even in San Francisco, and it seems we have yet another premium budget phone to compete against Oneplus, ZTE, and Alcatel. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 214 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 18th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio ...

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    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which laid accusations against T-Mobile's Binge On zero-rate program not being net neutral, is calling out said T-Mobile again for more bits of anti-net neutrality. This time, its targeting T-Mobile One, the carrier's new one-for-all unlimited data plan. Senior staff technologist Jeremy Gillula believes that an extra $25 per month to bypass speed throttling on streaming video, music and gaming is a no-go in terms of the FCC's Open Internet Order. "From what we've read thus far it seems like T-Mobile's new plan to charge its customers extra to not ...

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    Could it be a coincidence that Sprint successfully completed its Unlimited Freedom market trials just as T-Mobile surprisingly decided to pull the plug on data plans altogether in one of the boldest Un-carrier moves yet? We think not, and the Now Network might be trying to beat Magenta at its own game, raining on the ONE parade with an arguably cheaper two-line unlimited everything scheme. For only $100 a month, compared to $120, a pair of Sprint subscribers can send however many texts they like, make all the voice calls in the world, and browse the web sans worries. The big catch? Video, ...

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    Not as much timeworn as ill-fated straight off the bat, the summer 2014-released HTC One E8 likely didn’t find many patrons either internationally or on the only US carrier willing to subsidize it. Basically a low-quality, plastic-clad clone of the One M8 with a more traditional single 13MP rear-facing camera setup replacing the all-aluminum 5-incher’s controversial dual 4MP photography mechanism, the Android mid-ranger launched on KitKat, getting a relatively timely Lollipop upgrade last year. It was all quiet on the OS makeover front afterwards, with just one or two maintenance ...

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    Well, this is beyond confusing. The same exact phone, with the same exact humdrum design and outdated hardware specifications, available on four US carriers under three different names. First, Boost and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid-specialized daughter operators, picked up the Alcatel Dawn a little over a month ago, charging just $70 with no-contract activations. In the meantime, the price dropped to $60, and now $30 on Cricket Wireless, where the entry-level 4.5-inch phone is branded Alcatel Streak. The Dawn/Streak can also be purchased starting today from Best Buy on AT&T ...

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    Sprint's second attempt at ending two-year contracts will be finished in about a week, if this leak is anything to go by. The number four carrier put the hammer down on contracts in January before bringing them back at the end of February. It then decided to take a more gradual sunset to the payment option by not offering contracts to new customers in May. Well, PhoneArena has the second half of the program in an obtained memo, saying that phones bought in-store with a new line or on upgrade won't be on contract starting August 26. Leasing and monthly installment plans will be the norm. ...

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    Verizon has been doing all it can to try and shake competing CDMA-run Sprint as it gets back on its legs. The fellows at yellow have been making big claims like its network being almost as reliable as Big Red. Plan price cuts have compounded the cutthroat attitudes in this market. Meantime, the checkmark has responded by saying that Sprint is still billions of faults behind Verizon (while raising prices with albeit beefier plans) and pointing out the fact that it owns LTE across the country. The carrier enlisted the help of Jamie Foxx to do just that. Preaching to the choir or falling on ...

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    Hilarious and efficient albeit sometimes tactless publicity stunts, irresistible deals and steals on new and old phones, a growing unlimited video streaming service, rising customer count, and according to OpenSignal’s latest “State of Mobile Networks” report, the fastest 3G and 4G LTE connections in the US. How is T-Mobile still third in the subscriber ranks, well behind both Verizon and AT&T? It has to do with history, of course, and public perception, since Magenta is about to overtake Big Red in terms of 4G availability too. Notice that the recent 2.8 billion measurements ...

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    When was the last time you were given $100 out of the blue? It's a rarity. Sure, the upfront discount works for all of us and even the extra credit we get after the purchase can be enticing sometimes, but if you catch a retroactive credit offer by surprise, you'd better be ready and willing to pounce upon it. So it goes that if you are planning to buy an HTC 10 direct from the company in the US, you'll be able to get it for $599, or $100 off the list price. Sure, that's been offered before, but say you already got your HTC 10 and missed out on the savings or you just happen to prefer ...

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    Has the "buy one, get one free" offer run its wear? T-Mobile was said to have such a campaign planned for the Galaxy Note 7 as soon as it arrived at its stores. Fast forward to today and we have something that probably won't need a new line or upgrade to obtain. 9to5Mac is reporting from its two sources that Samsung is supplying its new Gear Fit 2 fitness smartwatch as free bundle promotions for Sprint and T-Mobile to carry out. Then again, multiple campaigns can simultaneously apply to a single device. If a smart step counter isn't in your taste, Sprint may offer a 256GB microSD card. ...

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    T-Mobile has had an undeniably admirable hustle hype when it comes to its Simple Global offering. It punched up free calls, texts and unlimited high-speed data in Europe right after Brexit and in Brazil just before the Olympics. Well, it's the week of the opening ceremonies and Sprint is tailing the Un-carrier with a service bump of its own. As part of its Sprint Open World program, it is opening up high-speed data from 1GB to unlimited for everyone there in the month of August. That's in addition to free calls and texts already provided on the program. Sprint Open World is available as a ...

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    Sprint's done with its first fiscal quarter of 2016 and is reporting numbers. Like most companies, some are good and some are bad. The bad? The company recorded a net loss of $302 million for the three months ending on June 30. Operating income dropped 28 percent year over year to $361 million while net revenue was flat. The good? Overland Park added 173,000 postpaid subscribers this quarter, the fourth quarter in a row. It ends the quarter at 59,453,000 subscribers. Sprint's LTE Plus network launched in another 33 markets with a total of 237 markets so far. With a growing subscriber ...

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    T-Mobile raised its monthly plan rates last year as it introduced its Binge On zero-rate program. While it offered more data per tier and more hotspot data at that, the unlimited data package ended up starting at $95 from its previous $80. Currently, two lines of unlimited data come to $140 per month. Sprint's offering a $120 rate for the same thing. But it could dive even deeper if that carrier's trial offers of the "Unlimited Freedom Plan" expand nationwide. That takes the base rate for two lines of unlimited data down to $100 per month. But according to those in the know at the Sprint ...

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    The base rate for an unlimited data plan on T-Mobile is $95 per month. On Sprint, it's $75. Spread that difference over two years and you've got enough money for another good phone if you wanted it. The Now Network feels it's important to point that out in this micro-age of Pokémon GO madness, even as the Un-carrier is offering unlimited high-speed data to all of its customers for a year while on the app. "Unlike some of the other carriers, Sprint offers unlimited data at a fair price so you don't have to worry about using data while Playing Pokémon Go," Sprint stated in a press ...

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    Long distance communication fees are the last thing on your mind when it comes to checking up on loved ones following the disturbingly frequent terror attacks of late leaving countries as diverse as Turkey, Iraq, Syria and France paralyzed with fear. But for their part, US wireless service providers can do little else to help in such heartbreaking circumstances than ensure you won’t pay through the nose if you know someone in an afflicted area, and have to contact them ASAP. Once again, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint temporarily bury the hatchet, pausing the marketing BS and ...

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    How many iPhone leasing programs do you happen to know of? Maybe a few. How many Samsung smartphone leasing programs do you happen to know of? Probably just one. And that one is now none. Sprint's "Galaxy Forever" leasing program allowed customers to finance the Galaxy S7 and later trade up to next year's flagship for no extra charge. It debuted in February, but has since disappeared, according to Wave7 Research. On the Sprint subreddit, one user put the exact date of retraction down as June 23. Galaxy Forever not being offered online, not in stores, nowhere. In addition, the Galaxy S7 ...

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    Specialized in ultra-low-cost Android or Windows smartphones and tablets you’re not typically ashamed to show off in public, Alcatel OneTouch probably focused on the affordability angle too hard, and not enough on the bang for buck Virgin and Boost Mobile customers will get from the 4.5-inch Dawn. Hopefully, this won’t be the dawn of a new era for Marshmallow-powered handsets, marking the ill-advised return of FWVGA display resolution in the limelight. Those of you who are no longer familiar with the acronym will be shocked to hear it stands for Full Wide Video Graphics Array, or 854 x ...

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    Yes, you can unlock a phone off the Sprint network and use it on a GSM network. And yes, you can also use it on Sprint. Now that we have that out of the way, it's deal time. A top-rated eBay seller has the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S6 with 128GB of storage for $409.99. The device (only in the White Pearl color) is just about as good as new, but it only comes with a wall charger and cable in an aftermarket box — no user manuals or earbuds, here. We don't know what the warranty situation is like, but we've asked the seller and will get back if we hear a response. The phone ships ...

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    Is Google working on a Nexus smartwatch? Brexit is already causing tech prices to climb in the UK! Can Apple maintain high profit margins in an increasingly competitive industry? These stories, plus we'll be tackling your questions and comments, and get ready to vote for your favorite Pocketnow photog! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 208 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 7th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] ...

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    During Verizon's press conference debuting its new Verizon Plan pricing and features, the carrier decided to make sure that Sprint wasn't running away with a one percent loss. Where does that one percent come from? In a recent spate of ads featuring Verizon's former adman Paul Marcarelli, Sprint claimed to be about 99 percent as reliable as Verizon when it comes to service and outages. An engineer at the Checkmark pointed out that the one percent gap in reliability meant an extra 5 billion failures per year. Whatever failures they are, how severe they are, how far they hit and how long ...

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    The Now Network reckons the only thing better than a new device is two new devices, taking a page from T-Mobile’s old playbook with a “Tablet on Us” type of deal for a limited time. The main difference is Sprint’s free slate looks slightly less crappy, at least on paper. On the not so bright side, you need to sign up to a 24-month contract to qualify for your 9.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E gift, as well as buy a Note 5, GS6, S6 Edge, S7 or S7 Edge with installment plans, leases, two-year service agreements or at full SRP. No other phones are unfortunately eligible for the bundle ...

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    Sprint was the first to be out and about with a monthly version of Amazon Prime before Amazon itself put it out there. The option for it to be billed on top of your other monthly service fees made it convenient in its own way. And if you really doubt that, why not sign up this month and take a free spin at it, huh? The $10.99 monthly charge will be waived for the first 60 days of your use and you can feel free to cancel at anytime. And sure, there's the whole argument to be made about a slightly cheaper lump sum versus a more convenient and digestible financing option, but as consumers who ...

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    It’s become a normal reaction of US and international wireless carriers, as well as companies like Microsoft, to both natural and man-made disasters to ensure easy, hassle-free and economical communication between people potentially afflicted by said hazards and loved ones. Almost too normal. Unfortunately, there’s not much else Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can do in the wake of the tragic June 28 Istanbul airport bombings than waive fees typically associated with voice and text conversations from the US to Turkey. Interestingly enough, Sprint is the only operator in the ...

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