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    After Netflix surrendered to cable providers and paid up to connect to their servers, the movie streaming service has admitted to cramping down on traffic from the nation's two most popular carriers, AT&T and Verizon. Complaints have been filing into the two carriers, which have denied altering customers' streams, since last week. That was when T-Mobile CEO John Legere continued defending the carrier's Binge On zero-rated video streaming scheme which sets the maximum data rate for video to 1.5Mbps. Netflix announced that it streamed to AT&T, Verizon and many other global carriers' ...

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    It was definitely a little surprising to see Verizon get the Android 6.0 promotion ball rolling as far as US carrier-locked variants of Samsung devices are concerned, but Sprint is apparently hitting back with an even more unexpected pair of updates. In addition to the Galaxy Note 5, which we were anticipating would be renewed software-wise on the Now Network very soon, the S Pen-enabled phablet’s predecessor is also in the process of leaving Lollipop behind. That’s right, Sprint is reportedly refreshing the user experience simultaneously on the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5. Many happy ...

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    The Galaxy S7 has had promo after promo after promo to boost its sales. LG has been trying to keep up with Samsung's shenanigans with a couple of its own tricks. US Cellular was the first carrier in the country to make its LG G5 offer known. AT&T pushed the envelope with a BOGO deal and a free battery. T-Mobile went all-out and put in the LG 360 CAM in the bag gratis. But it looks like Sprint — whose CEO has been a little hapless with Twitter today — will take the race at this stage with low prices and an accessory bundle. With the stipulation that you trade-in your current phone, ...

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    Apple may have only just confirmed the iPhone SE earlier this week, but we've been talking about the phone (under various names) for months now. It might not be that Apple smartphone that's generated the most leaks ever, but we sure heard plenty about this model in the time leading up to its launch. All the rumors, leaks, and early reports ultimately inspired Apple's fans to imagine just how this phone might take shape, and back in late February, designer Martin Hajek shared his own take on all that, bringing together three of the most popular rumored iPhone SE designs for a series of ...

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    You know how Samsung sometimes resorts to questionable humor and low blows in its generally entertaining anti-Apple publicity stunts, while Cupertino always takes the high road and never responds to its arch-rival’s ironies? Until a few days ago, we thought Verizon was seeking to employ a similarly diplomatic and defensive advertising strategy, outright ignoring Sprint and T-Mobile’s increasingly derogatory campaigns. But busting Big Red’s balls must have awakened the sleeping giant, which went on the counter-offensive on Friday with a pair of 30-second commercials starring none ...

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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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    Too many smartphone manufacturers are content to churn out phone after uninspired phone, upgrading components with the latest tech and keeping up with the most recent OS build, but failing to give us anything that really feels “new.” So when Nextbit emerged with its crowfunded Robin, offering a phone that not only looked different from so many other handsets out there, but came with a compelling cloud-connected hook, we sat up and took notice. The hardware we ultimately got wasn't without a few flaws, but the whole Robin experience came together really well, and we found ourselves ...

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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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    The fourth most popular wireless service provider stateside has two important deliveries for its Samsung-using subscribers. Speed addicts who absolutely need to own the best of the best at all times are looking at early Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shipping, while folks content with yesterday’s “big thing” have Marshmallow goodies on their way OTA. Sprint is yet to confirm the Android 6.0 expansion to its Samsung Galaxy S6, and sightings of the update are still scarce. But clearly, it’s too late for any beta tests of sorts, so if one customer’s received M enhancements, a nationwide ...

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    If you happen to be on one of Sprint's prepaid networks, you might be able to catch up on the latest mobile flagship from Samsung if you have enough money for it. Boost Mobile will be first to introduce the 32GB Black Onyx Galaxy S7 to its shelves on March 11 before Virgin Mobile USA does on March 18. Both outlets will price the phone at $649.99, short of tax. While T-Mobile was the first major postpaid carrier to start shipping out phones to its customers, its prepaid subsidiary, MetroPCS, has yet to announce an exact date for when it will offer the Galaxy S7 up to customers. Source: ...

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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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    Over the past few years, US carriers have been changing up the way they sell us smartphones … and we want to say “for the better,” but is it? At least, while long-term service contracts and the subsidized prices that go with them have fallen out of fashion, phone-buying is still far from a straightforward process, with installment plans and leases continuing to distract us from those cold, hard sticker prices. But while things might not be perfect, at least we can all agree that we're better off without contracts, right? Well, we thought we were at a consensus, especially after ...

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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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    “The Next Galaxy” is (almost) here, and in addition to refined designs, a bunch of incremental hardware upgrades, as well as the return of water protection and microSD support, the S7 and S7 Edge apparently aim to stand out with an unusually early pre-order start and, best of all, freebies. No more waiting months on end to see the latest flagships discounted. This year, they offer phenomenal bang for buck off the bat, at least stateside, where they’re bundled with gratis Gear VR headsets. Also, a 6-pack virtual reality game package, and a full 12 months of Netflix, if you choose to ...

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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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    It’s certainly been a bittersweet past six months or so for the Now Network, which fell behind arch-rival T-Mobile in subscriber numbers and was forced to lay off thousands of employees, but that now shows usage and financial improvements, as lengthy contracts are finally discarded. Sprint seems to be doing a respectable job in software updates for recent phones locked to its network as well, while marketing efforts continue to be focused on prospective recruitment of both users and workers for the competition. Meanwhile, the fourth largest mobile operator stateside also understandably ...

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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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    HTC has kept its word. Specifically, last week, it was Sprint's HTC One M8 that got the upgrade. We were told that it would be within this week that the manufacturer's latest phone on the Now network would do the same ditty. Funnily enough, it did, after T-Mobile launched its Marshmallow upgrade for the LG G4. HTC One M9 units on Sprint have begun to receive over-the-air updates to Android 6.0. That's pretty much the story right there. As with the One M8 and LG G4, Sprint is the first US carrier to update its variant of the One M9 to Marshmallow. AT&T, T-Mobile Verizon users will have ...

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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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    Sprint has taken a cannon to shooting out software updates recently, especially when compared to other US carriers. While HTC phones have been pretty tidy in terms of keeping up-to-date on the Android side, when carriers are put into the process, things tend to stew longer. But the twain have come together for a day and things are okay. HTC VP of Product Management Mo Versi tweeted that both the regular and harmon/kardon editions of the HTC One M8 are currently getting Android 6.0 OTAs. Sprint HTC One M8 / M8 HK Owners! Great news, we have received technical approval on the Marshmallow OS ...

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    A press release as bright and effusive as Sprint's color palette came along with an earnings call that told of the company's best earnings in years. The company's already decided to make harsh reductions on its back-end, so the follow-up will have to be progressive subscriptions and sales growth. But so far, so good. In its Q3 FY15 earnings call, the Kansas-based company reported netting 501,000 postpaid and 366,000 prepaid subscribers, improvements of about a half million on each side from last year. More postpaid subscribers jumped from competing carriers to Sprint this quarter than ever ...

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    More than three years into Softbank's ownership of Sprint, the company has been on a $2 billion mission to run lean and return to profitability. Some at Sprint's Overland Park, Kansas, headquarters believe it took a bunch of unused advice to get to this point. It took a while for the last-place carrier to get cutthroat with its first-tier competitors. Now, it's making major internal moves. More than 2,500 jobs will be eliminated by the end of the month. Roughly 2,000 of them will be at five customer care centers in New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Colorado while the headquarters ...

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    Forget Samsung and Apple’s seemingly never-ending publicity war, as America’s “big four” carriers take combat by mocking rivals to the next level. As per usual, T-Mobile doesn’t give two hoots about proper advertising etiquette, going straight for Verizon’s jugular in relation to a Big Red commercial the “UnCarrier” feels was deceptive. In it, VZW used tiny colored balls to illustrate the huge gap between the nation-leading network and all three competitors in everything from data, calls, speed and reliability. However, according to T-Mo, the “independent” study cited ...

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