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    Update: Apologies for Phil Nickinson's audio from Hangouts in the first few minutes. But it gets better, so hang on for our first two hour podcast in a long time! And, as you might guess with this update, the HQ audio podcast has been distributed. Our next podcast will likely be on Wednesday, so tune in then! For those of us in the US, the LG G4 is the last big flagship smartphone launch before the fall, so you better believe we're milking it. We talked LG G4 first impressions with Florence Ion, Joshua Vergara and Dom Esposito from a boat last week, and while today's episode of the ...

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    Companies that sell smartphones like to sell popular smartphones; it's hardly a controversial position to take. So when BlackBerry's market share started waning in recent years, T-Mobile decided to take a step away from the company and its smartphone offerings, focusing instead on handsets from platforms that were more in demand. While BlackBerry hasn't exactly reclaimed its past status, T-Mobile has finally warmed back up to its phones, and has found a place for the BlackBerry Classic in its smartphone stable. We know, the Classic is already getting long in the tooth at this point, having ...

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    Back in the days when talking 2G, flip phones, and PocketPC on message boards was still a thing, LG had what you might call a reputation. While the company pushed out its share of winners in the heyday of the feature phone, it also often played second fiddle to the competition in aspects ranging from build quality to cellular reception. For a time, LG was more curiosity than contender in the world of mobile technology. The tide began to turn sometime around 2007, when in the wake of the first iPhone launch, LG started producing very competitive handhelds for Verizon Wireless that split ...

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    Motorola's got a mixed track record as of late with Android updates. Some of the time we see them released at near record speed, while other updates languish for months on end. For those of you who have been anxiously looking forward to Motorola getting the ball rolling on updates for your phone, we may have some good news this evening, as the manufacturer has been spotted posting release notes for updates for quite a few of its models. Newly-published release notes are available for the Android 5.1 update for the Moto E 2015, Moto X 2014 (with both AT&T and T-Mobile -presumably the ...

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    T-Mobile over the past few years has been steadily rolling out various changes as part of its transition into the "Un-carrier," disrupting the wireless industry in various significant ways. These moves have been, in general, meant to pressure other carriers into adopting change, as well as customers into joining its network. However, until now, they've never been specifically targeted toward one carrier. That's exactly what's happening now, with the new T-Mobile Never Settle for Verizon campaign. The carrier is pulling one of its most ambitious moves yet to attempt to pull customers away ...

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    Android 5.1.1 first popped up at the beginning of the month, with factory images being available as of April 21 for download for the Nexus Player (strangely, not a Nexus phone nor tablet). While there's no official list of fixes, the build is expected to fix some memory leak issues, among others. A Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge update seems to bring this Android 5.1.1 build to the T-Mobile variant of the device, as seen in the video below (more after the video and image embed). The model of the device is SM-G925T, and, as the picture below seems to testify, it is indeed running Android 5.1.1, ...

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    The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Idol 3 is definitely, as our review will testify, a phone to consider, especially thanks to its capabilities, and more than attractive price point. However, the Idol 3 is a phone that will be available unlocked, without a contract. The Pop Astro, however, is a mid-ranger that the company just announced, and it will be available from T-Mobile. Available in T-Mobile stores as well as online, you can grab it for $0 down, or $6.24 per month over 24 months ($149.76 MSRP). For the money, you get a mid-to-low-end device that features a 4.5-inch TFT screen with qHD ...

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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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    About three weeks back, T-Mobile appeared to drop the Sony Xperia Z3 from its retail lineup. The phone no longer appeared for purchase on the company's website, and inquiries with the carrier over social media were met with confirmation that “the Z3 is no longer available.” While it was a little odd to see sales being discontinues after just five months of availability, considering expectations of the pending Z4 launch, we were able to see where T-Mobile might have been coming from. Well, the Z4 is now official, but only for Japan. There's word that a global flagship could be coming in ...

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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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    Carriers have any number of reasons for why they begin and end sales of smartphones when they do. New phones may arrive due to freshly inked deals with manufacturers, and vanish to make room for new models. So when word arrived yesterday that T-Mobile was halting sales of last fall's ZTE Zmax phablet, you might not have batted an eye at the news. But as more of this story comes to light, the Zmax's disappearance from T-Mobile's lineup is anything but ordinary, and there may be a very unusual reason why the carrier is putting a stop to sales. A leaked memo informed T-Mobile retail stores to ...

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    Being a Sony Xperia fan in the United States is not easy. Few carriers can be found throwing any support behind Sony's phones, and with a smartphone culture that's as carrier-centric as the nation's is, absence of such interest can easily prove to be a death knell for a new Xperia model. But last year with the release of the Sony Xperia Z3, there was a glimmer of hope, as T-Mobile welcomed the flagship to its stable. Just a few short months later, that's drawing to a close, as T-Mobile pulls the Z3 from its listings. With T-Mobile Z3 sales starting back at the tail end of October, that ...

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    Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge pre-orders are hitting the US tomorrow, and carriers are lining up to start taking their shot at selling you Samsung's hot new flagships. With the design of this year's models, Samsung's gone all out to present these phones as premium products, doing away with plastics in favor of a metal frame. Between the materials going in to making up the phone's body, the detailed quad HD display, and the powerful silicon within, it's understandable that the GS6 and GS6 Edge will find themselves selling for a pretty penny, but just how much will they end up costing? As ...

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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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    Samsung started off 2015 with a pretty sweet deal for customers picking up some new hardware: if you purchased a new Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, or Galaxy Tab S during a specific two-week window in early January, you could score a free year of streaming Netflix service – a $108 value. While nice what it lasted, that deal's long gone by now. With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge just about to land, Samsung's warming this Netflix deal back up, and today T-Mobile announced that new GS6 and GS6 Edge owners will get the same free year of service. To qualify you'll need to pre-order a GS6 or GS6 ...

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    Today marks T-Mobile's latest in its ongoing series of Un-carrier announcements (we're up to 9.0 at this point, if you're keeping track), and for a carrier so interested in forcing us to rethink our expectations for what we get from our cellular providers, there's always the possibility for some big news. Indeed, today's event brings word of a few big changes for T-Mobile's offerings, including a big focus on business users, a return of contracts of sorts, and a new spin on the old pay-off-the-ETF scheme to attract subscribers currently signed up with T-Mobile's competition. Let's start ...

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    Have the big flagship launches of MWC 2015 convinced you it's time to get a new smartphone? Oh, who are we kidding? With devices as desirable as the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, you probably didn't need too much convincing, anyway. But as you start wondering about whether or not you should pick one of these guys up when sales open in the near future, what are you thinking in terms of pricing? Neither manufacturer has yet shared any official pricing data, and while many smartphone shoppers in the US are still going the carrier subsidized route, a growing number of shoppers are ...

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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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    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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    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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