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    After multiple reports of a planned merger between Sprint and T-Mobile USA, more alleged details have reportedly emerged. The merger deal has been allegedly accepted, with the combined company to be named SoftBank USA -- meaning, the T-Mobile and Sprint monikers would be history. The CEO of the new company would be the current T-Mobile USA chief, John Legere. Dan Hesse, Sprint's CEO, would step down from his current position, though he would remain a part of the SoftBank board. Also scrapped would be the MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile prepaid brands, all rolled in to one ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    Carriers in the US have seen their stranglehold on subscribers locked-in to two-year contracts wane in recent years, as more and more users are lured away from the temptation of subsidies and elect to buy their phones outright, enjoying the freedom of service options that choice affords them. But even as the popularity of these sorts of arrangements grows, getting set up with them isn't always the most graceful experience: you buy your SIM-less phone from one retailer and are then left to your own devices so far as tracking down a SIM and getting things activated go – for us ...

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    If we're to believe the latest reports, the long-rumored T-Mobile and Sprint deal could soon become a reality. To hear it told, the carriers are essentially committed to going through with a deal that would merge the companies, and all that's left is to negotiate a few of the finer specifics (minor stuff, like how many billions of dollars T-Mobile is worth). But let's assume for a moment that all this is accurate, and the carriers will eventually merge. What then? Who would head up this new, bigger network, large enough to compete head-to-head with Verizon and AT&T? Both Sprint and ...

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    You know what's even better than having the hottest smartphone around? Being the only person you know who was able to get their hands on such a hard-to-come-by model. We've already seen luxury brands release “boutique,” “designer” handsets, ranging from the bank-breaking excess of Vertu to the just-out-of-reach Porsche Design BlackBerrys. That north of $1000 range is going to remain inaccessible to many smartphone shoppers, but T-Mobile seems to be trying to create a little buzz around some more affordable –but still of limited availability– smartphones, as it kicks-off ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z, despite being surpassed by the company's next two flagships, is still on the company's list to receive software updates. The T-Mobile version of the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is being updated to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), with the OTA now rolling out to applicable users. The update occurs at a time when users of global Xperia Z owners already are basking in the glory of Android 4.4.2, KitKat, which only serves to show just how bad United States carriers are about getting timely updates out to consumers. Said global consumers had this particular update more than five months ...

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    Rumors of a possible acquisition of T-Mobile US by Sprint aren't about to fade soon, it seems. A new report out of The Wall Street Journal tells us that the two companies may be nearing a deal, where Sprint would purchase the "Uncarrier" early this summer. Pricing details from the WSJ haven't been too conclusive -- the report initially stated the sale price as $50 billion, but an apparently revised version lists it as $32 billion in one spot and $50 billion in another. We are not certain what to expect in terms of the total price, as a result, but the one thing the source has been ...

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    It feels like Android 4.4.3's been hanging just out of reach for months now. It's not that we're expecting any kind of game-changer, and it seems we'll be getting what by all accounts is mostly a bug-fix update, but we're still quite curious to learn when it will ultimately arrive. Will we be waiting until Google I/O later this month? It turns out that 4.4.3 may arrive significantly before then, as today T-Mobile posts notice that updates are on their way for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. This isn't the first time we've seen a carrier tell us that 4.4.3 was on its way, with Sprint pulling ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 635 may not be the flagship that its size points it out to be, but then again, there is also a market for those that want a decent-sized phone with an enticing price tag. After its recent announcement and launch in certain countries abroad, we're still waiting for it to reach US shores, and obviously there are steps in that process, which have already begun. The Nokia Lumia 635 has just stopped by the FCC, and judging by its frequency support of bands AWS 1700/2100 MHz and LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17, this is clearly the same device to support both AT&T and T-Mobile. ...

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    Smartphone users in the United States are quite familiar with the big four carriers by now, and while the presence of these companies can sometimes feel like an anchor in an otherwise turbulent industry, we've seen more than a few efforts to shake things up and change the pecking order a little. Those have included plans like AT&T's failed attempt to purchase T-Mobile a few years back. More recently, we've been looking at the possibility of Sprint and T-Mobile merging, and despite recent comments from the CEO of T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom, claiming that no sale was in the ...

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    T-Mobile has recently made bold moves in the wireless industry with its "Uncarrier" changes to the norm -- it has picked apart consumer pain points and tried to address them, in hopes of gaining customers. Their latest moves are set to be unveiled at an event in June, and though we haven't a clue as to what to expect from the event, we are looking forward to it. Previous invites to T-Mobile events have hinted at what would be unveiled, but "We don't play it safe and sound" doesn't quite hit us immediately. Of course, we can spin it in many directions; sound could refer to call quality, or ...

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    At today's G3 launch event, LG came prepared with plenty of information about its new flagship: hardware specifics, software features, the works. If we had to be picky about one area where we ended up feeling a little let down it would be in information about the phone's release. Sure, manufacturers delaying news about retail sales until some point post-launch is hardly anything to be surprised about, but perhaps we're just spoiled by recent launches like the One M8's where the entire sales picture was an open book from day one. With the G3, at least we've heard independently from all the ...

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    If there's one thing we like more than great smartphones, it's a great smartphone that's also a fantastic value. Early last year, Nokia brought us the Lumia 520, which we've seen sell for as low as $45. Then in the fall we got the 525 (above), which followed closely in the 520's shoes while delivering some much appreciated updates, like a doubling of the handset's RAM. Problem is, the 525 hasn't been nearly as ubiquitous as the 520; will a new model ever arrive with the same global appeal of the 520? Rumors from a couple months back talked about a possible Lumia 530, and while details were ...

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    The LG G3 has been mercilessly outed by various sources until now, and it seems the leaks will continue right up until the May 27 reveal of the device. Today we are seeing two sources show imagery of a T-Mobile model of the G3, and both have offered up more details about the device. First of all, we are getting a glimpse of more of the user interface. According to one of the images obtained by TmoNews, we are dealing with a user interface quite similar to the one we saw on the G2 last year, though this one features a couple notable points. First of all, this T-Mobile variant will feature ...

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    They say karma is all about cosmic balance, and when it comes to smartphone sales, that may be right on the money. Take colorful phone options: back when the Moto X launched, shoppers in the US had exclusive access to all those pretty Moto Maker configurations, and even after the phone spread abroad, those custom options didn't make the journey with it. On the flip side, the Galaxy S5 debuted internationally with four color choices, and this time it was the US stuck with only the drab black and white options. A couple weeks back we heard that may soon change, with Verizon rumored to pick ...

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