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    By now, the controversy surrounding T-Mobile's Binge On platform is out there, and if you're a subscriber, you're either aware of what it's doing and have taken steps to ensure your continued access to high-quality streaming video, have enthusiastically welcomed the bandwidth savings at the expense of a little quality, or have concluded that you don't really care about things one way or another. T-Mobile, for its part, is committed to sticking with the system, and today announces support for a handful of new video providers, while tweaking the way users can toggle Binge On off or on at ...

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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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    LG is currently in the process of working with all of its partner carriers to update G3 and G4 phones to Android 6.0 over the past couple of months. The company's latest premium smartphone launched on T-Mobile on October 30 — 25 days after the original Android Marshmallow images hit Nexus devices — with Android 5.1.1. We assumed, but had no guarantee that the V10 would eventually get the upgrade. But T-Mobile has confirmed that it and LG and starting the process for the device. The V10, along with the G3, G4 and G Stylo are in T-Mobile's Android Marshmallow update stable. No push ...

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    AT&T may have brought BlackBerry's Android-running Priv to the States, thanks to a limited-time exclusivity deal with the manufacturer, but it's already been a couple months since the handset landed, and other carriers have been eagerly looking forward to the day when they could get their own Priv sales started. Earlier this month we saw the rest of the big four lining up to get a shot at the Priv, with Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile alike all getting ready to add the phone to their own lineups. Today we start getting some of the details on just how that will happen, as T-Mobile ...

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    Those worrying about cascading impacts from the still-new zero-rated data programs have been looking toward what the FCC might assess them as. Are they net neutral policies or not? T-Mobile has had a colorful month in defending its own Binge On scheme from criticism while AT&T and Comcast have their own programs as well. The Commission asked representatives from the three companies to meet with them for discussions. Republican commissioners called it a "witch hunt" for shaming and regulation. But, after the discussions were done and over with, an FCC spokesperson has said that: FCC ...

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    T-Mobile's Binge On has been mired in controversy since the service was announced back in November: is the promise of free video data really worth a big downgrade in image quality? That was a tricky enough question on its own, but T-Mobile went and further complicated the issue by throttling the video connection of sites like YouTube that weren't even signed up to be a part of Binge On in the first place. Between that and the opt-out nature of the service, it was quickly turning into a PR nightmare – one only made worse as CEO John Legere took to publicly lambasting his critics. Today ...

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    After a lathering of criticism and data against T-Mobile's zero-rated video data program, Binge On, CEO John Legere is now defending it by saying it is popular with customers and signed parties. This comes as the company is preparing to send representatives to the FCC for discussions on this service. Legere first said that since the debut of Binge On, video watching has gone up some 12 percent. One of the program's top video providers saw daily average viewership jump 66 percent among limited data consumers, unarguably good news for what the program sets out to do. Binge On is also adding ...

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    Update: BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced at the company's CES 2016 press conference that Sprint and Verizon will also have the Priv as well. Chen disclosed that AT&T had a 60-day exclusivity clause that has just expired. More from Chen in our Via link. Our original story is below. T-Mobile's been blazing on upwards for the past few years, though it's been getting majorly checked by competitors, regulators and watchdog groups in the past few months. Whatever you think about its deals and steals, its plans and services and how it operates all of the above, one thing that can make or ...

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    It's easy to find yourself getting disillusioned by the smartphone offerings at CES this year, as they present few very exciting flagship-level offerings. But only looking for top-shelf hardware would be doing yourself a disservice. After all, it's important to remember what the C in CES stands for: consumer. And for a large number of shoppers, top-of-the-line specs don't matter as much as affordability and value – something all too easy to forget. ZTE finds its roots in delivering connectivity options to users who might not otherwise have them, and that mission continues today with the ...

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    T-Mobile claims that its zero-rated data scheme for video is not "throttling," a claim YouTube and the Electronic Frontier Foundation don't agree with. But whether or not you appreciate the delicate regulatory aspects of such programs like Binge On — and believe you me, the FCC is certainly interested — is irrelevant here. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, be it for a capped or unlimited LTE data plan, you're automatically opted-in to Binge On. And if what the EFF found out about the program irks you, you do have the option to turn it off. Thing is, T-Mobile doesn't make it easy. There ...

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    This development may put the FCC's meeting with T-Mobile in a new light — and perhaps the meetings with AT&T and Comcast as well. After YouTube took first spat against T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rated end users' costs for access to 480p video. That's so long as video providers ask to be on the program, which is free to participate in. YouTube was and is not a partner in the program and the company is claiming that its video is being "throttled" down to 480p. T-Mobile responded with a different term, "downgraded," which supposedly conforms with net neutrality. The ...

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    Although Lumia 950’s AT&T exclusivity stateside was initially supposed to be limited and expire within three months of the flagship phone’s debut, it’s possible Microsoft’s new software update policy permanently drove away other carriers. There’s no word of an approaching T-Mobile expansion, let alone Sprint or Verizon launches, and instead Magenta is reportedly looking to sell an entry-level, low-cost Windows 10 Mobile device starting next month. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL was rendered in both Android and Windows flavors back in October, subsequently seeing daylight on ...

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    BlackBerry’s long overdue rookie Android effort has one shot and one shot only to meet ambitious sales goals. It must expand from AT&T to the rest of America’s “big four” carriers as soon as possible, preferably before the rival spring 2016 flagships start to trickle in. Granted, the Priv has been doing a decent enough job at the box-office with just one telecom provider in its corner, but once the Galaxy S7s, HTC Perfumes, and LG G5s go official, its mainstream appeal may dramatically dry up, especially if discounts aren’t enforced in time or they’re capped off at $100 ...

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    When a company acknowledges a "less flattering" way of addressing spats with another company, you're likely to raise an eyebrow or two — no more, though. T-Mobile subscribers using the eyes below their brows to browse their YouTube subscriptions might have noticed their viewing on the go stuck at 480p. YouTube used the word "throttling" in its reading of the act to T-Mobile via the Wall Street Journal. It's not one of the 24 video service partners that signed on with T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rates data fees for end users while they watch optimized videos. T-Mobile has ...

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    The numbers two, three and four (especially three) of the US mobile carrier landscape have been ruthlessly hunting for disgruntled competitor subscribers, aiming their switch-incentivizing campaigns in particular at Verizon. Though well ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint in user counts, and unlikely to see its domination challenged by AT&T very soon either, Big Red might be starting to feel the heat, kicking off a hard to resist network swap offer. Like a “not-so-cool holiday sweater”, you can now ditch the “wrong network” without worrying too much of the consequences. That’s ...

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    Face it, Windows Mobile enthusiasts, there are no palpable Lumia 950, 950 XL or even 550 discounts coming this holiday season, nor should you continue dreaming of year-end updates for older models. But if you can make do without Continuum support or other high-end goodies, and don’t mind playing the Windows 10 waiting game a while longer, Best Buy has you covered. The WP 8.1-running Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 435 are available on and offline at $50 and $30 respectively, down from $80 and $50. The catch? You’ll need to activate the former on AT&T, and the latter on T-Mobile. The ...

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    Last month, T-Mobile announced Binge On, a scheme that offers to give the carrier's users unlimited access to streaming video that won't count against their data plans – so long as they're cool with down-sampled resolutions and decreased bandwidth. The service only covered streaming video from select providers, and if users didn't want to live with those trade-offs, they were always free to opt out – or so we thought. Now YouTube is alleging that T-Mobile is throttling its video connections to the carrier's users, even though YouTube is not among the services signed up to be a part of ...

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    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile's new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk "highly innovative and highly competitive." The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access "Stream TV" program that is described as "a cable service that only works in the customer's home." Today, Wheeler announced that he's requested meetings with the three ...

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    Given T-Mobile is the US carrier with the highest consumer satisfaction scores among the “big four”, yet its subscriber base isn’t growing quite as rapidly as CEO John Legere would want, it makes perfect sense to try every trick in the book to enlist fans of opponents. After all, rivals are pulling similar stunts, one going so far as to even tempt Magenta employees with gift baskets and lucrative job offers. Meanwhile, the “Uncarrier” couldn’t forget its existent customers, gearing up to shave $100 off “Samsung’s latest superphones” for “absolutely everyone.” The ...

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    As the longstanding number four of the US network, T-Mobile's been taking out its anger at "Dumb & Dumber," flying planes in front of both AT&T's and Verizon's New York headquarters and just raising general hell like a misbehaving child. Funny how putting Sprint down in the cellar brings out the same tomfoolery sometimes. Not this time. Not for the holidays. Instead, Sprint's CEO Marcelo Claure is making an underhanded move by sending care packages over to select T-Mobile. From Cheez-Its to Oreos, it seems that the bounty's plentiful and the pleading is as well. Claure makes a ...

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    In case the nation’s third largest mobile operator and leading “Uncarrier” wasn’t able to convince you it’s the top choice this holiday season with generous incentives for Verizon and AT&T deserters, Binge On unlimited streaming, and Black November deals, perhaps some discounts on probably the best Android phones in the world will pique your interest. By using the promo code “DEAL75OFF” on T-Mobile’s official website, you can take a cool 75 bucks off the regular no-contract prices of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and LG V10. Moreover, the GS6 was already slashed ...

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    According to one of its designers, Sony may be loosening up on its smartphone development cycle just a tiny bit. Rumors have gone contrary to this spooling down for a while, even as Sony has been making plays for Toshiba's camera unit and figuring out what it really wants to do in mobile. In the end, we may end up remaining on pace for a six-month-or-so update. A screenshot from a T-Mobile presentation in Poland places two new Sony Xperia models for introduction in Q2 of 2016. Also on tap throughout the first quarter: four new Samsung Galaxy phones, two new Lumias and another HTC One. Four ...

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    Ranked first among the “big four” operators in customer satisfaction by Consumer Reports, and hands down the network with the strongest marketing muscle nowadays, T-Mobile still has trouble markedly boosting its subscriber base. People are often too comfortable or just outright lazy to ditch the carrier they’ve embraced years back, no matter their dissatisfaction for overage fees, meager coverage or high device prices. Not to mention all the exclusive benefits offered by Sprint to folks switching from T-Mobile, or Magenta itself when you hail from AT&T or Verizon. Yes, ...

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    Labor unions have had their problems with T-Mobile. The National Labor Relations Board ruled against T-Mobile earlier this year, deeming it crossed federal labor laws by not allowing its employees to join or form a union. Big Magenta is about into another fight, this one against consumer advocates on its basic premise of being the "Un-carrier." USA TODAY reports that a labor and consumer organization called Change to Win is alleging to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that T-Mobile is deceptively advertising that its users can switch off to other carriers at anytime. The New York ...

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    The report of the Sprint's demise has been greatly exaggerated, but boy, is it hard not to see red in yellow. It traded places with T-Mobile in the subscriber base wars and is still pretty far down the network speed ratings. Furthermore, it's going to have to continue a pattern of cost-cutting which may also involve "unlimited lite" plans and the obsolescence of real unlimited plans. And yet, Sprint has gone on and decided to reboot its "Cut Your Bill in Half" promotion from a year ago to take away users from the bigger three carriers in the country. Yes, even T-Mobile. And while it's been ...

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