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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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    While it is common to find TV channels that are focused on specific ethnic, age, or gender groups, since hey, not all of us at home watch ESPN all day, it's not common to find this in your means of communication. Univision is quite popular in the United States as being one of the first television networks that's focused on the US Hispanic community, it seems that it just came up with a smarter way to attract customers and viewers. Both Univision and T-Mobile have just teamed-up to launch Univision Mobile, a new pre-paid MVNO that uses the T-Mobile network, and which focuses on providing ...

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    Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don't like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety. This week's special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the "special" acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing ...

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    A "kill switch" is often referred to as an "emergency stop switch", and is typically a safety mechanism used to shut something off in case of an emergency. When talking about machinery or even fuel pumps at your local gas station, a "kill switch" is a singular button or lever that will shut down everything. It doesn't matter which pump is spewing out gasoline or which machine your co-worker may be stuck in, this one button will shut everything down -- letting you sort out the specifics later. It's a great idea, the kill switch, when used properly. It brings with it significant and ...

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    Some things in life should be exclusive, like the people who are allowed to drive my car or eventually date my daughter. Other things, however, should be open to the general public. Parks, roads, drinking fountains, and the front seats of busses come to mind. Unfortunately, that's not the way things work over here in the States, at least not when we're talking about cellular phones. Carrier exclusives are still very much a thing -- although they should not be, not any more anyway. "Exclusives" are just like they sound, "restricted or limited to the person, group, or area concerned". When ...

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    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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    We tend to get a little fussy over carrier bloat, or the pre-installed applications that may come on a number of carrier-specific Android or Windows Phone smartphones. Bloat can and often does come from carriers, partners like Amazon, and even the manufacturer. For instance, I bought the T-Mobile HTC One M8 just this morning. It comes with five T-Mobile-specific applications I'll rarely (if ever) use: Mobile HotSpot, My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. While it's mostly minimal, these applications cannot be uninstalled – only reverted to the original versions ...

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    Remember just a few short years ago, when golden smartphones were the epitome of cheese? Perceptions sure have shifted, and now we're seeing gold options become regular offerings from top-tier manufacturers. There are also two distinct camps we're talking about when discussing gold smartphones: those that are gold in the sense that they're gold the color, and those that are gold in the sense that they're actually made from the precious metal. With the new HTC One M8, we get it both ways, either as a the “amber gold” color option, or as a 24-karat gold plated edition. While you probably ...

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    For the past couple weeks, if you wanted a new HTC One M8 in the US, your options were going with Verizon as your carrier, or placing on online order with another carrier, and waiting for your phone to ship. With a phone as hot as this one, though, who wants to wait any longer than they have to? We've been looking forward to the day when Verizon's short-lived period of in-store exclusivity would end, and we could really start seeing One M8 sales begin in earnest. That day is today, with Sprint and AT&T adding the phone to their retail store inventories. Both carriers will hook you up ...

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    T-Mobile has been finding a lot of success in the US with its no-annual-contract alternatives to service from some of the other major carriers, potentially saving users a fair deal of money in the process. This week the company is rolling out its latest series of “un-carrier” announcements, and today's is the news of an affordable $40 Simple Starter plan with unlimited talk and text, alongside 500MB of 4G data. Is it a smart deal, though? $40 is certainly a lot less than you might pay at other carriers, but there are two big problems we see with this plan. One was pointed out by BGR, ...

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    BlackBerry hasn't been a true favorite in any market lately, and proof of it are its terrible device sales in the last couple of years. As a result, and due to the tremendous disappointment that customers experienced with devices like the BlackBerry Z10, carriers like T-Mobile decided to allow customers to return their BlackBerry devices in exchange for anything else, and obviously that didn't leave the relationship in positive terms between both companies. Today BlackBerry's CEO John Chen released a statement confirming that his company will no longer renew its sales agreement contract ...

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    April is here, and that means that the Sony Xperia Z2, announced back at MWC 2014 in February, is getting ready to go up for sale. Much of our coverage of this phone lately has focused on rumors of delays and shortages, and while Sony has since confirmed that demand for the Z2 is indeed likely to exceed supply, the phone will still be available this month, even if in limited numbers. At least, that's to be the case in the UK; what can we expect from the Z2 over on this side of the pond? That story is slowly coming together, as North American carriers begin preparing to welcome the Xperia ...

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    We first got a look at LG's L90 back during MWC, going hands-on with the model alongside the rest of the new L-series devices. A little bit later, we started hearing about LG's release plans for the L90, and a leak (above) suggested the phone was destined for T-Mobile in the States. While the carrier still hasn't gone official with its plans, a new leak manages to fill us in on the details, revealing plans to begin sales later this month. According to the leaked roadmap, T-Mobile plans to introduce the L90 on April 23 (a date that could well be shaping up to be a pretty big one for ...

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    On April 2, Nokia will unveil more Windows Phones, as the company itself has teased the event using the #moreLumia hashtag. Since it coincides with Microsoft's Build conference, we're likely to see an upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 device (or maybe more), but there's no word on whether we should expect a high end or a lower end phone (though multiple devices is still a possibility). According to the latest from @evleaks, T-Mobile Windows Phone fans should soon expect a Nokia device to land on Magenta's line-up. The codename mentioned is "Monarch". This T-Mobile Nokia Monarch could very well be ...

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    You've heard the news, you've read the review, you've watched our hands-on videos: have you made up your mind yet about HTC's new One? If you are itching to go ahead and buy yourself the company's latest smartphone, you've got a ton of options, and HTC has really gotten a leg up on Samsung and its Galaxy S5 today by making the new One immediately available. Just how you'll go about purchasing the phone depends on what edition you have in mind, and which carriers you're interested in using for service. Let's take a look at your options: Verizon is the only carrier in the US to offer the new ...

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