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    Cellular networks have kept up with some of the smartwatch releases out there, especially the cell-connected variants. It went for the Gear S, the Gear S2 and what was to be the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE ... "was to be" was all it was, though. So, what does Verizon think it's doing selling Bluetooth-only smartwatches? Maybe its product philosophy now includes getting its subscribers fit without XLTE. Verizon announced that it'll be helping to "make those New Year's resolutions a reality" by adding two new fitness products to its inventory. The Moto 360 Sport is a little smartwatch ...

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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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    The idea of being able to access certain online services without that data counting against your monthly wireless data allotment is a super-controversial one right now, with moves like T-Mobile's BingeOn program bringing what's known as zero-rated data to the public's attention. Even as the FCC starts taking a closer look at the practice, more and more players are interested in getting involved themselves, and Verizon's recently indicated that it's looking into sponsored data might work on its own wireless network. But before any third parties get involved, Verizon might start this ...

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    While carrier exclusivities are rarely a good idea for a Hail Mary pass-type of device aimed at overturning a company’s long-struggling financials, the BlackBerry Priv should soon break AT&T’s shackles, and expand to Verizon, almost definitely T-Mobile, and likely Sprint too. How soon? That’s impossible to say with clockwork precision, but based on a recent FCC authorization, at least Big Red may be able to pick up the security-focused Android smartphone ahead of February’s Mobile World Congress and the spring onslaught of new high-enders from top-tier BlackBerry rivals. Of ...

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    Is it nearly time to stop talking about holiday-season shopping? We suppose you technically do have a few days left, but by this late date we hope you've got all the names crossed off your list, all you boxes wrapped, and you're finally getting to that stage where you can sit back and actually enjoy yourself. Maybe with all those gift recipients taken care of it's finally time to think about what you want for yourself, and if that means a new smartphone, Best Buy just shared details about a promotion that takes a hot deal from last week and makes the offer a lot more attractive, extending ...

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    Forget intuitive software, buckets of storage, and advanced connectivity options; when it comes to selling smartphones, retailers love nothing more than a feature that demos well. Maybe no recent phone does that better than Motorola's Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon, armed with its ShatterShield display. Those two companies have been anything but shy about showing off just what ShatterShield offers, dropping the Droid Turbo 2 time and time again onto hard surfaces, while showing just how resilient and crack-proof the phone's screen can be. And while we can't deny that the demos we've seen have ...

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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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    Update: BB-8 is overr8'd. See you next week! An Android tablet that doesn't quite belong. HTC news on both sides of the good/bad divide. An ugly-as-sin Apple accessory. And a Droid Turbo 2 that looks like Star Wars' own BB-8! Where are you going to find talk like this anywhere else on the internet? If you answered "anywhere I look," you're right indeed ... but you ended up here so welcome to the party. All of the above – plus your listener mail – awaits on episode 178 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:30pm Eastern on December 11 (click here for your ...

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    We tracked the pitiful software story of the DROID Turbo. It launched with Android KitKat just after Lollipop was made publicly available. The update to 5.0 took six whole months. We spread the blame between the manufacturer and its exclusive partner, Verizon. But could the two have come together to allow for a more efficient software update process for its latest shared halo phone? They did come together with Disney for a Star Wars promo. Who knows? All we know is that Motorola is now allowing some DROID Turbo 2 owners download an "early preview of a new software release." Nothing more ...

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    You don't need to be a big sci-fi fan to be excited about the next series of Star Wars movies on the way, and right now we find ourselves just days away from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Verizon has already shown its own Star Wars love with its Google Cardboard giveaway earlier this month, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Beyond presenting the official red carpet livestream from the film's world premiere, and giving away 12,000 tickets to subscribers through its TheoryWars.com site, Verizon's also getting ready to offer shoppers their choice of Moto Maker-configured ...

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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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    In reality, data is really, really cheap to move. But if you're an internet service provider, add infrastructure, maintenance, repair and expansion costs and you have yourself a bill or two to pay off. So, why not make someone other than your customers foot that bill? AT&T's been doing Data Perks — surveys done on behalf of third parties for up to an extra gigabyte of data a month. But Verizon will likely beat out Big Orange to reach what looks to be a high bar for "sponsored data" implementation as it begins testing on free data on selective content. Of course, it's not really as ...

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    While T-Mobile’s user base still stands at less than half of Verizon and AT&T’s subscriber counts, and Magenta’s call and data quality remain arguably mediocre, “innovative” services like Binge On, as well as super-convenient JUMP! On Demand deals, were bound to vastly improve the “Uncarrier’s” consumer satisfaction scores. Let’s not forget the John Legere-commanded wireless network outfit essentially paved the way for all “big four” operators to ditch contracts, or T-Mo’s frequent publicity stunts that may often seem childish, but almost always stay with you. ...

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    We're just a couple weeks away from the release of the next entry in the Star Wars film saga, and to day that fans are excited might just be the understatement of the year. Businesses have been tapping into this enthusiasm through no shortage of their own tie-in promotions, with everyone looking to get a piece of those Star Wars marketing dollars. Today Verizon shares word of its own offer, and while we're not getting anything as cool as a modern reincarnation of the old Droid R2-D2, it does have a pretty attractive freebie waiting for its users. Verizon users can stop in one of the ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    If you're treating yourself or your family to a Christmas-time upgrade and you're on Big Red, you might be in luck if you have LG on the table. It's not exactly the deal T-Mobile came up with — a $100 off-the-top discount for several phones including the LG G4 and V10 — and Verizon's prices for those two phones are higher than on T-Mobile. Heck, LG has made some better promotional offers on its own! But it's something if you decide to purchase either device, be it for initiation or upgrade on Verizon by the end of Christmas day. Head over to LG's promo website before January 8 (or ...

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    How does a start-up streaming video service compete with original series like "Top Gear" and "Orange is the New Black"? We don't know, we're just on YouTube and have more than a million subscribers (thank you so much, by the way). But will a comedy series be the end of Verizon's go90 service? It might not really end up as a "Fatal Decision" on Verizon's part, but CollegeHumor production team Big Breakfast are hoping to gain some mainstream prominence with a new 52-episode comedy series scheduled releases happening every Wednesday. It's go90's first original series. The plot revolves ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just minutes ago we were poking around the Google Store listing for the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, thinking about what Google might be planning in terms of its own sales, and wondering why despite mentioning availability at both AT&T and Verizon, the page made no effort to link to anywhere a shopper could actually order the smartwatch. To our surprise, an LG representative has just confirmed that the company is outright canceling its plans for the smartwatch due to an unspecified hardware issue. We've heard of manufacturers changing their mind ...

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    Back in March, Google split device sales off from Google Play, and brought them instead to the newly launched Google Store. The website offers visitors a convenient place to buy Nexus hardware, Chromecast-series devices, Chromebook laptops, Android Wear smartwatches, and all manner of accessories. At least, most of what it does is selling things, but a new product listing suggests that the Google Store may also start filling a promotional role for certain devices, even when Google's not selling them at all. We recently saw US carriers start sales of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. ...

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    T-Mobile has been chasing tails from the beginning of this spectrum auction process. It's been fortunate so far to have had a fairly clear berth from its smaller counterparts. It also claims to have up to $10 billion in its arsenal ready to bid — with more cash ready to go as the carrier sells some of its cell towers. Now, it's once again going after the nation's most popular network to put a cap on its quest for the 600MHz band. Specifically, we're talking about the reserve band of the 600MHz: approximately 40MHz of spectrum  reserved for carriers that own less than one-third of a ...

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    Brett Dennen isn't the only one that loves a comeback. John McCain isn't the only Comeback Kid. And it took a comeback for Apple to be in the elephant position it's been in for several years now. BlackBerry CEO John Chen believes the company can pull a Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back. Now we know that T-Mobile CEO John Legere believes so, too. How? Like in this lede, through word association. Seriously, a word association game. Who knew those things could be so telling? For example, when a CNET reporter mentioned "5G," COO Mike Sievert responded with "2020." It might be as early as ...

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    AT&T kicked off a flurry of carrier interest in WiFi-based voice calls last month when it petitioned the FCC for regulatory approval to work around existing voice-call rules for hearing-impaired users and implement its own WiFi-friendly system. The FCC was quick to give AT&T the go-ahead, and just days later we saw the carrier formally launch WiFi calling with iPhone support. Verizon execs sure seemed to have taken notice of AT&T's actions, and later in October we learned that the carrier had petitioned the FCC for its own WiFi-call-enabling waiver. Today we get word that the ...

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    LG's latest smartwatch is about to have its retail debut, and it's making a lot of noise in doing so as it brings cellular connectivity to Android Wear. Maybe we shouldn't be at all surprised, but the presence of that cellular radio in the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE brings carriers very much into the retail equation of this wearable, and that means what's turning out to be some incredibly confusing pricing. Overnight we told you about Verizon's plans for the smartwatch, and no matter whether you go on-contract or off, it's not coming cheap: Verizon wants nearly $450 for the smartwatch on ...

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    Maybe far more than the smartphone space, the world of tablet sales is dominated by a few key brands: you've got Apple and Samsung leading the pack, and while if we include PC-based tablets our options start improving, there really aren't a lot of strong contenders among other Android OEMs. Maybe picking up on that vacuum, carriers have started offering their own tablets, like Verizon has with its Ellipsis models – if you're going to buy a second-tier tablet already, why not at least buy one with strong carrier support, right? Last month we checked out a leak outing the upcoming Ellipsis ...

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