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The Amazon Fire Phone: are you buying?

The Amazon Fire Phone: are you buying?

Is the Amazon Fire Phone gimmick, or genius? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, as Amazon’s long awaited splash into the smartphone market hits AT&T stores. The device is getting mixed reviews, but are they valid?

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AT&T launches Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 today, HTC Desire 610 next week

AT&T launches Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 today, HTC Desire 610 next week

AT&T is augmenting its selection of budget Android devices with two new offerings. Samsung's 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 goes on sale this week while the HTC Desire 610 smartphone wiill be available on July 25, bringing the carrier's more budget-conscious customers more choices for their next mobile device purchase.

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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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AT&T’s ‘Sponsored Data’ scheme gets a partner

AT&T’s ‘Sponsored Data’ scheme gets a partner

AT&T’s scheme for sponsored data is taking shape. The carrier has teamed up with Syntonic Wireless, which will serve as a conduit for free roaming. What began as a trial run and a few partners is quickly blooming into a new platform.

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Dish complains to FCC about Comcast/Time Warner, DirecTV/AT&T

Dish complains to FCC about Comcast/Time Warner, DirecTV/AT&T

Dish has come out in opposition to the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger. Speaking to the FCC, the satellite provider says the deal presents “serious competitive concerns” for the industry. They also don’t see how any damage would be mitigated or reversed.

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LG G3 hits AT&T with G Watch in full Android Wear effect

LG G3 hits AT&T with G Watch in full Android Wear effect

It’s time not only for the LG G3 at AT&T, but for the LG G Watch as well. Both devices are being released to the carrier at the same time, starting tomorrow (June 8th) with pre-orders while both devices will be in retail locations starting on the 11th of July.

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I like Amazon’s Fire Phone, but I won’t buy one

I like Amazon’s Fire Phone, but I won’t buy one

Amazon’s Fire Phone is a pretty cool piece of tech. It’s the right size, has a very respectable spec sheet, and the price is fair (not great). All that adds up to enough reason most people would want to snatch one up when it becomes available. In theory, I’d love to as well; here’s why I wont.

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Amazon Fire Phone AT&T release and pricing shown off-contract

Amazon Fire Phone AT&T release and pricing shown off-contract

The Amazon Fire Phone has arrived exclusively on AT&T in two editions, both rolling out with a full suite of Amazon products and services. The smaller of these devices works with 32GB of internal storage, while the larger will roll with 64GB of internal storage. The device’s launch date appears to be the same regardless of size, set for July 25th, 2014.

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T-Mobile’s John Legere is not happy with an AT&T Amazon phone

T-Mobile’s John Legere is not happy with an AT&T Amazon phone

When it comes to quiet, reserved CEOs, T-Mobile chief John Legere hardly qualifies, but the outspoken exec has been even more forthright today amid chatter of an AT&T exclusive on the new Amazon phone. Reports earlier suggested Amazon has inked a deal with AT&T to be the sole carrier offering its new, 3D-toting smartphone, something Legere believes is officially A Bad Idea.

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AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

The Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive, it's reported, and is expected to begin shipping in September in time for the 2014 holiday season. The handset, so-far unnamed, is believed to be revealed on Wednesday this week by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an event in Seattle, and use an innovative face tracking technology to deliver 3D graphics.

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Here’s why you should wipe your device before trading it in

Here’s why you should wipe your device before trading it in

Our devices have a lot of information about us, and we give them more and more every day. The information stored within our smartphones and tablets also links to a bigger entity, stored in some mysterious cloud somewhere. When you give up a device, either selling it or via trade-in, do you clear all the data? Here’s why you should -- and how.

 

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Which is the fastest US network? It’s complicated

Which is the fastest US network? It’s complicated

Smartphones and tablets are faster and more capable than ever, but without a similarly speedy internet connection - usually LTE - they're still hamstrung. Unfortunately carrier maps are generally more interested in breadth of coverage than quality, hence third-party testing has stepped in to help answer the question of "Which US carrier is the best?" As you might expect, though, the results are complicated.

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