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Want to unlock your phone? Here’s what you need to know

Want to unlock your phone? Here’s what you need to know

Good news, smartphone users: today, unlocking your device via your carrier just got a whole lot easier. A new set of rules set forth by the CTIA (the governing body for carriers) sets today as the deadline for carriers to unlock phones at the behest of their customers. For most, that means you can walk into your carrier store and ask that your device be unlocked for service elsewhere. Still, your path for doing so might be a touch windy, so we’ll clarify things for you!

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Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Each time a new study comes around regarding domestic carriers, there’s one overarching theme: the big guys keep getting bigger, and Sprint is constantly a distant last place. AT&T and Verizon might jostle for the top spot now and then, but when it comes to things we actually care about on a day-to-day basis, Sprint is almost always dragging well behind the rest. The energetic, upwardly mobile T-Mobile often (routinely, really) makes a solid showing, too. Sprint got over on T-Mobile this time, though.

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AT&T Foundry cooks up hot car warning watchdog

AT&T Foundry cooks up hot car warning watchdog

A new gadget that warns of potential hot car deaths of babies and pets could cut tragic cases like the Justin Ross Harris indictment last summer, with an AT&T intern already cooking up a prototype. The handiwork of Nancy Dominguez at the carrier's Foundry innovation center, the sensor uses a combination of motion, carbon dioxide, and temperature detection to spot if a dog or a child has been left in a vehicle, figure out whether conditions are getting too hot inside, and then fire out a warning message if things are getting dangerous. If unaddressed, the system can even call in 911.

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Verizon users inside Super Bowl Stadium gobbled 4.1TB of data

Verizon users inside Super Bowl Stadium gobbled 4.1TB of data

Every year wireless carriers have to put serious time and effort into beefing up networks in the stadium where the Super Bowl is played. This year was no different with Verizon and other carriers adding more network capability at the University of Phoenix Stadium where the big game was played. Verizon Wireless has offered up some data statistics from the game and its customers inside the stadium used a huge amount of data.

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AT&T already planning to sue FCC over net neutrality reclassification

AT&T already planning to sue FCC over net neutrality reclassification

The FCC is likely going to rule that broadband should be reclassified later this month in order to better enforce what we all call net neutrality. The ruling will undoubtedly be met with much opposition from big companies, and AT&T has already begun the hemming and hawing over what may come by stalling their fiber optic build out. Now, AT&T is releasing their planned opposition to what the FCC will likely bring, laying out their incoming legal challenge for all to see.

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FCC auction: AT&T, Verizon win big, T-Mobile comes up short

FCC auction: AT&T, Verizon win big, T-Mobile comes up short

An FCC auction for wireless spectrum ended this week, and according to the commission, $41.3 billion was raised. That’s a slight dip from the $45 billion we’d heard about when the auction actually closed, but various discounts and incentives helped bidders out. We know what you’re thinking, though. How did your carrier do? Who made successful bids? Luckily, the FCC also let loose all the info regarding who bid what, and whether or not their bids were successful. As you might have guessed, AT&T and Verizon came out on top.

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Snapchat, online studios buddy up for new ‘SnapperHero’ mini series

Snapchat, online studios buddy up for new ‘SnapperHero’ mini series

The latest Snapchat news is a bit weird, to understate things. The company is apparently on the prowl to attract entertainment entities, as it'll be shoving a new series of sorts into users' feeds soon: SnapperHero. This series will be comprised of several short video episodes starring popular users from Vine and YouTube as superheroes; Snapchat won't actually be involved in the creation process. A couple studios will be taking care of that part, and oddly enough, AT&T will be helping foot the bill.

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AT&T rolls out unlimited calling from US to Mexico

AT&T rolls out unlimited calling from US to Mexico

Late last year, AT&T revealed that it would be buying lusacell, a Mexican carrier. Now that the acquisition is complete, it has announced some benefits this will bring its subscribers, namely free unlimited calling from the United States to Mexico -- any number in the nation, including cell phones. This falls under AT&T's World Connect Value international calling package. Those already under the plan will automatically be rolled into the new offering, while those who don't have it can subscribe if they're a post-paid customer.

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We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier approach is certainly exciting, and it’s given customers plenty of reason to drop that other carrier they may be on and give T-Mobile a shot. Still, quarter after quarter, T-Mobile talks up their growing customer base while reporting financial losses. Long-term, they may be in good shape. Their growth pattern may take years to result in reliable earnings, though. Parent company Deutsche Telekom has T-Mobile up for grabs, and now we know why: the Uncarrier isn’t meant as a standalone entity.

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The smartest Net Neutrality comment just came from the oddest source

The smartest Net Neutrality comment just came from the oddest source

As the FCC prepares to rule on Net Neutrality next month, all parties are drawing their line in the sand. Whether interested parties like it or not, the FCC is going to have to make a ruling on the future of the Internet. Many mobile carriers like Verizon and AT&T are opposed to any kind of reclassification, which would make them move governable. Net Neutrality won’t make many friends for the FCC, but a new line of commentary from a strange source might be the wisest yet.

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