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Project Fi invites go out, looks bad for Google Voice users

Project Fi invites go out, looks bad for Google Voice users

Google's dream MVNO service was proven to be real and the invites have started to trickle to some early testers, or at least for one lucky users in Los Angeles. But perhaps "lucky" is a relative term, as the sign up process for Project Fi reveals some wrinkles that Google's announcement conveniently left out. While the promise of an affordable and fair network service might be drool-worthy for most, for the subset of those who have grown attached to their Google Voice accounts, that dream is quickly turning into a nightmare.

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T-Mobile CEO may be hinting a merger is coming their way

T-Mobile CEO may be hinting a merger is coming their way

For quite some time, T-Mobile has been rumored for a merger or buyout. AT&T, Sprint, Dish, Iliad — you name them, T-Mobile has probably been rumored or in talks for a merger or acquisition. While T-Mobile CEO John Legere likes to slap away all talk of T-Mobile falling under the auspice of another company — and has even said he’s tired of talking mergers and acquisitions — he’s now making overtures that’s it’s inevitable, much like his boss has. In fact, Legere thinks it’s precisely how the industry will shake out over time.

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T-Mobile may now be the third largest carrier in the US

T-Mobile may now be the third largest carrier in the US

T-Mobile might just be the third largest carrier in the United States. Their recent earnings report gave interesting insight on the goings-on within T-Mobile, with their customer count being something we’ve been watching grow over time. In Q1 2015, T-Mobile added 1.8 million customers (net additions). With regard to postpaid, T-Mobile added 1.1 million new customers, which is their third straight quarter with over one million new customers, and may possibly position T-Mobile as the third largest carrier in the US.

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T-Mobile, Sprint calls & texts to/from Nepal free until May 16

T-Mobile, Sprint calls & texts to/from Nepal free until May 16

Over the weekend, a massive earthquake hit Nepal. As rescuers continue to find survivors amidst the chaos, their families around the globe wait in anticipation for word their loved ones are alive and well. In a time of crisis, T-Mobile is doing the right thing. The Uncarrier is the first carrier to make all calls and texts to and from Nepal free, where fees are either credited back (depending on your billing cycle) or waved altogether through May 16.

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Project Fi: is it right for you?

Project Fi: is it right for you?

Now that we’ve got Project Fi up and running from Google, the world is abuzz that a major tech company would dare to challenge carriers on their own turf. It might be a cool concept, but is it worth switching from your current plan to hop onto Project Fi? There are a lot of really cool nuances to Fi, like the ability to buy data as you need it and WiFi calling, but is that good enough? We take a closer look.

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Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Today, Google is doing what we all expected they might, introducing their mobile network. Dubbed Project Fi, Google’s network is exactly as rumored; you get access to two different LTE networks, as well as WiFi hotspots Google has deemed good enough. Once connected, data via Project Fi is encrypted, giving you a secure connection wherever you are (or are going). Also, the service is strapped to the Nexus 6, but comes to users as low as $30/month, which brings 1GB of data service and unlimited talk, text, and WiFi tethering with International service to 120 countries.

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Google Carrier? It’s about time!

Google Carrier? It’s about time!

After years of speculation, rumor, and chatter from Google itself, it would appear that the company is preparing itself to be its own mobile carrier. This would mean that, if you purchase a Nexus 6, for example, from Google, you could potentially also be paying Google for the data you use on the device, with data being served by the same towers as serve T-Mobile USA. This service could be appearing through Google's newly separated Google Store online as early as this month, announced as early as this afternoon.

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Google tipped to launch MVNO service Wednesday

Google tipped to launch MVNO service Wednesday

It seems that Google's carrier plans are closer than most of us thought. Although many presumed, not without reason, that Google would use the I/O 2015 conference to make the formal reveal, it seems that the tech giant is ready to flip the switch this Wednesday. If true, it could provide a startling new model for wireless carriers that could upset the industry even if only indirectly. Although Google is openly stating that it isn't exactly competing with established carriers, the promises of this "Project Fi" service could prove otherwise.

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OnePlus strikes first carrier deal in Malaysia

OnePlus strikes first carrier deal in Malaysia

The OnePlus One is probably the best Android phone you couldn’t — until yesterday — readily get your hands on. As the company readies their incoming 'OnePlus Two' handset, OnePlus let down their ‘by invitation only’ guard and are now letting the public at-large grab a One. As they round the corner from gutsy startup toward respectable OEM, they’ve announced a carrier partnership that will again test their mettle. In Malaysia, a partnership with telco Maxis will bring OnePlus to carrier stores for the first time ever.

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Google’s Project Fi: what we do (and don’t) know

Google’s Project Fi: what we do (and don’t) know

With news breaking that Google is likely working on some sort of MVNO service for Nexus handsets, we’ve got as many new questions as we had old curiosities. Is Google sidestepping carriers and bringing a network direct to customers? Yes and no. While ‘Project Fi’ definitely tells us Google has something going on, we don’t get a lot of the gritty details. We won’t until Google wants us to know about it, either. Still, we wonder if this might just be the coolest thing to come from Google I/O this year.

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