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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear get broad US carrier support

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear get broad US carrier support

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch have managed a full gamut of the five top US carriers, further ramping up the pressure on Android rivals like HTC and LG. The new Note 3 "phablet", announced today at Samsung's pre-IFA "Unpacked 2013" event, ramps up the screen size to 5.7-inches and introduces not only new S Pen stylus functionality but a companion wearable in the shape of the Galaxy Gear watch. While reaction to the Gear has been mixed, that hasn't stopped the networks from jumping onboard.

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Verizon and Vodafone $130bn deal reportedly agreed

Verizon and Vodafone $130bn deal reportedly agreed

Verizon and Vodafone have agreed on a $130 billion deal that will see Verizon buy out the UK carrier's near-half stake in the US business, sources claim, with a public announcement tipped for Labor Day Monday. News of the rekindled negotiations broke last week, with Vodafone going on to confirm today that the rumored $130bn figure was accurate. However, according to the WSJ's insiders, the deal has been agreed barring a few final formalities.

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AT&T Moto X lands August 23 with Skip in-box initially

AT&T Moto X lands August 23 with Skip in-box initially

AT&T will open up the Moto X Moto Maker customization tool from August 23, with all early users getting a free Motorola Skip wireless authentication dongle, the carrier has confirmed. Some of those who pre-registered on AT&T's Moto X page will actually get to log into Moto Maker and process their order a few days later, from August 19, the carrier says, intending to select a few random users and offer them beta access.

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AT&T Next device pricing dropped, undercuts Verizon Edge

AT&T Next device pricing dropped, undercuts Verizon Edge

Shortly after rolling out its Next monthly device payment program, AT&T was slapped with a plethora of criticism, not the least of which came from T-Mobile, which offers a similar program. T-Mobile fired out a couple rounds of advertisements that lambasted the program, as well as a couple of lengthy statements, something that perhaps helped spur the carrier's latest move: lower monthly device payments.

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