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Is AT&T’s Passport roaming really the best Ma Bell can do?

Is AT&T’s Passport roaming really the best Ma Bell can do?

Death, taxes, and sky-high international roaming fees that make you wish you'd stayed in Nantucket: there are some things you can count on. Still, US carriers are making some small waves in paring back the cost of using a cellphone abroad, and latest up is AT&T with a set of three Passport plans that, from $30, include unlimited messaging and WiFi at select hotspots, along with a chunk of data and some subsidized - but still, it has to be said, not inexpensive - voice call rates.

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T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

Sony's Xperia Z3 will land on T-Mobile USA from October 29th, the carrier has announced today, though those without commitment issues can preorder the smartphone from October 15th. Announced at IFA in September, the Xperia Z3 offers a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 20.7-megapixel camera wrapped up in a waterproof casing, as well as LTE for use on T-Mobile's 4G network. Perhaps more interesting for those with coverage issues, the T-Mobile version of the Z3 will also support WiFi Calling for routing voice calls over a WiFi connection.

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T-Mobile CEO Legere tired of talking acquisition

T-Mobile CEO Legere tired of talking acquisition

T-Mobile has been the target of a lot of acquisition and/or merger talk lately, and has been for some time. whether it be AT&T, Sprint, or the latest — French carrier Iliad — little magenta is always on the block, it seems. According to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, that’s all kinds of nonsense we’re talking.

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Iliad to increase T-Mobile bid, puts them on the clock

Iliad to increase T-Mobile bid, puts them on the clock

T-Mobile is on the block at Deutsche Telekom. The parent company to the new darling of US carriers has been trying to distance themselves from the carrier business for quite some time, with the latest majority buyout offer coming from small French carrier Iliad. Initially rejected, Iliad is coming back with a second offer, and putting Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile on notice.

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Phones4U won’t issue iPhone 6 preorder refunds

Phones4U won’t issue iPhone 6 preorder refunds

When Phones4U shuttered their doors just ahead of the iPhone 6 launch, the immediate concern was “what about those iPhone 6 pre-orders?” Initially, the defunct retailer said they’d refund any down payments placed for the newest Apple handset. Now they’re telling former customers to fight them to get their money back.

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AT&T adds home phone, Internet plans to prepaid service

AT&T adds home phone, Internet plans to prepaid service

Contracts have their place, but some subscribers look no further than prepaid offerings. As with most other carriers, AT&T offers prepaid subscription options under its GoPhone service, and as of this week those who use it have some new options for prepaid home phone service and Internet.

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iOS 8.0.1 may already be in the hands of carriers

iOS 8.0.1 may already be in the hands of carriers

Apple’s iOS 8 may be fairly new to us, but a new report suggests they’re already seeding iOS 8.0.1 to carriers. The update will reportedly address some problems users have been having, but as the numbering scheme suggests, it’s fairly minor.

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Verizon iPhone 6 gets VoLTE enabled

Verizon iPhone 6 gets VoLTE enabled

Verizon Wireless has quietly enabled VoLTE for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners, finally allowing for simultaneous voice and data use on the carrier's handsets. The functionality, which can be turned on in the iPhone's settings, shifts voice calls to over the 4G data connection.

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Verizon WiFi calling coming in mid-2015

Verizon WiFi calling coming in mid-2015

Verizon will launch WiFi calling in mid-2015, the carrier has confirmed, having previously dismissed the technology as needless given the breadth of its existing voice network. The decision was announced by Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo this week, conceding that the carrier will need to do some technical work to upgrade its network, and pointing out that the system was "never a top priority" in the past.

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Verizon fast-forwards phone upgrade eligibility for some customers

Verizon fast-forwards phone upgrade eligibility for some customers

Verizon customers chomping at the bit to get the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus as soon as possible are in luck: those with a smartphone upgrade eligibility date of November 15, 2014 or sooner will now be seeing that date changed for an immediate upgrade, allowing them to swap out their current handset for Apple's shiny new smartphone.

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Incoming Nexus 6 may have killed off Nexus 5

Incoming Nexus 6 may have killed off Nexus 5

If you needed any more indication that a Nexus 6 smartphone is on the horizon, we may have stumbled onto a neat tidbit of info. When asked why the Nexus 5 was no longer on their support page, a Canadian carrier’s support page mentioned the Nexus 5 was no longer in stock, and wasn’t being sold. Further down the conversational line, we find that the Nexus 5 might be out of rotation entirely.

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Phones 4U shuttered: Don’t expect that iPhone 6 pre-order

Phones 4U shuttered: Don’t expect that iPhone 6 pre-order

UK phone retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration, leaving 550 stores to close and many iPhone 6 preorder customers wondering whether their new iOS 8 smartphones will actually be delivered. The retailer had already received one unexpected blow after Vodafone opted not to renew its contract, and a similar decision by EE to also pull out of Phones 4U has seemingly signed the chain's death warrant.

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