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Verizon changes ETF fees to keep you around longer

Verizon changes ETF fees to keep you around longer

Early termination fees are bothersome, but a normal part of a subsidized smartphone plan. Newer monthly payoff schemes can reduce that, but you’re still at the mercy of your carrier for canceling early with a subsidized plan. Today, Verizon made a move to tie their customers in a bit tighter, and for a longer duration. In updating their customer agreement language, all new customers will be tied into a larger early termination until eight months into their contract. Current customers are unaffected by this change.

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Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

When you’re shopping for a smartphone, you likely put little thought into the radios that receive your signal. The reason: they’re all about the same, and pretty good at their job. You do fret over carrier strength in your area, though. Is AT&T stronger than Verizon, or is T-Mobile the better choice? You can check Open Signal, which is helpful for you, but what about the carrier? A new Apple patent could give carriers real-time info on their towers, including dropped signals.

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AT&T will purchase Mexican carrier lusacell for $2.5bil

AT&T will purchase Mexican carrier lusacell for $2.5bil

AT&T has announced they will acquire Mexican carrier lusacell, which covers 70% of Mexico and uses the same GSM technology AT&T takes advantage of. Though precise terms of the deal were not disclosed, we do know the purchase price was $2.5 billion. AT&T still has a few hurdles to leap before things are finalized. Grupo Salinas — who AT&T made the deal with — currently has a 50% stake in lusacell, and needs to buy out their partners ahead of the AT&T buyout, according to Reuters.

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Is Nexus too big and expensive, now?

Is Nexus too big and expensive, now?

The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet are official, and available for scrutiny via the Play Store. The two newest flagship devices from Google are also big; bigger than the devices they replace. Are they too big, though? Is the price Google is asking too much? Both new Nexus represent a new direction for the platform, but has Google turned some fans off? A lot of criticism has been levied against them for these two big, more-expensive-than-your-usual-Nexus devices — but is it fair?

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Iliad drops T-Mobile bid, says new offer wasn’t “entertained”

Iliad drops T-Mobile bid, says new offer wasn’t “entertained”

French carrier Iliad has decided that pursuing T-Mobile is no longer worth it. The spurned company has dropped their efforts, citing Deutsche Telekom’s refusal to “entertain” their latest offer. T-Mobile fans may be breathing a sigh of relief, but the failed bid doesn’t change much. Deutsche Telekom still has T-Mobile on the block, and are quickly cycling through prospective buyers. A profitable, growing carrier, the upstart Iliad might have actually been the best bet for T-Mobile.

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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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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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