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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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US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

Samsung's phones are notorious for the amount of bloatware they come with, exacerbated by carriers' own bloatware on top. For this round, however, Samsung was noted to have put the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on a software diet. Well, as much as it can concede. It still has some, of course, but not exactly as bad as before. US carriers seem to also be getting into the rhythm. It's not exactly surprising to hear that carriers are modifying their versions of the Galaxy S6, but some of the changes are rather puzzling at times.

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T-Mobile ready to offer you an ‘Uncontract’ to lock-in rates, plans

T-Mobile ready to offer you an ‘Uncontract’ to lock-in rates, plans

Uncarrier 9 might have taken dead aim at business, but T-Mobile isn’t stopping there. Though their business aim was impressive, T-Mobile is still keeping an eye on the consumer market. If you’re stuck in a payment plan with another carrier, T-Mobile will buy you out. They call it ‘Carrier Freedom’, and it’s pretty stellar. The carrier will cover up to $650 per phone (up to ten lines) so you can get out of your pay-per-month or lease plan with another carrier.

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T-Mobile going after small business with Uncarrier 9

T-Mobile going after small business with Uncarrier 9

With Uncarrier 9, the expectations were big. T-Mobile typically comes forward when they’ve got something significant to announce, and today was no different. In celebrating two years of ‘Uncarrier’ moves, T-Mobile CEO John Legere — Red Bull in hand — went on a review of the carrier’s growth since Uncarrier began. So what exactly is ‘Uncarrier 9’? Exactly as we suspected, T-Mobile is attacking enterprise. According to CEO John Leger, T-Mobile is going to do for business what they’ve done for the average consumer.

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HTC One M9 will be available starting April 10

HTC One M9 will be available starting April 10

April 10. that’s the day you can snap up an HTC One M9. Where? We don’t know. During their special announcement today, HTC said the new flagship would be available on that day, but said they were working with carriers to get the handset out into the wild. HTC wasn’t clear on which carriers would come first, but we could see that announcement come a bit later today, as T-Mobile has an announcement set for 10am PST. If you’re not interested in a One M9, HTC still has good news for you.

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HTC’s ‘UH OH’ plan offers 12 months protection for your One M9

HTC’s ‘UH OH’ plan offers 12 months protection for your One M9

Your response when dropping a phone might be “uh-oh”. You might have the same reaction when you see a glass of water tipping over on your device, especially if you just saw an important message pop up. We rely on our smartphones to keep us connected everywhere, so damage is a big deal. Today, HTC is announcing “UH OH”, their replacement scheme for your new HTC One M9. Like their legacy plan for the One M8 (Advantage), this one potentially replaces your One if it’s damaged.

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New LTE study shows T-Mobile is best overall carrier for data in US

New LTE study shows T-Mobile is best overall carrier for data in US

LTE has quickly become the standard by which we measure our carriers. If we’re not on an LTE signal, we just aren’t happy. A new report from Open Signal (who measure their findings via metadata collected from their awesome mobile app) shows just how much we rely on LTE across the globe. Perhaps more importantly, their findings also give us a clue on which carrier is the best when it comes to LTE. What we find is that T-Mobile is absolutely schooling their competition.

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Gemalto: we were ‘probably’ hacked, but definitely affected

Gemalto: we were ‘probably’ hacked, but definitely affected

For a company that wasn’t even aware they’d been hacked years prior, Gemalto sounds pretty confident things are just fine. In a report outlining the ‘probable’ hack executed by the NSA and GCHQ, Gemalto says none of the encryption keys our SIM card have were compromised. Earlier this week, Gemalto said they believed the hack was less damaging than initially outlined by Edward Snowden, wherein he says the NSA and GCHQ played a kind of ‘man in the middle’ game to grab your SIM codes.

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