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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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Google snaps up IP from Softcard, strikes deal with carriers for Wallet

Google snaps up IP from Softcard, strikes deal with carriers for Wallet

Google Wallet is no Apple Pay, largely because Google can’t play the strong-arm game Apple does about what software is on their iPhone. Not long ago, Google Wallet was sidelined by carriers, as they intended to create their own mobile payment system. Known as Softcard, the app did much of what Google Wallet did, except it had the blessing of carriers. According to a new report, the line between Softcard and Google Wallet (as well as carriers) is blurring.

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Google reportedly ready to cut carriers in on Wallet

Google reportedly ready to cut carriers in on Wallet

If mobile payment solutions confuse you, don’t feel bad. With so much going on both before and after Apple Pay, there’s a lot to keep track of, and all of it seems to be so confusing. Much of the recent explosion in the space has to do with Apple Pay, but Google Wallet still looms large, and was around well ahead of Apple Pay. Part of the issues Google faced with Wallet were carriers. Now, it seems Google is wiling to let carriers in on Wallet, and is reportedly offering up a cut of their precious ad revenue.

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