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Google (again) rumored to be launching their own cellular service

Google (again) rumored to be launching their own cellular service

A persistent rumor has once again reared its ugly head. If it sounds familiar, don’t be alarmed — we had deja vu, too. A new report claims Google is “preparing to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network”. That’s right, Google is once again (allegedly) preparing to become an MVNO. We know, it sounds great, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this kind of thing, so we’re highly skeptical.

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T-Mobile CEO denies boss’ claim the carrier is in trouble

T-Mobile CEO denies boss’ claim the carrier is in trouble

Yesterday, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges said T-Mobile’s Uncarrier direction is nice, but not sustainable. Rather than keep his disdain for that opinion internal, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter. He didn’t even go on a Twitter tirade, which he’s done in the past when things irk him. Instead, Legere addressed his boss’ comment succinctly, directly, and without mincing his own words. Still, Legere doesn’t really hit at the heart of the matter, so the disagreement may be dead, but the issues aren’t.

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The smartest Net Neutrality comment just came from the oddest source

The smartest Net Neutrality comment just came from the oddest source

As the FCC prepares to rule on Net Neutrality next month, all parties are drawing their line in the sand. Whether interested parties like it or not, the FCC is going to have to make a ruling on the future of the Internet. Many mobile carriers like Verizon and AT&T are opposed to any kind of reclassification, which would make them move governable. Net Neutrality won’t make many friends for the FCC, but a new line of commentary from a strange source might be the wisest yet.

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Five reasons you may want to consider prepaid mobile

Five reasons you may want to consider prepaid mobile

As new prepaid plans become more and more ambitious, customers are starting to wonder if they should think about what life might be like on the other side of a contract. Prepaid has a hollow ring for many, as they tend to see it as a second-run alternative to a ‘proper’ plan and service. If that’s your thinking, we’ve got a few reasons you should reconsider prepaid for your next smartphone. You never know, reading this article might actually save you some money!

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T-Mobile gained 8 million customers in 2014

T-Mobile gained 8 million customers in 2014

We were roundly impressed with T-Mobile in 2014, and it seems we weren’t alone. The company is reporting gains across the board, adding 1.3 million customers to its brand, and 2.1 million total customers in Q4 2014. Overall, they added 8.3 million new customers in 2014, and say their network covers 265 million users nationwide. Coming off a year of aggressive promotions and hefty challenges to competing carriers, T-Mobile has proven their Uncarrier scheme is working really well.

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Video: T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s cheesy 2014 recap

Video: T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s cheesy 2014 recap

Most CEOs send out nice letters or emails meant to rally their team into the new year, offering up platitudes about what a great job everyone did. T-Mobile’s CEO isn’t like those guys, though, which is why he and his company have released the video below. Though the message is the same, the phrasing is different. Great employees? Check. Lis of accomplishments? Yup. Remarks about how T-Mobile stands out from the crowd? Absolutely. Trash talk? It’s John Legere, so obviously.

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T-Mobile, FTC settle for $90 mil in ‘cramming’ lawsuit

T-Mobile, FTC settle for $90 mil in ‘cramming’ lawsuit

After calling the claim “unfounded and without merit”, T-Mobile has agreed to settle with the FTC over charges they ‘crammed’ bills with unnecessary and unwarranted charges. At least $90 million will be returned to consumers who can prove T-Mobile charged them for goods or services without merit. The lawsuit stretches back to July, when the FTC said T-Mobile was guilty of “cramming”, a practice of adding charges to a customer’s monthly bill for ringtones and the like.

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T-Mobile ‘Uncarrier 8.0’ borrows from Facebook with web chat

T-Mobile ‘Uncarrier 8.0’ borrows from Facebook with web chat

Here we go again! T-Mobile has announced their next ‘Uncarrier’ event today, bringing their staged industry disruption to level 8.0. Sadly, there’s no details or hints that we can go from to speculate on what might be happening this time around, but we’re also not going to have to wait long. The event is happening tomorrow morning, and is kind of a fireside chat with CEO Legere. T-Mobile’s announcement notes you can ask questions of Legere via Twitter, and he’ll answer some via the broadcast chat.

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New T-Mobile plan likely to cause more grief for AT&T, Verizon

New T-Mobile plan likely to cause more grief for AT&T, Verizon

T-Mobile has made no bones about it: they want you as a customer. If you’re not already a T-Mobile subscriber, they think you should be, and are aggressively pushing for it along the way. Their tactics (however you feel about them) seem to be working out just fine, too. A few new reports suggest AT&T and Verizon are both feeling the pinch, and are warning investors of an unexpected dip in subscriber numbers or lower earnings. Leaked info on a new T-Mobile plan suggests they’re not letting up, either.

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Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Bloatware, a not so loved term used to describe unwanted software on your smartphone or tablet, the mobile equivalent of spam. It has been a long bemoaned blight in the mobile world and yet very little seems to be done about it because the powers that be simply would not allow things to change. In fact, things might get even worse, thanks to Digital Turbine's new Ignite product, which not only gives carriers the ultimate bloatware tool, it also potentially bypasses Android's security measures.

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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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