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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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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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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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Sony Xperia Z3 will boost US presence with T-Mobile launch

Sony Xperia Z3 will boost US presence with T-Mobile launch

Sony's Xperia Z3 smartphone will be launching with T-Mobile near the end of the year, ensuring buyers in the United States will be able to get their hands on the new flagship without lengthy waits. This is a big deal for Sony, which has seen lackluster carrier support for its flagship handsets, which are often difficult or out of reach for many fans in the US.

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Verizon VoLTE slated for Q4; LTE-only phones won’t arrive until 2016

Verizon VoLTE slated for Q4; LTE-only phones won’t arrive until 2016

Verizon will be rolling out its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the upcoming fourth quarter, but the first batch of LTE-only smartphones won't be arriving until sometime in 2016. The news was announced by Verizon's CFO Fran Shammo.

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Apple Stores may offer carrier early termination plans

Apple Stores may offer carrier early termination plans

After T-Mobile broke down the subsidy wall, all other carriers of note followed suit. Apple had enjoyed a close relationship to carriers with the subsidy model, but the new thinking is apparently coming to Apple Stores as well. Starting later this month, you might be able to buy your iPhone using a monthly installment plan from your favorite carrier.

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New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

T-Mobile already has the market cornered on low-cost, prepaid plans. They’re also not content to simply be the leader — they seem to want total ownership of prepaid. A new plan, breaking all kinds of molds in offering up ten-cent minutes and texts, speaks to that.

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