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T-Mobile Simply Prepaid trims fat for no-frills talk/text/data

T-Mobile Simply Prepaid trims fat for no-frills talk/text/data

T-Mobile USA has announced the latest phase of its "Uncarrier" drive, Simply Prepaid, a monthly prepaid plan for unlimited talk, text, and data, though there's a sting in the tail if your mobile browsing goes to high. Three tiers of the new plan - which is priced from $40 per month, before taxes and fees - are available, all with unlimited talk and text. T-Mobile is hoping that it will continue the carrier's pole position among prepaid options, as well as draw in a few more customers concerned by overage charges.

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LG G Flex 2 to bring tri-band carrier aggregation to CES 2015

LG G Flex 2 to bring tri-band carrier aggregation to CES 2015

LG might be showcasing a ton of new electronics, particularly Smart TVs, next week at CES 2015, but at its mobile booth, the attention grabber will most likely be the odd G Flex 2, the successor to 2013's odd curved G Flex. But more than just the odd curved display that still has to prove its purpose in the market, the LG G Flex 2 is now rumored to bring yet another first to the table: the first 64-bit phone with tri-band carrier aggregation.

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BLU Products unleashes new line with 4G LTE support

BLU Products unleashes new line with 4G LTE support

BLU has time and again outed several unlocked smartphones over the years, some even with enticing features and definitely enticing prices. But most of them sadly do not boast of 4G connectivity. Well, not anymore. These three new BLU smartphones do come with the LTE support you need for consuming lots of online data. And as an added bonus, these smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, instead of BLU's usual preference for the more affordable MediaTek line of mobile processors.

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Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS isn’t dead just yet! A new report suggests the operating system that runs web apps instead of native ones is coming, but will hit Japan rather than the United States. In conjunction with Japanese carrier KDDI, Mozilla is bringing Firefox OS to the Japanese via a new smartphone. The FxO is decidedly mid-range, but is adequate for what Firefox OS asks of it. the device goes on sale today, though we’ve not yet learned what pricing will be.

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Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Just after T-Mobile brought their LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet to the masses, Google Play released theirs as well. These two devices will be effectively the same, the only difference being - perhaps - that the T-Mobile USA version might end up loading some (deletable) T-Mobile apps once the LTE SIM card is activated. Both devices are on sale this afternoon, both online - it would also appear that both devices will share essentially the same price point at just under 600 dollars for a 32GB internal storage size unit.

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Nexus 9 LTE will land on T-Mobile first, Google Play later

Nexus 9 LTE will land on T-Mobile first, Google Play later

Looking for a Nexus 9 LTE? If you’re going to Google Play, you might be out of luck. The tablet is currently listed as “coming soon” via Google’s official device sales portal, but T-Mobile is here to rescue us from a tablet-less world. Starting today, T-Mobile will be selling the Nexus 9 LTE from their online “deals” site, The Underground. The Nexus 9 LTE isn’t cheap — it starts at $599 — but it’s really your only option if you want the connected Nexus tablet in time for the holidays.

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AT&T extends VoLTE service to 18 more markets

AT&T extends VoLTE service to 18 more markets

Continuing the rollout of its Voice over LTE network services, AT&T has expanded to coverage of VoLTE to an astounding 18 locations across the country. Initially available only to a select number of markets, VoLTE is the new battle cry, or buzzword if you prefer, of carriers switching voice services over the wider and more capable LTE networks. Ultimately for users, this means that they will soon be able to take advantage of HD Voice quality in more locations nationwide.

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Samsung’s next Exynos chip to have Cat. 10 LTE support

Samsung’s next Exynos chip to have Cat. 10 LTE support

Cat. 4, Cat. 6, and now Cat. 10. These chipmakers are really pushing the cellular capabilities of their products to the limits, perhaps even faster than networks can actually adopt these network speeds. Of course, that has never been a reason for the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung to take it easy. Following the mobile chip leader's footsteps, Samsung is now said to also have an Exynos ready next year that will achieve speeds of 450 Mbps on downlink, almost twice as fast as Cat. 6's 300 Mbps.

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Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

A software update is coming your way if you own the Verizon iteration of the LG G3. This update will bring you access to Verizon's Voice Over LTE network, right alongside the LG G2 - which was released last year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has VoLTE access, as does the DROID MAXX, DROID Mini, and both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This LG G3 update will start rolling out this afternoon across the United States - if you don't have it yet, just wait - you will sooner than later.

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Verizon starts replacing 3G with 4G LTE

Verizon starts replacing 3G with 4G LTE

LTE is the direction we’re headed for mobile technology, which is great for high speed data transfer. It’s also where we are headed for voice, with VoLTE now rolling out via approved handsets. Verizon, a leader in 4G LTE, has begun testing the high speed signal over their 3G spectrum. The move also means the old CDMA standard is starting to disappear, which is a good sign the days carrier-locked handsets could go with it. So far, New York is the only market where this is known to be happening.

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