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Sprint and Verizon settle FCC’s cramming charges for $158 million

Sprint and Verizon settle FCC’s cramming charges for $158 million

Verizon and Sprint have settled with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over a series of unauthorized customer charges. The government probe alleged that Sprint and Verizon charged customers subscription fees for third-party services such as horoscope, or daily humor services. Although the lawsuits have only just now been settled, the companies were asked to halt their dubious "premium short message services" back in late 2013. The unauthorized subscriptions were about $9.99 per month, and Sprint and Verizon typically took a forty percent cut from each "crammed" charge.

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T-Mobile, Sprint calls & texts to/from Nepal free until May 16

T-Mobile, Sprint calls & texts to/from Nepal free until May 16

Over the weekend, a massive earthquake hit Nepal. As rescuers continue to find survivors amidst the chaos, their families around the globe wait in anticipation for word their loved ones are alive and well. In a time of crisis, T-Mobile is doing the right thing. The Uncarrier is the first carrier to make all calls and texts to and from Nepal free, where fees are either credited back (depending on your billing cycle) or waved altogether through May 16.

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Sprint announces free international messaging, data plan

Sprint announces free international messaging, data plan

Acting in quick response to rival T-Mobile, US mobile carrier Sprint has announced a new plan that allows users free unlimited text messages and 2G data while roaming internationally. Dubbed International Value Roaming, Sprint's new offering doesn't include voice calls, and is limited to a decent number of countries. Phone calls will be priced at $0.20 per minute. This is in comparison to T-Mobile, which offers the same service in more than 120 countries, and with slightly faster data speeds.

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HTC One M9 hits stores today; here’s what you need to know

HTC One M9 hits stores today; here’s what you need to know

Today is Apple Watch day, but more importantly for Android users — it’s flagship launch day! Well, at least two flagships from major OEMs are launching today, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge from Samsung and One M9 from HTC. If you’re an HTC fan, or wanting to upgrade, we can’t blame you. Now that the camera woes have been mitigated, there’s much better reason for grabbing an HTC One M9. With the device hitting stores today, we’ll round up who’s got it, and how much you can expect to drop.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are up for pre-order; here’s where to get one

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are up for pre-order; here’s where to get one

Today’s the day, Galaxy S6 fans. Now that March 27 has rolled around, the latest flagship from Samsung is ready for pre-order from a variety of sources. You can, without a lot of effort, grab the phone from just about anywhere. While it likely won’t acheive the fever-pitch of a new iPhone, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two brilliantly designed phones that tick a lot of boxes. Instead of letting you run all over town to find one, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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Carrier apps appear in Nexus 6: no surprise

Carrier apps appear in Nexus 6: no surprise

Just as Google said they would, Verizon apps have appeared on the Nexus 6 after the device's update to Android 5.1. As it was foretold at the dawn of Android 5.0 Lollipop, so it has come to pass: Nexus devices with carrier apps onboard. Just like it was in the past. Just as it shall be in the future. While these apps will not be kept by some users, most never see them - and some will expect that they'd been there all along, as all Verizon phones have similar apps.

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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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iPhone no longer available from Virgin Mobile

iPhone no longer available from Virgin Mobile

It was probably a long time coming, but Virgin Mobile USA officially no longer offers any model from Apple's iPhone lineup. The Sprint subsidiary stated it had no plans to offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shortly after their release, however they used to offer the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 4S. The carrier also went into the holiday sales period without any iPhone stock, but the online store pages for the earlier devices simply said "out of stock," leading some to expect their return in the near future.

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Carriers unsurprisingly not so eager to unlock phones

Carriers unsurprisingly not so eager to unlock phones

You might have been quite jubilant over the news that the CTIA-The Wireless Association disseminated guidelines for unlocking smartphones as part of agreement with the FCC. However, those guidelines are just that and, considering there isn't any law to be broken, some carriers are apparently unenthusiastic about complying. Consumer advocate Sina Khanifar, who instigated all these changes in the industry, finds some carriers have not fulfilled their 2013 promise to ease the process of unlocking phones, and T-Mobile and Sprint are apparently the worst offenders.

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Want to unlock your phone? Here’s what you need to know

Want to unlock your phone? Here’s what you need to know

Good news, smartphone users: today, unlocking your device via your carrier just got a whole lot easier. A new set of rules set forth by the CTIA (the governing body for carriers) sets today as the deadline for carriers to unlock phones at the behest of their customers. For most, that means you can walk into your carrier store and ask that your device be unlocked for service elsewhere. Still, your path for doing so might be a touch windy, so we’ll clarify things for you!

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