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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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Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Each time a new study comes around regarding domestic carriers, there’s one overarching theme: the big guys keep getting bigger, and Sprint is constantly a distant last place. AT&T and Verizon might jostle for the top spot now and then, but when it comes to things we actually care about on a day-to-day basis, Sprint is almost always dragging well behind the rest. The energetic, upwardly mobile T-Mobile often (routinely, really) makes a solid showing, too. Sprint got over on T-Mobile this time, though.

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RadioShack’s ‘store within a store’ concept detailed

RadioShack’s ‘store within a store’ concept detailed

With yesterday’s news that RadioShack was filing for bankruptcy, we also learned there would be a ‘store within a store’ concept that would allow RadioShack to live on, at least in name. The media at large assumed RadioShack would exist within Sprint stores, as the carrier was in talks to snap up roughly 1,800 RadioShack stores. Now we’re getting details from Sprint themselves, and we learn the ‘store within a store’ thing isn’t what we thought. It’s actually the complete opposite.

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RadioShack files for bankruptcy, will carry on inside stores sold to Sprint

RadioShack files for bankruptcy, will carry on inside stores sold to Sprint

As expected, RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company previously said the’d not be able to finance their operations “beyond the very near term”, which was a harbinger for today’s announcement. In the filing, RadioShack also reports they’ll sell up to 2,400 stores to General Wireless Inc., an affiliate of Standard General L.P.. RadioShack, which currently operates roughly 4,000 retail locations, will shutter the remaining stores. In a deal with Sprint, General Wireless will keep RadioShack alive via a “store within a store” concept.

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Verizon users inside Super Bowl Stadium gobbled 4.1TB of data

Verizon users inside Super Bowl Stadium gobbled 4.1TB of data

Every year wireless carriers have to put serious time and effort into beefing up networks in the stadium where the Super Bowl is played. This year was no different with Verizon and other carriers adding more network capability at the University of Phoenix Stadium where the big game was played. Verizon Wireless has offered up some data statistics from the game and its customers inside the stadium used a huge amount of data.

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Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

While Google hasn't said anything about a supposed WiFi and Cellular service as of yet, rumors surrounding such a move have been popping up for years. Today we've seen word of Google dealing with both Sprint and T-Mobile USA to create a wireless hot-spot system that'd handle Google's calls, data, and text messaging. This rumor pops up right alongside the real-deal official Cablevision WiFi-only smartphone system Freewheel, a system that'd be very similar to what's rumored for Google in the very near future.

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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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We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier approach is certainly exciting, and it’s given customers plenty of reason to drop that other carrier they may be on and give T-Mobile a shot. Still, quarter after quarter, T-Mobile talks up their growing customer base while reporting financial losses. Long-term, they may be in good shape. Their growth pattern may take years to result in reliable earnings, though. Parent company Deutsche Telekom has T-Mobile up for grabs, and now we know why: the Uncarrier isn’t meant as a standalone entity.

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