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T-Mobile overhauls texting with ‘Advanced Messaging’

T-Mobile overhauls texting with ‘Advanced Messaging’

Text messaging pales in comparison to messaging apps, so much so that you likely reserve texting for those acquaintances you don’t have a connection with on Messenger or elsewhere. T-Mobile wants to change that — or maybe just add another bragging right to its list — and as such has announced that it is the first wireless carrier in the United States to offer texting built on Rich Communications Services, RCS, and it is calling the feature “Advanced Messaging”.

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T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

Back in mid-March, Verizon settled with the FCC over 911 service outages that happened in April of last year. Verizon wasn’t the only wireless carrier that was swept up into some 911 outages, however, and now T-Mobile has followed in the carrier’s footsteps with its own FCC settlement. The big difference, though, is how much it will pay to settle the matter. While Verizon settled for $3.4 million, T-Mobile will be paying $17.5 million to settle the legal matter.

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T-Mobile subscribers can now roam for free in Canada, Mexico

T-Mobile subscribers can now roam for free in Canada, Mexico

Today T-Mobile announced its new Mobile without Borders feature, which allows its Simple Choice customers to get coverage in Mexico and Canada without any extra charges. This means subscribers who are traveling in Canada or Mexico will be able to access 4G LTE data, as well as make and receive calls and send and receive text messages. Says the wireless carrier, with this upgrade the Simple Choice plan becomes the only wireless subscription option that spans an entire continent.

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Vinli hands-on: A high-octane smart car upgrade

Vinli hands-on: A high-octane smart car upgrade

Shiny new connected cars may be all the rage at auto shows, but not everybody wants, or can afford, to swap their current ride for the latest model. Into that fray steps Vinli, an ambitious startup hoping to upgrade your car with WiFi, Bluetooth, LTE, an app store, and the power of the cloud, all for $99.95 and thirty seconds of installation. I took a trip with founder Mark Haidar to find out if it could really be so simple.

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Dish Network hard at work to raise cash for T-Mobile bid

Dish Network hard at work to raise cash for T-Mobile bid

Earlier this month we talked about the possible merger between T-Mobile and Dish Network. T-Mobile is one of the most disruptive of the four major mobile carriers in the US and it has been trying to get someone to buy it for years. So far, federal regulators have shot down potential suitors. T-Mobile now has a suitor that the regulators presumably would like since the merger would leave four major carriers in the US.

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Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Budget smartphones are a dime a dozen. When faced with a horde of competitors, differentiation could be a matter of life or death for a product line. Although Alcatel has brought its affordable ONETOUCH brand to the US before, it is now trying to reach for the starts with the new POP Astro. While still staying true to the promise of extremely affordable handsets with more or less acceptable hardware specs, the ONETOUCH POP Astro promises something that not every smartphone of its kind don't have: LTE connectivity.

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Sprint to hand deliver smartphones to some customers

Sprint to hand deliver smartphones to some customers

Competition in the smartphone world is very stiff. Major carriers are constantly offering to pay termination fees and give away free or cut priced smartphones to lure in new customers. Carrier Sprint is one of the hardest hit in the industry with customers leaving in droves. In an effort to stem the subscriber losses, Sprint has outlined a new plan that sounds very expensive.

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MetroPCS unveils a suprisingly low prepaid plan promo

MetroPCS unveils a suprisingly low prepaid plan promo

It might not exactly be part of its "Un-carrier" marketing, but T-Mobile's prepaid arm is definitely getting into the spirit. Starting today, subscribers can walk into any MetroPCS store or authorized dealer to pick up a new prepaid plan that will get them unlimited text, unlimited voice, and unlimited data. All for just the price of $30 a month, which is quite an insane low price for those who don't want a contract, are on a tight budget, but still want the clout and backing of a known name like T-Mobile.

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T-Mobile fires out invite for NYC event

T-Mobile fires out invite for NYC event

T-Mobile, busy doing its best to usurp the wireless carrier industry and grab for itself a bigger roster of subscribers, is back with another tease promising something big to be coming in the near future. What is it? The company doesn't say, of course, and we can't say for sure, though it no doubt has something to do its its seemingly endless "Uncarrier" efforts. The event will take place in New York City, and says the carrier, "This one's a real piece of work!"

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T-Mobile teaser confirms “edgy”, “Six Appeal” of Galaxy S6

T-Mobile teaser confirms “edgy”, “Six Appeal” of Galaxy S6

We've seen quite a few leaks and teasers about the Galaxy S6, some coming from Samsung itself. With MWC 2015 so close, however, even mobile carriers are jumping on the train. T-Mobile has just put up its pre-release email registration page and, while that act itself is nothing newsworthy, the carrier is throwing in a teaser our way as well. It is probably the clearest preview of the Galaxy S6 we've ever had, but, like any good teaser, it still leaves some questions open for us to think about.

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