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Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T plan to switch on cross-network VoLTE calls in 2015, the two carriers have confirmed today, opening the door to first voice over LTE calls and then one day video calling and messaging. VoLTE launched on Verizon's network in September, allowing handsets like the iPhone 6 to use the data network for VoIP rather than traditional methods, with the addition of HD-quality audio too. However, for the moment, VoLTE only supports calls between subscribers on the same network, something Verizon and AT&T are planning to change.

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T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

With built-in 3G and a curved AMOLED touchscreen, we weren't quite sure how much the Samsung Gear S smartwatch was going to cost, but T-Mobile USA has put those questions to bed with availability news for the connected wearable. Headed to stores on November 9th - and up for pre-registration today - the Gear S will also get a new, low-cost data plan specially designed for information-sipping gadgets. Priced at $5 per month, the plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data (up to 500MB of which is at full-speed), and paves the way for other connected devices that want access to carriers' mobile networks.

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T-Mobile CEO: Don’t buy your iPad from us

T-Mobile CEO: Don’t buy your iPad from us

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere has weighed in on the ongoing Apple SIM confusion, highlighting the discrepancies between carriers in how they support (or sabotage) Apple's scheme to pick and choose with data plan flexibility. Apple SIM was, at least as Apple originally intended it, a way to bypass carrier lock-in, but the networks themselves refused to be so readily sidelined. Meanwhile, Legere also had a surprising reason for why when you go into a T-Mobile store and buy an iPad it comes with a SIM locked to his network - and an even more surprising solution.

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AT&T’s Apple SIM lock-down undermines iPad LTE flexibility

AT&T’s Apple SIM lock-down undermines iPad LTE flexibility

Apple may be trying to further squeeze out the carriers with Apple SIM, its solution to allowing travelers the easiest access to iPad data plans on local networks, but that doesn't mean the carriers themselves are going to make it easy. While AT&T and others may be participating with Apple's multi-carrier SIM scheme, once they've got customers signed up they may not let them switch away as readily as the Cupertino firm envisaged. Indeed, AT&T has confirmed to SlashGear that if you initially pick its network, there's no going elsewhere on the same SIM.

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T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

Sony's Xperia Z3 will land on T-Mobile USA from October 29th, the carrier has announced today, though those without commitment issues can preorder the smartphone from October 15th. Announced at IFA in September, the Xperia Z3 offers a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 20.7-megapixel camera wrapped up in a waterproof casing, as well as LTE for use on T-Mobile's 4G network. Perhaps more interesting for those with coverage issues, the T-Mobile version of the Z3 will also support WiFi Calling for routing voice calls over a WiFi connection.

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