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Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google announced today that they were one step closer to "delivering RCS messaging to Android users worldwide." To this end, they've tapped into partnerships with Orange, Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile), and Globe. These companies are officially "committed to launching RCS messaging powered by the Jibe RCS cloud from Google and will be preloading Android Messages as the standard native messaging app for their subscribers."

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T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

Today we're hearing a whopper of a rumor that could have pretty big implications for the US carrier space. SoftBank is apparently eager to see Sprint, one of its subsidiaries, merge with T-Mobile, but resistance from T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom would make such a merger difficult. With Deutsche Telekom unwilling to sell its stake in T-Mobile, it sounds like SoftBank is prepared to put a lot on the line - namely, giving up its majority share in Sprint.

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Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review

Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review

In a matter of just a few days, we've gone from two major US carriers offering unlimited data plans to all four. After the past few years, it seems very strange to say this, but unlimited data is back. This time around, though, these plans come with a lot of caveats, and it can be hard to keep things straight between AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. So, if you're in the market for a new carrier and these unlimited plans have piqued your interest, which one should you go with? Hopefully this guide helps clear some things up.

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Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

In a rather interesting turn of events, Sprint has announced that it's purchased a 33% stake in Tidal. Rumors have been swirling for months about a potential Tidal acquisition, and while this isn't quite the same, it's still financial help at a time when Tidal is struggling.

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Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Sprint has announced plans to "create or bring back" 5,000 jobs in the US, despite cutting a considerable number of jobs earlier this year. The news sees the carrier, which reported net losses of $142m in its most recent financial release, commit to adding to its American workforce by the end of its 2017 financial year. According to Sprint, the new roles "will support a variety of functions across the organization".

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This is when your US Note 7 will die

This is when your US Note 7 will die

Samsung's decision to not just ask nicely for Galaxy Note 7 recall hold-outs to return the phone but brick it altogether has left some wondering "when will my Note 7 die?" Tired of waiting for remaining owners to come in for a refund, Samsung has opted to take more drastic actions. However, with the news that Verizon doesn't plan to release the new firmware, which prevents the problematic phablet's battery from charging, attention has turned to the other major US carriers to confirm when - or indeed if - their customers will receive it.

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Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

While Google announces they've begun working with the first US mobile carrier to release RCS to replace SMS and MMS, Verizon is absent from the scene. RCS is also known as Rich Communication Service, and it's aimed at turning text messaging into a much more function-full service. At this time quite a few mobile groups have joined the call to make RCS a standard for all - but Verizon isn't amongst them.

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iPhone 7 preorder and carrier pricing round-up

iPhone 7 preorder and carrier pricing round-up

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won't be available for pre-order until tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have some pricing details from the big four carriers in the US. While some carriers are being a little tight-lipped on their pricing until the phone actually goes up for pre-order, Apple has published information for all four of them, letting us know how much each one will charge for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, along with all of their storage variants.

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Average US internet speeds make significant rise in first half of 2016

Average US internet speeds make significant rise in first half of 2016

With the rise of fiber internet and the amount of recognition companies like Google Fiber are getting, you'd be forgiven for feeling a little disappointed in your broadband connection. However, a new report from Ookla is showing us that the wider availability of fiber options may just be a good thing for those with fixed broadband connections, as average broadband speeds have taken a rather large jump year-over-year in the first half of 2016.

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Sprint lures customers to XXL plan with a year of Amazon Prime

Sprint lures customers to XXL plan with a year of Amazon Prime

We often see mobile carriers throw in bonuses or discounts on plans in an effort to lure away customers from rivals, especially during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period. But here we are, in the middle of May, and Sprint has just launched a pretty attractive promotion for its new Better Choice XXL plan: sign up and get a year of Amazon Prime for free.

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Sprint offers Amazon Prime subscription for $11 per month

Sprint offers Amazon Prime subscription for $11 per month

Amazon Prime has a lot of benefits that come with the $99 price. Unfortunately, that up-front cost can make it hard for some people to take the plunge and get it. After all, the free shipping doesn't seem like such a good deal when it only saves you a few bucks on that order you're about to place. However, if you don't want to pay it all up front, Sprint wants to help you out by offering a monthly subscription to Amazon's popular service.

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Nextbit kills the CDMA Robin as Android phone costs spiral

Nextbit kills the CDMA Robin as Android phone costs spiral

Bad news if you wanted a Nextbit Robin smartphone to use with Verizon or Sprint, as the Android device-making startup has axed plans for its CDMA phone. The news was confirmed this morning, with Nextbit - which raised over $1.3m late in 2015 on Kickstarter for its vision of a cloud-storage focused handset - admitting it would have to refund backers who had wanted the CDMA version.

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