Coming Soon: Carriers Auto Unlocking Your Phone for you?

One of the things that make the US smartphone market so great and so maddening at the same time are carriers. They are great because they allow you buy an expensive device by giving you HUGE subsides on devices. They are maddening because the price you pay for those devices leaves you stuck in a two year contract and even worse stuck with a phone locked to that carrier. Well it looks like the FCC is looking to change that.  The newly...

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Vodafone removes carrier billing option from Google Play

Millions of Android users have the opting of buying apps and having the cost added to their monthly bill rather than paying with a credit card, but that payment method is no longer available to Vodafone customers in a few western European markets. There’s no explanation provided for the disappearance, other than confirmation that it was purposely removed, so what’s going on? It appears that the ability to buy apps directly through the...

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Verizon blames Google and KitKat for lack of Nexus 7 support

When Google announced the Nexus 7, Verizon Wireless was one of the networks that the unlocked tablet was listed as supporting. Since that time, Verizon has refused to activate the Nexus 7, and the carrier even announced its own 7-inch tablet that competes with the Nexus 7. As people began to accuse Verizon of playing favorites, the carrier released the following statement to explain itself: During the certification process for the...

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AT&T 4G LTE is popping up in more places today

AT&T is accelerating its pace as the carrier tries to compete with Verizon Wireless, which currently has the largest 4G LTE network in the US. Today, AT&T’s 4G LTE network expanded in many new places, including these new markets: Fairbanks, Alaska Galesburg, Illinois Macomb, Illinois Peoria, Illinois Des Moines, Iowa Madisonville, Kentucky Maysville, Kentucky Cumberland, Maryland Chisholm, Eveleth, and Virginia, Minnesota St....

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Verizon needs “Approx a month” to deliver Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to HTC One

Bad news for Verizon HTC One owners, Android 4.3 update has been delayed. Verizon HTC One's Android 4.3 update was originally expected to arrive before the end of October, but according to Jason Mackenzie, head of HTC USA, the update will be ready to roll out in a month. Verizon will be (again) the last from the major US carriers to deliver an update, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile HTC One variants already received the Android 4.3...

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BlackBerry Z30 to be available exclusively from Verizon in November

Verizon has just announced that will exclusively carry the latest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30. The BlackBerry Z30 will be available sometime in November (no exact date has been given by Verizon) for $199.99 with a new two-year contract or for $22.91 per month for 24 months (Verizon Edge program). As a reminder, the BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, it's powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm...

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