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Two-Year Service Contracts (And Phone Subsidies) Are Back From The Dead At Sprint

Remember when Sprint said that it wouldn't be offering the tried and true two-year phone contracts anymore? Yeah, not so much. Fierce Wireless reports that the carrier is once again offering two-year service contracts, and the Sprint Wireless website bears this out. New phones are being sold with a significant discount, up to 100%, in exchange for customers signing a promise not to stop paying for 24 months. Everything old is new again.

If you'll recall, two-year contracts fell out of favor after T-Mobile made a big show of discontinuing them as part of its "uncarrier" initiative in 2013. Instead T-Mo started promoting a new payment program which allowed customers to buy phones in installments with interest-free financing, very much like European carriers have been offering for years.

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Verizon Super-Sizes Its Ellipsis Tablet To 10 Inches, Sells It For $300 Off Contract Or $200 With The Ball And Chain

Around this time last year Verizon released a self-branded tablet called the Ellipsis 8, a larger variation on the original 7-inch Ellipsis. We had some fun speculating on its corporate origins. But thanks to lots of discounts and package deals, there are actually a ton of these things in the hands of consumers, including some of my Verizon-using family members. So here we are again, with another, bigger Verizon whitebox tablet. This time it's a ten-inch slate called the (wait for it) Ellipsis 10.

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The Federal Trade Commission Sues AT&T For Throttling 3.5 Million Unlimited Data Customers: 'Unlimited Means Unlimited'

AT&T unlimited data users, your champion has arrived. Today the United States Federal Trade Commission announced that it has filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Wireless, alleging that the company misled customers by offering "unlimited" cellular data service that was severely reduced in speed at some times and places. The FTC's complaint takes issue with AT&T's failure to inform customers that the unlimited data they were paying for could be "throttled," often cutting data speeds to specific customers by up to 90 percent.

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez pulled no punches in accusing AT&T of deceptive advertising and violation of the FTC Act:

AT&T promised its customers ‘unlimited’ data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise.

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Adobe Releases EchoSign App Into The Play Store So Android Tablet Owners Can Put Their E-John Hancock Right Here

Adobe has brought EchoSign over to Android, so now workers can use the mobile app to close deals with clients, job applicants can use it to sign contracts, and just about anyone can use it to put their John Hancock on any of the myriad of documents that require a signature. The app lets people e-sign documents using either their fingers or a stylus and/or request signatures from others. Even better, it happens to integrate with a number of cloud storage providers (Google Drive and Box make the list, but Dropbox, oddly, isn't mentioned). It also works with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Evernote, and Sharepoint.

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[Deal Alert] Verizon's Galaxy S5 Is $49.99 For New Accounts Or New Lines At Amazon

You've got a lot of options for high-end Android devices just at the moment, with the HTC One M8 out and the LG G3 coming soon. But if you want something for Verizon right now and your funds are limited, you could do a lot worse than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Amazon's wireless portal has the phone on Big Red for just fifty bones, assuming you're a new customer or you're adding a new phone line.

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That's a full $100 off the price at Verizon's website, where the phone is "$99.99" for new customers after a $50 mail-in rebate.

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AT&T Ends $450 Promotion Wooing T-Mobile Customers To Switch Carriers

You may have noticed that AT&T and T-Mobile are in a bit of a spat at the moment. T-Mobile offers early upgrades with no-contract financing plans, and AT&T does the same a few weeks later. T-Mo woos people with credits towards early termination fees, AT&T gives a whopping $450 of credit ($250 for trading in a T-Mo phone, $200 for transferring service) to former T-Mobile customers. But it looks like the gravy train has run out of fuel - CNET reports that the promotion is over.

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...aaaaaaand it's gone.

That deal lasted less than a month after the CES announcement.

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AT&T Customers Who Are 6 Months Into Their Contract Can Switch To Next Plans Starting Today

So AT&T's Next plans, with their $0 down and phone trade-in/upgrade after a year, are nifty for customers who always want the latest and greatest. They're also a valuable tool for enticing new customers away from the likes of Verizon and the ever-advancing T-Mobile. But what about AT&T customers who are stuck in a contract? Ma Bell hasn't forgotten about you: starting today, at least some AT&T contract customers can switch to a Next plan with no penalty.

The only conditions are that you must be a contracted customer in good standing, and you must be at least six months into a contract.

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Amazon Offers AT&T's Galaxy S4 Zoom At One Cent For Newcomers, $49.99 For Returning Customers

Love it or hate it, you can't deny that the Galaxy S4 Zoom is unique. This hybrid offspring from Samsung's mobile and camera divisions (which have since tied the knot) doesn't really compete with the Galaxy S4 as far as specs go, but if you want a solid point-and-shoot camera that makes calls, you probably can't do any better. If you also want that device cheap, Amazon is offering it for just one penny, so long as you also want a new AT&T contract.

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That's a significant saving on AT&T's retail price, currently sitting at $150, contract and all.

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Leaked Screenshot Indicates That Republic Wireless Will Sell The Moto X For $299 Off Contract

Ever since Republic Wireless started its unconventional carrier experiment, there's been one common cry of lament among those who want to use it: "where are the good phones?" Republic's hybrid 3G-WiFi system requires some customized hardware, which means that new phones are few and far between for the unlimited, cheap-as-dirt Sprint MVNO. If you wanted an excuse to try out the service, here you go: a screenshot taken by Reddit user imaliamatoo indicates that the Moto X is coming to Republic.

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And that's not all. According to a brief preview in the search results, the Moto X will be sold for $299 unsubsidized (if not exactly unlocked, since it probably won't work with other carriers).

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HTC One Mini Up For Grabs From AT&T

As promised, the HTC One Mini is now available from AT&T for $99.99 with a two-year contract, $349.99 for one year, or $429.99 month-to-month.

The mini-fied HTC One, for those who may have forgotten, is a 4.3" device with a 720p resolution (that's ~340ppi), an 1800mAh battery, Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor at 1.4GHz, 16GB built-in storage, and 1GB of RAM. Though its screen and specs are downsized, the phone still carries some of the hardware - including front facing speakers and Ultrapixel camera - that made the HTC One a hit.

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If you're ready to jump on board AT&T and have been waiting for the One Mini to hit, now's your chance.

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