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Cricket Wireless Boosts LTE Data Caps With New Plans, Starting At $35 For 2.5GB

Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless has been pushing its inexpensive tax-inclusive plans and $5 auto-pay credits recently, but it just rolled out some new plans that make the deal even better. Its two cheapest plans are getting more data, and there's a new limited time deal on a larger bucket of bytes.

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US Cellular Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, And Galaxy Note 4 Get New Dialer, Updated Camera App, And More In The Latest OTA

If you have a late-model Samsung phone on US Cellular, odds are pretty good that there's a software update waiting for you. The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 flagships are getting an updated build of KitKat, along with the last-gen Galaxy Note 3. Don't get your hopes too high: all three phones will still be running Android 4.4.2 after the update. But Samsung is pushing out a few incremental changes, notably for the dialer and camera.

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FTC Secures $40 Million Fine Against TracFone (Straight Talk, Net10, And More) For Deceptive Practices Related To 'Unlimited' Data Plans

Mobile carriers like to play fast and loose with the word "unlimited" when it comes to data plans. They're often technically unlimited, but only fast enough to be useful until you hit a certain barrier. MVNOs operated by TracFone including Net10 and Straight Talk were a little more shady than most, and that led to today's FTC announcement of a $40 million fine against the company.

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile Nexus 6 Is Back On Sale—Get $48 Off The 32GB Or 64GB Nexus 6 With Coupon Code

The Nexus 6 is a very expensive phone compared to the last few Nexus devices. However, it also makes fewer compromises. If you are close to pulling the trigger now that supply is starting to (kind of) catch up with demand, T-Mobile has a deal going that might push you over the edge—it's brought back the $48 discount code for both storage options.

2015-01-28 01_02_20-Google Nexus 6 Smartphone Phablet _ Nexus 6 Reviews & Specs _ T-Mobile

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AT&T Buys Nextel Mexico, Their Second Mexican Carrier Acquisition Of 2015

In what is apparently part of a bold push to take over the Mexican market, AT&T has announced their second carrier acquisition in Mexico in the past week. Just days ago, AT&T bought Iusacell, the third-largest cell provider in the country. Today, they are announcing the purchase of Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion USD. Nextel is Mexico's fifth-largest carrier.

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Among the goals of the transaction is "to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States," AT&T said in a press release.

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T-Mobile Confirms Support For 700MHz (Band 12) LTE Will Come To Nexus 6, Xperia Z3, And More Via A Software Update

T-Mobile bought up some spectrum licenses in the 700MHz block A space in 2013, and has started upgrading its towers just recently to take advantage of it. However, there are only a few devices available that can connect to Tmo's 700MHz (band 12) network. That's about to change, according to an updated webpage on T-Mobile's site. The Nexus 6, Sony Xperia Z3, and other phones will be getting an update to add support soon.

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[Updated][Mildly Interesting] Guy Buys A Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE For Verizon, Except That It's Not Supposed To Exist

Update: After posting this, we heard from employees who work for authorized retailers, as well as customers who verified that this was not a freak thing. These Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE models for Verizon were, in-fact, sold in very limited quantities.

From the evidence available, it seems that some indirect, non-corporate retailers received stock around the 2014 holiday season and were almost always selling the tablets for $99 on contract.

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Official CyanogenMod Support Comes To Sprint And T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4

TouchWiz getting you down? Of course it is, because it's TouchWiz. Now that we have the Samsung mocking out of the way, down to the news: there is now official support for CyanogenMod on the T-Mobile and Sprint variants of the Galaxy Note 4.

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WSJ: Google's Nova Carrier Will Be Able To Switch Between Sprint And T-Mobile Depending On Which Has The Best Signal

Almost every carrier story we post has at least a few versions of the following comments—"I would totally use carrier X, but it doesn't work very well where I live," and, "I don't know why everyone is always talking smack about carrier Y, it works great in my area." According to the Wall Street Journal, Google's rumored MVNO could put an end to that by not only supporting both T-Mobile and Sprint, but by switching between the networks automatically depending on which signal is better.

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[Let's Try This Again] AT&T Pushes Out HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 Update, Includes Eye Experience And VoLTE

Update: Here's a screenshot, courtesy of an Android Police reader.

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As it turns out, the Android 4.4.4 update for the AT&T HTC One M8 that we covered over a week ago never actually rolled out to devices. The company pulled its page down, which suggests that it went up sooner than anticipated. HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi took to Twitter over the weekend to announce that the OTA was actually due out this week, and that it would include both VoLTE support and the HTC Eye Experience software enhancements.

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