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Samsung Galaxy Alpha On AT&T Gets OTA Update Bringing Minor Enhancements

The Galaxy Alpha is a slick piece of hardware. While the bulk of the phone remains plastic, Samsung decided to surround this handset with a metal frame, giving it a more premium look and feel than the flagship that came before it, the Galaxy S5. Now AT&T is gracing the phone with a minor over-the-air update that provides unnamed "user experience enhancements." The OTA will leave the device running software version G850AUCU1ANL1.

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MetroPCS Reduces Cost Of Unlimited 4G LTE Plan To $50 For Anyone Who Signs Up By April 5th

Today MetroPCS, a prepaid service offered by T-Mobile, has rolled out a limited-time discounted price for its unlimited 4G LTE plan. Anyone who signs up between now and April 5th can get set up for $50 a month, a $10 savings off the usual price. There's no pre-planned end date, so you can then take advantage of the lower price for quite a while.

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For comparison, T-Mobile offers unlimited data on the same network for $80 a month.

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[Deal Alert] Grab A New Verizon Moto X (2013) Developer Edition For $200 On eBay

The original Moto X was a breath of fresh air when it debuted in 2013, but Verizon didn't want any part of Motorola's relatively open stance when it came to unlockable bootloaders and customization (as usual). To alleviate this for users who wanted an easy path to root, software backups, and custom ROMs, Motorola offered the Moto X Developer Edition, a full-priced 32GB phone that users could unlock by requesting a code.

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Critical Vulnerability In Verizon FiOS Mobile API Allowed Easy Access To Any User's Email Info

Verizon isn't making many friends when it comes to keeping private information private. Just two days after news broke that Verizon Wireless is collecting and in some cases selling web browsing info, its parent company has been given a black eye for insecure practices associated with the FiOS Internet service. Security researcher Randy Westergren discovered a way to access any FiOS user's Verizon email account by using the mobile API.

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AT&T Announces Unlimited Calling To Mexico After Buying The Country's Third Largest Carrier

AT&T customers with a regular need to dial numbers in Mexico are about to save some money. The wireless carrier announced today unlimited calling to our southern neighbor, available to anyone who adds the World Connect Value package to their postpaid plan. Folks who already have the $5 add-on will receive the benefit automatically.

This announcement comes after AT&T finished its $2.5 billion acquisition of lusacell, Mexico's third largest wireless provider, last week.

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T-Mobile Owner Deutsche Telekom Says Without A Merger T-Mobile's Business Model Is Unsustainable

It's easy to forget, but T-Mobile USA is still owned by German firm Deutsche Telekom. In a recent speech given at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, DT CEO Tim Höttges said that T-Mobile's un-carrier promotions won't be enough to keep T-Mobile going. The only long-term solution, apparently, is a merger.

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[Not Lollipop] AT&T HTC One M8 Gets An Update to Android 4.4.4 With HD Voice, Battery Improvements, And More

The HTC One M8 on AT&T is getting an update starting today, and it makes a few significant changes. What it doesn't do is bring Lollipop to the device—it's 4.4.4. The wait for Lollipop shall continue, I'm afraid.

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Verizon Is Still Using 'Supercookies' To Track Your Browsing Whether You Like It Or Not

If you are using data as a Verizon Wireless customer, Verizon is tracking you. Not only that, but their method to ensure that you can't navigate around it makes your unique identifier visible to every website you visit. The injected data has been called a "supercookie," a term that reflects the fact that it is not removable like a tracking cookie. Now, recent reports show that at least one third-party ad agency has been using Verizon's supercookie to track users after they have deleted cookies or opted out of data collection.

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Virgin Mobile USA Announces No-Contract Plans Offering Shared Data For Roughly $30 Per Line Available Only At Walmart

Among postpaid plans, shared data has become par for the course. Your family (or "family") gets a certain allocation of data that everyone is allowed to use. This way instead of everyone getting 2GB of 3G/4G LTE, with a few people hardly touching their allotment and others burning through theirs in a week, the heavy users can have at the otherwise unused data as well.

Now Virgin Mobile is bringing the same treatment to prepaid, no-contract plans.

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T-Mobile Announces New Simply Prepaid Plans As Low As $40 Per Month With Unlimited Talk And Text

T-Mobile is already the largest provider of prepaid service in the US, and now it's adding some new options for customers who want to save a little cash. The Simply Prepaid plans start at $40 and include unlimited talk and text, but they won't be available until January 25th.

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