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FTC: T-Mobile Has Been Shadily Profiting Off Bogus 'Premium' SMS Charges To The Tune Of Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars

Update: Well that didn't take long. Here's what T-Mobile had to say in response.

We have seen the complaint filed today by the FTC and find it to be unfounded and without merit.  In fact T-Mobile stopped billing for these Premium SMS services last year and launched a proactive program to provide full refunds for any customer that feels that they were charged for something they did not want.  T-Mobile is fighting harder than any of the carriers to change the way the wireless industry operates and we are disappointed that the FTC has chosen to file this action against the most pro-consumer company in the industry rather than the real bad actors.

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T-Mobile LG G3 Now Available For Pre-Order For $600, Lands In Stores On July 16th

Plenty of people have been eager to get their hands on LG's new flagship, and it looks like T-Mobile may be the first of the big American companies to get it. A PR message this morning said that Magenta will start selling the LG G3 on July 16th, a little over two weeks from now. If you want to make sure you get yours on day one, you can pre-order the phone in black and white at this page.

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US Cellular Updates Its Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini And Galaxy Mega Phones To 4.4.2

All the talk about Android L this week overshadows the unfortunate fact that the previous release is still on less than 15% of Android devices. This weekend US Cellular is helping in a small way, releasing KitKat to two of its Samsung phones. The US Cellular versions of the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy Mega (6.3) are both being updated to KitKat, so those with the applicable hardware should keep an eye out for the over-the-air alert.

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AT&T Galaxy Note II Getting Its Android 4.4 KitKat Update (Build UCUCNE5)

If you're still toting around a stock AT&T Galaxy Note II, good news: your phone is finally getting Android 4.4.2. The rollout should be starting now, and includes all of the basic 4.4 goodies you can expect coming from 4.3, like wireless printing, the new storage access framework, SMS default app selection, Google Wallet tap-to-pay support, and a few others. Here's Samsung's full changelog:

OS upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • New Lock Screen Access
    • Media Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
    • Camera Shortcut  - access the Camera application right from the lock screen
  • Improved user experience when multiple messaging apps are installed - All SMS and MMS messages are together in the same app, alongside other conversations and video calls.
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Verizon Announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 As "The Family Tablet," Coming June 26th For $379.99 Or $279.99 With Contract

Verizon users will soon have the option of buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 that's compatible with the carrier's XLTE network. Oh, this isn't just any tablet, though. It's "The Family Tablet," which sounds to me like it should be a terrible ABC Family channel sitcom about a tablet that comes to life and solves a family's problems, or some such nonsense [cue laugh track]. But no, Verizon is simply choosing to stress Android's multi-user mode for some reason.

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Report: Google Offering A $150 Consolation Credit For Chromebook Pixel LTE Owners Screwed Over By Verizon

In case we didn't make it clear with yesterday's post, we were more than a little miffed at Verizon's dismissal of Chromebook Pixel LTE owners. The company told customers that it had unceremoniously ended Google's free 100MB/month data bundle for the Pixel LTE after just one year, despite the initial two-year service promotion. Today Google is offering a consolation prize to those customers who bought the Chromebook Pixel LTE from the Play Store: a $150 refund credit.

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[Update x2] UpgradeSwap Has Stopped Buying Used T-Mobile Phones, And You Probably Should Too

Update 6/24: In a statement to Tmonews, T-Mobile has confirmed that it has a system in place that allows users (and UpgradeSwap) to check the IMEI to verify whether or not the device is being financed. You can find that tool here.

If a customer wants to purchase a T-Mobile phone and is checking the IMEI number, they should be using our tool for the correct information.

Update 2 6/24: In this ever-increasing back-and-forth battle, UpgradeSwap has now responded with a claim that T-Mo's own system doesn't even work correctly half the time.

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Sprint Adds 28 New LTE Markets, 3 Spark Markets, Launches HD Voice Nationwide, And Intros 30-Day Risk-Free Trials Of Network

Sprint unleashed a slew of network announcements this morning at a press conference in Chicago, and for the most part, it's just the news you'd expect: more LTE, more Spark, and more HD voice.

The 28 markets aren't listed individually, but Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose all saw expansions, and Sprint brought its LTE coverage count to 471 cities today. The company plans to cover 250 million people with its LTE network by mid-year, up from 225 million now.

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Verizon Is Apparently Dumping Its 100MB A Month Of Free Data For 2 Years Deal For Chromebook Pixel LTE Owners

Google and Verizon Wireless seem to be in a perpetual state of "it's complicated." The protracted issues with the Nexus 7 LTE, the infamously terrible launch and support of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and a few other spats come to mind. Now JR Raphael of ComputerWorld is reporting that Verizon has unceremoniously dumped the 100MB per month of free packaged wireless data that came with the LTE model of the Chromebook Pixel that went on sale last year.

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Sprint Announces The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, Just The GS5 Active By A Different Name

If you want an Galaxy S5 Active, your only choice is AT&T. Meanwhile, the newly announced Galaxy S5 Sport is a Sprint exclusive. Of course, these are pretty much the same phone with tiny aesthetic differences. Sprint is really pushing the fitness angle, though.

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The GS5 Sport has the same trio of physical buttons on the front as the Active, and the specs are the same. You can get the gist simply by reading up on the Active, and pretending it says "Sport." It's IP67 rated for water and dust resistance, and it's got a beefier, more textured casing than the regular GS5.

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