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US Cellular Galaxy S III Update Today Brings Google Wallet - First Subsidized Wallet Phone Not On Sprint

If you have a Galaxy S III on US Cellular, we're here to give you some good news: you're getting Google Wallet. And you can probably actually get it today if you download the update manually from Samsung. First, though, let's take a look at this leaked image showing the changes the update brings:

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Basically, a lot of updates to stock apps, and various bug fixes you can see detailed in the image above.

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T-Mobile's Acquisition Of MetroPCS Has Been Approved By Both Companies' Boards, Expected To Complete Mid-2013

Previously, we'd heard rumors and whispers that T-Mobile (by way of its parent company Deutsche Telekom) would be acquiring MetroPCS. Today, both companies' boards have approved the merger and, pending regulatory and MetroPCS shareholder approval, the deal should be completed by mid-2013. The two companies will have a combined subscriber base of about 42.5 million customers, which still leaves it in fourth place in the U.S. behind Sprint with 56 million and AT&T/Verizon who each have over 100 million users.

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Orange And T-Mobile UK Announce Three Android 4G Phones Ahead Of EE's Launch At The End Of This Month

Orange and T-Mobile UK, the two companies forming the new 4G EE network in the UK, have launched three 4G capable Android phones today.

That means that if you're an Orange or T-Mobile customer, you can now buy the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, HTC One XL, or Huawei Ascend P1 LTE on contract to ensure that you're ahead of the game before 4G goes live in the UK at the end of this month.

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UK Expected To Beat 4G Goal By Six Months, Mobile Spectrum Auction To Begin In Late 2012

It looks like mobile device users in the UK can expect 4G services to begin rolling out a bit sooner than previously expected – six months sooner, to be specific.

The Wallstreet Journal reported Tuesday that the UK government has struck a deal with the UK's four largest mobile operators which will enable the auction of 4G mobile spectrum to begin at the end of 2012, with bidding beginning in early 2013.

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[Update: Merger Confirmed] Reuters: T-Mobile Is In Talks To Acquire MetroPCS, Press Conference Tomorrow?

Update: Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that this merger will be happening (given regulatory approval), and that DT will run T-Mobile and MetroPCS as one company. The DT board will meet tomorrow to approve the transaction.

According to Reuters, "three sources familiar with the situation" are saying a deal between T-Mobile and MetroPCS is "close," and by close, they mean an announcement is probably happening tomorrow.

This is a bit odd, given that MetroPCS is a CDMA carrier, and that network is largely incompatible with T-Mobile's current spectrum holdings.

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AT&T Will Get The HTC One X+ Exclusively In The US, Also Adding The One VX To Its Roster

Well, the long-awaited (and rumored) HTC One X+ is official. HTC took the wraps off this not-so-secret handset earlier this morning, stating that it would be available in several different regions. Now, AT&T has announced that it will be the exclusive carrier of the device here in the US, and it will hit stores "in the coming months."

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For those who may not have caught the news this morning, the One X+ is essentially the same as its predecessor on the outside, but is an entirely different beast on the inside:

  • 4.7" 1280x720 display
  • 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.6MP front camera
  • LTE
  • 2100mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 with Sense 4+

Also announced by AT&T today is the HTC One VX, a nice mid-range smartphone with decent specs:

  • 4.5" qHD Super LCD2
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
  • Android 4.0 (will be upgraded to 4.1 "shortly after launch")

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Much like the One X+, there's no certain date when the VX will be released.

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[Deal Alert] Motorola Atrix HD Free From Amazon Wireless

The Atrix HD is probably the best Motorola smartphone on AT&T right now. If you happen to fancy Moto's hardware and are in the market for a new phone on Big Blue, you're in luck: it's now basically free from Amazon Wireless for new contract and upgrading customers.

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Specs:

  • 4.5" ColorBoost display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • Android 4.0

This deal is good for both the white and black versions of the device, so pick your favorite, hit the appropriate link below, and enjoy your new phone.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available Right Now Via OTA Or Kies

T-Mobile has begun rolling out the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update (T769UVLH5) for the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, and you can get it right now one of two ways. First, you can head to your phone's settings menu and check for the update. If the update doesn't appear, though, you'll either have to wait, or download Samsung's Kies utility (here) and check through that.

Here's the changelog:

  • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5 - Current version

    Version

    • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5
    • Updated 10/3/2012
    • Optional Manual update

    Improvements

    • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Mobile Hotspot Icon location fix
    • Add Email option fix

    Prerequisites

    • Manual (via Samsung Kies)  update
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T769UVLB7/T769UVLF4
    • Device software is not rooted
    • 50% battery life
    • Data connection
    • 20 MB available memory (File size of update is 15.7 MB)

Happy updating.

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Sony Xperia TL Making Its Way To AT&T's 4G LTE Lineup 'In The Coming Weeks'

AT&T just announced the James Bond phone, otherwise known as the Sony Xperia TL, will be the newest edition to its 4G LTE lineup. First announced back at IFA, the Xperia TL is Sony's newest offering to the high-end world:

  • 4.6" 1280x720 "Reality Display"
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 13MP fast capture camera
  • NFC
  • Android 4.0.4 (will be upgraded to 4.1 "following launch")

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The press release is pretty scant on release details, stating only that it will be available "in the coming weeks."

AT&T Debuts Exclusive Xperia(TM) TL, Sony's Best in Mobile Camera Technology, HD Viewing and NFC Connectivity

Xperia TL Will be Featured in the Upcoming James Bond Cinema Release Skyfall

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AT&T* today announced plans to offer Xperia TL, the latest Sony smartphone bringing Sony’s best HD experiences, easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ sharing enabled by NFC (Near Field Communications) and award-winning** arc design.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Now Available On Three UK From £34 A Month, Pay As You Go Available For £499.99

When the original Galaxy Note came out in the UK, it was met with a certain amount of skepticism from consumers. However, Samsung obviously knew what it was doing, as the device has gone on to sell really well. Fast forward a few months, and it's time for round 2: the Galaxy Note II comes with a bigger screen, a more comfortable aspect ratio, and it's available from today on Three.

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