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T-Mobile ZTE ZMAX gets November security updates... but it still runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat

I'm honestly conflicted. When I spotted this new software on T-Mobile's support pages, I had to do a double take. How come a phone that's still stuck on Android 4.4.2 KitKat is getting the November 2016 security updates? It's ridiculous and awesome to a point that I just couldn't pass up the news.

The ZTE ZMAX was announced and released in September of 2014 on T-Mobile. It had midrange specs with a 5.7" 720 display, Snapdragon 400, 8MP back camera and 1MP on the front. The major selling point was the 3400mAh battery and the $252 price point. At the time of release, it ran Android 4.4 KitKat and it has managed to stick to that version for two years, no version bumps whatsoever for ZMAX owners.

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Sprint says it will "bring back" 5000 jobs to America, even though it cut 2500 US jobs earlier this year

Sprint announced today - shortly after a Donald Trump name-drop - that it was planning to "bring back" 5000 jobs to the United States. Trump claimed the deal was brokered in part by Sprint's owner, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son.

Predictably, the new jobs seem likely to be centered around sales and customer service positions if Sprint's press release is any indicator. This means the vast majority of these new positions will be poorly paying and first in line for any future belt-tightening if things go south at America's #4 carrier.

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T-Mobile is the first to kill remaining Galaxy Note7 devices on its network with new update

The Note7 doomsday has arrived. Samsung announced several weeks ago its intention to send out an OTA update that killed the Note7's ability to charge in the US. T-Mobile was the first carrier to schedule the update, and now it's rolling out. Any remaining Note7 devices on Tmo will soon be put out of their misery.

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Sprint is offering up to $325 in account credits if you activate a Pixel, but you might have to ask nicely

The Pixel is kind of, sort of exclusive to Verizon. Actually, Verizon is the only carrier that can sell the phone directly, but Google sells them online as well. Then there's T-Mobile which offers account credits if you activate a Pixel, and now Sprint is doing the same. However, it's not advertising the promo, and you might have to ask nicely in order to get it.

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T-Mobile has become America's most consumer-unfriendly carrier (opinion)

Fun fact: As of yesterday, T-Mobile is now the only carrier in the US that no longer allows you to buy a plan on the internet with high-speed tethering. Did you know that? With the utterly confusing and pointless splitting of T-Mobile's ONE plan (already split into ONE and ONE Plus), the carrier has officially hidden high-speed tethering behind a phonewall. You have to call T-Mobile's sales number to buy the new ONE Plus International plan, the only T-Mobile plan advertised with high-speed tethering anymore (Note: T-Mobile has clarified that existing T-Mobile customers can get ONE Plus International through the T-Mobile app, but was unable to provide any explanation why new customers needed to call).

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[Tmo MANY] T-Mobile's ONE plan to rule them all confuses everyone with modified and new ONE Plus add-ons

This isn't confusing at all. T-Mobile, these new ONE plans, they are the epitome of simplicity, aren't they? I mean, all you have to do is choose if you want one line for $70/month, two lines for $60 each, three lines for $47 each, or 4 lines for $40 each, and you get unlimited talk, text, and 4G data. Oh and you enable AutoPay to get the prices here because otherwise they're $5/month higher. Then you choose if you want to add a tablet for $20/month and/or a wearable for $5/month. Then you can pay $3/day for HD video streaming passes if you want a higher resolution than 480p.

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AT&T's ZTE ZMAX 2 gets its Marshmallow over-the-air update

We're in that awkward phase of the Android upgrade cycle, when customers want nothing more than the latest release of the OS on their phones... but manufacturers and carriers are still slowly, slowly making their way through the backlog of updates from over a year ago. So it is with the ZMAX 2, a big-screen budget ZTE phone offered on AT&T starting in September of 2015. Today AT&T is sending out the Marshmallow update that probably should have come at least a year ago. Hey, don't knock it - a lot of budget phones don't ever get upgraded at all.

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T-Mobile's next 'Un-carrier' announcement will come on January 5th at CES

In John Legere's continuing effort to will himself into the role of mobile rock'n'roll Jesus, the T-Mobile CEO has released a teaser trailer for the carrier's next Un-Carrier event. Exactly what will happen at the event isn't being disclosed - in fact, the whole point of the video is "wouldn't you like to know?" We did find out that the announcement will come on January 5th in Las Vegas, not-so-coincidentally at the same time and place that next year's CES will be going down.

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AT&T launched free Call Protect feature with spam warnings, fraud blocking, and custom number blocking

AT&T is not usually one to leave money on the table, but in a rare showing of benevolence, it has launched a new service called Call Protect. It can be activated free on AT&T devices, allowing you to block numbers and get warnings of potential spam calls at the network level.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy offering Pixel phones for $10-15 per month plus $100 gift card when you activate on Verizon

Verizon had a killer deal on the Pixel and Pixel XL for Black Friday, and now Best Buy is running an even better version of the promotion. Pick up a Pixel from Best Buy, and you can get it for as little as $10 per month. They'll also throw in a $100 Best Buy gift card for your trouble. There wasn't a gift card included with the Verizon deal on Black Friday.

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