Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced today that he will reclassify broadband internet providers as Title II utilities under the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The proclamation, written for Wired, dances back and forth between his specific plans and lots of bluster for a public that is hungry for more ISP regulation. One rather surprising note is that mobile broadband will also be included in this move, which was not nearly as expected or precedented. Read More
This deal isn't for everyone, but if it is for you, it's a really good one. The device in question is a carrier locked AT&T LG G3 in either of its color schemes and 32 GB of storage. No matter how you choose to buy it - without a contract, on-contract, or via the Next program - you'll get a $100 Amazon gift card after your purchase.
What's the catch? Well, there aren't too many, beyond the fact you basically need to use AT&T. Read More
If you have an AT&T Galaxy S5, you should be getting an OTA notification shortly for a nearly-500MB update, which includes exciting new features like not Lollipop. The software brings an upgrade to Android 4.4.4 (from 4.4.2), AT&T voice over LTE (AKA HD Voice), and some new bloatware that AT&T would like you to please use.
Here's the full changelog.
AT&T released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 5 (SM-G900A) on February 3, 2015.
It's been four months since the Nexus 6 went on sale in the US Google Play Store, complete with radio support for all five major US carriers. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular all sell the phone in one fashion or another, but Verizon has been interestingly silent on a subsidized carrier release. (Verizon Wireless doesn't play well with others.) But according to the latest promotional image on Verizon's website, it might be coming soon. Read More
We in the US have a love-hate (but mostly hate) relationship with our cell phone providers. Even when they do manage to provide us with decent coverage, they tend to be real jerks about it, charging us high base prices along with added fees for anything they can get away with. And at the end of each month, they eat away whatever data is left unused, like vultures.
T-Mobile has released a Data Stash ad (no, not that one) that pounces on that last issue in particular. Read More
US Cellular has announced that it's lowering the price of its Simple Connect Prepaid plans. Customers can get 1GB of 4G LTE for $45 a month, 2GB for $55, and 4GB for $65. The carrier won't cut off data after you hit any of these limits, but it will slow your connection down.
The prepaid game is heating up. Boost Mobile announced roughly a week ago that it will soon offer its cheapest prepaid smartphone plan for $35, with users getting 1GB of high speed data. Read More
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.
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. Read More
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.