Say goodbye to the era of the $200 on-contract smartphone. Verizon has just announced a new plan structure, and part of the change is an end to phone subsidies. From now on, you'll purchase phones from Verizon on a payment plan or at full price. The new plans aren't substantially cheaper, but they are a bit more straightforward. Read More
T-Mobile is now solidly in third place among US carriers, having finally passed Sprint. It got there by offering consumer-friendly services and low prices, and today we've got a lot more of the latter. T-Mobile is running sales on several great devices like the Galaxy S6 and G4. Read More
We knew that Stagefright fixes were due to start rolling out this week, and it's Sprint leading the pack. Sprint already rolled out an update to the Note 4 earlier this week, but now you can add several more Samsung devices to the list, plus the carrier has confirmed LMY48I for Nexus devices will have the Stagefright fixes included. Read More
T-Mobile and its bombastic CEO John Legere have been making waves in the US wireless industry, and consumers have been taking notice. According to the latest quarterly earnings report filed by T-Mo, the carrier is now larger than its competitor Sprint, making it the number three runner in America. T-Mobile claims 58.9 million subscribers in the US as of July, narrowly besting Sprint's reported number of 56.8 million from today. T-Mobile has added at least a million customers each quarter for the last nine quarters, and 2.1 million in the last three months.
In truth, T-Mobile may have actually passed this milestone some time ago. Read More
It's not often the case, but T-Mobile is playing catch-up with some other carriers when it comes to getting OS updates to a flagship phone. Sprint M9 owners got it on the first of July and AT&T versions were updated two weeks ago, but at not-so-long last T-Mobile HTC One M9 owners will be upgraded to Android 5.1 as well.
Of course, the T-Mobile M9 got the oft-mentioned camera improvement update way back in April, so they were first to get what was arguably the most important OTA for the M9.
The update, to version number 2.7.531.6, should start rolling out today. Read More
AT&T, who prefers to keep as many $100 millions as they can, has strongly suggested to the FCC that the carrier should not be required to pay the $100 million fine levied for throttling users on unlimited data plans. The punishment comes for failing to make it clear to customers that have grandfathered packages that while their service is called "unlimited," they will actually be throttled to 2G speeds once monthly usage exceeds an arbitrary amount that is not disclosed to subscribers.
To sum up AT&T's rebuttal, they say that the FCC is wrong about the current law and wrong about whether AT&T informed their customers about how unlimited data plans work. Read More
Having an FM radio built right into your phone seems like a really good idea, but for some reason the feature seems to be relegated to "value" phones like the Moto G in the US. In fact, the OEM chipsets for a lot of devices (including many of Qualcomm's super-popular Snapdragon SoCs) include FM capability, but the manufacturer disables it for whatever reason. According to a quoted report on RadioWorld.com, that's going to change for Android phones on AT&T in 2016.
Screenshots from the built-in radio tuner on the Moto G.
Two companies owned by Emmis Communications are claiming that AT&T will begin requiring an active FM receiver in every Android phone it receives from manufacturers starting next year. Read More
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are already on the latest version of Android, but the T-Mobile variants are getting a small maintenance update today with a few fixes. It's not huge, but you may as well install it when you've got a moment. The changelog promises battery life improvements, which is always appreciated. Read More
AT&T approved the Android 5.1 update for the first-gen Moto X (XT1058) on July 7th, but yesterday the carrier decided to halt the update. AT&T is calling this a "temporary" suspension, but isn't saying what exactly the issue is.