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Sprint Kills Its "One Up" Early Upgrade Program After Only 4 Months, Suggests You Join A Framily Instead

After T-Mobile introduced the Jump early upgrade program last year, the other national carriers scrambled to create their own versions. Sprint was the last to deploy its take on the early upgrade, called One Up, but it has apparently decided that wasn't such a good idea. Sprint quietly killed the One Up on January 9th, suggesting the new Framily Plans are the way to go.

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Like other annual upgrade plans, One Up promised customers no down payments on a new financed device.

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Beats Throws Its Name Into The Streaming Music Arena, Will Launch Beats Music On January 21st With A Focus On Family Plans

If Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music All Access, Rdio, Rhapsody, or any of the other streaming music services just haven't been able to deliver the experience you're looking for, make way for the newcomer to the scene: Beats Music. It's launching January 21st with support for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile (aside from the desktop, of course), and actually brings a couple of features that the other guys should pay attention to.

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Prepaid Verizon Moto G Now Officially Available Online And In Stores For $99 Without An Annual Contract

The Moto G was already an affordable handset when the GSM version became available in the US for just $179.99 early last month. Then a Verizon version appeared in some Best Buy stores for $80 less. Now the carrier is officially launching the Moto G for the same low price, selling it both online and in its stores for just $99.99.

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T-Mobile Announces Un-Carrier 4.0 – Will Pay Early Termination Fees And Buy Your Old Phone If You Switch [Update: Snarky Ads]

In between pointed jabs at the other national carriers, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the carrier's newest "Un-carrier" plan. As the rumors indicated, T-Mobile is going to pay the early termination fees (ETF) when customers switch to T-Mobile from Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon. Sounds great, but there are a few caveats.

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Sprint Announces Six New Spark LTE Markets And Support For Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go On Spark

Ever since the shutdown of Nextel, Sprint has been preparing to make use of the newly vacated spectrum for its tri-band LTE known as Spark. The carrier has announced today that Spark is launching in six more markets, bringing to total to 11. Virgin Mobile broadband customers can also get a taste of the speed starting today.

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Sprint Mashes Up Friends And Family, Announces New "Framily" Plans With Data Caps And Device Financing

What do you get when you combine friends and family? You get a new Sprint marketing slogan known as "Framily." The Now Network is launching the new Framily Plans on January 10th and encouraging people – related or not – to get together on a single account. The mechanics of the Framily Plans are more than a little different than traditional family plans, though.

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The cost of each line changes based on how many people are on the account.

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Motorola Readies A Roaming Maintenance Update For The Original DROID RAZR And DROID RAZR MAXX [Update: DROID 4 Too]

Update: It looks like a similar update is also being sent out for the DROID 4. The same roaming and data fixes are mentioned on Moto's support page.

Good news, Verizon Motorola DROID RAZR users: there's a new update coming your way. Bad news: it's not KitKat, or any kind of Android version upgrade. Nope, this is a humble maintenance update, meant to address a few niggling bugs and nothing more.

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Verizon Details OTA Update That Will Bring Samsung WatchON And S Educate To Its Galaxy Note 10.1

Verizon has shared details for an upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 software update that will bring Samsung's WatchON app to the device. The service, which comes pre-installed on many Samsung devices, turns your phone or tablet into an interactive TV guide. It comes with a universal remote for channel surfing, simplifies searching for shows, and enables you to watch some content across multiple devices. This functionality comes bundled as a part of software version JZ054K.I925VRAMK1.

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[CES 2014] Sony Announces The 5" Xperia Z1s For T-Mobile And The 4.3" Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony has two new phones to announce here at CES in Las Vegas: one specifically for the purple people over at T-Mobile, and one meant to appease users who want a premium phone without the bulk. The Xperia Z1s is T-Mobile's branded variant of the slightly older Xperia Z1. Aside from the extra letter and doubled storage, it's identical to Sony's international flagship. The Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller 4.3" phone that keeps most of the premium features.

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T-Mobile Announces 14 New LTE Markets

T-Mobile has quietly updated its LTE network, adding official support in 14 new cities. The new markets range from mid-sized metro areas to smaller cities as T-Mobile continues expanding its LTE footprint.

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