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Samsung has opened the public beta of its new phone-based Pay service ahead of its official launch late next month. Beta participants will need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ (unrooted, mind you) as well as a credit or debit card from US Bank (Visa) or Bank of America (Visa or M...

August 27th 2015 at 2:08pm 0 Comments
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With T-Mobile now behind it as the nation's third largest carrier, AT&T has updated its wireless data plans (below) to give you a bit more data for a bit less money. Unsurprisingly, the benefits get juicier if you spend more -- there's 5GB more data if you spend $100 for 15GB, but the 5GB plan...

August 14th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Following the lead of alternative carriers like T-Mobile and Google Fi, Verizon announced today that it will be doing away with phone subsidies (the precise opposite of what it said last October) and rejiggering its data plans beginning August 13th. Don't get excited just yet, though, since there'...

August 7th 2015 at 2:26pm 0 Comments
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Cellular service appears to be down across every major provider throughout Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky with Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville being the hardest hit. According to the website Down Detector, more than 10,000 AT&T, 1,000 Verizon, 7,000 T-Mobile and 300 Sprint customers are...

August 4th 2015 at 7:34pm 0 Comments
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If you're a BlackBerry-toting American, you're about to get a ton of Android apps on your plate. As promised, BlackBerry has started the US rollout of an update that gives all BB10 devices access to the Amazon Appstore, saving you from having to sideload some of the Android titles you can't live w...

June 17th 2015 at 10:06pm 0 Comments
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When a software update is ready for your smartphone, you usually get a friendly notification that lets you refuse the fix if you're anxious or just busy. At least some LG G4 owners aren't getting that option, however. Customers on both AT&T and T-Mobile are reporting surprise "mandatory" patch...

June 11th 2015 at 12:59am 0 Comments
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The FCC's Open Internet order could be the most important 313 pages in the web's short history, but "could" is the operative word. Proponents of the order say it's a landmark document, promoting net neutrality and dissolving telcos' power over the internet; naysayers believe it's needless regulati...

March 17th 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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There was no question that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon gave up on their Softcard mobile payment service when they agreed to pre-install Google Wallet, but it's now apparent that they're beating an especially hasty retreat. Softcard is telling users that its service will stop working after March...

March 4th 2015 at 10:02pm 0 Comments
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In an ironic turn, Google is now partnering with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to bring its Google Wallet mobile payment app to their Android phones later this year. Yes, those are the same carriers who made life pretty difficult for Google with their own payment solution, Softcard (formerly call...

February 23rd 2015 at 12:47pm 0 Comments
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If you've struggled with getting your carrier to unlock your phone so that you can easily travel abroad -- or, gasp, switch providers -- today is an important day. As promised, seven US networks (AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon) are now honoring a v...

February 11th 2015 at 9:10pm 0 Comments
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Just because you have cellular service in the subway doesn't mean you have good service -- in many cases, your data goes in the dumps when your train ventures underground. That won't be a problem in Chicago for much longer, though. The city has reached a deal with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Ve...

January 30th 2015 at 7:11pm 0 Comments