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  • CA Regulator Insists Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Cannot Proceed in CA

    Thu 4:27pm By Rich Brome
    The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday issued an order clarifying that it has not yet granted approval for Sprint and T-Mobile to merge in California, and the merger cannot proceed in that state until it does so. The Commission is scheduled to…
  • T-Mobile Offers Free Quibi

    Thu 10:11am By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile is offering most customers with two or more voice lines free access to Quibi, the new mobile-only premium video streaming service launching April 6th. Eligible customers get a full year of Quibi free, and can continue receiving free access after that…
  • Samsung Offers Unusual Buyback Program for S20 Series

    Thu 9:50am By Rich Brome
    Samsung has launched an unusual twist on phone trade-ins for its flagship S20 lineup. With the "guaranteed buy-back program", people who buy an S20 directly from Samsung can opt in to a program that will let them return the phone within two years for 50% of…
  • Sprint is Officially No More

    Wed 10:00am By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile has officially completed its merger with Sprint. For the moment, the merger has little effect on customers, but "Sprint" lives only as a brand of T-Mobile, not a separate company. As of today, Sprint is no longer trading under its own symbol on the…
  • Apple Buys Dark Sky, Kills Android Version

    Tue 4:18pm By Rich Brome
    Apple has acquired the popular weather app Dark Sky. Dark Sky announced that it is pulling its Android and Wear OS apps from app stores, and existing installations on those platforms will stop working on July 1st, 2020. The company is also phasing out its API…
  • Planet's Latest Keyboard-Phone has a Unique Sliding Hinge

    Tue 3:50pm By Rich Brome
    Planet Computers, known for its pocketable phones with "full" laptop-style keyboards, has revealed a new model — the Astro Slide — with a unique slide-and-tilt mechanism they call "RockUp". While the company's past models had a standard clamshell hinge…
  • AT&T, Cricket Intro New $15 Plan with 2 GB of Data

    Mar 27, 2020, 12:21 pm By Rich Brome
    AT&T is introducing a new $15 plan, and temporarily adding 10 GB of data to existing plans. The same offering is being made available under both of the company's prepaid brands: AT&T Prepaid and Cricket. The new $15/month comes with 2 GB of data and unlimited…
  • Samsung Bringing S20 Camera Features to S10 and Note10

    Mar 25, 2020, 10:46 am By Rich Brome
    Samsung has started rolling out a significant software update for last year's Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note10 series phone, which adds major new features first introduced on the company's latest S20 phones. In the Camera app, new features include Single Take,…
  • Google Redesigns its Podcasts App, Brings it to iOS

    Mar 25, 2020, 10:36 am By Rich Brome
    Google has redesigned its Podcasts app, and made a version available in Apple's App Store for iPhone users. Google Podcasts now stays fully synced between all platforms, including Android, web, and iOS, so you can pause a podcast on your phone and…
  • Instagram Launches "Co-Watching" Via Video Chat

    Mar 24, 2020, 10:27 am By Rich Brome
    Instagram has just launched Co-Watching, a new feature that "allows you to view Instagram posts together with your friends over video chat. You can start a video chat by tapping the video chat icon in the Direct inbox or in an existing Direct thread, then view…
  • Apple App Store Now Supports Single Purchase for Both iOS and macOS Apps

    Mar 24, 2020, 10:17 am By Rich Brome
    Apple has now fully launched Universal Purchase, a new feature of its App Store that lets customers make a single app purchase to gain access to that app across all of Apple's OS platforms, including macOS and iOS. For example, buying an app on your iPhone…
  • Verizon Adds 15GB of Data for All Consumers, Small Businesses

    Mar 24, 2020, 10:07 am By Rich Brome
    Verizon is adding 15 GB of high-speed data to the plans of all wireless consumer and small business customers. Also, for low-income customers participating in the Lifeline program, the company is fully waiving the next two months of internet and voice service…
  • Samsung Discounts Galaxy S20 5G, S20 Plus by $200

    Mar 23, 2020, 2:41 pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung has slashed the price of its flagship Galaxy S20 5G and Galaxy S20+ phones by $200 at retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, bringing the base configuration of the unlocked phones down to $800 and $1,000, respectively. The top-end Galaxy S20 Ultra is not…
  • T-Mobile Launches New, Cheaper Plans

    Mar 23, 2020, 12:52 pm By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile is launching its cheaper T-Mobile Connect plans starting this Wednesday, March 25th, instead of waiting until its merger with Sprint closes, as originally planned. There are two plan options: $15/month (plus tax) for 2 GB of high-speed phone data, or…
  • Verizon, AT&T Further Scale Back Retail Operations

    Mar 23, 2020, 12:32 pm By Rich Brome
    Verizon has announced new hours and policies for its physical locations, while AT&T has announced a new round of temporary store closings. Verizon stores will now be closed on Sundays, and open 11am – 4pm the rest of the week. Verizon is also reducing staff…
  • T-Mobile Offers Customers Extended Free Trial of YouTube Premium

    Mar 23, 2020, 12:21 pm By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile is offering customers a two-month free trial of YouTube Premium, which includes ad-free viewing, offline viewing, and YouTube Music Premium. The service is normally $12/month with a one-month free trial. The special offer is being made available via…
  • Google Cancels I/O Developer Event

    Mar 20, 2020, 3:39 pm By Rich Brome
    Google will no longer hold any sort of developer event this year, due to the current pandemic. The company's annual I/O event was already changed to an online-only format, but now will not happen at all.
  • AT&T to Temporarily Expand Network Capacity with Spectrum on Loan from Dish

    Mar 19, 2020, 4:20 pm By Rich Brome
    AT&T has reached an agreement with Dish that will allow AT&T to use some of Dish's radio frequency licenses for the next 60 days. This will allow AT&T to temporarily, significantly boost the capacity its 4G LTE network. AT&T will be able to deploy the spectrum…
  • Nokia Unveils its First 5G Phone, Supporting 12 5G Bands

    Mar 19, 2020, 1:59 pm By Rich Brome
    HMD Global today announced the Nokia 8.3 5G, the company's first 5G phone. HMD claims it supports more 5G networks than any other 5G phone to date, supporting sub-6 GHz 5G networks in 12 different frequency bands, including ones used in the US, such as bands…
  • Nokia 5.3 Offers Quad Rear Cameras for $200

    Mar 19, 2020, 1:36 pm By Rich Brome
    Nokia today announced the Nokia 5.3, a new mid-range Android phone. It has a 6.5-inch HD display with a small notch, 4,000 mAh battery, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip. It has four rear cameras: a 13-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture,…