WSJ: Google’s Wireless Service Might Let You Switch Between the Best Network Available From Different Carriers

Last week, headlines were dominated by talk of Google creating its own wireless service through network deals inked with T-Mobile and Sprint. Unfortunately, those were really the only details that surfaced through a number of stories all claiming to have “sources” close to the matter. We still don’t know pricing or plan details, where or when the service will be available, and why any of us would consider switching to it from our current carrier options. We talked on the DL Show about Google potentially having something special in mind that would attempt to change the way wireless service plans work in order for them to even consider entering the market, but didn’t necessarily have any suggestions as to what that “special” something might be. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, we may now know.  (more…)

Lightning Deal: Unlocked AT&T Galaxy Note 4 for $620 (Update: Deal Completed)

This may not last more than another minute, but if you want a Galaxy Note 4, you should head over to Amazon which has a lightning deal currently running that slashes the price to $620, off-contract, unlocked, for AT&T.

The black version was available for all of 5 minutes before selling out. The white is still available for now.

Amazon Link

If that link isn’t working, go to the Amazon Deals page, scroll over in the lightning section until you see the Note 4. (more…)

Verizon is a “Leader,” Won’t Follow T-Mobile and AT&T With Rollover Data

Don’t act like you are surprised, but no, Verizon isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile with a rollover data plan. According to Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, his company is “a leader, not a follower” and will instead stick to their current, traditional data plans that gobble up your data if you don’t use it by the end of your billing cycle. Shammo made these comments in an interview with CNET following the carrier’s Q4 earnings release, even noting that back in 2007, when AT&T first introduced rollover for voice minutes, they didn’t follow then either.  (more…)

HTC One (M8) on AT&T Gets Update With HD Voice

The HTC One (M8) on AT&T is receiving an update today that unfortunately is not Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Even though we are approaching the backend of HTC’s 90-day update rollout, this update, at least according to AT&T’s support, is just Android 4.4.4 with the inclusion of HD Voice. The update also improves battery performance, introduces security and Bluetooth enhancements, and upgrades some bloatware.

In order to check for the update, head into Settings and tap on AT&T Software update>Check for updates.

The update drops in officially as Android 4.4.4, software 3.42.502.1  (more…)

Deal: Unlocked ASUS Padfone X With Tablet Dock for $199 (Updated)

Update:  Deal over.

ASUS’ Padfone line is a concept that I wish saw more success or acceptance in the US. A high-end phone that docks into a tablet shell to make an on-demand tablet? What’s not to like? Unfortunately, late or non-arrivals of the Padfone line have left it all but a lost cause here in the States, even if it did have promise.

With that said, the Padfone X, which is the latest high-end version built specifically for AT&T, can be had today from eBay for $199, which includes the tablet dock. The original product retailed around $549, so calling this a steal is a bit of an understatement.  (more…)

Hilarious Turn of Events: Carrier-Backed Payment System That Tried to Block Google Wallet Might be Bought by Google

You remember Isis Mobile Wallet don’t you? That would be the mobile payment system that carriers – specifically, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile – created to be the only payment system you would need on your phone. That would also be the payment system that carriers used as reason to help block, but not admit-to-blocking, while still blocking because it was “different,” Google Wallet, for years while they took their sweet time getting Isis ready. And let’s not forget that the service has already been renamed to Softcard because of the growing entity known for terrorism that the original name matched. All caught up on Softcard and Isis?

According to a late Friday report out of TechCrunch, the payment system has been a massive failure to this point and is now in talks with Google to potentially be acquired.  (more…)

LG G Flex 2 Stops by the FCC on Its Way to US Cellular

The LG G Flex 2 under model number LG-US995 stopped by the FCC this week on its way to US Cellular. Announced last week at CES (our hands-on), the G Flex 2 stole the show on a phone front, thanks in part to its upgraded internals, but also thanks to the lack of meaningful phones from other manufacturers. US Cellular confirmed shortly after the phone was unveiled that it would carry it in the Spring, which seems odd now that we have seen it at the FCC.  (more…)