Deal: Buy an AT&T LG G3 From Amazon for Cheap, Get $100 Gift Card

If you buy an AT&T LG G3 between now and February 14 from Amazon, you will earn yourself a $100 Amazon gift card for your troubles. Well, “troubles” probably isn’t a great way of putting that since the G3 is one of our favorite phones of 2014. In our tag-teamed review, Tim and I gushed about its camera, design, and feature add-ons. Before the 2nd half flagships were released in 2014, this was the phone to have.

So the deal works like this. You buy the LG G3 on AT&T – it costs $0 with AT&T Next, $0.01 with a contract, or $478 at full retail (solid deal there). Make sure that it is “Shipped and Sold by Amazon.com” or “Sold by AT&T Mobility and Fulfilled by Amazon.com.” In other words, don’t try to sneak in an even better deal by buying it through a reseller because you won’t quality for the $100 gift card. If you can satisfy that term, then you will land yourself a great phone with an added $100 bonus to spend after the fact.

Amazon Link

Placeholder: For All of the Laughable Statements That Will Soon be Released by ISPs in Response to Tom Wheeler’s Proposal

Now that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has made his open internet, net neutrality proposal public, we thought we should create a placeholder or gathering ground for all of the laughable responses that will undoubtedly arrive from our favorite ISPs, both wired and wireless, over the next few hours.

Check back for the latest!  (more…)

While Verizon Variant Gets Lollipop, AT&T Now Pushing Android 4.4.4 Update to Galaxy S5

On Monday, many people looked to the sky assuming that a giant meteor was set to hit the Earth at any moment. This was in reaction to Samsung and Verizon pushing out a Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5. However, the world did not end, and unsurprisingly, an update is now available for Galaxy S5 owners on AT&T. But sadly, it’s just Android 4.4.4, not Lollipop.  (more…)

FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality: Title II, Ya’ll! (Updated)

“The internet must be fast, fair and open.” Those are the words of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, penned in a post he wrote this morning that was published through Wired. Wheeler, in his statement, is talking about net neutrality, of course, the subject that will define the way we use the internet going forward, both on computers and on mobile. In his statement, Wheeler said that he will use his authority to submit the “strongest open internet protections ever proposed,” which means he is proposing Title II regulation.  (more…)

FTC: Unlimited Data With Throttling is Not Truly Unlimited

Today, news is breaking from the FTC’s order for TracFone, a prepaid service provider, to pay $40 million for slowing the speeds of customers who have paid for ‘unlimited’ data plans. While the act of throttling data speeds is not exactly frowned upon, the way in which TracFone implemented it was the issue.

While advertising ‘unlimited’ plans, users on TracFone saw throttled speeds after only 1-3GB of usage, then a complete suspension in service after 4-5GB of data. The FTC wants it to be known that they will not stand for false advertising, but as long as the terms of a plan are fully disclosed, carriers need not worry.  (more…)

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…)