Over a year ago, the FCC and the CTIA (organization who represents all of the big wireless carriers) reached an agreement on how each of the big wireless carriers in the US should approach phone unlocking and unlocking requests from their customers. We are bringing up the subject again today, because February 11 was the date set for all participating parties to be ready for every single one of you to flood your carrier with a wave of unlock requests, or something. OK, not really, but today is the day that carriers needed to to be in full compliance with that previously mentioned agreement, an agreement that included six bullet points for handling the unlocking of the phones (“Six Standards on Unlocking”). You will hear people toss around things like, “It’s now legal to unlock your phone starting today!” (Just like I did in that click-baity title.) But that’s not really the case. It has been legal for a long, long time, it’s just that today, carriers have to be more friendly about it all.
Let’s talk a bit about it. (more…)
RootMetrics, a company who takes network performance serious enough to “distill” thousands of “independent, consumer-focused” tests to measure and rank them, published their 2nd Half 2014 US carrier network report yesterday afternoon. The results, well, aren’t all that different from their first half results, other than the fact that T-Mobile dropped to fourth place behind Sprint for overall performance. On top, we still have Verizon, just like we did back in August. (more…)
Owners of the HTC One (M8) through T-Mobile, your Android 5.0.1 “Lollipop” is now available. Originally scheduled for release yesterday, the update was pushed one day to today, which you likely didn’t even realize. On that note – even though HTC technically missed their 90-day HTC Advantage update window, they certainly didn’t miss it by much with some of these carrier variants. (more…)
“Does this unlocked phone work with my carrier?”
How many times have you asked that over the last couple of years? I know we ask it often. In a time where prepaid services are very attractive, and more and more phones are available as unlocked models that work on a variety of LTE and GSM/CDMA bands, this a question you should be able to easily find an answer to. So since there doesn’t seem to be a quick reference guide for figuring out if a particular unlocked phone will work on a specific carrier’s network (trust me, I’ve looked), we decided to throw one together.
Below, we have given you a quick chart that shows each of the five major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular), along with 3G and 4G LTE bands and frequencies. By no means is this the most in-depth wireless carrier band and frequency chart, but it should help when you go to buy that next unlocked phone. (more…)
“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…)
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…)
T-Mobile is currently hosting a deal on the Nexus 6 that will slash $48 off the price. The deal is good for both 32GB and 64GB models, so at their $649 and $699 prices, you are looking at $601 and $651, respectively, after the discount. That’s not a bad price for a phone that Google and Motorola still can’t seem to keep in stock.
In our Nexus 6 review, we called it the best Nexus ever made. And even though the phone is a whale, consuming media on it is quite enjoyable. In fact, using it in general is a joy, assuming you have two hands free on the regular. (more…)
Yeah so, Super Bowl XLIX commercials are already starting to pop up well before Sunday’s game. One of the first stars Kim Kardashian as a spokesperson for T-Mobile and their new data rollover plan, called Data Stash. It’s…well…filled with selfies and body suits and selfies and expensive things and talk about saving data and…selfies. I hate selfies so much.
Make it all stop.