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White House Formally Responds To Phone Unlocking Petition, Calls For Changes In Law

The White House has just issued a formal response to the 110,000 plus signature supporting a consumer’s right to unlock their phone after the completion of your existing contract. Responding to the petition on whitehouse.gov, the executive branch states: “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.” That’s not all, the statement goes … [read full article]

(Update) Breaking Down T-Mobile’s New Uncarrier, No-Contract, One Rate Plan Fits All Approach

Update: To try to bulk answer questions so many of you are wondering — unfortunately, I have no idea how this will affect existing customers. It’s impossible to know that from these images, but I would imagine standard industry practice would follow and your existing plan would be grandfathered. T-Mobile isn’t going to force anyone to change to this plan on the 24th, but they may ask you to do so with your next upgrade. That’s … [read full article]

New Image Indicates T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Launch Going Live Later Today

T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” launch is looking more and more set for later today thanks to a new image that just landed in our inbox. With our report from last Friday indicating that T-Mobile was prepping to launch in what we assume is the first wave of uncarrier news sometime today — this new image seems to confirm exactly that. According to the image itself, T-Mobile’s “uncarrier space launch” will happen today, March 4th … [read full article]

T-Mobile Prism II Press Shots Leak, Comes With Jelly Bean?

Say hello to the upcoming T-Mobile Prism II, making its unofficial press shot debut thanks to @evleaks. This one may be destined direct for the prepaid shelves or the very low-end of the postpaid market, but there is one surprise. The Prism II (Huawei U8686) is rumored to arrive with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, along with a 1.0GHz processor and HVGA display. It’s not going to win any spec awards, but that fact … [read full article]

Samsung Teases Galaxy S IV Unveiling With Jeremy, The “Secret Messenger”

Meet Jeremy, Samsung’s “secret messenger” for the Galaxy S IV and jokingly one of first outsiders to get a look at Samsung’s newest flagship. Samsung’s likely to send out a few more teasers before the March 14th unveiling in New York and we’ll be keeping sharp eyes on each frame of video trying to get a glimpse of what’s to come. Until then, we have some pressing questions: Will Jeremy show off the device in … [read full article]

HTC Says Widgets Aren’t A Necessary Part Of The Android Experience

With the introduction of the HTC One and Sense 5, HTC is taking a dramatically new approach the home screen experience, marking their “most radical shift in user experience since introducing Sense in 2009.” After Sense 4 released in 2012, HTC decided to take a step back and look at the overall experience of their customers with fresh eyes. Thanks to customer interviews and personal feedback, HTC became far more observant about how … [read full article]

MetroPCS Board Pushes Back Vote On T-Mobile USA Merger

With a special announcement on their investor website, MetroPCS announced that it would move the special meeting of their stockholders to vote on the “proposed combination of MetroPCS with T-Mobile USA, Inc.” According to the statement, the date of the special meeting was changed to “correct an administrative error.” In the same statement, MetroPCS states they now expect the deal with T-Mobile to be completed shortly after the meeting. MetroPCS hopes the … [read full article]

Samsung Scores Victory Over Apple As Judge Cuts Award In Half

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Chalk up one large victory for the Samsung folks as US District Judge Lucy Koh reduced the jury damages awards to Apple in last years landmark patent trial. The $1.05 billion verdict has been reduced to $450.5 million as well Koh awarding Samsung new trials on infringement claims over its Galaxy Prevail and other smartphones. Koh denied Apple’s request to enhance the jury’s award, stating isn’t the court’s role to “second-guess the … [read full article]

Will T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” Approach Eliminate Contracts, Revamp Marketing Campaign?

  Like all rumor stories, take everything below with a grain of salt and while we’re confident the details are accurate today, they could easily change tomorrow.  T-Mobile’s move to the “uncarrier” of the US wireless industry will kick into high gear later this month with some sweeping changes according to new info that just landed in my inbox. According to the newly arrived intel, T-Mobile will kick their uncarrier efforts off … [read full article]

Largest MetroPCS Shareholder Confirms Vote Against T-Mobile Deal

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After a bit of wavering back and forth, MetroPCS’ largest shareholder, John Paulson officially voiced his opposition to the T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger. Paulson argues that any deal in its current form would saddle the new company with too much debt. Paulson’s firm holds a 9.9% stake in MetroPCS, making it the largest shareholder. “We believe MetroPCS is worth more as a stand-alone company,” the firm, founded by the billionaire hedge fund manager John … [read full article]

FCC Chairman Says They Will Investigate Phone Unlocking Ban

As the law banning phone unlocking enters into another month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told TechCrunch will investigate the DMCA decision. The FCC will work to find if the ban is harmful to the competitive nature of the industry and whether or not the executive branch has any authority to effect change. The “ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said last night at a TechCrunch CrunchGov … [read full article]