AT&T has been slapped with a $25 million fine by the FCC for breaching customer information to obtain unlock codes for mobile devices. During a six month period between November 2013 and April 2014, the second largest carrier in the United States used offshore centers to access and take customer information.
Good news for iPhone users on Sprint today as the Now Network has revealed that those rocking Apple's smartphones will now get free Wi-Fi calling. The third largest carrier in the United States says that an update will be rolling out to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c during the next week.
T-Mobile has confirmed it will carry the Lumia 640, a smartphone that Microsoft announced at the Mobile World Conference alongside the Lumia 640 XL. T-Mobile has listed the Lumia 640, confirming that it will offer the LTE variant of the handset, but on the company's official website it is listed as "coming soon".
AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to be receiving a new version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the same one that was rolled out for the device in the Netherlands recently. This newer build of Android 5.0 gets rid of the much maligned "Interruptions" that replaced "Mute" on Google's OS. Muting the device now needs to be done by entering the Quick Settings Menu, instead of using the volume.
AT&T is behind its carrier rivals in the United States in terms of upgrading the HTC One M8 to the latest versions of Android. The network only brought Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the handset in January, months after Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. While those networks are now looking to an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, it seems AT&T is still lagging behind, and it is something HTC is aware of.
Now that Samsung has launched the Galaxy S6, some of its older handsets are becoming even more of an enticing option. Take the very good (if a little uninspired Galaxy S5), the device was a full flagship a few weeks ago, but it is now having a price cut to make way for the GS6. United States based network Sprint has a stellar offer on at the moment that involves the Galaxy S5.
T-Mobile has been going from strength to strength for a couple of years now and the company's ascension continued through the last quarter and through 2014 as a whole. The Magenta Network added 2.1 million net subscribers in the United States throughout the fourth quarter period, while over the year 8.3 million new subscribers were added.
AT&T has its sights set on becoming the top carrier in North America after buying Nextel Mexico earlier this week and the company is coming off a strong 2014 to bolster those prospects. The second largest carrier in the US added 1.9 million wireless customers through the fourth quarter and 5.6 million through 2014, while operating income stood at $3.2 billion for the last calendar period of last year.
T-Mobile's new SCORE! Plan was leaked last week and now the carrier has pushed out the deal officially. It?s the company's latest uncarrier plan and it is pretty easy to get hold of. It is those customers who are pre-paid subscribers who paid full retail price (off plan) for their smartphone, even if you bought that handset away from the carrier.
Google is looking to increase its capacity as a wireless provider, and reports last week suggested that the internet giant has been in talks with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a reseller for those US based networks. Businessweek is now saying that Google has signed a deal with Sprint.