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WhatsApp prepaid cards now selling through E-Plus in Germany

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WhatsApp now offers its own prepaid service through E-Plus in Germany, letting you use the popular messaging app for a fixed monthly amount. The offer also features unlimited usage of the app even if you don’t have any standing traffic left.

The package with the SIM card is on offer for €10 but features a starting balance of €10 itself making the SIM practically free. Otherwise a call or text will set you back €0.09 to all German carriers whilst 1 MB will cost €0.24. Read more »

Verizon’s Black Friday deals let you have HTC One or Galaxy S4 for just $100

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Verizon is preparing for Black Friday, which is just in 10 days, on November 29, Friday. The biggest US carrier has a number of deals in line. For starters the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 have been slashed on that day from $149.99 to $99.99 on a two-year deal.

Tablets and Motorola DROIDs are also on the menu but as you might expect Verizon is requiring a contract with almost everything. Check inside for the full list. Read more »

Verizon puts Nexus 7 on hold, points finger at Google and ASUS

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Verizon users that are waiting for the 2013 ASUS-made Google Nexus 7 to arrive with operational LTE will have to hold out for a bit longer. During September, Verizon refused to activate Nexus 7 devices on its network because it wasn’t part of the carrier’s lineup.

This time around the culprit is “systems issue” caused by Android Jelly Bean, requiring ASUS and Google to “undertake additional work.” Verizon has decided to hold off certification of the device until KitKat arrives bug-free. Read more »

Facebook teams up with carriers to offer discounted data access to Facebook messaging

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Facebook announced partnerships with multiple mobile operators to provide free or discounted data access for its website usage. As we already know, much of the Facebook’s usage is from the mobile devices and the Mark Zuckerberg’s company is trying to make it easier on the wallets to access it.

Facebook’s latest promotion offers you free or discounted data access on Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and, of course, for every platform, for which the service has been optimized. Read more »

Nexus 4 works on LTE in some US cities

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The Nexus 4 does not officially support LTE, at least according to specs provided by Google, but it does include a deactivated LTE antenna that operates on a 1700MHz band.

Sure enough, some of the clever hackers over at xda-developers have figured out how to turn it on and get LTE capabilities on some networks. Read more »

Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S III and Note 2 phones for free with this simple hack

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A new method of circumventing the carrier SIM restriction on Samsung Galaxy S III’s and Galaxy Note II’s has been uncovered.

All you have to do is enter a code from your devices’ menu; there’s no need to send information to a website, pay anything or wait for an unlock code. Read more »

US database for stolen phones is now live, to join the international blacklist soon

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The Wireless Association (CTIA) has announced the US database for stolen phones is now up and running. In case a phone gets in there it won’t be allowed to connect to any of the US networks.

The participating carriers in the database are AT&T, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. They already deployed their IMEI databases of stolen phones and the merge should be completed within a year. Read more »

More iPhones are sold through carriers than in Apple’s own stores

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In the U.S., Apple stores have achieved a type of mythical status by being able to generate more revenue per square foot than any other retail outlet, particularly because there are only 250 locations nationwide.

However, it seems that carriers, namely AT&T and Verizon, are shouldering the heavy load when it comes to iPhone sales. Read more »

Coming in loud and clear: Sprint introduce HD Voice call quality improvements, finally

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The evolution of the phone and subsequently the smartphone has been wild and uncertain, remember features like push-to-talk, me neither. Such functionality never really sat right in the grand scheme of mobile telephony and with the Swiss army knife approach that app-capable phones now employ, calling is only a single piece of the overall experience.

HD Voice on Sprint with the HTC Evo 4G LTE

That being said, despite all the improvements to data speeds for mobile web browsing, better camera functionality and improved email support, call enhancements haven’t really seen the same levels of care and attention, something that is now slowly changing, finally. Read more »

Points Mean Prizes: Nokia talk to us about how they aim to get the best from retailers

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The other day we received a call from Edward Thompson, Nokia’s Channel Manager for the UK and Ireland and he wanted to talk to us about ‘The Connection’ from Nokia and how it’s designed to help retail make the most of the Finns’ new flagship device.

A screenshot of Nokia's new retail staff centered microsite all about the Lumia 800

The Nokia Lumia 800 is now available in a number of markets including the UK and Ireland and for those of you who live there, chances are you’ve already seen at least one Lumia 800 advert, whether it be online or in the street, but the message is clear, Nokia want the Lumia to sell and sell well. Read more »

Motorola & Verizon hint at something Faster, Thinner, Smarter and Stronger coming October 18th

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It would appear that something special will be coming out of Verizon and Motorola’s goodie bag later this month as they hint at a ‘big innovation’ to be unveiled at 12pm on October 18th.

As the invite suggests, the device in question will be faster, thinner, smarter and stronger than assumedly, whatever its predecessor was. Read more »

AT&T said to be ‘working with’ Apple to add a 4G indicator to the iPhone 4S’ status bar

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US customers have been exposed to the term ’4G’ in marketing material for a while now. The problem is some 4G technologies are more legitimate than others.

With carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T marketing certain devices as 4G from their existing lines and now with AT&T rolling out their LTE infrastucture, confusion is bound to ensue. Read more »

Sprint announces plans to invest $10 billion in LTE network, set to launch in mid-2012

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Sprint has announced that they will soon be releasing their LTE network, which will eventually replace their existing networks in a span of the next two years, a move that comes as a result of their decision to simplify their existing networks. Sprint currently operates CDMA, iDEN and WiMAX networks in the US.

Sprint’s current 1900MHz and LightSquared’s 1600MHz spectrum will be converted to LTE. The first LTE enabled devices will be launched by mid-2012 and the full rollout of the network will be completed by 2013. Read more »