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Microsoft admits that other U.S. carriers besides AT&T wanted the new Lumia models

Did Microsoft shoot itself in the foot, or does it have a master plan? A statement from the software giant’s camp says that the company received interest “across the board” from stateside carriers about offering the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. But Microsoft said that it decided to narrow its channel strategy in the short term, and widen it in the long term.

As a result, among U.S. carriers, AT&T alone will offer the Lumia 950 in the U.S. Unlocked versions of both models will be available from the Microsoft Store. Reportedly, AT&T decided on offering only the …

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T-Mobile and AT&T agree to swap spectrum

AT&T and T-Mobile have never had a friendly relationship really. But, after AT&T tried (and failed) to buy T-Mobile, the companies have had a history of swapping spectrum to create more contiguous spectrum blocks and to fill in gaps in T-Mobile’s coverage. Well, the two companies are at it again with a new agreement to swap more spectrum.

FCC filings show that AT&T and T-Mobile have agreed to swap PCS and AWS-1 spectrum licenses in various markets, including Boston, MA; Hartford, CT; Phoenix, AZ; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Tulsa, OK; Sacramento, CA; and Austin and …

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Microsoft: the Lumia 950 will launch as an AT&T exclusive despite interest from other carriers

Last week, Microsoft announced its first flagship smartphones for quite a while now, the Windows 10 Mobile-based Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Although Microsoft did manage to draw some initial interest from potential customers in the US, the company will intentionally limit the availability of its phones in the US.

Just a few hours after Microsoft’s event ended, AT&T announced that it will sell the Microsoft Lumia 950 through its channels, with the announcement failing to mention any details about a possible exclusivity. As days passed, what followed was a mixture of reports, rumors, …

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Microsoft Lumia 950 will be launched by AT&T

Announced several hours ago by Microsoft, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be the world’s first smartphones to run Windows 10 out of the box. While Microsoft said that both new Lumias would be available starting November, it didn’t reveal specific launch details. However, AT&T just confirmed that it’s going to carry one of the new Window-based handsets: the Lumia 950.

As you may have already heard and seen, the Lumia 950 is smaller than the Lumia 950 XL, sporting a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). It also has a smaller battery (3000 mAh instead of 3340 mAh), …

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Sprint and T-Mobile accused by AT&T of offering Wi-Fi calling without a green light from the FCC

AT&T SVP James Cicconi complained today that Sprint and T-Mobile have started offering Wi-Fi calling without receiving the necessary green-light from the FCC. At the heart of the issue is the TTY (teletypewriter) service used by some with a hearing disability, to type out phone calls. AT&T says that neither Sprint nor T-Mobile received a waiver from the FCC for TTY support. The service does not always work on Wi-Fi.

On the other hand, AT&T developed an alternative to TTY called RTT (real-time text). The carrier says that it filed for a temporary waiver back in June, so that RTT …

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Metal-made LG Class reportedly headed to AT&T

Officially announced last week, the LG Class is currently available only in South Korea, LG’s home country. Presented as a “premium” handset for users on a budget, the Class is made out of metal – a rarity for LG -, runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and sports a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels.

While LG didn’t say if it intends to release the Class outside of South Korea, we’re now hearing that the handset should, at some point, be available in the US. More exactly, according to @evleaks (who is usually right when it comes to unofficial information about smartphones), the new LG device is …

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LG Nexus 5X shows up at the FCC with support for Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T LTE bands

We’re just a few days away from Google’s September 29 media event, and it looks like the company and its partners cannot keep the hotly-anticipated LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P from leaking online. 

This time around, the LG Nexus 5X was spotted making the rounds at the FCC. If you were having any doubts that the 2015 refresh of the original Nexus 5 will reach your carrier, then you’ll be glad to learn that the official FCC documents list the Nexus 5X as compatible with all four major carriers in the US: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Two …

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AT&T Sues Former Employees For Unlocking Phones

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

If you get caught fraudulently unlocking cell phone units that are tied up with the carrier you are working for, be prepared for a lawsuit to come your way. In this case, the parties involved are telecommunications company AT&T and three former employees. The three former employees have been accused of perpetuating the unlocking of thousands of mobile phone units tied up to AT&T. According to PC Mag, the trio, MarcSapatin, Nguyen Lam and Kyra Evans, worked for AT&T in 2013 in an AT&T call center in Washingtonmoonlighted by helping other mobile resellers to unlock the phones. The three former employees of the company have used the scheme to earn money. A company called Swift Unlocks has reportedly paid the three for their services. Evans was said to have been paid $20,000, while Sapatin got $10,000. Lam’s fee remained unclear. AT&T has filed a lawsuit against all three, as well as Swift Unlocks. Daily Times Gazette reported that AT&T has been able to find out about the trio’s activities because they have left evidence that subsequently alerted the heads of the telecommunications company. The lawsuit filed may lead to the arrest of Lam, Evans, Sapatin and Prashant Vira of Swift Unlocks. […]

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Big screen at low cost: it’s the ZTE ZMAX 2 for AT&T

According to ZTE, a Chinese phone manufacturer that has long sold entry-level phones in the US, consumers today tend to see the value of Android phones as ‘screen size vs cost’, and it probably has a point. It is this basic observation, though, that has apparently motivated ZTE to produce this new proposition – the big-screened-yet-cheap ZMAX 2.

So, what exactly has the ZTE ZMAX 2 going for it? The main highlight of this new smartphone is its massive, 5.5-inch, 720×1280-pixel display, which, indeed, is a very large panel, considering the fact that the ZMAX 2 is a pre-paid phone offered …

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

AT&T has brought a lawsuit against three of its former employees and an Anaheim-based IT company, alleging that the group conspired to install malware on company computers that would illicitly generate unlock codes for customer phones. According to the suit, Anaheim’s Swift Locks company worked with customer service reps in AT&T’s Bothell, Washington center to nab unlock codes for phones that were still under contract (and therefore not eligible to be moved to another carrier’s network) and then sell them for a profit. Reportedly, the customer service reps installed malware on their company computers which gave Prashan Vira, who runs Swift Unlocks, and 50 other SU employees/unnamed co-defendants access to their machines. The Swift Unlocks team then apparently ran a program that generated the unlock codes using the service reps’ credentials. According the the lawsuit, the reps were paid $2000 every two weeks for their cooperation (netting between $10,500 and $20,000 before the scam was discovered) and Swift Unlocks gained access to “hundreds of thousands” of unlock codes. “Locking” phones into a single carrier allows service providers like Verizon, AT&T or Sprint to guarantee that their customers will stay for the duration of their contract (or at least force them […]

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