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Microsoft Announces Basic Phone: Nokia 130

August 12, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

After a few years of being almost exclusively in the smartphone telecom industry, it seems that Microsoft is changing course, a bit. Back in April 2014, Microsoft acquired Finnish tech company Nokia with the intent of becoming larger players in the smartphone industry. After the acquisition, Nokia stopped all production of smartphones on every operating system other than Windows Phone. Despite this full fledged effort and push behind the Nokia Lumia smartphone line, Microsoft has failed to increase its market share in the United States and abroad, which currently hovers in low single digits. What's worse, in July of this year, Microsoft decided to cut 18,000 jobs, 12,500 of which belonged to former Nokia employees.

Microsoft has recently announced a new phone, the Nokia 130. The... read more

Samsung Announces Release Date of Galaxy Note 4

August 07, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

The rivalry between wireless phone makers Apple and Samsung is stronger than ever, and as a result, September will be a huge month for smart phone enthusiast. As stated in our previous blog, Apple is planning to announce their newest phone, the iPhone 6, on September 9th. Seemingly in an effort to take the wind out of Apple’s sails, the South Korean tech giant has sent out invitations to its "Unpacked 2014," where multiple sources have confirmed the release of the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung will be making their big announcement simultaneously in 3 cities: Berlin, Beijing, and New York. The timing for their announcement not only comes dangerously close to Apple's, but it also coincides with the IFA technology conference in Berlin, Germany, where Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note... read more

Sprint Gets New CEO and Drops Plans to Merge with T-Mobile

August 07, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

Talks between Sprint and T-Mobile about a possible acquisition have ceased, according to an unnamed source. Heads of both companies have met with Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler in recent months and it is believed that the deal was called off because of fears that it would be blocked by the FCC, antitrust regulators, and the US Judiciary. This news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. In 2011, AT&T made an attempt to acquire T-Mobile but this move was blocked by the US Antitrust regulators because they believed it would unfairly drive up prices across the industry which would negatively affect consumers.

Sprint and T-Mobile are the third and fourth largest cell phone providers in the United States, and many have argued that a possible merger or... read more

Apple iPhone 6 Release Date: September 9th

August 05, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

Reports have shown that Apple is set to announce its new iPhone on September 9th. This release follows Apple's history of early to mid September releases. Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone model which is rumored to be a larger model featuring a 4.7 inch display. This new iPhone may also be accompanied by an even larger device with a 5.5 inch display, although it is unconfirmed whether both devices will be released on the same date. It is likely that Apple will announce the device and then release the device just over a week later after launching its pre-orders, since they have done this for past iPhones.

The release of a larger iPhone is exciting Apple fans worldwide, especially since Apple is perhaps the last smartphone company to release a larger smartphone option.... read more

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Phone Leaks

August 04, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

With stiff competition not only from rivals Apple (with the iPhone 5 series and soon to be iPhone 6), but also from other Android manufacturers like HTC and LG, Samsung has been looking to gain back influence and market share in the mobile phone industry. Ever since the disappointment that was the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung has been looking to bounce back, and it looks like they'll make their attempt with the rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

Many different names have been thrown around with regards to what Samsung will name their next phone--Galaxy S5 Prime, Galaxy F, and Galaxy Alpha among the top name contenders--and for the purpose of this blog, we will refer to it as the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

One of the most notable moves that Samsung appears to be making with their new... read more

Cell Phone Unlocking Is Now Legal In the United States

August 04, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

Today marks another win for consumers in the telecommunications industry. Today, after Congress passed a bipartisan bill earlier in the year, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that allows consumers to legally unlock their cell phones. Prior to today, it was considered illegal for consumers to unlock their phones to use on another network, domestic or abroad, and was punishable by up to five years in prison.

The fact that this was illegal at a time is absolutely absurd, and I'm happy to see that our government is actually capable of getting something done that every American can benefit from. The reason the practice of unlocking phones was once illegal is because of an application from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. Though, under this act, the... read more

Sprint Customers Get a Second Chance to Protect Their Device

June 05, 2014 | by Scott Lewis

During the entire month of June, existing Sprint customers have the option to add device protection to their Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Apple smartphone for as... read more

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