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September 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you want to be among the first to buy and use Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you better prepare to pay up to a $1,000. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear earlier this week, and it seems to be more advanced than any other smartwatch we've ever seen. The Galaxy Gear has a touch screen, can be used to make voice calls, run apps and shoot photos and videos. And Samsung claims its battery lasts a full day on one charge. But like most smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear needs to be connected to a smartphone in order to work, and in the Galaxy Gear's case it has to be connected to the Galaxy Note 3. PHOTOS: 10 things you need to know about the Galaxy Gear Samsung plans to make the Galaxy Gear functional with some of its other devices later on. But for now, it appears that when the Galaxy Gear launches in October, the Galaxy Note 3 will be the only device it can connect to. So essentially, you'll have to buy both.
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August 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon is reportedly blocking retail employees from taking a vacation day Sept. 20, fueling speculation that the next iPhone will go on sale that day. Apple news site 9to5Mac cites unnamed sources saying Verizon is restricting vacations from Sept. 18 through Sept. 22. That follows a report this week that said T-Mobile is blocking vacations around the same time. In the past, electronics retailers have been known to block their employees from taking days off when major products are set to go on sale.
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August 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile is reportedly blocking employees from taking Sept. 20 off, a move that could indicate when the newest iPhone models will go on sale. For weeks, reports have said that Apple will formally unveil the iPhone 5S and the low-cost iPhone 5C on Sept. 10. but normally, Apple doesn't begin selling an iPhone model on the same day it is unveiled. In the past, the Cupertino tech giant typically announces the phone, begins preselling it and then finally starts delivering the device and selling it in stores.
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July 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
In just over a week, T-Mobile, AT&T and now Verizon have all announced device upgrade plans. These plans are all designed to let eager tech users get new phones quicker than they can with traditional plans, which typically require them to wait out a period of two years. But despite having a similar end goal, each plan works differently. Here's how they compare. Exchange period If you want to be able to change out your smartphone often, then the plans offered by T-Mobile and Verizon are the better choices.
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July 11, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Two in five smartphones sold in the U.S. this spring were iPhones. But that may not be good enough for Verizon Wireless. The company must sell $23.5 billion worth of iPhones this year to meet a  commitment it made to Apple Inc. in 2010, according to an investment research firm's analysis of SEC filings.  PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Because of slower-than-expected sales, Verizon now must double its iPhone sales of last year....
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July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It was a full day of tech news Wednesday, with a federal judge ruling that Apple conspired to raise the price of e-books and T-Mobile introducing a new plan that makes it possible for customers to change their smartphones more often. Federal judge rules Apple led conspiracy to raise e-book prices A federal judge has ruled against Apple in its antitrust e-books case. The judge found that Apple conspired with five major publishers to raise the prices of e-books in an attempt to weaken rival Amazon.com Inc. Apple says it plans to appeal the decision.
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July 10, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, This story has been updated. See the note below for details
Want a new smartphone every few months for a fairly low price? T-Mobile's making it possible. Although Verizon and AT&T recently lengthened the amount of time that subscribers have to wait before upgrading their phones at discounted prices, T-Mobile is moving in the opposite direction. The fourth-largest cellphone service provider in the U.S. announced Wednesday that subscribers who pay a $10 monthly fee and trade in their phones can now potentially get four new phones in a 24-month period.
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July 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
T-Mobile helped increase the iPhone's share of the smartphone market in the latest three-month period, according to a survey released Monday. Apple's U.S. smartphone market share increased 3.5 percentage points in the three months that ended in May from the same period last year, according to consumer research firm Kantar Worldpanel. The iPhone accounted for 41.9% of U.S. smartphone sales in the latest period, up from 38.4% a year before. That increase in market share aligns with the launch of the iPhone on T-Mobile, the last major U.S. carrier to begin selling the Apple smartphone.
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June 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Five months after unveiling the Xperia Z smartphone, Sony has finally announced that T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the device. The Xperia Z features a large 5-inch 1080p HD screen and a high-resolution 13-megapixel rear camera. The device is capable of connecting to T-Mobile's new LTE network where it is available and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of the more distinctive qualities of the device is its water resistance. The Xperia Z can be submerged under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
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May 14, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The country's largest wireless carriers have joined together for a national advertising campaign to discourage mobile users from texting while driving. AT&T announced that competitors Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile and more than 200 other organizations have joined its "It Can Wait" campaign. The effort will focus on the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which have been called the 100 deadliest days on the roads for teen drivers. The campaign kicks off Monday, with the four wireless carriers bringing a multimillion-dollar co-branded advertising blitz to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.
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