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AT&T Buys T-Mobile: What Does It Mean for Consumers?

In the largest deal the wireless industry has seen since 2004, AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. In acquiring T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom, AT&T will pick up an extra 34 million wireless customers, and will provide service to about 43-percent of all U.S. cell phones, making it the country's largest network operator. At the end of...

Existing T-Mobile Sidekicks to Become Paperweights on May 31st

If you're still lugging around a T-Mobile Sidekick -- and we know there has to be at least a few of you -- we've got some bad news. On May 31st, T-Mobile will officially be turning off access to Danger's servers. The company hasn't released a new Sidekick since 2009, and in mid-2010 stopped selling the devices altogether. The brand isn't completely dead, but T-Mobile is gearing up for a launch of...

T-Mobile Offering All Phones, Smartphones for Free This Weekend

In honor of Valentine's Day, T-Mobile will be giving out all its phones (and smartphones) for free this weekend. Beginning Friday morning, customers will be able to grab any phone from T-Mobile's lineup, including comparatively more expensive models, like the myTouch 4G, HTC HD7, G2 and Samsung Vibrant. The catch, of course, is that you'll have to sign up for a two-year contract, but that's...

4G Decoded: WiMAX, LTE and the Next Generation Cell Phone Networks

Part of being a smart consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what that barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all, and to give you a better appreciation of how those transistors, pixels, and antennae come together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to you. If you thought our guide to 3G tech was...

Cutting the (Other) Cord: The Best Wireless Internet Options

A reader asks: I'm intrigued by the idea of getting rid of my DSL Internet service, and switching to one of these 4G wireless services I've seen advertised. My question is whether it's actually viable at this point. I have a desktop and a couple laptops, and two phones we use on our home Wi-Fi network, and wonder if these services can handle all that. I have no idea how to research this, so...

Windows Phone 7 Now Available, Heats Up U.S. Smartphone Competition

Congratulations, Microsoft! You've finally shaken off the shackles of your aging mobile OS, and joined the class of modern smartphones with Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Starting today, WP7-powered devices are available though Microsoft retail channels, on Amazon, and from AT&T and T-Mobile. T-Mobile customers have only one choice right now for WP7 devices: the HTC HD7. It packs a large 4.3-inch...

Windows Phone 7 Phones Announced, Microsoft Back in the Mobile Game

It seems like forever ago that Microsoft wowed us with the first public glimpses of Windows Phone 7. (Back then, it still had a "series" tacked on the end.) Since that day in February, we've been waiting with bated breath to see some fully functioning hardware. Now the waiting is over. We've seen the line up, we have the carriers, and we even have dates and prices (for some models, anyway). The...

Windows Phone 7 to Launch October 11th on T-Mobile and AT&T

In just a few short days, Microsoft will officially launch Windows Phone 7. The Redmond crew has been wowing us with demos of the tech since February, but, October 11th, we'll finally be able to get our hands on the finished products. T-Mobile will be on hand at the New York City event to show off its Windows Phone 7 devices, and we already know that AT&T will have phones available at launch,...

T-Mobile Asserts Right to Censor Text Messages in Federal Lawsuit

T-Mobile's decision to block specific messages sent across its network has now resulted in a federal lawsuit that may have far-reaching implications for wireless providers seeking to exercise more control over their platforms. As Wired reports, the wireless service is being sued by EZ Texting, a company that offers short code text messaging services to third-party clients. Companies who sign up...

Android Phones Burdened by Carrier Junkware

If you happened to buy a new Droid X yesterday, you may have noticed a couple of apps from Blockbuster and Electronic Arts pre-installed on your device. No, you didn't ask for them, but Motorola and its T-Mobile Verizon carrier thought you might like them. The Blockbuster app provides a map of local retailers and allows users to download films from the company's catalog. Good luck trying to...

Church Crosses Get Updated as Cell Towers, But What Message Does It Send?

Does God like cell phones? For a couple of churches in the U.S., religious iconography has has been updated with high-tech function, and that sends quite a message. Rolling Hills Moravian Church in Longwood, Florida partnered with T-Mobile last month to propose a cross-shaped cell phone tower, although we gather that it's still under debate by the county. Even more recently, St. Gregory's...

Motorola Charm Combines QWERTY, Candybar and Android

Since hitting the market in late 2008, Android has had one glaring omission from its repertoire of form factors: a candy-bar style, portrait QWERTY phone like a BlackBerry. Those who fell in love with their BlackJack or Dash back in the day, and are desperate to upgrade to a modern mobile OS like Android finally have an option: the Motorola Charm. The Charm is the spiritual successor to the...

R.I.P.: T-Mobile Officially Discontinues Sidekick Sales

Only a few days ago, we reported that Microsoft killed off its Kin cell phone line. Now, the death knell has rung for yet another mobile device favored by teens. According to Phone Scoop, T-Mobile announced that it will no longer sell versions of the Sidekick as of July 2nd. The company will provide support for customers who bought a Sidekick during its six-year run, but you won't find the flip...

Pick the Right Smartphone for Your Travels

Picking a cell phone is hard enough if you don't have to take into consideration your travel habits, especially if those habits take you overseas on a regular basis. The fine folks over at Gadling (a fellow AOL blog) have put together a rather helpful guide to picking the right smart phone for your travel needs. Generally you'll want to make sure you get a phone that supports GSM (any phone...

Sweet and Simple: The Best Basic Phones for Our Dearest Dads

A reader asks: My father is a businessman who travels a lot internationally, and asked me to find him a bare bones, simple cell phone that works well but also looks good. For the life of me I can't settle on a device. Instead, the market is flooded with smartphones or regular ones with tons of confusing crap stuffed inside. He doesn't text much but needs the capability, and his vision and...