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AT&T is making it easier to use your phone in Mexico and Canada

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AT&T will begin offering new roaming deals for customers who use their phones in Mexico and Canada. Starting May 20, AT&T Unlimited Plan members will not incur any roaming charges in those two countries. AT&T says: AT&T Unlimited Plan customers will need to separately add the AT&T Roam North America feature to each smartphone and the Roam North America Data feature to...

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Today marks the three year anniversary of BBM Channels

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of BBM Channels

Yep. Three years already. Back on May 14th, 2013, at BlackBerry Live BlackBerry announced a new service within BBM dubbed BBM Channels. As it was described at the time: BBM Channels allows individuals and groups to create a dedicated channel and share information and updates with the immediacy that BBM offers. BBM customers around the world will be able to connect and share information,...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Looking, planning, and debugging ahead

Mobile Nations Weekly: Looking, planning, and debugging ahead

This week is brought to you by the future. The whole Android world is looking ahead for Google I/O 2016. Google's already unveiled and released a preview of Android N, so it's anybody's guess what exactly they'll have on tap. VR? Smart speakers? Self-driving dirigibles? Tune in next week to find out! As for Apple, there was a brouhaha over a supposed Apple Music bug that was deleting locally-...

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Amazon's latest Dash Button can be programmed for any task you want

Amazon's latest Dash Button can be programmed for any task you want

While Amazon's Dash Buttons are certainly a cool way to re-order commonly used products, the online retailer apparently also sees a use for the clever little buttons in the larger "Internet of Things" space. That's why Amazon's latest Dash Button has nothing to do with ordering everyday items at all (that is, unless you want it to). Instead, this new Dash Button can be programmed to do...

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BlackBerry expands their Android beta program to include BlackBerry-authored apps

With the Priv's Android Marshmallow beta up and running, BlackBerry has now decided to go ahead and add BlackBerry-authored apps such as Hub and Calendar to the beta program as well. Starting next week, those who signed up through the opt-in form available through the BlackBerry Beta Zone will be added to the app beta's on a first come, first served basis in batches of 100 due to Google's...

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BBM Channels begins rolling out stats for individual posts

BBM Channels begins rolling out stats for individual posts

If you're heavy into BBM Channels and have been hoping for a way to view stats for individual posts to arrive, now is the time to celebrate. It looks as though that's the latest feature to be added to BBM Channels through the desktop admin portal. As noted by BerryFlow: Today as I was posting some content to one of my BBM channels I noticed something I hadn't seen before. There is a new...

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Sprint offers free year of Amazon Prime with its $100-a-month Better Choice XXL plan

Sprint has announced that customers who sign up for its $100-a-month Better Choice XXL plan will get a year of Amazon Prime for free, which is normally worth $99. Sprint says that families can share 40GB of high-speed data under the Better Choice XXL plan. If they run out of that amount of data before the month is over, they can choose to stick with the lower 2G speeds or automatically...

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Give me your top five reasons why BlackBerry 10 is still better than Android

Ever since the release of the BlackBerry Priv, I think it's safe to say the CrackBerry community has been rather split when it comes to BlackBerry's phone offerings. Having both BlackBerry 10 and Android offerings on the table has caused many to reconsider their thoughts about Android. Still, there's plenty of BlackBerry 10 users out there who believe BlackBerry 10 is, has been and always will...

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UGO Wallet will remove TD Credit Card payments for BlackBerry 10 starting May 27

If you're a UGO Wallet user with a TD credit card attached to your account, you should soon be getting an email letting you know UGO Wallet will no longer support TD Credit Card payments on BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 10 starting May 27, 2016. We'd like to let you know that starting May 27, 2016, UGO Wallet will no longer be able to support TD Credit Card payments on...

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Western Digital finalizes $16 billion SanDisk acquisition

Western Digital finalizes $16 billion SanDisk acquisition

In an effort that will create a storage giant, Western Digital has officially completed its purchase of SanDisk. The deal was originally announced in late 2015, carrying a total value of about $19 billion. According to a report from The Verge, however, that amount was lowered to $16 billion after Chinese firm Unisplendour backed out on its plans to purchase a 15% stake in Western Digital. No...

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Verizon adds more data to its prepaid smartphone plans

Verizon adds more data to its prepaid smartphone plans

Verizon Wireless has announced the company is adding more data to its prepaid plans for smartphones, with 6GB of data a month for $60 and 3GB of data for $45 a month. Here's the breakdown of what the new prepaid smartphone plans offer for Verizon customers: 6 GB of data including 1 GB of AutoPay Bonus Data with unlimited talk and text in the U.S. and unlimited text and calling to Mexico...

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EU blocks Three's £10 billion takeover bid for Telefonica's O2

EU blocks Three's £10 billion takeover bid for Telefonica's O2

The EU has blocked the CK Hutchison — owner of Three UK — bid to take over Telefonica's O2 operations in the UK due to concerns that the merger would limit customer choice and increase prices. As reported by the BBC, the deal was to be worth around £10.3 billion, reducing the number of major operators to just three — EE, Three and Vodafone. CK Hutchison has stated the company is considering...

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WhatsApp introduces their new desktop app for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp introduces their new desktop app for Windows and Mac

Following the release of leaked documents showing a WhatsApp desktop client being in the works, WhatsApp has now officially introduced the offering for Windows and Mac via their company blog. From WhatsApp: Today we're introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop...

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John Chen talks to CNN Money about the saturated smartphone market

John Chen talks to CNN Money about the saturated smartphone market

Last week, BlackBerry CEO John Chen attended the Milken Global Conference 2016 to take part in the Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age panel. In addition to the roundtable, John Chen also sat down with CNN Money's Cristina Alesci to discuss the smartphone industry, whether BlackBerry is still relevant, and which is more secure — a BlackBerry or an iPhone...

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T-Mobile will offer families four lines with 6GB of data for $30 a month per line

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T-Mobile's latest promotion is offering families four lines, each with 6GB of data, for $30 a month per line. Additional lines can be added for $20 a month each. T-Mobile says their new plan offers a savings of $20 per month for a family of four on its Simple Choice with Family Match plan. The new plan begins on Wednesday, May 11 and will only be offered for a limited time.

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BlackBerry backed NantHealth files IPO

BlackBerry backed NantHealth files IPO

Back in April 2014, it was announced that BlackBerry had made a strategic investment in end-to-end medical solutions provider NantHealth. That relationship grew further during CES 2015 with the announcement that BlackBerry would be providing the software platform for NantHealth's HBox. Now, the Culver City, California-based company has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) worth possibly as...

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FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have embarked on a joint fact-finding mission of sorts to better understand how security is handled by mobile device manufacturers. As part of the joint inquiry, the FTC notes that it has issued orders to eight companies to gauge how each issues security updates. In all, the FTC's probe includes Apple, BlackBerry,...

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BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry has named Ralph Pini to be its new Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for Devices. In a company Q&A, Pini reveals his priorities for the devices business. Pini first joined BlackBerry in 2012 when his company, Paratek Microwave, was acquired by the Canadian business. Pini served as Vice President for Radio Frequency Technology at BlackBerry before today's announcement...

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T-Mobile customers will be able to use their phones in Cuba this summer

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T-Mobile has announced it has signed a interconnect and roaming deal with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba. It will allow T-Mobile customers to use their phones for calls, texts and data while they are traveling in Cuba sometime later this summer. T-Mobile's press release states the new agreement will also allow T-Mobile Simple Choice customers to call landlines and wireless phones in...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Software updates, financial updates, stealth updates, and account updates. Tesla had a huge week, starting off with their quarterly earnings call — they're still losing money, in case you were concerned. No, what's actually interesting is that Tesla is dramatically accelerating their production timeline, shooting to be producing 500,000 cars a year by 2018 — they plan to make 80,000-90,000...

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