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  1. iR1O
    After weeks of rumors about the specs, price, and release date of the upcoming Nexus 5, it appears that Google's new Nexus Android smartphone is being listed on the Google Play store.
    The device appears next to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 along with the caption "Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways." Google lists the price as "starting at $349." However, when the link to the smartphone is clicked on -- the new page doesn't load. And not long after the phone appeared, it was replaced by the older Nexus 4 again.
    Rumors have been flying the past few weeks about what Google has in mind for the Nexus 5. Supposedly, the device will run Android 4.4 KitKat and be revealed in the coming weeks. The smartphone has been said to cost anywhere from $299 to $399 for the 16GB and $449 for the 32GB. Just last week, the first third-party cases for the device were spotted on Google+.
    While Google has stayed mum about the official release of the Nexus 5, it appears that such a device is most likely on the way.
    Accessory makers are eager to get in on the action. Several Nexus 5 cases are on sale at Amazon, with the retailer saying they'll arrive in stock on October 30, October 31, including November 2.
    See below for some images of the products.
    Source: CNET

    A white Ringke Slim case for the Google Nexus 5 phone, on sale at Amazon.


    This purported SoftGel Flexible case from i-Blason and for Nexus 5 phones appeared for sale on Amazon.


    Amazon is selling this Ringke Fusion case for the purported Google Nexus 5 phone.


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    Apple hyped its new Touch ID fingerprint scanning security system as a "convenient and highly secure way to access your phone," but if a new report is accurate, the system may not be as secure as the company claims. Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club claim to have successfully bypassed Touch ID "using easy everyday means."
    "In reality, Apple's sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far," a hacker nicknamed Starbug said. "So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake."
    While the hackers claim the method is easy, it's complicated enough that most iPhone 5S users aren't as likely to have their security compromised by an everyday thief who would have to be willing to obtain a high-resolution photograph of a fingerprint and produce a physical fake. (It's also not nearly as easy to bypass Touch ID with this method as, say, fooling Android's Face Unlock feature with a simple photo of a person). But the method's relative simplicity, which involves photographing a fingerprint left behind on a surface and then creating a glue model of it, calls the sophistication of Touch ID's technology into question. Before Touch ID was officially announced, Wired's Bruce Schneier noted that fingerprint readers have long faced vulnerabilities, and that the simplest readers can be fooled with a good photocopy.
    While getting fooled by a fake glue finger isn't great for Touch ID, it's not the most serious security concern facing the system. On Friday, Senator Al Franken said that the system "raises substantial privacy questions," and wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cookrequesting more details about Touch ID. Critics are concerned that a user's fingerprints may be accessible to hackers or other bad actors — something Apple says is virtually impossible, since Touch ID is said to only locally store a mathematical representation of a user's fingerprint.
    The CCC says that the bypass has been demonstrated in a video, which can be seen below.
    Source: TheVerge

    What say you, TUSCC members? Will the TouchID in the iPhone 5S be a total belly flop?

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    Good news for those U.S. Cellular customers out there interested in the new Samsung Galaxy Mega.

    They have announced today that the 6.3-inch toting monster will be available for purchase online tomorrow the 17th for a retail price tag of $149.99 with an instant rebate. If you are too impatient to order online and wait for shipping you can hold out two more days and head into the store on the 19th and pick one up then.
    As a refresher, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is the latest phablet device to come from Samsung. It sport a HUGE 6.3-inch screen, dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear shooter and a 1.9 MP front facer. On the software side of things the Mega is running Android 4.2 and feature many of the same software perks as the Samsung Galaxy S4. Such as Air View, Multi-window and Watch-on. You won’t have much of a color choice as they will be launching the device in a standard Nova Black color.
    Any TUSCC members out there thinking about Samsung Galaxy Mega as their next device?

    Press Release below:

    Source: AndroidSpin
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    Phone prices are dropping tomorrow, we just received notice a few hours ago.
    Here's the complete list, yes these are a lot of older or EOL devices but the feature phone prices have been ticking a lot of people off lately.
    Chrono 2 $20- Down from $70
    Pantech Verse $20- Down from $100
    Freeform 4 $20- Down from $50
    One V $30- Down from $100
    ZTE Render free- down from $50 w/$50 MIR
    Electrify 2 $50- down from $100 w/$50 MIR
    So what do you fine fellows here at tuscc think?
    Bout' time.
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    U.S. Cellular is said to start offering "Apple products later this year,"

    A strong indication that it will soon launch the iPhone, marking a reversal from the position they took in 2011, stating that launching the iPhone did not make sense for the company, especially since it didn't offer LTE.
    "By further strengthening our device portfolio, we'll give consumers another great reason to switch to U.S. Cellular, and enable our existing customers to choose from an even wider variety of iconic smartphones, and enjoy the outstanding U.S. Cellular customer experiences they deserve,"
    -U.S. Cellular CEO Mary Dillon said in a statement.
    It's likely that U.S. Cellular will launch an LTE-capable iPhone 5 or whatever comes out later this year.
    What say you TUSCC? Apple products on USC?
    (the reason behind the sudden price hikes and BS fees?)
    More info (thanks

    dutchprins16) :
    PDF file contains 2013 1st Quarter slideshow stating US Cellular will be offering Apple products: http://phx.corporate...3&p=irol-IRHome
    US Cellular to buy $1.2 Billion in iPhones over 3 years
    A little more behind the decision:
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    Galaxy S4 up for Preorder!

    Sporting a price tag of $199 - With a 2 year agreement. Color choices include: White Frost or Black Mist
    (Add $35 fee)
    Quick (important) specs list:
    4G LTE Data Capability
    Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
    5" Full HD Super AMOLED™ Display
    1.9 GHz Quad Core Processor
    13 MP Camera with LED Flash and no shutter lag
    2 MP Front-facing Camera
    Full HD 1080P Video Recording & Playback

    Are you preordering now or waiting for a larger capacity version? Done with Samsung in general? Let's hear it!
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    Preorders for the Galaxy S IV start

    April 16th!

    The best part of this whole thing is that our version of the S4 passed the FCC before ANY other carrier.
    Take that VZW - ATT - Tmobile!
    We may not launch it first, but who knows? Still exciting!

    --Check it out--
    Recent FCC approvals:
    USC's SIV page:
    Funny comments on how VZW sucks - because they didn't announce it first. - LOL:
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    Wish your phone would STOP sliding all over/slipping out of your pocket?

    - BUT -

    don't like the bulky cases?

    I find myself in this boat very often. Whether I'm driving, at a theme park, out and about... You get the idea!
    Whatever the case may be I always worry that my phone would fall out of my pocket without me noticing it. Given that the S3 is so smooth, it would be easy for it to go unnoticed, and I really dislike the rubber cases that triple the thickness...
    So this is my solution:

    Spray Plasti Dip on the back cover!

    I decided to do a couple different colors - and I will try a few custom designs - THEN, not only will it have a sticky, durable back, it won't glide around so easily anymore. It stays where I set it down, the charging cable doesn't pull it off the night stand anymore, looks cool.
    The process is simple.
    1. Just clean the back of the phone with any ammonia free cleaner - Invisible glass in my case.
    2. Buff it dry with any lint free towel (dont want threads in the final product)
    3. Find a suitable spot to spray - a cardboard box should do the trick
    4. Do 2-3 thick coats - and if you want the lettering to show allow the plastidip to dry between coats (10-15 min)
    Process pictures:

    Here is my first attempt: - In the RED flavor
    (click the "Show" button to see pics)
    Another perk is that, if you decide you want to change the color, don't want it anymore, or just want to try peels RIGHT back off without damaging the cover in any way!
    Here are some pictures showing the removal:
    (Hit the "Show" button)
    I also did a cover in CLEAR just to see how it would work - Looks the same, with a little "matte" finish - but you get the stock look with the added grip!
    (click "Show" to see the pics!)
    So there ya have it folks!
    A very simple, fool proof, CHEAP way to add a personal touch to your device - as well as keeping it where you put it.

    If you have any ideas, or suggestions for me - feel free to comment below!

    Thanks for reading!

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    4G LTE Expansion
    USC's current 4G LTE coverage currently covers approximately 58% of customers
    --In Wave 3 this is will increase to 87% - by the end of 2013--
    It is said to include some 1400 additional 4G LTE sites in 2013 - and expanded coverage to more than 2,000 cities.
    New states added:
    New cities include:
    -Green Bay, WI
    -Lincoln, NE
    -Omaha, NE
    -Joplin, MO
    -Rolla, MO
    The Wave is expected to roll out in 5 phases - further information regarding time frame and exactly which cities will be included will be added once they're confirmed.
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    Last night was a HUGE night for us here at TUSCC.
    It's been a long time coming for the Jelly Bean update to hit our devices, and as the "caboose" carrier branded GS3, we felt a little left out...
    Not anymore! Last night our very own Adam (Snodrog742) along with atronin uploaded the official release to the site, and it is now available to EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
    (Are you going to update YOUR GS3 to JB before USC even announces it!?)
    LK5 Jelly Bean - JELLYBEAN
    Guide to install - WALKTHROUGH

    Guide to ROOT new LK5 - (See post #10 in above link)
    (will edit OP for easier find if need be)
    Additionally, USC hasn't officially announced the date for this to go OTA - but rumor has it that it should be on the 21st.
    Could the OTA be different that this build? We don't know, but a very large number of retail locations were given this same build to distribute, so it's very unlikely.

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    This is the latest info on the expansion efforts from USC.

    Rockford, Dixon, Freeport, and Sterling

    Medford, Roseburg, and Grants Pass

    Richland and Yakima

    Customers in these areas may begin to experience 4G LTE coverage as early as November 14 as 4G LTE sites are turned on. TeamUSCellular Thoughts - They've been pretty accurate with activation of 4G and usually earlier. You might be lucky to see it this weekend from other areas time tables and reports.
    We are also pleased to share with you that we are able to accelerate 51 sites in Medford and 40 sites in the Yakima areas into the November 15 launch. The remaining 20 Medford sites will launch late November and the remaining 39 Yakima sites will launch mid-December. To support the acceleration of these sites, in store merchandising will be provided by November 14. TeamUSCellular Thoughts - looks like plenty more is planned. Maybe with selloff this will even accelerate more?
    Due to unexpected delays, 13 sites in Iowa 12 (Independence area) will launch 4G coverage later in the year. Details will be provided for this area when the new launch date has been finalized. TeamUSCellular Thoughts - of course... delays. Not surprising for us here. Let's hope that new launch date is soon. Leave your thoughts below if any of this new info affects you!
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    We have solid info that the following updates are to be released on USC "VERY SOON" OTA:

    (Sooner than the "Coming Months" killjoy)

    Ice Cream Sandwich - Galaxy S2

    Jelly Bean - Galaxy S3

    Multi-Window Display - Note 2

    In addition to these, VERY welcomed updates, the Electrify M will also be getting an OTA update (some already did) to fix the PRL issue.
    -this will be updated as soon as info comes in - IF info comes sooner than the update,
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    Motorola Electrify M *228 Issue

    The Issue
    If the customer dials *228 after the device is activated, all existing data from the handset (contacts, email accounts, pictures, etc.) will be erased.

    When to Dial *228
    During the activation process, we typically instruct a customer to dial *228 in order to program the device. We will continue to do so with the Electrify M, but once that initial activation is complete, we should not ask the customer to dial *228 (one exception is noted below).


    With our 4G LTE devices specifically, when a new PRL (Preferred Roaming List) is published, it is pushed directly to the device. This ensures the customer gets the latest version and automatically utilizes our desired roaming partners.
    Dialing *228 is not a valid troubleshooting step and will not alleviate any problems related to connectivity or reception.

    Exception: It is necessary to dial *228 if a customer is changing their CTN or MSID. For customers in this scenario, please ensure you are helping them back up their contacts. This can be done through My Contacts Backup or through a cloud solution, such as Google. Also ensure pictures and other media are stored in the SD card and not the physical memory of the device. Instructions for this can be obtained from the user manual.
    The Resolution
    Customers who purchase the Electrify M will be notified to download a new software package once it’s available, which could be as early as November 12. The download, which will be pushed over-the-air, will take less than five minutes to complete. After it has finished, there is no longer a need to back-up content before dialing *228 from the device. If *228 is dialed prior to receiving the update, please do not refer the customer to a store, as we do not have a way to retrieve any information that is lost.

    TeamUSCellular Thoughts

    Well, this is pretty interesting for a device that just released. One can only hope that agents are telling customers about this before they leave the store. What about telesales or online orders? *228 is a pretty common solution that most customers try before calling support or stopping by a store. Any guesses on how long this fix will ACTUALLY take? Leave your thoughts below!

    Additionally - There are a LOT of bugs with this initial release. The widget on the main screen keeps "fuzzing" out, you have to long press and release for it to reset. I will add more as I find them.

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    It's always an excitement when we see new devices appear in USC's lineup.

    The latest information brings NO disappointments, and a few raised eyebrows!

    10/26 - Electrify M info added.
    11/1 - Electrify M goes live on - info/pic updated.
    11/12 - Galaxy S Axiom (potential) FCC link added
    First up is what seems to be an entry level device - pure and simple:
    Alcatel OneTouch Shockwave

    Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread)
    3.5" HVGA Touchscreen
    800MHz Processor w/ 512M RAM
    3.2 MP Camera with flash
    Wi-Fi Capable
    Water, Dust, and Shock Resistant
    Dragontrail™ Glass Scratch-resistant Display
    2GB MicroSD Card included - supports up to 32GB
    1GB On-board Memory

    Source: USC
    Now the device that is making waves in the US:
    Huawei Ascend Y

    3.2 MP camera
    3.5" screen
    Android 2.3 Gingerbread

    On deck - A WP8 device already making a name for itself in the world of Smartphones:
    HTC Windows Phone 8S

    Qualcomm® S4 1 GHz, Dual-core
    Total storage: 4 GB, available capacity varies
    Expansion SD card slot supports micro™ SD memory card for additional storage (card not included)
    512 MB RAM
    4 inch super LCD touch screen with WVGA resolution
    Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ built in
    5 megapixel camera with auto focus LED flash
    720p video recording
    1700 mAh Battery

    -Looks as though this will be available in a wide range of color choices, too!
    Source: HTC
    Next is the little known device:
    Samsung Galaxy S Axiom
    Display: 4" AMOLED
    CPU: 1.5 GHz dual-core (probably the Qualcomm S4)
    4G LTE
    Camera: 5 MP rear, and ?? front

    This one was most likely the Infinite that appeared on the Rebate forms, and be mid-level priced $99.
    Link to FCC approval - this may/may not be it: Here
    -I will update info for this device as it becomes available.
    Now, we all know about this one, but it needs mentioning:
    Galaxy Note 2

    8 MP camera
    5.5" screen
    1.6 MHz Quad Core
    4G LTE
    16 GB internal storage
    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

    Source: USC
    Finally, the one I've been waiting to drop the bombshell on...
    Motorola Electrify M

    New info: Price is said to be $99 after MIR. This IS identical to Verizon's Razr M according to our source.
    - I can only imagine that this is the sister device to the Droid Razr M - The 4G Moto hybrid USC style.*
    4g LTE,
    4.3 AMOLED screen,
    dual core 1.5 ghz processor,
    8 MP 1080p camera.
    Price confirmed to be $200

    Lastly... Perhaps even better...
    Every one of these devices are scheduled to launch ON or BEFORE November 11th 2012!
    So, keep checking back - I will update the moment new info arrives!
    It looks like the 11th deadline has come and gone - No WP8 or Axiom. IDK why, but USC has fallen behind.

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    We heard that the Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update would be rolling out internationally in October. However, those who own U.S. versions of the device should temper their expectations when it comes to a release date in the United States.

    Samsung has apparently confirmed the Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update will hit the international version of the device at some point next month. But what that means for the U.S. isn’t quite clear.
    Read: Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update Confirmed for October.
    Unlocked Galaxy S III First…
    Unless Samsung devised a new way of rolling out major Android updates to its devices around the globe, the Jelly Bean update will likely play out like updates of the past. The first Galaxy S III device that will get the update will likely be the unbranded and unlocked version of the device. This is how it went down with the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich updates and we expect Samsung to follow a similar path with the Galaxy S III. Owners of this device will more than likely see the update roll out in October.
    Then Carrier Branded…
    Next, carrier branded Galaxy S III devices in places like the United Kingdom will see the update. How long after the unlocked version? We can’t be sure, but we definitely expect the UK to be at the forefront of the carrier-branded Jelly Bean update process. Hopefully, the UK sees its Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update roll out in October but nothing is for certain at this point.
    Then the U.S.
    After those roll outs, the U.S. should see its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out begin. Just when that will be though is a complete mystery. U.S. carriers are generally extremely slow to get their devices upgraded to the latest Android software and at this point, there is no reason to believe that the Galaxy S III will be a special case.
    What say you TUSCC?
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    Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay $1.25 million to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to resolve a complaint that it blocked third-party tethering applications on Android phones, the FCC said Tuesday.
    Verizon denies blocking any third party apps in a statement released the same day.
    The FCC’s decision relies on the fact that Verizon purchased 700MHz spectrum from the U.S. government in 2008. As part of the deal, Verizon had to guarantee that it would not restrict the types of devices or applications used on that spectrum.
    Because the FCC’s ruling is based solely on this “C-Block” spectrum deal, the same rules do not apply to AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, all of which charge users a fee for using wireless tethering apps.

    "Verizon Wireless has always allowed its customers to use the lawful applications of their choice on its networks, and it did not block its customers from using third-party tethering applications," the company said in the statement. "This consent decree puts behind us concerns related to an employee's communication with an app store operator about tethering applications, and allows us to focus on serving our customers."

    The consent decree shows that compliance with FCC rules is "not optional," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. "The open device and application obligations were core conditions when Verizon purchased the C-block spectrum. The steps taken today will not only protect consumer choice, but defend certainty for innovators to continue to deliver new services and apps without fear of being blocked."

    The FCC's Enforcement Bureau launched an investigation after news reports suggested that Verizon Wireless had successfully requested that Google block Verizon's customers from accessing tethering applications from its online market, the FCC said. At that time, Verizon Wireless' terms of service required all customers who wanted to use their phones for tethering to subscribe to the company's Mobile Broadband Connect service, at an additional charge. Verizon Wireless said the additional fee was because customers who tether laptops or other devices have the capability to use more data capacity than others. But Verizon Wireless, at the time, required all customers, including those who paid incrementally for data use, to pay the fee, the FCC said.
    As part of the agreement, Verizon will notify app stores that it no longer objects to third-party tethering apps, according to the FCC.
    Free Press praised the FCC action. "Today's action makes it clear that Verizon was flaunting its obligations as a spectrum-license holder and engaging in anti-competitive behavior that harmed consumers and innovation," Free Press policy director Matt Wood said in a statement. "The FCC sent a strong signal to the market that companies cannot ignore their pro-consumer obligations."

    What do you all think about this? Do you think it should only apply to C-Block spectrum? Will we see this on more carriers or even more lawsuits? Let's hear your thoughts below!
    Tethering, for those of you wondering what the heck this is all about, allows users to access the Internet from other devices, like laptops, via their smartphone or tablet’s wireless signal.

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    Folks, the LONG awaited Samsung Galaxy SIII Pre-Ordering is coming to an end.

    U.S. Cellular announced Friday that the Pre-ordered devices "will begin shipping out next week!" As this has brought a lot of attention to the USC homepage over the last several weeks, very little information got out about when we would see it. As of Tuesday the word that ALL of the ordered devices will be shipped out by the 12th, and will be arriving in stores by the end of the week! GREAT news for everyone who pre-ordered, and everyone who didn't!
    However, if you're one of the many who ordered the 32G version, the shipping appears to be delayed a bit. Expecting the 32G's to be shipped by the 23rd at the latest. The 16GB version will carry a $199.99 price tag, and will be immediately available, with the 32GB version to follow "shortly after that" for $249.99, both after $100 mail-in rebates. U.S. Cellular recommends that customers contact stores before going in, since some agent locations will receive shipments on Friday, meaning some will get SGS3's, yes, this week!

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    Motorola's site officially released the ICS timeline, and it looks like the Photon will be among the lucky ones!
    Wait, where does this leave us "Electrify" users? Dubbed the "oddball", U.S. Cellular only says "further details to come" but the release remains confirmed!

    So lets all keep our fingers crossed and hope that the Electrify is among the first official ICS devices. What do you guys think? What other devices would you like to see running an official 4.0 update?
    Source of information: