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After Google bought the mobile payments service last month, it was inevitable that they would shut it down. On March 31st, Google will shut down the Softcard app and any accounts on the service. Softcard was originally conceived by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile as a way to own the mobile payments space and effectively kill Google Wallet. As we know, that didn’t happen. Softcard is alerting users of the service ahead of the shutdown with the following email: Sources are also telling Droid Life that account sign-ups have stopped...

Normally when you buy a device from a carrier, you only have a limited time to get insurance. But for a limited time, AT&T is giving customers insurance no matter when they bought their devices. Until March 31st, AT&T will cover any devices you bring to them, as long as you have at least one device on the network. The most expensive $29.99 per month plan covers tablets and even laptops, as long as one device is on the network. The difference between the $6.99 per month plan and the $9.99 per month plan is that the most expensive...

Google has officially announced the acquisition of Softcard (known as Isis Wallet before), further strengthening Google Wallet’s cause. Google mentioned that it has acquired “some exciting technology and intellectual property” from Softcard, which will be instrumental in Wallet’s potential success in the future. The company also mentioned that the Google Wallet app will be preloaded on Android devices sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T as well as T-Mobile in the future. We’re guessing these changes will take...

Earlier today, we saw T-Mobile putting up a pre-registration page for the Samsung Galaxy S6. And now, it’s AT&T’s turn to follow with a very similar looking teaser, but with the display being blue here (instead of the magenta on T-Mobile’s teaser). The carrier mentions that the smartphone will be available for purchase in Spring 2015. This makes sense given that the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are expected to be announced on the 1st of March. Spring 2015 is a relatively vague time frame, so we can’t say...

In line with their recent price drops for consumers on the postpaid plans, AT&T is improving the status of their GoPhone prepaid service as well. Customers on the $45 per month 1 GB 4G LTE plan now get an additional 500 MB to use, bringing the total allotment of data to 1.5 GB. Customers on AT&T’s $60 per month plan currently get 2.5 GB. This plan has been upgraded up to 4 GB of LTE data, along with unlimited text messages and calls to Mexico. Here is a piece of AT&T’s statement: “New and existing GoPhone...

During the second half of last year, the network monitor company RootMetrics ran tests on all four major carriers to test call quality, text message quality, and data speeds. According to their results, despite the commonly-held theory, Sprint’s network (in certain aspects) is not as bad as people think. In order to test all the major carrier’s networks, RootMetrics bought off-the-shelf devices from their carriers and drove about 293,000 miles around the US. The specific areas the tests focused on were reliability, speed...

Last week, we reported about LG’s plans to roll out the Android 5.0 update to the American variants of the LG G3 very soon. The AT&T version of the handset is now receiving the update, making it the first variant in the U.S. to get the coveted update. We’ve seen Android 5.0 leaking out for the LG G3 before and users can expect to see most of those changes here. Clearly, LG is not too fond of stock Android and has implemented a ton of software features while improving some older functionality with the new update. The update...

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T has started receiving a new update today. But before you get excited, this update only brings Android 4.4.4 to the table with still no Android 5.0 in sight. The smartphone was announced shortly after the Galaxy S5 launch last year as a more durable version of the flagship. Much like the predecessor, the Galaxy S4 Active, this smartphone was only made available through AT&T at the time of launch. The smartphone although one of the company’s flagships, might have to wait a bit to receive...