T-Mobile's 'Project Houdini' rumored to shoulder your ETF

Can T-Mobile unshackle customers from rival carriers' early termination fees? That could very well be behind T-Mobile's latest secret initiative, "Project Houdini," according to TmoNews.

A source close to the blog says that T-Mobile's project will give switching customers up to $350 in credit for leaving another provider. Reportedly, the deal would be aimed at families with up to five lines of service. What's more, it would not matter if each line had its own contract end date.

The tipster says new customers would receive instant credits for trading in their current smartphone. Once a … Read more

T-Mobile drops international charges

CNET Update is free to roam:

In this episode of Update:

- Get the breakdown of T-Mobile's international fee changes, which take the headache out of using a phone overseas. The carrier is hoping to lure travelers and businesses with this aggressive move.

- Speculate on the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5, which may be shown off Tuesday -- possibly the same day the HTC One Max is unveiled in Asia.

- Check out the review of the Fitbit Force, a new wristband with a screen that shows the time and daily fitness progress. … Read more

T-Mobile's global data plan: It's all about big business

With T-Mobile's newly unveiled global data roaming plan, the carrier is hoping to turn a weakness into an advantage.

That weakness -- the lack of business users and heavy travelers wealthy enough to pay those hefty roaming fees -- is exactly what allowed T-Mobile to offer free, unlimited data outside of the US, according to CEO John Legere.

T-Mobile on Wednesday night announced the global data roaming feature at a splashy event in Manhattan's Bryant Park, which was decked out in magenta lights and featured performances from DJ Swizz Beats and singer Shakira. The park was packed with … Read more

Is AT&T's 'admin fee' just a sneaky way of raising rates?

If you thought airlines and hotels were sneaky and stingy about the fees they impose on their customers, just take a close look at your next wireless bill.

What you'll find in addition to the taxes and fees the government requires you pay on top of your cell phone bill are charges that your wireless operator has also tacked onto the bottom of the bill. All four of the major U.S. operators now add some sort of "below the line" charge to their customers' phone bills.

These fees are not considered part of the service fee … Read more

Apple's iOS could get a makeover

CNET Update isn't ready for change:

In this episode of Update:

- Say goodbye to shiny icons when iOS 7 gets a major redesign.

- Find a phone bargain this Memorial Day weekend at retailers like Best Buy.

- Gripe about the latest report over Xbox One restrictions for used games.

- Prepare for an extra charge on your monthly AT&T wireless bill.

- Give your RSS feeds a new home next month when Digg Reader launches.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown … Read more

AT&T, Sprint waive overage fees for Oklahoma tornado victims

AT&T is trying to do its part to help victims of the Oklahoma's massive tornado.

The carrier will bring in extra telecommunications resources to the affected area and will waive overage charges for affected customers through June 30.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tornado," the company said Tuesday. "We are coordinating with local authorities and bringing in additional resources. We recommend text messaging for communications with family, friends, and loved ones given heavy call volumes."

AT&T subscribers who want to aid the Red Cross in its … Read more

Aereo throws punch in streaming battle by publishing ad in NYT

Live-television streaming service Aereo is revving up its fight against major U.S. broadcasters.

The company took out a full-page ad in the front section of The New York Times on Tuesday, making a case as to why its business isn't breaking copyright law.

"People have enjoyed the right to access over-the-air broadcast television using an antenna for over 70 years," the ad says. "About 54 million Americans use some sort of antenna to watch TV. This is not piracy. This has been part of the American way since the beginning of broadcasting."

Aereo is … Read more

Samsung Game Pad hints at Note 3

CNET Update needs bigger pockets:

Stories featured in Monday's tech roundup:

- Samsung says its new Game Pad accessory can fit a device with a 6.3-inch screen. But Samsung doesn't make a phone screen that big -- yet. Could this detail be a hint about the upcoming Note 3?

- Verizon wants to change TV fee rules by only paying for the channels subscribers are watching. And its not the only television provider trying to change the industry.

- Google Reader will soon be shut down, and Feedly is reaping all the benefits.

- Pinterest refreshed its designRead more

Ceglia ordered to pay Facebook $90,000 in legal fees

In an effort to make billions of dollars by suing Facebook, Paul Ceglia is actually putting a large dent in his own wallet.

Federal Magistrate Leslie Foschio ordered Ceglia to pay the social network almost $90,000 in attorney fees today, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The order comes because of Ceglia's last-minute cancellation of legal depositions that Facebook had already paid its lawyers to do. Foschio also ordered Ceglia to reimburse an additional $7,000 in travel and lodging expenses for the social network's experts that were to be deposed.

Ceglia is suing Facebook with the … Read more

The 404 1,143: Where Justin spent way too much on dinner (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Fat fingers to blame for upping mobile ad clicks.

- Andreessen Horowitz invests $15 million in Web site Rap Genius.

- San Francisco's Weiner tries to ban exposed genitals.

- How New Yorkers can beat Time Warner's bullish modem rental fee.

Look who showed up at the Justin Bieber concert! (courtesy of The 404 SubReddit)… Read more