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AT&T’s LG G4 will be available starting May 29th

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

LG G4 Variety of coloursWe’ve been waiting and waiting for all of the major carriers in the US to announce availability of LG’s G4, and AT&T is one of the last to make something official. It’s kind of a last minute announcement, but AT&T will begin selling the G4 starting on May 29th. Today is May 28th. Odd move, but hey, at the least the wait is over. Plus, AT&T customers should be able to buy the device ahead of Verizon customers.

The device will be available on AT&T Next for $0 down, starting at $21 per month on Next 24, $26.25 per month on Next 18, and $31.50 on Next 12. AT&T also mentioned that the device is available for $199 on a two-year contract, but you won’t have long to lock in that contract, since the carrier is dropping two-year contracts in June. The leather backed version of the G4 adds a few bucks to that pricing, and comes in at around $239 on contract.

LG is also offering an accessory bundle to anyone that buys the G4 before June 21st, and that includes a spare battery, battery charging cradle, and a 32 GB microSD card. They’re definitely capitalizing on the lack of removable battery + storage in Samsung’s S6, which makes the G4 a very, very compelling option. All you have to do to get the bonus accessories is register your G4 on time.

Anybody planning on buying a G4 on AT&T in the next few weeks?

source: AT&T

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Sprint’s CEO expects the carrier to be in the top 2 within 18-24 months

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Sprint’s Chief Executive Officer, Marcelo Claure, hasn’t been in charge of the U.S. carrier for a full year yet, but he’s optimistic that Sprint will become either No.1 or 2 in the next 18-24 months. At the Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the CEO was bullish about Sprint’s prospects and future strategies. 

The Bolivian-born Marcelo Claure said that he’s spent a lot of time developing a strategy to re-energise Sprint’s network with its major backer, SoftBank. Claure believes that while Sprint is blessed with its allocation of wireless spectrum, the company is let down by poor service.

Despite third-party analytics companies marking Sprint down as dead last in terms of network performance, Claure has stated that Sprint is committed to overhauling its network.

“We have 124 first-place awards, compared to 12 last year,” Claure said. “I can tell you we’re making progress, and I can tell you the area of focus will be the continued building of our network.”

When Re/code’s Ina Fried asked how Sprint can afford such investments in its network at a time revenue is reduced thanks to sales promotions, Claure said that Sprint’s major back, SoftBank, was committed to the network overhaul.

Since Claure took over at Sprint, the carrier has gone from losing 700,000 customers every quarter to gaining 1.2 million in the last quarter. Despite this increase in its customer base, Sprint is still losing money, although Claure is adamant that “The patient (Sprint) is in stable condition.”

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Verizon taking pre-orders for LG G4 tomorrow, phone to ship before June 4

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Starting tomorrow, Verizon customers can place orders for two new devices from LG. Too make them more enticing, the carrier will offer a discount.

Exclusive to Verizon is the Ceramic White option with 3D patters, along with the global Metallic Gray and Genuine Black Leather rear panels. Customers can go into select retail stores belonging to the carrier and experience the G4 for themselves. Verizon plans to have the G4 shipped prior to its in-store release on June 4.

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The Verizon Edge program has the G4 available for $22.91 per month for twenty-four months while the full retail price is $549. Verizon is also including a free 32GB microSD card, extra battery, and battery charging cradle.

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The other device from LG being brought to Big Red’s lineup is the G Pad X8.3. This new tablet has an 8.3-inch display with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution, an octa-core processor, and dual stereo speakers. And, like the G4, the G Pad X8.3 has Android 5.0 Lollipop running right out of the box. The Edge monthly payments on it are $12.49 and the full retail price is $299.

Verizon has the following promotions when purchasing the G4 with other LG devices:

  • G Pad X8.3 for $49 (normally $129)
  • G Pad 10.1 for $99 (normally $149)
  • Watch Urbane for $299

Source: Verizon

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Verizon’s Edge program gets some much needed changes, upgrades now simpler

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Verizon’s early upgrade program known as Edge has gone through some significant changes today, making it easier for the customers to upgrade to a newer device. According to these new amendments to the policies, customers can pay the full amount of their smartphone and then immediately upgrade to a newer device.

Previously, users were required to pay up to 75% of the amount of the existing smartphone, wait 30 days, trade-in their handset and only then upgrade. But now by paying the full amount instead, you can upgrade your phone right away and even get to keep your existing handset.

These changes will take into effect starting May 31, so Edge customers can finally upgrade to a new phone if they pay the full cost of their smartphone. These changes certainly make it a lot more simpler and convenient for the consumers.

Do you welcome the new changes made to the Edge program by Verizon? Sound off below.

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U.S. Cellular opening pre-orders for LG G4 online and in stores May 29

Posted by wicked May - 25 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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U.S. Cellular customers won’t have to wait long before they can start pre-ordering the LG G4. According to a tweet from the carrier this weekend, it will begin taking pre-orders for the device online and in stores on May 29.

If you want to check out our coverage on the device, hit the break below for our hands-on video.

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Source: @USCellular

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T-Mobile Nexus 6 now said to be getting the WiFi calling update

Posted by wicked May - 22 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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T-Mobile’s popular social media figure, Des on Twitter has subtly hinted that the WiFi calling update for the Nexus 6 could be rolling out starting today. His tweet said the following – “This is shaping up to be a very Happy Memorial day weekend… #Nexus6

While he’s not making it obvious that the update is being sent out, the responses to the tweet mention that it is currently being sent out to the devices. Also the hashtag leaves nothing to the imagination.

We’re yet to see anything on the company’s site at the moment, but we’ll update you with more information as we have it. There shouldn’t be any other changes bundled with the update as the carrier is only enabling the WiFi calling feature.

So T-Mobile Nexus 6 users, are you seeing the update yet?

Source: @askdes – Twitter

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You can now pre-order the LG G4 on Sprint

Posted by wicked May - 22 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Starting today, residents in the United States can pre-order LG’s flagship smartphone of 2015, the G4, from Sprint for $18 per month on a two-year contract with no upfront fee or for $599.99 without a contract on a pre-paid tariff.

The G4’s full list of specifications can be seen below:

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with X10 LTE
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
Storage: 32GB eMMC ROM, microSD card up to 128GB
RAM: 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
Rear camera: 16 megapixels with f/1.8 aperture / OIS 2.0
Front camera: 8 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture
Battery: 3,000 mAh removable

For a limited time, customers purchasing the G4 on Sprint will receive a second 3,000mAh battery, a 32GB memory card and a battery charging cradle.

If you’re based in the US, like the sound of the LG G4 and would like to pre-order one from Sprint for delivery on June 5, hit the source link below.

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AT&T implementing 30% down payments with Next program on May 28th

Posted by wicked May - 22 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

att_logoWe know AT&T is planning on completely doing away with traditional two-year contracts, but that leaves a good bit of confusion over what happens to customers who wouldn’t be approved for device financing but would normally be approved for the contract option. It looks like the carrier will be taking a page from T-Mobile’s playbook and will offer a down payment option with their Next 12 payment plan to take care of customers that don’t have the credit for normal Next finance plans.

The Next 12 with Down Payment will require a customer to put 30% of the device’s retail cost down, then split the remaining balance over 28 months. After 12 months, roughly 60% of the device will be paid off, and the customer will be eligible for an upgrade just like on the other Next 12, Next 18, or Next 24 plans.

This down payment functions almost like a deposit that AT&T sometimes requires for customers, although it seems like it should come out around the same price as a two-year contract. AT&T currently asks $684.99 for a Galaxy S6, and 30% of that comes out to around $205, not including any sales tax in your state. The remaining balance should roughly come out to 17 bucks on your bill each month, which hits right around what a two-year contract would do to your bill.

The new Next option should go live on May 28th, just in time for AT&T to ax two-year contracts. The carrier is also planning on upping the limit of devices on Next on an account to 15 lines.

Any AT&T customers sad about losing two-year contract options, or are you happy that they’re embracing what T-Mobile started?

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T-Mobile Un-Carries Its Way to New Alabama Facility

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

 

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T-Mobile defines itself as “America’s fastest growing wireless company,” and it’s doubling down on that claim by opening a new customer care facility in Birmingham, Alabama. But don’t take our word for it. Behold, the wonderful, self-congratulatory world of press releases!

Bellevue, Washington and Birmingham, Alabama − May 21, 2015 – With the Un-carrier™ revolution continuing to disrupt US wireless and attract millions of customers, T-Mobile is applying its flair for bold innovation to a brand new customer care center in Birmingham, Alabama. T-Mobile threw open its doors today with company leaders and community representatives present at the all-new, expanded customer care facility. The Un-carrier also stepped up its longtime support of youth in the local community, announcing a $10,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater Birmingham by the T-Mobile Foundation.

“Customers are #1 at T-Mobile. As millions join the Un-carrier movement, we’re making big investments in our customer care to match,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “With today’s grand opening of this truly inspiring care center, we’re not only doubling down on the best possible care for our customers—we’re also committing to a stellar work environment for our people and investing in the local community. This is win-win-win.”

Last month, T-Mobile was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Birmingham Business Journal for the second year in a row. The award specifically called out T-Mobile’s Birmingham customer care center for outstanding teamwork, trust and great management.

T-Mobile has been a community partner and major employer in Birmingham for nearly 20 years. In 2014, the Un-carrier hired nearly 250 employees, and almost 100 people have been hired already this year. T-Mobile plans to hire more employees at the new, larger care center before the end of the year.

T-Mobile is “all in” in Birmingham! Employees regularly lead and take part in community events and partner with organizations such as the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, the South Hampton School, Gifts for Angel Tree Kids and Relay for Life. T-Mobile is committed to the local communities it serves across the US, while creating the culture and environment that makes it Un-carrier − and completely unlike anyone else in the wireless industry.

So there you have it. Move to Alabama, like now.

Source: T-Mobile

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Holiday weekend deals on T-Mobile, MetroPCS

Posted by wicked May - 20 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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A major holiday in the U.S. means retailers will be hitting consumers up with a variety of deals. The long Memorial Day weekend is no exception as T-Mobile, and their prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS, have some special offers coming up for anyone looking to purchase a new smartphone or switch service.

Buyers who are hoping to pick up a new Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge may want to hold off until this weekend. Starting Saturday, May 23rd and running through Monday, May 25th, T-Mobile will double the amount of onboard memory in the devices. You can get the 64GB versions of either smartphone for the current price of the 32GB versions, which is equal to an instant savings of $80. If you only need a 32GB version, T-Mobile will send you a $50 VISA pre-paid gift card, making the net price equal to a 16GB version.

Consumers looking at value priced LG smartphones will have an opportunity to take advantage of special pricing as well. If you were hoping to pick up the new LG G Stylo smartphone, T-Mobile will let you buy it for $0 down at then $12.08 per month for 24 months or pay $290 full retail. The carrier is also offering the LG Leon LTE for zero down with payments only $6.24 per month for 24 months or a retail price of $150. If you happen to be a prepaid subscriber, T-Mobile is offering an online rebate for the LG Leon LTE that results in the phone being free.

MetroPCS is also offering deals on the LG Stylo and LG Leon LTE. The Leon LTE will be available for only $49 after instant rebate starting on Friday. If you want to wait a little bit, starting on June 1st MetroPCS will be offering the LG Stylo for only $199 after instant rebate.

Finally, if you already have a prepaid phone from one of MetroPCS’s competitors like Virgin or Boost, you can switch to MetroPCS and receive a free smartphone like the Leon LTE or getting a $50 discount on some of the higher end devices. MetroPCS is also re-launching their 4×100 offer. The 4×100 deal is for consumers that are looking for a multi-line package as it provides four lines for $100 per month. The package includes unlimited talk and text and 2GB of 4G LTE service per data line per month.

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