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Motorola’s new Moto X will likely launch with MotoMaker available on Verizon

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

moto_x1_black_leather_aluminum_no_flashWe’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if you were bummed that MotoMaker was AT&T exclusive for a few months last time around, you’ll be very happy to hear that the customization process should be available to Verizon customers right out of the gate.

A listing in Verizon’s retail systems was leaked that shows four new options that are soon to be added: the new Moto X in black, the new Moto X in white/bamboo, and two MotoMaker listings for 16 and 32 GB varieties. This likely means that Verizon will offer 16 GB white and black models in store (with the white version equipped with a bamboo back) and tickets for MotoMaker in store, and that all four options should be available at the same time.

We haven’t heard anything about MotoMaker being available on other carriers, but hopefully Motorola will be able to launch everything simultaneously on all four major carriers this time around.

source: Phandroid

 

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HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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In need of a premium device without the premium price? Customers of Sprint can go ahead and purchase the HTC One (E8) from the carrier starting today. In either Misty Gray or Polar White, the One (E8) costs $99 with a two-year contract and $499 if you forgo a signature.

The device is much like the One (M8), but HTC has targeted a lower price point with cheaper solutions in certain areas. Most noticeably, the One (E8) has a plastic unibody. The Duo Camera setup with dual LED flash has been nixed and there is a single 13MP camera. The front camera, though, does maintain its 5MP to ensure quality selfies. The One (E8) is speedy thanks to its Snapdragon 801 processor.

If you are interested in purchasing the HTC One (E8), you can head over to Sprint’s site.

Source: Sprint

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 7.0 event being held on September 10

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The next phase in T-Mobile’s route to carrier domination continues on September 10. On that date, T-Mobile will be holding Un-carrier 7.0 at a store in San Francisco. This is one day after Apple unveils its next iPhone and any other products, so T-Mobile could be piggybacking off of their attention. The invite for the event says “This time it’s personal.”

What do you think John Legere & Co. have in store with Uncarrier 7.0?

Source: TmoNews

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Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Owners of the Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, get over to the Software Update menu. The Samsung flagship from 2013 is getting an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings international WiFi calling to the device. The GS4 is the first Sprint device to get the international WiFi calling update. Now, owners of the device can place or receive international calls over a WiFi network while traveling abroad in what Sprint says amasses more than 100 countries.

Sprint does intend on extending this feature to other devices as the year progresses.

Source: Sprint

 

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Verizon resurrects DROID RAZR M as Luge by Motorola for prepaid accounts

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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After a leak earlier this week, Verizon has introduced a “new” phone for customers opting for the prepaid route, but it has a distinctly “old” feel to it. The Luge by Motorola appears to be a re-skinned Motorola DROID RAZR M smartphone and some are even suggesting these may be unsold units. In any case, the Luge is now available through Verizon for only $199 with no contract and no service bundle included, although you can get on Verizon’s 4G LTE network with the device.

The DROID RAZR M Luge is not going to knock any socks off with its performance or hardware specs, hardly a surprise for a two-year old device. When the original was released it was considered a budget-tier smartphone and this latest incarnation moves it even further down the chain. Still, if you need something cheap that works, you could do worse.

Unlike the original release of this 4.3-inch smartphone, Motorola has updated the Luge to come with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. It comes with a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM. While it does have a microSD slot so users can add to the 8 GB of internal memory with up to 32 GB of additional memory, the 2000 mAh battery is not removable.

If you are looking for an inexpensive smartphone to tap into Verizon’s 4G LTE network without being locked into a contract, hit the source break for additional information and to place an order.

source: Verizon

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Cricket offers new customers $100 for switching from T-Mobile or MetroPCS

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Screen shot 2014-08-28 at 7.55.00 AMEver since T-Mobile launched their Uncarrier initiative, other companies have had to think of creative ways to stay competitive. Eager to take away T-Mobile’s spot as the #1 prepaid carrier, Cricket (and its parent company AT&T) have announced that anyone who switches to their service from T-Mobile or its sister company MetroPCS will receive a $100 bill credit. In order to get the bill credit customers only need to sign up for service and port their existing phone number to the new plan. Not a bad deal at all, but is it enough to make an impact on T-Mobile’s enormous customer base? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Cricket

 

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AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

HTC-One-M8_Gunmetal_Silver_Gold1AT&T will be sending out updates for the HTC One M8 in the next few days to update it to KitKat 4.4.3. The update is hardly a large one, and only brings mild security updates, but it’s still nice to have the most current OS version. The update is 660MB large and is number 2.23.502.3. AT&T is receiving the update just after T-Mobile and long before Verizon, which will receive it in about three weeks.

Source: XDA Developer Forums

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS carrying new Alcatel OneTouch handsets this fall

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Both T-Mobile and MetroPCS will have devices available from Alcatel OneTouch this fall. The carriers will both offer entry-level devices in the form of the Fierce 2 and the Evolve 2. Through T-Mobile, the monthly price for each handset with an equipment installment plan will not exceed $5.50; therefore, it is pretty clear that this device is targeted at someone getting a smartphone for the first time or someone in need of a budget device. T-Mobile and MetroPCS are the first carriers to be getting these two from Alcatel OneTouch.

The Fierce 2 is the stronger of the two devices announced today. It has a 5-inch display, though the resolution is qHD, and packs a quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The 4GB of internal storage is met with a 32GB microSD card slot. A 5MP camera is on the back and a VGA camera sits up front. The Fierce 2 is powered by a 2000mAh battery. With $0 down, the Fierce 2 costs $5.25 per month for two years.

The Evolve 2, on the other hand, is a little different. The display is a smaller 4 inches and the resolution is lowered to WVGA. The dual-core processor is clocked at 1.3GHz and the amount of RAM is 512MB. Like the Fierce 2, the Evolve 2 has 4GB of storage with a microSD card slot. A 5MP is on the back, again, but the front has a VGA camera. There is a 1400mAh battery and the monthly price for the Evolve 2 is $3.30 across twenty-four months.

Both devices ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. T-Mobile will have both devices available on September 10 with MetroPCS following that release later this fall.

Source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile nearly doubles the amount of music streaming options on Music Freedom

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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T-Mobile announced Music Freedom in June, which allows you to stream from your choice of 8 music apps with no penalty against your data cap. Today, they are nearly doubling that effort by adding AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza.  You already had the ability to stream iHeartRadio, iTunesRadio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk, Slacker and Spotify through the service bringing the total to 13.

It appears one major service is missing and that is Google’s Play Music. If you remember, shortly after the announcement of Music Freedom, T-Mobile asked customers what service they wanted most. Play Music killed it, but for whatever reason, it didn’t make this cut. However, T-Mobile did say they are “on track to add” the service later this year.

Is there anything else that you use that T-Mobile is missing?

source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Back_TAT-Mobile is pushing out a small software update to their Galaxy S 5. There are no new features, but the change log states the update brings improved audio and software stability. Bug fixes never hurt, right?

This update brings the T-Mobile GS5 up to software version G900TUVU1BNG4, and you can snag the update OTA or through Kies.

source: T-Mobile

 

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