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U.S. Cellular is now selling the Moto G (2015)

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Another carrier in the United States started selling the best mid-range device on the market. The Moto G (2015) can be purchased through U.S. Cellular in three different ways. Customers can choose to pay for the device monthly, sign a two-year contract, or pay outright on a prepaid account.

  • Installment pricing: $8.99 per month for twenty months
  • Two-year contract: $0.99
  • Prepaid: $129

U.S. Cellular customers that want to pay the full retail price for Motorola’s affordable stud will have to put forward $179. So, yes, the model sold by the carrier features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

Adding the Moto G (2015) to its lineup means that U.S. Cellular has a trio of Motorola devices including the Moto E (2015) and Moto X (2014).

Source: U.S. Cellular

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DirecTV customers get one year of free service when switching to Sprint

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Sprint is making a one-time offer exclusively to DirecTV customers that gives them free service for a full year when switching to Sprint. This strategy is an effort to lure away customers after AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, and offers customers 12 months of unlimited voice calls, text messages and 2 gigabytes of data.

DirecTV customers need to show a copy of their recent DirecTV bill to verify their status to qualify for the offer. Customers also need to sign up for a leasing program, a monthly installment program for their smartphone, or buy a new smartphone. A household can sign up a maximum of 5 lines, each free for a year. In addition to that, Sprint said it will buy customers out of their existing contracts or pay up to $300 for an existing smartphone.

Wireless providers find ways to steal their competitors’ customers by creating such offers. Kevin Crull, Sprint’s chief marketing officer added;

“DIRECTV customers love their TV service – but they shouldn’t have to settle for AT&T wireless” 

“Why not build the perfect bundle by combining with Sprint wireless? We’re winning awards across the country because our network has never been stronger, faster or more reliable, and our customers have never been more satisfied.”

In order to get the offer, qualified DirecTV customers need to upload their recent DirecTV bill at www.sprint.com/directvoffer. After that, they can go to Sprint.com or call Sprint Telesales to obtain the offer. Another option is to visit your local Sprint store and log on to your DirecTV account online to show verification and then sign up.  Note that there is a one-time $36 activation fee and monthly taxes and surcharges that Sprint’s offer does not cover.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

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Beta program for Samsung Pay begins rolling out in the US

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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It seems that everyone is developing a mobile payments system these days, Apple has the imaginatively named Apple Pay, Google is hopefully bringing Android Pay to market before the end of 2015, and we have Samsung with its own take, also imaginatively called Samsung Pay. You’ve probably read about Samsung Pay undergoing a trial in Samsung’s native South Korea, where it was well-received. Today, we have news that a beta-program for Samsung Pay is rolling out in the US ahead of its official September 28th launch.

Naturally, there are a few hoops to jump through to qualify for the beta program. Just because you have a phone manufactured by Samsung doesn’t guarantee you a spot, it has to be the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, or the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Basically, if you haven’t purchased a 2016 flagship device from Samsung in 2015, you are out of luck. One other little factoid to remember is that Samsung Pay won’t work on rooted devices.

You must also hold a qualifying credit or debit card from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, U.S. Trust, U.S. Bank Visa, MasterCard or Visa. While T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, and AT&T are on board with Samsung Pay, Verizon Wireless is the notable exception.

So, if you meet the requirements, are you going to apply for a spot in the Samsung Pay beta program?

 

Source: Samsung 
Via: SamMobile

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Verizon_glass-Verizon has made some effort to become a little more friendly towards unlocked devices, which means getting on their network is easier than ever. Now any compatible, unlocked iPhone 6 or Nexus 6 can be brought to Verizon’s network with little effort. You’ll just need to punch your phone’s device ID into Verizon’s site and purchase a Verizon SIM card to get started.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to take any unlocked phone to Verizon’s network, since there aren’t many phones that have the required CDMA and LTE radios to work properly. That might change as LTE becomes more prevalent, but as of right now, you’re pretty much locked to the handful of devices that include tons of radios.

source: Verizon Wireless

via: Engadget

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AT&T to begin selling the Galaxy Tab S2 on September 4th

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

galaxy tab s2 black angleIf you’re eager to pick up Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 with LTE connectivity, you’ll be able to order one through AT&T starting September 4th. Like all other carrier enabled tablets, hardware will be identical to the WiFi-only model, but it will be able to be activated on a carrier’s network as well.

The Tab S2 will be available on AT&T’s tablet installment plan for $30 a month, or $499 with a two-year contract. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 sports a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Exynos processor, and 32 GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot. It’s shaping up to be one of the best tablets Samsung has ever made, once it’s made widely available.

source: AT&T

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Qualcomm agrees to sell UK spectrum to Vodafone and H3G

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Qualcomm has announced that they have reached two separate deals to sell UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone and Hutchinson 3G (H3G). Each of the buyers has agreed to purchase a 20 MHz block of the total 40 MHz of L-Band spectrum that Qualcomm owns. Terms of the deals have not been announced and both transactions are subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

L-Band spectrum in the European Union is targeted at providing Supplemental Downlink (SDL) service for Mobile Network Operators. SDL can help them meet demand for downlink-centric services like streaming video on-demand over the cellular network.

source: Qualcomm (PR)

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T-Mobile is having a back to school day sale for two days only

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

t-mobile_great_american_ballparkT-Mobile is having a back to school day sale from August 24-25th. The sale includes many Android phones, ranging from entry level all the way up to flagships.

To receive the discount you can order online or call T-Mobile by phone (1-877-362-6635). T-Mobile will even cover the shipping cost.

The list of phones on sale are:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6: Enter DEAL80OFF at checkout and you’ll get $80 off the cost of the phone as well as a free T-Mobile 3.1Amp microUSB car charger
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Enter NOTE4DEAL to save $50
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Code DEAL80OFF will knock $80 off the cost of the phone
  • ZTE ZMAX (Certified Pre-Owned): Enter CPO48DEAL at checkout for $48 off
  • Kyocera Hydro WAVE: Code DEAL36 will take $36 off the phone price
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime: Code DEAL40 will reduce price to $99.99 and get you a free T-Mobile 3.1Amp microUSB car charger
  • LG Leon LTE: Enter LEON50OFF to get the Leon LTE for $49.99
  • LG G Stylo: Code SAVEBIG will knock $90 off, get price down to $199.99

 

Source: T-Mobile

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Cricket expands support for Canada, adds several new countries to international plans

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Cricket Wireless announced today they are enhancing international calling and messaging options available to their customers. For those who are traveling or doing business frequently between the U.S. and Canada, they will now get unlimited talk and text both to and from Canada and the U.S. This new capability will automatically be included in Smart and Pro monthly plans for no additional cost.

Cricket is also tweaking their calling and messaging features between the U.S. and Mexico. Currently Smart and Pro plan customers can roam in Mexico for no additional charge when making a call. Now they will also enjoy unlimited text, picture and video messaging from the U.S. to Mexico.

Finally, Cricket is expanding their international footprint by offering service to the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti or Nicaragua through an add-on for specific countries. The add-on plans range from $10 to $15 per month on top of the Smart or Pro monthly plan a consumer already has.

source: Cricket Wireless (PR)

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AT&T, DirecTV deal to set the trend according to analyst

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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This summer’s deal that brought DirecTV into the AT&T fold is a sign of coming mergers or acquisitions involving wireless carriers and pay TV companies is going to be the wave of the future according to Oppenheimer analyst Tim Horan. In particular, Horan thinks the next one on the block will involve either Comcast or Charter buying T-Mobile.

Horan thinks it is highly likely that Comcast and T-Mobile will strike a deal despite claims by sources close to Comcast saying reports of talks were not accurate. If that combination does not come to pass, Horan thinks Charter is the next most likely company to acquire T-Mobile even as they are in the process of trying to acquire Time Warner Cable. Horan thinks a deal between T-Mobile and DISH is unlikely.

According to Horan, “regardless of the timing, we expect all four wireless carriers to align with a paid TV provider in some form.” This would put all of the carriers in a position to offer bundles like AT&T is now doing with their wireless plans and satellite service from DirecTV.

source: FierceCable

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Sprint’s Direct 2 You service arrives in St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle, and other areas

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Making it to a carrier store can be a little tough. Sprint customers in select markets actually have the luxury of the carrier’s Direct 2 You service. Direct 2 You is an on-site, all-in-one visit from a Sprint employee that includes sales, consultation, and customer service. It’s currently available in many of the nation’s major cities, but today Sprint announced Direct 2 You’s arrival in additional markets.

Hit the break to see the list of cities and surrounding metropolitan areas.

  • Orlando metro area – Orlando, St. Cloud, Kissimmee
  • St. Louis metro area – St. Louis, Mo.; Chesterfield, Mo.; O’Fallon, Mo.; St. Charles, Mo.; St. Louis, Ill.; Belleville, Ill.
  • Minneapolis metro area – Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Phoenix metro area – Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Peoria, Surprise
  • San Antonio metro area – San Antonio, New Braunfels
  • Seattle metro area – Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Renton

Cities joining Direct 2 You next month include Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Charlotte.

How successful is Direct 2 You for Sprint? The carrier is thanking customers who complete appointments by rewarding them with gifts. At random, Sprint will distribute Motorola headphones, Harman Kardon speakers, Caribbean cruise trips, and Super Bowl tickets.

Source: Sprint

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