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Verizon Confirms ALLSET Prepaid Bump to 1GB at $45

Posted by Kellex January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Update:  Verizon confirmed today that their ALLSET prepaid plan now includes 1GB of data, up from 500MB. The 1GB comes as a part of the $45 base plan, which includes full 4G LTE and XLTE speeds – there isn’t a speed difference, even though this is prepaid.


Back in July, Verizon added 4G LTE connectivity to its newish ALLSET prepaid plan. The much-anticipated move gave customers access to Big Red’s high-speed 4G LTE network for as little as $45 per month without a contract. At $45, customers were given a base data package of 500MB along with unlimited talk and text. At some point within the last week the deal got sweeter, with Verizon quietly bumping that base data package up to a full 1GB. 

In even better news, Verizon is still willing to give you a free 500MB per month if you sign-up for auto pay with your ALLSET plan, so you can really get 1.5GB now for $45 per month. That’s not a bad deal for access to one of the biggest and most stable networks in the US.

If you compare that to T-Mobile’s new Simply Prepaid plans, you have to give the edge to Verizon. T-Mobile’s base plan only costs $40, but that only gives you access to 1GB of data at throttled speeds that max out at 8Mbps. Verizon, at least according to their FAQ and ALLSET pages, do not mention that this plan is slower than their regular postpaid plans.

Should you tack on another 3GB of their “Bridge Data” for $20 per month, you are now at $65 for 4.5GB of data. Seriously, that’s not a terrible deal.

verizon allset prepaid

Via:  Verizon
Cheers Jim!

Verizon Confirms ALLSET Prepaid Bump to 1GB at $45 is a post from: Droid Life

ZTE SPro2 pico projector to be offered exclusively on AT&T

Posted by wicked January - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Have you ever been in a situation where you want to show something on your phone, whether at a business meeting or at a party, but your device’s screen will not do justice to the picture or video you want to share? This particular dilemma has been solved with the advent of pico projectors, and the ZTE SPro2 is the latest to join the party and it will be offered exclusively by AT&T.

It might not have the highest quality for projecting as compared to actual projectors, but the Android powered device has a native resolution of 1280 x 720 and can project up to 120 inches with a brightness of 200 lumens. It also has twice the brightness of the previous version of the product. Not bad for a handheld smart projector you can carry around with you. It can last for around 3 hours of video streaming on a single charge with its 6,300 mAh battery. Since it runs Android, you can also project content from Google Play, including games, movies, videos. etc.

But more than just being a projector, it can also serve as a mobile hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity, and that’s where AT&T’s network comes in handy. The carrier claims it has the most reliable 4G LTE network in the country and also has the strongest LTE signal. It can connect with up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, according to AT&T’s SVP for Device Marketing and Developer Services. The SPro2 also has support for micro SD cards, USB and USB sticks and HDMI cables as well.

But before you get all excited to own the ZTE SPro2, there are no details yet as to how much it will cost and even when it will be available. So you have time to mull it over if having a pico projector is a need or just a want. But if the offer from AT&T is reasonable, why not?

SOURCE: AT&T

ZTE continues push for US entry-level market with Imperial II

Posted by wicked January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

A lesser known fact about ZTE is that it is in fact the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the US market, mostly due to its entry level phones in the off-contract market. The China-based smartphone manufacturer now looks to consolidate its market share with the Imperial II smartphone, an entry-level device LTE-capable device.

First up, the Imperial II is an obvious improvement on its 2013 predecessor the ZTE Imperial – now sporting a bigger 5-inch screen. It’s understandable, however, that ZTE is not able to make this an HD display (only 960×540 max resolution, qHD) as the manufacturer had to skimp somewhere to keep the device cheap enough.

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It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor, probably a Snapdragon 400 SoC, supported by 1GB of RAM. It will have 8GB internal storage, will run on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, and have a 2,300mAh battery.

This entry-level device will be available for USD$100 off contract. If you can’t pony up that kind of money, then you can take it free on contract. If you need a basic LTE-connected phone, this might be the device for you.

SOURCE: Business Wire

Xiaomi launches Redmi 2, an improved entry-level smartphone

Posted by wicked January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Usually, it is Xiaomi’s flagship devices that get all the attention – as well they should. But if we’re going to be straight about it, it was the Redmi – the Chinese manufacturer’s budget phone – that accounted for most of their per unit sales last year. Now Xiaomi is back with a better, much improved Redmi 2.

The new Redmi 2 does not depart much from the design and specs that made its predecessor so successful – and in fact improves heavily on it. There’s the 4.7-inch HD display (720p) that is still the same, but this is now powered by a spanking new 64-bit enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, supported by 1GB RAM. It retains 8GB internal storage and has an 8MP/2MP camera combo.

xiaomi-redmi2_1

The Redmi 2 also gives users a few more color choices this year, aside from the white and the red – it now has models in powder yellow and lime green. The phone has dual 4G capability, which means it takes in 2 SIM cards and both are capable for 4G data connections (Cat4 LTE). The phone also carries 2,200mAh battery.

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The Redmi 2 runs MIUI 6, Xiaomi’s version of Android. The pricing will be around USD$115, when it is released for sale on January 9 in China. Eventually, the Redmi 2 should make it to Xiaomi’s overseas markets as well. So how about this? Do you like it?

SOURCE: Xiaomi

Xiaomi reveals Redmi 2: 64-bit, LTE, colorful designs for $110

Posted by wicked January - 4 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

Redmi 2

A resurgence in colorful creativity is taking over the tech world. Just a short while ago we were bemused with the inspired Meizu M1 Note, and now Xiaomi has a new phone to be released in China, the Redmi 2, that comes in an assortment of pastel-tinted plastic parts. It is the follow-up to last year’s Redmi 1S.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has decent specs with a quad-core Snapdragon 410 (64-bit) 1.2GHz CPU, a 4.7 inch IPS display (1280X720), Dual-SIM LTE (TDD/FDD) support, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable up to 32GB), Adreno 306GPU, a 2200 mAh battery (made by Samsung of all companies), and 8 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front cameras. The LTE device is just 9.4 mm thin and weighs 133 grams. The product is listed as having MIUI 6 and 5 colors for the back cover, although it is not clear if the back cover itself is removable. The product will retail for a stunning 699RMB, which Xiaomi has converted to approximately $112, making this one of the best value-for-money mid range phones to be had.

Redmi 2-5

While the phone is currently only slated to hit China on January 9, those interested will inevitably be able to find an importer selling it sooner or later. Users in India, Philippines, and other markets where Xiaomi is currently active will need to wait a bit longer for a release date.

It’s worth mentioning that this is not the “flagship device” that Xiaomi promised for this month. Rumors point to the Xiaomi Mi 5, but there’s nothing solid to report for now.

New Moto G coming to Brazil with LTE, bigger battery

Posted by wicked December - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

No official announcement has been made yet but a new Moto G could be available in Brazil. Some information was spotted on the Brazilian website of Motorola bearing an LTE connectivity. But that’s not the only feature that will impress the people because the LTE G is said to be getting a 2390mAh battery. That’s larger than the 2070mAh battery of the standard Moto G smartphone which recently received an Android 5.0 Lollipop update earlier this month.

Looking at the specs, nothing much have changed on the 2nd-gen Moto G with LTE. Also called as LTE G, the phone boasts of the same Gorilla Glass 3 screen with 720p IPS panel. The LTE Moto G is somehow expected in the region because Brazil usually usual gets special Motorola models. Just a few tweaks from the US version and those available in other regions like Europe and Southeast Asia. However, there’s information that the new Brazilian version will have the 16GB model as the standard instead of 8GB.

Out of the box, the Moto G will still have Android 4.4.4 KitKat, 1GB RAM, 8MP main camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor, WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, and micro USB connectivity.

BRAZIL Moto G LTE

There’s no information on pricing yet and there’s no way you can order one in Brazil yet but at least the Brazilians now know what to expect.

VIA: Android Police

Samsung intros LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation-enabled Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked December - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Just before 2014 ends, Samsung Electronics has announced its first ever LTE Advanced (LTE-A) Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation-enabled smartphone. It’s not really a new model but the Galaxy Note 4 has been upgraded to run faster with a 300Mbps download speed. The number is too impressive because that is about four times faster than the current speed of 4G LTE network’s today. This means super fast content streaming, downloads, and web browsing anytime, anywhere.

LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation is a great advancement not only for Samsung but also for the rest of the mobile industry. This will set a new standard in LTE smartphones although other phone manufacturers might not catch up quickly.

Samsung Electronics’ CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division JK Shin said, “We continue to set new challenges for the industry and push boundaries to take mobile technology to the next level and deliver the best possible customer experience.”

What the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A Tri-Band CA model will do is to search for and use the optimally available bandwidth. The phone receives three frequency bandwidths and aggregates them into one connection that can support Category 6 network service. With the 300 Mbps speed, you can download 40MB-worth of songs for a second or a 700MB video within 19 seconds. Later next year, it will be under LTE-A Category 9 service with up to 450 Mbps download speed.

This development from Samsung is not surprising because the South Korean giant has released the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A and Galaxy S5 LTE+ earlier this year–smartphones with the fastest download speeds in the market to date.

SOURCE: Samsung Tomorrow

Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 28, 2014

Posted by wicked December - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Just because it’s holiday season doesn’t mean that the mobile world is at a complete standstill. Though many indeed have set their eyes on CES 2015, which is just a few weeks away, some still managed to sneak in a few surprises before the year is over. And, of course, the rumor mill is starting to heat up with stuff to expect early next year. Welcome to the latest edition of Android Community’s Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 22 to December 28, 2014, which also happens to be the last Weekly Digest for this year!

Now Showing

While major OEMs are saving their energy for CES next month, Chinese companies and smaller manufacturers aren’t going to pass up the opportunity to take the stage for a while. This week has seen an assortment of smartphones launched across all price ranges, and some of them are quite interesting too.

Huawei’s Ascend GX1 is an unexpected newcomer, boasting rather mid-range specs but with a 64-bit processor. It’s defining factor, at least according to the company, is that its 6-inch smartphone 80.5% screen, one of the higher screen to body ratios in the market today. Sadly, it is also only 720p.

Meizu also makes a surprise reveal with the M1 Note, a colorful smartphone with somewhat decent specs and a tempting price. A 5.5-inch 1080p screen, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and Dual SIM Dual Stanby support makes for a very enticing offer. That it would remind people of the Apple 5c may or may not add to that attraction.

ASUS is seemingly taking a shot at Android One with the Pegasus X002, and like Google’s new budget range line, the results are still inconclusive. That said, the 5-inch 720p smartphone with a 64-bit 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek chip, 2 GB of RAM, and a price tag of 799 RMB ($128) might just blow Android One out of the water. The only question now is availability.

On this side of the globe, ZTE USA is trying to appeal to LTE addicts with the new ZTE Speed. That said, that might be the only thing speedy about it, running on a 1.5 GHz quad-core chip with a 4.5-inch screen. That said, LTE connectivity at a low price is the main selling point of this smartphone, available from Boost Mobile with plans starting at $35 a month.

Speaking of LTE on a budget, BLU Products is finally paying more attention to the growing high-speed data network. It has launched not one, not two, but three 4G-enabled smartphones that span the range of prices and specs. From the Studio 6.0 LTE to the Studio 5.0 HD LTE to the Studio Mini LTE, BLU is trying to cross all it’s T’s and dot all it’s I’s with unlocked offerings that work on T-Mobile and AT&T’s LTE networks.

BLU Products STUDIO 50 HD LTE

Coming Soon

With CES 2015 coming, we expect to hear more and more about upcoming smartphone and tablet reveals. But while we might have already heard about Samsung’s plans to out a more metallic Galaxy S6, new photos have surfaced that seemingly confirm that now. The HTC Hima, on the other, will, of course still be metal, but it seems that the Chinese OEM will be trying to splurge on a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor and an even higher 20.7 megapixel camera for next year’s flagship. After going small with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Sony’s next tablet is rumored to swing the other way, with a giant 12-inch or higher tablet coming our way early next year. ASUS launched a teaser that seemingly hinted at a dual camera setup ala HTC One, but a sighting at the Bluetooth SIG seems to hint at a different and disappointing ZenFone successor. The already crowded smartphone market might become even more crowded, with Kodak now trying to jump in with its own take on the mobile device as well.

This is just the tip of the iceberg and we expect more to come our way in the coming days. Which ones will be a hit and which ones will be a flop? Keep tabs on our CES 2015 coverage to find out!

BLU Products rolls out three new 4G LTE phones

Posted by wicked December - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

One of the top phone makers of unlocked phones in the US, BLU Products, recently announced a slew of new 4G LTE-enabled smartphones. The company continues to deliver affordable smartphones in the market by bringing these devices to mobile carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, Tracfone, Simple Mobile, and Metro PCS under their high speed 4G LTE service plans. All three phones are said to offer high speed 4G mobile connection despite having very affordable prices.

BLU Products CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion noted that more people want more affordable 4G LTE phones. He said, “We see an increased demand in 4G LTE as consumers demand higher speeds and better user experience, coupled with a new push from the carriers to get aggressive on LTE pricing in order to migrate existing 3G users to LTE.”

Three new 4G LTE smartphones from BLU Products are now ready: the Studio 6.0 LTE, Studio 5.0 HD LTE, and the Studio Mini LTE. Studio 6.0 LTE is BLU’s latest flagship device. It comes equipped with a large 6.0-inch Full HD 370ppi display screen, tiny bezel and frame, 1.6GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, 13 mega pixel autofocus, 5.0 mega pixel front-facing camera, 16GB built-in storage, and an expandable card slot. Phone is currently available on Amazon with a $279 price tag. You can choose from either the white or black version.

The Studio 5.0 HD LTE features a 5.0 inch HD display, 300ppi display, 13 megapixel camera, 5.0 megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB of internal memory, expandable card slot, 1GB RAM, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. This unit supports 4G LTE exclusively across T-Mobile’s network including Tracfone’s Simple Mobile and Metro PCS.

The smallest 4G LTE phone from BLU is the Studio Mini LTE but it still comes with a vivid 4.5-inch IPS 218ppi display, 5.0 Megapixel autofocus main camera, 1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 5.0 MP autofocus main camera. Don’t be fooled by the term ‘Mini’ because this one is capable of high speed 4G LTE connection. It’s compatible with LTE bands 4,7, and 17 supported by Metro PCS, Tracfone, Cricket, Simple Mobile, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Since it’s smaller, the Studio Mini LTE is also cheaper at $119 on Amazon. Available in six colors.

BLU Products STUDIO MINI LTE 1
BLU Products STUDIO MINI LTE 2
BLU Products STUDIO 60 LTE 1
BLU Products STUDIO 60 LTE 2
BLU Products STUDIO 50 HD LTE

SOURCE: Blu

T-Mobile Announces Rollover 4G LTE Data for Uncarrier 8.0

Posted by Kellex December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

T-Mobile unwrapped Uncarrier 8.0 this morning with the announcement that they will let customers rollover their high-speed 4G LTE data from one month to the next. They are calling it Data Stash, but it’s really just rollover for data. The idea is that you might only use 2GB of your 3GB plan this month, so you should get to keep that extra unused 1GB and use it in the next month. Get it? It’s rolling over to the next month. Well, in T-Mobile’s case, they are allowing you to “stash” it and then use it next month. 

So here is the deal. Starting in January of 2015, Data Stash (data rollover) will be automatically available to new and existing customers who are signed up for a Simple Choice plan of either 3GB or 5GB (also, tablet plans with 1GB or more). To kick start Data Stash, T-Mobile is also banking all customers on these plans with an extra free 10GB of data.

Each month, as you use up the data that you pay for in your plan (the 3GB or 5GB), you will then be kicked over to your Data Stash, assuming you have some left, so that you can continue to use high-speed data. Keep in mind that even though the Data Stash kicks off in January, because T-Mobile has given you 10GB of free Stash, you won’t start banking any extra data until you use up that initial 10GB.

Data in your Data Stash is good for up to a full year.

Here is the fine print from T-Mobile’s website that talks about not banking until your free 10GB is used:

* Data Stash: On-network data from past 12 months carries over to next billing cycle for as long as you maintain qualifying postpaid service. Free 200MB Mobile Internet data and roaming allotments do not carry over. Not combinable with Match Your Data offer; other promotional offers and discounts may also be excluded. Data does not begin carrying over until after free 10GB runs out. Free 10GB: Limited time offer; subject to change. Once per customer. Qualifying service required. Data available beg. 1st full Jan bill cycle; available until 12/31/15. Unused data has no cash value.

All make sense? The basics are this – if you have a 3GB or 5GB Simple Choice plan, you will start banking unused data come January 2015 that can be used in the next month, but only after you use up an initial 10GB Data Stash that T-Mobile is providing you.

Via:  T-Mobile

T-Mobile Announces Rollover 4G LTE Data for Uncarrier 8.0 is a post from: Droid Life