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MetroPCS announces $50 promotional plan including unlimited data

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

MetroPCS is rolling out a new service plan for customers who are looking to get unlimited data. The promotion of the service plan has customers dishing out $50 per month – giving subscribers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data. The promotion is followed by fine details but nothing in a sense where you would be receiving hidden charges. Simply stated, you need to sign up before April 5, own a certified metroPCS phone, and you cant BYOD (bring your own device).

To get started on the service plan, you’ll first need to own a MetroPCS certified 4G LTE smartphone. If you don’t own one, MetroPCS is launching the Samsung Galaxy Light for $49 and the LG Optimus F60 for $59 – pretty sweet deal. Both devices run Android and are eligible for the promotion. Bring your own device phones or CDMA phones won’t be eligible for this plan.

If you do plan on taking advantage of this promotion, you should sign up soon, as the carrier plans to end the promotion by April 5. After that, the plan will set you back to $60 per month. But once you sign up, the deal is locked in for good – so there won’t be any hidden charges – as the carrier says specifically.

Another perk for signing onto the promotional service is that MetroPCS is tacking on an extra 1GB of 4G LTE data for its existing customers. The carrier’s $40 plan right now includes 2GB while the $50 plan is 4GB of data. All plans include 4G LTE where available. Both plans still include unlimited talk and text and can be used with any smartphone.

VIA: TalkAndroid

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.

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

Verizon Prepaid increased up to 1.5GB of 4G LTE data

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

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Verizon has silently increased the available data on their ALLSET prepaid plan. The result, believe it or not, makes Verizon one of the better bang for the buck prepaid carriers around.

Verizon introduced their ALLSET prepaid plans a while back, improving the original 3G connectivity up to 4G LTE services last July. Originally clocking in at 500MB of data. The recent bump brings your $45 contract-free experience up to 1GB of 4G LTE data.

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While $45 is about par for the course for 1GB of data these days, Verizon’s unlimited talk and text package will score you an additional 500MB if you sign up for Auto Pay. If that is not enough for your needs, Data add on packages run you $10 for 1GB and $20 for 3GB. That makes for a 2.5GB plan at just $55/month, or 4.5GB of 4G LTE for a respectable $65/month.

If you’ve been avoiding Big Red for their outrageous pricing, now may be the time to give them a second glance. Head on over to the Prepaid section of the Verizon website for more information.

What do you say, is Verizon’s data increase enough to entice you over to their prepaid plans?

This morning, T-Mobile introduced a new plan called Simply Prepaid. With it, customers should have very little problem navigating exactly what they are paying for each month, as T-Mobile is upfront about all of its details.

The plan includes 3 different tiers. For $40, you gain access to unlimited data, talk and text, plus up to 1GB of 4G LTE speed. For $50, users get the same unlimited data, talk and text, but have 3GB of LTE speed. Finally, $60 nets you unlimited data, talk and text, and 5GB of LTE speed. 

Here is the breakdown of what you are getting from T-Mo’s presser.

$40 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 1GB of 4G LTE  $50 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 3GB of 4G LTE $60 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 5GB of 4G LTE  Simply Prepaid customers will also enjoy unique benefits of being a T-Mobile customer like Wi-Fi calling at no extra charge, and with 8 Mbps speeds, they can download a song in under 10 seconds or a 30 min HD TV show in just eight minutes.

These plans go live January 25.

Via: T-Mobile

T-Mobile Intros ‘Simply Prepaid’ Plans, Unlimited Data With Allotted Amounts of High-speed Access is a post from: Droid Life

Alcatel intros new 4G LTE-enabled POP tablet, phones at CES

Posted by wicked January - 8 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

This year’s CES 2015 is getting crowded than ever. One of the companies super busy showing off new goods is Alcatel. It’s actually a surprise that the brand has a lot of new things to offer but that means more options for the Android lovers who are demanding for more affordable mid-range smartphones. Alcatel announced a slew of mobile devices: the ONETOUCH POP 10 and three POP 2 smartphones with 4G LTE.

The POP 10 is the latest, the lightest, and the thinnest 10-inch tablet today. It joins the brand’s POP family that consists of of 4G TLE-enabled tablets in different sizes. The POP 10 is one powerful tablet that offers speedy mobile Internet connection, smoother web browsing, and lag-free gaming and video playback. What’s so special about the Alcatel POP 10 is that it converts into a laptop, thanks to a special docking station and ergonomic keyboard that easily snaps on the side.

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 10 comes equipped with a 10-inch IPS display tablet, 8GB built-in storage, Quad-core CPU processor, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, WiFi, and 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity. As with any other Alcatel mobile devices, you can easily customize the Pop 10 with FlipCovers and neoprene pouches in different colors. Device also features ALCATEL ONETOUCH CONNECT and ALCATEL ONETOUCH LINK for easy synching of smartphone and tablet.

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Three more Pop 2 smartphones were introduced by Alcatel: The POP 2(4), POP 2 (4.5), and POP 2 (5). These are affordable phones that runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

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First in line is the ALCATEL POP 2(4) that comes equipped with a 4-inch WVGA display screen, 5 MP FF main camera with flash, 4x digital zoom, VGA front camera, quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, QR code scanner, and a 2000mAh battery. Of course, WiFi and 4G LTE Cat 4 are available, as well as, some pre-installed apps, one-finger zoom function, and dual SIM option. Phone is available in an array of colors: Aqua Blue, Jade Green, Lavander, Cozy Red, Lemon Yellow, Whitel, Platinum Silver, Ash Gray, and Volcano Black. You can choose either a white or black touch panel. Different color covers and FlipCovers are also available.

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The slightly bigger ALCATEL POP 2 (4.5) almost has the same specs as the POP 2 (4): quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 5 MP camera, VGA front camera, QR code scanner, 2000mAh battery, WiFi, and 4G LTE Cat 4 except for the 4.5-inch FWVGA display screen. Even the color variants, color covers, and Flip Cover options are the same.

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Last but not the least is the ALCATEL POP 2 (5) that has better specs than the two. It comes qith a 5-inch FL HD display with IPS, quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 8 megapixel camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera with flash, WiFi, 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity, and a bigger 2500mAh battery. No other colors and only FlipCovers are available for this particular Pop phone.

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No word on pricing and availability of the devices yet but we’ll let you know soon.

SOURCE: Alcatel 1,2

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

Lenovo P90 smartphone hands-on

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

In addition to the VIBE X2 Pro unveiled today, Lenovo has announced their newest P90 smartphone. It’s the first smartphone to handle the combination of the newest 64-bit Quad Core Intel Atom Z3560 processor with Intel’s 5-mode XMM 7262 modem. The machine has a robust design that suggests a bold fashion statement to those who want a stylish phone.

The fusion of the powerful components enables the machine to support LTE-Advaced FDD & TDD high-speed connectivity in China and global markets. Intel’s 1.8 GHz Quad Core processor intent is to provide fast processing speeds that are meant to keep up with users phone habits. The machine is dressed with Android 4.4 KitKat, 2GB RAM, and 32GB ROM (read-only memory).

Display on the mobile engine is a vibrant 5.5-inch and Full HD – that’s 1920 x 1080. Behind the Full HD screen is Lenovo’s IPS Display that illuminates vivid colors and excellent viewing angles that grabbed our attention. The device has a sleek feeling with a mirror glossy display making viewing easy. Even when outside, the display is bright and vivid which won’t have you gluing your face to the screen to view.

Lenovo has taken their focus towards an enormous 4000mAh battery. Battery life becomes a higher demand with today’s lifestyle through smartphones. The goal is to have the P90 at your side throughout the entire day and night. Having a large battery doesn’t compromise the body frame of the device, impressively the machine stays thin weighing in at just 156g. Lenovo’s new phone is an international model and will be available starting February 2015.

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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.

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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

Archos opens CES 2015 with midrange 4G smartphone, tablets

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

CES 2015 is arguably the biggest consumer tech show of the year, and it’s going to start rocking in Las Vegas in around a day or so. Archos, a device manufacturer known for their mid-tier and entry level devices, is hyping up their stint at CES 2015 with two new 4G devices with mid-tier prices but robust specs.

First up, the Archos 50 Diamond is a sleek and slim 4G smartphone that should deliver the goods at a price point under USD$300. The Archos Diamond features a 5-inch Full HD IPS display (1080p) powered by a 64-bit enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with big.LITTLE architecture – that’s 4 cores running at 1.7Ghz and 4 cores at 1.0Ghz. That’s not bad at all, paired with an Adreno 405 GPU chip and 2GB RAM. The new Archos phone will have dual SIM slots, and LTE connectivity.

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The Archos 50 Diamond will have 16GB internal storage and an expansion microSD card slot for up to 128GB. All these combined with Android 4.4.4 Kitkat, a 16MP/8MP camera combo and a robust 2,700mAh battery makes for a pretty strong proposition, don’t you think?

Up next is the Archos 80b Helium 4G tablet – available in handy 7-inch and 8-inch models, and also in the traditional 10.1-inch tablet size. These tablets boast of HD IPS displays (720p), Cat4 LTE connectivity, a MediaTek 1.7Ghz quad-core CPU, 8GB internal storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB, and Android 4.4.4 Kitkat all out of the box. With dual cameras for the odd selfie, a 3,600mAh battery, these tablets are priced competitively at lower than USD$230.

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If you’re going to be at CES 2015 starting on Tuesday and you’re on the lookout for robust midrange devices, be sure to look out for these offerings from Archos.

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