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Deal: HTC Evo 4G LTE and one month of unlimited service from FreedomPop for $79.99

Posted by wicked May - 6 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Customers shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg every month just to use their smartphones. There are a few mobile carriers out there who have been trying to eliminate extra monthly costs for their customers, but few have brought down their prices as much as FreedomPop, the Californian mobile service provider. Normally a 4G LTE-capable smartphone with a data plan can cost upwards of $50 or so, and that’s after purchasing the smartphone separately. However, in a new promotion from FreedomPop, you’ll be able to score yourself a 4G LTE smartphone and one month of unlimited service for just $79.99.

The smartphone being offered by the carrier is a certified pre-owned HTC Evo 4G LTE, and with your order, you’ll get a one-month free trial of the carrier’s Unlimited Everything plan, which includes unlimited calling, texting and data – no strings attached. When your free trial is up, you can either downgrade to the 100% free monthly plan (200 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB of data per month), or take advantage of any of the carrier’s other affordable plans. Other plans include unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data for $10.99 per month, or go with the Unlimited Everything plan for $19.99 per month.


As for the smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G LTE comes with a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB and an 8MP rear-facing camera. This certainly isn’t the most powerful smartphone on the market, but this may be a great option for children or older folks who want to try out a smartphone for the first time. It’s also great for use as a secondary line, or for those who are tight on money at the moment.

Are you interested in this deal? If so, head to the link below, enter your information, and FreedomPop will send you the smartphone and your SIM card – you don’t even have to pay for shipping. As always, if you have any questions regarding this deal, be sure to leave a comment below so we can help you out. Interested in Freedompop but want a more upscale device? Also be sure to check out the AA Deals Store’s offer for a Nexus 5 running on FreedomPop for $200.

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HTC revenue down by 40 percent last month

Posted by wicked May - 6 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

HTC could be going down. Well, it’s too early to say but sales are hurting. Revenue declined by 40 percent this April and reason could be because of the Qualcomm S810 processor bringing some thermal issues to the new HTC One M9. The latest premium flagship phone seems to have not helped the Taiwanese company despite all the hype and marketing (and the bashing too).

HTC’s revenue went down from to NT$13.54 billion (US$439.95 million) compared to NT$22.07 billion, same period last year. The number is 32.36% down from the NT$20.02 billion revenue last March. That’s a huge loss for the company and the arrival of the HTC One M9 didn’t help at all.

Analysts are saying that demand for the HTC One M9 was low. Reason could probably be the thermal issue with the Qualcomm S810 processor. You may remember that Samsung already ditched Qualcomm because of this and instead used its own Exynos. Qualcomm has not properly addressed this but HTC went on to use the processor.

An unnamed Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting Co analyst estimated that shipments of the HTC One M9 could only reach 4.5 million. That’s down from the 7 million and 8 million units of the old HTC One M7 and HTC One M8.

There is still hope for HTC though as there’s the M9 Plus and E9 Plus unveiled last month. The two other variants could attract more consumers and help increase revenue. For this quarter, HTC is forecasting an amount anything between NT$46 billion and NT$51 billion. To achieve that, HTC should make at least NT$32.46 billion for the remaining months of the 2nd quarter. A KGI Bank analyst even said that it is unlikely that HTC will reach the low end of its sales guidance.


HTC Re is $50 off with a free accessory pack worth $60 until Mother’s Day

Posted by wicked May - 6 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Mother’s Day is coming and HTC wants you to give your mom something special this year.

Through May 10, HTC is offering the quirky little Re camera for $149, which is $50 off its regular price tag. To make the deal even sweeter, HTC is also throwing a free accessory pack that help turn the Re into a versatile little tool. The pack includes a protection pack, a bar mount, and a clip mount, accessories that would normally cost $60 to buy separately.

The Re, available in blue, white, red, and navy, features a 16MP sensor and a wide angle lens, making it great for capturing both group photos and action shots. There’s also Full HD video recording and time-lapse mode, which should come in handy on bike trips and such. Check out our full impressions of the Re in our review.

When autoplay is enabled videos will start playing automatically, you can turn off autoplay by clicking checkbox.

The Mother’s Day Re promo is valid until Sunday, May 10, while supplies last. For more great gift ideas for Mother’s Day, check out our gift roundup!

[Download] Android 5.0.2 factory image for WiFi and LTE Nexus 9

Posted by wicked May - 6 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


With Google beginning the update rollout of Android 5.0.2 for the Nexus 9 tablet recently, many users were keen on getting hold of the factory images to flash the ROM manually. This saves the trouble of waiting for an OTA update to pop up.

Google has now issued factory images for both the WiFi and LTE models of the HTC made tablet on its servers. If you’re new to the process, make sure you check out our guide on flashing Lollipop factory images to ensure that you get it right. The factory image is 805MB (835MB for the LTE variant) in size and comes with the build LRX22L.

To get started on the process, head over to the link below and download the image file from Google.

Android 5.0.2 (LRX22L) Factory Image download link

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Comparison: LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs. HTC One M9

Posted by Tim-o-tato May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

The latest flagship devices from Samsung, LG, and HTC have been unveiled. With that, it’s time for consumers to begin researching which one will be best for them, as each device offers something quite different.

Without question, the G4, One M9, and Galaxy S6 Edge differ greatly not only on paper, but in design as well. The G4 is similar to previous high-end devices from LG and other OEMs, featuring a primarily plastic body, with exception to the leather-backed models. The One M9 continues HTC’s tradition of using metal throughout its design, while Samsung took a completely different route, utilizing a ton of glass and metal siding as its materials of choice.

Each device runs a different processor clocked at varying speeds, and each also features very different cameras. For your average consumer, the use of a QHD display may not be on the list of deal breaker attributes, but more importantly, buyers will want a good camera, good battery life, and a phone that is not confusing to use. 

Having spent plenty of time with these devices individually, I can say that each of the three flagship phones are good, but a couple of them do outperform their counterparts in select categories. For me personally, Samsung still dominates the smartphone camera and display side of things, but now with the G4, LG has successfully shown to me that their products are just as good. It may really come down to which phone you think looks better, and of course, if you need a removable battery and expandable storage.

In the video below, we go over the differences between each device, what you can expect from everyday usage, and other nuances that give each phone their own characters.

If you have a comparison question regarding these phones, throw it down below.

Comparison: LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs. HTC One M9 is a post from: Droid Life

In case you are scrambling to find a neat Mother’s Day gift, or possibly even an early Father’s Day gift, HTC has cut the price of the RE Camera, dropping it by $50 to just $149.99. 

The RE Camera is an ultra portable periscope-looking device that allows you to shoot video and snap photos, while also staying in the moment. Having no dedicated viewfinder, users are able to experience whatever it is in front of them, and still capture it on video for later viewing and sharing.

On top of getting the RE for a discounted price, HTC is throwing in an accessory goodie bag, complete with the RE clip-on mount, handlebar mount, and RE protection pack. The protection pack includes lens caps, water-proofing cap, plus a lanyard for tethering. These accessories are valued at $60, all for free.

If this little gadget is something you think mom might enjoy, or dad, pick it up on HTC’s site in either Teal, Orange, White or Blue color options.

HTC Link

HTC Cuts RE Camera Price by $50 for Mother’s Day, Now Just $149.99 Plus $60 Worth of Free Accessories is a post from: Droid Life

[Deal] HTC RE Camera price slashed to $149 when paired with free accessories bundle

Posted by wicked May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

htc_re_camera_lineupNow could be the time for people to purchase the HTC RE Camera if they were once hesitant to do so. The RE Camera could be yours for $149 when paired with an accessories bundle through HTC’s site. The company has taken $50 off of the normal $199 price while also including the accessories bundle valued at $70.

Simply head to the site and choose between turquoise, white, orange, and blue color options. Your cart will then update with the clip-on, bar mount, and protection pack not having any price attached.

The deal runs through May 10 and includes free two-day shipping.

Source: HTC

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Not surprising: HTC revenue plummeted in April due to lack of demand for the One M9

Posted by wicked May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


At the end of February, I wrote a little piece on how HTC was pretty much screwed with the One M9 since they failed to capitalize when Samsung was more vulnerable. Now the numbers are in proving my prediction.

The One M9 debuted at the beginning of April so you would think that HTC might have gotten a little boost, but they didn’t even get that. Their revenue for the entire month plummeted by almost 40% to NT$13.54 billion ($439.95 million US) from NT$22.07 last year. If you compare it to the previous month, the drop is 32.36 percent since March posted NT$20.02 billion.

The reason for this dismal performance is obviously the One M9. It’s in the third generation, and HTC decided to keep things the same even though the first two generations never set the world on fire. Some analysts are saying that the Snapdragon 810 could be the culprit, but that has nothing to do with it. People aren’t excited about the phone, and the mainstream consumer doesn’t even know about the 810 controversy.

What’s even worse is that the current estimates show that the One M9 won’t even sell as well as the previous generation M7 and M8 models. HTC sold 7 million and 8 million units respectively, but the target for the M9 is only 4.5 million units.

I feel bad for HTC. I do like them as a company, but they lack focus in the marketing department and pretty much everywhere within the company. They recently launched and even better phone, the M9+, before the M9 got off the ground. How crazy is that? The recent promotion of Cher Wang to CEO could be positive, but is it too late? Unfortunately I think HTC is in serious trouble.

source: Taipei Times



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HTC posts worst April in 6 years, following poor One M9 demand

Posted by wicked May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


HTC has just released financial figures for the month of April, which, unlike earlier Q1 figures, takes into account the launch window for the new flagship HTC One M9. Unfortunately for the company, the results are actually the worst revenue figures for April that the company has posted in the last 6 years.

Consolidated revenue reached NT$13.5 billion (US$440 million) in April, down a substantial 33 percent compared with the promising figures posted in March and down 39 percent from the same period last year. This is HTC’s lowest monthly revenue for April since 2009’s figure of NT$11.4 billion.

Typically, April is a strong month for HTC as its new flagship smartphone boosts sales. Therefore, the blame for this poor performance is being pointed squarely at the HTC One M9, which doesn’t seem to have grabbed consumer attention following its launch last month.Industry observers have already amassed a wide range of theories as to why the One M9 has not met initial expectations. Speculation ranges from a lack of defining features compared with the One M8, to Snapdragon 810 performance issues, and the announcement of the HTC One M9+ overshadowing some of the handset’s features.

“Revenue for last month was weaker than expected, which was due to poor M9 demand,” – anonymous Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting Co analyst

At the end of April, HTC published promising Q1 2015 earnings, posting revenues that were up 25 percent over the previous year. This suggested that the company’s broader product portfolio was having some success. However, HTC is now downgrading its Q2 2015 revenue target to NT$46 billion to NT$51 billion and is expected to miss its yearly sales targets. BNP Paribas has forecast that HTC’s total smartphone shipments will reach 18 million units this year, a decline of 13 percent compared with 2014.

2015 looks set to be another testing year for HTC, which has been attempting to turn its financial fortunes around for quite some time. Can you put the finger on the company’s problems?

HTC Launches UH OH Protection, Mocks Stingy Competitors

Posted by wicked May - 4 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

HTC One M9

HTC is basically the mobile phone manufacturing equivalent of a cult television show. She is the Parks and Recreation of this space, with avid users merrily touting the quality and reliability of the product, even if not many others are taking part.

But this isn’t NBC, where low-rated critical darlings survived despite all ostensible logic. The mobile industry is hyper-competitive, and HTC does not have the luxury of awards and fan campaigns to keep it afloat. It needs actual users.

It’s latest effort to court consumers away from defending champ Samsung and reborn hotshot LG is the all-new, cheekily named “UH OH” protection service that comes free with the purchase of a One M9 or a new One M8. A letter from HTC president Jason Mackenzie elaborates on UH OHs offerings, including a complete phone replacement within the first 12 months of ownership if a M9 or M8 suffers water damage, gets a cracked screen, or if the owner decides to switch carriers. No questions asked.

Also, if one goes 12 months without exploiting these services, HTC will give you $100 toward the purchase of one’s next HTC One. No word on if that means unlocked, full-price phones or carrier-subsidized ones. Also, I’m inferring that HTC intends to keep the One brand around for some time, based on the money offered to buy the “next” One. So if you had your money on a One M10, place said money down.

Mackenzie takes a few potshots at competitors, saying:

“Other OEMs view “protection” as another thing to sell consumers. In our opinion, that isn’t taking care of your customers. It is profiting from their misfortune. In addition to actually paying for their “Elite” protection plans, they also expect you to pay additional service fees to use the service – and, you don’t get anything back if you don’t use it. Some competitors are just offering coverage for some types of damage covered by HTC UH OH Protection but not others. HTC is making sure our customers are taken care of without additional costs because we believe that if you purchase a premium phone it should stay that way.”

Now what’s not clear is if this is an either/or scenario when it comes to phone protection, as in if you happen to have the apocalyptic misfortune of cracking a screen, suffering water damage, and opting to switch carriers, it is unclear whether HTC would cover all of that or just one of these instances.

Also, UH OH users are only given one free phone replacement and one year of service. It’s free, so who really cares, but if you damage your phone on month 13, you’re out of luck. By comparison, Samsung’s Plus Mobile Elite protection package costs $99 for a Galaxy S4, S5, or S6, and while it does not cover a carrier switch, its length of protection is two years and allows for up to three claims, though each claim costs $79. LG’s free support is mostly limited to screen replacements.

Still, UH OH is free, requires no registration, and is offered in the US and Mexico (curiously, no Canada – take that, NAFTA). It also offers next-day air service. Check out the full breakdown in the table below.

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Does this sort of peace of mind swing you into the HTC camp? It will be interesting to see if warranty wars help garner HTC more market share. It certainly needs it.

Source: HTC

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