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Amazon kicks off Black Friday sales with cheap on-contract phones

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

amazon-logo-bannerAmazon is starting off their Black Friday deals with a ton of phones for a dollar or less on all three major carriers. These are obviously on-contract devices, but if you’re planning on starting up a new line of service or upgrading any lines, these are some pretty great deals. You can snag a Galaxy S 5 for just a dollar, or an LG G3 or HTC One M8 for a penny. Some of the deals vary depending on carrier and whether or not you’re going for a new account or upgrade, but the deals are worth looking through if you’re in the market.

The Fire Phone is still less than a buck, too. Maybe Black Friday will give it the shot in the arm that it needs. Amazon probably hopes so.

Hit the links below for the deals.

source: Android Headlines

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Nexus 6 for any carrier – is it real or is it marketing?

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When Google introduced the Nexus 6 one of the features that was noteworthy was that the device came loaded with the chips necessary to support any of wireless network technologies used by all of the major U.S. carriers. In theory, this means any given Nexus 6 can be used on any of these networks instead of consumers having to purchase a unit built specifically for any given carrier. Unfortunately, it looks like the carriers are still creating some roadblocks to this concept becoming a reality.

The problem appears to be rooted with the CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon. In order to get devices to work properly on their networks, Sprint and Verizon have to whitelist the IMEI numbers for all devices that are allowed to access their network. At this point it appears Verizon is only whitelisting devices purchased from Verizon or through Google Play even though the devices sold through other sources are the exact same model. This is similar to the issue some consumers had when Verizon refused to whitelist the IMEI numbers for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE tablets.

If a Verizon customer already has a line of service with an activated SIM card, they should be able to take that and put it in a new Nexus 6 to get it working. If the Nexus 6 came from some source other than Verizon or Google Play, it will show up as a “Non-VZW Device” in Verizon’s system until consumers take the time to visit a store or call customer care. If a customer is setting up a new line of service though, they will need to get the IMEI number from a valid Verizon device, submit that to Verizon’s online account creation site as a “Bring My Own Device” smartphone, then wait for a new SIM card to be delivered.

For Sprint customers, it appears things may be looking up. Initially it appeared Sprint was also blocking Nexus 6 devices with IMEI numbers outside of those purchased through Sprint or Google Play. The good news is that it looks like Motorola has been working with Sprint and they have now announced that all Nexus 6 devices will work with Sprint.

The idea of a device being universally capable of running on any network is closer to being a reality. Motorola has done their part by including the necessary hardware in the device. The major U.S. carriers, notably Verizon, still need to step up and do their part to retire old systems that block the ability of customers to use their hardware on the carrier of their choice.

source: Android Police

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Sprint bringing in steep discounts for Black Friday

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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On Black Friday, prices everywhere are slashed and companies are doing their best to be competitive. Carriers in the United States are launching deals to bring in new customers and capture existing ones. Sprint announced what is to come on Black Friday, but the actual promotion starts on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a list of what Sprint will be doing for Black Friday:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 5 or Galaxy S 5 Sport for 11.66 per month for twenty-four months with Sprint Lease. This saves customers more than $200 as the $20 monthly fee has been reduced by an $8.34 Black Friday service credit.
  • Samsung Galaxy S 5 or Galaxy S 5 Sport for $18 per month for twenty-four months with Sprint Easy Pay. Customers put $0 down and just pay the monthly fee.
  • Sprint Family Share Pack with up to ten lines and 20GB of shared data for $100 per month through 2015. There is also the Sprint Unlimited Plan that has not caps for $60.
  • Buy any JBL or Harman Kardon product to get the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio for $99. Or buy three accessories and get the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio at the $99 price.
  • $140 off JBL Synchros Slate Headphones
  • $100 off Harman Kardon SOHO II NC ear buds

Hit the break for the full press release.

Sprint Makes it Easy to Save on the Hottest Phones and Accessories This Holiday Season

Customers can save $200 over two years with Samsung Galaxy S® 5 and Galaxy S® 5 Sport Black Friday offer

Black Friday offers include:

  • $200 device savings on Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 5 Sport;
  • Pricing plans offering the best value in wireless for families who want shared data;
  • Accessory deals including up to $300 savings on Harman Kardon Onyx Studio
November 21, 2014 01:19 PM Eastern Standard Time

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Save big and beat the Black Friday crowds! Sprint’s (NYSE:S) Black Friday holiday promotions give customers the best value in wireless with $200 savings on the popular Samsung Galaxy® family of devices.

Beginning Nov. 27, Sprint is offering a $200 savings on the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 5 Sport for well-qualified customers acquiring the device through Sprint Lease or Sprint Easy Pay.1

Sprint Lease

Customers choosing Sprint Lease can save $200 when they lease the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 5 Sport. Here is how it works:

1) Qualified customers pay zero out of pocket at lease signing.
2) Lease the device for $20 per month for 24 months (excluding taxes), and receive an $8.34 per month Black Friday service credit.

That makes it like you are leasing a Galaxy S 5 for just $11.66 per month. Customers taking advantage of the Black Friday offer will save $200.16 over the course of the 24 month lease. Sprint Lease is the most economical way to acquire a new Galaxy S 5 or Galaxy S 5 Sport.

Sprint Easy Pay

Qualified customers can save $200 on the purchase Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 5 Sport with Sprint Easy Pay. Customers will pay $0 down at the point of sale (excluding taxes)1, and 24 monthly payments of $18.75 with Sprint Easy Pay.

The Black Friday promotion will be available at www.sprint.com beginning Thanksgiving Day and in Sprint Stores nationwide, Sprint Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 on Black Friday (Nov.28).

Best Value in Wireless

The Sprint Family Share Pack offers the best value for families with its shared-data plans. A family with up to 10 lines can get 20GB of shared data and unlimited talk and text for only $100 a month through 2015.2 For a family of four, that’s a savings of $60 per month versus AT&T’s and $40 per month versus Verizon’s current pricing through 2015.3 Sprint also offers customers unlimited talk, text and data for $60 per month with the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan – a $20 savings per month compared to T-Mobile’s $80 unlimited plan4.

In addition, for a limited time, customers who bring their phone number and activate on the Sprint Family Share Pack or unlimited plans, Sprint will buy out their families’ contracts with a Visa Prepaid Card worth up to $3505. This switching offer is available at Sprint Stores and Sprint Telesales.

Accessories

Looking for the perfect accessory to pair with that new device? Get ready to crank up those holiday tunes as Sprint is offering great deals on Bluetooth® speakers and headphones. Head to your nearest Sprint store because these great accessory offers are available exclusively in Sprint company-owned stores (not online).

Regularly $399.99, on Black Friday6 there are two easy ways to save $300 on the Sprint-exclusive Harman Kardon Onyx Studio speaker, an ultimate sound companion for any Bluetooth®-enabled device. First, customers can buy any JBL or Harman Kardon product and receive $300 off Harman Kardon Onyx Studio for a net price of $99.997 and second, customers who buy three accessories get $300 off the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio for a net price of $99.99.7

In addition, with the purchase of any product, customers can save 50 percent off the following headphones6

  • Save $140 off JBL® Synchros Slate Headphones for a net price of $139.997. These over the ear headphones feature a lightweight steel headband, JBL Professional Audio Sound with PureBass and LiveStage™ Technology for a realistic sound experience.
  • Save $100 off Harman Kardon SOHO II NC ear buds for a net price of $99.997. Features include accurate bass and sound clarity even at low volumes and active noise cancellation for ultimate listening enjoyment.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of September 30, 2014 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1Req. credit approval & service plan. If Easy Pay, Lease or Service is cancelled early, the remaining payments on the device becomes due; lease customers can pay purchase option. No equipment security deposit required on lease. Sales taxes due at sale on full purchase price with Sprint Easy.
2The $100 offer is available through Jan. 15, 2015, when customers switch to Sprint. Valid when customers port numbers to Sprint. It includes $10, $15 or $20/month/line access charges waived through 2015. Valid only on 20GB or higher data allowance. Data allowance charges still apply. Requires one phone per plan.
3Compared to 4 – 15GB high-speed 3G/4G plans for four lines. Other data options available on other carriers.
4Compared to T-Mobile’s $80 Simple Choice Plan with unlimited high-speed data, unlimited International text and data features, Rhapsody unRadio and 5GB of tethering per mo. See carrier website for additional details.
5All lines must be ported from an active wireless line at another carrier and remain active and in good standing for at least 45 days to receive the prepaid card. Offer available Aug. 22, 2014 – Jan. 15, 2015. Allow 12 weeks for your prepaid card to arrive. Register at www.sprint.com/jointoday.
6 Offers valid November 27, 2014- December 1, 2014
7Accessory prices exclude taxes.

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Nexus 6 on AT&T and Sprint now available from Best Buy

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 6, for $249.99 from Best Buy. The handset is only available in the Midnight Blue colorway and ships factory locked to either AT&T or Sprint.

The Nexus 6 is an extremely powerful device, packing a 5.9-inch Quad-HD display, a 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 420 GPU, a 13MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing sensor and a 3,220mAh battery.

Straight out of the box, the handset runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and comes with support for Qi wireless charging. As its the newest Nexus device, it will be one of if not the first on the market to receive all future updates — so if you’re hungry for the latest build of Android, this is the perfect phone for you.

If you like the sound of the Nexus 6 and want to pick one up from Best Buy — hit the source link below.

Source: Best Buy

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It’s not Lollipop: AT&T Note 3 and Sprint GS5 get 4.4.4 updates

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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While Motorola, HTC and LG are all busy preparing for Lollipop updates in the near future, Samsung is bringing us… Android 4.4.4 updates. Today sees the latest version of KitKat come to both the Note 3 on AT&T and the Galaxy S5 on Sprint’s network.

The updates include a bunch of Android bugfixes and minor improvements, though they have a few extras as well. For the Sprint GS5 there’s a new HD Voice Icon and International Wi-Fi Calling support. The AT&T Note 3 brings a few more significant changes, namely kid mode, SideSync 3.0, a virtual tour mode in the camera app, Knox 2.0 and some updates for AT&T’s pre-loaded apps.

Although any new update is a good thing and we should never look a gift horse in the mouth, it is at least a little bit frustrating that Samsung is bringing Android 4.4.4 to carrier devices at a time when most other hardware manufacturers are making plans for Lollipop. On the bright side, even though Samsung has yet to officially cement its plans for Android 5.0, we’ve already seen leaked builds of the update for both the Note 3 and the Galaxy S5, and both look like pretty sizable improvements.

With several manufacturers getting a bit more aggressive when it comes to timely Android updates, do you think Samsung will start following suit in the near future? What do you think of Samsung’s current record for updates, fast enough for you or do you feel they are lacking in this area?

Sprint lowers Nexus 6 contract price to $249, to refund buyers who paid $299

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Anyone that plans on buying a Nexus 6 at Sprint will be pleased to know that the contract price has been lowered from $299 to $249. If you already purchased Google’s new phablet for $299 at Sprint, you will also be pleased to know that you’re about to get some money back, as the company has vowed to refund those that purchased the Nexus 6 for the original $299.

Sound too good to be true? Well, here’s the proof directly from Sprint:

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For those counting, that brings the total price of the Sprint Nexus 6 to $648, which makes it exactly 1 dollar cheaper than the carrier free version you’ll find on Google Play. The ad only mentions the 32GB “Midnight Blue” version specifically, the only version available on Sprint right now.

On a side note, the statement also provided information on a discount pertaining to the LG G2 getting a nice little $139.99 cut.

Sprint hasn’t given an exact date on issuing the refund or how the process of getting one will work for those that ordered the Nexus 6 before the price drop, but here’s hoping that it happens quickly.

Sprint Drops the Price of the On-Contract Nexus 6 to $249, Issuing Refunds to Early Adopters

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Thought Sprint’s on-contract price of $299 for the Nexus 6 was a bit high? You are not the only one. The carrier has permanently discounted the Nexus 6 to $249, which brings it in line with AT&T. Sprint is also retroactively refunding early purchasers the difference.

Customers who bought the phone at the old on-contract price between November 14 and November 18 will receive information about a refund via SMS. according to an internal Sprint document obtained by Android Police.

In a way, the misstep is understandable. The Note 4, the Nexus 6’s closest cousin, sells for $299 on most cellular providers. The difference, of course is the off-contract price: the Note starts at around $800 unlocked, while the Nexus 6 (32GB) is $650.

The takeaway? If you are on Sprint and have not yet managed to secure a Nexus 6, opting in to a two-year contract is now one way to do it more cheaply.

Via: Android Police

Sprint Drops the Price of the On-Contract Nexus 6 to $249, Issuing Refunds to Early Adopters is a post from: Droid Life

Reminder: Carriers Probably Can’t Activate Your New Nexus 6, Here are Your Options

Posted by Kellex November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

So you received your brand new Nexus 6 today, straight from a factory in China, and you walk into a Verizon or AT&T or Sprint store to have it activated for use. As you and a sales rep get the process going, you get to the point where they need to scan the nano SIM for the phone and then your phone’s IMEI. You can almost taste the Lollipop. You will soon know how many licks it takes. You are this close. The sweat needed to give you extra grip on the 6-inch whale in front of you is starting to build in the palm of your hand. Your fresh pair of JNCOs is crisp from the dryer. The fresh Free Willy tattoo under your tribal band still has a bandage protecting its scab. You are a Nexus 6 owner. No, even better – you are an unlocked Nexus 6 owner on the verge of becoming one with a marine mammal. “I tell you what to do, carrier,” you say under your breath as you reach for your newly activated phone.

And then the sales rep gives you that look. You have seen this look before, typically when the 7-11 clerk scans your lottery ticket. You sir, do not have a winner. “Sorry, the phone won’t activate because the IMEI is not in our system. There is nothing I can do,” the sales rep says.


Yes, there is a chance that when you walk into a carrier store today (or later this week) to have your brand new, unlocked Nexus 6 (from Google Play or Motorola’s store) activated, that you will leave without an active phone and equally depressing attitude (this has already happened to a couple of our readers). That’s what happens when new, unlocked phones start arriving before carriers are ready for them and you don’t know what to do to get around their systems. It happened last year with the Nexus 7 LTE (2013) on Verizon and we sort of expected it to happen again with the Nexus 6. We talked about this situation this morning.

In short, the Nexus 6, in order for carriers to activate it with a new SIM on their networks, needs to be in their databases of IMEI (the individual number attached to all cell phones) numbers. Think of it as a green light given to a phone that has been approved, so that it can be activated on their network.

With modern day phones that run on LTE networks (GSM networks too), those IMEI numbers are still important and are used to activate new lines of service, but if you already have service, the important piece to this all is a SIM card. With an active SIM inside a phone that has the correct bands for a carrier’s network, you don’t even need carrier approval to work. The active SIM is enough to give the phone service. And that’s where we find our workarounds.

Make sense?


So what can you do to make sure you can use your new phone? A couple of things.

1.  Use your current SIM card (assuming it’s a nano SIM)

If you are a current customer with the carrier you are trying to use your Nexus 6 on, and already have a nano SIM (which is the SIM size used in the Nexus 6), then you are good to go! All you need to do is open your Nexus 6 and pop out its SIM tray. Now, turn your current phone off, take its SIM card out, and put it in the Nexus 6. Power on the Nexus 6, and bam! Your new Nexus 6 now has service with your current carrier. It’s that easy.

To see proof, check out our “Nexus 6 working on Verizon out of the box” video.

2.  Use your current SIM card (not a nano SIM)

If you are a current customer with the carrier you are trying to use your Nexus 6 on, but do not have a nano SIM, you are still (almost) good to go! Your SIM is active and will work with your carrier, but you need to cut it down to nano SIM size in order for it to fit in the Nexus 6. Seriously, you can cut SIM cards.

We have a guide on how to cut a micro SIM to a nano SIM to get you going. If you don’t have the tool we showed there or feel like waiting for it to arrive from Amazon, you can use a pair of scissors too.

3.  Have your carrier activate a nano SIM for your current phone, swap it into the Nexus 6

There is a chance that you don’t have a nano SIM and you don’t feel like cutting your current SIM down to nano size. That shouldn’t be a problem. You should be able to talk your carrier into activating a nano SIM for your current phone, which you will then just swap into the Nexus 6. Tell them you want a nano because you are future proofing for your next phone, or something along those lines. You could even tell them that you might be buying an iPhone 6 soon from a friend, so would rather just have the nano SIM already on hand for when that happens. Just don’t put that nano SIM in your current phone without a SIM adapter or it will get stuck and be a massive pain in the rear to remove. You may want to bring in an adapter with you before going this route.

As a recap, you are having them activate a nano SIM on your current phone (non-Nexus 6), because it should already be green-lighted in their systems. And remember, the Nexus 6 isn’t, which is why we are talking through all of these work-arounds. Have your carrier activate a new nano SIM for your current phone (non-Nexus 6). Once they are done, take that SIM and put it in your Nexus 6. Done!

4.  Want to activate Nexus 6 on a new carrier

This one might be trickier than the others. If you walk into a new carrier to activate a Nexus 6, meaning you don’t currently have an active SIM from that carrier, they may not be able to activate a SIM or sign you up for service at all, because of the IMEI stuff we talked about above. However, there is a chance that you will find a sales rep that is willing to do a workaround, but that all depends on the rep and maybe even the carrier.

You could, in theory, tell them you have this brand new Nexus 6 and that you want to activate it, but you know it won’t activate because it’s not in their system. That rep could potentially activate a “dummy” phone as a placeholder on your new line initially to at least get your service up and running. Once that is done, you would then have an active SIM that could then be placed inside the Nexus 6.

But again, this sort of depends on the carrier and the rep you are dealing with. Basically, you need to try and work with the sales rep in a store to get you an active SIM – that is your only goal. With an active nano SIM, life with an active Nexus 6 is yours.


As of right now, those are your options to get your Nexus 6 working. I know those aren’t exactly clean, but as we wait for the Nexus 6 to get added to carrier systems, this is what we have to do.

If there are other workarounds that you know of, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Reminder: Carriers Probably Can’t Activate Your New Nexus 6, Here are Your Options is a post from: Droid Life

Galaxy Note Edge Arrives Today at Carriers, a Steal at $429 With a 2-Year Contract

Posted by Kellex November - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge appears to have successfully made its way to US carriers for purchase. Shocker, I know. Unlike its taco-shaped cousin, who enjoyed a brief stint in overseas markets before settling into its rightful life as a proof-of-concept, the Galaxy Note Edge apparently showed enough promise or received enough of a positive response to convince AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile that people might actually buy one. Actually, let me re-phrase that. The Galaxy Note Edge and its insanely high price tag, for reasons that have escaped our minds since the device was surprisingly unveiled on stage alongside the Galaxy Note 4, can be purchased by human beings at a couple of carriers who have lost their minds.

T-Mobile is selling the Galaxy Note Edge today for $0 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $36.25. If you don’t feel like signing up for a payment plan, T-Mobile will gladly let you into the Note Edge for $870.

If you want an even better deal (yes, that would be sarcasm), you can buy the phone from AT&T for $399 with a 2-year contract. They also have three device payment plans of their own, with monthly payments starting as low as $31.54. Oh, you could also buy the Note Edge without a contract for $945.99.

But clearly, Sprint has the best deal of all. For $429.99, a 2-year contract, and your right hand, you can own the Note Edge. If you feel like keeping all of your limbs, you could opt for a monthly payment plan or buy the phone outright for $840.

Verizon, at this time, appears to have kept its sanity and is not selling the Galaxy Note Edge.

If you are dying to know more about the Galaxy Note Edge, here are plenty of pictures, videos, and specs.

Update:  Apparently this slanted thing has been available at AT&T for a while. T-Mobile and Sprint are the newest to get it.

Who lined up this morning?!?!

Via:  AT&T | T-Mobile | Sprint

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Galaxy Note Edge now available in the US

Posted by wicked November - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up the curved variant of Samsung’s flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note Edge, from three out of five of the largest carriers.

First up we have AT&T, who is listing the handset for $399 on a two-year contract and $945 upfront. Next plan customers can grab the handset with nothing down, and twelve monthly payments of $47.30, eighteen monthly payments of $39.42 or twenty-four monthly payments of $31.54.

T-Mobile is offering the Note Edge for $0 down with twenty-four monthly payments of $36.25. If you don’t feel like entering into a two-year contract, the carrier is giving you the option to pick one up for $870 outright.

Sprint is the third and final operator currently cataloguing the device. On a two-year tariff,the handset is priced at $429 or $840 as a one-off payment. You can, however, choose to spread the cost over twenty-four months, which works out approximately $35 per month.

Big Red and U.S. Cellular are also set to join the party in the not too distant future, and we’ll be sure to let you know as and when they do.

Now that the Galaxy Note Edge is finally available, are you eager to pick one up?

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