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Moto X Pure Edition Does Indeed Work on All US Carriers, Including Verizon

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

During today’s live press event from Motorola, the company announced that its new Moto X Pure Edition was an unlocked phone that worked on all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. People were excited at the thought of buying a phone for $399 that could be taken to any carrier of choice. That excitement died quickly, though, when Motorola posted official specs for the phone and left out any mention of Verizon’s CDMA bands or its LTE band 13. 

As it turns out, that was a mistake on their part. The specs have now been updated to include all supported bands. We included them below, but you can see for yourself at Motorola’s site and our official specs list.

Moto X Pure Edition wireless bands:

  • UMTS GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+ (800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41)
  • CDMA (800, 850, 1900 MHz)

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Root now available for LG G4 carrier models

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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One of the benefits to having an Android phone is the ability to customise any number of settings and features once you’ve performed a root, which is akin to jailbreaking which iPhone users may be accustomed to. Rooting relies on an unlocked bootloader and while a root was achieved for the unlocked version of the LG G4, the carrier branded models have so far had to wait.

If you’ve been waiting then you’re in luck as root is now available for carrier branded models of the LG G4, both for the major US carrier devices (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) and other international carriers. Recognised developer thecubed and others have built the “Low Effort Root” for carrier branded models but this is definitely not for the fainthearted; if you’re a novice and think bootloader is something related to your car, then this is definitely not for you.

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As with all mods, you’ll need to be able to precisely follow a long list of steps and you’ll need to download and install tools for your computer to get the job done. Like most Android customisations, you may end up with a bricked device that cannot be recovered so don’t tempt this unless you’re happy with the risk!

To root your carrier branded LG G4, head over to XDA Developers (in the source link below), read through all the posts and ask about anything you’re unsure of before you attempt anything. Back up all your data and take your time; there’s nothing worse than rushing and ending up with a bricked phone.

For more on what you can do with your Android smartphone, check out our Android customization series and head over to Android Authority on YouTube to see more about the latest apps, handsets and comparisons.

Comparison: Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint Data Plan Pricing

Posted by Kellex July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We get asked often to breakdown the costs associated with each major US wireless carrier in some form of a comparison. The task is not exactly simple, since each carrier uses its own tricks, sets of fees, data packages, and random charges to come up with a monthly bill that pads their pocket. It’s not all that straight forward, which is probably exactly how the carriers prefer it to be. They probably don’t want someone like us (or you) finding ways to quickly compare their plans to the competition and then making an educated decision on which is the best for you. Still, we gave it a shot. Well, we at least tried to break it all down into a simple comparison, one that is going to include more asterisks than you will probably know what to do with. 

Below, we have an image with two sections that attempts to tackle two different scenarios. The first is a carrier comparison of the cost of a single line if a person were to buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB through each carrier’s monthly payment plan and sign-up for 3GB of data. The other includes the cost associated with 4 lines, that same Galaxy S6 32GB on a monthly payment plan, and a 10-12GB data plan.

Take a look, then let’s talk about what we are seeing.

SIMPLE COMPARISON


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EXPLANATION


PHONE PAYMENT PLANS:  In each (both single line and 4-line) comparison, we went with each carrier’s 24-month payment plan. Verizon’s is EDGE, AT&T’s is AT&T Next 18, T-Mobile’s is just a 24-month payment plan, and Sprint’s is a 24-month lease (it’s the only option). We didn’t go with a 2-year contract in any situation because carriers seem to be moving away from 2-year contracts.

INSURANCE:  For each, we took the price of each carrier’s similar insurance and equipment protection plan that includes coverage for theft, loss, and damage. Obviously, depending on your needs for insurance, this price could vary per carrier.

SINGLE LINE DATA PLANS:  We used pricing from Verizon’s MORE Everything, AT&T’s Mobile Share Value, T-Mobile’s Simple Choice, and Sprint’s All-In (single line). In the single line comparison, understand that T-Mobile’s is technically a 3GB “unlimited” data plan that still allows you to access data after using up 3GB of 4G LTE data, it’s just severely throttled. Sprint, on the other hand, doesn’t offer a 3GB plan. They only offer their new All-In plan for single-line customers, which is technically “unlimited” with some pretty serious throttling limitations depending on where, when, and how you are consuming data.

4-LINE DATA PLANS:  We used pricing from Verizon’s MORE Everything, AT&T’s Mobile Share Value, T-Mobile’s Simple Choice, and Sprint’s Shared Data Plan. Verizon and AT&T both offer 10GB plans that act as data buckets, while Sprint only has 8GB, 12GB, or 20GB buckets. T-Mobile doesn’t do data buckets, so their family plan with 3GB per line (to get to 12GB) is what we went with. Keep in mind that they are currently running a limited time deal for 4 lines and 10GB per line at just $120. This plan could stick, but since it’s technically a limited time deal, we didn’t use it in this example.

LINE ACCESS FEE:  All carriers except for T-Mobile charge customers a line access fee for each smartphone that is activated. Depending on the amount of data you choose, your line access fee changes. The more data you pay for, the lower your access fee can be. Also, you get a line access discount when signing up for a payment plan. In the single line example, Verizon and AT&T end up charging you $25 per line, while Sprint and T-Mobile don’t have single-line access fees. In the 4-line example, AT&T and Verizon access fees drop to $15 per line, while Sprint adds one that is also $15 per line.

NOTES


OTHER FEES: We gave you the most basic breakdown in the image above, so keep in mind that there could be all sorts of additional charges depending on your priorities or the carrier.

  • All carriers: We obviously didn’t include regular fees that could be included with your monthly bill.
  • Verizon:  Big Red actually doesn’t have that many other fees, unless you want to switch insurance plans or add on a coach. Seriously, they are attempting to trick people into paying a $7 monthly fee for some kind of “coach.”
  • AT&T: Starting August 1, is going to start charging a $15 activation fee with AT&T Next, which would drive up the cost upfront when buying a new phone, especially in the case of a 4-line plan.
  • T-Mobile:  T-Mobile (at least online) charges you for $15 SIM Starter Kits when signing up for new service ($60 for 4 lines). If you want to upgrade often and don’t go with T-Mobile’s lease program (JUMP! On Demand), you have to pay $10 per month for JUMP!, which allows you to upgrade more quickly. Keep in mind that JUMP! includes equipment protection, so if you remove the insurance price above and swap it for JUMP!, you are only looking at a $2 difference per month.
  • Sprint:  Sprint charges you a $36 per device activation fee, which is kind of insane, even if on their lease program. If you want to upgrade early, they also charge you $10 per month, similarly to how T-Mobile does with JUMP!, although, Sprint still charges you separately for insurance. When you start adding up activation fees and insurance plus upgrade monthly fees, Sprint becomes the king of nickel-and-diming.

PROMOS:  Carriers tweak pricing and options all of the time, so we went with what seem to be their standard options at this time that aren’t here temporarily.

  • Verizon:  Verizon’s 10GB for $80 plan seems to come and go, but this last time, it seems to have stuck around longer than usual. With that said, they could kill it again for another few months.
  • T-Mobile:  This was mentioned above, but as of today, T-Mobile’s $120 family plan that includes unlimited talk and text, along with 10GB per line for 4 lines is the best deal. But again, it’s potentially only here for a limited time, so we couldn’t use it for our example.
  • Sprint:  Sprint has been running a 20GB of shared data for $100 for a while now. In our example, we tried to keep this all close by going with a 12GB plan, but clearly the extra $10 spent to get into 20GB is the way someone should go.

CONCLUSION


This simple comparison doesn’t cover every single scenario, because as I mentioned in the opening, all of these carriers do things a bit differently. This was an attempt to grab similar plans from each and then show you how they match-up in the simplest of terms. You could add on services or protection plans or upgrade plans or sign contracts or bring your own phone and this would all change. So again, this wasn’t meant to cover it all – it was a starting point to hopefully get you thinking and comparing on your own.

With that said, as you may have guessed, Sprint is almost always the cheapest on a base level. That’s largely in part because of their wonky lease deals and attempts at grabbing your attention while the rest of the industry continues to reel in customers. T-Mobile is close behind them in terms of pricing, mostly because of promo deals like their new family plan.

Overall, though, if you want to access the two best networks – Verizon or AT&T – you are going to pay more. That shouldn’t shock anyone. Verizon and AT&T can be the most expensive because they can back it up with service.

Comparison: Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint Data Plan Pricing is a post from: Droid Life

Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5 UA Profile Reportedly Leaked, Suggests MicroSD Card Slot

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s been called the controversy of our lifetime, as it has been reported multiple times that the Galaxy Note 5 would not feature a microSD card slot. However, thanks to a leaked User Agent Profile for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920P), the device could feature a slot for expandable storage, supporting up to 128GB of extra space. Though, for the record, UAPs can be used to simply hold a place for upcoming devices, complete with un-finalized specs and other misleading information. For instance, the specs listed in this UA Profile sound a bit similar to those of the Galaxy Note 4. As the saying goes, nothing is confirmed. 

Other specs listed include a QHD display, 16MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM (not 4GB as reported earlier), and 32GB of onboard storage. No SoC is listed, but much like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it would be safe to assume an Exynos processor will be onboard.

An identical UAP is posted for the Galaxy S6 Edge+, too, but since text on both pages are identical, there is not much to see.

According to reports, Samsung will announce the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ on August 12 or August 13, with release taking place just a week and a half afterwards. We are close, folks.

As you can see, information has been changing like crazy, so really, it could all be bogus in the end. The only way to know for sure is to wait for Samsung to announce the darn thing.

Via: Pocketnow | Sprint [2]

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Sprint user-agent profiles hint at Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus specs

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We have heard plenty of leaks and rumors regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus smartphones lately, and now a user agent profile has popped up on US carrier Sprint’s website. The leak seems to confirm a few expected details about the phones and reveals a few other interesting points.

Delving right on in, the model number for the Sprint Galaxy Note 5 looks set to be SM-N920P, while the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has the model SM-G928P. The specifications inside the two are apparently very similar, as we would expect.

For the N920P, we can see references to the expected 2560×1440 (QHD) display, 3GB of RAM, a 16 megapixel rear camera with 3840×2160 resolution video capabilities, a 5 megapixel front facing camera, and Android 5.1 Lollipop on board, all of which matches up with previous expectations. The screen-shot below shows the interesting bits from the UAP, just in case it goes off-line.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Sprint UAP

The SoC is not mentioned in the data for the Note 5, but there are several mentions of Qualcomm when it comes to the OS and media playback capabilities, suggesting that a Snapdragon chip may feature in this particular model. The handset will also feature a Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE modem. Previous rumors have suggested that the Note 5 may be packing a Snapdragon 808 chip, while an Exynos 7420 SoC is reserved for the S6 Edge Plus, which may have something to do with powering the display’s curved edges.

Another important point worth noting; the device on Sprint’s site comes with 32GB of flash storage but also supports an external microSD card slot for an additional 128GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot was missing from the smaller Galaxy S6 flagship, but Samsung doesn’t appear to be dropping this feature from its larger smartphones. This is sure to come as a relief to Note fans. We are expected internal memory options along the lines of the S6, such as 32GB/64GB/128GB options.

Of course, these aren’t the official specifications and they might not reflect the final product that Samsung releases. Speaking which, the latest news from Korea suggests that the release date has been moved up to August 13th, so we might not have long to wait for all of the the juicy official details.

Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ head to the FCC

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Last week, we saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ head to the FCC for all major carriers in the United States except for Sprint. No one knew exactly why Sprint’s did not go with all the others, but today both phones showed up under model numbers SM-N920P (Galaxy Note 5) and SM-G928P (Galaxy S6 Edge+).

There is nothing special listed in the documents other than that they are Sprint variants.

The pictures listed below show the overall shape along with the bands tested on Sprint’s network.

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Both phones could be announced at an event held next month on August 12.

Source: FCC (1), (2)
Via: Droid Life

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Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Join the FCC Party

Posted by Kellex July - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Last week, we saw almost every single US carrier variant of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ stop off at the FCC outside of those headed to Sprint. Who knows why America’s 4th largest carrier was left out, but all is good in the world now. This morning, both phones showed up at the FCC under model numbers SM-N920P (Note 5) and SM-G928P (S6 Edge+).

Information in the documents attached to the filings didn’t give us anything new in our brief scans, other than these are indeed headed for Sprint. Then again, the model numbers ending in “P” gave that away. 

Here are the label images that show the basic shapes of each phone, along with all of the bands tested for Sprint’s network.

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You can see the rest of the FCC filings for each carrier variant here.

Via:  FCC [2]

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LG Tribute 2 and Tribute Duo now available on Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile for $100

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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There are already a ton of budget-friendly handsets available on Sprint’s prepaid network and Virgin Mobile, and today it looks like the providers are getting two more. The LG Tribute 2 has just made its way to Virgin Mobile and the LG Tribute Duo is now available from Sprint Prepaid. Both handsets are available from today for just $99.99.

Both devices feature a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4.5-inch IPS FWVGA display with 854 x 480 resolution, and a 1900mAh battery that LG says can offer up to 16 hours of talk time on a single charge. They also come with a 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. Both feature LG’s iconic rear-mounted volume buttons and power/standby key, run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and come with a few notable LG software features such as Knock Code, QuickMemo+ and Gesture Shot.

If you’re interested in either of these devices, both Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile offer up some attractive plans for cheap. Sprint’s prepaid plans start at $35 per month for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data, while Virgin Mobile’s plans start at $30 per month and include 300 minutes of talk, unlimited text and 3GB of 3G/4G data.

LG Tribute 2 and Tribute Duo comes to Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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LG’s pair of budget phones, the Tribute 2 and Tribute Duo, are now available on Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile for $99. The Tribute Duo will be available on Sprint’s own network, while the Tribute Duo can be found on its subsidiary, Virgin Mobile.

Both devices feature a 4.5-inch display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, a 1,900mAh battery, and they’re both rocking the latest flavor of Android Lollipop: 5.1. Similar to many of LG’s devices, physical buttons are placed on the back of the device.

The LG Tribute 2 and Tribute Duo are great for those on a budget and run relatively fast, despite not being as powerful as today’s flagships. If you’re interested, Sprint Prepaid plans start at $35/month for unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data.

Alternatively, Virgin Mobile plans start at $30 per month for 300 minutes talk, unlimited text, and 3GB of data. If 300 minutes isn’t enough, Virgin Mobile will throw in unlimited talk for an extra $10/month.

LG’s Tribute 2 recently launched on Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile alongside a more impressive device, the LG Volt 2.

source: Sprint

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US Cellular guaruntees lower bill than AT&T and Verizon, or a $50 gift card

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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In a bid to poach customer from other networks, US Cellular has launched a promotion that guarantees lower bills to new customers who move from Verizon and AT&T. In case, it fails to deliver on the aforementioned promise, US Cellular will give you a $50 gift card absolutely free.

However, to be eligible for this promotional offer, customers are required to port their number from Verizon or AT&T and choose one of U.S. Cellular’s Shared Connect plans with installment pricing. The guarantee applies to the monthly recurring price of the plan only and not the installments.

The trend of customer poaching is not new in the United States cellular network war. Earlier, we witnessed a similar campaign by Sprint that tried to lure Verizon customers with promises of lower bills.

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) is so confident that it provides the best value in wireless that beginning today, the company is offering a guarantee that it can offer a better plan than Verizon and AT&T or it will give people $50. Consumers and businesses can bring their current Verizon or AT&T bill to any U.S. Cellular retail store, and if their current plan can’t be outdone, they will receive a $50 promotional card.

“At U.S. Cellular, we’re confident that we offer the best shared data plans available for a wide variety of customer needs, so we wanted to go a step farther and guarantee it,” said Joe Settimi, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. “When you combine these unbeatable plans with our high-quality network that offers national coverage along with the finest devices available, the customer experience we provide is second to none.”

To qualify for the guarantee, customers must port their number from Verizon or AT&T and choose one of U.S. Cellular’s Shared Connect plans with installment pricing. The guarantee applies to the monthly recurring price plan only. With U.S. Cellular’s $0 down, 0% APR installment pricing, qualified customers pay tax on a new device at the point of sale, and then make 20 monthly payments that are conveniently added to their wireless bill. Customers can upgrade this device in as little as 12 months if they trade it in for the latest model. They can also choose to pay off the full balance of their device anytime they want.

In addition to the plan guarantee, U.S. Cellular is also offering an unlimited contract payoff, which covers customers’ early termination fee or remaining device balance with their current carrier, no matter the cost. Anyone who ports their number from another carrier, chooses a Shared Connect plan with installment pricing and Device Protection+, turns in their current working device, and sends in their final bill with the early termination fee or remaining device balance on it will receive a prepaid debit card for that amount.

New Retail Installment Contract, Shared Connect Plan, $25 Activation Fee, and credit approval required. Guarantee: Must port-in number from Verizon or AT&T on comparable Shared Data Plan. $50 U.S. Cellular Promo Card issued by Metabank® member FDIC. Valid for purchase in-store or online. Contract Payoff: Customer must register for My Account, Device Protection+ and turn-in all active devices from former carriers plan. Customer will be reimbursed for the ETF or remaining device balance reflected on the final bill. Reimbursement in the form of a U.S. Cellular MasterCard® Debit Card issued by MetaBank® Member FDIC, pursuant to license from MasterCard International Incorporated. This card does not have cash access and can be used at any merchant location that accepts MasterCard Debit Cards within the U.S. only. Card valid through expiration date shown on front of card. Valid for up to six Consumer lines and 25 Business lines. Other restrictions apply. See store for details.

About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities. Currently, 94 percent of U.S. Cellular customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and 98 percent will have access by the end of 2015. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

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