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Ditch carrier contracts with these smartphones

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Carriers are expensive, and they’re only getting worse. Two-year contracts are on their way out in favor of device payment plans, thanks to revolutionary initiatives from T-Mobile. These payment plans, however, are essentially the same thing as the two-year contract options, only more expensive.

It looks cheaper on surface level, but carriers are making up for those lower prices through additional charges, upgrade fees, and so on. That begs the question: how can you ditch your carrier and save thousands of dollars on your phone bill?

It’s common knowledge that we’re paying out thousands of dollars for our smartphones over the course of a two-year contract, but, unfortunately, it’s hard to break way from that since many off-contract phones just don’t offer a premium package similar to that of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or LG G4.

While that may be true, there’re now some devices out there that do offer that same premium quality.

Google Nexus 6

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Google’s Nexus 6 features a 6-inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 805 chipset, a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and it comes in 32/64GB storage sizes. As with all Nexus devices, it’s running the latest version of Android Lollipop, and will receive quick and timely updates.

Starting at $499, it’s a steep price, but that’s the only price you’ll be paying for this premium package. No contracts, no device fees, and so on. It’s 100% yours and you can take it to any of the big four carriers in the United States to find yourself the cheapest data package.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

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Alcatel OneTouch’s Idol 3 features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 615 chipset, a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and it comes in 16/32GB storage options with microSD support up to 128GB.

As far as performance goes, it’s definitely up there with the Google Nexus 6, especially with how clean Alcatel OneTouch left the software on this device. It’s also significantly cheaper at $249 while still offering a premium package.

Be sure to check out our review here.

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Motorola Moto G

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The Motorola Moto G (2015) features a 5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS LCD display, has a Snapdragon 410 chipset, a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and comes in two options: 8GB of storage with 1GB of RAM or 16GB of storage with 2GB of RAM. The device also supports microSD cards up to 128GB.

Prices start at a meager $179.99 for this mid-range unlocked device, and while it may not have the sheer processing power of a higher-end phone, do you really need all that power for your basic smartphone tasks?

Be sure to check out our review here.

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Making the leap

Making the leap to the off-contract life can be difficult, especially if you’re in the process of a two-year contract or device payment plan. Early termination fees or paying off the remainder of your balance can be expensive all in one chunk, especially if you want to purchase a new, unlocked smartphone immediately after.

You have two options: wait your contract out or bite the bullet and pay that lump sum. In doing the latter, you’ll save a lot of money on all sorts of fees, interest, and so on, but you won’t notice the affects of this saving for a few months down the road.

If contracts or device payment plans aren’t an issue for you, the obvious first step is to pick out and buy a smartphone.

Setting up your new smartphone

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Setting up an unlocked device is extremely easy. In most cases, if you have a SIM card already, you can just pop your old one into your new smartphone, given that it’s the same size. On AT&T, I swapped the SIM out of my LG G3 and put it in the Idol 3–it worked right away, no setup involved.

If you don’t have the correct size SIM card, it’s as simple as heading to your chosen carrier’s website and ordering one of the correct size.

It may be a bit trickier to get it to work on a CDMA carrier like Verizon, however, the company has recently made it an easier process. Unfortunately, you still have to be cautious when bringing your own device to Verizon, as many phones don’t have all the necessary CDMA and LTE radios to work properly with the carrier. The same goes for Sprint.

Closing

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that the average household spends $1226 annually on smartphone plans, and that’s no doubt increased in the past three years. I personally spend around $350/mo on my smartphone plan with AT&T, and by going off-contract, you could be spending as little as $30 per line, no matter what carrier you choose.

Prices do vary depending on how much data you need, but it still ends up being cheaper than a contract or device payment plan, as most prepaid plans for smartphones are without all of the added fees.

While it doesn’t look like much, over the next few years you could see thousands of dollars in savings. And for many of us, that couple thousand could go to things much more important.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Pre-Order Now Live, Starts at $399

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Galaxy Tab S2, announced from Samsung in July, is now up for pre-order in the United States. Carriers are also getting in on the fun, as you can purchase the tablet with LTE radios inside, launching in-store through AT&T on September 4, and T-Mobile on September 3. US Cellular, Sprint, and Verizon are also confirmed to carry the device, but we have yet to learn the in-store launch date.

The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in four models, a 8.0″ and 9.7″, both sporting WiFi-only and LTE variants. For specs, the tablets feature Super AMOLED displays, octa-core processors, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing cameras, and decently sized batteries. More impressively, both tablets are extremely thin, with both models measuring in at just 5.6mm thick. For comparison the Galaxy S6, a rather thin device, is 6.8mm thick.

As for pricing, the 8.0″ WiFi-only model is $399, with the LTE model to be priced by carriers individually. At this moment, T-Mobile only has a financing option listed, $0 down (and $27.09 / 23 months + $26.92 for the 24th month). For the 9.7″ model, WiFi-only, it starts at $499.

The tablet is also available to order through retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy, who are hosting a special promotion to give buyers $100 or more off of their purchase when you trade-in an existing, qualifying tablet.

Need a new tablet?

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Via: Samsung | AT&T | T-Mobile

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T-Mobile offering plenty of back-to-school Android offers, but only for 2 days!

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Are you looking to buy yourself a new smartphone now that classes are back in gear? Surely, it’s not easy to put money aside for a smartphone after spending all that cash in school accessories, but T-Mobile is making it easier to walk into the classroom with a shiny new handset. The Uncarrier is holding a 2-day sale event in which many of their smartphones are significantly discounted.

The 2-day deals are only available on August 24-25, so you better hurry if you want a good deal on a new phone. Also, you will need to use the listed coupon codes, which are not applicable in-store. The purchase will need to be done either online or by calling 1-877-362-6635.

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Without further ado, let’s show you some of our favorite T-Mobile back-to-school deals!

They have plenty of other deals, so go ahead and check out the T-Mobile deals page to see more offers. There’s plenty more. And hurry, these deals will end soon!

Check out T-Mobile’s 2 day sale page!

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T-Mobile is having a back to school day sale for two days only

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

t-mobile_great_american_ballparkT-Mobile is having a back to school day sale from August 24-25th. The sale includes many Android phones, ranging from entry level all the way up to flagships.

To receive the discount you can order online or call T-Mobile by phone (1-877-362-6635). T-Mobile will even cover the shipping cost.

The list of phones on sale are:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6: Enter DEAL80OFF at checkout and you’ll get $80 off the cost of the phone as well as a free T-Mobile 3.1Amp microUSB car charger
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Enter NOTE4DEAL to save $50
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Code DEAL80OFF will knock $80 off the cost of the phone
  • ZTE ZMAX (Certified Pre-Owned): Enter CPO48DEAL at checkout for $48 off
  • Kyocera Hydro WAVE: Code DEAL36 will take $36 off the phone price
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime: Code DEAL40 will reduce price to $99.99 and get you a free T-Mobile 3.1Amp microUSB car charger
  • LG Leon LTE: Enter LEON50OFF to get the Leon LTE for $49.99
  • LG G Stylo: Code SAVEBIG will knock $90 off, get price down to $199.99

 

Source: T-Mobile

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AT&T, DirecTV deal to set the trend according to analyst

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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This summer’s deal that brought DirecTV into the AT&T fold is a sign of coming mergers or acquisitions involving wireless carriers and pay TV companies is going to be the wave of the future according to Oppenheimer analyst Tim Horan. In particular, Horan thinks the next one on the block will involve either Comcast or Charter buying T-Mobile.

Horan thinks it is highly likely that Comcast and T-Mobile will strike a deal despite claims by sources close to Comcast saying reports of talks were not accurate. If that combination does not come to pass, Horan thinks Charter is the next most likely company to acquire T-Mobile even as they are in the process of trying to acquire Time Warner Cable. Horan thinks a deal between T-Mobile and DISH is unlikely.

According to Horan, “regardless of the timing, we expect all four wireless carriers to align with a paid TV provider in some form.” This would put all of the carriers in a position to offer bundles like AT&T is now doing with their wireless plans and satellite service from DirecTV.

source: FierceCable

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A making its way to T-Mobile for $320 (Update: has arrived)

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Update: The tablet has now arrived to T-Mobile. Buy it here.

Alongside Samsung’s big Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ announcements from earlier today, the Korean tech giant also has some tablet news. Starting Wednesday, August 19th, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be available both in-store and online from T-Mobile for $319.99 off-contract. If you’re not too fond of paying that much up front, you can also pay $0 down and $13.34 per month for 23 months and $13.17 for the final, 24th month.

It should be noted that the press release doesn’t specify whether the Un-carrier will sell the 8.0-inch or 9.7-inch variant. But based on the pricing structure, we can infer that T-Mobile is selling the larger of the two variants.

The Galaxy Tab A sports a 9.7-inch LCD display with 1024 x 768 resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. It also comes with a big 6,000mAh battery, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front shooter and runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Be sure to check out our full review of both tablets for more information.


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We’ll be sure to update this post if we hear anything from T-Mobile regarding the tablet size.

T-Mobile’s HTC One M9 receives Android 5.1 update, will include Stagefright fix

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

HTC_One_M9+_3V_Silver_Blog-Header-550x297According to an HTC executive, Mo Versi, T-Mobile HTC One M9 users will soon get a patch for the Android Stagefright virus. The update is slated as Android 5.1, meaning it will also bring new enhancements to the Android system.

The update will be made available via OTA to T-Mobile One M9 users tomorrow. If you don’t feel like manually installing the update, you can wait for the notification or check in your About phone settings.

Included in the update will be a patch to the Stagefright virus along with a slew of other added features. With Android 5.1, One M9 users will now get access to a native battery saver in addition to new animations for quick settings. The new One M9 update will also include a new flashlight quick toggle.

The update is being sent out in waves so if you don’t get it tomorrow just be patient, it may be the next day. HTC recommends to charge your One M9 to at least 50% prior to installing the update and connect to a Wi-Fi network to prevent overages. It seems the update will take up a bit of storage.

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)

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BlackBerry ‘Venice’ allegedly coming to the Big Four U.S. carriers in November

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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BlackBerry’s upcoming Android-powered phone, codename Venice, is starting to unofficial make appearances on a frequent basis. Alleged images of the device, including a new one showing the curved display and physical keyboard (seen above), have been appearing online since early July. Between Tuesday night and today, Evan Blass has shared an abundance of information regarding BlackBerry’s product that is tasked with turning around the company’s misfortunes.

Customers of the four largest carriers in the United States will be happy to know that Venice is expected to available this November from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Rather than partnering with a single carrier to keep the device exclusive, BlackBerry would be going for mass availability by allowing the major carriers to sell Venice.

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Blass also shared what looks to be a promotional image highlighting select software features from Venice. BlackBerry will include Content Transfer, a method to bring files from one device to Venice. Based on the description, Content Transfer will move values with Google Drive. BlackBerry Hub will be the place for users to see messages, emails, and notifications from apps and services to be housed in a single place. And, along with Chromecast support, Venice will ship with at least Android 5.0 Lollipop.

And here are two promotional teasers that Blass obtained:

Is anyone else getting excited to see what BlackBerry is going to do with Android?

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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RootMetrics: 4th Consecutive Overall Network Performance Award Goes to Verizon

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 18 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

RootMetrics, a 3rd-party independent researcher, released its findings for the first half of 2015, detailing a pretty big win for Verizon. For the 4th consecutive time, Big Red has earned top honors across the nation for overall network performance, topping the charts in 47 states across the United States. 

In total, Verizon walked away with 110 awards, with AT&T grabbing 68. Bringing up the rear is T-Mobile with 27 and Sprint with 7. These awards are based on various categories, such as Network Reliability, Network Speed, and Data in differing markets across the country. On the RootMetrics site, you can view detailed reports from each part of the country that was tested, as well as who the best carrier is within that general area.

Verizon’s Chief Network Officer wanted to share the news personally, posting a video onto Verizon’s blog, and even took a little dig at T-Mobile. You can watch that below.

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Via: RootMetricsVerizon

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T-Mobile will kick off sales of the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ later today

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, has just tweeted that Samsung’s latest smartphones – the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ – will both be up for order later today at 6am PT with handsets leaving the carrier’s warehouse “as soon as possible”.

Customers eager to get their hands on these devices who don’t want to go down the online and telesales route, only have three days to wait until August 21, when they can walk into any of the operators nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores to pick one up.

If you’re interested in bagging yourself either the Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge+ and would like to find out more about the procedure from T-Mobile – hit the source link below.

Source: T-Mobile

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