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Some Things To Know Regarding SIM Cards When Activating An Unlocked Device On Sprint

Ever since the Nexus 5, Sprint seems to be ever more accepting of unlocked devices designed to work on its network. As of right now, there are nine unlocked, SIM-free phones that Sprint allows, and that number will likely grow with each passing year. While this is a great thing, there are definitely some obstacles with getting a SIM card which, in turn, can make activating one of these devices a less-than-pleasurable experience.

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Sprint still runs its network with an iron grip as far as the devices allowed on it. In order to be permitted on the network, your device's IMEI must be white listed in the carrier's activation system.

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[Weekend Poll] How Much Did You Pay For Your Current Smartphone?

The cost of a smartphone can vary wildly - anywhere from $50 (or even less) to over $1000 depending on just which phone you're talking about. That wide range of prices also means a wide variety of devices are out there that cater to the specific needs or desires of you, the consumer. There are also a growing number of ways to pay for your phone if you really want the expensive stuff.

In America, phone subsidies from carriers (mobile operators) were long the preferred method to acquire a phone. In exchange for a promise to stay with a carrier as a post-paid customer for two years or more, the carrier would greatly subsidize the cost of a smartphone up front.

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[Deal Alert] The 9.7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Is Just $359 On eBay ($140 Off) With Free Shipping To The US

Android tablets don't seem to be in high demand since the default size for flagship phones has shifted to "frickin huge," but for those who still want one, there are deals to be had right now. Adorama, a well-known US electronics retailer, is selling the latest Samsung flagship tablet for a significant discount on eBay. The 9.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2, which has a retail price of $500, is just $359 on eBay right now. Both the black and white models are available, and if you live in the lower 48, you get free shipping as well.

Unfortunately, would-be buyers in Alaska and Hawaii are out of luck, as is anyone outside of Canada, Australia, and "Europe." Europe is in quotes there because the list of excluded countries also includes most of continental Europe from Ukraine all the way to Portugal - apparently Adorama thinks that Europe consists of Germany, the UK, and Ireland, and not much else.

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After Adding A Bunch Of Bloat To The Free App, ES File Explorer's $3 'Pro' Version Will Take Some Of It Away

Since Google still only reveals a tiny portion of the file system to Android end users, most intermediate and "power" users have a go-to file manager that they use on a regular basis. ES File Explorer was, at least until recently, one of the most popular options on the Play Store - it offers a simple interface, a robust set of tools, and it's been available for years. But recent changes have made long-time fans of the app wary; now ES File Explorer includes a built-in web browser, "junk cleaner" notifications, and "recommended apps" (read: advertisements), among other bells and whistles that no one really asked for in a file manager.

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[Deal Alert] The Second-Gen Moto G (International GSM Version) Is Just $100 On Amazon, US Version Out Of Stock At The Moment

Black Friday is over, but there are still a ton of great deals waiting for bargain hunters on the web. Amazon has a particularly good sale for anyone who wants a great Motorola phone on the cheap. The international GSM version of the second-gen Moto G (that's the 2014 model) is now $99.99 on Amazon's US site, an impressive $80 off the retail price. It's an excellent deal for someone who needs a solid device without the high price (or, notably, the LTE radio) of more robust models.

Note that this is the global GSM model, not the US GSM version, so while it will work in most countries around the world, it will have poor reception on T-Mobile in the States.

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[Deal Alert] Save $35 On The $100 BÖHM Bluetooth Headphones With Active Noise Canceling On Amazon

Headphone deals are all over the place on Amazon and various other retailers' sites this weekend. But most deals we've seen so far are about wired headphones, which aren't all that practical if you don't want to be tied down to your phone by wires. Bluetooth is better, but switching to wireless usually involves some loss of quality, limited battery life, and a hike in price. Not so much with this BÖHM set.

These headphones usually cost around the $100 mark, they connect to your devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or an included 3.5mm cable. They have some playback control buttons, rotating ear cups, and what seems to be a nice leather headband.

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[Update: Now $150] V-MODA's Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Headphones Are Down From $310 To $200 On Amazon

Drop your turkey stuffing right now and listen to me! This is a good deal, like a really really good deal. I wouldn't interrupt your Thanksgiving preparations and cooking if it wasn't a worthy urgent matter.

If you want big-ass headphones, with a big-ass sound, and a big-ass quality, you can't go wrong with V-MODA's Crossfade lineup. From the M-80 to the Wireless, those headphones are among the most popular on our site and for good reason: they're great.

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Fossil Q Founder Appears On The Google Store, Not Yet For Sale

The Fossil Q Founder is available now on Fossil's site, but it looks like the Google Store will be getting on the action shortly, as well. The Q Founder retails for $295 at Fossil and is the first not-insanely-priced smartwatch you can buy with one of Intel's brand-new Atom ultra-low-power processors. Most Wear devices to date have used Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 series chip. The Q Founder also has a full gigabyte of RAM, double what you get in the Moto 360 (2015), Huawei Watch, or LG's Watch Urbane, and a respectably large 400mAh battery.

Google has posted a more exhaustive specification sheet than the one on Fossil's store, so you get a bit more insight into what makes this watch different from the rest of the pack.

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Black Friday App And Game Sales Roundup [Updated Continuously]

There are a lot of physical things on sale today, what with it being Black Friday and all. However, the price of digital goods is dropping like a rock today as well. This is where we'll keep track of all those sales so you can grab the ones you want. We'll try to keep this post updated as more sales pop up. And make sure to check out our device/accessory sale roundup too.

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Black Friday Sales Roundup: The Best Deals On Devices, Accessories, And More [Updated Continuously]

Now is the time of year when retailers start to drop prices in an effort to stimulate your innate shopping instincts. Only by keeping a close eye on the ebb and flow of deals can you beat your fellow man to the best stuff at the best price. We're here to aggregate all the deals in one place so you can plan ahead. We'll try to keep this post updated throughout the coming days as Black Friday sales heat up.

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