Would you look at that: the country's two biggest cellular carriers released an update to their respective Android customer apps on the same day. Between the two of them, Verizon's app definitely gets the more interesting additions: My Verizon now lets you pay your bill by scanning it via the camera. Well, the update text says it does - I can't actually find an option to scan my bill anywhere in the (frustratingly disorganized) app.
On the off chance you were looking for another reason to be annoyed at the big US carriers, you may have found it. According to Fierce Wireless, AT&T isn't the only carrier that opted to remove Download Booster from the new Samsung Galaxy S5 – both Verizon and Sprint have yanked Samsung's LTE-WiFi merging feature. That would make T-Mobile the only US national carrier that supports it. Update: We've been tipped that the US Cellular Galaxy S5 will have Download Booster as well.
The cellular network business is one of the most competitive in the world, but it's also one of the most lucrative, and it's only growing. That being the case, it's not surprising that American telecom giant Comcast may be looking into entering this hotly-contested market. According to a report on The Information, Comcast is hoping to use its huge userbase of home Internet customers to create a combination Wi-Fi and cellular network, competing directly with carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
So you want the new Samsung flagship, and you want it at a discount. You're also not part of a family plan (so the admittedly nice Buy One, Get One deal isn't for you) and you're deathly afraid of papercuts, so the current mail-in rebate promotion from Verizon is out. Don't worry, picky penny-pincher: Amazon is here to save the day with a $99.99 Samsung Galaxy S5, no conditions or hoops required.
HTC has put a deal of effort into getting speedy updates out for the HTC One, and the Verizon version of the phone received the update at the beginning of February. Unfortunately, One Max owners have had longer to wait for the newer software, even though HTC has promised that it's on its way. Well, now we have a date. HTC's executive director of product management has now announced via Twitter that the Sense 5.5 and Android 4.4.2 update has received technical approval from Verizon.
Verizon's Galaxy S5 pre-order is now available, and the Big Red really wants you to buy one. It's willing to sell you Samsung's latest flagship for $249.99 with a two-year activation and throw in a $50 mail-in rebate debit card. What makes this offer worthwhile is a complementary buy-one-get-one free deal that will not only include a free Galaxy S5 on the house, but an HTC One M8, HTC One M7, or Galaxy S4 instead if you would rather mix and match (or a Samsung ATIV SE if, for whatever reason, you'd rather walk out with a free Windows phone instead).
Verizon is already selling the new HTC One, and you can get two of them cheap as long as you don't mind signing a new contract. The buy-one-get-one-free deal on Verizon is enticing if you need two phones, but it gets even better. You can get 30% off the cost of the phone you're actually paying for.
Rather impressively, the HTC One M8 is now available online in the US from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. Pricing doesn't deviate too much among them, but there is enough variance to make it worth shopping around for anyone who isn't already tied down.
Verizon is making the best offer here. Price wise, the carrier will let go of the M8 for $199.99 with a two-year agreement, $25.22 a month with Verizon Edge, and $599.99 without a contract (which, by the way, is $100 less than the Google Play Edition and the lowest contract-free price of the three carriers).
While it's probably safe to assume the bulk of our readers are after the highest-end handset out when upgrade time comes, there's undoubtedly also those who need to stay on a budget. LG's Lucid was a handset that I feel like helped spark a new era for the budget market: affordable phones that don't completely suck. Verizon must've felt the same way, because the Lucid saw a sequel with last year's aptly-name Lucid 2.
Verizon's LTE version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet is now available online. Its existence isn't a surprise following @evleaks' previous leak of the device, but today we have an official product page to point you towards. This one. You can get the tablet for $599.99 with a two-year contract or $699.99 without.