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ZTE announces the MAX XL with a 6-inch display and Android 7.1.1

You can still spend nearly $1000 on a phone if you want, but there are vastly cheaper options that aren't terrible. ZTE has been making great strides in the "cheap but not bad" space lately, and it has just announced a new device called the MAX XL. As the name suggests, it's a big phone. The price isn't big, though. This device is live on Boost Mobile today for $129.99, and it's on sale for $28 off.

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Which unlimited data plan sucks the least?

Unlimited smartphone data is back! Roll out the barrels, re-download Netflix, and disable all those "Wi-Fi only" settings options, happy days are here again. But don't throw away your data meter just yet: the new batch of unlimited data plans from American carriers isn't what it used to be. A lack of limits now comes with an asterisk, like your favorite sports star "enhancing" his performance. So the question is no longer, "which mobile unlimited plan is the best?" Instead, it's "which carrier is going to put the least amount of petty restrictions on my so-called unlimited data?"

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The cheapest smartphone plans in the United States

Every day we seem to be inundated with ads about who has the absolute cheapest data plan. Online, television, billboards, junk mail, even old-fashioned radio - it seems I can't go five minutes without each carrier telling me how much cheaper they are than everyone else, going so far as to hire old Verizon spokesmen and make dubious claims about reliability.

You know what? To hell with all of that. I've looked at every smartphone plan from every nationwide carrier in the country, big and small, to find the absolute cheapest plans. Let's pinch some freakin' pennies.

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LG launches Sprint and Boost Mobile's first MediaTek-equipped device, the X power

In the US, an extraordinarily small amount of phones utilize MediaTek chipsets. However, with the introduction of the LG X power to Sprint and Boost Mobile, that small amount is growing by one. The X power, which was just revealed today for the aforementioned CDMA carriers, sports a MediaTek MTK6755M (more commonly known as the helio P10) clocked at 1.8GHz. MediaTek is calling this its "first premium chipset offered in a device on a major U.S. carrier network."

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LG's Low-End G Stylo Comes To Boost Mobile Today For $200, Sprint And Sprint Prepaid Starting In June

The G Stylo is an odd beast: its huge screen and built-in stylus imply a competitor to the Galaxy Note series, but a collection of low-end hardware specs means that it's actually intended for bargain hunters or those on a tight budget. If you're looking to get an interesting phone on the equally cheap Boost Mobile MVNO, you've now got the G Stylo as a choice. Boost is selling the phone for $199.99 without a contract.

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Boost's parent company Sprint will also offer the G Stylo, but for some reason it's going to take a little longer to arrive with yellow paint.

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Boost Mobile $35 Plan Will Supply 2.5GB Of 4G LTE To Customers Who Commit To Automatic Payments Starting Feb. 3rd

Boost Mobile is one of the many ways you can get on the Sprint network without paying Sprint prices. The prepaid brand offers smartphone plans with unlimited talk and text going from $35 (1GB of data) to $55 (10GB). Starting on February 3rd, it will offer any customer that enrolls in Auto Re-Boost 2.5GB for the price of 1.

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For comparison, T-Mobile provides 2GB of data for $45 with its Simple Starter Plan. MetroPCS offers 2GB for $40 a month. Boost Mobile's plan will undercut both.

Auto Re-Boost is a fancy name for monthly automatic payments. This way you don't have to worry about making sure your account stays current (and Boost Mobile has a better chance of getting your money).

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The Zero-Bezel And Sprint Network-Exclusive Sharp Aquos Crystal Is Now Available For $239.99 Off-Contract, $149.99 From Boost Mobile

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is very close to being an Android nerd's dream device. It has virtually no bezel (except on the bottom) and comes with a stock version of Android 4.4.2. It looks unlike anything else on the market in the US today, and many Sprint customers will no doubt be happy to pick one up from the carrier starting today at $239.99 off-contract. People who prefer to walk out without putting any money down can get the phone for $10 a month.

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People looking to pick up the Aquos Crystal through one of the carrier's MVNOs can get a better deal.

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Motorola Announces Boost Mobile Moto G Android 4.4.4 Over-The-Air Update

Boost Mobile has announced that it is now pushing out the Android 4.4.4 over-the-air update to the Moto G. This release will bump users of the affordable handset up to the latest version of Android, bragging rights that plenty of more powerful handsets can't provide.

Android 4.4.4 is a bug fix update, so don't look for anything particularly exciting. Some stability issues and security vulnerabilities have been addressed, but that's not something that's really going to stand up after rebooting from the update.

To make things a tad more interesting, Motorola has provided some of its own enhancements. The phone dialer has a new layout that users may notice, and the camera app now includes the ability to pause a video recording.

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Galaxy S5 Arrives On Boost Mobile And Virgin Mobile For $599 With No Contract Required

The Galaxy S5 is a pricey phone, the cost of which the big four American carriers typically offset by pushing consumers towards two-year contracts. They generally also offer the choice to pay for the entire phone upfront, but people who want to own the phone outright and have the several hundred necessary to do so stand to benefit from shopping around for the lowest price, and lowest commitment, option available. Today both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have added their names to the list of providers willing to sell a Galaxy S5, doing so for $599.99 with no contract.

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Boost Mobile's plans start as low as $40 a month with unlimited talk/text and 500MB of data.

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Boost Mobile Shakes Up Its Prepaid Plans, Now Offers Monthly 'Unlimited' Talk, Text, And Data Starting At $40

As one of Sprint's prepaid mobile offerings, Boost Mobile's big draw is that it's affordable. But competition has ramped up as of late, and now the carrier has rolled out three new "Monthly Unlimited Select" service plans to shake things up. The offerings range from $40 to $60, and all are technically unlimited, only not really.

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Taking a closer look, the lowest plan offers 500MB of data. Users who exceed that amount then find themselves throttled down to 2G speeds for the remainder of the month. To make matters worse, all video streaming may be limited to 3G, regardless of how much of your allotment is left.

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