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?" Read More
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. Read More
Not everyone demands a high-end phone that costs as much as a computer. Maybe you only need a basic smartphone that'll let you poke around on the web and send some WhatsApp messages. If that's the case, there's the new LG Aristo on T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The price is low, but so are the specs. Read More
Kyocera is one smartphone manufacturer that could care less about beating the competition on specs. It makes cheap phones that either won't receive updates or won't get them until long after you've given up hope. But the handsets are affordable, and many of the later models tend to be pretty rugged.
Both of these hold true for the Kyocera Hydro Wave, which is now available from T-Mobile and on its way to MetroPCS. This 5-inch qHD phone comes powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory. Fortunately, there's a microSD card slot for extra storage. Read More
Today MetroPCS, a prepaid service offered by T-Mobile, has rolled out a limited-time discounted price for its unlimited 4G LTE plan. Anyone who signs up between now and April 5th can get set up for $50 a month, a $10 savings off the usual price. There's no pre-planned end date, so you can then take advantage of the lower price for quite a while.
For comparison, T-Mobile offers unlimited data on the same network for $80 a month. Unfortunately, the offer isn't open to just anyone with a GSM device. You need a Huawei Vitria, Kyocera Hydro XTRM; LG Optimus F3, F6, F60; Samsung Galaxy Avant, Light, MEGA, S III, S4, S5; or ZTE ZMAX supplied by MetroPCS. Read More
Sometimes PR people make up words they think are clever—they usually aren't. Kyocera's new "fragiphoniphobia" line is an example of this. The "fear of fragile phones" will allegedly be mitigated by the new ruggedized Kyocera Hydro Life. Whether or not you want a rugged phone, I think we can all agree that fragiphoniphobia should never appear in print again.
You can't have everything, which is why the ZTE Concord II exists. This entry-level smartphone has just been announced for T-Mobile and Metro PCS. It will be on sale later today on the magenta carrier and next week on Metro PCS.
This phone isn't going to set the world on fire with its specs, but it's going to be available in carrier stores for cheap. Here's the full spec sheet.
- OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Display: 4.0” TFT LCD, 16M colors / 480 x 800 WVGA
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8210
- Camera: Rear-Facing 5 megapixel with auto focus and built in LED flash
- Video: 720p video decode/encode at 15 fps
- Battery: Lithium Ion 1820mAh battery with up to 6 hours of talk time (approx)
- Dimensions: 4.96” x 2.56” x 0.43” Weight: 4.4oz
- Memory: 1GB RAM / 4GB ROM; Supports microSD cards up to 32GB
The Concord II is somewhat durable – it can survive a few drops from 1.5 meters. Read More
The Galaxy S5 has been making the rounds since its global launch a week ago. It's already available at the major US carriers, and now it's trickling down to the smaller options out there. Today the device has come to MetroPCS, a prepaid service owned by T-Mobile, where it's available for $649 without an annual contract. The site shows the phone as currently available in-stores, but the online inventory should appear at some point.
MetroPCS plans start at $40 a month for 500MB of 4G LTE data, with $50 bumping that up to 2.5GB. $60 provides unlimited. Phones will run on T-Mobile's network, so if coverage is good in your area, this is one of the more affordable ways, long-term, to own a Galaxy S5. Read More
Of all the US Galaxy S4 variants, it's a safe bet that the Metro PCS version is one of the lesser-owned models. That said, if you count yourself among the ranks of SGH-M919N owners, your Android 4.3 update is ready. The official changelog doesn't look any different from the comparable OTAs for the other variants, but it's always nice to get a big firmware update like this nonetheless.
- OS upgrade to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Samsung Galaxy Gear™ Compatibility - for detailed information about Galaxy Gear features, please visit the Galaxy Gear page
- Samsung Knox Compatibility
If you're curious what OS changes Android 4.3 brought with it, you can check out our overview. Read More