08
Jun
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Sprint customers now have one more self-service option when managing their account online. A couple of days earlier than its official launch, the carrier has begun allowing users to change their phone number online, thereby avoiding the $15 fee charged when switching numbers via phone or in-store.

Inside Sprint Now indicates that while this feature is being labeled a "benefit," it may actually be a cost-cutting maneuver, executed in an attempt to reduce the number of calls to customer care, thereby saving some money.

06
Jun
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According to a recent FCC filing, Qualcomm is hard at work on a new radio chipset that would support seven spectrum bands, including three below 1GHz. The introduction of this chipset could offer an effective solution to LTE spectrum fragmentation, which is a thorn in the side of manufacturers looking to cleanly execute broad product releases.

LTE fragmentation has also stirred debate among carriers, though. Smaller carriers operate within the Lower A block of the 700MHz band, in Band Class 12 while larger carriers like AT&T operate on the Lower B and C blocks in Band Class 17.

06
Jun
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Samsung's hotly-anticipated successor to the ultra-popular Galaxy series is coming to our shores, and as expected, preorders for the GSIII are now live on Verizon. For those needing a quick refresh of the specs:

  • 4.8" 720p SUMER AMOLED display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • 2GB RAM (!)
  • 16/32GB storage + microSD Slot
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.9MP front
  • Gorilla Glass 2
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 4G (LTE)

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Samsung also includes a number of proprietary apps, the most anticipated of which is probably the Siri-esque S Voice app.

05
Jun
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As promised, AT&T has gone live with pre-orders for the hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy SIII, which was just confirmed for the carrier three days ago. Customers are now free to stake claim to the phone that may indeed change the way Android phones are sold in the US. AT&T is the second carrier to officially launch pre-orders, following Sprint. Verizon's pre-orders are also expected to begin today.

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In case you've forgotten what makes the Galaxy SIII an awesome device, here's a quick look at its specs:

  • 4.8" Super AMOLED 720p display
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 16GB onboard storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD
  • Ample 2100mAh battery
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz overlay

To earmark your own unit (in either Pebble Blue or Marble White), just head over to AT&T's preorder page here.

05
Jun
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Here in the United States, we've all been witness to an historic "second" this week (as opposed to a first) in the unified launch of the Galaxy S III, untainted by carrier modification, on all four of the major US wireless providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile).

Now, you'll probably say "but David, the Galaxy S III is the first smartphone to launch as the same model on all four major carriers!" and you'd be right.

05
Jun
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Google has just published the fully flashable image for the 4.0.4 update to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus (mysid). This allows users who either have been unable to receive the OTA due to using a custom ROM, or simply haven't updated, to flash their devices with a complete OS image, as opposed to using an incremental update file.

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This will erase all of your data, so if you do flash it, be sure to back up your stuff.

05
Jun
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If you're looking for an affordable phone on AT&T's LTE network and like to keep things as eco-friendly as possible, then look not further than the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate.

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The Exhilarate is the newest device to run on AT&T's growing 4G LTE network, and offers decent mid-range specs:

  • 4" Super AMOLED display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Scorpion processor
  • 5MP rear shooter with 720p video capture, 1.3MP front camera
  • 4G LTE/HSPA+
  • Android 2.3

It's an eco-friendly device, too: its rear casing is made from 80 percent recycles post-consumer waste and it includes a low-load, energy-efficient charger that will sound an alert with the battery is fully charged.

05
Jun
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There are many cheap Android phones on the market today. Most of these devices will have a single core processor clocked at around 1GHz, and there won't be an awful lot of RAM to speak of either. This remains true of the HTC One V, but the latest budget phone to come out of the Taiwanese company has one key difference: it's running the latest version of Android.

That's right, you can finally own a budget device that doesn't ship with a version of Android that was released 2 years ago!

04
Jun
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Alongside Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, Sprint has announced that it, too, will be carrying the next Galaxy in just a few short weeks. As far as we can tell, the device will be unbranded aside from the standard Sprint logos, but we've yet to confirm this (Sprint has not provided images).

Yesterday, we'd heard from Samsung that the device would be coming to five carriers in the US, and with Sprint's announcement, we're now up to all five.

04
Jun
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It's been a long time coming, particularly for the pioneer Android tablet, but the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Verizon's 4G Xoom is rolling out today as expected. The update brings the Xoom to the very latest version of Android available - 4.0.4.

An over-the-air rollout has started today, but if you are too impatient to wait for that, you have the option of installing the update manually (this method requires the use of a USB host cable):

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