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A Year Late And A Dollar Short: AT&T Will Release The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini On September 27th For $.99

Those of you looking for a cheap, small phone running Android will have one more option on AT&T starting later this month. The company issued a press release this morning finally announcing the release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. That's Samsung's cheaper, smaller version of the GSIII which actually has very little in common with the GSIII in terms of hardware. It will launch on AT&T on September 27th for $.99 on a two-year contract.

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Verizon Expects New Nexus 7 To Get Certified For Its LTE Network At Some Point, No Timeframe Just Yet

Earlier today we reported that Verizon is currently denying owners of the Nexus 7 2013 LTE model the ability to access new data lines on the company's network. We reached out to a Verizon representative for comment, and here's what we got back:

This is not yet a device that is Verizon 4G LTE certified. We’ll let folks know when its certified.

Since that's a little on the vague side we requested some clarification, and received the following additional response.

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The National Advertising Division Slams T-Mobile For Bandwidth And Call Quality Claims Against AT&T [Update]

Update: T-Mobile's official response to the National Advertising Division is as below. 

NAD’s findings are a validation of our marketing approach.  In fact, today's NAD findings won't result in any substantial changes to our marketing claims.  We will continue to spread the word about our coast to coast 4G coverage, superfast 4G network, and superior call clarity, along with our message of simple, no annual service contract plans, unlimited data and the best upgrade program, JUMP!

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Nexus 7 LTE Goes Live On The Play Store In 10 Countries

After a lonesome stint on the US Play Store (and various random retailers across the world) with only T-Mobile SIMs available, the LTE Nexus 7 is now available on the Play Store in nine countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Here's a URL that should work to get to the product listing.

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The US version is available with AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs, but as some have suspected, Verizon SIMs remain MIA, and may for the foreseeable future.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon And Best Buy Offering Verizon HTC One For $49.99 With New Accounts And Upgrades

Verizon may have just gotten the HTC One, but it's hard to call it a "new" phone. Other carriers have been selling the aluminum slab for a few months now. It's getting to the point where that on-contract price is downright reasonable. For example, right now the Verizon HTC One is $49.99 on both Amazon and Best Buy.

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You can get this deal whether you're a new customer or you're upgrading an existing line.

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Sprint Expands 4G LTE Availability To 34 New Markets, Brings Nationwide Coverage Up To 185

Compared to Verizon and AT&T, Sprint's network leaves much to be desired in terms of both data speeds and coverage. This isn't the result of a lack of effort, though, as the Kansas-based company has steadily rolled out LTE to new markets throughout the summer. Today the company has announced the availability of 4G LTE in 34 new markets, bringing the total number from 151 up to 185. Sprint customers throughout the South, Midwest, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania should now have a new reason to smile.

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Sprint LG Optimus G Gets Small Bugfix Software Update To Version LS970ZVC

Sprint has shared a small update rolling out to the LG Optimus G, but right from the beginning, let's temper those expectations. Version LS970ZVC doesn't do much - actually, there's nothing here really worth mentioning. A few bugs related to creating an email account and managing calendar events have been fixed, and that's about it.

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This is the first update Sprint's rolled out to the device since the big leap to Android 4.1.2 back in March.

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T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Goes Up For Preorder September 18th, $199 Down Plus $21 Per Month

We already know T-Mobile is planning to release the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear on October 2nd. If you just can't wait to make your intentions known, you only have to wait until September 18th. That's when preorders for the Note 3 go live on T-Mobile's site.

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T-Mobile doesn't do subsidies anymore, instead preferring payment plans. However, the Note 3 is still going to take a bite out of your bank account.

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US Cellular's Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Goes On Sale Tomorrow Online, September 19th In Stores For $149.99

Are you the kind of hulking man-monster than accidentally crushes tiny conventional smartphones in your Bunyan-like grasp? Alternately, do you always carry a purse (you too, ladies) and prefer a phone with as big a screen as possible? And are you a current or prospective US Cellular customer? Well then, prepare to have your day made. The leviathan Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 goes on sale for US Cellular tomorrow for $149.99 on-contract after an instant rebate.

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Report: Sprint Prepares To JUMP On The EDGE Of The NEXT Bandwagon With "One Up" Yearly Upgrades

Play it again, Sprint. Now that T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all started accelerated upgrade programs with monthly charges (Jump, NEXT, and EDGE, respectively), Sprint wants in on the action. According to some leaked screenshots posted by Cnet, the last of the "Big Four" American carriers is planning a similar program called One Up. The plan has not been confirmed by Sprint, but the screenshot below looks genuine.

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Stop me if you've heard this before: under the One Up plan, customers would pay no money down and spread the cost of a new phone over 24 monthly payments added on to their regular phone bill.

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