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Cricket Joins The LTE Smartphone Crowd: LG Optimus Regard Available Now, Samsung Galaxy S III Coming November 23rd

There are still great swatches of the American wireless industry woefully lacking in LTE coverage (we're looking at you, T-Mobile) but bit by bit the various carriers have been hopping on the bandwagon. While budget carrier Cricket Wireless has actually had LTE coverage in Las Vegas and Tucson for the last few months, it'd been restricted to USB access dongles, WiFi hotspots and the like. Their first LTE smartphone, the LG Optimus Regard.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Wireless Drops The EVO LTE To $20 And Galaxy S III To $50 For New Sprint Customers

If you're convinced that LTE is the way to go and aren't interested in picking up the Nexus 4, then Amazon Wireless is running a couple of deals right now for those who have been considering making the jump the Sprint.

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First off, the HTC EVO LTE is now only $20. Twenty. Not a bad deal for such a solid phone, especially if you plan on installing CyanogenMod 10 on it.

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AT&T Marks LTE Service In Six New Cities 'Available'

If you're an AT&T subscriber who is yet to "do more faster" with the provider's LTE network, you might just be in luck. AT&T has announced new LTE availability in six cities across the country today, along with expansion in the Greater Seattle Area and one county in Maryland.

Here's a quick look at cities where AT&T LTE has officially lighted up (click them to see AT&T's city-specific press release):

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Android 4.1.1 Rolling Out To The Samsung Galaxy S III On T-Mobile Via OTA And Kies

If you have a Galaxy S III on T-Mobile, it's time to start mashing the "check updates" button, because Jelly Bean is on its way. Starting today, Team Pink has made the update available via both the over-the-air system, as well as Samsung's Kies application.

Aside from Jelly Bean, the update also brings a handful of other fixes, including improvements to Wi-Fi calling:

  • Version:
    • Android version 4.0.4/Software version T999UVLJA
    • Approved 11/14/2012
  • New Features:
    • Jelly Bean
  • Improvements:
    • Wi-Fi calling improvements
    • Camera enhancements
    • Keyboard improvements
  • Prerequisites
    • OTA and Samsung Kies update
    • T999UVLJ4, T999UVLH2, T999UVLG1 or T999UVLEM
    • Device software is not rooted
    • 50% battery life
    • Data connection
    • File size of update is 344 MB (it is recommended to connect to Wi-Fi to complete the OTA)

If you want to pull the software OTA, head into Settings > About device > Software update to see if it's available on your handset.

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[Deal Alert] From Nov. 16-17, T-Mobile Is Offering The Galaxy S III Free On Contract (Yep, It's A Mail-In Rebate)

Are you a T-Mobile customer absolutely fed up with the carrier's admittedly absurd on-contract pricing for phones? I probably would be, too, if I was on T-Mobile. Fortunately, if you're a savvy consumer, a few times a year T-Mo offers some legitimately good deals on its best phones for around 48 hours, and on November 16th, one of those sales is going to happen. And no, the Galaxy Note II isn't a part of it, sadly.

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Sprint Officially Announces The ZTE Flash, Along With A Handful Of New LTE Markets

Considering the multitude of leaks surrounding the device,, you probably already know basically everything there is to know about the ZTE Flash for Sprint. And now, The Now Network has made this mid-ranger official. The device features some pretty modest specs, along with a very Galaxy Nexus-esque form factor:

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  • 4.5" 1280x720 Display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 12.6MP rear shooter
  • Android 4.0
  • 1,780mAh battery
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE
  • 5.27 inches (H) x 2.56 inches (W) x 0.38 inches (D)
  • 5.2 oz.
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[Update] Leak: Sprint's Optimus G To Receive Update At Launch On November 11

Update: This upgrade is now live! It will be rolling out over the air starting today. Just be patient. Or repeatedly hit that "Check now" button. Either way.

The Optimus G, LG's powerhouse which serves as the base for the Nexus 4, is going to be released on Sprint on November 11th. At launch, it will receive an OTA to version LS970ZV8, we learned today from internal Sprint documents.

The update will bring the following enhancements and fixes to this quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro beast:

  • Intermittent freezing/locking up
  • Intermittent device reset during  YouTube playback
  • No power on due to Wi-Fi crash
  • Sprint ID icon randomly shows as Mobile ID icon
  • MSL protection for ##DIAG# should be on
  • Reply to All in email: Device was including the sender name, outside of normal.
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HTC DROID DNA Official: 5" Of Eye-Melting 1080p, Headed To Verizon On November 21st

Update: Here's a snapshot of that ridiculous 1080p display in action. Be sure to check out Ron's hands-on with the phone, in which he describes said eye-melting resolution.

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Our own Ron Amadeo is live on the ground at the DROID DNA unveiling, but the not-quite-a-phablet phone has just been officially announced by Verizon. As expected, the DROID DNA's specifications (similar to the J Butterfly) basically position it as arguably the most lust-worthy Android phone on the market (in the US).

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One X+ And VX For AT&T Availability Set For November 16th

The much-awaited One X+ and VX for AT&T have finally had their availability dates hammered down - both handsets will be released this Thursday, November 16th. The X+ is HTC's refresh of its flagship One X handset, though aside from some additional memory, the first Tegra 3 processor with LTE, and a spiffy new all-black pain job, it's basically the same phon. Those upgrades are substantial, though, and should make it a serious contender this holiday season.

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Samsung Stratosphere II For Verizon Finally Official, Available 'In The Coming Weeks' For $129

We've seen a few leaks of Verizon's upcoming Stratosphere II over the past couple of months, and Big Red just made the handset official. As expected, it's a modest mid-ranger with a 4-inch display and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Like its predecessor, the Stratosphere II will also sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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This global-ready Android 4.0 handset will be available "in the coming weeks" for $129, but that's after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a two year agreement.

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