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Sprint Announces The Kyocera Torque, Its First Ruggedized 4G LTE Smartphone

Sprint this morning announced plans to offer a new ultra-rugged Kyocera smartphone with Direct Connect "this spring." The device – dubbed Torque – offers the standard features expected from a ruggedized phone, including water resistance, dust prevention, and drop protection. That means you'll be able to drop it in the toilet, use it during a sandstorm, or throw it out of frustration without fear of shattering it into pieces.

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If you want specifics, the Torque can be submerged in meter-deep water for up to 30 minutes, handle temperatures from –22 to 140 degrees for three hours, stay safe from "heavy dust" for up to six hours, and be dropped more than 20 times from a height of four feet.

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[Update: Sprint's, Too] Verizon Galaxy Note II Gets Its First Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly

When I was a kid, my grandfather used to always say "last to market, last to get official builds of CyanogenMod." Seems the old man's wisdom once again proves to be true, as official CM 10.1 nightlies just showed up for Verizon's variant of the Galaxy Note II.

Update: Looks like Sprint's version of the Note II just got CM10.1, too.

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For those of you who own said Note II, this means you can finally get away from Samsung's Playskool-inspired Technicolor UI and experience Android in its natural form.

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[Deal Alert] Lowest Price Yet For The DROID RAZR HD: It's Free At Wirefly For Upgrades Only

Most of the time when we post a good deal – especially on a free phone – it's typically for new customers. In a rare event, though, Wirefly has turned that deal on its head by making  the RAZR HD free for upgrades only. New customers will still have to shell out $50 for the same devices. It's a pretty good deal either way, but it's particularly killer for existing Verizon customers.

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Verizon Sells Lower 700MHz B Block To AT&T For $1.9 Billion (And Some AWS Spectrum) - Here's What That Means

For most people, wireless spectrum is a topic best discussed right before bed with a warm glass of milk. It is boring. But it's important. While landline internet is, as we know, a series of tubes, wireless internet is more like a giant fleet of invisible flying trucks... or something.

To put it plainly, long-range, high-bandwidth spectrum usable with cell phones is a finite resource. Now, the scarcity of that resource in reality is very debatable - vast swaths of basically unused (or severely underutilized) wireless spectrum are in this range, much of it belonging to the military, public safety, television, and various executive agencies.

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T-Mobile Sending A Small OTA Update To Its Variant Of The Galaxy S II, Mostly Packs Security Fixes

A small, 11MB over-the-air update is on its way to T-Mobile's variant of the Galaxy S II this morning, which brings a few minor enhancements to the year-old device. Among those, you'll find a "Qualcomm fix," along with Vlingo S Voice improvements, and some general security enhancements.

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As usual with Samsung devices, there are a couple of different ways you can apply the update to your device. First – and probably the easiest – is to just pull it via OTA; you can either wait until the automatic notification shows up letting you know that an update is available, or head into Settings > About Phone > System Updates to manually check.

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Verizon's Bright Pink Valentine's Day Edition DROID RAZR M Now On Sale Online And In Stores

It's time to call up the DROID RAZR M family and congratulate it on a new, slightly much girlier addition. Minutes ago, Verizon Wireless put up the bright pink Valentine's Day-themed variant of the 4.3" Jelly Bean-sporting device for sale on its website.

Update: Verizon has now updated the page and included a $50-off discount, dropping the price down to $49.99.

Unsurprisingly, the subsidized 2-year contract price remains unchanged from the black and white versions at $99.99, while the month-to-month off-contract option will make your wallet lighter by $549.99.

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The Nexus 4 Is Back In Stock Online At T-Mobile.com (For Now)

Have you got a case of the Nexus 4 blues? Unfortunately, it’s still out of stock in the Play Store. We know from a recent interview that LG is citing underestimated demand as the reason for the phone’s seemingly endless unavailability. That’s something Google CEO Larry Page says the company is working on. But if you want a Nexus 4 right now in the States, there is another option, as long as you’re willing to sign a contract with a carrier.

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[Deal Alert] Motorola Droid RAZR HD Drops To $49 For New Accounts From Amazon Wireless

Thought $99 was a good deal for one of the top Android phones? Well, grab your wallet because Amazon Wireless is now selling the Droid RAZR HD for just $49.99 if you're a new Verizon customer. Already on Big Red? Don't get too bummed – you can still have the RAZR HD for $99.99. These prices are, of course, with a new 2-year service agreement.

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The Droid RAZR HD packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen, and a solid 2530mAh battery.

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[Deal Alert] Verizon's Galaxy Note II Is Now Just $199 For Upgrades And New Subscribers On Amazon And Wirefly

Verizon, out of all four of America's major carriers, is notorious for keeping the subsidized price points of its devices high long after release. Even 3rd party retailers seem affected by this trend, and, as such, we've not seen Verizon's Note II dip into real "deal" territory since its debut late last year.

In all likelihood, that's simply because of demand. Verizon's coverage and network sell handsets, and Big Red remains (if only marginally) the largest mobile network in the US.

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The Rest Of NTT DoCoMo's Spring Lineup: Fujitsu ARROWS X F-02E, Huawei dtab, Sharp Aquos Phone EX, And More

We've been taking a close look at some of Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo's 2013 offerings: LG's flagship Optimus G Pro, Panasonic's similar Eluga X, and the dual-screen NEC MEDIAS W. DoCoMo announced three other phones at the same time, all of which are at the head of their manufacturer's lineups. We've already seen Sony's Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z, and Huawei's Ascend D2. Fujitsu's ARROWS X F-02E matches up to both, more or less.

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