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The More I Watch This Virgin Mobile Ad Luring T-Mobile Customers Away With $100, The More It Makes Sense And That Scares Me

Raul Julia. That's what this Virgin Mobile ad makes me think of. I'll explain that later. First, the facts. If you're a T-Mobile customer, Virgin Mobile wants your business. So much so that it's willing to give you a $100 credit if you port your number over before May 31st. Straightforward, right? Cool. Now, here: Have an octopus.

Did you ever watch Mystery Science Theater 3000? If not, you should.

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[Update: It's Back!] T-Mobile's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Finally Getting Bumped To Android 4.1.2

Update x2: The update is rolling out again as of April 8th. Hopefully it'll last this time.

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Update: Turns out that T-Mo recently halted the update. At this point there's no word on why it was delayed, but the carrier updated the support page to reflect the change, noting that it is "paused until further notice." We'll let you know when it starts rolling out again.

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Thanks, Zachary!

If you picked up the T-Mobile-branded version of Samsung's newest 10-inch slate that doesn't have "note" in the name, you may want to head into the Settings menu and tap the update button, as T-Mo has quietly started pushing the Android 4.1.2 update to the device.

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S II Now Getting Jelly Bean, Available Via Kies Only

The Jelly Bean rollout for Galaxy device has been fast and furious as of late, with Samsung making the update available to nearly all of its current and former flagship devices. Today's the day for T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S II – but the download is only available via Samsung's Kies software.

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In order to pull the update, you'll need to be on the latest official firmware from T-Mobile, and must have at least 50% battery.

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[Deal Alert] Pre-Order Sprint's HTC One For $150 From Wirefly

HTC's newest flagship is doing its best to turn heads with innovative features and funky buzzword-branding. If you've been sipping the Kool-Aid and simply must have this up-and-coming powerhouse, Wirefly's got a pretty solid deal if you are (or plan on being) a Sprint customer: you can pre-order either the silver or black variants for $150.

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With that said, if you're switching carriers and plan on porting your number, then Sprint's pre-order offering is still a better deal at only $99.

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U.S. Cellular Starts The Android 4.1.2 Rollout For The Samsung Galaxy Axiom

Samsung has slowly been updating the majority of its ICS-running Galaxy devices to Jelly Bean (4.1.2) over the last several weeks, and U.S Cellular's Galaxy Axiom is the next in line. Announced just this morning, the update should be available directly from U.S. Cellular via OTA, as well as through Samsung's Kies Software.

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This bump in Android version should be a nice one for Axiom owners, as it brings the much discussed Google Now, along with expandable notifications, and several noticeable performance enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich.

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[Update: Live, $100 For New Customers] Sprint Announces HTC One Availability: $199, Pre-Orders Start Friday, Phone Available April 19th

Update: It's live now! New Sprint customers will get an extra perk on pre-orders: $100 off. While it wasn't announced earlier, the pre-order page has a deal for customers porting their number in for a new line, allowing them to get the HTC One for $99.99. It looks like the offer won't be available after the device launches, so if you know you're switching to Sprint, best to get it now.

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[Update: Pre-Orders Live] AT&T Announces Official Availability Of HTC One: $199 For 32GB, Confirms 64GB Exclusive For $299, Launches April 19th

Update: Pre-orders for the One have gone live on the AT&T website - you can get either the 32 or 64GB version, as long as you want Glacial Silver.

After some misinformation was spread yesterday (and not just the April Fools' kind) about the price of the HTC One, AT&T has stepped forward to clarify some things. The 32GB model will sell for $199 with a two year contract. Additionally, for the storage hungry, the carrier will have the exclusive on the 64GB model at launch, which will cost $299.

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Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) Now Rolling Out To AT&T's LG Optimus G

If those of you on Big Blue have been jealous of The Now Network's Jelly Bean offerings to the LG Optimus G, today's your lucky day. AT&T just announced the official Android 4.1 (4.1.2 to be exact) update for its variant of the LG flagship, complete with Google Now, expandable notifications, and all the other goodies that one expects to come with the full OS update.

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The OTA also enables the ISIS Mobile Wallet, which allows users in Austin and Salt Lake City to test the waters with the new mobile payment system.

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AT&T Launches LTE In A Ton Of New Markets Including Fresno, Fort Smith, Las Cruces, Binghamton, And Mount Vernon, WA

AT&T took the lid off a truckload of new LTE markets today. The list encompasses the four corners of the the United States including New York (Binghamton), Washington (Mount Vernon), Florida (Palm Coast, Lakeland-Winter Haven and a bunch of others) and California (Fresno), as well as a bunch of markets in between. Here's the full list:

  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Martin and St. Lucie counties, FL
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
  • Palm Coast, FL
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Binghamton, NY
  • Carbondale, IL
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Mount Vernon, WA
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Fresno, CA
  • Temple/Killeen, TX
  • Beaumont, TX
  • Houma/Thibodaux, LA

All of the new markets should be live today, and may include several smaller surrounding areas so check out the gigantic list of press releases here if you want a bit more information about where you live.

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LG Announces The Lucid 2 For Verizon, Available April 4th For Free (With A Two-Year Agreement)

If you just can't decide which mid-range phone you must have, Verizon and LG are looking to make that quandary even more... quandary-ful with the Lucid 2. As the name suggests, this is the sequel to last year's "breakout" budget phone. And while the Lucid 2 may bump the specs, it's keeps the same low price tag: free.

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Key Features Include:

  • Large 4.3-inch qHD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display
  • Long-lasting 2,460 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Memory: 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board storage
  • microSD™ Memory Card Support: up to 64GB
  • Wireless charging capabilities  (Wireless Charging Battery Cover sold separately)
  • Customizable lock screens
  • Advanced Camera Capabilities including Live Shot, Time Catch Shot, Panorama Shot and Cheese Shutter
  • Mobile Hotspot to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • QuickMemo allows users to capture screenshots and add their own personalized commentary or drawings with a finger
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0

It will hit Verizon's website and brick-and-mortars beginning April 4th, so there's only a couple days' wait if you plan on picking it up.

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