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Pantech Marauder Review: "Budget" Isn't Such A Bad Place To Be

While everyone loves to gush over flagship phones, the truth of the matter is that for many customers, cheaper phones - be they last-gen's flagships or this-gen's budget devices - are the route of choice. Traditionally, the former route tended to work out better, especially for enthusiasts; after all, generation-old flagships tend to still outperform and out-feature current-gen budget devices. Plus, high-end devices generally have a ton of developer support and are usually better supported by the manufacturer.

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Sprint Offering $100 Amex Giftcard With All Online Smartphone Purchases Until August 26th (Requires New Line)

Everyone likes "free" money, and Sprint is looking to take advantage of our human nature with its latest deal: buy any smartphone and add a new line of service, get a $100 Amex giftcard. It's not exactly free money, per se, but it is a nice incentive, especially if you've been considering adding a second line anyway.


As the ad above states, this deal is available for any smartphone (as long as you order it online).

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T-Mobile Updating Springboard Tablet To Android 4.0.3, OTA Starting August 15th

T-Mobile has just updated the supports documents for the Springboard tablet, and owners are in for a welcome surprise.  The device might not have attracted much attention when it was launched, but now it's getting some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich action. Users can anticipate an OTA update to start hitting devices on August 15.

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It's understandable that you might have forgotten that the Springboard existed, but it wasn't a bad device before the Nexus 7 arrived in the same niche.

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[Updated] T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Set To Get ICS Via Kies Beginning On August 14th

Samsung has been working to push Ice Cream Sandwich to the entire Galaxy Tab series as of late. We've already seen it hit the 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi, 7.7, and 10.1. As usual, owners of carrier-connected tablets have to wait a bit longer, as the update has more hoops to jump through before it can get the final approval and make its way to said devices.

Looks like T-Mobile is among one of the first carriers to offer the update for its variant of the Tab 7.0 Plus, and it's scheduled to become available tomorrow.

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Sprint Photon Q Pre-Orders Begin Today; Will Be Available In Stores On August 19th For $199

Sprint announced the Photon Q, its first LTE device with a full QWERTY keyboard, back in late July with nary a word on pricing or availability. We've heard rumors here and there about a mid-August release, but The Now Network has finally unveiled an official release date of August 19th, as well as a price of $199 with a two-year agreement.

The Photon Q is Motorola's newest offering to the QWERTY world, and is basically an Atrix HD with a keyboard:


  • 4.3" ColorBoost display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (presumably Snapdragon S4)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP 1080p rear shooter, 720p front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
  • NFC
  • Full QWERTY slider
  • LTE, global ready
  • Android 4.0.4

If you want to ensure you'll have the most powerful slider on the market in your hands on 8/19, pre-orders begin today in Sprint stores and on the web.

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[Update: Global Confirmed] Big Verizon HTC Rezound 4.03.605.1 OTA Update Rolling Out, Bringing Global Capabilities [Installation Instructions]

Verizon is possibly pushing out an over-the-air update v4.03.605.1 to the HTC Rezound which only just received ICS (v3.14.605.12) last week. The 104MB update is pretty hefty for only a few weeks of work, which has puzzled many XDA members and made things turn pretty ugly in the relevant thread. The reason I'm saying "possibly" is only one person at XDA has received it so far, which may indicate there's some sort of soak testing going on.

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T-Mobile And HTC Haven't Forgotten myTouch 3G Slide And G2, Minor Updates Available For Both

These updates might not amount to much, but it's always nice to see official updates to older devices. I'm talking really old, like the myTouch 3G Slide and the G2, both released all the way back in 2010. If you're in possession of said devices and are not yet running a custom ROM with something more fresh than Android 2.2 and 2.3.4 respectively (why not?), here's what's coming:

  • Security patch
  • Improved software stability

Descriptive, isn't it?

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[Leak] Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q For T-Mobile Press Shot Shows Up, Suggests August 15th Release

A leaked image of an upcoming device for T-Mobile, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q (a name that violates no less than three commandments) just surfaced over at TmoNews. As its [awful] name suggests, this appears to be a QWERTY-fied version of the Galaxy S Blaze, though the rumored specs actually point to a bit of an upgrade in the display department, as well:

  • 720p display (size not mentioned)
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • HSPA+ 42
  • Slide-out QWERTY
  • Android 4.0

By comparison, the Blaze 4G packs similar specs (sans keyboard), but with a meager 480x800 display and slower Snapdragon S3 (as opposed to the S4 in the Blaze Q).

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T-Mobile Now Selling Samsung Galaxy Note For $250, Huawei MyTouch And MyTouch Q For $50 - But Wirefly Has Them All On Sale

Three new devices joined the T-Mobile guard today: two phones and one phablet.

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First, the new Huawei myTouch has hit the stores, with a price of $49.99 on a new 2-year contract accompanied by the following specs:

  • 4-inch "high-res" screen
  • 1.4GHz CPU
  • Bluetooth
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 4G

The device is available in black and dark red varieties; if you're after a bargain, you might want to head over to Wirefly, where you can get both colors (black and red) free.

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