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LG Optimus Elite Receiving Minor OTA Update

If you have an Optimus Elite, it's time to hit that "check update" button - a brand-new software version (LS696ZVF) is headed out to devices this morning. It's definitely on the minor side, and no, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. Honestly, if you have an Elite, you're probably going to be stuck in Gingerbread hell forever unless you're on a custom ROM. Anyway, here's the changelog:

- NFC driver permissions update
- Support for downloadable Sprint Direct Connect Now client from the Google Play Store
- “QuickMemo” LG application
- Sprint Connections Optimizer

Head over to the Sprint Community post to find out more.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Now Live At U.S. Cellular For $300 With A Two-Year Agreement

U.S. Cellular customers, if you've been chomping at the bit to get your hands on the latest behemoth phone from Samsung, today's your day. The Note II is now available directly from the regional carrier's website, as well as in stores.

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Of course, to grab the latest flagship from the Korean manufacturer, it's going to cost you. Three-hundred dollars worth of cost you, to be exact. You'll also have to commit to being exclusive with the provider for the next two years, but you probably already knew that.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Available From Sprint Today For $300, No Pre-Order Necessary

As promised, the Galaxy Note II is now available for purchase on Sprint for $650 less a $350 instant rebate, for a total of $300. Though T-Mobile was first to the punch by a day, Sprint is offering it for a not-insubstantial $70 cheaper.

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$300 may seem a bit steep for a smartphone, but keep in mind that this isn't your typical device. It's got a 1.6Ghz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, LTE, 5.5" 1280x720 Super AMOLED Plus display, plus that infamous S Pen stylus to help you get the most from the ginormous screen.

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[Update: Open Source Kernel, Too] It's Official: Sprint's Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Upgrade Starts Rolling Out Today

We heard the rumor yesterday and now it looks like our dreams have come to pass! Sprint's Galaxy S III will be receiving an OTA Jelly Bean upgrade starting today. Of course, this also bring a new TouchWiz update as well, but fortunately, things like Google Now and widget organization magic will remain intact. Here's the changelog:

Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:

  • Google Now™ gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform.
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Sony Xperia TL Launching On AT&T Beginning November 2 For $99.99

At the beginning of October, AT&T announced the Xperia TL would be available "in the coming weeks." If you've been waiting with bated breath to get your hands on the James Bond phone, November 2 looks like the day to mark on the calendar.

Specs:

  • 4.6" 1280x720 "Reality Display"
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 13MP fast capture camera
  • NFC
  • Android 4.0.4 (will be upgraded to 4.1 "following launch")

The Xperia TL will be available for a mere $99 with a two-year agreement, and runs on AT&T's up and coming LTE network.

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Pre-Orders Go Live For AT&T, Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II

We've seen a lot of news surrounding Samsung's Galaxy Note II in the past 24 hours, from T-Mobile's official launch all the way down to Lebron James' custom Note II cover. We've got one more piece of news before the day's done though – pre-orders for the Note II's AT&T and Verizon variants have just gone live.

Those looking to grab the AT&T-connected Note II will need to shell out an unsurprising $299.99 with 2-year activation, and can expect their devices to ship out on November 6th, just in time for the network's November 9th launch date.

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Sprint Intros A Bunch Of New Tablet Data Plans, Here's The Breakdown

Sprint, starting November 11th, will be launching a slew of new tablet data plans - and some of them actually don't sound that bad, if you're a current Sprint smartphone subscriber. Here are the plans, for both 3G and 4G LTE tablets:

  • With Sprint Smartphone Plan
    • 100MB: $10/month
    • 1GB: $15/month
  • Without
    • 300MB: $15/month
    • 3GB: $35/month
    • 6GB: $50/month
    • 12GB: $80/month

If you're a Sprint subscriber, $15 a month for a commitment-free 1GB tablet plan isn't bad.

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[Rumor] Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update May Or May Not Arrive To Sprint Tomorrow, October 25th

I've been debating posting this all day for the reasons I'll explain below, but based on the feedback from a number of people who claim to be Sprint insiders, the information leaked earlier today in an XDA post by user supercholo may be legitimate. The leak suggests that the Jelly Bean update for Sprint's Galaxy S III may be arriving starting tomorrow, October 25th. Here is the alleged internal memo stating so:

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Whether the memo is 100% legitimate or not, and whether Sprint actually follows up tomorrow remains to be seen - it's not the first time the company played tricks on its employees, and it's not the first time a software update was delayed.

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The US Cellular Galaxy Note II Will Launch On October 26th, $299 On 2-Year Agreement

If you're a US Cellular customer and also interested in the Galaxy Note II, good news: the Note II will be available on the southern regional carrier starting Friday, October 26th, in stores and online. The price remains the same as it has since the pre-order, at $299 on a new 2-year agreement. Today is also the last day you can pre-order the Note II on USC, and those orders will begin shipping tomorrow.

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[Updated] Verizon, Why Did You Stick Your Crappy Logo On The Galaxy Note II's Home Button?

Back at the beginning of September, we got our first glimpse of the Note II on Verizon... and it had a branded home button. Initial thoughts after seeing this were unanimously along the lines of "eww" and "omg why." We all hoped it was some stupid thing they tried while the device was in testing.

It wasn't.

Samsung just released some press shots of the Verizon Note II variant, complete with the absurd home button branding.

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