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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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PSA: No, The Nexus 4 On T-Mobile Will Not Have Wi-Fi Calling

Earlier today, rumors broke out across the net that, according to T-Mobile's support docs, the carrier's branded Nexus 4 will support Wi-Fi calling. Previous statements indicated that the N4 would not have this feature, so we reached out to T-Mobile for official word. Unfortunately, this was an error in the support documents and the phone will not support Wi-Fi calling after all. Here's the official word, directly from T-Mo:

You are correct, just a simple mistake in the online document.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Coming To AT&T On Nov. 16th For $499, $100 Off If You Buy With A Galaxy Smartphone

We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Galaxy Camera on AT&T for over a month now and today we finally received the juicy details we've been anticipating. The camera is going to come with a price tag of $499, putting it firmly outside the realm of your typical casual point-and-shoot market. However, you can knock $100 off that price tag if you buy it with an on-contract Galaxy smartphone. The camera itself will not be subject to a two-year contract, of course.

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Samsung Releases Kernel Source For The AT&T Galaxy Express And T-Mobile Tab 2 10.1

Do you ever wonder if Samsung gets tired of releasing devices? While most manufacturers have vowed to release fewer superfluous phone and tablets, ol' Sammy is still going strong, offering up new Galaxy devices almost weekly. Maybe some people like the choice. Or maybe not. Either way, I don't see any signs of them slowing any time soon.

With more devices, of course, also comes more source code. Today's batch of piping hot source is for the Galaxy Express on AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on T-Mobile.

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Best Buy Fully Outs The ZTE Flash On Sprint

We've heard quite a bit about the upcoming ZTE Flash on Sprint over the last couple of weeks, but Best Buy just spilled all the details of the upcoming mid-ranger. According to previous leaks - which have now been confirmed by Best Buy - the Flash has a 4.5-inch 1280x720 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and Android 4.0. The handset's claim to fame, however, is its 12.6MP rear shooter - a first for a device in this class on Sprint.

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