There are a plethora of budget smartphones in the $150-250 price range that are fine devices. If you're looking to go even cheaper than that, things get a little sketchy. T-Mobile and Coolpad are teaming up (yes, Coolpad) to offer the Rogue. It's only $50 and has Android 5.1. The specs are not impressive, but hey, fifty bucks.
Samsung's top-end tablets tend to be much more expensive than their contemporaries, and even more so if you spring for a mobile radio. Today (and only today!) you can grab the original Galaxy Tab S 10.5, with a 16:10 Super AMOLED screen and a Verizon LTE radio, for just $359.99 on eBay. That's an incredible $500 and change off of the original retail price, and about $100 off of the going rate for the year-old tablet. This is a new item in the white-and-gold color, but hurry - according to the eBay listing, this deal will be gone in about 12 hours (approximately 12 PM Eastern US time on Monday). Read More
We like to (deservedly) give AT&T a lot of grief around here, but it looks like they have a case in their latest lawsuit. According to the legal documentation, AT&T has evidence of several employees having engaged in a scheme to illegally obtain unlock codes for AT&T customers that were still under contract. Why would they do that? Well, the lawsuit alleges they were taking money from Swift Unlocks, a web-based company that charges a small fee to unlock people's carrier smartphones.
The nearly-defunct two-year contract model that all carriers once used was built on the premise of making top smartphones more affordable up front. Read More
If you're a Sprint customer and you've added Sprint Open World coverage, the carrier won't charge you any extra to place calls to certain parts of the world. You also get unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data when you travel to any of the "Included" locales. "Additional" ones cost 20 cents a minute.
Sprint has added 33 more destinations to the list, bringing the total up to over 60.
Sprint Open World's New Destinations:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Papua New Guinea
Should you step across an international border, most carriers seize the opportunity to nickle and dime you into oblivion, but T-Mobile has a different take on things. Simple Global makes most services free or very cheap in supported countries, and the carrier is adding 20 more locations to the program today. Remember, this is only for Simple Choice postpaid customers, no prepaid subscribers need apply. Read More
While many of us have been living the Lollipop life and looking forward to Marshmallow, life hasn't been so grand for owners of the first generation Moto X on Verizon. They've been languishing on Android 4.4.4 all this time, but it looks like that's finally changing. A soak test for Android 5.1 is starting to roll out, and that could soon mean a general release of Lollipop for this once proud device.
Dedicated leaker @upleaks has been doing the usual, dropping press shots of devices that haven't yet launched but will allegedly soon grace our presence. A recent revelation has been the Moto X Force, codenamed Bounce, that serves as a smaller but beefed up version of the Moto X Style (also known as the Pure Edition). This device is allegedly coming to the US as the DROID Turbo 2, a Verizon Wireless exclusive. Read More
T-Mobile is announcing a new program today that replaces the popular T-Mobile Test Drive offer. Starting on September 12th, you can sign up for a JUMP On Demand plan and T-Mobile won't penalize you if you decide to leave. You can even keep the leased phone to use on other carriers if you continue making payments on it. Read More
There are dozens of Bluetooth trackers being released or crowd-sourced by companies every month, but most of them suffer from the same issue. Once you're no longer within Bluetooth range, these trackers are useless. Sure, they can do the job for keeping an eye on belongings that should always stay near you, like wallets and handbags, but when it comes to travel luggage, you're inevitably going to be separated by more than a few hundred feet. You need a more robust location system like GPS to be able to follow your bags across vast airports, and maybe even halfway across the world if they get sent somewhere by mistake. Read More