16
Sep
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Sprint has shared a small update rolling out to the LG Optimus G, but right from the beginning, let's temper those expectations. Version LS970ZVC doesn't do much - actually, there's nothing here really worth mentioning. A few bugs related to creating an email account and managing calendar events have been fixed, and that's about it.

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This is the first update Sprint's rolled out to the device since the big leap to Android 4.1.2 back in March.

16
Sep
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We already know T-Mobile is planning to release the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear on October 2nd. If you just can't wait to make your intentions known, you only have to wait until September 18th. That's when preorders for the Note 3 go live on T-Mobile's site.

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T-Mobile doesn't do subsidies anymore, instead preferring payment plans. However, the Note 3 is still going to take a bite out of your bank account.

16
Sep
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Are you the kind of hulking man-monster than accidentally crushes tiny conventional smartphones in your Bunyan-like grasp? Alternately, do you always carry a purse (you too, ladies) and prefer a phone with as big a screen as possible? And are you a current or prospective US Cellular customer? Well then, prepare to have your day made. The leviathan Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 goes on sale for US Cellular tomorrow for $149.99 on-contract after an instant rebate.

15
Sep
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Play it again, Sprint. Now that T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all started accelerated upgrade programs with monthly charges (Jump, NEXT, and EDGE, respectively), Sprint wants in on the action. According to some leaked screenshots posted by Cnet, the last of the "Big Four" American carriers is planning a similar program called One Up. The plan has not been confirmed by Sprint, but the screenshot below looks genuine.

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Stop me if you've heard this before: under the One Up plan, customers would pay no money down and spread the cost of a new phone over 24 monthly payments added on to their regular phone bill.

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Sep
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If you're one of the many who thinks Motorola's X phone is the bee's knees, then Amazon potentially has a deal that may be of interest. Why "potentially," you ask? Because this one's only good for Sprintsters (or those considering the jump).

For the time being, Amazon is letting the X go for $99 on-contract for both new agreements and existing customers. Unfortunately, the black version is currently out of stock, so it's white or bust at the moment.

13
Sep
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Buying a Verizon G2? You might want to think twice about rooting it, because Big Red has specifically configured its version of the device to show whether or not the phone is rooted in the "status" sub-menu of the About Phone area. Why? Almost certainly for the express purpose of voiding warranties or returns for people who screw up their phones (or, allegedly screw up) after rooting them.

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I have confirmed the rooting status flag is also present on my Verizon G2 review unit, but not the AT&T or international unlocked variants.

13
Sep
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Verizon hasn't explicitly announced an Android 4.2 update for the DROID DNA, but in a way, they have. The company has updated the support page for the nearly one-year-old handset with an in-depth look at what new goodies to expect. It's quite the ugly page, so we'll save you the effort of perusing it for yourself by providing the gist right here. After this update, DROID DNA owners will have an HTC Sense 5 experience that approaches that of the HTC One.

13
Sep
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There was a time not long ago that you couldn't even get AT&T-compatible Straight Talk SIMs due to a mysterious shortage. Well, things have certainly turned around. Straight Talk has just started listing 4G LTE service for AT&T devices. You can break free from the traditional carriers, save some money, and still keep your LTE data. That's a deal.

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Straight Talk offers monthly plans starting at $45 with "unlimited" data.

12
Sep
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No one likes to be last. The LG G2 was originally slated to become available online from T-Mobile on September 18th, nearly a week after competitors Verizon Wireless and AT&T were to start offering the handset. AT&T already jumped the gun when they started offering sales online a week ago, and now T-Mobile is offering the G2 at the same time as everyone else, at least online.

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Unlike AT&T and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile offers the G2 for $99.99 upfront.

12
Sep
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Virgin Mobile has added the ZTE Supreme to its lineup of Android smartphones, a 4G LTE smartphone that will cost $299 with one of the carrier's no-contract plans starting at $35 a month. The device is priced to compete with the likes of the Nexus 4 (before its price drop) and comes equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 1280 x 720 5-inch display, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 2,500mAh removable battery.

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