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AT&T's New GoPhone, The LG Phoenix 2, Has Marshmallow And Only Costs $100

I like budget phones. I especially like those that still let me run the latest version of Android. It looks like AT&T's upcoming GoPhone from LG may be one to add to that list.

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Republic Wireless Brings Its A Game: New GSM Partner And Plenty Of Modern Devices To Choose From Starting July

I never thought there would be a day when I'd know this much about US carriers and MVNOs, but this is what happens when you work on a US-based site like Android Police. Republic Wireless though comes a lot less often on our radar, and I just discovered why. Until now, the MVNO only had a couple of devices to choose from. Literally, a couple: the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) and Moto E (2nd Gen). It also seems to be ahead of its times, relying on Wi-Fi calling and piggy-backing on Sprint's network when Wi-Fi isn't available.

But things are about to improve by a few leaps and bounds for Republic Wireless.

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HTC Says That Marshmallow Updates For The AT&T Versions Of The One M8 And One M9 Will Start On May 12th (Tomorrow)

We've mentioned it before, but Mo Versi of HTC's American division is a good dude. Any given day you can find him on Twitter, answering questions from HTC customers and giving out juicy info on the next major software releases from the company. If every Android manufacturer had someone like Mo, the world would be a better place... and maybe our comment section wouldn't seem so bitter and despondent. Anyway, his latest tidbit is that the AT&T variants of the HTC One M8 and One M9 will be updated to Marshmallow starting tomorrow.

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[Update: Winner] [US Giveaway] Win A 32GB Samsung Galaxy S7 From Android Police And Ting

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is one of the most impressive Android smartphones released to date, and this is not just my opinion, but that of almost everyone I've talked to about the phone. It has a fantastic build quality and finishing, one of the best displays we've seen, a powerful processor (regardless if it's the Exynos or Snapdragon version), a capable camera, and decent-to-amazing battery life.

So how would you like to win one from us and our friends over at Ting?

You've sure heard of Ting, the MVNO that only wants to charge you for what you use instead of offering you plans with plenty of bundled options that you may never need.

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The GSM-LTE Unlocked Version Of The HTC 10 Will Work On Verizon After A Simple Radio Flash

The community over at XDA-Developers is a little less voracious these days. There are a lot of reasons: an ever-expanding selection of Android phones means it's harder to make a modding nexus for each one, general improvements in hardware and software make rooting less necessary, et cetera. But those tinkerers can still get some fantastic results. Case in point: it turns out that it's totally possible to get the unlocked HTC 10, currently being sold free of contracts and carriers from the HTC web store, to operate on Verizon.

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T-Mobile Will Sell The HTC 10 For $679.99 Starting May 18th With Free Rapid Charger And Ice View Case

T-Mobile is preparing to offer the HTC 10, and if you have yet to buy the phone, this may be the route to go.

With the $599.99 promotion over, HTC wants basically $700 for its unlocked phone. One week from now, T-Mobile will sell you the device for $679.99. That's a $20 discount.

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Verizon Updates Are Rolling Out For The LG G5, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, And Galaxy S6 Edge+

Software updates are like Christmas gifts for geeks like us. We rush to get them and we can't wait to unpack them, but we never know what we're really going to get. Sometimes it's everything we've been begging for in the past months, other times it's just a pair of socks for... I don't know mom, why did you think I needed socks?!

Verizon likes to tell you what's inside your gift before you unpack it. It's thoughtful and it makes our job here a little less complicated because we don't have to fill the news article with fluff about random bugs getting fixed and things becoming better without really knowing if that's the case.

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T-Mobile Announces Cuba Roaming And International Calling Deal

With the end easing of the Cuban embargo, T-Mobile is looking to expand its services to the island. As the company points out, it has many customers of Cuban descent, and they'll soon have more options when calling or visiting the country. This is thanks to a new deal with Cuban carrier Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA).

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[ItsHappening.jpg] Verizon Releases Marshmallow Update For The Motorola Droid Maxx 2

In a move sure to piss off owners of the 2014 Moto X on Verizon, the carrier has released a Marshmallow update for the Droid Maxx 2. There was a fair amount of speculation as to whether the phone would get an update to Google's latest OS considering that the device never landed on Motorola's official list. Alas, Verizon and the OEM seem to have come through.

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Samsung's Galaxy J3 Is Live On AT&T, Packs A 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor And 720p 5-Inch Screen

AT&T announced the Galaxy J3 last month, to rapturous applause almost no reaction at all. In case you'd forgotten, it has a 5-inch 720p screen and a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor.

This phone isn't low-end. Not really. When I think low-end, I think 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM and 1GB of storage; something like the HTC Wildfire. Despite this, the J3 is available on a prepaid contract of $5.67/month, or for $169 upfront. For a phone of this quality - 720p Super AMOLED display, 1.3GHz quad core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 2600mAh battery, 16GB expandable memory, and 4G LTE - that seems astoundingly cheap.

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