Big Red has just announced a pair of (kind of) budget-friendly tablets with LTE just in time for the holidays. So why not give someone the gift of a two-year mobile data contract? Well, maybe you should ask first. At any rate, you can get the LG G Pad 7.0 and 10.1 for $49.99 and $199.99 with a new contract, but these are temporary promo prices.
Sprint has lowered the price of its on-contract Nexus 6 from $299.99 to $249.99. This brings the carrier's asking price in line with AT&T, who previously sold a near identical version for $50 less. The full cost of the phone has also dropped down to $648, making Sprint's version one dollar cheaper than what you find on Google Play.
This comes as good news to future Sprint customers, who can now save themselves the potential headache of buying from another carrier without having to fork over extra money (ignoring all the extra moolah it takes to sign a two-year contract in the long run versus paying for a phone outright, an option that isn't actually available yet on the site).
As is the tradition with tablets, Google launched the Nexus 9 recently as a WiFi-only device. The LTE version would be along later, we were told, but no one knew when. Now with T-Mobile's Nexus 6 announcement, they're throwing in an update on the Nexus 9 with LTE—it'll be out in early December.
T-Mobile is now accepting orders (as opposed to pre-orders) for the Nexus 6 through the T-Mobile website in both 32 and 64GB trims, though the only color option remains Midnight Blue, as it will likely always be for carrier-bought versions of the device.
Selecting either storage variant allows you to choose standard 2-4 day shipping or upgrade to overnight service for $12, though nowhere in the checkout process is it actually made clear when your Nexus 6 will ship, only the amount of time it will take to arrive once it does.
T-Mobile's VoLTE rollout is continuing full steam ahead, and today, the Uncarrier is giving more customers access to it thanks to a new software update for LG's mammoth G Flex.
Beginning November 17, the LG G Flex will have a software update to Android KitKat 4.4.2/SWV20s that turn on VoLTE services via OTA over Wi-Fi in available VoLTE markets only. For devices not in VoLTE markets, the update will also be available via OTA via Wi-Fi or the LG Mobile Support Tool.
For a limited time, AT&T is willing to offer Mobile Share Value customers 15GB of data for the current price of 10GB. The rate is what many of us in the business would refer to as still not cheap. To get this discount, folks have to pay $100 a month plus their device access charges, which ranges from an extra $15 - $40 per phone depending on whether you're going the BYOD, Next, or on-contract route.
In what I must describe as an almost so-comical-as-to-be-intentional inability to brand itself effectively to consumers, Softcard, fomerly Isis, has come up with a new ad campaign for its NFC tap-to-pay service that should not be viewed by children or those with irrational fears of eyelashes. Meet Tappy. Don't say I didn't warn you.
First, let's get the basics down. Tappy is a tap-to-pay terminal with creepily large eyeballs, humans hands, and shoes.
So, we just found out that the AT&T version of the Nexus 6, which everyone had assumed up to this point would be exactly like every other Nexus 6, is not in fact like every other Nexus 6. It has been... branded - allegedly. At least according to AT&T's BusinessDirect device site.
If you ordered a Nexus 6 from AT&T, you probably did not expect this. You probably did not want this.
This Nexus launch is without precedent—the Nexus 6 is big, expensive, and compatible with all the major US carriers. It seems like Google is trying to make nice with the carriers too. Case in point, AT&T is selling a Nexus directly at launch for the first time. However, an image of the Nexus 6 posted on AT&T's site shows the Nexus 6 with an AT&T globe logo on the back. Yikes.