Samsung has made the Galaxy Note8 official, and if you're looking for an easy-to-digest roundup of information about Samsung's latest high-end smartphone, we've concentrated it for you here. Below, you'll find specifications, release date information, helpful links, and more.
Dates and availability: Pre-order, release date, carriers, retailers
Samsung has announced that pre-orders for the Galaxy Note8 will begin on August 24th. Pre-order dates may vary by carrier or retailer, but most will probably start then.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile, U.S. Cellular, Cricket, C Spire, Straight Talk, and Xfinity Mobile will all be stocking the Note8. Retail availability for these providers in physical stores will begin on September 15th, though pre-orders may ship before this date (as often occurs). Read More
Galaxy S4s running on the C Spire Wireless network started receiving OTA updates to Android 4.3 a week ago, bringing the devices up to the latest version of Jelly Bean. Now Samsung's older flagship is having its day in the sun. C Spire customers with Galaxy S IIIs are now getting the Galaxy Gear compatibility that has been rolling out to Samsung's high-end devices since the launch of the Galaxy Note 3.
Aside from Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear Compatibility, users are looking at speed improvements and general enhancements distributed across Samsung's assortment of pre-installed apps.
- Galaxy Gear Compatibility
- Premium Suite Features
Maybe you were hoping to be munching on some KitKat by now, but you'll have to make do with more jelly beans. The C Spire variant of the Galaxy S4 is getting the long-awaited OTA to Android 4.3 starting now. You should have a pretty good handle on what that means by now.
Android 4.3 first rolled out to American HTC Ones on the Sprint network, and it arrived for those on AT&T not long after. Well, the next rollout may surprise you. No, it's not T-Mobile or Verizon - it's C Spire Wireless, the eighth largest carrier in the US. HTC One owners throughout the Deep South (the area served by C Spire Wireless) should have received or will soon receive an OTA bumping their handset up to the latest version of Android.
This update will upgrade HTC Ones on C Spire Wireless to software version 2.04.563.3. The OTA will provide Android 4.3, fix a number of bugs, and little else. Read More
C Spire has simultaneously announced and started selling the HTC One today for $199 on-contract. The Mississippi-based carrier is the eighth-place wireless company in the US, but has still managed to start offering the HTC One before Verizon.
There's nothing unexpected about the HTC One on C-Spire. It's the same phone from other carriers, but it looks like the 32GB silver version is the only option. C Spire has a smallish 4G LTE footprint mostly in Mississippi, Florida, the southern Midwest, and parts of Georgia.
So maybe you don't want to wait for Big Red to get around to taking your money. Read More
While the Big Four have been able to tout the GS 4 for several months now, customers of most smaller carriers have been left wanting. Today marks the launch of the device for two such carriers: MetroPCS and C Spire Wireless.
Available exclusively on MetroPCS' 4G LTE network, the GS 4 is available today in select markets – Atlanta, Hartford, Philadelphia, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and New York – for $549. Online availability and more markets are expected to be announced "soon."
Note: looks like the page hasn't been updated yet with the option to buy now. It should be live later today. Read More
QWERTY phones might be few and far between but they haven't died out completely. If you have a Motorola Photon Q and you're on C Spire, you might want to open your Settings menu and check for updates. The round sugary goodness of Jelly Bean is on its way.
The update brings a bunch of improvements in its wake:
- Google Now
Added feature that generates real-time notifications throughout the day with relevant, contextual information such as weather, traffic, calendar. To access Google Now, press and hold the phone's search key.
- Voice Search
Enhanced Voice Search to recognize questions asked in colloquial language, such as "Do I need an umbrella today?" Some questions may receive a spoken answer, while others will trigger a Google Search.
The Galaxy S4 is upon us. AT&T and US Cellular launched their respective pre-order pages just yesterday, and now Sprint and T-Mobile have announced official release date and pricing info.
The Now network will begin offering The Next Big Thing on April 27th for the expected price of $250 with a two-year agreement. However, if you're willing to ditch your current provider and port your number to Sprint, you'll get another hundred-spot off, bringing the price down to $150. Not bad. You'll be able to pre-order the device directly from Sprint beginning tomorrow.
Speaking of paying $150 for Samsung's newest flagship, that's how much you'll have to throw down for a down payment if you want the device on T-Mobile. Read More
It's been a wild ride on ICS, hasn't it C Spire customers? And by that, I really mean you've been waiting on Jelly Bean to hit that GSIII for a while now, haven't you C Spire customers? Well, I'm here to deliver good news: Jelly Bean is official. Not officially announced or some other vague form of "official," but it's officially rolling out. So, you can have it now.
The update is available both over-the-air and through Samsung's Kies software, and it brings oodles of newness to your already-awesome smartphone:
- Paper Artist
- Voice Search
- Bookmarks 3x2
- Favorite Apps
- Favorite Contacts 4x2
- Favorite Contacts 4x4
- Favorite Settings 4x4
- My Call Sound
- Play - My Library
- Play Recommendation
- S Bookmarks 3x2
- Simple alarm clock
Block 4G until device is activated
Added Global Client ID
Changed wakeup sound
Roaming Auto-Retrieve enabled
Streaming 4G (audio and video) messages delay fixed
C Spire MMSC allows messages up to 1000kB
S Voice upgrade
Polaris view upgrade
Updated ClipboardSaceService(add permission) for ATM(CTS)
See, lots of new stuff. Read More
It seems like everyone's getting a Galaxy S III lately, and C Spire Wireless (formerly Cellular South) didn't want to be left out. If you're unfamiliar with the company, they're a regional provider in the Southeastern US, with a Verizon-sourced regional MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) national network. C Spire operates its own network on its home turf, and that includes a growing LTE footprint. That LTE, for now, is quite limited, basically to a few parts of the Southeast US.
But back to the phone. It's a Galaxy S III. It's a good phone (here's our review). Read More