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Best rugged Android tablets money can buy

Update: check out our 2017 edition of best rugged tablet list and our best rugged smartphone list

From luxury to commodity to absolute necessity, being able to connect to the web while on the go and carrying your work with you far and wide have taken new meanings in recent years, as conventional PCs lost steam and ultraportable alternatives rapidly gained traction.

Best Rugged Android Tablet

Tablet construction site

And whereas most smartphone and tablet owners nowadays still fall in the light to moderate user categories in regards to their productivity and range of tasks completed, there are those who take gadgets very seriously, depending on them not to entertain and amuse, but put bread on the table.

These power users are not the same so-called power users that Apple or Samsung usually address with fancy new iPhone, iPad or Galaxy launches. They are real-life, modern John McClanes, who rock Casio Commandos, Kyocera Torques or Cat B15s as “daily drivers”, not because they make them feel manlier, but because a bendable 6 Plus or GNote 4 couldn’t get a through a workday without cracking under pressure.

They’re not heroes, they just like things done a certain way. They work in tough outdoor conditions but never complain. Even in their spare time, they love hanging out in the wild, with nature’s strengths and shortcomings.

Panasonic Toughpad

They’re not afraid of a splash of water, dust, dirt, extreme temperatures, altitudes or things like radiation or vibration. Some can even take a bullet without blinking. Each and every one of them however need survival tools, and a good starting point are the rugged Android smartphones we recommended a while back.

Next step? A solid yet compact and portable, secure, smooth and powerful ruggedized Android tablet. Yes, we know, Windows has the upper hand for the most part in this grossly overlooked niche. But if you look hard enough, here are some of the best Google-powered options you’ll be able to find:

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 – available at $358 on Amazon

Just so we don’t scare you right off the bat, we’ve decided to start the countdown of the best rugged Android tabs with possibly the world’s cheapest. Obviously, the M532 is thus not the most robust ultraportable money can buy.

On the bright side, it’s fairly thin and light, at 8.6 mm and 560 grams respectively. And given the wasp waist and low price, the 10 incher is no featherweight, withstanding extreme conditions such as high altitude, shocks, vibrations and minimal or maximum temperatures, courtesy of MIL-STD-810G certification.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532

The Stylistic can also remain whole after being dropped a few times, though it’s best to protect it from violent contacts with hard surfaces. Above all, the M532 is a business-oriented slab, offering a host of security add-ons and data protection methods, and ergo being a better fit for an enterprise environment rather than a construction site or war zone.

Last but not least, the thing runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, packs quad-core power, 1 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1

Just so you know, the Android “Terminators” are arranged in no particular order, as they’re simply too different to rank. Clearly, pitting the Toughpad FZ-A1 against the Stylistic M532 would have been comparing apple to oranges.

Toughpad FZ-A1

That said, deciding between the two is pretty easy. Fujitsu’s option is better for enterprise, this thing “dares to go where no tablet has gone before”. Meaning you definitely want to put on a protection helmet while on duty as, say, a contractor, but this baby can handle any and all environments by itself.

Yes, it’s that tough. It even comes with an extended 3-year warranty to show you how durable it is. And Panasonic may not list bullet resistance as one of the slate’s features, but honestly, this is your safest best for a war comrade.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 back

It’s massive, at 2.1 pounds, it can handle repeated drops from dizziness-inducing heights, and it’s of course MIL-STD-810G certified. The carcass is encased in magnesium alloy, the corner guards are made of elastomer, and you get all kinds of hardware encryption methods, the highest degree of password security, root and anti-virus protection.

Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 – available at $1,486 on Amazon

Does $1,500 feel a little too rich for your blood? We get where you’re coming from, and don’t blame you, but believe it or not, the JT-B1 is even stronger than the other Panasonic Toughpad. Aside from complying with all military standards for everything from extreme temperatures to rain and freeze, this compact little 7 incher sports a sealed “all-weather design”.

Toughpad JT-B1

And the raised bezel increases the LCD impact protection. Translation: you can drop the JT-B1 on its face over and over again, and it won’t crack. The craziest thing is the device’s weight, 1.2 pounds, although the 8-hour battery life is a close second.

Getac Z710 – $1,495

This is the last uber-expensive tab we’re going to list, we promise. And perhaps we’d never have recommended it in the first place, especially as it doesn’t come from a big-name manufacturer, but the Z710 breathes strength through its every pore. Maybe more than the Toughpad rivals.

What we like the most at Getac’s design approach is they knew from the get-go their target audience couldn’t care less about style and elegance. There are no aesthetical bells and whistles here, just a 7-inch tablet small enough to hold in one hand and “built to survive”.

Getac Z710

Six-foot drops, extreme temps, solar radiation, you name it. Oh, and the screen is perfectly readable in the most difficult lighting conditions, plus glove-friendly. A barcode scanner is inbuilt for obvious reasons, and 3G connectivity is not an option, it’s standard.

Guaranteed to last you at least three years of constant abuses, the Z710 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and packs 1 GB RAM, as well as 16 GB internal storage.

Xplore RangerX – $1,391

1,400 bucks is still a lot of money, but not only is the RangerX a little cheaper than our previous two recommendations, it’s also larger, at 10 inches, and thus more productive. Needless to stress this can also take a loooot of abuse, specifically repeated drops on every edge, corner, plus directly on its face, including on concrete from heights of up to 4 feet.


Then you have all the extreme conditions that don’t affect the usability of the big guy in the least, which include -4° F to 140° F temperatures, blowing rain, 95% humidity, functional shock, 15,000 feet altitudes, fluid contamination and solar radiation.

As for security options and neat add-ons and features, Xplore Tech equipped this beast with Gigabit Ethernet, CAC and Smart Card Readers, a Kensington lock slot and optional Verizon 4G LTE among others. Just beware of the vague, fishy Amazon listing and maybe go over to Xplore directly for a quote depending on your exact needs.

Motorola ET1 – $1,246

Bet you didn’t know this thing still existed, huh? Well, it has amazingly survived Motorola’s rise and fall, its retreat from the tablet market and successive buyouts from Google and Lenovo. Of course, it’s no longer widely available, but Amazon sells it directly, and the price isn’t so bad… all things considered.

Keep in mind that Moto put Jelly Bean on the 7 incher a while back, so the software at least should be silky smooth. The hardware, not so much, as that dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor is horribly outdated. Not quite as indestructible as some of the above contenders, the ET1 remains a top choice for enterprise users, with its manageability, security and decent durability.

Motorola ET1

The spec sheet includes a bar code scanner, phenomenal 8 MP rear camera, 1 GB RAM and protection for 4-feet drops, thermal shock, humidity, etc., etc.

Before wrapping up, we’d like to remind you the Android universe is an extremely volatile one, so keep your eyes out for alternatives yet to come. Like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active. Not recommended for the most extreme wild conditions, the $700 KitKat-loaded 8 incher will nevertheless fight water and dust, plus remain operational after dropped from 4-feet high… in theory. It’s your call now, so choose wisely and stay safe.

Best rugged Android smartphones money can buy (2019 update)

If you are looking for a rugged phone you can toss around in the mud and go to battle with in the trenches, then continue below for our top 7 best rugged smartphone available.  But if you don’t crawl around in the mud all day for a living, we would highly suggest the Cat S60 or the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active as the most rugged smartphone for everyday use.

CAT PHONESCAT PHONES S60 Rugged Waterproof Smartphone with integrated FLIR cameraBuy on Amazon|$459.97(Price as of 02/16/2019 05:31 ET)

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Made by the same company that makes industrial heavy equipment, Caterpillar also has a phone division that makes rugged phones.  Their latest phone, the Cat S60, was released in June of 2016, so it has most of the modern technologies you would look for in a smartphone, and combine it with the rugged protection, this just might be the perfect and best rugged smartphone available today.  It comes with a 3GB RAM, huge 3800mAh battery, 13MP camera, IP68 certified for waterproofing, running Android 6.0.

Galaxy S7 Active should handle most of the daily mishaps you may entercounter.  It is built with shatter-resistant screen, rated the highest possible IP68 for water and dust protection, and comes with a huge 4,000 mAh battery to get you through the day.

You know how smartphone manufacturers always like to flaunt the way their latest, proudest, costliest “high-end products” cater to the needs of “power users” and so justify the outrageous price tags? Well, if you ask me, they got the definition of power user all wrong.

Bruce Willis phone

Bona fide power users don’t care how fast silly cat YouTube clips load on their handhelds. Or if they can smoothly run the newest Angry Birds installment. Instead, they want devices that could survive wars, actual wars, without flinching.

Quad HD displays? How about unbreakable glass with just enough pixels to check the football scores? “True” octa-core chips? Save it, and give us a gizmo we can bounce off 4 inches thick concrete walls. PureView 41 MP cameras? No thanks, but a battery capable of lasting more than a couple of days on a single charge would be nice when stranded on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere.

Bottom line, we want phones that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone would use in “Terminator 5” and “Rambo: Last Stand”, not toys for Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner to express their feelings for Kristen Stewart in “Twilight”. Luckily, a few such rough, tough, rugged models are around, and we picked seven we think might make even Machete reconsider his stance on texting.

rugged phone

Before getting to it, we’d like to underline the “magnificent seven” was selected based on a number of criteria. Of course, the exact grade of toughness carried the most weight (sorry, Galaxy S5), but we also looked for hardware specifications from this century, relatively new software, quality-price ratio (not even Rambo’s budget is unlimited), decent design (you can’t walk around with a brick in your pocket), and finally reliable, more or less well-known mobile brands. Here we go:

7. Runbo X6

Not only does this ruggedized beast’s name have an awesome ring to it (Runbo, Rambo, get it?), but it’s also water protected for dunks of up to 30 minutes in 2 meters deep rivers, lakes, whatever. And reportedly, impossible to break unless, I don’t know, a sniper has it out for you. Plus, get this, it doubles as a walkie talkie with a 5 km range. Why would you ever need a walkie talkie? Beats me, but it sounds oh so kewl.

Runbo X5

Any downsides to the Runbo X6? You bet. For one thing, it comes from a no-name Chinese OEM. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (2011 called…), packs a modest dual-core 1 GHz chip, and the 4.3-inch screen is cringe worthy, with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. On top of it all, it’s a little on the expensive side of things, at $400 via Amazon.


You’re probably all familiar with IP58 and IP67 certifications since the Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 brought them to the mainstream, but the rugged CAT B15 adds MIL-STD-810G credentials in the mix. What does that mean exactly? Well, this bad boy ain’t just shielded against accidental water immersions, it can also take a beating, as well as handle solar radiation, thermal shock, humidity, vibration, you name it.


I wouldn’t go so far as to say it will take a bullet for you, but you can use it in the desert, at the North Pole, when it rains, you can punch it (though why would you?), drop it whenever wherever. Price? A measly $370. On-board software? Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Hardware specs? That’s its Achilles’ heel, as it sports a 4-inch 800 x 480 pix res panel, dual-core 1 GHz SoC and 512 MB RAM.

5. NEC Terrain

Yes, the design is a violent blast from the past. I mean, I was under the impression candybars were outlawed in certain parts of the world years ago. Jokes aside, the Terrain is sure ugly, but it has one very important thing going for it. It’s cheap. $79.99 outright through Amazon, or $100 with AT&T contracts.

NEC Terrain

It’s also dust tight, water proof, plus MIL-STD-810G certified, just like the B15. Bottom line, if you’re on an (extremely) tight budget, this is your guy. Just maybe don’t ask a lot of questions about screen resolution, pre-loaded software, or cameras.

4. Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

Looky here, an MIL-STD-810G-approved rugged handheld from the world’s most popular mobile phone maker. And affordable too, at least with AT&T pacts: $20. Off-contract, it’s a preposterous $450, albeit you can find refurb or used units at less than half the price.

Galaxy Rugby Pro

Aside from resisting shocks, water and so on and so forth, the Rugby Pro offers 4G LTE connectivity (nice), a punchy dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 chip, and 1 GB RAM. Too bad it’s still on Ice Cream Sandwich.

3. Kyocera Hydro XTRM

This little survivor resembles the Galaxy Rugby Pro greatly, pretty much withstanding the same “pressures” with similar grace and supporting 4G LTE. But it’s so much cheaper, at $50 (yes, fifty bucks) free of contract restrictions via MetroPCS. Plus, it’s on Jelly Bean.

Kyocera Hydro XTRM

Drawbacks? Technically, it can endure shorter, more “casual” swims than some of its rivals, including the #2 on our rankings. It’s also extra prone to cracking if you drop it from higher than, say, your hip. The battery isn’t ideal either, and the 4 GB internal storage almost pitiful.

2. Kyocera Torque

Extreme is Torque’s middle name, yet another gadget that meets military standards for everything from dust to transport shock, high or low temperatures, solar radiation, etc., etc. Where the Torque truly impresses however is in battery life, packing a ginormous 2,500 mAh juicer whose autonomy is way beyond those of Android “flagship” devices. Think 20 hours in continuous talk time, and possibly up to a week in average use.


Available with Sprint contracts starting at a penny, the Kyocera Torque is no catwalk supermodel, weighing in at close to 170 grams and being way too curvy for my own personal taste. It’s also stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich. So close to perfection, Kyocera, so damn close.

1. Casio G’Zone Commando 4G LTE

Did anyone say perfection? Ahem, meet Verizon’s Commando. A striking, robust, muscular, hunky yet also stylish phone, the 4 incher is a near flawless blend of physical strength and high-performing Android-backed hardware.

Since Verizon eliminated the contracts, you would need to buy this phone outright, which is going for $499.99 currently on Amazon.  The LTE-enabled hunk is sheltered against 4-feet drops, 30-minutes 1 m depth water dunks, rain, heavy dust, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, ultra-low pressure, temperatures as high as 85° C and as low as -25°. Bottom line, it’s virtually indestructible.


Oh, yes, and it features a snappy 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so it’s really the best of both worlds.

What say you, action movie aficionados/outdoorsy tech geeks? Is any of the above your ideal war comrade? Have any other suggestions? Would you have maybe ranked our top seven differently? Let your voices be heard.

CAT PHONESCAT PHONES S60 Rugged Waterproof Smartphone with integrated FLIR cameraBuy on Amazon|$459.97(Price as of 02/16/2019 05:31 ET)

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Top 7 Android smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards

Phones with QWERTY keyboards aren’t getting much love with the major manufacturers these days, but you can still find some high end phones with a physical keyboard.  In this June 2017 update, we’re recommending the Blackberry KEYone as the best QWERTY keyboard smartphone on the market right now.  

BlackBerryBlackBerry KEYone GSM Unlocked Android Smartphone (AT&T, T-Mobile) - 4G LTE – 32GBBuy on Amazon|$269.99(Price as of 02/16/2019 05:31 ET)

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If you can’t stand using the touch keyboard phones that’s dominating the market, give the KEYone a shot.  It’s highly unlike you will find another smartphone with physical keyboard that will beat the Blackberry KEYone, since most manufacturers simply do not make these type of phones anymore.  You can find the specs here for this Android phone with QWERTY keyboard.

Blackberry Priv

BlackBerry, a company that was once renowned for their business-oriented smartphones with physical keyboards, has to fight for significance in a world dominated by virtual keyboard typing experience. Just like Clark Kent dressed in casual clothes, the BlackBerry Priv looks deceptively ordinary, perhaps with the exception of the curved display. But it takes just a quick slide to reveal Priv’s 4-row QWERTY keyboard hiding underneath the display.

The keyboard also features an integrated trackpad and several programmable keys for launching apps and changing the position on the screen. You can swipe up across the keyboard to access a full-sized virtual keyboard with special characters and symbols. Clever stuff, indeed.

Also hiding under the 5.4” display with 540 ppi is the powerful Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, and Adreno 418. With such high-end specifications, the Priv is a productivity beast with ample power to fuel any multitasking (or gaming—we won’t judge) frenzy.

While the Android operating system looks close to the pure Android experience that you get on Nexus devices, BlackBarry has made a lot of changes under the hood. Privacy and security have been given a special attention, for example, with the BlackBerry DETEK app, which can tell you how secure you are and what improvements you can make.

  • 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • Beautiful curved display
  • Sharp, vivid camera
  • Good performance
  • Increased privacy


  • The smartphone is slightly top-heavy

Talk QWERTY to me
The age of the Q is over. There’s no point denying it, arguing it or sugarcoating it. Flagship physical QWERTY phones are long gone, and they’re not coming back. Sad? Damn straight, as we all remember how we used to be able to send like five texts a minute on a full-size keypad-boasting handheld.

Since phone manufacturers simply aren’t seeing too much demand for Android smartphone with keyboard, they just aren’t releasing too many new variants of these.  But if you really need that keyboard, a good work around is to get the latest and greatest smartphone you can find, and get a mini bluetooth keyboard that you can carry around with you and sync with your phone.  If that doesn’t work for you, then check out these smartphones with keyboard currently on the market.

Yes, they were bulky, clunky, even ugly, but they got the job done in a way no touchscreen-toting iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S will ever get close to. Whatever “highly intuitive” apps like Swiftkey or Swype evolve into.

It’s also odd though how each and every mobile player (save for BlackBerry, maybe) turned their backs on productivity-centric gadgets all of a sudden, especially when Samsung, LG and Sony are so vocal about the diversity of their product lineups. Cater to the needs of everyone, my arse. Where’s my Galaxy S5Q, my LG G2 Slider and my Xperia Z2 Chat?


Heck, right now, I’d probably settle for a Galaxy S3Q or LG Optimus G Slider. Any semblance of a decent, upper mid-range Android QWERTY phone would be nice. Instead, the seven best physical keyboard devices of March 2014 are these old geezers:

7. LG Mach

Still stuck on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the 15 month-old Mach basically makes the cut here because there are no half-decent alternatives. I mean, I wouldn’t touch this thing with a ten-foot pole nowadays.

Not only is it four software generations behind the times, it’s mostly unavailable stateside and restricted for use on Sprint and Boost Mobile. The latter sells it online for $180 with prepaid plans, whereas if you want Now Network’s version, you’ll need to reach out to some fairly obscure Amazon sellers and cough up $360 (!!!).

LG Mach

Yeah, right, like anyone would be so nuts as to drop that kind of money on a chunky little fellow tipping the scales at 168 grams and packing a 4-inch 800 x 480 pix res touchscreen, dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, as well as meager 1,700 mAh battery.

6. Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2

Despite its retro (read fugly) design, and overall underwhelming hardware, the Verizon-exclusive Stratosphere 2 is clearly not the worst QWERTY option around. Up for grabs via Amazon and Best Buy free of charge in a contract-tied flavor, the slider is on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, weighing 14 grams less than the Mach.

Galaxy Stratosphere 2

The juicer is a tad beefier, at 1,800 mAh, but sadly, the Super AMOLED panel is equally as mediocre. The dual-core 1.2 GHz SoC too. Bottom line, the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2 is obviously not an ideal choice for productivity fanatics.

5. Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Though its two months older than the second-gen Stratosphere, the S Relay 4G is superior to its Verizon counterpart primarily in the aesthetics department. Less pronounced curves equals more elegance, not to mention the Relay is slightly slimmer while retaining the 1,800 mAh ticker.

Galaxy S Relay 4G

Hardware-wise, the T-Mo-restricted S Relay resembles the Stratosphere 2 greatly, but ups the processing power ante with a 1.5 GHz CPU. On-board software? Android 4.1 Jelly Bean starting April 2013. Price? $205 outright on Amazon.

4. Motorola Droid 4

One of the last remaining Mohicans of a lost era, the Droid 4 has aged rather gracefully, but it has aged nevertheless. Almost harder to score than the LG Mach, Moto’s once mighty slider is $220 with Verizon branding but no pacts via Amazon. Oh, and it’s pre-owned.

Worth the dough? Refurb products are always a gamble, two year-olds especially, yet the Droid still has a few things going for it. Like a decent 4-inch 960 x 540 pixels resolution touchscreen, 16 GB built-in storage, 8 MP rear-facing camera with image stabilization, 1 GB RAM, microSD support and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Motorola Droid 4

Downsides? For one thing, the dual-core TI OMAP 4430 is ancient and laggy. Also, the 1,785 mAh battery is pretty tiny, plus non-removable. Finally, have you ever carried around a brick in your trouser pocket? You will if you buy the Droid 4, as it weighs a staggering 179 grams.

3. LG Optimus F3Q

The youngest of the bunch, released but a few weeks ago on T-Mobile, the F3Q looks like a violent blast from the past design-wise, with a funky turquoise blue physical keyboard and an even swankier textured rear cover.

I personally think the blue-black color combo is a bit too much, but hey, kids may dig it, and in the long haul, it could help QWERTY phones become hip again. Available for $0 upfront and $312 full retail price, the device is hardly a powerhouse, with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 running the hardware show, aided by 1 GB RAM.


The 4 GB on-board storage is cringe worthy, as is the 14 mm waist, yet software upgrades beyond 4.1 Jelly Bean could be on the horizon, and that should count for something. Also, it packs a gargantuan 2,460 mAh battery, capable of holding a single charge for up to 16 hours of talk time and 16 days (!!!) of standby time.

2. LG Enact

Yes, I realize the Enact and Optimus F3Q are in many ways virtually identical. From the design language to the CPU, RAM and battery life. Yet I like to think of Verizon’s Enact as F3Q’s classier brother. Sure, the Big Red fellow is chubby as hell (15.8 mm thickness, 170 grams weight), however it replaces the tacky blue keyboard with a black-and-silver one.


And the rear looks better too, in my humble opinion. Also on 4.1 Jelly Bean and likely to be upgraded before long, the Enact doubles down on storage, and costs a penny with contracts, as well as $400 without a service plan.

1. Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Not sure whether we should laugh or cry seeing a mid-2012 phone top a 2014 list. But that’s how behind the market is for QWERTY aficionados. And mind you, the Photon Q was hardly a high-ender when it first saw daylight, back in July 2012.

Up for grabs for free with 24-month Sprint agreements, the big guy weighs in at a massive 170 grams, however it offers the most generous screen real estate of all seven QWERTY world champion title candidates: 4.3 inches.


The resolution is decent, 960 x 540, there’s scratch-resistant glass on top of it, a dual-core 1.5 GHz chip beneath the hood, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage, 8 MP primary camera with LED flash, 4G LTE and microSD support. Compared with, say, the Galaxy S5, it’s a featherweight, but like I said, it’s all we got.

At least until the Motorola Droid 5 goes official, if it’s ever to go official. Any thoughts? Maybe some other contenders we unintentionally snubbed? Anyone else out there rooting for a QWERTY revival? Sound off below.

BlackBerryBlackBerry KEYone GSM Unlocked Android Smartphone (AT&T, T-Mobile) - 4G LTE – 32GBBuy on Amazon|$269.99(Price as of 02/16/2019 05:31 ET)

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How Fast Is 5G Vs 4G?

Have you been hearing a lot about 5G, but not entirely sure what it is? 5G is going to be the next generation of cellular connectivity. It will replace 4G LTE technology, as it’s more efficient, faster and has better signal strength. The need for something better than 4G LTE is because of how crowded that cellular band is getting — there are millions upon millions of devices operating on it, and more is being added everyday. It’s getting super crowded, and so there’s the need for something that is capable of handling all of those devices.

Follow along below, and we’ll dive into what 5G technology is, the speed differences and how consumers everywhere will benefit from the upgrade!

5G is more capable

Right now, 4G LTE technology is only capable of using lower frequency bands. Right now, it can only operate up to 6GHz, whereas the radio bands that 5G will be able to handle will be anywhere between 30GHz and 300GHz. It’s a huge upgrade, and it will bring huge improvements to mobile device use. Since it can operate at such a high frequency, consumers will get massive speed increases, and this is because it has the support for a huge capacity of data.

Not only that, but these radio frequencies won’t already be crowded with existing devices — 5G will be entirely new, meaning it will free up tons of bandwidth. 5G will also work in a directional way, meaning you won’t get signal interference if you’re standing next to other wireless signals. On the other hand, 4G technology shoots radio signals in all different directions, so with 5G, you’ll get something more intentional and efficient.

In addition, because of the way 5G uses wavelengths, it will be able to provide super fast data speeds to a lot more people. Current testing and research shows that it will be able to handle up to an additional 1,000 devices per meter. That’s a ton of extra devices it can handle.

What about speed?

As we’ve mentioned a couple of times already, one of the great things about 5G technology is just how much faster it is. In current development, 5G is reaching speeds that are twenty times faster than 4G LTE. 4G LTE has a peak speed of 1GB per second; 5G is able to achieve speeds of 20GB per second. Keep in mind these are peak speeds; actual everyday speeds will depend on a number of factors, such as location, the device you have and whether you’re in motion or not. More likely, you’ll get 100MB per second of everyday speeds, whereas 4G currently only offers 10MB per second in everyday speeds.

5G versus 4G

So, this is all nice, but just how will 5G benefit the everyday consumer? You’ll be able to do all the things you’re currently doing, but a lot faster, more efficiently and a lot more reliable. First, consumers should notice that their Internet connection is a lot more reliable. This is because 4G, right now, is super crowded, and because of that, depending on the amount of devices around your home. things can be super slow. With the move to 5G, that bandwidth will free up and be able to handle a lot more devices per meter (up to 1,000 devices). That said, there will be tons more room for your smartphones, tablets, smart home devices (wireless locks, security cameras, virtual assistants and so on. Basically, you won’t have to worry about dropped connections when there’s a ton of devices on at the same time.

Not only that, but you could expect 5G to replace your home Wi-Fi connection. It’s a lot more advanced, faster and able to handle a lot more than traditional Wi-Fi connections. Again, you won’t experience revolutionary changes, but you can expect to do everything you’re doing now, but with a lot more speed and stability in terms of the connection.

When can we expect 5G to become available?

Most 5G networks are still in development, but some carriers are looking at 2020 for an official release, so about two years from the time of this writing. It may or may not be a little longer, because you will have to have a 5G-capable device to take advantage of this new network, and we’re not sure when those will be releasing, although we’d imagine many manufacturers would try to line up their devices with the release of 5G.

You shouldn’t expect to see much cost to move over to 5G either, although it depends on what carriers decide to do with their smartphone plans. The only cost you should experience is a new phone purchase, which has gotten relatively cheap over the years with being able to use device payment plants. That said, you shouldn’t expect to see your smartphone bill changing at all.

Best 4G LTE-capable Android tablets available today stateside

If you’ve been following our website lately, chances are you’ve already purchased a tab… or ten. You’re only human after all, and probably couldn’t resist the temptation of a stellar bargain, the best 7 inch+ gamers around, the 2015 endurance champions or ultra-high-res media streamers.


But there’s one market segment we haven’t tackled in a while. And even back when we did, in October 2014, the budget was restricted, so technically, you never got a list of the top 4G LTE-enabled Android pads. Just the finest low-cost soldiers.

Now, it goes without saying not everyone can afford to cough up $600 or $700 for a high-speed, always connected laptop replacement. Nor does everybody want to pay that much with the large-screen Google “ecosystem” deeply flawed and app support lowly at best.


So, instead of narrowing our search to a predefined price range, we’ve decided to bring together the low-enders and high-enders, the budget contenders and no-nonsense flagships. Here they all are, with advanced connectivity options their sole feature in common:

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – starting at $650 for Verizon

Going after Microsoft Surface Pros and Apple iPad Airs with comparable price tags never felt like Sammy’s smartest strategic move. And indeed, the Note Pro is a decidedly nichey product, which could never appeal to the masses.

Galaxy Note Pro

But boy, is it colossal, literally and figuratively, with a 2,560 x 1,600 pix res 12.2-inch screen in tow, S Pen functionality, Snapdragon 800 muscle, 3 GB RAM and 9,500 mAh battery juice. Just think of how sharp the high-def YouTube vids will play on the move.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – $500 and $650 respectively on and off-contract at Verizon

The name may send an old-fashioned vibe, yet the 10.1-inch Z2 is very much “contemporary”, what with its 1,920 x 1,200 display, S801 chip, Android 5.0 Lollipop software, 3 GB RAM and 8.1 MP rear camera.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Plus, for a large 10 incher, it’s extremely easy to transport, thanks to a 6.4 mm waist and 439-gram “heft”, not to mention it’s dust and water-resistant, ergo ready for whatever nature throws at it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $500 and up with Verizon

Oh, come on, another Verizon exclusive? Technically, no, but Big Red does cut you the best Tab S deal at the moment, and Amazon always endorses steals. Well, steal might be a bit of a stretch, at five full Benjamins.

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Let’s call the bang for buck factor… adequate. Enticing. Almost unrefusable if you’re in the market for a super-slim 10 incher with fingerprint recognition, LTE speeds, Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 7,900 mAh cell capacity… and only 16 GB internal storage.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 – $529 and up for AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon

Fire HDX 8.9

Finally, something you can activate on your network of choice. As long as it’s not Sprint. Too bad the HDX is a little steep for what it offers – forked Android (an archaic iteration, no less), 2 gigs of RAM, bland design, somewhat awkward albeit ultra-sharp screen, and “sponsored screensavers” to begin with.

Luckily, $15 rids you of pesky ads, and $50 bumps up the storage from 32 to 64 GB. Remember, there’s no microSD card slot.

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – $469 unlocked with 32 GB storage

Nexus 9

Ah, a purist’s wet dream, now at an all-time low tariff. What can be sweeter than that? Perhaps a smidge of extra battery serum or CDMA carrier compatibility, but beggars tablet buyers on a tight budget can’t be choosers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 – starting at $380 for AT&T; $350 GSM unlocked

How is this any different from the Tab S, you wonder? Well, actually, their specs couldn’t be further apart. The Tab 4 is almost ridiculously low-end, and ultimately, it’s not worth the $350 and up Amazon charges for it. With or without operator agreements.

Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

Yes, it’s compact, fairly handsome (in a non-standout way), and equipped with 1.5 GB RAM, which isn’t that bad. But the 1,280 x 800 panel is pretty crappy, and the same goes for the quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 6,800 mAh ticker and especially 3.15/1.3 MP cams.

LG G Pad 10.1 – $150 with Verizon pacts; $380 sans obligations

LG G Pad 10.1

All in all not much better than the 10.1-inch Tab 4, the G Pad 10.1 is at least cheaper on-contract. And it’s upgradeable to Lollipop, slightly prettier, courtesy of narrower bezels, plus longer-lasting, with an 8,000 mAh pacemaker. And in case you’re one of those weirdos that takes photos with a big-ass slate, there’s a respectable 5 MP autofocus shooter around the back.

LG G Pad 8.3 – $130 on-contract at Verizon; $350 outright

LG G Pad 8.3

Sometimes, it pays to wait. And oftentimes, smaller and cheaper doesn’t equal weaker and lower-end. Case in point, the almost two year-old 8.3 incher under the microscope here, which features 1,920 x 1,200 screen resolution, Snapdragon 600 power and 2 GB memory in addition to LTE capabilities. At $130, that’s a positively dreamy inventory of hardware components.

Oh, and as far as software goes, Android 5.0 is reportedly nigh.

Verizon Ellipsis 8 – $49.99 on-contract, $299.99 off

We’ll give it to you straight, as usual. If you can do better, ignore the Ellipsis. Don’t buy it outright either, it’s a waste of money. The only wise ploy would be to score it at 50 clams, even if that means pledging a two-year allegiance to the Big Red flag.


Not quite a disaster, the inexpensive 8 incher is probably stuck on KitKat for good, and it provides a lousy gig of RAM. Translation – it’s slow as hell, and opening more than a couple of browser tabs while on 4G may freeze the system instantaneously.

LG G Pad 7.0 – $150 GSM unlocked; $100 with AT&T contracts


It’s petite, it’s good-looking (all things considered), soon-to-run-Lollipop, quad-core, can work as a universal remote for TVs, sound systems, DVD or Blu-ray players, and “optimized” to last up to 10 hours between charges.

Of course, it’s not high-res (1,280 x 800 pixels), a multitasking beast (1 GB RAM), or photography champ (3.15 and 1.3 megapixels). But it’ll do if $100 is all you have lying around.

AT&T Galaxy S6 Active unable to send SMS to one contact after system update, other issues

Welcome to another #GalaxyS6 post! We bring 6 more issues reported by some members of our Android community over the past few days.


Below are the specific topics we cover today:

  1. Galaxy S6 is sluggish and typing SMS is very slow
  2. AT&T Galaxy S6 Active unable to open SMS from one contact after system update
  3. Recover files from a water-damaged Galaxy S6 Edge
  4. Sprint Galaxy S6 keeps failing during activation to Pakistani network
  5. Virtual keyboard on Galaxy S6 won’t appear
  6. Verizon Galaxy S6 can’t connect to AT&T’s 4G LTE network | Galaxy S6 MMS not working on AT&T network

If you are looking for solutions to your own #Android issue, you can contact us by using the link provided at the bottom of this page, or you can install our free app from Google Play Store.

When describing your issue, please be as detailed as possible so we can easily pinpoint a relevant solution. If you can, kindly include the exact error messages you are getting to give us an idea where to start. If you have already tried some troubleshooting steps before emailing us, make sure to mention them so we can skip them in our answers.

Problem #1: Galaxy S6 is sluggish and typing SMS is very slow

I own a Samsung Galaxy S6 that I purchased new from a 3rd party about 5 months ago. I purchased it when I switched from one provider to another and needed a phone that was going to be compatible with the new provider (Verizon). I’d heard nothing but good things about the S6 and was sure it was going to turn out to be a good phone at a good value. Shortly after purchasing and activating the phone, it has become nothing but a nuisance. Its network connectivity is sporadic and I can’t connect to 4G in areas that are known to have great 4G. It even struggles to connect to 3G. I have less than 100% confidence that sent/received messages are making it to their destination.

For the past several months, I’ve just been dealing with the problem, but it has become intolerable. I visited Verizon recently and they suggested it sounded like a SIM card issue and just replaced the SIM card. The new SIM card didn’t do anything to resolve the issues. I’m about ready to consider scrapping this phone and purchasing a replacement, but phones aren’t cheap and I did not get more than 5 months use out of this one. Everything about the phone is sluggish including typing text messages. Words and letters don’t appear when they should. Sometimes autocorrect occurs prematurely. And sometimes the words/letters I’m typing and even parts of sentences get duplicated automatically. I want to enjoy this phone, but I’m on the last straw and might just get rid of it.

Some potentially helpful details:

-Phone was activated new with Verizon, but a number from the old provider was ported to the new phone

-Phone hasn’t been subjected to any abnormal conditions (no major falls, no submersion in water, etc.)

-every single application on the phone down to the test messaging system is sluggish

-System cache partition has been cleared without any improvement in performance

-Phone is rebooted at least 3 times per week.

Any other questions that might lead to helpful answer, please feel free to ask. I can’t tolerate having a dumb smart phone anymore. I’d rather have a dumb clamshell and a separate computer. — Brenton

Solution: Hi Brenton. Hi Brenton. Since you’re dealing with the overall performance of your Galaxy S6 here, the best thing that you can do is to establish a benchmark performance so you can determine if the device has to be replaced. To do that, you must do a factory reset first, then observe it for a few days. This is an important step since a newly factory reset Galaxy S6 means it’s running a known working version of the operating system and built-in apps. If the phone remains sluggish during the observation period, that’s a clear sign that the issue never software in nature but hardware. During the observation period, you also want to check how text messaging works. If the messaging app continues to work slow, then that’s another proof that something in the phone is not working right.

Also, make sure that you don’t install anything during the observation period. Some issues are caused by bad apps or updates so ensure that you don’t add anything to the system during this time. Many average uses re-introduce apps and updates right after a factory reset causing them not being able to identify if a third party app or update is causing the issue. That said, you must also observe how your phone behaves once you’ve re-installed your apps. If the phone works fine after a factory reset but then starts to show issues later on (after re-installing apps), then that’s a clear sign of a third party app issue.

Basically, what we’re advising is to check if there’s a difference in performance after a factory reset (and no apps installed) and when you start using your phone once all your apps are installed. If there’s no observable difference between the observation period and when you have all your apps installed, you can bet hardware is to blame. You must find a way to have the phone replaced.

Problem #2: AT&T Galaxy S6 Active unable to open SMS from one contact after system update

I have a Galaxy S6 Active (AT&T). I have had no issues until the recent (a few months ago) software updates. Since the software updates, there is one, only one, contact in my phone I can no longer receive text messages from. I can send them text messages and they get them, but I cannot open the ones they send. This particular contact is marked as a favorite so I see that I have messages from them in the favorites at the top of the messaging app. I receive text messages from this contact when in a group message without issue. I was able to send and receive text messages to this contact without any issues before the software updates. Any help would be appreciated. — Bonny

Solution: Hi Bonny. We can’t see any reason why your messaging app will suddenly pick on one contact after an update but if you are positive that the issue started happening after you installed a system update, the first thing that you want to do is refresh the system cache.

Wipe the cache partition

Here’s how to do it:

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  • Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  • Press the Power key to select.
  • When the wipe cache partition is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.
  • Try to test sending a message again.

Delete and re-add the contact in question

Delete the contact from your Contacts app then add it again. If that won’t make a difference, proceed to the next procedure.

Check if the contact is blocked

You may have installed another app that may be blocking the SMS of this contact from loading. Go over your list of apps and see if you recently installed an app that may be restricting your interaction with a particular contact.

Delete messaging app’s cache and data

If nothing happens, the next thing that you want to do is delete the messaging app’s cache and data. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings menu either through your notification shade (drop-down) or through the Settings app in your app drawer.
  • Navigate down to “Apps”. This may be renamed to something like Applications or Application Manager in OEM skinned versions of Android 6.0.
  • Once in there, find the messaging app and tap it.
  • You’ll now see a list of stuff that gives you information about the app, including Storage, Permissions, Memory Use, and more. These are all clickable items. You’ll want to click on Storage.
  • You should now clearly see the Clear Data and Clear Cache buttons for the application.

NOTE: Tapping on the Clear Data button will wipe out entire message threads. If you don’t want to lose important conversations, make sure that you back them up before doing this procedure.

Do a factory reset

Finally, if the issue persists, the final step to do is to reset all software settings back to default. Try not install apps after a factory reset so you can observe how sending SMS to this contact works now that the OS has been restored to default. If the issue still remains, contact your carrier to see if there’s anything that they can do.

Problem #3: Recover files from a water-damaged Galaxy S6 Edge

My husband’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phone had been previously where the glass broke. The phone still worked fine. We are on vacation and he was charging his phone. When I woke up to his phone being face down on the floor where some water was. The phone is/was on, but only the edge screen works. So it just shows the time and battery percentage. We tried turning it off and pushing the home button but nothing happens. We aren’t as concerned about the actually phone itself, but getting the pictures from our vacation. The phone is in a bag of rice because we don’t have the tools to take off the back cover. Any suggestions for how we can at least get the pictures? — Chelsey

Solution: Hi Chelsey. If your main concern is file recovery, bring the device to third party repair center and let them check if they can repair or replace the screen assembly. If that can’t be done, your photos are good as gone as there’s no other way to access them.

Going through Samsung’s service center route is out of the question since they will ensure that the memory is wiped out first before any repair is attempted.

Problem #4: Sprint Galaxy S6 keeps failing during activation to Pakistani network

I have Samsung Galaxy Sprint S6. I bought it here in Pakistan from a local shop. I used it with my local carrier here in Pakistan. It sometimes used to detect my service, sometimes i have to pull out the SIM and put it again and then it detects it. My cousin by mistake restored the cellular network data. And from then it has stopped detecting any SIM. I tried activating it but it gets stuck there. Although when i put a SIM in it, it shows the name of my carrier on top left corner of the screen and shows the signal strength as well. And when i try to activate it shows 3G as normal phones show. But it doesn’t activate it. I opened browser from recently used apps tray and checked if 3g is working or not. But 3g is not working though settings are 100% accurate. When i put my SIM and start the phone it shows a black screen which says please wait while we are activating your device and it never gets completed. Help me out please. — Ali

Solution: Hi Ali. We don’t know anything about your phone software-wise so we can’t say this for sure but resetting the network back to default may had re-configured the device to work only in Sprint network. Try to bring the device to a shop and see if they can network unlock it. That may be the problem why activation keeps failing.

Problem #5: Virtual keyboard on Galaxy S6 won’t appear

When I tap “Enter Message” on a recipients text message thread from within the Messages app, the virtual keyboard does not appear. However, all other facets of the touch screen work: I can scroll, tap attach button, go back, menu, etc. Also, if I rotate the phone into landscape orientation, I can get the keyboard to appear once I tap Enter Message. The keyboard will then stay open if I rotate back to portrait orientation. I have tried the following fixes, all of which have resulted in non-solution: 1. Safe Mode boot 2. Delete recently installed/updated apps 3. Clear Cache/Data from Messages app, as well as TouchWiz Home app. 4. Force stop messages app and reboot. 5. Selected a different default keyboard other than Samsung native or Google. Of note, when I changed my default messaging app to Message+, I had full functionality of my text messaging. So something seems to be stemming from the Messages app in portrait mode. — Kyle

Solution: Hi Kyle. How about factory reset? We say you try it to see if it makes any difference. Here are the steps:

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S6.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys together.
  • When the device powers on and displays ‘Power on logo’, release all keys and the Android icon will appear on the screen.
  • Wait until the Android Recovery Screen appears after about 30 seconds.
  • Using the Volume Down key, highlight the option, ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and press the Power key to select it.
  • Press the Volume Down button again until the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted and then press the Power key to select it.
  • After the reset is complete, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the Power key to restart the phone.

Problem #6: Verizon Galaxy S6 can’t connect to AT&T’s 4G LTE network | Galaxy S6 MMS not working on AT&T network

Good morning! I recently bought a Galaxy S6 that was a Verizon phone that has been factory unlocked. I used my SIM card from my iPhone 4S that was with AT&T and then set up the APN with AT&T tech support. I was told that was all I needed to do in order to receive AT&T service on my new phone. However, using my mobile data or wifi, all I can get is 3G instead of 4G LTE.

Also, I am unable to receive photos and group texts. A button will appear that says “Download.” When I touch the button it says “Downloading.” But nothing ever downloads! I have checked and double checked to make sure the network mode is set correctly to LTE/GSM/UMPS. There may be other issues but I have not discovered them as of yet. I really like my new phone and it has so much more to offer than my previous phone. Please help! — Mrscaptmorganiv

Solution: Hi Mrscaptmorganiv. The first issue is either caused by a limitation on your phone, or by AT&T’s coverage in your area. Each network has its designated operating frequencies so the devices they provide to their customers are built with the right chips to work with a certain frequency band. If your Galaxy S6 is not compatible with the operating frequency of AT&T’s LTE network in the area, you’re out of luck. You simply have to contend with 3G on the at phone. Do some little research about the 4G LTE operating frequency of your S6 so you can check with AT&T if it’s compatible with their network.

The second issue can only be fixed by your carrier. As long as the APN settings on an activated device is correct, MMS should work. If that’s not happening, the issue is either caused by a software restriction (Verizon phones are notoriously buggy when it comes to MMS functionality on other networks), or by AT&T’s restriction on your account. Please work with AT&T so they can enlighten you on the true case. If they’ll say that MMS is allowed under your account and should work, then you can bet the phone MMS functionality won’t work in AT&T’s network.


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AT&T ditches overages on data, will reduce data speeds after data limit is reached

AT&T NumberSync

AT&T NumberSync

Following the announcement of T-Mobile ONE, AT&T has given some news to its customers. Starting August 21, the carrier will ditch data overages altogether, instead resorting to reduced data speeds instead. This will mean that customers won’t be in for a surprise in their monthly bills and they will immediately realize that their data cap has been exhausted when the speeds are reduced.

Of course, users can also choose to get additional data if they choose, with denominations ranging from 1GB to 100GB. Further, you won’t be shelling out much as you will be adding more data for a nominal amount (ex: $20/month for 10GB of data).

Customers will welcome the announcement of this feature by AT&T. While it might not get a lot of attention given the T-Mobile ONE reveal, there is no denying that this will make the lives of the consumers a whole lot easier and less worrisome. After all, nobody likes a surprise on their monthly data bills.

Source: AT&T

Via: Android Central

Verizon will disconnect your line if you use “extraordinary” amounts of data

Verizon Wireless Logo

Verizon Wireless Logo

Let’s face it, there’s a special kind of allure to unlimited data and all the perks that come along with it. Well, it seems like #Verizon might have had enough of its users who use too much data. According to a report that surfaced yesterday, which was confirmed by Verizon shortly, the carrier will disconnect users who are using “extraordinary” amounts of data. For reference, this would mean significantly over 100GB on one device.

Here’s what Verizon had to say – “These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100 GB). While the 100 GB plan is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device.”

The carrier will notify these users via mail and a standard letter informing them of their overages. Beyond this, they will have until August 31 to sign up to The Verizon Plan, which offers data in different tiers. In essence, as a punishment for over usage, customers will have to switch to a tiered data plan or face disconnection of their line. Verizon will give users 50 days after August 31 to reconnect their line, so it’s not the end of the world after August 31. However, the only way to get their connection back will be to get on The Verizon Plan.

Are you one of these users that the carrier is talking about? What do you make of this?

Via: Droid Life

T-Mobile offering unlimited data for Pokémon Go users

Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO

Pokémon GO is a sensation in the select few markets where it’s available. With the U.S. being one of them, T-Mobile has decided to offer some benefits for the users of the game. Starting next Tuesday, T-Mobile will offer its customers free data to play Pokémon GO.

This means that your data usage will not be counted for this app. This can be likened to the company’s Binge On videos streaming service where a handful of video streaming apps can be used without losing any data. Even though Pokémon GO won’t take much data from T-Mobile, this is a pretty nifty feature from the carrier. The promo will be valid for one-year starting next Tuesday.

Further, the carrier will offer a couple of freebies for its customers like a free Wendy’s Frosty, a free ride on Lyft worth $15 and some other attractive deals. To spice up its promotion, T-Mobile will also offer $100 worth of Pokémon GO credits for 250 lucky customers. This can be used as in-game currency.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Android Central

Verizon to launch revamped data and pricing tiers on July 7

Verizon Wireless Logo

Verizon Wireless Logo

#Verizon Wireless will be revamping the pricing structure of its data plans starting this Thursday, July 7. A new leak has revealed that the carrier is looking to increase prices of its data plans while also offering more data than before. To start with, Verizon will start offering its customers with 2GB of 4G LTE data for $35, while users previously got 1GB of data for $35. So it’s not necessarily bad news for the users.

Bigger data packs have more benefits and will cost only $10 more, so it’s a win-win situation for everybody. For example, the $100 XXL plan with 18GB of data will now cost $110, but will come with 24GB of usable data. That’s a 6GB surplus for just $10, which seems pretty decent.

Verizon 4G LTE Data - July 7

Here are the complete details of the new plans along with their old pricing:

  • S – 2GB for $35 (previously 1GB for $30)
  • M – 4GB for $50 (previously 3GB for $45)
  • L – 8GB for $70 (previously 6GB for $60)
  • XL – 16GB for $90 (previously 12GB for $80)
  • XXL – 24GB for $110 (previously 18GB for $100)

Do you welcome the price/data increase? Share your thoughts below.

Via: Droid Life

AT&T offering 1GB additional data to some tiers of GoPhone

AT&T GoPhone

Customers of AT&T GoPhone will now be pleased to know that AT&T is offering an extra gigabyte of data on a couple of tiers. The $45 and $60 plans are lucky enough to get 1GB of data each starting today, which means these plans will now have 3GB and 5GB of usable data respectively.

The GoPhone is a very exciting prepaid offering for those who don’t want to be locked down by a contractual agreement with the carrier. In addition to the aforementioned data, users of these tiers will continue to get free calls, texts etc, so it’s a very attractive plan overall.

Given how prepaid carriers are currently buzzing in the mobile industry, an offering like this will go a long way in appealing to AT&T’s loyal customer base. GoPhone is one of the most popular prepaid offerings going around and this particular promotion will go a long way in making this a hot favorite among prepaid users.

You can head over to your nearest AT&T outlet to get more information on these new data plans.

Source: AT&T GoPhone

MetroPCS announces new $60/month plan with 6GB of data for two lines

MetroPCS Logo

MetroPCS Logo

#MetroPCS has just announced a new plan where the customers can get unlimited talk, texts and 6GB of 4G LTE data for two lines at just $60/month. You can add additional lines at just $30/month (up to five lines), which makes this a very attractive proposition. As you know, MetroPCS is T-Mobile’s subsidiary and you will be well covered as long as there’s T-Mobile network in your area.

The data being offered is 4G LTE and T-Mobile has mentioned in its statement that the deal is valid for as long as you’re a customer. There’s no word on how long the promotion will run though, so you might want to act fast if you want to get in on the action.

Given how competitive the prepaid game has become, it’s imperative for a carrier like MetroPCS to up the ante in order to remain relevant in the mobile industry. AT&T’s GoPhone is quite popular out there and this new promotion from the magenta carrier will certainly appeal to a wide range of customers out there.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Android Central

T-Mobile announces evolution of VoLTE in the form of Enhanced Voice Services



While most networks are playing catch-up with rival networks to bring #VoLTE based calling to their devices, T-Mobile has already hopped onto Enhanced Voice Services or EVS. This is seemingly an evolution of VoLTE and T-Mobile claims that it’s significantly better than VoLTE. For now, the carrier is introducing this particular feature with the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge.

Speaking more about the advantages, T-Mobile claims that EVS can work even in low network areas, which effectively means that you will not experience call drops while on low network zones. Further, it is said that this will be supported even if calls are made to non-EVS devices, assuming the source device has the tech onboard. However, the people on the other end (non-EVS device) will not get to experience the feature.

Neville Ray, CTO of T-Mobile said – “EVS is a true next-gen voice technology that delivers some incredibly cool benefits to our customers and I’d bet that we’re the first in the nation, if not the world, to deploy it. We never stop innovating and improving the network experience.”

If you’ve purchased the Galaxy S7, the S7 edge or the LG G5 from T-Mobile, make sure you head over to the company’s blog below for more details.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: The Verge

T-Mobile could be doing away with unlimited data gradually



Unlimited data isn’t a very lucrative offering for carriers. T-Mobile seems to be feeling the punch now as it has mentioned that it will slowly move away from unlimited data plans. It has already made this an unattractive proposition for many by increasing prices once per year for the past two years. The company CFO, Braxton Carter gave out this information while speaking at a conference for Deutsche Bank.

While he didn’t lay out the company’s plans to phase out unlimited plans, it seems like the carrier will make it more unattractive to the users by increasing the prices every year. We must also remember that T-Mobile offers no holds barred data usage to customers of its Binge On video service, where content from YouTube, Netflix and a variety of other providers can be streamed without counting against the monthly data cap.

So it’s clear that the carrier is using up a lot of bandwidth on these services, forcing them to cut down on other unlimited data services. Do you use T-Mobile’s unlimited data offerings? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Deutsche Bank

Via: The Verge