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Verizon Wireless added 1.5 million postpaid customers in Q4 2015

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Verizon Wireless Logo

It seems like #Verizon ended 2015 on a high note as the carrier supposedly added 1.5 million subscribers in Q4 2015, which also happens to be during the holiday season. This last minute surge took the company’s figures past the 4.5 million mark in 2015, marking a very productive year. The carrier made $34.25 billion in the year, which again is testament to the company’s success in the year.

This is quite an achievement by Big Red considering the aggressive marketing push made by the likes of T-Mobile and Sprint to snatch up some customers from Verizon and AT&T. Verizon boasts of the largest 4G LTE network in the U.S., which is enough to keep it dominating the American smartphone industry. AT&T is a close second while T-Mobile and Sprint are still significantly behind Verizon Wireless in terms of numbers. The carrier will hope to make significant inroads in the American mobile industry in 2016 as well.

Are you a Big Red subscriber? Let us know in the comments box below.

Source: Verizon

Via: Phandroid

T-Mobile added a total of 2.1 million customers in Q4 2015

T-Mobile

T-Mobile has announced that it has added a total of 2.1 million customers in the fourth quarter of 2015, showing fairly moderate growth in the Holiday season, which is regarded as one of the busiest and most profitable times of the year in the mobile industry. The carrier overall added 8.3 million customers in 2015, which again is quite decent, but nowhere close to reaching #Verizon or AT&T’s figures.

But considering how T-Mobile toppled Sprint to take the third spot in the U.S., we wouldn’t be surprised to see the company make giant leaps in 2016. Although the carrier’s growth has been relatively slow in 2015 (especially compared to the previous year), it will be interesting to see how T-Mobile will go forward in 2016.

With these additions, T-Mobile now has a total of 63 million customers in the mobile industry. The company hasn’t shared details on the forecast for 2016, but we can expect to see a wide range of customer friendly promotions going forward.

Are you one among the 63 million subscribers that T-Mobile has? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Android Headlines

T-Mobile offering a decent incentive for Verizon customers who switch over

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T-Mobile has poached hundreds and thousands of customers from rival networks before. The carrier is now planning to do the same with Verizon’s customer base by promising them one year of free Hulu Plus subscription if they switch over to T-Mobile.

The carrier is also running the popular 50% off accessories promo, which will give you a decent savings on something like a smartwatch or other accessories from T-Mobile. These promotions are valid from the 11th of December till the 17th, so you don’t have much time to make up your mind.

Hulu Plus is a streaming service and a mobile equivalent of Hulu, which is web only. The plan being offered here however comes with limited ads, so users will have to put up with some amount of ads while using Hulu Plus. But that’s not much of a concern considering how they stand to save nearly $100 with this.

T-Mobile has run plenty of attractive promos such as this before, so it’s good to see that the carrier is keeping its aggressive approach going so as to snatch up more customers from rival carriers.

Source: T-Mobile

US Cellular Has Lowered Prices On Select Shared Connect Plans

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The big four carriers have been cutting the prices of their plans lately, so now the 5th-largest carriers is doing the same. US Cellular is lowering the prices on their Shared Connect plans.

The prices of the 1, 3, 6, 8, and 20GB plans have been cut and now customers on the 2 GB plan will now get 3 GB of high-speed data at the same price:

  • 1 GB – $30 per month
  • 3 GB – $50 per month
  • 6 GB – $60 per month
  • 8 GB – $80 per month
  • 20 GB – $140 per month

If you are on the 8 GB shared plan, US Cellular will cut monthly connection charges by $30. Smartphones accessing the data plan will now only be $10 per month (on this plan), meaning a family of four could have a cell phone bill of just $120 per month.

Also in line with other carriers, US Cellular will also give customers who are switching up to $350 per line to cut their contracts. To get this deal however, you will need to be on an installment plan. When you port your existing number and send the final bill to US Cellular, the credit will be given in the form of a prepaid debit card.

Source: US Cellular

Via: Droid-Life

AT&T will relaunch the Cricket Wireless brand in Q2 2014

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Cricket Wireless Logo

After AT&T closed its acquisition of Leap Wireless last month, the carrier announced that Cricket Wireless will still remain alive despite the closing of its parent company. AT&T even mentioned plans to merge Aio Wireless with Cricket in the coming days. And speaking at AT&T’s quarterly earnings call, the CFO John Stephens mentioned that the carrier will relaunch the Cricket brand in 2014 more aggressively with plenty of attractive smartphones on offer.

The CFO also mentioned that the company plans to give Cricket Wireless a more national presence, spreading its reach across the country. Even though this will officially take effect in Q2 2014, the complete transition could take up to 18 months with integration costs set to reach $1.2 billion over a two year period.

It’s good to see that the country’s second largest carrier is taking prepaid customers very seriously even though they make up for a small chunk of the pie. It will be interesting to see how the carrier merges Aio with Cricket in the coming months.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Via: Android Community

U.S. Cellular introduces new no-contract and monthly installment plans

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U.S. Cellular Logo

U.S. Cellular has just announced its new monthly installment plans in a bid to compete with the likes of T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. The fifth largest carrier in the U.S. is the last to the party, but it’s better late than never as they say. Users signing up via the carrier’s Single Connect or Shared Connect plans can now opt to pay the cost of their smartphone in 12 monthly installments, thus ridding them from paying a hefty fee up front.

The carrier is also offering $350 through a Visa prepaid card for users willing to switch from another carrier, much like what T-Mobile and more recently Sprint started doing. Simple Connect plans start from $50 per month which comes with unlimited talk/texts and 500MB of cellular data or $60 for 2GB of data. Under the carrier’s monthly installment plans, customers will be asked to pay the tax amount up front, but nothing beyond that.

This is a nice move by U.S. Cellular in a bid to attract more customers to the network. It is to be seen if this move will actually work in the company’s favor, especially when there are plenty of other rival carriers offering the same promotion.

Via: Android Guys

Sprint Prepaid officially launched with plans starting from $45 per month

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Sprint has made some changes to its prepaid offering starting with a re-branding of the service. Previously known as Sprint As You Go, it’s now simply known as Sprint Prepaid. Smartphone plans begin from $45 per month while basic phone plans start from even cheaper at $35 per month. Sprint Prepaid currently supports the Moto G, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S4 mini with Sprint Spark as well as the three year old iPhone 4s.

The $45 smartphone plan offers unlimited text/voice and data over Wi-Fi. While $60 per month will give you all the features from the entry level plan but with 2.5GB of cellular data as well. If you’re a basic phone user, $35 per month will fetch you 500 voice minutes, unlimited texts and 2G data. However, $50 per month will give you a fully unlimited plan with voice, texts as well data. These plans will serve a wide range of users who want to get Sprint’s services but aren’t willing to sign a lengthy duration of contract. The carrier is expected to add more devices to the list to make the plans more attractive to potential customers.

Source: Sprint

Via: Phone Dog

Samsung Galaxy S5 availability and pricing roundup – US, Canada, Europe and India

Prime or no Prime version in the pipeline, Samsung’s “standard” Galaxy S5 is still poised to lead Android smartphone sales for the next six to nine months. Regardless of what analysts anticipate, and increasing competitiveness of rivals LG or Sony, Sammy’s marketing juggernaut is a well enough oiled machine to secure healthy buzz once the 5.2-incher goes up for grabs.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Whether S5 purchases will remain steady, say, through the end of the summer greatly depends on what other antagonists, primarily Apple and HTC, bring to the table. Pricing looks like a key factor too, plus let’s not forget timing.

By timing, we mean S5’s release schedule, but also its obligatory future discounts, and most importantly, Prime’s ETA. Bottom line, the next big thing’s blockbuster potential leans on a stockpile of elements and components, some of which are unraveling as we speak.

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Without further ado, here’s all we know of possibly the two most vital factors, Galaxy S5 availability and pricing, around the world:

US roundup – when, where, how much

Samsung may have committed to a simultaneous commercial launch on April 11 in roughly 150 countries, which no doubt includes the US of A, however we know better than blindly trust a promise of this nature.

It’s not only their call, so the shipping start might depend on carriers and retailers as well. For now, all big four wireless providers have pre-registration pages set up, with no words on when actual pre-orders will go live.

Galaxy S5 Sprint

T-Mobile and Sprint vaguely hint the Galaxy S5 is “coming April 2014”, whereas Verizon and AT&T are even more discrete, mentioning nada on timelines. Price tags? We wish we had something solid, substantial to give you, but I’m afraid you’ll need to settle for guesses.

Educated guesses, but guesses nevertheless – $200 with two-year pacts across Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and around $650, maybe $700 full retail price via T-Mo, as well as MetroPCS. Boost and Virgin Mobile are themselves expected to carry the handheld, though they’re part of a second wave of launches, slated for “sometime in Q2”. Translation: May or June.

Galaxy S5 Verizon

Several third-party retailers, including Best Buy and RadioShack, want to update you on availability news as soon as it breaks, but at the moment keep everything on the hush-hush, just like carriers do. Oh, well, odds are pre-orders will begin in one or two weeks, so the mystery shall be shattered before long.

Samsung Galaxy S5 in Canada

Folks looking to score an S5 up north don’t have the full story yet either, however they do know plenty given how early it still is. Eleven carriers around those parts forecast they’ll be able to offer the water-shielded phone starting in April, with Telus, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Virgin and Wind Mobile leading the pack.

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Of them all, Telus has come forward with the most detailed information, pretty much confirming the S5 is to cost $249 with pacts, though “prices may change”. Yes, $250 is a little steep, and it’s unsettling from a stateside perspective, but Canadians and US networks are not always on the same wavelength, so don’t panic… yet.

Europe availability and pricing

As usual, the hustle and bustle is underway early on the old continent, as Orange Romania officially became the world’s first operator to accept S5 pre-orders a few days ago. Surprisingly, the Eastern European service provider still lists stocks as “sufficient” and promises delivery around April 11 for €700 outright and €250 and up on-contract.

Meanwhile, multiple regional Amazon branches apparently gear up to charge the same €700 in countries like Germany, Italy or Spain. Too pricey? Then you’ll be happy to hear at least one Dutch seller plans to ask €650 for the 16 GB variant.

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Rumors from Bulgaria also call for a sub-€700 price tag (€660 or so, to be specific), and in France Bouygues Telecom lists the Galaxy S5 at a fairly reasonable €649. That’s $900 for the record, which may sound anything but reasonable to American ears. Only Europeans are used to cough up such premiums on top-of-the-line Androids, due to high import taxes.

Interestingly, Russia, a notoriously expensive market, is on the verge of nabbing the Samsung Galaxy S5 at €600, or $830, and Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic fall in line with their Western cousins, at €700, or $970.

By the by, pre-orders seem to be live now in a host of nations, via a bunch of retailers, so you may want to secure a place in front of the line.

Galaxy S5 Handtec

Oh, right, I nearly forgot about our UK-based readers. Good news, blokes and gals, early pledges of allegiance can be made on Clove, Expansys, Unlocked-Mobiles and Handtec. Oddly, only two of the four have been bold enough to put a price on the SIM-free 16 GB GS5: £545.99 including VAT at Handtec, and £549.98 all taxes covered at Unlocked-Mobiles.

That’s $910 give or take, which sounds costly, but it’s essentially in the ballpark we expected on British shores. First stock is due April 11 through Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles, while the other two aren’t ready to reveal a date. But it can’t vary too much.

As for on-contract pricing, we’re extremely light on specifics. Not that it’s any big secret – Three, Vodafone, O2, EE and Virgin Media shall “sell” the S5 for no upfront fee on their heftiest monthly plans. Also beginning on or around April 11. Everyone ready to rumble?

Samsung Galaxy S5 in India

Saholic caught everyone off guard when briefly selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 last week for an almost unbelievably low INR 45,500, which translates into $740, or €535. But will that pan out as an official price tag, or did the merchant just try to score some easy, free publicity?

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Only one way to find out – wait until April 11, at the latest, for shipping to reboot. Fingers crossed, y’all.

Now, feel free to update us on any new developments we may have missed, and sound off below with a simple “yay” or “nay” if you’re thinking of buying the Galaxy S5 or snubbing it. Is it a must-buy at $650, €700 and £550, or does Samsung need to think about trims already?

AT&T and UK Carrier EE Partner for 4G LTE Roaming In The UK

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AT&T has been signing lots of deals with international carriers lately, most recently with Rogers in Canada. Now AT&T users who travel to the UK can use EE’s 4G LTE service. Usually you can only use 3G and HSPA services when traveling, but now people who rely on fast data speeds can benefit.

A deal for EE users traveling to the US has also been reached in turn, starting sometime in 2014. Unlike the AT&T and Rogers deal for Canada, AT&T has not announced how much they will be charging for this service. But for comparison, AT&T’s plans with Rogers were as follows:

  • $30 per month for 120MB of  data
  • $60 per month for 300MB of data
  • $120 per month for 800MB of data

These roaming plans are absolutely terrible for users, in both price and data amount. But if you want a no hassle option of using your phone overseas, you can use these plans. But if you have an unlocked phone, I recommend you use a local SIM card and accompanying plans in the country you are visiting (unless you’re on T-Mobile and are fine with EDGE).

EE also has not announced how much their roaming fees will be, but they probably will be expensive as well. But EE has announced that, throughout 2014, they will be announcing more deals like this, so customers of EE should be on the lookout for more deals. So will you enjoy being able to use LTE overseas in the UK and the US soon?

Source: EE via Droid-Life

Sprint ‘One Up’ program joins T-Mobile JUMP, Verizon Edge and AT&T Next

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sprint-one-up

Sprint has finally announced their phone financing program, called One Up, to match T-Mobile JUMP, Verizon Edge and AT&T Next, all offer the same sort of program but with slightly different payments and arrangements.

T-Mobile has called out AT&T and Verizon for offering programs that are not anywhere as good as what T-Mobile offers with JUMP. The idea with these programs is the user pays extra to get a smartphone every six-months or every year on a two-year contract.

On Sprint, the user pays $0 down for the smartphone and then signs a two-year contract to pay off the smartphone. On the 13-month of the contract, Sprint will offer to change the smartphone for a newer model and start a new contract, the user has to trade in the first smartphone for the upgrade.

This does essentially mean the user is not purchasing the phone, they are leasing it from Sprint for a year and then give it back if they want a newer model. For Sprint and the rest of the carriers, this is gold, because they gain half the price of the phone and then can sell it back to other consumers at the store-front, while keeping the ‘One Up’ user on a contract.

One of the quirks of the Sprint One Up program is the Unlimited, My Way plan, where Sprint will cut $15 per month on service costs, meaning the phone service costs could be as little as $65 per month for unlimited everything.

Sprint is likely to announce the One Up program on September 20, according to the people who got hold of the information about the program in the first place.

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US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to arrive in October

The US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available this coming October, according to an announcement from the company today. US Cellular will join the major phone makers in the United States in offering the newly-unveiled Samsung phablet.

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3
US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Specifications

The US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7 inch 1920 x 1080 Super Full HD Super AMOLED display. Inside, it runs on a 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa-core chipset and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The phablet also comes with 3GB of RAM, and a choice between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage space. Expansion is possible via a microSD card slot. There is also a 13 MP rear camera that can capture Ultra HD (4K) video, and a 2 MP front camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, Infrared Blaster, GPS/GLONASS, MHL 2.0, and HSPA+. The device harnesses the power of a 3,200 mAh battery. Android 4.3 is its operating system out of the box. The ultra-thin device measures only 8.3mm, and tips the scale at 168 grams.

Features

Some notable features include Air Command, Pen Window, Action Memo, S Health, S Voice Hands Free, Screen Write, Scrapbook, Samsung KNOX, Samsung Adapt Display, Air Gesture, and Air View, among others. Samsung has furthermore introduced improvements to the S Pen stylus. In terms of its appearance, the phablet has a synthetic leather rear cover surrounded by a faux stich detail. Such design elements make the device standout among many other devices available today. There will be a number of color options available, including black, white, and potentially, pink. This article by Rodge provides more details on the phablet.

Price

The US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be priced $299.99 on a two-year contract. Verizon and AT&T are both selling the device for the same amount. Meanwhile, T-Mobile will sell the device for $199.99 upfront in addition to 24 monthly payments of $21 each. Check out Adrian’s article for more pricing details in Canada and Europe.

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Gear

US Cellular has not announced whether it will sell the Samsung Galaxy Gear or not. If it does, the device may be priced at $300 alone, like what AT&T and T-Mobile are doing. It is also possible that they will eventually sell it bundled with the Note 3 for $600, which is the price of the bundle on Verizon.

via justamp

Galaxy Note 3, new Note 10.1 and Galaxy Gear reaching U.S. in October

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Galaxy Note 3

It is already well known that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will make its way to all major American carriers, with pre-orders going up today. But it is being said that the official arrival of the smartphone could not be until October, contrary to the September 25 global roll out date mentioned by Samsung. But it’s only a delay of about a week and is completely understandable. Samsung will also make the new Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch available around the same time.

The smartphone will make its way to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile in the U.S. The American variant of the Galaxy Note 3 is slightly different from the global variants, as it comes with a Snapdragon 800 chip on board. Non-LTE markets will get the Exynos 5420 variant with a 4+4 CPU architecture. Apart from this, there’s hardly anything to differentiate between the two variants. It’s good to see American variants launching not too long after the global variants. Samsung has clearly learnt from the past.

Via: Phone Arena

T-Mobile Moto X may not be coming

The deal between T-Mobile and Motorola that allows the wireless carrier to sell the upcoming Moto X has not been finalized. 9to5Google was the first to publish the information after receiving a tip. Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported a conflicting report that claims that all major wireless carriers in the United States—that is, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile—will be selling the highly-customizable handset.

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According to 9to5Google, T-Mobile may have opted to focus its efforts instead on the LG Nexus 4, which has specifications that are believed to be similar with the Moto X. The LG Nexus 4 comes with a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels, a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU, Android Jelly Bean, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and a Li-Po 2100 mAh battery. On the other hand, the Moto X is rumored to have a display measuring 4.7-inches like the Nexus 4, but the resolution of the Moto X display will supposedly be 720 x1184 pixels. The Moto X will also sport a 1.7 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960DT chipset, the same Adreno 320 GPU, a 10.5 MP rear camera, a 2.1 MP front camera, and a 2200 mAh battery. These specifications are indeed similar, so the reason that T-Mobile may choose to market only the Nexus 4 could hold water.

Meanwhile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will start selling the much-awaited device this August. Photos of the Verizon, Sprint and AT&T versions of the Moto X had already been captured and leaked, but interestingly, no photo of the T-Mobile version has surfaced.
Whether T-Mobile decides to include the Moto X in its product lineup will be known shortly, however, possibly as early as August 1 when Motorola and Google finally take the wraps off the handset.

That said, if you want a Moto X, and do not want to be a subscriber of Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, you will also be able to purchase the smartphone from U.S. Cellular. Such wireless carrier is believed to be launching the Moto X on August 26.

Do you want T-Mobile to offer the Moto X?

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US Cellular to launch Moto X on August 26th

U.S. Cellular will launch the Moto X on August 26, according to an allegedly leak internal memo obtained by Android Central. Stated in the memo are the words “Wave 1, 2, & 3,” which according to their source means that the Moto X will arrive first to the wireless carrier’s LTE markets, and eventually to non-LTE ones. Prior to this date, U.S. Cellular stores will be receiving promo materials and a Moto X launch kit.

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The memo does not make mention of the price of the Moto X, although plenty of rumors have suggested that it would be an affordable device.

This leak is good news for customers of the smaller carrier, since it means that they will be able to purchase the much-awaited smartphone from U.S. Cellular. The other carriers that are expected to release the smartphone are Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. In Canada, the same handset is also bound to be released by wireless carrier Rogers sometime in August. The Moto X smartphones that are heading to Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T have already been spotted in the FCC website. Previous leaks have indicated that the Verizon Moto X will be released on August 23, although that date remains to be unconfirmed.

Meanwhile, Motorola and Google are still silent on the launch of the first smartphone that will be released since Google bought Motorola. However, even the folks at Google appear to be having difficulty containing their excitement over the Moto X. Recently Google chairman Eric Schmidt was photographed using the smartphone in public during an event. Furthermore, during the recent Google second quarter earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page showed his enthusiasm over the Moto X, but did not divulge any information. Still, with all the leaks, there are some reportedly significant details about the Moto X that have not been made public.

With the almost daily arrival of leaks, the launch should be around any time within the next few weeks.

via androidcentral