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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Won’t Send or Receive MMS

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There are some Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini users who complain about not being able to send or receive MMS. This particular Galaxy S3 Mini problem may stem out from issues like poor network reception, system glitch or another app interfering with the normal function of the device.

Solutions to the Galaxy S3 Mini MMS Problem

Here are the solutions that you can apply to your Galaxy S3 Mini MMS problem:

1. Check Network

Before ruling out anything, try to check first if your area has sufficient network coverage. It should be free from interference and your signal bar should show at least an average strength. Upon verifying that there is no problem with your network, proceed to the next step.

2. Restart the Galaxy S3 Mini

We always advise users to restart their devices when experiencing problems because this method usually solves a lot of issues. Turning off and on the device regularly will help refresh the system of the smartphone from time to time which helps eliminate a lot of glitches.

3. Toggle the Airplane Mode

Try also entering the Airplane Mode of your Galaxy S3 Mini. Then, put it back again into its normal mode. Many communication problems of smartphones are solved this way. Somehow, this process helps refresh the phone too.

4. Exit Power Save Mode

According to a tip provided by one contributor in the Android Central Website, this particular problem is usually triggered by entering the Power Save Mode of the phone. So, if you happened to be under this mode, exit it and put your phone on its regular mode. We would like to add that many users who were experiencing this were able to solve the problem using this procedure.

5. Remove Suspicious Apps

Some third-party apps have the tendency to disrupt the normal functions of the Galaxy S3 Mini native apps. You can confirm this by operating under Safe Mode for a while and by testing your MMS from there.

6. Perform Factory Reset

If any of the solutions above fail to solve the problem, then that’s the time for you to consider performing a Factory Reset. This will put your Galaxy S3 Mini into its original factory settings and remove any unwanted effects brought about by third-party apps. Be reminded to backup all the important data stored in your phone first before doing this so you will not lose them.

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We hope that this solution helped you. For more questions or ideas that you would like to contribute on this matter, email us at [email protected].

Samsung confirms the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 and the Galaxy S3 Mini won’t get Android 4.4

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Only yesterday did we come across Samsung’s Android 4.4 update schedule which revealed that the update will not make its way to the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300). This is the global variant of the 2012 flagship running the Exynos 4412 quad core chipset with 1GB of RAM. The news was clearly hard to fathom for many as the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S3 received the KitKat update not too long ago.

Samsung has now explained why it is not sending out the update to global variants of this 2012 flagship, as well as the Galaxy S3 Mini which launched shortly after. Read on for more:

In order to facilitate an effective upgrade on the Google platform, various hardware performances such as the memory (RAM, ROM, etc.), multi-tasking capabilities, and display must meet certain technical expectations. The Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions come equipped with 1GB RAM, which does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade. As a result of the Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions’ hardware limitation, they cannot effectively support the platform upgrade while continuing to provide the best consumer experience. Samsung has decided not to roll-out the KitKat upgrade to Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions, and the KitKat upgrade will be available to the Galaxy S3 LTE version as the device’s 2GB RAM is enough to support the platform upgrade.”

Even though KitKat only requires up to 512MB of RAM to function, the additional bloatware that Samsung devices carry makes it harder for devices with even 1GB of RAM to function smoothly. And the Sprint variant that got the update recently comes with 2GB of RAM, like most carrier variants of the smartphone, which is why it can handle the update without much trouble. So it seems like the end has come for these smartphones as far as software support is concerned and devices will have to be on Android 4.3 or Android 4.2 in the case of the Galaxy S3 Mini.

Via: Sam Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Alarm Clock Won’t Go Off

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A message was recently sent to us via The Droid Guy Mailbag that reads, “Hi, I have a Galaxy S3 Mini, which has an Intermittent clock alarm fault. One day it rings as it should and on another it gives a one note ring then closes down. Any ideas would be gratefully accepted. Regards.—Phil”

Possible Causes of the Galaxy S3 Mini Alarm Clock Issue

There are factors that may likely be triggering the alarm problem in your phone. These may be third-party clock or alarm apps, minor glitches in your app, or corrupted system files in your phone.

Ways to Solve the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Alarm Clock Problem

Here are ways to fix the Galaxy S3 Mini alarm clock issue:

1. Reenter the Alarm Time

Go to your clock app. Delete your previously set alarm time and set a new one.

2. Restart the Device

Restart the device after setting a new alarm time to refresh its system.

3. Clear Cache

Access the Application Manager of your phone. Look for the Clock app. Tap the Clear Cache virtual button. Check if this solves  the alarm issue of the phone. If not, proceed to the next step.

4. Clear Data

Repeat the same steps above, but hit the Clear Data button this time.

5. Uninstall Third-Party Clock Apps

Other third-party clock or alarm apps might be interfering with the normal function of your phone’s own clock. So, try uninstalling them and observe if the problem still occurs.

6. Perform a Factory Reset

Back up all the data stored in your phone and turn it off normally. Then, enter the Recovery Mode by pressing the Power, Volume Up and Home keys altogether. Hold on to the said keys until an Android logo appears. From there, select Factory Reset. Lastly, reboot your phone normally.

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Samsung Low Cost Smartphones Looking to Benefit from KitKat

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Despite the barrage of complaints that we have been receiving lately from Android Smartphone users who were unfortunate enough to get the buggy version of the KitKat, Samsung plans to bank on it to benefit its low cost Smartphones.

According to SamMobile, it recently received an email containing a partial capture of the list of the low cost Smartphones of Samsung which are considered to benefit from the 4.4 update, most popularly known as KitKat.

Among the low cost Smartphones revealed in the picture provided by the source’s insider were the Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-I9190), Galaxy S3 Mini (GT-I8190), Galaxy Ace 3 (GT-S7270), Galaxy S Advance (GT-I9070), Galaxy Ace 2 (GT-I8160), Galaxy Core (GT-I8262), Galaxy FAME (GT-S6810) and the Galaxy Fresh (GT-S7390).

There may be more to the list since the screenshot appears to capture only the upper portion of the sheet containing the list.

Do Not Get Your Hopes Up Too Much

The report reminds their readers who own the mentioned devices not to get their hopes up too much. As stated, the list only contains the low cost Smartphones which are considered by Samsung to get the 4.4 update. So, there is a big possibility that not all of them will get the update.

The source speculates though that among the most likely low cost Smartphones of Samsung that will receive the update is the Galaxy S4 Mini. This is based on an earlier leakage that it received from its insider who has come across an internal document for Samsung’s KNOX security suite which confirms that the S4 Mini will get the KitKat. It should be noted that the said document makes mention of the Galaxy Mega too.

Android 4.4 KitKat Benefits

The Android 4.4 KitKat aims to benefit Smartphone with mid-range specs by bringing in a better Android experience such as reduced memory consumption. Let’s just hope that the bugs associated with KitKat will be gone by the time Samsung starts rolling it to its low cost Smartphones.

Source: SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Does Not Charge the Battery [Troubleshooting Guide]

galaxy s3 mini batteryThere were several reports of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini that refuses to charge its battery or cannot finish charging. The causes may vary from owner to owner and among the most common are:

  • Defective battery and charger.
    The device turns very hot when the charger is plugged in.
  • Connectors on the device are corroded, bent or damaged.
  • Connectors on the battery are pushed in, corroded, bent or damaged.
  • The phone is damaged.

Based on these possible causes, here are the things you should do to troubleshoot the problem and hopefully fix it.

Check your battery and charger. The simplest way to do this is to plug it to your phone to see if the indicator would say it’s charging. If it does, at least, you can rest assured that your charging unit is still transmitting current, so you should focus on your battery and device. If the battery is defective, the phone may charge for a few minutes then stops; it is because the battery couldn’t hold the current from the charging unit. Another indication that it has a problem is when the phone shows the battery is fully charged but drained so fast. If this is the case, you might consider buying a new battery pack.

Check your phone’s temperature. When charging, it is normal that the phone turns hot but not to the point that  you couldn’t almost touch it. If your device’s temperature goes unusually high during the process, do not continue instead bring your phone to an authorized technician to be checked thoroughly and be diagnosed properly. Remember that when an electronic device turns so hot, something bad might happen.

Connector problem. Corrosion on both the device’s and battery’s connectors would interrupt the charging process simply because current cannot be conducted properly. The same goes to bent, pushed in or totally damaged connectors. If the problem is on the connectors on your phone, a technician might be able to fix it, if it’s on the battery, buying a new one would surely help.

Damaged phone. If your phone suffered a fall prior to the problem, a hardware may have been damaged by the impact. Another thing that could also totally damage the battery is when the phone will be soaked in water. To determine if the device has experienced liquid damage you can check the LDI (Liquid Damage Indicator). The LDI is located inside the battery well and on the battery itself. LDI indicators should be solid white or white with visible pink/purple X’s. If the device has been exposed to moisture, the LDI will be solid pink/purple/red.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at [email protected] Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Screen Becomes Unresponsive

galaxy s3 mini screen problemsA problem wherein Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini’s screen becomes unresponsive is not actually common unlike connectivity- and email-related issues. However, we did receive emails from our readers complaining about it so we decided to go through it and provide troubleshooting procedures.

Here is one email sent by our reader that describes the problem well:

I don’t know if my problem is common or not but my Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini seems to have some issues with its screen. It is not as responsive as before. There are times when it does not respond to my gestures totally that I have to do the same gesture over and over before a command is acknowledged.  

So my question is, how to fix a Galaxy S3 mini whose screen becomes unresponsive? 

I hope you can shed some light to this problem because I might not be the only that’s having this problem.

Possible Causes & Solutions

Third-party accessory causing the problem. While accessories can make our device look a little better, some may cause some problems instead. One accessory that may cause this issue is the screen protector. If the screen became unresponsive shortly after installing a new screen protector, you should consider buying a new protector that’s clearer and probably thinner and have a technician install it for you. Moreover, improper installation of the protector may also cause this problem.

Hands are wet or lotion was applied. Either you just washed your hands with water or sweaty, the screen naturally wouldn’t respond well. The same goes if you just applied lotion on them. Make sure you wipe your hands dry before using your phone to make sure the screen responds as expected.

Phone experienced physical trauma or liquid damage. If your phone experienced some kind of physical damage, the first component to act weird would be its display because it’s more fragile than any other components. The same thing would happen if you accidentally dropped your phone in the water; the display will be the first one to suffer. In this case, you should bring your phone to a technician and have it checked.

Third-party app is causing the problem. If the problem happens right after you installed a certain application either from the Play Store or through an .apk file, it is almost probable the application is causing the problem. Although uninstalling the app would definitely solve the problem, try clearing the cache and data of the app first to know if the procedure could remedy the problem.

Reboot phone. It is the simplest thing to do and more often it solves temporary device issues so it’s worth trying.

Factory reset phone. If all else fail, try bringing the phone back to its original setting, it might just solve the problem as well as its underlying causes.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at [email protected] Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

Galaxy S3 Mini Unable to Send / Receive Email Messages [Troubleshooting Guide]

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galaxy s3 miniOne of the most common problems Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini owners were complaining was not being able to send or receive email messages. This problem covers POP3, IMAP and Corporate E-mail issues and while it is often easier to troubleshoot these kinds of problems, others may find it very hassling. This troubleshooting guide is for owners who do not know where to start looking. But before anything else, here is a couple of email messages we received from our readers.

Galaxy S3 Mini POP3 Email Problem

Guys,  

I’m not sure if you’ve already encountered a problem like this but email suddenly stopped receiving messages. I tried sending one to my wife but it didn’t go through. My phone is Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and I never had a problem until about a week ago. By the way, I’m using a Gmail account. 

I don’t let anybody touch my phone because there are some sensitive information in it so I’m pretty sure no one changed the settings. It just broke down and stopped receiving my emails. If you’d be so kind to walk me through in fixing this problem, I would surely appreciate it. Thanks. 

Galaxy S3 Mini Corporate E-Mail Problem

Droid Guys, 

Please help me with my problem. 

I’ve been using an email account provided by my company. Everything was working fine since 3 days ago. For some reason, I can’t receive my emails on my Galaxy S3 mini but I can receive them through my computer in my office. 

Just a background, I haven’t setup my email on my phone, our tech support did so I don’t know how it works.. Plus, I’m not really a techie person. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks a bunch!

Before You Begin

It is tempting to immediately troubleshoot the problem, however, you have to do some checking before you go any further. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Check the data coverage indicator.
  2. Ensure that flight mode is disabled.
  3. Power cycle the device and Check SIM (if applicable).
  4. If NO icon is present, contact the carrier to determine if there is a network outage in the area.
  5. If the indicator is present, proceed with troubleshooting the type of protocol you are using below.

Troubleshooting POP3/IMAP Email Accounts on Galaxy S3 Mini

  1. Check to see if your phone is configured to receive email.
  2. Using webmail, login to your account to check if your credentials are correct.
  3. If you can login to your account, create a test message and send it to yourself to check if you can send and receive at the same time.
  4. Logout from webmail.
  5. Going back to your phone, check both incoming and outgoing server settings using the credentials you just used on webmail.
  6. If you can login successfully, create a test message once again. Otherwise, double-check your credentials and server settings.
  7. Lastly, if everything else fails, clear the email app’s cache and data and setup your account again.

Troubleshooting Corporate Email Accounts on Galaxy S3 Mini

Troubleshooting a corporate email could be a bit complicated, but to make it simpler for you, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Verify your login credentials. If you can’t, contact your company’s tech support.
  2. Make sure the sync feature is enabled for Email.
  3. Make sure proper sync settings are configured.
  4. Try doing a manual syncing of your email account.
  5. Reboot your phone.
  6. If everything else fails, clear the email app’s cache and data and setup your account again.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at [email protected] Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Gallery Stopped Working [How To Fix]

galaxy s3 mini problemsThe Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini was packed with decent specs making it worthy to be called GS3’s “Little Brother.” However, it is not free from errors and problems. One of our readers reported the Gallery app stopped working without apparent reason. I turned to various online forums and found out the problem is relatively common. Fortunately, it can be fixed by simple troubleshooting procedures.

Here’s one email that best describes the problem:

I am having a Samsung Galaxy s3 mini. But after it upgraded to 4.1.2 my gallery stopped. When ever I open my gallery the phone get stuck for seconds and a pop up message appears saying “Unfortunately your gallery has stopped” now I am using another gallery downloaded from the play store. How can I fix this. 

Troubleshooting

In the email, our reader clearly stated that the problem occurred after an update. However, there is a lot of owners out there who encountered this very specific problem even without implementing an update. For their benefit, I would want this troubleshooting procedure to start by addressing the problem directly and not fixing the issue in a manner that other services would be affected.

Clear Gallery Cache & Data

This is where you start troubleshooting. More often, the problem occurs because of some corrupt data that is why it is logical to clear those in the first place. But you should know you could lose your personal settings, thumbnails, etc. when you do this.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Application Manager.
  3. Swipe to the right to choose All tab.
  4. Scroll to and tap Gallery.
  5. Tap on Force Stop button first.
  6. Then, tap on Clear Cache.
  7. Lastly, tap on Clear Data.

Now check if the problem still persists. There is a high probability the problem is solved at this point. Otherwise, continue with the next.

Clear Camera Data

The Camera and Gallery are totally different apps, however, they are closely connected as far as processes are concerned. The camera points and shoots while the gallery manages every photo taken. In other words, both function together. Therefore, the next logical thing to do when the problem persists is to go after the Camera app.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Application Manager.
  3. Swipe to the right to choose All tab.
  4. Scroll to and tap Camera.
  5. Tap on Clear Data.

Now check if the Gallery app still crashes.

Check Your microSD Card

Another possible reason why Gallery app may stop working could be because of a defective microSD card. By default all photos and multimedia files are saved in it. When it malfunctions, the device would enter a loop where it keeps detecting it with frequent mount-unmount cycle. So, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Verify the microSD card is functioning well.
  2. You could try browsing into it through your device’s file manager.
  3. You could also take it out and let your computer do scan it.
  4. If it’s defective, you would be prompted to reformat it.

If the microSD card is okay and the problem still persists, it’s time you go for core processes.

Clear Google Framework Services Data
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Application Manager.
  3. Swipe to the right to choose All tab.
  4. Scroll to and tap Google Framework Services.
  5. Tap Clear Cache.
  6. Lastly, tap on Clear Data.

If all else fail, the last resort is to do a Factory Reset.

Factory Reset

Note: Backup all your important data before you reset your phone as they may be deleted during the process.

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Back up and reset.
  4. If desired, tap Automatic restore to clear the check box.
  5. If desired, tap Back up my data to clear the check box.
  6. Tap Factory data reset.
  7. Tap Reset device.
  8. If you have screen lock turned on, enter your PIN or password. Tap Continue.
  9. Tap Delete all.

Email Us Your Problems / Questions

We are open to your questions, problems and suggestions. Email us at [email protected] if you have any. Please include as much detail as possible so that we could find solutions that really work. A screenshot or two would definitely help so if you can manage to get some and attach them to you email that would be awesome.

But please know that we may not be able to respond to every email we receive. Be assured, though, that we read every single bit of them even if others appear to be spams.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini leaked for AT&T, after a year in Europe & Asia

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has been on the European and Asian markets for over a year now, officially being revealed a few months after the Galaxy S3 as a cheaper and smaller variant with lower performance.

For the past year, it seemed Samsung would not be bringing the smaller low-end device to the US, but a new leak from evleaks seems to suggest the Galaxy S3 Mini will make a delayed arrival on AT&T in the coming months.

Android in 2013 has seen a big shift in performance and the movement on the platform makes it feel like quad-core processors and 1080p screen have been around forever.

Even though this was originally sold as a mid-range device, the Galaxy S3 Mini has seen better days and now goes for about £199 in the UK and the same price in Europe. With a 4-inch 800×480 screen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 5MP camera, the price comes as no surprise.

AT&T loves its exclusives, but this one is a little too late to matter. The Galaxy S4 Mini is expected to come to the US in the coming months and we wonder what the initiative is behind selling a phone already a year old.

 

Samsung Confirms Galaxy S3 Mini to be Announced Tomorrow

The head of mobile division for Samsung Electronics JK Shin yesterday confirmed that Galaxy S3 mini will be the company’s next device to be announced and it will not be marketed as an entry-level device as most people expected.  On a press conference held in Korea, the company boss announced that due to the high demand of the S3 in the European market, the company will be making an entry with the smaller version of the famed S3 smartphone.

This means that the Galaxy S3 mini will be in direct competition with iPhone 5 which was announced by apple late last month – but it acts as an alternative to the larger screen Galaxy S3.  The company had marketed the S3 as having a larger screen but it recognized users’ needs of a smaller more portable and easy to handle device, that is why they worked on the mini.

Earlier rumors indicated that Samsung had invested in larger screen devices in a bid to outdo competition because in the age we live in, people view larger screen devices as more powerful, easier to use and have more functionalities such as reading e-books, better browsing and playing games better.

The increasing demand for 4 inch screen smartphones in Europe may have spurred the company into developing the smaller version of the S3 and it appears that the company will focus a lot on the European market when marketing the S3 mini.  Given the market dynamicity which has seen the introduction and the popularity of 10 inch tablets, 7 inch tablets and 5 inch phablets, the demand for 4 inch tablets rather than 4.5 or 4.7 inch tablets could have been a disadvantage to the company.  The new smaller version of the S3 though is a chance for Samsung to promote a powerful device without locking out consumers seeking devices with smaller screens.

There are no official detailed specs of the Galaxy S3 mini as of now but it is expected that it will sport a 1 GHz U8420 dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard storage (with a microSD card slot), a 5 megapixels rear camera and a 1,500 mAh battery.  It is also likely that the phone will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-loaded and the screen will have a resolution of 800 X 480 pixels.

It is just a couple of hours before Samsung announces the S3 mini officially, so we just have to wait and see whether Sammy will excite or disappoint us.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S3 mini?  Would you go for this smaller device with less powerful specs over the larger S3?  Share your thoughts with us on the comments section below.

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Galaxy S2 Plus and Galaxy S3 Mini Rumored to Come Later This Year

There is a rumor that Samsung is working on two new high end smartphones that are set to be launched in the last quarter of this year.  The Galaxy S2 Plus and the S3 Mini are expected to hit the market before this year’s holiday season in a move widely seen as Samsung’s attempt to capitalize on the immense success of the S3 and the S2 phones – and in the same breath reach a wider audience with different phone needs.  This is however just a rumor as there is no proof that Samsung is working on anything else at the moment besides marketing the Galaxy Note and Note 2 tablet and counting the profits from the S3 launch in June.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is likely to go for around $200 while the improved Galaxy S2 Plus may go for between $250 and $350.  The big question is, why would Samsung work on these devices instead of developing entirely new gadgets?  If the rumor is true, it does not seem to make much sense for an improved version of an older smartphone released last year to cost more than a mini version of a newer smartphone, just a couple of months old.  Then again, Apple is already rumored to release the iPhone 5 sometime this year and Samsung, being a sworn enemy, may be working on pulling the rug under Apple’s feet by launching cheaper but somehow familiar devices ahead of, or during, iPhone 5’s launch.

Word is that the Galaxy S3 Mini may be touted as iPhone 4S’s competitor as it may feature quite impressive specs and features including a 5MP camera, a 4 inch WVGA Super-AMOLED screen and a Dual core processor.  Nothing is known about the features of the Galaxy S2 Plus phone yet from an article that Samsung posted briefly before pulling it down.

If it is going to be an improved version of the galaxy S2, then it is likely that the Galaxy S2 Plus will feature a 4.5 inch AMOLED screen, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory.  The phone may come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or better still, Android Jelly Bean.

From the rumor, the Galaxy S2’s specs seem to be on a higher end than the Galaxy S3 Mini, which makes perfect sense if it is going to cost $100 to $150 more.  What I cannot understand is the strategy Samsung is using to introduce these phone and what, if there is any, their Agenda is.  It could be to promote their brand name while targeting mid-ranged smartphone buyers for the Christmas season or it could be aiming at undermining Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 release.  For now, we just have to wait and see.