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[Deal] AT&T GoPhone Moto E (8GB) for $29.99

Moto E 2015

The 2015 Moto E from AT&T GoPhone can now be yours for just $29.99 thanks to an attractive deal running on eBay. The smartphone comes with a budget ranged hardware, which is to be expected for the price tag anyway. The Moto E is a pretty attractive device for the cost and can be used as a spare device if you want something temporary and not necessarily a daily driver.

Of course, the deal also includes an AT&T GoPhone subscription, which is one of the best prepaid offerings going around right now. What’s better is that the Moto E here also comes with support for 4G LTE networks, which is amazing for a handset at this price point.

The Moto E 2015 comes with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 resolution display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,390 mAh battery.

Get the 2015 Moto E for just $29.99 from eBay!

U.S. Cellular launches new prepaid plans for as little as $35

U.S. Cellular

American carrier U.S. Cellular has just launched a series of Simple Choice prepaid plans starting at just $30 for basic phones and $35 for smartphones. The Simple Choice plans have multiple tiers with each tier offering increased data, while all of them have free voice minutes and texts.

And to make the service more appealing to users, the carrier is offering a credit of $50 for customers who spend $50 or more on their prepaid plan. The $50 will be distributed evenly over a 10 month period, effectively giving you a credit of $5 per month for 10 months.

The $30 basic plan is for feature phones and comes with 500 minutes of voice and unlimited texts. On the other hand, the $35 plan for smartphones comes with 500 minutes of voice, unlimited text and voice plus 500MB of data. You can get 2GB or 5GB of data with the $45 and $60 plans respectively.

The carrier is also offering the LG Logos smartphone for free with a $50 rebate. So there’s plenty of good news coming from U.S. Cellular today. Head over to the carrier’s page below for more details.

Source: U.S. Cellular

Via: Android Central

AT&T Will Let GoPhone Users Use 4GB Of Data In Canada And Mexico

AT&T

Since T-Mobile announced their “Mobile Without Borders” plan a few months ago, the other carriers have been scrambling to compete. AT&T is now bringing their own offering to customers on GoPhone plans.

If you are on the $60 per month plan, you will be able to get unlimited texts and calls for free when visiting Canada or Mexico. You will also get 4 GB of high-speed data for free. However, in AT&T’s case, high-speed means 3G speeds, not LTE.

If you use AT&T’s Auto Refill feature for paying your monthly bill, the cost will go down to $55 per month instead of $60. $5 per month may not sound like a lot, but it does add up over time. These changes all go into effect starting August 21st.

So if you’re on select GoPhone plans, you’ll be able to travel to Canada and Mexico without fear of getting a sudden bill increase when you get home. What do you think of the changes AT&T is making to their prepaid and postpaid plans?

Source: AT&T via 9to5Google

Sprint prepaid users now getting rollover data

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint has just announced that customers of its qualifying prepaid plans will be able to get their unused data rolled over to the next month. Users will be able to bank up to 30GB of data this way with no expiration on them.

AT&T and T-Mobile’s offerings on the other hand, expire after a month and a year respectively. This will encourage more users to join Sprint’s prepaid networks, with plans starting from $35.

The offer is only available from Best Buy in the U.S., so make sure you head over to your nearest outlet to make use of this new promo. The carrier makes it abundantly clear that customers who have signed up for any of the prepaid plans on or before 31 May will not be eligible for the rollover data. These customers will have to sign up with a qualifying data plan again to make use of these benefits.

Does this strike as attractive to you? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: Sprint

Via: Android Headlines

AT&T Gives More To Users On Certain GoPhone Plans

AT&T store

In line with their recent price drops for consumers on the postpaid plans, AT&T is improving the status of their GoPhone prepaid service as well.

Customers on the $45 per month 1 GB 4G LTE plan now get an additional 500 MB to use, bringing the total allotment of data to 1.5 GB. Customers on AT&T’s $60 per month plan currently get 2.5 GB. This plan has been upgraded up to 4 GB of LTE data, along with unlimited text messages and calls to Mexico. Here is a piece of AT&T’s statement:

“New and existing GoPhone customers on 1GB plans ($45 per month) will now receive 1.5GB of high speed data, and customers on 2.5GB plans ($60 per month) will receive 4 GB of high speed data – all at the same price. That’s 50% more data. It’s automatic, at no additional cost and our gift to our customers.”

These plans go into effect for all customers automatically starting today. Customers on the $60 per month plan will receive calling and texting to Mexico starting February 20th.

Source: AT&T via Android Central

Best ultra-affordable prepaid smartphones for 2015

Seeing as how the race to the bottom is heating up by the day as far as Android smartphone retail costs are concerned, a refresh of our best sub-$100 prepaid device list from April 2014 was probably long overdue.

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To make that abundantly clear, just one member of last year’s magnificent low-cost seven made the cut this time around, and that’s despite us feeling generous and adding two extra spots to the rankings. We’ve also decided to stop comparing apples and oranges, so we’ll be listing your nine best prepaid phones out and about in no particular order.

The fact of the matter is they’re all incredibly enticing and bang-for-bucktastic, so the verdict comes down to your personal preference of one carrier or another, a certain design, brand or footprint. Not to mention the effect of price fluctuations on a gadget’s appeal.

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Currently, all these nine Android soldiers can be purchased for less than $100 off-contract, but many are discounted and set to up the ask soon enough.

Motorola Moto G

An instant classic and living legend, the first-generation, non-microSD-supporting G is as popular today as it was when it topped our previous prepaid charts, nine months ago. It still doesn’t allow for external storage expansion, and the mediocre 5 MP rear-facing camera hasn’t got any better with time.

Moto G

On the bright side, it’s cheaper than ever before, likely to get even cheaper, and it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop nearly free of manufacturer “optimization” or carrier bloatware.

Motorola Luge – $80 via Verizon

A mostly overlooked and underrated Big Red exclusive, this 4.3 incher is more easily pocketable and slimmer, but slightly less powerful, with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor inside. Truth be told, its flaws are G’s fortes and vice versa, as the Luge features microSD support and a superior 8 MP LED flash cam, yet settles for an underwhelming 960 x 540 pix res screen.

Motorola Luge

Moto E – $20 at US Cellular

Oh, come on, another Motorola? Indeed, and it’s not just because this writer loves, loves, loves the direction the company’s moving in for a couple of years now. It’s also thanks to USC’s unbelievable generosity, and the handheld’s Android 5.0 compatibility.

Moto E

For only 20 bucks (if you hurry, and grab the E online), you score a Gorilla Glass 3-covered 4.3-inch 960 x 540 panel, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP camera, microSD card slot, and 1,980 mAh battery. If only other no-contract specialists would follow US Cellular’s suit.

HTC Desire 510 – $72 with Boost; $78 at Virgin; $84 on Sprint

Though HTC is keen to eat at Samsung, Microsoft or Motorola’s budget sales, their one and only prepaid heavyweight title contender is this mixed bag of 854 x 480 pixels resolution mediocrity and 2,100 mAh cell quality.

HTC-Desire-510

Larger than all its rivals so far, and arguably the most stylish of the pack, the Desire 510 stands out with snazzy white and blue coats of paint, plus software that works and looks great, despite there being no sign of Lollipop goodies. So nice to have you, BlinkFeed!

LG Tribute – $65 Sprint; $65 Virgin

We’ve wrapped up Motorola’s triad, now onto LG’s own affordable no-contract trinity. First up, a 4.5 incher that more or less squeezes Desire 510’s internals into a slightly more compact body. Good or bad thing?

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Well, extra screen real estate is always nice to have, so LG loses a point, but the pixel-per-inch count is virtually identical, and the $20 less asked by Sprint and Virgin Mobile for the Tribute may tip the balance in LG’s favor.

LG Optimus F60 – $59 through MetroPCS

The confusing branding suggests this F-series family member is a lot older than it really is, having only been released in October of… 2014. Slashed from $159 to $59 for a limited time, the F60 is Lollipop-ready, with a quad-core 64-bit 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU under the hood.

LG Optimus F60

If you’re the pessimistic type, you’ll of course retain the F60 doesn’t run Android 5.0 yet, and sports a forgettable 4.5-inch 800 x 480 IPS screen. No matter how you look at it though, the 2,100 mAh battery is quite large.

LG Volt – $60 Sprint; $80 Boost

Another triumvirate finished, and sadly for LG, no Moto G-like standout here. Not even a Luge, albeit the Volt electrocutes the F60 and Tribute with a 3,000 mAh (!!!) cell, 8 MP LED Flash rear-facing camera, and 70.1 percent screen-to-body ratio.

LG Volt

Too bad the actual screen resolution is nothing to write home about, at 960 x 540 pixels, and the 32-bit-capable quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip limits certain upcoming functions of Android 4.4 KitKat’s follow-up.

Samsung Galaxy Avant – $69 via MetroPCS

The Korean mobile kings had a piss-poor year in the high-end segment, where the Galaxy S5 failed to outsell its predecessor, but their low to mid-end box-office accomplishments are probably a far cry from their days of glory past as well.

Samsung Galaxy Avant

Unless you’re willing to cough up north of $150, the Avant on MetroPCS is your only option to go low-cost Samsung. A stellar option, don’t get us wrong, as long as you hurry, with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 TFT screen, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 16 GB internal storage (!!!), 1.5 GB RAM, 5 MP camera with LED Flash, and 2,100 mAh battery.

Last but not least, pre-installed Android 4.4 KitKat and, presumably, 5.0 Lollipop on the way.

ZTE ZMax – $99 at MetroPCS

If this was a competition like last year, the ZMax would have taken the trophy home so breezily you’d have wondered why there was even a contest in the first place. Granted, you’re unlikely to see the $99 price tag stick. In fact, it could go up as I’m typing this. No, not yet. But soon…

ZTE ZMax

Before it does, let’s remember and cherish this moment. The moment determined, prompt folks were able to nab for $100 a gigantic, handsome and robust 5.7-inch Android with KitKat on-board, 720p display resolution, 2, yes, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage space, microSD support, 8 MP main snapper, 1.6 MP front camera, and 3,400 mAh battery.

And yes, we know some of you aren’t comfortable with holding a beastly 5.7 incher in your hands, or tucking it in your trou pockets. But you’ll just have to make the “sacrifice” if you want the very best a Benjamin can buy free of contractual obligations.

Get one month of free Sprint Prepaid service courtesy of Best Buy

Sprint

Sprint

Sprint will offer a month of its prepaid service for free if you sign up through a Best Buy outlet. This new deal is coming as part of an arrangement struck between the two companies and will let customers choose from plans of $35, $45 or $55 which offer 1, 3 and 6GB of data respectively with all three plans eligible for unlimited voice minutes and texts.

Customers get to choose from handsets like the LG Tribute, LG Volt, Sharp Crystal, Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung Galaxy S5 under this new plan, so there are a wide range of choices as far as devices go. However, you only have until January 31 to benefit from this promo. In order for customers to make use of this promotion, they will have to purchase any of the aforementioned smartphones and take it over to the Best Buy outlet for activation.

Sprint has launched some aggressive plans over the past couple of weeks to lure customers to its services. We saw the carrier halving the monthly bill costs of customers who switched from Verizon or AT&T, which has reportedly been quite effective for the carrier.

Source: Prepaid Phone News

Via: Fierce Wireless

Back to school shopping guide: best Android smartphones for students

Things just got real. The start of the new school year is less than a week away, so it’s high time you stopped daydreaming about the good old early days of summer. But September 4 doesn’t have to be a time of grief and sorrow.

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Not entirely. You might as well embrace the beginning of the rest of your life, and make the most of it. And what better way than loading up on sizzling hot Android gear to ensure you’ll stand out from the crowd once that first bell rings?

Already stacked on tablets, convertibles, laptops and/or multi-purpose Android PCs? Then let’s get you a pocket-sized computer too, and kick the school year into gear in style. We’ve rounded up the best options for every budget, unlocked, on prepaid plans and with standard contracts, and without further ado, here they are in no particular order:

Motorola Moto E

We realize it’s cool to hate on your parents, and them getting you cheap, sub-par mobile equipment for back to school season is always a great pretext to let the rage flow. But would you cut them some slack? They probably work hard for every penny they earn, and besides gadgetry, they have to take care of feeding, clothing you and shipping you off on all those spring break vacations.

Moto E

Besides, say what you will about the Moto E, but Motorola’s budget champion is anything but sub-par. In fact, it offers one of the best bang for buck values around, it’s petite, decently punchy and up to date software-wise, plus the wet dream of any geeky stock Android aficionado. No reason to hide, we know you’re out there.

Motorola Moto G

Be honest, you don’t really need all the “premium” features high-end Androids accommodate. But maybe Moto E’s low-res display, dual-core chip and scanty 4 GB of internal storage space don’t entirely fulfil your needs either.

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Enter the Moto G, the perfect low-cost, mid-range smartphone, with a perfectly sized, one-hand-friendly 4.5-inch 720p screen, beefy quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 gigs and up of on-board storage, plus microSD support and 4G LTE connectivity in a model available at a sensible $220. No strings attached and free of any and all contractual obligations.

HTC One M8

But mom, all the cool kids own these metal beauties called iPhones, and I want to show them off by getting an even more gorgeous, larger, zippier all-aluminum slab. Cheaper too. The answer to your iPhone slaying dilemmas is the One M8, and if your parents can afford it, don’t think about it, just buy, buy, buy.

HTC One M8

And the greatest advantage of the metallic design isn’t the visual effect and the envy it’ll breed in the schoolyard (although that’s nice too), but the robustness and durability of the chassis. Plus, the M8 is a selfie beast, courtesy of a 5 MP front-facing camera, and a battery champion.

LG G3

Where to even begin? The LG G3 is such a stunning little portable PC that it would honestly be easier to list the reasons it’s not the top choice for students. But let’s focus on the good and try to keep it short. First, the design. No metal, no deal? Think again, because the G3 ain’t a phone, it’s a fashion statement.

LG G3 Verizon

And then you have the state-of-the-art 5.5-inch Quad HD display, the explosive quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU, massive 3,000 mAh battery, 3 GB RAM and beautiful 13 megapixel rear camera. This, my friends, is the textbook definition of a powerhouse, and at least until the Galaxy Note 4 drops, it’s the all-around best Android handheld. Besides, it’s really not that pricey either.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

So you want something a little more outdoorsy and capable of keeping up with the challenges of being young, always on the move, always ready for everything. But conventionally ruggedized devices feel bulky, look fugly and lack that certain je ne sais quoi in the performance department.

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All hail Samsung then, which have finally brought rugged into the mainstream. Sure, the S5 Active can’t exactly take a bullet for you, but it can swim, it dismisses dust contact, rain, vibration, solar radiation and thermal shock like it’s nothing.

And the beauty of it is the 5.1 incher measures a measly 8.9 mm in thickness, tips the scales at 170 grams and packs (almost) everything that makes the standard GS5 so great, quad-core S801 SoC, 16 MP camera and heart rate monitor included.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Okay, guys, play is over, it’s time to look at an option good for the classroom too. The thing is the Note 3 is really the best of both worlds, supporting your creative and learning-thirsty side with S Pen support and offering bleeding edge specifications, from an outstanding 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD screen to 3, yes, 3 gigs of RAM to a 3,200 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

And yes, we’re fully aware a drastically improved sequel is on the way, but this OG is available for free on carrier agreements and $520 outright, whereas the Note 4 will probably start at $300 and $800 respectively.

HTC Desire 816

Given the recent rise of prepaid carriers and plans, it’d have been a terrible shame to wrap up our little back to school shopping guide without offering an option for folks who are opposed to contracts, but also unwilling to drop a fortune on an unlocked, SIM-free gizmo.

And Virgin Mobile’s Desire 816 is a prepaid instant classic. Clearly targeted at budget-restricted phablet lovers, this Herculean fellow will no doubt cater to the needs of photo buffs as well, thanks to a 13 MP rear-facing snapper and, yes, a 5 megapixel front camera.

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But that’s not all. The design is a winner too, despite the somewhat chintzy plastic, you get a generous 1.5 GB of RAM and, last but not least, Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense UI 6 on top.

That’s a wrap, boys and girls, and it’s now time for the tough decisions. Regardless of what you end up buying though, this is shaping up to be an epic school year. Keep at it.

T-Mobile becomes the top prepaid carrier in the U.S.

T-Mobile Logo

American carrier T-Mobile has announced that it is now the top prepaid network in the U.S. surpassing Sprint, AT&T and Verizon quite comfortably. With a total tally of 15.64 million customers, T-Mobile has crossed Sprint which has a total of 15.19 million subscribers on its prepaid networks as of recently.

The CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere, was quite optimistic about the company’s future, claiming that they could overtake Sprint to become the third largest carrier (postpaid+prepaid) by the end of the year. That’s quite an ambitious statement to make from a company executive, but Legere has been known to not mince his words, especially when speaking about the competition. There’s a gulf of 4 million subscribers between the two carriers at the moment and there’s only under five months to reach the landmark. With the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile deal most likely seeing a dead-end, the two carriers will continue their rivalry in the telecom industry as usual.

Here’s Legere’s complete statement on the matter – “The momentum we’re seeing with our T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands is outstanding, and the fact that we’ve blown by everyone to take the No.1 spot in prepaid is icing on the cake. As a matter of fact, I’m going on record—I predict we’ll overtake Sprint in total customers by the end of this year. Not someday. Not next year. This year.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Android Guys

Best prepaid sub-$100 Android smartphones – April 2014

So you’re in the market for some Android-powered goodies, but don’t care coughing up a fortune to score the best of the best. In fact, you only got one little Benjamin to spend. Of course, 100 clams is 100 too much for a host of wickedly fast high-end smartphones, including LG’s G2 or HTC’s 2013 One, as long as signing up to a 24-month carrier agreement is an option.

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But what if it isn’t? Well, you could always grab one of the dirt-cheap tablets we recommended a while back. Or, better yet, why compromise when most major carriers stateside have either made the move to prepaid, or are working on it?

The advantages of prepaid plans? Need I even say it? Fine, you’re not bound to a network you may grow tired of, there’s no mandatory contract and, well, no early termination fees. Bottom line, prepaid equals freedom. And affordability.

100 Dollar Bill

Sure, that hundred bucks won’t get you cutting edge performance, quad-core processors or Full HD displays, yet our picks of the best low-cost prepaid smartphones around are poised to come in handy as backup devices for power users or primary handhelds for casual mobile enjoyers. Here they all are, in reverse order of pizazz:

7. Kyocera Hydro Edge – available for $79.99 at Boost Mobile

Why it’s one of the best:

  • Water and dust resistant thanks to IP57 certification
  • It’s surprisingly light for a water-shielded device, tipping the scales at 128 grams
  • Also fairly thin, at 10 mm
  • Packs 1 GB RAM
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash, burst mode, HDR and Panorama

Kyocera Hydro Edge

Why it’s not the best:

  • It might be light and thin, but the overall design doesn’t work in its favor, with massive front bezels and a funky, weird back cover
  • Dated, laggy dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip
  • Only 4 GB built-in storage
  • No front cam
  • Tiny 1,600 mAh battery
  • No 4G LTE support

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Neutral points:

  • 4-inch 800 x 480 pixels resolution display
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with no KitKat update in sight

6. ZTE Awe – $63.99 with Virgin Mobile

Strong suits:

  • It’s the cheapest of the bunch
  • Offers a lot of RAM for its price range: 1 gig
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 1.2 MP front snapper
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus (not the zippiest around, but again, considering the price range, it’s quite enthralling)
  • Incredibly light and comfortable to hold (125 grams)

Virgin Mobile Awe

Flaws:

  • No 4G LTE speeds
  • 4 GB storage
  • It’s currently on sale at $64, so it could become pricier any minute
  • Main camera lacks autofocus
  • Skinny 1,650 mAh battery, yet chunky 10 mm thick figure

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Neutral points:

  • 4-inch 480 x 800 display
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with no KitKat in sight

5. ZTE Radiant – $80 with AT&T GoPhone

Strong points:

  • Dual-core 1.4 GHz processor
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and digital zoom
  • 1 GB RAM

AT&T Radiant

Downsides:

  • Lackluster design, a lot of wasted space on the front between the logos, bezels and capacitive buttons
  • Chunky and bulky, at 147 grams weight and 11 mm waist
  • Modest 1,735 mAh battery
  • No 4G LTE
  • No front-facing camera, rear-facing snapper lacks autofocus

Neutral points:

  • 4-inch 480 x 800 screen
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

4. ZTE Source – $99.98 with Cricket Wireless

Why it’s one of the best:

  • It offers plenty of screen real estate, courtesy of a 4.5-inch TFT panel
  • Supports 4G LTE connectivity
  • It’s handsome in a retro way, despite also wasting a lot of precious space with pointless screen borders
  • 5 MP primary camera with LED Flash, BSI sensor, autofocus and digital zoom
  • 1.2 MP secondary shooter
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Spacious 2,070 mAh battery

ZTE Source

Why it’s not the all-around best:

  • Like Virgin’s Awe, it’s $100 as part of a limited-time promotion, and thus will probably be more expensive soon
  • The display may be large, but it’s very low-quality, as it sports 854 x 480 pixels resolution for a cringe worthy 218 ppi
  • Coverage could be an issue, as Cricket isn’t exactly a leading mobile operator
  • 4 GB on-board storage

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Neutral points:

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

3. Samsung Galaxy Legend, aka Stellar – $99.99 with Verizon prepaid

Strong suits:

  • Rounded corners and glossy rears may not be upsides for high-enders, but for a low-ender, they’re okay
  • 4G LTE support
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Fantastic battery life, thanks to a 2,100 mAh juicer
  • It is a Samsung and might prove more reliable on the long haul than, say, a ZTE
  • 1.3 MP front-facing cam

Samsung Galaxy Legend

Flaws:

  • 12 mm profile? You’re lucky you carry that gigantic battery around!
  • 3.2 MP rear-facing camera sans Flash
  • 4 GB storage

Galaxy Legend

Neutral points:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and run-of-the-mill 800 x 480 pixels resolution display

2. Kyocera Hydro XTRM – available for $99.99 at US Cellular

Why it’s the second best:

  • The design of rugged devices isn’t quite everyone’s cup of tea, but who can’t appreciate the benefits of a water and dust-resilient handheld with, wait for it, MIL-STD-810G military certification for resistance to humidity, rain, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock?
  • 4G LTE data capability
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus and geo-tagging
  • 1.3 MP front snapper
  • Massive 2,000 mAh battery supposedly capable of holding a charge for up to 12 hours in talk time

Hydro XTRM

Why it’s the second best (get it?):

  • Not exactly a looker, due mostly to rugged reinforcements
  • 4 GB storage

Kyocera Hydro XTRM

Neutral points:

  • Same old Android build and 4-inch display
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU

1. Motorola Moto G – $80 with US Cellular, $99.99 on Verizon and Sprint

Why it’s the best of the best:

  • It’s got by far the highest resolution display of the “magnificent seven” – 1,280 x 720 – plus, it’s huge: 4.5 inches
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Remember when I told you $100 can’t possibly buy quad-core power? I lied, the G comes with a quad 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 in tow
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage (16 GB versions also available for some extra dough)
  • 2,070 mAh battery
  • 5 MP/1.3 MP cams
  • Bluetooth 4.0

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How it could have been better (read downright epic):

  • 4G LTE
  • microSD support
  • A couple of mm shaved off its profile

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Aaand that’s a wrap. We’d love to hear your thoughts on our list, including how we messed it up and who we unjustly snubbed. Let your voices be heard.

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

Sprint

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

Verizon launches new ALLSET prepaid plans starting from $45/month

Verizon Allset

Verizon Allset

Wireless carrier Verizon has just announced its new Allset prepaid plans with an attractive monthly price. As per this plan, users will get unlimited calling, texting and 500MB of free data use for just $45 per month. This price comes down to $35 if you prefer using a feature phone. As a bonus, Verizon is also offering unlimited texting to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The plan also includes free 1,000 minutes of international calling to Mexico and Canada every month, although Verizon claims this is a limited period offer.

If the users are not happy with the data allotment, they can get additional data starting from $5 per month for 500MB. At the same time, users can also opt for the 1GB data plan ($10) or the 3GB plan ($20) which is valid for 90 days. Verizon is offering a ton of prepaid budget smartphones under its new promotion including the Moto G which costs only $99.99. Existing Verizon customers owning an off contract device can also walk into a VZW store and activate the Allset plan on their account.

Source: Verizon

Via: Android Central

Best Low to Mid-End, Low-Cost Android Smartphones: Late 2013 Edition

Smartphones are expensive. It’s an undeniable, incontestable, impossible to fight with fact of life. Like the sky is blue, the grass green and “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White Heisenberg the most badass, evil, diabolic yet charismatic character ever to be featured in a cable TV show.

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But is it really an undeniable fact of life? No, not the part about Bryan Cranston’s small-screen persona, but the one about smartphones. Do they really need to be expensive? They don’t, which is as clear as crystal in China or India, where the most popular gadgets are entry-level and mid-rangers, not high-enders.

Meanwhile, in America, just like essentially anywhere else on the Western hemisphere, it’s like you’re invisible if you don’t own the latest and greatest slabs of silicon out and about. The latest, greatest and priciest, most of which go for well north of $600 off-contract.

Well, I’d like to revolt against this way of thinking today and instead of turning the Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1, LG G2, etc, etc inside out for the umpteenth time, I’ll recommend you five of the best low to mid-end smartphones around.

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Just to be clear, only handhelds released this year have been taken into consideration for this piece, devices available for below 250 bucks outright and that can be found easily in the US sans contractual obligations. Here it goes:

5. Samsung Galaxy Fame

Everything about Fame’s appearance screams modesty, from the outdated rounded corners to the cheap, plasticky chassis, but when you can score the little guy for a measly $170, can you really complain? I think not, more so as the list of features is not quite cringeworthy.

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Pretty close, “courtesy” of a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 3.5-inch 480 x 320 pix res display and 4 GB of on-board storage, but on the cheerful side of things Android 4.1 Jelly Bean runs the software show, plus you get a decent 5 MP camera slapped on Galaxy Fame’s back and even a secondary front-facing VGA snapper.

4. LG Optimus L5 II

As confusing as it might be to keep tabs of all of LG’s Optimus L-series devices, if you’re on a tight budget you’ll want to remember the L5 II. Visually striking from a mile away, this thing is about as light and slim as entry-level phones come nowadays, tipping the scales at 103 grams and measuring 9.2 mm in thickness.

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And that’s all while sporting a fairly spacious 4-inch screen, mind you, which in turn boasts a decent 800 x 480 pixels resolution. So why is it only number four on this list again? Simple, it’s powered by a laggy 1 GHz MediaTek CPU, coupled with 512 MB RAM, plus it packs a sub-par 1,700 mAh battery. Too bad about the Android 4.1 running, eh?

Oh, yeah, I was just about to forget. The LG Optimus L5 II can be had via retailers like Amazon for between $170 and $180… with dual-SIM support. If that’s not incredibly cheap, I don’t know what is.

3. Sony Xperia M

Premium design and excellent specs are what make the Xperia M a prime candidate for the low to mid-end throne, but, at least compared to the Optimus L5 II, it’s a tad pricey, costing roughly $250 in an unlocked, SIM-free variation.

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Not that it’s not worth it. It is, or close enough, since again, it’s quite the looker, weighing in at 115 grams, measuring 9.3 mm in thickness and rocking a beautiful, industrial, sharp-edged design. Plus, its display is not only spacious (4 inches) and crisp (854 x 480 pixels), but also covered in scratch-resistant glass.

Other features include an outstanding (considering) dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU, 1 gig of RAM (nice), 5 MP rear camera (meh) and 1,750 mAh battery (meh one more time).

2. LG Optimus F3

I know what you’re thinking. This is no featherweight, weighing a whopping 140 grams while being a 4-incher just like the L5 II and Xperia M. Right, but listen to this: it comes with a 2,460 mAh battery in tow. Whaaaat?

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It’s true, the Galaxy S4 barely tops this fellow’s ticker size, while the Galaxy S3 is shamefully and quite clearly trounced. Presumably, F3’s impressive battery life is what’s convinced a number of leading US carriers to pick it up (with prepaid plans), including T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

Sadly, the rest of the specs – dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 4 GB storage, 5 MP camera – don’t live up to the 2,460 mAh cell, which does however help the pricing bar stay low: $150 via MetroPCS ($100 after rebate), $153 through Virgin.

1. Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

And the winner, ladies and gentlemen, is a phone that’s barely two months old. Available both with 3G only and LTE speeds, as well as in dual-SIM and NFC-enabled variants, I’m afraid you’ll have to make do without all those connectivity options if $250 is all you’re willing to cough up.

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But fret not, as even the 3G, non-NFC flavor is pretty awesome, rocking a Galaxy S4-like design, 4-inch 480 x 800 pix res panel, dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP rear-facing camera and, best of all, pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

And you can bet your asses 4.3 JB and/or 4.4 KitKat are coming soon, knowing Sammy’s history with software updates.

That’s a wrap, dear readers, but as usual, we welcome all the feedback, comments, criticism and praising (especially praising) you’re willing to send our way. Do you agree with the above list? Would you change the order? Add a few names while skipping others? Sound off below.  

T-Mobile’s New ‘GoSmart’ Plan Being Tested In A Few Markets

T-Mobile has been in the headlines just about everywhere you like, and rightly so. They’ve had a lot of great announcements, promotional material and etc. This topic seems to fit right in with what we’ve been hearing this past week as well. The company announced that they would be removing subsidized pricing from their handsets starting in 2013. To go along with that, T-Mobile is looking into offering prepaid data plans, which is being tested in select markets. FierceWireless has confirmed with T-Mobile that the carrier is looking to launch this new set of prepaid “GoSmart” plans with three different options:

  • $30 for unlimited voice and text
  • $35 for unlimited voice, text and 2G data
  • $45 for unlimited voice, text and “high speed” data

As you can imagine, the first two tiers isn’t going to be appealing to any of the tech aficionado out there, nor a whole lot of consumers after experiencing HSPA+ and LTE speeds all over the U.S.A. Regardless, the last “GoSmart” plan sounds promising. T-Mobile’s current prepaid offerings are much different than other carries, and consumers currently have to shell out $60 to get data speeds that are actually worth something (with unlimited talk and text). What has to be figured out is what T-Mobile actually means by “high speed” data. Could this be HSPA+? Could it be a 3G network, 2G even (or “EDGE”)?

T-Mobile’s current plans refer to their HSPA+ or “4G” network, and after the data usage is up, you’re throttled to their EDGE network. Documentation is showing that their new “high speed” prepaid data plan is actually noting “3G” as high speed, which is a bit confusing when you consider that T-Mobile hasn’t operated their 3G network independently for a few years now.

Hopefully we’ll see a bit more clarification in the next few days/weeks here.

I personally would like to see a prepaid data package where you were put on LTE and after using a certain amount of data, you would be throttled to HSPA+. It’d definitely have to be one of the more expensive packages, but it almost may be worth it for some of us.

Thoughts?

source: FierceWireless
via: Android Central