Sprint Now Guarantees T-Mobile Customers $200 Minimum Trade-In Value on Smartphones When Switching Carriers

It was said back when Sprint took on new CEO Marcelo Claure, that when, “you have a great network, you don’t have to compete on price. When your network is behind, unfortunately you have to compete on value and price.” Claure has stuck to his guns on this decision, as Sprint continues to cut wireless rates, as well as offer as sweet of tempting deals as he can to lure more customers in from competitors.

The newest offer, announced this morning, guarantees T-Mobile customers who opt to leave T-Mo a minimum of $200 trade-in value for a smartphone, on top of the existing $350 per-line credit when making the switch. As stated in the press release, this offer is valid through April 9 for current T-Mobile subscribers.  (more…)

Moto G (2nd Gen) Lollipop Update Starts Up Again, Rolling Out Now in US

Shortly after Google announced Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Motorola was quick to begin pushing an update of it out to the Moto G (2nd gen) and Moto X (2nd gen) “Pure Edition.” The update most definitely made its way onto the Moto X, as we went hands-on immediately and have since been running it for months. The Moto G, on the other hand, may not have been receiving it for long. Our readers have been vocal in letting us know that the update stopped almost before it began and few had actually received it.  (more…)

Deal: Buy a Moto E From Motorola, Get Two Free Shells

I don’t know if it’s because the weekend is upon us or if today is just a day for deals, but we have another to kickstart your morning with. Motorola is currently hosting a deal that will land you two free Shells in any color ($30 value) if you buy a Moto E ($119). The Moto E, as you know, is Motorola’s ultra-affordable smartphone meant for emerging markets, to be a starter phone for someone leaving a feature phone, a first phone for anyone, or maybe even just for those looking for an incredibly affordable phone that still has decent specs for its price.

Motorola Links:  Moto E ($119) | Moto E Shells

Sweet Deal: Buy an Anker 60W 6-Port Charger for $35, Get a 5,200mAh Portable Power Pack Free

You probably own a half-dozen portable power packs by now, because well, we talk about them a lot. There are certain accessories that are worth investing in that you may not need every day, but certainly come in handy in a pinch. Power and battery packs fall into that category, so we tend to share deals on them whenever we see one.

Today, over at Amazon, if you buy Anker’s 60W 6-port USB charger for $35.99, Anker will throw in an Astro E1 5,200mAh battery pack for free ($19.99 value). So not only do you get a powerful USB charger that can charge all of your devices on at once, you get a portable battery pack with enough juice to give most phones almost two full charges.

To get the deal, hit up both links below, add both items to your cart, and then plug-in “FE1BLACK” or “FE1WHITE” depending on which portable pack you go with, white or black.

Amazon Links:  Anker 60W 6-Port Charger ($35.99) | Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Charger

Sprint Intros $35 ‘Data Boost’ Plan for Boost Mobile, Unlimited Talk and Text With 2.5GB of Data

Sprint introduced a new plan for Boost Mobile customers this afternoon – the Data Boost. With Data Boost, Boost Mobile users can receive unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of high-speed data, all for $35.

The plan goes live February 3, but to take advantage of the cheap price, customers will need to be enrolled with auto pay, which knocks a few bucks from your monthly bill. On that date, you can head on into a Boost Mobile retail location or hit up their website to sign up.  (more…)

FYI: Verizon Open Enrollment is Live, Your 2nd Chance for Protection

When you buy a new phone from Verizon and activate it, you have up to 30 days to decide if you want additional coverage for it outside of the phone’s manufacturer warranty. If you do not add on the extra protection within those first 30 days, but decide later on that you want the coverage, you are out of luck until this time each year, when Verizon kicks off open enrollment for protection plans. Think of it like a 2nd chance to cover your phone for accidental damage, loss, or theft.  (more…)

Sony Music Entertainment Launches Rockin’ Goat Onto Google Play

Sony Music Entertainment launched Rockin’ Goat this week onto Android and iOS, focusing on the life of a goat who wants to start the greatest rock and roll band of all time.

The game is a basic platformer, where you ram obstacles and jump over others. At first, the game is very hard to figure out with regard to what you can ram through and what you need to jump over, but once you learn the course, it isn’t that bad.  (more…)

Slickwraps Released Horween Leather and Bamboo Skins for the Nexus 6

Most consider the Nexus 6 to be a monster-sized version of Motorola’s Moto X (2nd gen). The two devices certainly look very similar with their dimples, metal frames, and curved bodies, it’s just that the Nexus 6 is 13x the size of the new Moto X (yes, we’re exaggerating a tad). But outside of the size, there is also one other unfortunate difference – the Nexus 6 is actually Google’s phone. In other words, it doesn’t have the customizable options that Motorola’s flagship has through Moto Maker. That means no leather or wood or custom colorways or branding. You can either go Midnight Blue or Cloud White (assuming you can find either in stock anywhere).

What if you want a wood or leather Nexus 6, though? Slickwraps may have an option that will get you close to a Moto Maker-made Nexus 6.  (more…)