During today’s live press event from Motorola, the company announced that its new Moto X Pure Edition was an unlocked phone that worked on all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. People were excited at the thought of buying a phone for $399 that could be taken to any carrier of choice. That excitement died quickly, though, when Motorola posted official specs for the phone and left out any mention of Verizon’s CDMA bands or its LTE band 13. (more…)
The best deal we have seen to date for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge popped up at eBay last night and is still going strong. For just $599, you can have Samsung’s uniquely-designed, double-edged phone. This is the AT&T model with 32GB of storage that would run you $815 if you bought it outright from AT&T. A $215 discount is a substantial one in my book.
This phone is brand new, but has apparently been opened so that the seller could unlock it. It’s also “unlocked” and ready for use on other GSM carriers, which could mean that it’ll work fine on T-Mobile, though it does seem to be missing T-Mobile’s 1700 band.
The deal includes both white or black models and free shipping.
We get asked often to breakdown the costs associated with each major US wireless carrier in some form of a comparison. The task is not exactly simple, since each carrier uses its own tricks, sets of fees, data packages, and random charges to come up with a monthly bill that pads their pocket. It’s not all that straight forward, which is probably exactly how the carriers prefer it to be. They probably don’t want someone like us (or you) finding ways to quickly compare their plans to the competition and then making an educated decision on which is the best for you. Still, we gave it a shot. Well, we at least tried to break it all down into a simple comparison, one that is going to include more asterisks than you will probably know what to do with. (more…)
According to sources, AT&T will raise its activation/upgrade fees for customers when signing one and two-year contracts, but also add-on an activation fee for AT&T Next and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) customers, starting August 1. (more…)
AT&T isn’t telling us what the deal is, but according to their support page for the Moto X (1st gen), the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the device has been suspended.
The update originally began rolling out on July 8 to those outside of a soak test of the update, then was supposedly available to be pulled on July 17, but now, things seem to have changed. AT&T has only said that they “apologize for any inconvenience” and that they are “working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.” (more…)
You know that report about Samsung moving up the launch date of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to give them some breathing room ahead of Apple’s next iPhone unveiling? I wouldn’t be shocked at this point if Samsung really has decided to release these two new phones earlier than originally anticipated. Yesterday, a Samsung phone under model number SM-N920 showed up at the FCC for almost every single major US carrier. We’ve got listing for T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, just not Sprint (UPDATE: Sprint is live). If that wasn’t enough, we are also seeing listings for another model number of SM-G928 that is largely thought to be the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a bigger version of the original S6 Edge. (more…)
US Cellular is feeling confident in their offerings to mobile customers, now guaranteeing that they can beat the prices of both Verizon and AT&T. If they can’t, you will receive a $50 promotional card to spend however you see fit.
To get started, all you need to do is bring in your wireless bill to a US Cellular shop, and they will take care of the rest. If you end up switching from either AT&T or Verizon to a Shared Connect plan with Installment Pricing and Device Protection, US Cellular will pick up the cost 100%. (more…)