Comparison: Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint Data Plan Pricing

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…)

AT&T Suspended Moto X (1st Gen) Android 5.1 Update

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…)

Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ All Over the FCC This Week (Updated: Sprint Too)

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 Will Beat Your Verizon or AT&T Contract Price or Give You $50

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…)

Report: Apple and Samsung May Help Mobile Industry Kill the SIM Card

A report out of the Financial Times suggests that the GSMA, an organization representing the “interests of mobile operators worldwide,” is in “advanced talks” with Apple and Samsung to potentially help make an electronic/embedded SIM the standard for mobile phones, including smartphones. The idea behind an E-SIM is that it would act as an embedded SIM in phones, leaving you open to freely connect to carriers of choice without the hassle that is typically associated with signing up for new wireless service.  (more…)

HTC Announces Line of “Affordable” Desire Phones for US

HTC announced four new LTE-equipped phones this morning that are all bound for the US (two of which we saw at the FCC). In fact, the phones – Desire 626, Desire 626s, Desire 526, and Desire 520 – are headed for just about every major carrier you can think of, including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Cricket, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, and Virgin Mobile. I should clarify that in saying that some phones will go to this or that carrier – they aren’t all going to all carriers.

The phones are being marketed as “premium” yet “affordable.” Of course, leave it to HTC to call something affordable and then forget to tell us the price.  (more…)