CES 2015 starts on Sunday. Seems a little crazy that it’s back already, I know, but that’s what we get during the second week of every new year – a trip to Las Vegas. As you can imagine, we are headed into the desert once again to see what major electronics manufacturers have in store, even if there is very little focus on mobile or Android these days. The show is still a big enough deal that we need to at least show up to find out.
Keep in mind that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t what it was four or five years ago. There was a time that it was a really big deal for mobile enthusiasts. It once was a show where new flagship phones were announced from all of the big players, but those show up less and less anymore. Now, we typically get one from Sony, maybe another from LG, and that’s about it. There are wearables and tablets galore, most of which are terrible products from companies you have never heard of that you would never buy, but they have their moment in the news cycle.
Media outlets put up big stages, try to tell you that this week is going to be “Huge!” and that you must tune into their ridiculously over-the-top coverage because it will be the best CES yet, but they are lying. CES is mostly boring these days. Well, unless you like TVs and the technology that goes into cars. Yes, TVs and automobiles now dominate CES. (more…)
AT&T announced this morning that it has expanded its list of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice markets substantially. Initially only available in a handful of midwest areas (four to be exact), today’s list expands that to almost 20. (more…)
Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.
This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.
And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?
For a limited time during the holiday season, folks on AT&T who purchase any LG smartphone can take advantage of multiple offers, including scoring a G Pad 7.0 for just $0.99 on contract, 50% off an Android Wear-powered G Watch, and 50% LG-made Tone Bluetooth headset.
To clarify, these deals are stackable, meaning you can have all of them with one purchase, when buying a LG smartphone, such as the G3. (more…)
Earlier this week, Sprint announced a very bold move, in which they would take any current contract agreement from Verizon or AT&T, and slash the price in half. For example, if you are currently on a 15GB Data Share plan from AT&T, totaling $160 a month, on Sprint, it would cost you just $80.
Theoretically, not only would your bill be 50% cheaper, but the Now Network states that they will waive activation fees ($36 per line), as well as buy out your current contract ($350 per line) from the competition. (more…)
AT&T is rolling out new firmware to the Galaxy Note 4, but if you are an owner, don’t get too excited – it’s not Lollipop. The update is to firmware version N910AUCU1BNK3, which brings HD VoiceSM for users, as well as “Misc. Improvements.” While it is not Lollipop, updates are always good. (more…)
How low can Sprint pricing go? Put it this way, that if carrier pricing was a game of Limbo, the Now Network is looking to take home the Gold medal. As part of its ongoing war with incumbent carriers, Sprint announced today that it will cut monthly rates by half for subscribers who migrate from AT&T or Verizon. (more…)
While there are probably more Black Friday 2014 deals than anyone outside of a Black Friday blog can keep track of, we will do our best to try and highlight some of the better as they go live over the next 24 hours or so. Oh, and you may be reading this on Thanksgiving, because well, “Black Friday” seems to start earlier and earlier each year as retailers battle for your attention (and dollars). That’s right, the deals have already begun before you even started eating turkey. Nice of all of our retailer friends, right?
OK, so, this post will be updated as we can get to it. Hopefully, you don’t miss out on too much while you enjoy the long holiday weekend. And, hopefully can find some decent deals on electronics you have been keeping an eye on. (more…)