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…)

AT&T HTC One M9 Update to Android 5.1 Approved for Rollout, Brings Camera Improvements

According to HTC’s Mo Versi, the Android 5.1 update for AT&T’s One M9 has received technical approval, meaning all owners will see it begin to rollout soon to their devices.

Inside, users can expect to see improved camera performance, as well as the changes that Android 5.1 has over Android 5.0. Of course, with Sense running on top, a few things may go unnoticed, such as system toggle UI changes.  (more…)

AT&T Galaxy S6 Active Gets First Update

The AT&T Galaxy S6 Active began receiving its first software update over the weekend. The update, which weighs in at 146MB and as software version G890AUCU2AOF3 (or “OF3″), only includes “Find My Mobile with Reactivation Mode.” That’s it. There could be some bug fixes in there as well, but AT&T isn’t telling us.

The update is still Android 5.0.2 and should be available if you cruise into Settings>About device>Software update>Check for updates.  (more…)

AT&T Moto X (1st Gen) Android 5.1 Lollipop Update is Rolling Out Today

We told you yesterday that the Moto X (1st gen) on AT&T was primed for a soak test of Lollipop at some point this week, with invites arriving in the inboxes of our readers. You may as well forget that we had that conversation, as AT&T updated its support pages for the device this morning, stating that Android 5.1 Lollipop is rolling out to all today. Well, it could just be in small batches with a greater rollout happening over the next few days, but because AT&T is now talking about the update publicly, we tend to believe that it’s ready for everyone.  (more…)

Moto X (1st Gen) on AT&T Gets Its Lollipop Soak Test

Last week, Motorola told us that the Lollipop update for the AT&T Moto X (1st gen) was almost ready for your phone, they were just waiting on AT&T to give it the green light. AT&T must have signed off on it yesterday, because soak test invites for an “early preview of a new software release” went out to Motorola Feedback Network members. That software is Android 5.1, of course.  (more…)