Deal: Refurbished Verizon Galaxy Note 3 for Just $289

Verizon heads, the Galaxy Note 3 (in “manufacturer refurbished” condition) can be had through eBay today for $289.99 without a contract. For a phone that originally retailed for $699 off-contract and $299 on-contract, that’s a heck of a deal. Sure, it’s not brand new and the device is over a year old, but a sub-$300 price on a phone this good is always worth a look.

Like the One (M7) deal earlier through Best Buy, this is a great option for someone in search of their first smartphone or as a temporary replacement while you wait for something that really grabs your attention.

The deal includes free shipping.

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Samsung Protection Plus Mobile Elite Plan Will Fix Your Device for $99+

Owners of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 4 can purchase additional insurance for their devices straight through Samsung this week, granting accident forgiveness starting at just $99 and up, depending on your device.

The replacement plan covers cracked displays and liquid damage, with the ability to make 3 claims within a two year period. In addition, an extended warranty covers mechanical damage for 1 year after the manufacturer’s warranty expires, giving you a bit more protection for your device.  (more…)

Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs. Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, and Note 2

Samsung made the Galaxy Alpha official this morning, a device that looks and thinks that it is every bit as high-end as other flagships. Unfortunately for the Alpha, its list of specs tends to disagree with that idea, so we thought a comparison to the rest of Samsung’s line-up of phones from the last couple of years was in-store to show just that.  (more…)

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 Receive Updates

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 from T-Mobile both received updates today, though we have no idea what the updates include. Changelogs for each haven’t exactly been updated, only noting that previous recent updates added VoLTE and “network improvements.” T-Mobile did announce that VoLTE is now nationwide as of today, so maybe this is activating that feature for everyone, everywhere. Otherwise, your guess is as good as ours.

The Galaxy Note 3’s new build number after the update is N900TUVUDNF4. The Galaxy S5 will end up at G900TUVU1BNG3.  (more…)