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…)

Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5 UA Profile Reportedly Leaked, Suggests MicroSD Card Slot

It’s been called the controversy of our lifetime, as it has been reported multiple times that the Galaxy Note 5 would not feature a microSD card slot. However, thanks to a leaked User Agent Profile for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920P), the device could feature a slot for expandable storage, supporting up to 128GB of extra space. Though, for the record, UAPs can be used to simply hold a place for upcoming devices, complete with un-finalized specs and other misleading information. For instance, the specs listed in this UA Profile sound a bit similar to those of the Galaxy Note 4. As the saying goes, nothing is confirmed.  (more…)

Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Join the FCC Party

Last week, we saw almost every single US carrier variant of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ stop off at the FCC outside of those headed to Sprint. Who knows why America’s 4th largest carrier was left out, but all is good in the world now. This morning, both phones showed up at the FCC under model numbers SM-N920P (Note 5) and SM-G928P (S6 Edge+).

Information in the documents attached to the filings didn’t give us anything new in our brief scans, other than these are indeed headed for Sprint. Then again, the model numbers ending in “P” gave that away.  (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…)

Here Comes Motorola’s Next Line-Up of Phones All at the FCC

Last week, we told you about a new Motorola device that had stopped off at the FCC looking like the company’s next unlocked flagship phone. It featured a body bigger than the DROID Turbo, supported turbo charging, 802.11ac MiMo WiFi, LTE Advanced, and almost all of the US LTE bands outside of Verizon’s. We speculated that it is the rumored 5.5-inch QHD device currently hiding under codename “Kinzie.”

This morning, after looking through a couple of other recent Motorola FCC filings that could be new Moto G, E, or DROID line variants, we’re pretty sure we found the Verizon equivalent to the phone above. Well, it may be even better than that.

Let’s talk briefly about them all.  (more…)

Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Get Minor Updates, Note Edge Gets Android 5.1

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, along with the Galaxy Note Edge on Sprint are all receiving updates this morning. The S6 and S6 Edge are only expected to see “various bug fixes and enhancements” in their minor bumps, but the Note Edge is jumping from Android 5.0 to 5.1.

After the update, the Galaxy S6 will land on software version G920PVPU2BOFE, while the S6 Edge will be on G925PVPU2BOFE. As for the Note Edge, you are looking at a software version of N915PVPU4COFE, post update.  (more…)

T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand Leasing Program: How It Actually Works

Smartphone leases seem to be the hot topic of the moment, thanks to a public battle between the CEOs of T-Mobile and Sprint. They also seem to be confusing to many, including those in this industry. What’s the difference between T-Mobile and Sprint leases? Do you own your phone or not on a lease? What happens at the end of your lease? Can you buy the phone or do you have to return it? How do upgrades work? Is a lease a good or bad thing? There is a lot to talk about here.

To try and make this all as simple as is possible, we are going to take some time to go through T-Mobile and Sprint’s lease plans, hopefully to give you some sort of comparison of the pros and cons of each. Since T-Mobile’s appears to be a decent deal for those who like to upgrade often, we’ll start there.  (more…)