Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available across the nation, with all major carriers participating in the April 11 global launch. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile should all have the device in store, but if not, are guaranteed to have it available online. Some are running special deals, like Verizon’s BOGO (buy one, get one free) special or AT&T’s $50 discount off of Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices should you pick up the GS5.

We’ve linked directly to all of the major carrier stores below, along with the current offers from Best Buy and Amazon. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot to pick up Samsung’s 2014 flagship phone.  (more…)

Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Kill Off Galaxy S5 Download Booster Feature

Download Booster on the Galaxy S5 from Samsung was one of the cooler, flagship features introduced on the device. The feature allows users to simultaneously utilize the 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity on the device when downloading files, cutting download times significantly, as advertised on the official Galaxy S5 page from Samsung.

Unfortunately, anyone buying the device on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint won’t find it anywhere on their phones. In an interesting move by these carriers, they have opted to remove the feature, possibly trying to help users save on their capped data plans.  (more…)

Reminder: HTC One (M8) In-store Available Expands Beyond Verizon Today

Verizon’s exclusive hold on in-store availability of the HTC One (M8) comes to an end today, the day before Samsung’s Galaxy S5 hits retail outlets. That means you should be able to walk into an AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint store and get your paws on smartphone luxury, as we like to call it. It may be too tall for our liking, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a finely crafted device with a build quality unlike any other.

Starting at $199 on-contract (or $599 full retail at some locations), the HTC One (M8) is now widely available. AT&T and Sprint should have it today, with T-Mobile in-store availability happening tomorrow.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our HTC One (M8) review.

T-Mobile Announces Simple Starter Plan, $40 for 500MB of Data and Unlimited Talk/Text

This morning, T-Mobile kicked off three days of new Uncarrier announcements by introducing their Simple Starter Plan. The new affordable plan runs just $40 and lands customers with unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of 4G LTE data. Keep in mind that T-Mobile also doesn’t do data overages, so should you hit the 500MB cap, they’ll only throttle you for the rest of your billing cycle rather than charge you extra. (Edit: This plan appears to be different than other T-Mobile plans. Normally T-Mobile would throttle you, but this seems to be a hard cap. If you want more than 500MB of data, you’ll have to purchase more.) (more…)

T-Mobile Backtracks on Plan to Eliminate Corporate Discounts (Updated)

It looks like T-Mobile’s decision to end corporate discounts didn’t go over as well as the carrier had hoped.

After hundreds of frustrated customers took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the T-Mobile’s plan to end all employee discounts April 1, the carrier seems to have backtracked. T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted last night that “Current corp customers can keep their discount.” Details are forthcoming. (more…)

T-Mobile Brings End to Employer Rate Plan Discounts, Opts for Transparency Instead

T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere made an announcement at the end of last week that his company would be ending employer rate plan discounts, opting for a more “transparent” game plan.

“The old programs were designed to help big carriers close big corporate contracts, with employees as bargaining chips.  We aren’t playing that game anymore,” was what John had to say about the current setup of employee discounts.  (more…)

HTC One (M8) Available Today at 1PM – Online at All Carriers, In-store at Verizon

Just as we exclusively reported yesterday, the all new HTC One (M8) will be on sale today at 1PM Eastern in the U.S. All of the major U.S. carriers will put the device up for sale through their online stores, but Verizon will have some in-stock, in-store today. That’s right, if you want to get your hands on this phone now, you can.

If you don’t want to go to Verizon, all U.S. carriers will have in-store stock within first few weeks of April. Most in-store before April 10.