Motorola’s Punit Soni: Unlockable Bootloader on T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular Moto X, Developer Edition Coming to Verizon

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Bootloaders and the Moto X, what is really going on here? Yesterday, we were told that the bootloader on the phone is “not unlocked,” but with so many variants, did that statement mean from all of them? Apparently not. According to Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP Product Management, the bootloader status all hinges on the carrier, assuming it’s not a developer edition. Let me explain.  (more…)

Where and When can I Buy the Moto X?

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Assuming you are ready to fork out $199 on contract for the Moto X, or maybe even buy it off contract, you probably want to know when and where you can do such a thing. In the list below, we’ve got the official word from each carrier. The big five in the U.S. will all carry some form of the Moto X, so you should have no problems finding it once it becomes available.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Available for Purchase in US Cellular Retail Stores Starting April 30

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Today, US Cellular announced they will be one of the first American carriers to carry the Galaxy S4 (review here) from Samsung in stores for purchase, starting April 30. If you are a customer of theirs, you can already pre-order the device online and also purchase the device online starting this Friday, April 26.

The carrier offers the White Frost and Black Mist variants in the 16GB storage option for $199.99 after an instant rebate.

Via: US Cellular

Where and When Can I Buy the Samsung Galaxy S4? [Release Dates]

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Looking for exact info on when and where you can pick up a new Galaxy S4 from Samsung? So far, a few major carriers in the U.S. have already begun pre-orders, but information from Verizon is still extremely scarce. Below we have gathered the most recent information on release dates and pre-order availability, so give it a look over and plan your next move.

  • Verizon:  Pre-orders open April 25, in-store available begins May 30.
  • AT&T:  Pre-orders opened April 16, in-store availability begins April 27.
  • T-Mobile:  Pre-orders open April 24, in-store availability begins May 1.
  • Sprint:  Pre-orders open April 18, in-store availability begins April 27.
  • US Cellular:  Pre-orders opened April 17, in-store availability begins April 30.
  • Cricket:  TBD
  • C Spire:  TBD

We’ll continue to update this post as official dates are announced.

US Cellular Pre-orders Open for the Galaxy S4, Tosses in $60 S View Flip Cover

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The wave of carrier announcements for availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 continues this morning, with US Cellular joining the party. Starting today, pre-orders of the device are live for the 16GB version of the device. For $199 and a new contract, the GS4 can be yours.

US Cellular is attempting to sweeten the deal a bit by tossing in a S View Flip Cover to anyone that pre-orders, a product that typically retails for $59.99.

No official launch date was given, just that it would be available in “late April.”  (more…)

US Cellular Hosting Galaxy S4 Pre-orders on April 16

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On the heals of AT&T’s announcement that they would open up pre-orders for Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 on April 16, US Cellular has decided to join the party. The somewhat smaller U.S. carrier will also host pre-orders on April 16, though they haven’t given us any pricing details. AT&T set their pre-order price at $249 on 2-year contract.

We still have no word out of Sprint or Verizon. T-Mobile tossed out an early May date previously in the week when they talked up their new LTE network and pricing plans.

And that’s that.

Via:  US Cellular

Sprint Buys Spectrum and Customers from US Cellular in the Midwest for $480 Million

When news broke that Sprint was being purchased by the Japanese company Softbank, one of the benefits to the Now Network was a large amount of cash up front. Sprint is going to be spending a little bit of that money to bolster their network by purchasing customers and a bit of spectrum from regional carrier US Cellular.

In total, Sprint will be gathering 30MHz of spectrum that they are going to use to build up their fledgling LTE network and make it a little bit more usable. Sprint is also paying for actual customers from US Cellular, who will stay on their carrier for now but will be moved in the near future. US Cellular is selling because “we aren’t reaching the rate of profitable customer growth we need to justify continuing to make investments.”

Excited to see Sprint making moves to have a bigger footprint in the States?

Via:  Sprint