Moto Z Play DROID Now on Sale, Hasselblad True Zoom Up for Pre-Order

The Moto Z Play DROID is now available for purchase via Motorola and Verizon, plus the Hasselblad True Zoom is available through pre-order. If the Z Play interests you, Verizon is selling it for $408 full retail or $17/month with a payment plan. More interestingly, if the Hasselblad Moto Mod is something you want, it’s priced at $299 on Motorola’s website, but just $249 through Verizon. If you do want the Hasselblad, be sure to save yourself the $50.  (more…)

T-Mobile’s New LTE-A Tech Offers Up to 400Mbps Speeds on Select Devices in Select Cities

Following Verizon’s announcement of LTE-A for select markets, T-Mobile is looking to one up the competition, as it always is. To do so, the carrier is launching 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), as well as 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and 64 QAM.

To explain, 4×4 MIMO means there are double the number of data paths between a cell site and your phone. According to T-Mobile, “Double the paths = up to double the speed than before!” Of course, not all T-Mobile customers will benefit from this technological advancement.  (more…)

Verizon Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Get Updates With Barcode Beaming, New Contact Sharing

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon are both seeing updates today to software version VRU2BPG5. The updates aren’t major, but do include Barcode Beaming Service for scanning coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in Samsung Pay. Each phone is also getting new contact sharing, while the S6 Edge+ is getting a new addition to People Edge as well.  (more…)

Carriers Acknowledge Note 7 Battery Recall, Most Offer Immediate Exchanges and Refunds (Updated)

UPDATE:  Samsung has now revealed an official exchange program for the Galaxy Note 7 recall. Full details at this post, but you may want to read some of the details below for your specific carrier.

UPDATE 2: We have updated each carrier section below with the latest details.

All of the major US carriers have now acknowledged that they have stopped sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, following Samsung’s statement about battery cell issues and an impending recall. While most seem to still be working with Samsung to determine the best course of action for replacing the Note 7 you may have purchased with a new one, almost all of them are offering immediate returns and full refunds with no re-stocking fee should concerns over exploding batteries have you worried.

Below, you’ll find statements and details from each carrier.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Updates Introduce FM Radio, HD Voice Improvements

Verizon is pushing an update to its Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge models today with HD Voice improvements and other new features, like FM Radio and Barcode Beaming for UPC codes. The updates are rolling out as software version VRU2APG5.

According to the changelog, users should see fewer dropped HD Voice calls and improvements that “prevent the device from unintentional powering off and restarting.” Yes, that would be nice to not have that happen, Verizon.  (more…)