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1 week ago

Health Canada working with Samsung over Note 7 recall; finds 70 reported failures in the U.S.

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When Samsung kicked off the global recall for the Note 7, the company said that it found over 35 reported instances of battery malfunctions around the globe. That number has increased to more than 70 in the U.S., according to a new report published by the Canadian government.

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1 week ago

Exploring the world of Adult VR apps [NSFW]

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How do I find the best adult VR apps?

The last couple of years have represented the time when VR became accessible to the people. From Google Cardboard to the popularity of the Samsung Gear VR just a few weeks ago, we've seen experiences that can take us around the world, right to the Avengers Tower. For some of us though, there has been a lingering question, is there adult content for VR floating out there on the internet?

Plenty of folks have been wondering about adult content for VR out there, and how well it was done. So I took it upon myself to hunt it down, and let everybody know whether it's worth your time — and money.

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1 week ago

Save 60% on these great Android games right now!

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For a limited time, you can score 60% off on a variety of awesome games at Google Play. From Hitman GO to Goat Simulator, Rayman Classic and more, there are a bunch of titles here that you will want to pick up at the discounted price if you don't already own it. All of the games include in this sale are less than $3, and most of them come in at the $2 price which is awesome.

Some of the included titles for this 60% savings are:

There are a bunch of other great apps in this sale as well, so be sure to hit the link below to check them all out. Once you've saved your money and made your purchases, be sure to head into the comments and let us know which ones you picked up!

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1 week ago

Essential accessories for the LG G5

Essential Accessories for the LG G5

Turn your LG G5 into a workhorse with the right accessories.

Do you have your phone on you at all times ready to respond to every call, text, and email that comes your way? Do you use your phone as your primary TV, game console, and music player? If that sounds like you, then you my friend, are a power user.

Great accessories are the icing on the phone cake. You already have the the phone you want that works amazingly well, not you want those little extra pieces of hardware that just make your life that much easier. We've rounded up some accessories for the LG G5 you won't want to miss out on.

Aukey dual-port car charger

aukey dual-port car charger

If you use your LG G5 for literally everything you possibly can, then you might find yourself tethered to a power outlet more often than you'd like. If you find yourself needing a charge on the road, then the Aukey dual-port car charger is a great solution.

This car charger plugs into your car cigarette lighter and has two USB ports, so you can charge double the devices! The top port is a 3.0 Quick Charge port and is specifically meant to get the fastest charge out of the USB-C connection. So, grab the Aukey dual-port car charger, ditch the wall socket, get out on the road, and charge your G5 in no time.

See at Amazon


LG G5 official battery charger

The LG G5 is one of the few devices on the market with a removable battery, which means — obviously — that you can buy a spare one to keep around in an emergency.

LG's official G5 battery charger comes with a spare battery and a convenient little case that can charge it independently from the one in your phone. If you run out of juice and can't charge your phone on the go, having a fully-charged battery backup comes in pretty handy. Trust us, we've been through it! With a 2,800mAh charge, the G5's battery should last you all day, but just in case it doesn't, this spare one is a great addition to your kit.

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Encased desktop charger

Charging your phone in your office can be a bit of a nightmare. If you are trying to do your work, and use your phone at the same time you probably start wondering why you only have two hands.

Encased makes a neat charger that allows you LG G5 to remain upright. It may not seem like much, but when you think of how many times you touch your phone in a day, having the ability to do so without holding it sounds pretty nice doesn't?

You can plug the charger into your computer's USB port but we suggest plugging it in directly to a wall socket for the best effect.

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Joto LG G5 armband case

For anyone who uses apps to workout - whether it's heavy cardio or pumping lots of iron - an armband case is a great accessory to have. You can strap your phone to your arm and not worry about dropping or damaging it.

Joto's armband cases is specifically made for the LG G5 so it fits the phone really well and feels really secure. The back of the armband also has a few card slots for you to store bank cards or a little cash so you can even run to do your errands no problem!

Added bonus of this armband is it's sweat-resistant, so it works well even for those really long runs, or intense workouts.

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IQ Shield screen protector

Screens are delicate, and can too easily be scratched and chipped but that doesn't need to happen to your LG G5. Screen protectors are life savers - or more accurately phone savers - that are a really good investment for anyone who want to keep their phones screen looking brand new.

IQ Shield offers a screen protector that is a little difficult to put on, but once you do it right it is immaculate. It uses a mild amount of liquid (very minor, don't be afraid) to really make that protector stick to the screen. IQ Shield offers a lifetime warranty and will send you a new screen protector free of charge anytime the product is damaged or defective in anyway.

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Need more things?

This is just scratching the surface of cool things you can buy to go along with your LG G5. Check out these sweet clear cases for the LG G5.

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1 week ago

Best fantasy football apps for Android

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Football season is back, baby!

The kickoff to the 2016 NFL season is rapidly approaching, and from office leagues to public leagues, we're sure there's a lot of you looking to get in on the fantasy action. We've gathered up our favorite Android apps to help you dominate this year's fantasy football draft (and hopefully, the season that follows it)! You'll find plenty of options here, each letting you drill down into player statistics, latest news, and updates to your draft.

Note: these apps are for season-long fantasy football, not daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and Draft Kings.

Updated: This article has been refreshed with the latest information as of September 2016.

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1 week ago

Best Sprint phones

Best Sprint Phones

Sprint offers some of the best phones on the market. We've rounded them up just for you!

Sprint doesn't exactly play well with others, so the selection of unlocked phones that you can bring to its network is rather limited. If you are trying to bring your own unlocked phone to Sprint, it's best to head to the nearest location and ask if your device is compatible.

That being said, it has a relatively decent list of phones that you can buy straight from them, including some of the top Android phones available right now.

We've rounded up a quick list of the best they have to offer.

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1 week ago

Titanfall: Frontline condenses frenetic FPS action into an Android card game

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Strategically outmaneuver your opponents in Titanfall: Frontline.

Fans of Titanfall will soon get the opportunity to command their own brigade of powerful Titans, as the critically-acclaimed first-person shooter franchise leaps onto Android devices later this fall. Titanfall: Frontline will be the first in a series of strategy card games set in a extended Titanfall universe, as part of a multi-year collaborative deal between developers at Nexon, Particle City and Respawn Entertainment.

The game will be available for free from the Google Play Store. Fans are encouraged to head to the official Titanfall: Frontline website to pre-register ahead of the global launch, which should coincide with the release of Titanfall 2 for Xbox One in late October. Pre-registered players will also receive some in-game rewards to help them when starting out.

Titanfall: Frontline features hundreds of Pilots, Titans, and special ability Burn Cards, which Commanders will collect and upgrade to build out their battle deck to match their preferred style of play. For example, one might choose to build their deck around fast, light Titans and Pilots for a quick strike strategy, or opt for a more defensive deck stacked with stronger units supported by installations to wear their opponent down.

Bottling the frantic gameplay and scale of a massive console game such as Titanfall into a strategic card game for mobile devices is no small task. The developers say they've done their best to encapsulate the full Titanfall experience onto this new platform.

"We've worked hand-in-hand with Respawn to weave in card battle strategy and collectibility with the iconic gameplay elements that make Titanfall so unique and that will help evolve the genre," said Larry Pacey, co-founder of Particle City, in a press release.

"From dropping a Titan onto the field of play to turn the tide of battle to using a combination of Parkour and Rodeo Burn Cards to take a Titan down, Titanfall: Frontline is unapologetically intense and utterly Titanfall."

For more information, check out the official game website — where you can also pre-register and score some in-game rewards as you start your campaign — and like and follow Titanfall: Frontline on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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1 week ago

The sad state of Android updates in India

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Think manufacturers are slow to roll out updates in the U.S.? The situation is far worse in India.

Android has a 97% market share in the smartphone segment in India. There are over 1,000 models that run the operating system in the country, with prices ranging from $30 all the way to $1,000. Over 50 new handsets are introduced into the market every month, and it is not uncommon to see phones debuting with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

The sheer breadth of models in the market makes it a tough ask for companies to roll out updates to their portfolio of devices, made doubly hard for local vendors. The likes of Micromax, Intex, and Lava roll out nearly 50 new phones a year across their distribution channels, and lack of adequate engineering resources means that most of these devices never see a single update. That not only leads to fragmentation, but also renders phones open to potential software exploits.

Barring companies with huge engineering division like Samsung and the former Google-owned Motorola, manufacturers have done a terrible job of keeping their phones up-to-date in India. With Nougat on the horizon, let's see the state of Marshmallow in India.

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1 week ago

Welcome to Android Central's new digital deals store – where you can save BIG on software and courses!

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1 week ago

The Xperia XZ gives me hope that Sony can turn things around in the U.S.

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Sony Xperia XZ

Quickly after the disappointing Xperia X series, the Xperia XZ gives a glimmer of positivity for the future.

Just a couple of months ago, I received a Sony Xperia X Performance for review. It was the first Sony phone I've used in well over a year, and I was excited to give it a try. Just a few days in, I was pained to write about it — it was a frustrating experience I hadn't endured in years. Our own Daniel Bader wrote a great review that encapsulated my thoughts perfectly. Sony's decisions throughout the phone didn't make sense, and the price made it irresponsible to justify.

Only a few months later, we have the new Sony Xperia XZ. It is legitimately a great phone — a flagship that outdoes Sony's phones that aren't even six months old — despite still having a couple head-scratching issues. And though that situation is annoying in myriad ways, the reality is that Sony has made something that actually has me excited about its phones again.

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1 week ago

Who do I contact when I need help with my phone?

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Finding out who to talk to and how to reach them can be tricky. We filled out all the forms and clicked all the buttons to find the phone numbers so you don't have to.

We get a lot of questions about Android and the phones that use it. People can (and should) Tweet us, or email us, or shout to us on Facebook and we will do our best to answer, even if we don't have time to get to all of them. One thing we see a lot of is that people are confused about exactly who they should talk to — and how to contact them — when they need some assistance with their Android.

That's understandable. There are countless combinations of different models from different companies sold through different channels and unlike an iPhone or a BlackBerry (or a Toyota or a Kenmore), there is no one company who takes care of them all. And that can be frustrating — when you need help the last thing you want to hear is someone saying that you need to talk to someone else. Especially after you've filled out web forms, signed up for an account or jumped through other hoops just to find the phone number you called. If you're not really sure about who you need to call or how to get in touch with them when problems arise, or you have a question about how things work, you can always come to us. But talking to the people who are there to help with the phone you have in your hands is always a great idea. Let's tally them up!

Your carrier

If you ever have a problem with the network "stuff" — data cutting in and out, calls dropping, poor signal or anything of the sort, the company you get your phone service from are the first people you should call or email. They would know about any network changes that could be affecting you, and if a problem crops up that affects a lot of their customers, they will be the ones to look into it.

Issues with your phone itself or questions about it can be a bit more complicated. Generally, if you bought your phone from your carrier's store or an authorized third party, the carrier is the company that will need to help you. Most times, a visit in-person is a quick way to resolve issues. If you would rather talk to support another way, here are the various contact details for the major U.S. companies.

AT&T

  • General customer service: 800 331 0500 (7 am to 10 p.m. your local time).
  • To ask about new service or service upgrades: 888 333 6651 (Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., weekends 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time).
  • To check the status of an order: 877 782 8870 (24-hour service).
  • Support when you're outside the U.S.: 1 916 843 4685 (24-hour service and this is a free call from your phone).
  • Support for folks with disabilities: 866 241 6568 (Voice), 866 241 6567 (TTY). These are both 24-hour numbers.
  • Support via Twitter: @attcares.
  • Support via Facebook: facebook.com/ATT.

You can also chat with an AT&T representative using the AT&T Wireless support page.

Sprint

  • General customer service: 888 211 4727 (postpaid) 855 639 4644 (prepaid).
  • New service or equipment: 866 275 1411.
  • Support when you're outside the U.S.: 888 226 7212 (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), 817 698 4199 (international number).
  • Support via Twitter: @sprintcare.

Para compatibilidad con el idioma español.

For online chat options visit the Sprint support pages.

T-Mobile

  • All customer service questions and issues: 611 (from your T-Mobile phone), 877 746 0909 (from another phone).
  • Support when you're outside the U.S.: 505 998 3793 (free from a T-Mobile phone).
  • TTY service for support issues: 877 296 1018 (3 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific time)
  • Support via Twitter: @tmobilehelp.
  • Support via Facebook: .facebook.com/TMobile.
  • Support via Google+: +T-Mobile

For online chat options visit the T-Mobile support pages.

US Cellular

  • All customer service questions and issues: 611 (from your US Cellular phone), 888 944 9400 (from another phone), 866 872 4249 (business customers). These numbers are available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Central time.
  • Support via Twitter: @uscellularcares.
  • Support via Facebook: facebook.com/USCellular.

To message a support agent online visit the US Cellular support pages.

Verizon

  • All customer service questions and issues: 611 (from your Verizon phone), 800 922 0204 (from another phone).
  • Support via Twitter: @vzwsupport.
  • Support via Facebook: facebook.com/verizon.
  • Support via Google+: +Verizon.

Para compatibilidad con el idioma español

For support for folks with disabilities, see Verizon's accessibility services portal.

To chat with an online representative visit the Verizon support portal.

To ask about new service or service upgrades visit the Verizon online help portal.

Who made your phone?

If you're having a problem and didn't buy your phone from a carrier store or third-party store or reseller, you'll need to contact the company who made it for troubleshooting or any warranty issues. Seeing who made your phone is usually obvious, just flip it over and see who's name is on the back. If you're using a Google phone, you should talk to Google instead of the actual company who manufactured it. Talking to support in-person is not going to be an option most of the time, Samsung and their Samsung Experience stores being the exception, so here's how to get in touch if you're in the U.S.

Google

  • Google does things a little differently for Nexus support calls. Instead of having callers stay on hold, you use an online form to queue up and they will call you. Find that form here. Alternatively, you can call support yourself at 855 836 3987.
  • For order inquiries from the Google Store: 855 836 3987 (24-hour support).
  • For support for Google Play purchases: 855 836 3987 (24-hour support).
  • The Nexus Help Center.

HTC

  • All customer support inquiries: 866 449 8358.
  • HTC Store support: 888 216 4736.
  • Support via Twitter: @htcusa.
  • Support via Facebook: facebook.com/htcusa/.
  • Support via Google+: +HTC
  • Support via online chat: HTC Support.

HTC also has an extensive support website with plenty of options and FAQs for all of their products and apps. You can visit it here.

Huawei

  • All customer support inquiries: 888 548 2934 (English and Spanish, Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends 10 am to 6 p.m. Central time).
  • Support via Twitter: @huaweimobile.
  • Support via Facebook: facebook.com/huaweimobile.
  • Support via Google+: +HuaweiMobile.

Huawei has a dedicated online support web site complete with a contact form. See it here.

LG

  • All customer support inquiries: 800 243 0000.
  • Make an appointment to talk with customer support here.
  • Support via online chat: LG Support.
  • Support via Twitter: @lgus.
  • Support via Facebook: facebook.com/LGUSA.
  • Support via Google+: +LGUSA.

LG has an extensive online portal filled with support options for phones and their software. See it here.

Motorola

  • All customer support inquiries: 800 734 5870 (Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central time).
  • Use the online troubleshooter here.
  • Support via online chat: Direct link.
  • Support via Twitter: @Moto_USA.
  • Support via Facebook: facebook.com/motorola.
  • Support via Google+: +Motorola.

See Motorola's online support web pages and community here.

Samsung

See Samsung's extensive online support portal with live chat and email options here. Help with an existing order requires a login.

As always, we're here and can try to help with any Android problems you might be having, or answer any questions you may have. Our contact information is below.

Another great way to find help for many common problems is through the forums. You'll find the specific forum for your device here or you can ask a general question without signing up here. You'll find plenty of people who know just about everything there is to know about Android and your phone and it's a wonderful resource.

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1 week ago

Samsung refutes Note 7 'remote deactivation' reports

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Galaxy Note 7

Remote disabling of recalled Notes not part of official Samsung guidance.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall saga has been gathering pace in recent days. One of the reports doing the rounds over the weekend pointed to the possibility of Samsung remotely disabling devices affected by the battery issue causing some handsets to catch fire or explode. The story goes that one French Note 7 owner on Reddit was told that every "recalled" Note 7 would be remotely deactivated by Samsung after September 30, thus ensuring that no potentially dangerous handsets could be used after this date.

However the firm's official line is that this isn't happening. We've reached out to Samsung and been told that this is not something the company has stated, and that all official guidance will be published on its website.

In a fast-moving story like this, it's easy for inaccurate info to quickly spread. True, the remote deactivation of defective phones would've been a sure-fire way to prevent any more incidents like the recent report from New York where a young boy was injured by a combusting Note 7. But it now appears a mass-deactivation is not happening anytime soon.

For more background on the Note 7 recall, hit up our guide to everything you need to know.

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img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

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1 week ago

How to sign up for Reliance Jio and get free data

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Reliance finally launched Jio earlier this month, making the 4G service available to everyone in India. Jio is offering fast data speeds and voice calls through VoLTE, but the main attraction is the Welcome Offer, through which everyone who signs up for the service gets free data until the end of 2016. Considering the SIM itself is being given away for free across retail stores across the country, you should absolutely get on the Jio bandwagon right away.

Here's how you can register for a Reliance Jio SIM and avail free data until the end of the year.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Seven squared

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A new iPhone 7 and a Galaxy Note 7 walk into a bar and things get a little heated.

It happens every year — Apple announces a new iPhone and the tech world comes to a halt. This year is was for the iPhone 7 — it's faster, more water resistant, and sporting better cameras than ever before. But it's also not radically different-looking than the previous iPhone and controversially has dropped the as-old-as-time headphone jack. But... it's already selling out in pre-orders world-wide and will doubtless sell in the millions and millions.

The Galaxy Note 7 recall keeps looking worse for Samsung, with the company now advising that owners turn their phones off and return them to the store immediately. Non-exploding replacements are starting to filter out, so hopefully Samsung will be able place this ordeal behind them. Needless to say, the timing couldn't be worse.

But things are burning down everywhere on the Android front — Samsung's closest competitor (in a very literal sense) rolled out their latest: the LG V20. It's big, it's bold, it sports a pair of rear cameras, a second screen, and will be the first new phone running Android 7.0 Nougat.

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2 weeks ago

Best T-Mobile phones

The best phone options available through T-Mobile.

Whether you're a long-time T-Mobile subscriber looking to upgrade your phone or you're switching and want to find out what's available at a glance, we're here to help.

We've broken down the best devices available to buy through T-Mobile. Check out our reviews to learn more about each of these and if you're ready to take the plunge, we've included links to buy directly from T-Mobile.

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