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3 years ago

O2 UK reveals new European roaming plans

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Following the recent EU ruling on European roaming rates, O2 UK has announced its new "O2 Travel" service, which will launch from July. The service offers reduced European roaming charges compared to the networks' current price plans, which it'll have to abolish after the July deadline imposed by the EU. Instead of paying up to £40 for up to 50MB of Euro roaming data per month, O2 Travel will now offer 25MB each day, for a daily fee of £1.99. And voice calls are becoming cheaper too, with a one-off charge of 50p per call, with minutes being deducted from the customer's allowance for that month.

Interestingly, the new O2 Travel deals will also be available to O2 Pay As You Go customers -- traditionally PAYG users have been left in the lurch when trying to use mobile data aboard. Data costs the same as it does for contract customers, but there's a slightly different price plan for voice calls -- a 29p charge per call, then 8p per minute for the call's duration.

So good news for anyone roaming in Europe on O2, and we'd expect the other major British networks to reveal new roaming plans as the July deadline approaches.

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3 years ago

Leaked Samsung device possibly headed to Sprint

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Here we see an image of what is claimed to be the Samsung SPH-L300 which, based on its product code, appears to be destined for Sprint in the near future and the folks over at BriefMobile got the first look at this rumored device.  If it hadn't already struck you as looking familiar with it's big silver chin, the HTC Nexus One comes to mind for us but the internals are a definite departure from that original Nexus phone.

Rumored to sport a Qualcomm MSM8960 processor (the Snapdragon S4 chip) which is the same unit as in the LTE enabled HTC One X and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE, this phone should pack quite the punch should it come to fruition.  Other features and specs this device is reported to have include 1 GB of RAM along with 4 GB of ROM, 4G LTE, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 all underneath Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.  However, the display resolution is quite disappointing at only 480x800.  With all that hardware inside, we'd hope to see a 720p resolution display or at least a qHD display, but keep in mind this is still an unconfirmed device and that means things are subject to change.  We'll bring you more info on this as it rolls in.

Source: BriefMobile

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3 years ago

Verizon LTE spreading to more cities on the eastern seaboard

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Verizon has pushed out a handful of press releases about LTE expansion, and if you live or play along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. you'll like the news. The LTE network is being expanded up and down the coast, from North Carolina to Cape Cod, and it's coming just in time for Memorial Day. Here's the new cities and dates:

Maryland (in service)

  • Ocean City (from Fenwick Island to South Ocean City)
  • Queen Anne’s
  • Kent
  • Talbot County
  • Chestertown
  • Queenstown
  • Easton 

New York (in service)

  • Nassau County
  • Huntington
  • Suffolk County (eastern end)

Virginia (in service)

  • Virginia Beach (from Fort Story to Sandbridge)

Delaware (May 17)

  • Rehoboth Beach
  • Bethany Beach
  • Lewes
  • Seaford

Pennsylvania (May 17)

  • Lancaster
  • York

New Jersey (May 17)

  • Sea Bright
  • Monmouth Beach
  • Belmar
  • Point Pleasant
  • Toms River
  • Atlantic City
  • Cape May County

Massachusetts (May 17)

  • Barnstable
  • Bourne
  • Dennis
  • Falmouth
  • Mashpee
  • Sandwich
  • Yarmouth

North Carolina (coming by Memorial Day)

  • The Outer Banks (from Corolla to Hatteras)

It certainly looks to be fun in the sun for Verizon LTE subscribers. Keep your Android phones dry!

Source: Verizon

 

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile USA now taking pre-orders for the LG Optimus Elite

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If you're looking to get in on a budget friendly Android device that also packs a little punch, Virgin Mobile USA has now opened the doors on their pre-orders of the LG Optimus Elite. Available on May 15th for only $150, the LG Optimus Elite will be the first device in the Virgin Mobile USA lineup to launch with both Google Wallet and NFC enabled. As for the specs, here is what you'll be getting:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 5MP rear-facing camera

Looking to grab one for yourself or someone in your family? Check out the source link below to head on over to the Virgin Mobile USA pre-order site. Plus, don't forget to have a look at our previous hands-on with the device.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA

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    3 years ago

    Virgin Media UK to stock the Samsung Galaxy S III 'this summer'

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    Just when you thought it was safe to step outside, another UK carrier comes forward with plans to stock the Samsung Galaxy S III. We already know the plans of the major carriers, and some of the unlocked SIM-free prices. Step forward Virgin Media though, who have announced their own decision to carry the latest Samsung flagship. 

    Pricing and availability are yet to be announced, beyond coming "this summer." Where Virgin stand out though, is their range of discounts for customers of their other services like TV and Broadband. Virgin Media customers could potentially be on to a winner with this one, so if you're one of them, it could be worth watching out for. 

    via Pocket-Lint

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    3 years ago

    HTC EVO 4G LTE video walkthrough and not an unboxing

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    OK, folks. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is in our hot little hands. We're on Day 1, and quite frankly we're already pretty impressed. Under the hood it's basically an HTC One X. But it's been redesigned, tweaked (and truth be told, improved) and launched as the EVO 4G LTE, the follow-up to the extremely popular EVO 4G.

    Some quick thoughts:

    • The display is gorgeous. And it should be -- it's the same Super LCD 2 as on the One X.
    • Under the hood, it seems speedy enough. And it should be. It's the same processor as on the One X. (The Qualcomm version, that is.)
    • Sense 4 is great. And it should be. It's the same Sense 4 that's on the HTC One phones.
    • The camera is great. And it should be. It's exactly the same as what's on the HTC One phones.
    • The rear speaker is pretty good, too. A lot of you have been asking about that.

     

    Our full review's coming. We like to actually use the phone first. Crazy, I know. But here's a quick video walkthrough answering some of the more burning questions that have been thrown our way.

    Still want to know more? Our complete EVO 4G LTE review is well in the works. In the meantime, be sure to make your way into our EVO 4G LTE forums, where you'll you'll find the best info on the net. Huzzah!

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    3 years ago

    Samsung Galaxy S III now available to pre-order at Vodafone UK

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    Vodafone is the latest UK network to announce its pre-order deals for the Galaxy S III, Samsung's upcoming quad-core beast. Voda's offering the 16GB on 24-month contracts starting at £41 per month. That's not a small amount of money, but Voda's throwing 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data, in addition to a free Galaxy S III. If you're interested in the 32GB model, which is exclusive to Vodafone for the first month, that'll set you back £46 per month. That price will also get you bumped up to 1200 minutes, in addition to unlimited texts and 2GB.

    Cheaper plans are available for both pebble blue and pearl white flavored Galaxy S III, starting at £26 per month, though you'll have to cough up £149 up-front if you choose this option. If it's SIM-free that you're after, then prices are currently hovering around the £500 mark.

    The European launch day is just under three weeks away, on May 29. For more on the Galaxy S III, check out our exhaustive launch-day coverage.

    Source: Vodafone

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    3 years ago

    Sony ST21i 'Tapioca' leaked again - ICS on a budget handset

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    It was just a few weeks ago that we got our first non-blurrycam look at the Sony ST21i "Tapioca," an upcoming ICS-toting budget handset from the Japanese manufacturer. Today it's cropped up yet again, in another unauthorized hands-on preview, this time from Russian site Mobile-Review. There's not a whole lot here we haven't seen before, but the preview does take a closer look at the Tapioca's software -- a similar package to what we've been seeing on other 2012 Sony phones -- as well as giving a confirmation of some rumored specs.

    The details leaked today match what we've previously heard -- the Tapioca sports a 3.2-inch HVGA display, an 800MHz single-core CPU and 512MB of RAM. It's no multimedia powerhouse, but there should be enough computational grunt there to power ICS, as well as Sony's assortment of multimedia enhancements. More pics at the source link. According to a leaked Sony roadmap, the Tapioca could appear as early as June, around the €150 price point.

    Source: Mobile-Review; via: PhoneArena

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    3 years ago

    Motorola Droid RAZR now available in blue in select stores, online May 17

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    Verizon this morning officially announced that a blue version of the Motorola Droid RAZR is available in select stores and will be sold online starting May 17. As we noted when we broke the news on Sunday, it's the same RAZR we've come to know and love (and wonder why it's still being sold when the MAXX exists), and it's still running Gingerbread.

     

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    3 years ago

    Motorola RAZR MAXX to be officially available in the UK on May 18

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    We knew the Motorola RAZR MAXX was heading to the UK, and we even knew it was supposed to land officially in mid-May. But today British retailer Clove has announced that it'll officially begin shipping on May 18. For those unfamiliar with the MAXX, it packs a gigantic 3300mAh battery behind its 4.3-inch qHD display. Combined with UMTS and HSPA+ connectivity, that should give consumers a crazy amount of battery life on a single charge. If you're interested in this device be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as it can be yours in just over a week!

    Source: Clove

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    3 years ago

    International Samsung Galaxy Note gets Ice Cream Sandwich

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    If you've got an the international HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), then your months of waiting for Android 4.0 are finally over. The "Premium Suite" for the device, which includes ICS along with a range of other  enhancements, is now pushing out to unlocked German Notes. The update to version XXLPY weighs in at over 300MB, and is currently available through Kies, as well as over-the-air via an automatic update.

    As we discovered during our brief hands-on session with the North American ICS update, the Note remains fully TouchWiz'd, even on the latest version of Android. So if you're familiar with the look and feel of the Note's Gingerbread-based firmware, then you'll probably notice only a few minor visual changes. Of course, ICS brings improved performance all-round, which should help Note owners get more out of the device's beefy hardware. And the addition of the Roboto font gives the Note an added touch of class.

    As for actual software enhancements, the "Premium Suite" bundles a new S Memo app with support for even richer content, including voice recordings. There's also an enhanced handwriting-to-text feature, and improved sharing capabilities for S Memo content.

    If you're rocking an unlocked Note, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to grab the latest OTA, or plug your phone into Kies to see if it's waiting for you. Remember that only German models are getting the ICS update for the time being, though if you know your way around ODIN, you can directly flash the German ROM regardless. (If you don't know what that means, it's probably best to just wait for your country/carrier's OTA.)

    If you're already updated, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know what you think.

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    3 years ago

    CTIA 2012 recap

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    Another event is wound down, and like most electronic and wireless trade shows, it was just about all Android. We didn't see anything huge, HTC and Samsung had already presented their wares, but we did see some interesting stuff.

    Interesting things like Ice Cream Sandwich running on an AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy Note. No, they didn't tell us when the update was coming. We also saw MasterCard trying to get into the mobile payment game, with NFC and one-click Internet shopping. We hope they meet with success, but we hope even more that all the various players can get together and give us an NFC wallet solution that works everywhere, on every device.

    Probably the biggest news from the show came from Verizon, with the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It's not part of the HTC One line, but for folks who want a mid-sized Android phone that still is going to run well, this could be it. We'll know more when we spend some more time with it. That wasn't the only hardware worth mentioning. We saw what's coming from Huawei again, LG's Optimus 4X HD and Optimus Vu, and some really interesting edge-to-edge designs from Nyx Mobile.

    We also got to sit in on a meeting of the minds behind the big four U.S. carriers, where we learned everything there is to know about the spectrum crunch, and the different ways each plans to tackle it. 

    And we can't forget the orange goo.

    Now all we have to do is wait to see what becomes of the announcements and new devices over the summer, then get ready to do it all over again next time. It's tiring work, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

     

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    3 years ago

    Nyx Mobile Lyuba Fun and Lyuba Max hands-on

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    Walking around CTIA, it's always fun to find new things at random booths, and after stopping by Nyx Mobile I was met with a pleasant surprise from one of their reps. He starts the conversation with "you want to see something cool?" Of course, the geek in me wanted to scream yes, and I told him that I did. That's when he proceeded to pull out prototypes of their upcoming devices, which feature edge to edge displays. That's right, only the tiniest slither of a bezel separates the screen from the edge of the device.

    The first handset that came out, the Lyuba Max, featured a 5-inch display and by doing the edge to edge display and eliminating the frame around it they were able to bring a larger screen in a smaller package. They also had a 4-inch model -- the Lyuba Fun -- and they will be finalizing a build of a 3.5-inch display as well. When the devices do launch, they'll run Ice Cream Sandwich, and feature specs comparable to other high-end devices. Hit the break to check out a couple other pictures, and stay tuned for updates from Nyx Mobile on availability of these devices.

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    3 years ago

    Are you ready to talk about the HTC EVO 4G LTE?

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    Yes, that's exactly what you think it is -- the HTC EVO 4G LTE -- and it's in Phil's hands. 4.7-inches of EVOlisious goodness is in the house and it's time to put this monster through the paces like only we can. We know you all have questions, and we'll have answers. Jump in the discussion and let's talk about it, shall we?

     I've got the EVO - ask me anything!

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    3 years ago

    Google+ app gets updated, it's beautiful - and iOS only for now

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    Google is showing off the new sexy with the Google+ app update, but unfortunately only iOS users get to see it for now. Things like full bleed pictures, crisper sharp fonts, larger profile pics and a revamped home screen are on board, and from the looks of the screen shots it's absolutely freaking gorgeous. But again, it's only for iOS right now. 

    Before we start writing those on-line petitions, Vic Gundrota, Google senior VP, has already said the Android version is coming soon, with "a few extra surprises". That does little to soften the blow, though. To be fair, the iOS version really sucked and was in dire need of an update. Google loves to make money from folks with an iPhone (and they make mountains of it from them) so it's good business to offer something for the iFolks. I'll patiently wait for the Android version, and wonder what the extra surprises might be. Speculate away in the comments.

    Source: Google; via +Vic Gundotra

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