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1 week ago

VoLTE - how to use it and why you should

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Voice over LTE is a big deal, and we're finally getting our first tastes of it

Here in the U.S., carriers are slowly starting to roll out the red carpet for Voice over LTE. If it is available in your area and through your carriers, taking advantage of the upgrade currently depends on your having the right hardware. Once you have everything you need, setting VoLTE up on your phone is very easy and well worth it.

Let's take a deeper look.

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1 week ago

Facebook now lets you comment with stickers

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In addition to likes and typing out your comments onto friends' posts, Facebook is now allowing you to express all your emotional glory through stickers. Previously available as a feature inside Facebook Messenger, now users can add stickers within comments to regular Facebook posts.

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1 week ago

Huawei Ascend Mate2 heads to Newegg for $300

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Huawei has announced today that the Ascend Mate2 is now available for purchase on Newegg. The handset is available in your choice of black or white, and retails for $300.00.

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1 week ago

The Limefuel Blast L180X Pro: Charge all the things

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Limefuel Blast L180X Pro

We've seen many an external battery come through here. And over the past couple years we've seen capacity and density increase, while prices continue to drop.

And today we've got a quick look at a monster battery, the Limefuel Blast L180X Pro.

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1 week ago

Iliad ends its bid to acquire T-Mobile US

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French telecom Iliad has decided to end its efforts to acquire T-Mobile, announcing today that parent company Deutsche Telekom and members of T-Mobile's board "have refused to entertain its new Offer."

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1 week ago

US Cellular taking pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for Oct. 17 launch

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US Cellular, the fifth biggest wireless carrier in the country, is joining its four bigger rivals in accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for shipments planned to begin on October 17.

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1 week ago

Don't miss your chance to save 20% on all accessories during our Canadian Thanksgiving Sale!

In case you didn't catch the news, we're celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada by giving you 20% off everything at ShopAndroid including cases, chargers, batteries, screen protectors—the whole caboodle!

To enjoy these holiday savings, all you need to do is apply coupon code: Thanks20 at checkout. You'll instantly see a revised cart with reduced prices on everything you've added. And, this offer is valid for both US and Canada stores!

There are plenty of payment methods including PayPal, Bitcoin and standard credit cards along with incredibly fast shipping options! This sale ends tomorrow at midnight PST, so be sure to get your orders in while the gettin's good.

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1 week ago

South Park tables coming this week to kill Kenny on Zen Pinball HD for Android

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Zen Studios will add two new tables to its Zen Pinball HD app for Android this week based on South Park, allowing its fans to interact in an all new way with Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny and many of the other characters from the long running animated TV series.

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1 week ago

International data overseas: How the U.S. carriers stack up

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International Roaming

Oh, you'll have to pay extra for roaming data outside the U.S. — the question is how much​

We tend to travel quite a bit in this job, often outside of the United States. So we like to keep up on what it'll cost us to roam on other networks while still paying our home operator. This post is our ever-updating list of those costs.

It helps to remember how all this stuff works. Back in the early days of cell phones, you'd be (more or less) confined to a restricted region. Stray outside that region, and suddenly you're "roaming." What that really means, in a nutshell, is that your carrier then has to pay another carrier for your phone to work. And that costs money.

Fast forward a few years, and those roaming charges disappear. "Free roaming." Now, we just use our phones wherever the hell we want to in the United States. And that's the way it should be. But head outside the U.S. of A., and suddenly you're roaming again. And that means it's time to pay the piper. You might get slightly lower rates in Canada or Mexico (thanks, neighbors!), or you might not.

International data isn't cheap. Your best bet is to find a local prepaid SIM card. But that's not always easy — and there's really something luxurious about stepping off a plane, firing up your phone ... and it just works.

And so we've gathered up the international data rates for the four major U.S. carriers — Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. These are all with various international "plans" that you'll add to your account (with one pay-as-you-go exception for Verizon), and so if you're not consistently heading outside the U.S. on a monthly basis, you'll need to be sure to turn off the service once you're home.

Here's how it all stacks up:

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1 week ago

Sony now selling Xperia Z3 Compact in the US for $529

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller 4.6-inch version of the company's new Xperia Z3 flagship smartphone, is now available for purchase directly on Sony's online store in the US for the off contract price of $529.99

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1 week ago

Nokia updates HERE Maps to include Deutsche Bahn transit info from Germany

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Nokia has updated its HERE Maps app with new train and transit information from Deutsche Bahn in Germany, allowing users of the recently launched beta for Samsung Android smartphones to access train connections and timetables in that country.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 13

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

AT&T launches new Passport international plans

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AT&T has a new set of international plans, and while they'll still hit your wallet hard, they're an improvement of what came before. AT&T's new plans, dubbed Passport, Passport Plus, and Passport Pro (not to be confused with plans for the new BlackBerry Passport), bring the same data allotments, but at least offer easier billing international data packages than we've seen before from Ma Bell, though heavy users will still find themselves shelling over the big bucks.

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1 week ago

Samsung set to turbocharge Wi-Fi on smartphones in 2015

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Qualcomm announced earlier this year that it was working on multi-gigabit wireless connectivity, and Samsung is following suit today by announcing that it has commenced work on a similar Wi-Fi technology that provides a five-fold increase in transmission rates from the current Wi-Fi standard.

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1 week ago

Samsung rolls out firmware update for Galaxy Note 4 prior to worldwide launch

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The Galaxy Note 4 has received a firmware update from Samsung before the smartphone launches worldwide later this month. According to a report over on AllAboutSamsung, the firmware update (XXU1ANJ4) clocks in at just shy of 36MB and is reported to include stability improvements, as well as "significantly" extending battery life.

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