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4 years ago

EE launches 30-day 4G SIM-only plans

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Starting at £23 for 500MB, going up to £63 for 20GB

EE, currently the UK's only 4G LTE network operator, has launched its first 30-day, 4G SIM-only plans. The plans allow Brits to sample EE's LTE network without committing to a hefty year-long contract, and are divided up by data allowance in the same way as the carrier's 12-month plans. All plans come with unlimited calls and texts, as well as tethering access, with allowances starting at £23 per month for 500MB and going up to £63 for 20GB. Each of the 30-days plans will cost you £2 per month more than the 12-month equivalent, so here's how things shape up --

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4 years ago

Come hang with us at the Talk Mobile 2013 launch party in NYC!

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** TICKET UPDATE **

We have maxed out our RSVP limit for today. Please come back to the site tomorrow at 12 Noon ET and we will be releasing a second wave of tickets. They're going fast, so if you missed out today be there tomorrow at 12 Noon ET. Can't wait to see you in NYC!

On June 6, we're all getting together for punch and pie — and Talk Mobile!

Any good uber-hyped editorial event has to have a kick-ass launch party, right? And to that end, we're throwing a little shindig on June 6 in New York City to celebrate the launch of Talk Mobile 2013. 

And you're invited!

We'll have punch and pie (meaning free food and an open bar, meaning this one's 21-and-up) and all your favorite Mobile Nations editors on hand next week, plus DJ Mia Moretti doing her thing, and special guests John P and Cali Lewis from GeekBeat.TV, whom you'll see all throughout Talk Mobile 2013.

Want to come? All you have to do is RSVP here: http://talkmobile2013.eventbrite.com/

Win a trip to the party!

If you're not in NYC, we have a contest happening right now where you and a guest can win a trip for two to NYC to attend the event. All you have to do is jump over to talkmobile2013.com and enter your e-mail address to sign up for updates. (If you're already registered, you're already entered to win.) That's it. We need to get the winner booked this weekend, so the deadline for the contest is this Friday night at midnight PDT.

Thanks, and we'll see you in NYC next week!

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4 years ago

Presenting Talk Mobile 2013!

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Come June 3, we're changing the smartphone conversation

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Mobile Nations is proud to present Talk Mobile 2013! Yes, the almighty #tm13 finally gets a name. And a few faces. And, more important, a voice. Several voices, in fact. Actually, millions of voices. Our voices. Your voices. We're going to do this together.

Talk Mobile has been a long time coming, and for good reason. Just watch the trailer above, and we'll reconvene in 57 seconds.

Born out of the old Smartphone Round Robin, in which we'd borrow each other's smartphones for a spell and write about our experiences, Talk Mobile expands on the principle that there's so much more beyond any one phone or tablet -- or beyond any one platform, for that matter. And so for the next several months, we're going to change the conversation a bit. (Don't worry, all your usual Android Central news and reviews will keep on coming alongside Talk Mobile.) You'll be hearing from Android Central. And from the folks at CrackBerry, iMore and WPCentral. You'll be hearing from our peers, our colleagues and other industry experts. 

And, yes. We'll be hearing from you. Come next week -- June 3, actually -- when we roll out the first of the weekly discussions, you'll be as much a part of the conversation as we are. We've built a new commenting system for Talk Mobile that will span all of our sites and promote and recognize the best comments, so your voice will be heard not just on Android Central, but across the network.

So stay tuned. Next week, it begins. And we're kicking things off with a launch party in New York City, open to the public, on June 6. Be sure to swing by TalkMobile2013.com to sign up, as we're giving away one trip to the Big Apple to hang with us for the night. (If you've already signed up, you're good to go.) And be sure to follow @TalkMobile on Twitter. And we've got a fancy press release if that's your thing.

Let's get the conversation started.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus L5 down to £69.95 on PAYG upgrade

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Carphone Warehouse offering entry-level ICS phone at reduced price until June 6

British retailer Carphone Warehouse sends word that it's temporarily lowered the price of the LG Optimus L5 to a little under £70 on Pay As You Go upgrade. That means upgrading PAYG customers can walk into a CPW store, hand over £69.95 (plus a credit top-up, usually around £10), and leave with a fully functional -- if not particularly speccy -- Android smartphone.

The L5 is just over a year old, having made its debut at Mobile World Congress 2012. It's packing an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, a HVGA (320x480) display, 5MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So it's nothing like the crazy hardware we're enjoying at the high end of the Android spectrum, but it's hard to imagine getting any more phone for your money at this price point.

Carphone Warehouse's promotion for the Optimus L5 runs until June 6.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Kernel source now available for Verizon Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Mega devices

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Code for VZW GS4, Tab 3, Mega 5.8 Duos and Mega 6.3 added to Samsung Open Source Repository

As required under the open-source rules, Samsung has published the Linux kernel source code for a slew of new, high-profile Galaxy devices, including the Verizon Galaxy S4. Alongside Big Red's GS4, Samsung Open Source Repository also saw kernel source code for the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos (dual-SIM) and Galaxy Mega 6.3.

As always, the code itself won't be of any use to regular smartphone owners, even those who hack their phones and install custom ROMs. However it should help custom firmware-makers come up with better ROMs for these devices. If that's you, you can grab the fresh batch of Samsung code at the source links below.

Source: Samsung (VZW GS4, Tab 3, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3); via: AndroidPolice

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 8.0 drops by the FCC with AT&T LTE support

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Could Samsung's 8-inch, stylus-centric tablet be headed to AT&T?

After last month's Wifi-only launch, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 could be making its way to AT&T in the near future. An LTE-capable version of the device carrying the product number SGH-I467 has just passed by the FCC for certification, and it's packing support for LTE bands II, IV, V and XVII. That means it's got all the parts necessary to function on AT&T's 4G LTE network in the U.S.

The Note 8 is essentially an 8-inch tablet composed of Galaxy Note 2 innards. You've got a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip doing the number-crunching, backed up by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 1280x800 display resolution and TouchWiz'd Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Naturally, the Note 8's FCC appearance precedes any announcement from AT&T, but when it arrives we hope the pricing will be a bit more reasonable than that of the $400 Wifi-only version.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

More: Galaxy Note 8 review

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One nationwide rollout slated for June 5

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After initial launch in 300 stores, T-Mobile's HTC One will arriv​e in the rest of the U.S. next Wednesday

The T-Mobile HTC One is set to arrive in stores nationwide from next Wednesday, June 5 following its launch in some 300 stores earlier in the month, according to reports from TmoNews. The site says the expanded HTC One rollout coincides with an increase in production from HTC, following the resolution of early component supply issues. (That's corroborated by recent comments from the company's North Asia president.) Launching alongside the HTC One on June 5 is the BlackBerry Q10.

The T-Mobile HTC One can be yours with a $99.99 down payment on a 24-month installment plan; alternatively it'll cost you $579.99 up-front. For more on the HTC One, check out our in-depth review.

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

AT&T lights up 4G LTE in new markets

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Ten new markets, plus expanded coverage in Capitol Region

AT&T's nationwide 4G LTE rollout continues this morning with the news that it's network has expanded to cover ten new markets. These include Linglestown, Penn., Shelton, Conn., Ocean City, Md., Salem, Or., Port Townsend, North Whidbey Island Camano Island and Longview, Wash., Casa Grande, Ariz. and Goldsboro, N.C.

In addition, AT&T sends word that is expanded coverage in the Capitol Region. The network now covers Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, East Glenville, Malta, Mechanicville, Milton Center, Niskayuna, Rotterdam, Round Lake, Saratoga County Airport, Schenectady and Schenectady County Airport.

If you're seeing AT&T LTE lighting up for the first time in one of these regions today, shout out in the comments. 

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4 years ago

The Nexus 4 Zebra Edition

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Is it the hot new look for the summer season, or just a black and white mess? There's a poll, let us know!

BlackBerry users have their Oreo, webOS users love their Panda, and now the Android faithful have their very own zebra -- that's with the short e, in the proper Queen's English. (Read it in Alex's voice)

The zebra acts a whole lot like the regular, plain old black (and now white) version, but it's more zebra-like. Sporting a fun, yet business-ready black and white look, it's ready for anything while staying stylish no matter what you throw at it. 

OK, I'll stop. But it is a pretty unique look, bound to have people who love it as well as folks who hate it. I'm digging the white one with the black bumper myself. What do you think? Answer the poll after the break, then fill the comments with praise or curses to let us all know why you feel that way. And of course, head into the forums where the zebra was first spotted.

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4 years ago

The Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets reviewed in the forums

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Users seem to be loving the new $149 Hisense Sero 7 Pro tablet, be sure to join the discussion with questions or comments

Last week we told you about a new line of inexpensive Android tablets coming to Walmart from Hisense. The price looked marvelous, and the $149 Sero 7 Pro had some pretty nice specs -- besting the crowd favorite Nexus 7 in most ways. At that price you knew Android fans were going to bite, and now the forums has a handful of folks talking about their new purchase.

I don't want to give too many spoilers, but the reviews are good. It looks like Hisense has kept things mostly stock, and the Tegra 3 with Jelly Bean performs as well here as it does on other, more expensive models.

All this has me looking at the Sero 7 Pro myself, so maybe we'll squeeze a front page review into the schedule soon. But in the meantime, join folks just like you who are using the tablet every day in the forums, and see what they think about their new pick up.

The Hisense Sero 7 review thread

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4 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy S4 will support AWS LTE via a software update

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A future software update will allow the Galaxy S4 to operate on Verizon's AWS LTE expansion network which is launching this summer in New York

When the Verizon version of the Galaxy S4 zipped through the FCC back in March, everyone noticed hardware support for the recently acquired AWS spectrum that will be used for Big Red's LTE expansion. Today, Bloomberg reports that this support is currently idle and will be enabled prior to the network going live this summer.

Verizon has been busy buying and selling AWS spectrum to bolster their current LTE network, which is slowly showing the effect of having so many phones and other devices running on it. The current 700MHz C-block is getting a bit, shall we say clogged, and because there's so little of it available there's not much chance of relief. As more and more customers sign up with an LTE-enabled smart phone or other device, Verizon needs more of the airwaves to serve them all. The amount of AWS spectrum available to Verizon means they could enable a very fast, nationwide network using it that can provide up to 400% (that'd be 20x20 compared to the existing 5x5 C-block network) of the capacity of their current LTE offerings.

Of course, to use this bigger and faster LTE network, you need hardware. That's where today's news comes into play. When Verizon is ready to flip the switch and light up the new AWS network in New York later this summer, a software update will make the Galaxy S4 ready to use it. We expect to see some incredible speed tests in the near future.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the white Nexus 4

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Phone, ahoy! Have ye seen the white Nexus 4?

Aye, cap'n. We have. In fact, we've got the white Nexus 4 here in our hot little hands. And, yes. It's a Nexus 4. And it's white. It's a white Nexus 4. And ... That's really about it. LG this morning finally announced the existence of what has never really been that much of a secret, and it'll be available May 29.

So what's new on the white Nexus 4? We'll break it down.

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4 years ago

Samsung Desktop Dock with the Galaxy S4

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One of our favorite features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is that it's essentially the same size as its predecessor, and so a number of accessories released for the Galaxy S3 work with the newer version as well. 

That brings us to what you see here -- the Samsung Multimedia Desktop Dock. It's a pretty basic deal -- plop your Galaxy S4 into it and it'll automatically switch to Desktop mode. Plug in with a microUSB cable and you'll charge the phone at the same time. And use the optional 3.5mm line out to play music while the phone's docked. 

This thing's pretty portable as well, with the dock section flipping down into itself for easy travel. And perhaps most important, you can get it fairly cheap since technically it's "last year's" dock.

We've got a handful of pics after the break. Give 'em a gander.

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4 years ago

The best Android phone you can buy, as of June 2013

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Update: Find out our latest picks for Best Android Phone! (Updated in November)

Find out which handset gets the Android Central recommendation

We're six months down the road from our last "best Android phones" roundup, and the smartphone landscape has altered dramatically. Back in December we crowned the Samsung Galaxy S3 king of all Android phones, on account of its responsiveness, broad availability and excellent performance across the board. A generation later, the Android space is dominated by two new heavyweights -- the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, with other contenders including the Xperia Z and ZL from Sony and LG's Nexus 4.

In mid-2013, buttery-smooth performance, beautiful screens, high-quality cameras, 4G LTE connectivity and Jelly Bean out of the box come as standard at the high-end. Competition is more fierce than ever, and that's resulted in some of the best Android hardware we've ever seen.

But there can be only one winner. Join us after the break to find out which phone takes the prize.

Upda​te: Check out our new list of the best Android phones — updated for August 2013!

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4 years ago

Catch Phil on Pocketnow VIP this morning

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Welcome back from the three-day weekend, folks. (OK, maybe not for everybody. But you gotta dance with the one who brung ya.) Just a quick heads up that I'll be doing the Pocketnow VIP show this morning. Never mind that I'm actually as far from a VIP as you can get -- the important part is chatting with some of our oldest pals here in the mobile space. 

It's going down at 11 a.m. EDT, so be sure to head on over and check it out. They'll shoot out the link a few minutes before things go live.

More: Pocketnow VIP

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