4 years ago

LG G Flex QuickWindow and Vest cases


Two cases with distinct functional differences

Accessory support for the recently-announced G Flex is a little light at the moment, but LG is at least showing off early versions of two cases for the bendy behemoth. The QuickWindow and Vest, as they're called, are similar in styling and materials but serve to distinctly different purposes.

The QuickWindow, on one hand, is much the same as we've seen for previous LG devices like the Optimus G Pro and completely covers the front and back of the G Flex. You're getting a hard outer shell with an interesting faux metal pattern on it, a nice stitched material where the front hinges on and a cutout in the screen cover portion to show you bits of information when closed.

With the Vest case, you're getting something a bit more minimalist. The basic idea is to simply protect all four corners of the G Flex against occasional bumps and scratches, while leaving most of the sides and back open to the air. Made of the same material and color as the QuickWindow, it gives a bit more visual flair with interesting cutouts along the edges and a solid portion down the middle of the back plate.

Be sure to take a closer look at the cases with our photo gallery after the break.

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4 years ago

Watch this: The blatant BlackBerry ripoff


Our pal CrackBerry Kevin takes a look at the Typo keyboard, which at this point is as famous for its IP infringement (erm, alleged) as it is its celebrity funder, Ryan "Don't call me Gosling" Seacrest.

Typo fits atop the iPhone and looks suspiciously like a BlackBerry keyboard. Or exactly like a BlackBerry keyboard. 

Just part of the fun that is CES.

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4 years ago

Send your carrier a 'break-up letter' with T-Mobile's new tool


Click a few buttons to remind your carrier why you left

T-Mobile thinks it has made some big moves towards bringing more customers to its network. The only thing left to do, according to the Uncarrier, is send your current carrier a break up letter. With a small Facebook page — found at the link below — you can click a few buttons to make a form letter explaining to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or another carrier why you're done putting up with their policies.

You'll explain why you're leaving, why the carrier's views don't match up with your own and finally sign the letter with "your happy ex," and your name. If you're so inclined, you can even follow it up with a link directly to the letter that you can send the carrier, or just share directly to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ — you can even download the letter and mail it in if you want to go all-out.

It's a neat bit of viral marketing from T-Mobile, and we bet there are more than a few people who plan to send these in when they switch carriers.

Source: T-Mobile (Facebook)

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4 years ago

T-Mobile offering all phones for $0 down


No money out of your pocket to get a new device today

T-Mobile is going all out today at their CES press conference, and starting today they have just announced that all of their devices will qualify for $0 down. Having just announced their new plans to pay ETF fees for those looking to change carriers, they will also be making the choice much easier with requiring no money down on the new devices.

Whether you are looking for a brand new Nexus 5, or a Samsung Galaxy S4, or even the LG G2, you can walk out of a T-Mobile store with $0 down on any device. While many of these new ideas from T-Mobile seem to be a bit crazy, they have been paying off as the company has seen huge increases in the subscriber base.

Of course even though you walk out of the store with $0 down, the price of the device is divided and billed monthly, but for those who don't have the money today to get a new phone, this is still a great option. Will you be ditching your current smartphone for a brand new one from T-Mobile?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile details its plan to pay your ETF from another carrier


T-Mobile aims to end the "contracts in perpetuity" trickery

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere hates the "stupid, broken, arrogant industry" that is the current status quo in the US when it comes to how you pay for use of your mobile devices. We know he hates it, because he tells us at every opportunity — today's CES event being a great example. An announcement today shows how they aim to fix it all.

With what they called their "Get Out of Jail" program in today's Uncarrier 4.0 press release, T-Mobile will pay you up to $650 to get out of your current contract and come to their network. Of course, there has to be fine print for an offer like this, and we're all filled with questions, and T-Mobile has a web site up and running to try and help answer them.

The overview is simple enough. Bring your final bill and T-mobile will pay up to $350 to pay off your existing ETF from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. If you have an eligible phone, they will also give you some cash for it. Up to $300 cash. 

I'm sure we'll find out other details once people start actually using this one, but for now I'd advise everyone considering it to head to T-Mobile's site (see the link below) and do some reading. 

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces preliminary Q4 2013 customer results


1,645,000 total customers added in the quarter; best figures in 8 years

We're live from T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 event at CES in Las Vegas where CEO John Legere has just announced preliminary Q4 2013 results for the carrier. We're of course not talking financial results, but rather customer acquisition and general network information. Here are the high points:

  • Total customer acquisition of 1.645 million
  • Branded net customer additions of 981,000
  • 869,000 postpaid net customer additions, 69,000 of which were tablets
  • 112,000 prepaid net customer additions
  • Overall customer churn of just 1.7 percent

These numbers lead to the best quarter for T-Mobile in eight years. Legere claims that over 4.4 million customers moved to T-Mobile in 2013, of course helped greatly by those amazing Q4 results but also by Q2 and Q3 additions. In the previous two quarters, T-Mobile added more customers than all other carriers combined.

More: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 announcements


T-Mobile CEO John Legere and company are live on stage at CES, and they have sent out the official announcement about Uncarrier v. 4.0. We've got three major components:

Get out of Jail Free — T-Mo will pay your ETF if you want to switch from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. If you have an eligible phone to trade in, you could get as much as $650.

The fastest 4G network in the US — T-Mo's 4G now reaches 209 million people in 273 markets. According to real-time speed tests, it's also the fastest network in the USA. It's going to get even better, as they add spectrum and deploy their Wideband LTE (20+20) which begins in Dallas.

Three new Wideband LTE-capable devices — The LG Flex, the Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch, and the Xperia Z1s will all be able to take full advantage of the new Wideband LTE network. We'll be sure to give each of them a workout.

Of course, Mr. Legere always has plenty to say so stay tuned! The press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Live from T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 event with @JohnLegere


Event (and our liveblog) kicks off around 12:30 p.m. PST from Las Vegas

T-Mobile CEO John Legere already has made quite the splash here at CES in Las Vegas — and the company hasn't even had its big day yet. The ever-outspoken (and far from publicity-shy) Legere already crash (and got kicked out of) AT&T's opening party. He put coal in his competitors stockings. He called AT&T's offer of up to $450 for switching from T-Mobile "desperate."

Today T-Mobile unveils its latest "Uncarrier" initiative in Las Vegas. By all accounts (including any number of leaks) we should see a move to pay early termination fees if you switch to T-Mobile. That's not really a new thing — carriers have been offering that incentive off and on for years. But chances are T-Mobile will add some sort of twist to it.

And we'll be there to bring it to you, live. Join us after the break for our liveblog. Doors open at noon PST — that's 3 p.m. on the East Coast and 8 p.m. in London, and we'll kick things off thereabouts.

This should be good.

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4 years ago

Samsung talks new tablets at #CESlive


All your pixels are belong to Samsung

That's what Ryan Biden from Samsung had to say early into this one, as he sat down with John P. and Rene to talk about the new Galaxy Pro gear they brought to CES 2014. We think he's right, as even the 8.4-inch version packs a mind-blowing 2560 x 1600 resolution LCD.

Of course there is more to the new tablets than just the screen, and Ryan goes over the new Magazine UI, reasons why 12.2-inches makes sense for the big Tab and Note Pro, and takes a few minutes to show how to customize the screens to get any look you want.

And you know they just had go over the hardware details as well, and with features like USB 3.0 and LAN support (via an adapter) there is plenty to talk about. 

If you're interested in Samsung's new Pro tablets for 2014, this one is a must-watch.

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4 years ago

Hisense announces 2 new Android-powered 4K smart televisions


UHD resolution and Android get together in Hisense's new SmartTV line

Hisense is bringing two 4K big screens to market, and both are powered by Android. The H8c series will come in 50-inch, 55-inch and 60-inch models, while the H9 3D series will be 75 and 85-inches. Both series will be powered by Android (4.2 Jellybean) with Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Chrome, Pandora and YouTube installed natively. Full support from Google Play rounds out the software. Both models are scheduled to be available in Q3 2014.

Physical specs include local dimming, UHD HDMI inputs. USB 3 support, AirBridge player and receiver ability, built in Wifi, and smart mouse and input controls.

The H9 comes with Bluetooth 3D glasses, NFC and a smart remote that has voice and gesture controls built-in.

We're going to swing by and have a look at what Hisense has to offer, and see if this is the "new" Android TV we've been waiting to see. In the meantime, the press release if after the break.

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4 years ago

Vuzix adds Nuance voice technology to its M100 smart glasses


Promises a "powerful and intuitive way to engage the M100 smart glasses."

Vuzix announced today that its M100 smart glases, demoed yesterday on our #CESlive stage, will now include Nuance voice technology. As Simon and John P. saw firsthand, the M100 is being updated everyday with consumer-oriented functionalities that are slowly bridging the gap with Google Glass and other consumer-oriented competitors. The addition of Nuance brings with it a more intuitive way to operate and command the Android-based M100, and the technology will be available beginning with the release of the M100 OS 2.0 update.

Check out our #CESlive interview with Dan Cui, VP of business development at Vusix, for a look at everything the M100 can do, and stay tuned to our #CESlive hub for all things CES related.  Vuzix' formal announcement can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 (2013) discounted $50 today on Woot


$50 savings for today only

If you have been looking to get a good deal on a Nexus 7 (2013) for yourself you will want to check out the deal that Woot is offering today. Today Woot is offering the 16GB version for $189 and the 32GB version for $219, a nice $50 discount off each one. While the tablet has been on the market for a couple of months already, we are still a few months away from a new release so be sure to grab one at the discount. It's worth noting that these are factory reconditioned, so know that before going in.

Source: Woot!

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4 years ago

HTC talks phones, phones and more phones at #CESlive


Small phone, big phone, bigger phone — HTC brought it all (but nothing really new just yet) to Las Vegas

Jeff Gordon from HTC took a couple of minutes to talk to John P and Derek Kessler and recap the devices we saw in 2013. From the unparalleled build quality of the HTC One to the bigger brother HTC One Max and even the mid range Desire series devices it was a busy year for HTC.

Build quality has always been a strong point for HTC, and we are excited to see what 2014 brings from them. Check out just over 11 minutes of great conversation in the video above.

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4 years ago

Samsung to offer content gift packages with Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro tablets


Great content packages available to new Pro series tablet buyers

If the announcement of the all new Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro devices weren't enough -- and our hands on didn't sell you yet -- Samsung hopes that their content gift package may help. Teaming up with 11 different content and service providers Samsung has been able to gather up some pretty great deals that will come with the purchase of one of the new devices. In the past we have seen added Dropbox storage, or Google Play credits, but Samsung has kicked it up a notch this time.

From 2 years of free Remote PC to 12 months free Bloomberg Businessweek+ and much more, the deals are aimed towards sophisticated mobile users who want to ensure that they get the most out of their new tablets. When designing the tablets Samsung aimed to meet every need that they possibly could, and having these great content packages available allows users to easily see what the tablet is capable of.

This will be a limited time promotion from Samsung when the devices launch, and not all services may be available in every location. Full details from Samsung are below, so be sure to check out all the great content partners and services that are being offered.

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4 years ago

#CESLive morning brief: Wednesday, January 8


It's day two of #CESLive, and if you ask us, the fun is just getting started. Tune in at 12:30 PST for another exciting day of live coverage from the show floor -- we'll be sitting down with representatives from companies like LG, Sharp, HP, Broadcom, Pioneer and many more to discuss what we've seen at CES so far and to get their take on the upcoming year in tech. You won't want to miss it.

At 12 noon PST we'll be bringing you live coverage of the T-Mobile's UNcarrier 4.0 announcement which, if CEO John Legere's previous behavior is any indication, should be one of the more eventful press conferences we've seen here in Vegas so far. 

To close the day, we'll be joining the rest of the Mobile Nations and GeekBeat.TV teams for our #CESLive meetup at the the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. We'll grab some grub at the Earl of Sandwich beginning at 7 p.m., and later head over to the PBR Rock Bar and Grill where one or more of our editors may or may not attempt to ride a mechanical bull. If that isn't enough of a reason to join us, what is? If you're in or around Las Vegas and would like to grab a beer with the MoNa crew, RSVP on Google+ or simply stop by -- we can't wait to meet you!

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