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    In the United States, when you talk about smartphones, you usually talk about how much of the rest of the market is affected by Apple's weight. Not the case anymore. In Counterpoint Research's latest Market Monitor report for the first quarter, Cupertino's lead on the other OEMs has been thinning out for the past year. It has dropped from 46 percent last year to 33 percent this year. While it still heads the pack, Samsung is nipping at the heels with a 28 percent share, 2 percent better than 2015. LG dropped 1 percent to 15 percent, but that's after seven straight quarters of gains. ...

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    Not again, AT&T! What is it with America’s second largest wireless service provider and essential software updates lately? Both the HTC One M9 and M8 got their Marshmallow makeovers on Ma Bell way too late compared to models locked to other networks, the OTA 6.0 rollout for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge was a bona fide fiasco, and now Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon leave their common enemy behind as far as the S5 is concerned. But today’s story isn’t about the “DeATTh Star”, with Big Red instead capturing the spotlight even on the heels of the Now Network and Magenta. You weren’t ...

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    ZTE is clearly moving up through the Android OEM ranks, not just in its homeland, but stateside and in international markets like Germany, Russia and Mexico also. The Chinese device manufacturer seeks global fame in the high-end segment, as well as the low-cost, entry-level scene, with a diversified product portfolio including Axon, Nubia, Blade and Zmax families, among others. Of course, you can’t really call a phone like the Zmax 2 entry-level, although it’s super-low-cost right now, setting you back a measly 60 bucks at Best Buy. Originally launched at $150, the 5.5-incher still ...

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    The prepaid sector has been juicing up their plans with more data for the same monthly price. Sprint's about to revitalize its Virgin Mobile brand while T-Mobile subsidiary MetroPCS is offering an unlimited LTE data allowance, as does Cricket Wireless. But AT&T's own GoPhone service — which does not cap LTE download speeds at 8Mbps like Cricket does — has been a little more limited in its offerings. Well, as leaked before, it's almost time to change that up. On May 27, AT&T will add an extra gigabyte to the high-speed data allowances of its $45 and $60 monthly plans. That ...

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    As hard as Samsung’s many US retailer and carrier partners might be trying to make the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feel affordable with frequent BOGO deals, various freebies and outright discounts, these remain fairly prohibitive buys for some Android enthusiasts on tighter budgets. Outdoorsy folks probably feared things would get even worse as far as the Galaxy S7 Active was concerned, seeing as how AT&T is once again rumored to win exclusive rights to sell the rugged flagship, and a massive battery will almost certainly be squeezed into the 185-gram 5.1-inch package. But Ma Bell inserted ...

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    If Kyocera just isn't doing anything for your rugged phone needs, perhaps you're just a few weeks away from getting your hands on a Samsung solution. For the fourth consecutive year, we're looking forward to an AT&T co-opted Galaxy S Active device, tacky as it may look. Previous rumors seemed to say that the Active model would more likely take on the dimensions of the Galaxy S7 edge rather the plain 'ol Galaxy S7. It's better that VentureBeat's Evan Blass can give us a better idea of what will go into the phone based off a spec sheet the publication has acquired. So, a Snapdragon ...

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    It's been a few months since ink dried on AT&T's last signed two-year contract. Its Next installment program has been the main way for customers to pay for their phones. Well, either that or bellying up for full retail price. But the Death Star is saying that on June 9, it will cut two of its four Next plans it offers to consumers now. As a matter of interest, here are the payment plans the carrier offers now. [table] Plan,Down payment,Number of months for pay off phone,Number of months for upgrade eligibility AT&T Next 24,0,30,24 AT&T Next 18,0,24,18 AT&T Next 12,0,20,12 ...

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    You could play whack-a-mole with the number of buy-one-get-one-free deals the carriers are pulling off these days. But that AT&T, though. Yeah, it's got everyone beat right now with the number of phones available for the BOGO-ing. Just watch out for what you need to do to get in the door with this deal. So, here's the skinny: New customers will need to get at least two lines while existing customers will need to add a line. Customers must buy two phones from the same manufacturer. Both phones have to be paid through installment plans, but the free one (we suppose the one worth less ...

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    It’s not easy to design a rugged flagship phone that won’t make fashionistas queasy on sight, although you have to figure the target audience of Samsung’s Galaxy S Active roster cares a lot more about other things, starting with resistance to drops, shocks and hard impact. Still, it’d be nice if the GS7 Active was a little less showy about its muscles than the S6 Active while reducing bulk and going with paint jobs the masses can relate to. Together, the flamboyant gold version rendered yesterday and the much lower-key but soldierly camo green flavor first caught on camera a couple ...

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    It's amazing how it takes nearly a month for AT&T to pass on a software update from a manufacturer. But it's the case for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as we now see the update package out over the air. The feature adds have been tweaked and include Android 6.0.1, video calling and a few switcharoos in the app preload — gone are Keeper, AT&T Live and Facebook Messenger, but Amazon is now on-board. The package is 1.45GB large and will bring the build version up to G920AUCU3CPD6. Source: AT&T Via: Droid Life  

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    Did the LG Phoenix really need a sequel? Well, since it was on AT&T the first time around, why not? The LG Phoenix 2 is apparently now online and on sale exclusively from AT&T as another of its first-party prepaid GoPhones. It's black, it's small and it's okay — a five-inch 720p display is paired will show off pictures from your 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel selfie cam. All of that slathered onto Android Marshmallow. The Phoenix 2 will be at third-party retailers May 14 and at AT&T stores proper on June 10. We took a visit to the site today and found the LG ...

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    Owners of one of HTC’s last two pre-10 flagships subscribed to America’s second largest carrier were already growing impatient with AT&T’s Marshmallow lag a couple of weeks ago, when it was finally announced technical approval would be coming soon after a “slight” delay. That only made Ma Bell’s One M9 and One M8 users angrier, as international unlocked updates to the latest and greatest Android iteration started way back in December for both phones, and Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon all followed that up with major software makeovers of their own in February and March. At ...

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    After busting Verizon’s balls in a couple of witty TV commercials, including one starring the infamous Steve Harvey that debuted at the Super Bowl, T-Mobile lifted the foot off the competition-lampooning pedal a little. Sure, there was also the mildly amusing “DeATTh Star” stunt for Star Wars Day last week, but compared to some of John Legere’s past antics, that felt subdued and even a tad lazy. Consider it the calm before the storm though, as T-Mo’s CEO might be cooking up his most epic trolling effort yet. Legere recently spent no less than $21,800 (from company money, we ...

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    Contrary to popular belief, Samsung can be competitive in the low-cost Android scene when it sets its mind on it, with the Galaxy J3 (2016) acting as living proof both internationally and stateside. Granted, it took a while for the low-end 5-incher to go wide on US shores, first seeing daylight on prepaid-specialized Sprint subsidiaries Boost and Virgin Mobile back in January, then going on sale in a GSM unlocked variation a couple of weeks ago, and now, finally reaching Verizon at its lowest price yet. Even better, Big Red sells an Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered model for $110 on prepaid ...

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    T-Mobile celebrated May the Fourth by holding the DeATTh Star against AT&T, now Kyocera is celebrating in its own way by announcing that the Un-carrier has picked up its DuraForce XD. As you may recall, the Kyocera DuraForce XD was originally launched on said DeATTh Star and was billed as one tough cookie. Indeed, it was one that survived a barrage of tough conditions in our testing. If you want a 5.7-inch phablet that can stand up to MIL-STD 810G requirements and IP68 water-resistance, you'll need to belly up $449.99 in total. Rugged is coming to @TMobile. May the (Dura)Force be with ...

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    May 4, aka May the Fourth, aka unofficial Star Wars Day, is probably a happier celebration today than it’s been for over three decades, following the historic commercial success and overwhelmingly positive critical reception of the 2015 “Force Awakens” reboot. Granted, it’s also a more somber commemoration than usual, in the absence of our beloved Han Solo (spoiler alert?), but you can always rely on Internet memes and… T-Mobile pranks to put a smile on your face on such mixed-feeling occasions. Yes, T-Mo CEO John Legere strikes back at AT&T for “padding” its latest ...

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    In the grand scheme of the tech industry, conventional Android-running tablets have stopped being relevant a while ago. But Samsung isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, as it continues to diversify its jumbo-sized gadget portfolio instead of streamlining or rescinding it altogether. Unfortunately, the Galaxy View merely made headlines with its weirdness of late, while the Tab E, Tab A (2016) and rehashed Tab S2 went largely unnoticed as they tackled different little portions of the world Samsung easily controls when it comes to smartphones. Now the 8-inch Galaxy Tab E spreads its ...

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    The Death Star can only make so much progress on one front, like with progressing to a 2G-less network or flaunting exclusive devices. But software updates for the phones on its network? Not really in its wheelhouse, as we found out with HTC today. But take the Samsung Galaxy S6 as all of AT&T's major competitors have already delivered Android Marshmallows OTAs to their users. Nope, not AT&T. At least, not up until now as Samsung is able to confirm that software version G920AUCU3CPC2 will bring the OS up to 6.0.1. Of course, this isn't really a contest and people don't really ...

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    Sometimes it feels like choosing a mobile carrier is practically rolling the dice when it comes to your smartphone's update future. Will you end up on the luckier side of things, ending up closer to the front of the line when updates finally start heading out, or will you be like those kids with Z last names, doomed to be at the back of the stage on graduation day? HTC fans on AT&T know what the waiting game is like all too well, and while we've seen Android Marshmallow updates come to both the HTC One M8 and One M9 months ago across multiple carriers, AT&T users have been left ...

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    Should you upgrade from the LG G4 to the spanking new, modular G5? How about from the nearly two year-old G3? Any self-respecting Android power user would yell out a resolute “hell, yeah” to at least the latter question, but the truth is you can probably hold on to the LG G3 a while longer without worrying of critical system lag and stuff like that. It’s getting a little long in the tooth hardware-wise, we won’t deny that, but as far as software goes, it’s just as up-to-date as both the G4 and G5. Now on AT&T and T-Mobile in addition to Verizon and international unlocked ...

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    We've been livin' on the EDGE for a long time, but AT&T figures it's about that time that the sky started falling on GSM. CFO John Stevens says the network's remaining 2G networks will be shut off by the end of this year. In AT&T's Q1 earnings conference call, Stevens said that the company moved off six million customers from 2G in the past 12 months. Some stubborn feature phone-wielding subscribers may end up getting lost in the transition, but refarming the 850MHz and 1.9GHz bands entirely to LTE would be more economical for the company in the end. "There still is a lot of cost ...

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    It’s no secret that the US currently trails way behind countries like Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Canada, the UK and even Romania, Oman or Latvia in real-life LTE performance, also failing to beat Korea, Japan, Hong Kong or Kuwait as far as high-speed mobile network coverage goes. But now mobile app intelligence platform Apteligent and industry analyst firm STL Partners have devised a simple tool called a mobile network experience index to provide further insight into just how much America’s big four carriers suck. Based on “a huge amount of real world information”, the ...

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    You're an AT&T customer, right? No? Oh, sorry for assuming. Well, if you're on the Death Star and you've been holding off on the BlackBerry Priv — long held as an AT&T exclusive to some others' chagrin — because it's just too darn expensive, you've had a bit of luck recently. First came the BlackBerry-sanctioned price cut, down to $650 from $700. Then there's a deal, still ongoing as of this post, for an unlocked AT&T Priv — you just have to shell up $450 upfront. Now, for those of you who would rather swallow bite-sized payments, you're still really stuck at this point. ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    If these numbers are anything to base conclusions on, we think that Sprint will have a hard time catching up to the speeding magenta motorcycle that is T-Mobile. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has just analyzed the churn — where customers switch cell service from and to — through a survey of 500 participants who activated new service for the first quarter. CIRP compared results between AT&T, Sprint (with Boost Mobile), Verizon and T-Mobile (with MetroPCS). In terms of subscriber loss, Sprint leads the pack of four with a 27 percent gain relative to its numbers from the ...

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