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    It's such a simple word, “unlimited.” Yet far, far too often when we're using it in the context of smartphones and mobile data, it means anything but. Instead, “unlimited” plans still bind you to restrictive terms of service (prohibiting things like running a server over your wireless connection), ban “excessive use,” or start throttling your speeds after a certain point. Here in the US, the FTC has had its eye out for carriers who advertise “unlimited” data but give their users something that falls short, with AT&T catching the agency's wrath last fall. Today we're ...

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    With 2015 not only upon us, but nearly ready to move into its second month, it's understandable that Android users are starting to grow a little inpatient for their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. And while the majority of us may still be waiting, a growing number of phones are seeing their manufacturers bestow the gift of Lollipop upon them. A couple weeks back we started seeing HTC get the Android 5.0 ball rolling for last year's flagship One M8, and today we learn of the next phase of that roll-out, along with some good Lollipop news for owners of Samsung's old Galaxy Note 3. HTC's Jeff ...

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    What the heck is Samsung planning for the back of the Galaxy S6? Recently, some rumors have suggested that the company could give the phone an elaborate assortment of alternate back panels that would bring new functionality to the handset, not unlike Jolla and its Other Half system. We're still not sure just how much faith we should be putting into those claims, but today we find ourselves thinking about the GS6's back once again, this time as some possible case designs suggest a slightly different layout for the phone's rear-facing components, as compared to the Galaxy S5. With the GS5, ...

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    It's almost like the reset button has been pushed: over the past few days, we've found ourselves taking a step back from all the pics released last week, purporting to be the HTC One M9, and considering a new line of rumors which makes the case that the smartphone as it will be launched differs considerably from that recent imagery. Instead, the new rumors talked about a phone with a big front-facer like certain recent Desire models, as well as edge-mounted speakers in the vein of the Nexus 9. All of that was believable enough, but when would we get a chance to see this hardware? We still ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may not be enjoying the success its manufacturer would like it to, but it's by no means an inherently bad phone. As we posited in our full review, the phone actually possesses a few neat tricks under the hood, and the specs are in line with some of 2014's most powerful flagships. The items held the phone back included the price tag and the lack of a tried-and-true ecosystem, and one of those things is fixed for today thanks to an Amazon Fire Phone UK deal. As part of a Daily Deal (meaning, you won't be able to get in on this discounted price after today ends in the ...

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    In recent years, Sony has had little trouble producing some of the most stellar smartphones we've ever seen, but it has constantly struggled to make the kind of profits it needs off of them. Despite attempts to reshuffle to shift the smartphone group's fortunes, it continues to not be such a great for Sony, with upper management now looking to remedy the losses with a rather concerning measure. Sony smartphone division layoffs numbering 1,000 will reportedly take effect soon. Nikkei reports that the 1,000 cuts will be made following the previous summer 2014 removal of 1,000 other ...

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    Companies everywhere are in the middle of sharing their latest financial figures, and in the past couple days we've already heard from major players like Apple and Microsoft. In recent years, Chinese smartphone manufacturers have been becoming a larger and larger force, with brands like Xiaomi rising to surprising prominence. A few weeks back we got an early look at Huawei's latest performance, thanks to an internal memo leaking to the press. Today, the company made those number official, confirming sales of 75 million smartphones over the course of the past year. That's just what that ...

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    Apple's in the midst of its latest earnings call for investors at the moment, and just announced some jaw-dropping iPhone sales leading to record quarterly profit; it's a good time to be Apple. But these sort of calls aren't just about looking back on what the company has done to date, and are also designed to give us a little insight into how the next quarter should fare for Apple stockholders. While we're probably still several months away from any new tablet hardware, not to mention a new iPhone, Apple Watch sales have been looming in the shadows since the hardware was first announced ...

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    Without doubt, Apple had one heck of a first quarter this year, having just posted the largest profit ever for any company. But that wasn't the only massive number milestone Apple has hit recently: Tim Cook, the company's chief executive, has revealed on the first quarter earnings call that Apple has sold one billion iOS devices as of November of last year. The lucky purchase was made in late November, and the handset that made the cut was a space grey 64GB iPhone 6 Plus (no word on which carrier it was). Cook said that the device is "saved here at Apple," which is slightly confusing, ...

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    Coming off the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2, Apple looked like it was going to have a pretty good quarter. The combination of fresh hardware and the holiday shopping season is a recipe for success, and analysts were hoping to see Apple sell some 65 to 70 million iPhones. As it happens, Apple did them one better, and iPhone sales of 74.5 million units helped lead the company to its highest revenue and profit ever. All told, Apple brought in some $74.6 billion in the quarter running through the end of December, with $18 billion of that representing ...

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    Motorola loves making smartphones, obviously, but more than that it might love putting those smartphones on sale. This time last year, it seemed like we were seeing deal after deal in an effort to get the Moto X into the hands of as many shoppers as possible – and in particular, we were getting word of a special Valentine’s Day promotion. For 2015, Motorola's back to its old habits, and this afternoon the company has revealed plans for a new round of Valentine’s Day sales, getting started next Monday. At 11am CT on Monday (that's noon Eastern, or 5pm GMT), you can snag a promo code ...

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    Going back several weeks now, we've been eagerly awaiting Apple to deliver iOS 8.1.3. Rumors suggested that the update might start heading out as early as two weeks ago, following word that Apple retail employees were helping out with some late-stage testing. But after the public release failed to materialize, we heard about an additional round of 8.1.3 betas, as Apple worked out the remaining kinks. Hopefully that fine-tuning has paid off, because it's finally time to flip the switch on iOS 8.1.3, with Apple getting mass distribution underway this afternoon. The download notification ...

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    Samsung is expected to try something a little different with the design of its flagship Galaxy S6 this year, but just how far away from its comfort zone will the manufacturer stray. Some rumors, like those of curving displays, are easy enough to believe, given the company’s history with models like the Note Edge. But others are little less easy to believe, venturing further out into the fringes of possibility. Today we face just such a report, talking about some interesting plans for interchangeable Galaxy S6 back panels, each delivering a new feature. Let's be clear from the get-go ...

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    If last week was all about leaked HTC One M9 pics, this week is becoming one where descriptions of the hardware reign supreme. We started things out yesterday with the controversial assertion that the pics of last week are little but decoy/prototype hardware, and that the commercial One M9 design will differ substantially from what we've been seeing. While we didn't have any new images to illustrate the rumors, a written account of some of those design elements gave us a general idea of what to expect. That continues today, as the same source contributes new details about HTC's plans for ...

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    Over the years, Twitter's been evolving from a blank 140-character slate to deliver users more and more features. It used to be that you had to manually shorten URLs, until Twitter automated the process. And you used to need third-party image hosts until Twitter started accepting uploads itself. With video, the situation's been a little more complicated, and while the company purchased Vine, that service has continued to exist more as a companion to Twitter itself. But now Twitter's finally ready to address video head-on, announcing integrated video capture and sharing tools for its mobile ...

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    Folks, this topic will either become subject to one of the most accurate reports and leaks of the year so far, or it will turn out to be the biggest smoke curtain/rumor fails of 2015. TL;DR: the next Samsung flagship will not pack Qualcomm's latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 810. There were a lot of Samsung Galaxy S6 Snapdragon 810 rumors going on lately, and this one claims that it will simply not happen because Samsung wants to compete, even in the SoC business, with the application processor-maker Qualcomm. According to the report, Samsung will favor its own, in-house, Exynos SoC, and ...

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    Weeks ago, an interesting new "superphone" crossed our news desk, claiming to put to shame competitors with a spec sheet that can only be described as stunning. At the time, it seemed as though it were a bit of a pipe dream, but when we went hands-on with it at CES 2015 we started warming up to the idea of the phone becoming a reality. Now that reality is almost here, with Saygus V2 pre-orders set to kick off soon. The details we've received directly from Saygus are a slight bit murky. Pre-registration for the V2 has begun, and that will continue until noon mountain time on Thursday ...

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    Usually, when a mobile device sale is made at a retailer, the device being bought has been officially announced. That's fairly common sense, you'd think, but it seems that around two months ago something oddly different happened. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S line of tablets has only come to Verizon Wireless in its 10.5-inch form factor, but eyebrows have been raised following a Verizon Galaxy Tab S 8.4 sale at a Verizon authorized retailer. What's particularly weird is that the tablet in question actually passed through the FCC last year, but it was never officially announced. AT&T carries ...

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    The latest from HTC is due in just a few weeks, which has resulted in a barrage of leaks from a bevy of different internet corners recently. It's possible the Taiwanese OEM might be throwing us entirely off-base with decoys, or it's possible we've hit the nail on the head again and again. But what we do know is that the leaks are incoming, and that's not about to change anytime soon. The most recent information we've gleaned about the upcoming One M9 (Hima, perhaps?) comes in the form of a Geekbench benchmark. An HTC phone we suspect is the flagship in question has been sent through the ...

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    Huawei has done a very good job over the last couple of years in building mindshare outside of China. We've seen the company launch a bevy of powerful smartphones last year, like the gigantic Ascend Mate 7, and we've been hearing that there are some bold plans in store for MWC 2015. So far Huawei has done a good job at keeping leakers quiet, but verbal news are still a thing it seems. New sources claim that Huawei is preparing to launch a compact version of its Ascend Mate 7. This device is rumored to sport a 5.5-inch display, which falls perfectly in line with the 6-inch Ascend Mate 7 (or ...

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    At CES this year, ASUS came ready to show off some very interesting new hardware, including both that 4GB RAM ZenFone 2 and the ZenFone Zoom with a camera capable of optical zoom. And while that left it with a solid handset showing, we didn't get to see the next chapter for its wearable offerings. Last year at IFA, the manufacturer introduced its Android Wear-powered ZenWatch, but for its follow-up it sounds like the company could be going in a very different direction: some recent comments from chairman Jonney Shih suggest ASUS might drop Google's wearable OS with the goal of improving ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    With all Microsoft had to show at last week's Windows 10 event – from HoloLens to Spartan, not to mention what the new OS will mean for the company's smartphones – there are plenty of good reasons to be excited for what Microsoft's doing next. But before we start focusing too much on the future, it's time for another round of looking back on past performance as Microsoft release its latest quarterly financial figures. The overall picture is a mixed bag, but the company does manage to score a few wins in mobile, especially with the help of the Surface Pro 3 and its Lumia phones. Last ...

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    We spend so much time talking about upcoming phone hardware, design choices, software, and launch plans, that it's easy to take something very simple (yet still very important) for granted: a phone's name. With companies that release flagships from the same families year after year, we can easily get comfortable and start making assumptions about how these devices will be branded – like how the next iPhone is more likely to be a 6s than a 7 – but that's rarely a sure thing. Today we're looking at new rumors about a couple models we've been talking about for a while now, and how their ...

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    We've all praised Microsoft for the death of Internet Explorer in part of the company's Windows 10 announcements. We haven't really seen Microsoft's Spartan browser compared to others, but the features shown off at the event were cool enough to have us excited. We all thought the browser would simply be named "Microsoft Spartan," but it seems that the company is already considering something more appealing to the past. New internal surveys being conducted are already throwing around a couple of possible names for the browser. We do hear that Microsoft is experimenting with a couple of ...

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