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    When it comes to cellular carrier competition in the US, it's far from an even playing field. We've got Verizon and AT&T so far out in the lead that they've got well over twice as many subscribers as their closest competition. Then there's T-Mobile and Sprint fighting it out for third and fourth place, and while sometimes we like to talk about a “top five,” bringing US Cellular into the mix, that carrier's an order of magnitude smaller. That T-Mobile/Sprint balance has been showing the greatest likelihood of a shift, and while Sprint's been in third to T-Mobile's fourth, stagnant ...

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    We were so optimistic when we LG first revealed the G Flex 2 at CES last month; on first impression it looked like the manufacturer had done much to address some of the shortcomings of the first-gen model. But after spending some time with the Android smartphone, serious chinks in the armor began to show, and unavoidable issues with lag took a big chunk out of our enthusiasm. As we mentioned in our review of the phone, there's hope that LG will resolve some of those software issues in time for the US release; so when will that be? We've got our first confirmation of a date, as Sprint ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop updates first started showing up for LG G3 handsets in the US just about one week ago, as AT&T got the ball rolling for its subscribers. Who would be next? While we hadn't heard anything official from the other big carriers, a leak out of Sprint a few days prior had managed to offer a tentative date: February 16. That document was clear that this wasn't set in stone, and Sprint might end up rescheduling things, but it at least gave us a starting point. With February 16 now upon us, it's clear that Sprint didn't have to change its plans after all, and Lollipop for ...

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    Have you ever unlocked a smartphone so that you could drop in a new SIM and take it to another carrier? Maybe some else has a better deal, or you're traveling internationally and want to make sure you're taking advantage of the cheapest local rates. Whatever your reason, removing a phone's carrier lock is something that plenty of smartphone users find themselves interested in. And while you might have a general idea of under what circumstances your carrier will unlock your phone for you, do you know what to expect if you went with a different network? What about if you wanted to unlock a ...

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    Who's the best provider to be on in the United States if you're interested in timely access to Android updates? Sure, the manufacturer in question matters just as much as which carrier you're on, but this afternoon there seems to be one clear winner for scoring the latest Android Lollipop updates for big-name flagship phones: following word that the HTC One M7 is about to make its Lollipop debut with Sprint tomorrow, confirmation has arrived that another high-profile Android model will similarly be making the journey to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as Samsung reveals plans to release a Lollipop ...

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    Well this is an unexpected treat: late last week, HTC fessed-up to missing its own 90-day promise on getting Lollipop updates out for the HTC One M7 and M8. We had already seen solid progress on bringing Lollipop to the One M8 in nations around the world, but the US was still waiting. For the One M7, the situation looked far worse, with little outward evidence of progress towards a public release. So while we were optimistic that the One M8 might complete its Lollipop roll-out soon, we were resigned to waiting a bit longer for the M7's update. So imagine our surprise with HTC's Mo Versi ...

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    The tide is changing in the US smartphone market. Competition between carriers is heating up, and major shifts in how we pay for phones and service are already underway. If you bought a new phone recently, there's a solid chance that instead of taking advantage of a carrier subsidy, you either bought the handset outright or directly financed it through a payment plan. And with so many players offering to pay their competitors' early termination fees in order to snag new customers, you have to think up with something pretty compelling to keep subscribers for the long haul. Last fall, Sprint ...

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    Yesterday, one very old rumor found itself back in the spotlight, as talk of Google getting into the cellular service game for itself picked up new momentum from a report detailing the company's efforts to act as an MVNO by reselling access through Sprint and T-Mobile. It's a quite interesting idea, even if the impact it might have on the market is largely dependent on details like pricing and availability that are still very much unknown. But would anything actually come of the rumor this time, or would it be like all those times before, where nothing concrete ended up happening? Neither ...

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    Google's interests continue to grow year after year: from search, to phones, to self-driving cars, to fiber optic internet. On the phone side, Google already runs development of its operating system, sells its own brand of Android hardware, and publishes its own apps – really, all that's left for it to become a one-stop-smartphone-stop is delivering the wireless connectivity phones need to get online. We've heard rumors about the company expanding into the carrier space for some time now, with the most recent round surfacing last spring amidst claims that Google might launch an MVNO that ...

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    Nokia launched the affordable Lumia 635 all the way back in April (making this a proper Nokia Lumia, before Microsoft transitioned the family over to its own branding), and in the months since, we've seen the phone come to more and more carriers. Over the summer, networks like T-Mobile and AT&T got their hands on the phone, and back in December we got word of the phone finding some new homes: Boost and Virgin now sell the phone for their no-contract plans, and we heard that Sprint would eventually be picking it up for regular postpaid plans. Today's the day that finally happens, as ...

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    Looking back on our CES coverage from last week, we were struck by how small a role tablets ended up playing in the devices we managed to see. That's not saying that tablets weren't present, but with no big launches from Sony, Samsung, or some of the other companies whose tablet families we've come to expect new models from, it sure felt like a more meager-than-we'd-like showing. But more tablets may be on the menu very soon, and with MWC coming up in just a few weeks, we're wondering how many new ones we might hope to be introduced to there. Today, our thoughts turn to the idea of some ...

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    That HTC Hima, with some slightly-more-detailed specs that just leaked, sure is sounding like the HTC smartphone to beat early next year. And while it may have the flagship space locked-down, there's plenty of room in the manufacturer's lineup for some new mid-rangers to help add some flesh blood to the Desire family. We may have an early look at how one such model will come together, as a new rumor attempts to describe HTC's model A12. In contrast to the full-HD, Snapdragon-810-powered Hima, the A12 would arrive with a 4.7-inch HD screen (so, 720p, we assume) and with a Snapdragon 410 at ...

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    By this point, most currently-supported Nexus devices have seen the release of Android 5.0.1 for their hardware. Google was quick to send out OTA updates for its WiFi tablets, and last week we started seeing the arrival of updates for phones like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. While all that was great, we were a little curious about what wasn't emerging: a corresponding update for the Nexus 5. Not only had an OTA not been spotted, but Google hadn't even added the 5.0.1 release to its repository of the Nexus 5's factory images. What gives? Google's still remaining quiet on the issue, but a ...

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    It's been a while since we last heard of Sprint's HTC 8XT Windows Phone -- when it was "demoted" to "basic phone" status -- let alone since we reviewed it and concluded it is/was a "midrange phone in flagship clothing". That being said, there are a lot of things to like about the phone, and some which we didn't necessarily got excited over. One of the things HTC 8XT owners did definitely not like about the device was the fact that it was still stuck on Windows Phone 8, with which it shipped out of the box. According to HTC's Twitter account, the Sprint HTC 8XT Windows Phone 8.1 update ...

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    Carriers continue to raise the stakes as they jostle for our mobile dollar, all trying to make themselves look like the most attractive option around. This desire is what fuels things like device exclusivity, as well as drives some of the very assertive ways they've gone after each other's users. Recently, that's taken the form of offers to pay-off your early termination fees when switching carriers, but that may be only the tip of the iceberg. Now Sprint's got a new promotion that seeks to not only pay your ETF when jumping ship from some of its competition, but also cut your bill in half ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    This year, more major carriers than ever before are interested in the latest Nexus smartphone, with all the big players here in the US either already selling or soon planning to welcome the Nexus 6. And while that's great for the phone's exposure, the way these sales have been happening is a little unusual. While most handsets that sell full-price in the mid-$600 range (like the Nexus 6 does) see on-contract pricing of about $200, the Nexus 6 has been attracting the kind of premium pricing normally seen with more expensive devices: AT&T asked $250 for the phone, while Sprint wanted ...

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    Samsung's newest Gear is also its most ambitious. The Gear S smartwatch packs a curved two-inch display, IP67 ingress protection, and a custom Tizen UI into a cuff-like wristband that weighs in at a surprisingly airy 66g. Oh, and it packs cellular and WiFi connectivity along with the usual Bluetooth. That last important detail makes the Gear S more than just your typical smartwatch. As we discovered during our first hands-on at IFA 2014, the Gear S is capable of fully independent operation, smartphone or no. Sure, you still need a smartphone to set it up –and a Samsung one at that– ...

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    Sorry, Google: you weren't first to the Android update race with your Nexus devices this year. But surely, even if Google wasn't the leader out of the gate, those Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for Nexus phones and tablets must be nearly ready to go by now, right? Last week we heard a rumor that Google's Nexus update plans had hit an unexpected delay, but that they'd be getting started soon, with today, November 12, mentioned as a possible release date. We've yet to get confirmation of updates hitting actual phones, but Sprint sure thinks that one's about to arrive for the Nexus 5, updating ...

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    Last month we saw Samsung get the ball rolling on sales for its eye-catching Galaxy Note Edge with that wrap-around display. Carriers in Japan started making the phablet available to their customers, and as those lucky shoppers managed to get their hands on the Edge for the first time, we found ourselves wondering when the heck we'd finally get the scoop on the phone's release in the US. After all, while all the big carriers in the States were quick to proclaim their plans to sell the Note Edge nearly as soon as it launched, they've been largely quite about specifics... until now. We ...

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    Ever since the HTC Desire EYE landed a couple weeks ago, we're sure at least some One M8 owners have seethed with envy after seeing us go hands-on with the nifty camera tricks the phone boasts. Well, fret not, as a fresh Sprint HTC One M8 EYE Experience update is now rolling out to owners of both the regular and Harman/Kardon edition One M8s on Sprint. For a good look at what the update will bring to your phone, we urge you to give our Desire EYE hands-on a good look – the software is covered extensively by Michael Fisher in that video – but we'll give you the gist of it in written ...

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    What does “soon” mean in the smartphone world? When you hear that a hot new phone is hitting the carrier of your choice “soon,” are you anticipating it to land maybe in the next couple weeks? Possibly next month? Back in August, we saw the debut of the shockingly compelling Sharp Aquos Crystal, an Android handset with a bezel around its screen so narrow it's essentially not even there. And word that this phone would arrive for the crazy low price of $240 with no contractual obligation sounded almost too good to be true. We were told it was coming soon to Sprint... and then August ...

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    Regular users of Google Voice won't hesitate to tell you that the service is ten kinds of awesome, letting them juggle multiple devices while only distributing a single phone number to friends, family, and business contacts. If you're using it for calls or text messages, everything tends to work just fine, but when we start bringing pictures into the mix, a lot of users hit a brick wall. Problem is, Voice support for MMS has been extremely limited, and while we saw Sprint pick it up three years ago, other carriers haven't followed in its tracks... until now, that is. This week, Google has ...

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    Samsung's newest smartwatch is a bit different than the previous Gear models, in that it can function as a standalone device rather than just a smartphone companion. That's why it's important that mobile network operators decide to carry the watch, and Samsung has definitely made availability a priority with this Samsung Gear S US release. The wearable is headed to the US this fall for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. First of all, we went hands-on with the device when we were in Berlin for IFA 2014, so be sure to check out our video of the Gear S if you're considering making a ...

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    Right now, if you want to place an order for the new Moto X, you can do so through the Moto Maker, getting the phone on-contract with AT&T or going for the unlocked GSM edition, which also supports T-Mobile. And we know that Verizon's going to be offering the phone too, even if its own pre-orders have yet to begin. Last year, with the first Moto X, shoppers had their pick of carriers, with Sprint, US Cellular, and Republic Wireless rounding-out the offerings. We might have assumed that we'd eventually see the Moto X enjoy similarly broad carrier support, but that may not be the case ...

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