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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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    Three weeks ago, HTC got a head-start on IFA 2014 by announcing its Desire 510 mid-ranger, notable for its LTE support and use of a Snapdragon 410 SoC, making it one of the very first 64-bit capable Androids. Much earlier in the summer, though, we were already hearing whispers about the 510, and the notion that it might find a home on a US carrier – and Sprint, to be specific. Today we learn that those old rumors are coming true, with Sprint sharing plans to add the 510 to its lineup later this week. The Desire 510 hits Sprint this Friday for the quite affordable sticker price of just ...

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    Another day, another LG midranger – at least, that's what it feels like from over here. In just this year, the South Korean manufacturer has already released a bevy of phones such as the G3 Beat / G3 S, G3 Vista, G3 Stylus, L Fino, and L Bello, and with a few months still left in the year, it sure doesn't look like the company plans to cool the pace a tad. Today, the LG G3 Vigor is now official, a new midranger that plans to set up shop stateside. The phone has a 5-inch 720p IPS display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 2,540 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG's Optimus UI ...

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    With the arrival of new CEO Marcelo Claure, Sprint is looking to shake things up and grab itself customers. This is largely an uphill battle for the company though, and a difficult one at that – the company is frequently stereotyped as the carrier where you'll never have service. While that's pretty far from the truth these days, it is indeed a fact that Sprint is the least reliable major US carrier, so it has to counter that by enticing customers with sweet-looking plans. The latest new Sprint plan? Pay $50, get unlimited everything (with support for Spark LTE, too). But there's a bit ...

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    A couple weeks back we saw signs that the HTC One E8 – the plastic One M8 – was gearing-up to come to America, as Sprint posted a video to YouTube highlighting the smartphone. Problem was, there were no details about how or when sales might begin, and shortly thereafter Sprint pulled the video down. Did it get cold feet, or had that clip just gone live a little too early? Today we get our answers, with Sprint formally announcing the start of One E8 sales. When talking about this earlier, we speculated about what pricing might look like for the One E8, especially if Sprint wanted to ...

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    Last fall, Sony was talking about its global strategy for smartphones, and how it dreamed about working its way up through the ranks – not necessarily with lofty goals of dominating the industry, but maybe settling-in to a third-place spot, behind giants like Samsung and Apple. But in order to keep sales moving, the company decided to turn its attention away from certain markets it deemed just too competitive, including the US. In the time since, we've anxiously been checking out rumors that suggested Sony might be loosening-up on that stance, and while plenty of evidence seemed to point ...

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    When we take a look at any smartphone these days that's not a flagship, design isn't usually something that stands out as a selling point. That's why when Sprint and Sharp went official with the Aquos Crystal earlier today, we were quite impressed; one look at that top side with nearly zero bezel, and we were blown away that such a phone was even possible to manufacture. Because of this, we were naturally quite excited to take this smartphone for a spin in a Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on video. The Aquos Crystal itself is -- best put -- quite futuristic. It's the closest thing we've seen ...

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    Yesterday we picked up on a rumor that Sprint was about to welcome its first Sharp Aquos smartphone to its lineup, with word that the Aquos Crystal would be announced today. At least, Sprint was teasing a “take the edge off” announcement and the Aquos Crystal sports a blink-and-you-miss-it super-thin bezel. Connect the dots from this to a new partnership between Sharp and Sprint parent company Softbank, and it was all looking pretty plausible. Well, today Sprint has gone ahead and confirmed that interpretation, announcing plans to bring the Aquos Crystal to its own network, as well as ...

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