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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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    What happens when a Japanese carrier buys a US carrier? Well, at the moment, nothing has really happened, but wouldn't it be cool if this would mean that some hot Japanese phones will make it to the US earlier on that carrier than any other? We have nothing official to claim that there will be any of this collaboration between SoftBank and Sprint, but a little puzzle could point to that possibility. Sprint's event tomorrow teased the phrase "take the edge off," and showed a lot of crystals all around the invite. If you match that with the recent announcement of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and ...

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    Following the release of a flagship smartphone, we're all too used to seeing a manufacturer release a number of spin-offs that have a bad habit of failing to live up to their potential - “mini” phones that make too many compromises when it comes to specs, and such. That's what made HTC's launch of the One E8 a couple months back so interesting: sure, it lost the One M8's metal, trading that in for a plastic body, but it still performed just like its namesake, and even switching materials, kept the same general design. Really, the biggest limiting factors for the One E8, at least so ...

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    Confused about all the LG G3 family members out there? We don't blame you. Between the flagship itself, the Snapdragon 805 version, the G3 Beat, the G3 Stylus, and that new G3 A that came out of nowhere, it's all a lot to wrap your head around. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like LG's lineup is about to start embracing minimalism any time soon, as we pick up word today that not only may the G3 Beat be coming to a carrier in the US, but that it could get a new name as it does so. The G3 Beat, as you may recall, is a much more restrained device than the bleeding-edge G3, featuring a ...

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    There was a time, here in the States, when each wireless carrier boasted its own variant of almost every flagship Android smartphone. Verizon had its DROID line, Sprint pushed the Evo series, AT&T thought up names like "Galaxy S II Skyrocket" and the pre-Legere T-Mobile USA ... well, it basically took whatever manufacturers decided to give it. This was the time of ridiculous customization for customization's sake, of top-tier devices segregated by features and design at the fickle whim of carriers, of ridiculous brand names like the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. Those ...

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    When buying a new smartphone, what makes us choose one carrier over another? Device selection? Sure, but let's consider a phone like the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 that's broadly available on different networks. What then? Maybe you're already locked-in to service with one carrier, or maybe one has plans that are really attractive. Maybe you live someplace where reception is spotty, and some carriers have better coverage than others. But one thing we rarely consider when making these types of decisions is battery life. Perhaps we should, though, as one study points out how consistently longer ...

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    Remember that AT&T Galaxy S5 Active we inadvertently destroyed a few weeks back? We felt pretty badly about that (despite the fact that it wasn't our fault) and we've been itching to give the whole notion of a ruggedized Galaxy S5 another go. As luck would have it, Sprint recently landed its very own beefed-up Galaxy S5 in the form of the Galaxy S5 Sport, and the carrier was nice enough to shoot us a review unit. Instead of camouflage, our Electric Blue review device comes packing a rubberized backside and a whole boatload of bloat meant to make it more attractive to the exercise ...

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