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    The Sprint HTC 8XT is a "midrange phone in flagship clothing"; that's the tagline of our full review, but even as a midrange, it is a smartphone by definition, running on Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform. Sprint apparently doesn't agree with that assessment and has demoted the HTC 8XT, as seen in the image above. Placed under "basic phones", right next to a Samsung, three Kyocera, and an LG device, the Sprint HTC 8XT is undoubtedly the highest end among them, when it comes to the user experience. Is this Sprint's way of saying "nobody buys this phone" or is the Now Network trying, ...

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    As the leak suggested last month, owners of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 on Sprint's network were able to install the latest official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on their phones starting February 13. Additionally, Note 3 owners on the Now Network joined the KitKat party on February 20, but now the carrier is publishing further details regarding Samsung phones and the 4.4.2 refresh. If you have a Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Mega, or a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, you shouldn't worry, because Sprint is planning on updating these devices as well. While there is no  estimate of when ...

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    Back in December, a rumor started going around that following AT&T's aborted effort to acquire T-Mobile, Sprint was now interested in taking a shot at the carrier, and we might some day see a combined Sprint/T-Mobile emerge with a network and user base large enough to compete on the same level as AT&T and Verizon. We've heard critical assessments both applauding and decrying the idea, but regardless of how anyone feels about the proposed merger, we've been anxious to get some official word on whether or not it might actually be moving forward. This afternoon, we get an update that ...

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    LTE is the best thing since sliced bread. I doubt you'll find anyone to argue that point. Latency on an LTE network is generally low, while speeds on an LTE network are typically fast. Pretty much the only problem with LTE is its "newness", which translates into the service not being available as widely as many of us would like. When I abandoned Windows Mobile for Android, I picked up the T-Mobile G1 -- the very first commercially available Android-powered smartphone. I was about a year late joining the Android party. Why? T-Mobile wouldn't sell it to me! I know, that sounds crazy, but ...

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    Net neutrality. If you've been a responsible Internet user in the last few months, you're familiar with the term and what it means for us, the paying subscribers. For those unaware, it's the movement (or set of rules, rather) that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all online activity equally. In other words, you pay your fees, and you have unadulterated access to the Internet, regardless of the sites you visit, the services you use, etc. Last month, a federal appeals court shot down the FCC's net neutrality rules, and that opened the door for a Wild West Internet, where the ...

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    So much of our Tizen coverage is focused on Samsung that's it's easy to forget that this is not some one-man show. Up front, we've got Samsung and Intel in the lead, but there are a number of other companies involved as members and partners of the Tizen Association. Those include OEMs like Huawei, as well as carriers and software firms. This week, a whole bunch of new names join the effort, including a couple you should recognize. Out of the 15 new Tizen Association members, the most interesting may be ZTE. Along with Huawei, it represents one of the more prominent OEMs to get involved ...

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    Last week, we saw the first Android 4.4 KitKat updates start heading out to owners of the Galaxy S 4. With international distribution underway, out thoughts turned to what the situation might end up looking like for North American GS4 owners; would the carriers drag their feet, or would our own GS4 KitKat updates be swift to arrive? We heard from Rogers in Canada that the update was “coming soon” but today we finally see a carrier attach a hard ETA to things, thanks to a new leak out of Sprint. As you can clearly see below, Sprint seems to be anticipating that the Android 4.4 update ...

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    Just when it really felt like we were getting a handle on everything Samsung was up to with the Galaxy S 5, especially with that leak of some specs-laden packaging arriving overnight, it would only figure that something new would have to show up to throw a spanner in the works; a User Agent Profile document that appears to describe Sprint's GS5 variant has been uncovered at the carrier’s site, and it leaves us with more questions than answers. Let's back up for a moment. It's been looking like we could see two versions of the GS5, a premium and a standard. Benchmarks were making it ...

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    As we prepare to say goodbye to the "Google-ified" Motorola we'd only just gotten to know, it bears remembering that the brand hasn't been issued a death warrant. Motorola under Lenovo may well flourish, after all, so it's premature to start planning the funeral. Still, two ownership changes in two years is a lot for any company, and from the inevitable brain drain of personnel losses to the unpredictable nature of marketing machinations, the future of the Motorola brand is anything but certain. So we thought it'd be nice, at this crossroads in Motorola's history, to take a look back at ...

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    Mere hours ago we told you about the unexpected availability of HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Canada, despite HTC's apology earlier this week that it wouldn't be able to deliver the software in the US and Canada within the 90 day window it had set out to. The company won points for being open about its failings, and it's not like the update was supposed to take that much longer to arrive. Earlier this evening, when we got word of that Canadian release, we wondered if any of the US carriers might follow suit with some unexpectedly early availability of their own. As if it was ...

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    We're well used to seeing smartphone retailers offer discounts on their wares, but all too often those savings come with significant restraints: maybe only certain models are covered, or only those form specific manufacturers, and we're often talking about some narrow time window during which you can take advantage of the deal. Yesterday Best Buy revealed a new promotion that isn't without its own limitations, but the generally wide-open structure of it, with comparatively few restriction, has us thinking it's worth sharing with you. Here's how it works: if you're currently an AT&T, ...

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    Last week's uncertain series of leaks revealing a red Nexus 5 took a welcome turn on Monday, with a number of new images showing up and subsequently alleviating much of our doubt surrounding this model. But even if the red Nexus 5 was indeed real, just how might we see it arrive? Would it get limited availability, maybe as some sort of Valentine's promotion? We're still a few answers away from having a complete story, but today we get a valuable new piece of the puzzle, thanks to a leak out of Sprint. As you can see in the screenshot below, an internal Sprint communication is informing ...

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    Ever since the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c we've seen every US carrier fight a hard battle in offering the best deals possible to gain new iPhone customers. From gift cards, to discounts, to additional incentives, we've seen aggressive things can get. Still, if you thought the holiday discounts were good, there's a new one that's just unbeatable. Virgin Mobile has just announced that it's slashing the unsubsidized price of the 16GB iPhone 5s to $459.99, which is down from the usual $649.99 that you'll see everywhere else. In the case of the 16GB iPhone 5c this is even sweeter at ...

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    Mid-February is what some European carriers, like SFR from France, predict when it comes to the official Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One. While unlocked versions might receive the refresh earlier --and there are already reports of it being sent out-- American carrier flavors will not lag that much behind. According to the latest official information from HTC, the 4.4 update has been sent to carriers and is currently undergoing testing and certification stages. Those rocking an HTC One on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, should expect, according to the manufacturer, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Sprint pre-orders for the LG G Flex that many have waited for, aside from the announcement of a limited-edition LG G2 in red and gold. We later talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and what the company is doing to improve its hovering sensitivity. Sony follows the news as we already have rumors of the Sony Xperia Z2. Microsoft's Cortana is next as reports have a Halo character's voice being what will power the service. We end today's show by talking about Microsoft and how it is currently disputing rumors of buying-off OEMs to adopt Windows ...

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    It may not be for everyone, but the curved-screen LG G Flex emerged as a surprising late-year favorite for us, and after some leaked renders pointed to interest form US carriers, we've been anxious to learn how the smartphone would come to the US. Last week at the CES, LG confirmed what those renders suggested, announcing that Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T would all be picking up the G Flex, and that one or more of them would begin sales sometime this quarter; all we didn't have were the specifics. Today those start arriving, as Sprint lays-out its plans for the start of G Flex sales. ...

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    Our focus on LG smartphones feels like it's been dominated by the G Flex for the past few months, but that's not the only one of the company's models people have been talking about. While there's been little in the way of hard information, rumors have suggested that LG has been developing a follow-up to last year's Optimus G Pro (and something a little better than the GX, hopefully), a presumptive G Pro 2. Now a handful of new LG model numbers have turned up from benchmark and regulatory sources, and one of them just might be this G Pro 2. We see mention of the LG LS740, D410, D320, MS323, ...

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    It's been clear that T-Mobile was planning to make with the details behind the next phase of its Uncarrier transformation today at the CES for a while now. Last month, we heard about this plan to offer subscribers to competing networks compensation for their early termination fees should they switch to T-Mobile, supposedly worth up to $350. Then early this morning we saw a leaked T-Mobile ad that seemed to confirm the news, while adding the note that it would only apply to users transition from the three big carriers, and was limited to five lines. This afternoon, T-Mobile has finally ...

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    Our focus with CES coverage so far has mainly been on the hardware we've seen, but that's only one segment of the news that's been pouring in. We've also been hearing a lot from the carriers about new deals; first there was AT&T late last week and its offer to pay users as much as $450 to switch over; that was followed by a leak of a similar offer from T-Mobile today (with expectations that it will go official at the carrier's press event in a few hours). However, it's not ETFs that Sprint has on its mind with its own new announcement, revealing an interesting (if not oddly named) ...

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    Even though T-Mobile isn't doing a great job in gaining new customers through the quality of their network, we can't deny that the company is definitely trying to gain some recognition with their ads and strategies against competition. John Legere is already popular for his UnCarrier 4.0 strategy, along with his demeanor during events, and even in how dramatically he gets kicked out of AT&T parties, but now he's also becoming popular for how he plans to steal customers from his competitors. New leaks show a T-Mobile ad that might land on the Internet very soon, and the ad speaks for ...

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    LG is one of those companies that bring a whole boatload of products to CES. That's because the show's more general-purpose electronics focus allows the company to show off a whole lot more than just mobile tech: TVs, refrigerators, audio equipment, washers, and dryers – LG has it all. While that means that a fair bit of its CES keynote strayed a little away from the sort of products we tend to cover, we did get to check out a few treats, like that fitness tracker that leaked the other day. We had heard that LG could be working on a number of wearables, and sure enough, it's confirmed ...

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    In these United States there are essentially two carriers that offer "unlimited everything": Sprint and T-Mobile. Both have advantages over each other, as well as the other major players in the cellular "game". Then again, they both have some fairly obvious disadvantages as well. After a failed bid by AT&T just a few short years ago, is another merger even possible? Could the advantages of both Sprint and T-Mobile somehow cancel out the disadvantages of the other? Here's why a Sprint T-Mobile merger just might make sense. Buyouts Way back in 2011, AT&T decided to buy T-Mobile, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's 12 days of gifts, and how you can take advantage today. Windows Phone 8.1 is next as we discuss the old rumors of Notification Center and Cortana making it to the OS. We then shift the spotlight to the LG G Flex, as reports have it that Sprint will be the first US carrier to bring it. Then we talk about the wooden Moto X, and when we could expect it. We end today's show focusing on Samsung because of the Android 4.4.2 update to the Google Edition Galaxy S 4, and later the rumors of an Iris Scanner and 2k display coming to the Galaxy S ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Round turned out to be more of a "proof of concept" device, with limited availability. Then the LG G Flex was announced, this time, with the right curvature -- but it all comes down to personal preference after all -- and we've heard news back last month that the phone is expected to be on the line-up of most US carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. On that very same note, you can see above an alleged press render of the LG G Flex for Sprint, courtesy of @evleaks. The model number is said to be LS995, and we've already seen the phone drop by at the FCC. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Skype for Android tablets, and how this will enhance your experience on video calls. We then go through a recent design revision to the Google Nexus 5, and what this means to new Nexus 5 customers. Sprint is next as we go through the rumors of a possible merger with T-Mobile next year. Apple follows as the company might adopt wireless charging in the future iWatch we're still waiting for. We end today's show talking about Samsung's recent move to merger its mobile device and digital imaging divisions together. All this and more after ...

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