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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    Although it probably doesn’t come with an embedded SIM just yet on American shores, Samsung’s most fashionable smartwatch to date should make a few waves among Verizon and AT&T customers, thanks mainly to its standalone cellular support. Unfortunately, we’re only talking 3G connectivity here, not full-blown 4G LTE speeds, which may put off some performance junkies. But the surprisingly good news is Ma Bell appears to charge just $250 for the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G with two-year contracts, while the outright price sits at $350 through the nation’s second largest carrier. As ...

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    5G is all the darn rage these days. Three of the US's top-tier carriers have committed to developing the technology including Verizon. The company took the time at MWC to promote its efforts in collaboration with Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to develop and test every aspect of its 5G standard with regards to speed, latency and scale. Some goals include bringing gigabit wireless broadband to homes, high-traffic concentrations and commercial purposes like telemedicine and mobile blueprinting. Testing is expected to expand over the course of the year. Verizon expects that it ...

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    "Moto by Lenovo" just rolls off the tongue, right? After Motorola Mobility COO Rick Osterloh said that the Motorola device branding would give way to Moto by Lenovo, the media (us included) went into a frenzy — as if the word "Motorola" was to soon vanish from our vocabularies. The lead engineer on the first cellular telephone at Motorola, Martin Cooper, stated to Pocketnow that: It is a sad historical event when the company that created so much modern technology, including the cell phone, will no longer have a consumer presence. The reaction machine had overblown the move like an ...

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    Mobile World Congress may be an international event, but when we're talking about big-name Android flagships, you'd better believe that the major US carriers are taking interest in these new phones, no matter where they're announced. LG just took to the stage in Barcelona to get the expo started with its first headliner launch, introducing the metal, modular G5. We've already gone hands-on with the smartphone, its accessories, and even had the chance to compare it with last year's V10. As we get ready to take a more in-depth look at the G5, we're already hearing reports of US carrier ...

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    Too little and too late. Motorola's David Schuster announced on his Google+ page that announced software upgrades for Verizon's DROID Ultra, DROID Mini and DROID Maxx have been cancelled. So, instead of Android Lollipop, they will stay on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Droid Mini started on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean while the Ultra and Maxx debuted with 4.2.2. Schuster was in full apology mode. We apologize that we will not be upgrading DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx to Android Lollipop, as we had hoped. We know how important software upgrades are to our customers, and we're very sorry that we are unable ...

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    They will happen starting this year, just don't expect to hear much from T-Mobile about it. CTO Neville Ray said "we'll be right there with [the competition] or ahead" when the very earliest consumer 5G access for any US carrier is expected for 2020. Instead of talking deep about technology that AT&T and Verizon both pledged to start testing this year, believes that Verizon is "trying to change the story." After all, the company has been trying to get Big Red to "ballogize." "Nothing they are doing is proprietary or unique," Ray said. The "Un-carrier" just reported annual postpaid ...

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    America’s number one wireless service provider (at least by subscriber count) has been as slow as always to roll out updates to the newest Android iteration for its best phones, but out of nowhere, a genuine Marshmallow downpour seems to have just started on Verizon. The Big Red-locked HTC One M9 led the way with a manufacturer announcement late last week, and is now reportedly receiving OTA 6.0 goodies, while the LG G3 and LG G4 should join the party any minute. All three devices have their specific bundles of joy detailed on the carrier’s support portal, so clearly, we’re looking ...

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    It’s a great time to buy a new high-end Android handheld or iPhone and activate it on America’s second largest wireless service provider, despite the wave of spring launches needing a few more days to get started. You have a couple of days to decide if it’s worth ditching your carrier for AT&T too, but it feels like a no-brainer when you’re offered up to $650 with eligible smartphone trade-ins, plus a free Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6s upon the purchase of an identical or pricier model. Wait, so the two deals can be combined? You bet, and you’re not even required to plunk ...

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    On the Marshmallow watch once again. This time, it's a race for second. As much as we beat the dead horse about Sprint's recent sprint for software updates with the HTC One M9, One M8 and the LG G4, it's still important to catch where the competition lines up. People in general would rather kick the can on pressing the "Update" button, but many inside our circles don't like to wait — in which case, they get an unlocked version of the phone, but that's besides the point. Happy Friday! Good news for T-Mobile HTC One (M9) owners! We've received technical approval on Marshmallow, with the ...

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    The first DROID Turbo was made by Motorola and carried as a exclusive series by Verizon. It took seven-plus months for the phone to get the upgrade from Android KitKat to Lollipop. The DROID Turbo 2, forged from the same partnership, was released just before November. Take this as a good sign, but not a full stop. After a lengthy and staggered test period, Verizon is finally passing through an Android Marshmallow update — typical features like Now on Tap, volume controls and also changes to Moto Assist and Moto Actions — for the DROID Turbo 2, currently on version 5.1. Three ...

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    The Apple beta machine is hard at work cranking out new releases, and just like clockwork going back the past month now, every two weeks we've been seeing the distribution of a new iOS 9.3 beta. The company's still not quite to the point where it's ready for the big 9.3 public release, but today we see it get one step closer with the release of iOS 9.3 beta 3, landing alongside tvOS 9.2 beta 3 and watchOS 2.2 beta 3. So, what's new? Well, Night Shift has been a key component of iOS 9.3 betas so far, and this time is no exception. Apple continues to tweak the interface users will interact ...

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    The biggest football game of the year was probably a little less hotly contested than neutral fans may have wished for, but the publicity wars were as fierce as ever, with millions of dollars spent by companies as diverse as Audi, Budweiser, Buick, Coca Cola, Hyundai, LG, Pantene, Pepsi, Snickers, and T-Mobile on special effects, fancy sets, and especially celebrity cameos. It’s obviously hard to pick just one overall advertising winner, but when it comes to your wireless service providers, T-Mobile unsurprisingly prevailed once again. Granted, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contained ...

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    Net neutrality may be the law of the land, but carriers aren't about to sit idly by and treat all content as equal while there's money to be made by doing the opposite. So while paid prioritization may be out the window so long as the FCC is getting its way, carriers have been quick to come at things from another direction, championing the rise of “zero-rated” data schemes that allow content providers to get their media to users without those viewers having to use their expensive mobile data allotment in the process. Last year we heard that Verizon was looking into doing just that with ...

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    Exactly what makes Verizon the number one wireless service provider stateside nowadays? 4G LTE speeds? Not according to OpenSignal’s recent, comprehensive and independent market report. Coverage? Perhaps, but even in that department, T-Mobile is progressing at a remarkable pace. Low device prices are generally out of the question at Big Red, not to mention network support for phones sold unlocked directly by their manufacturers. Meanwhile, unlimited data remains a utopian dream for the over 137 million subscribers of the US-leading operator. Once again therefore, why would anyone choose ...

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    Mere weeks after busting Verizon’s balls and accusing it of using incomplete data and biased analysis to claim its network was better at everything from coverage to download speed, T-Mobile prevails in an exhaustive comparison of America’s big four carriers put together by OpenSignal. The seemingly independent company collected over 376 million datapoints from close to 182,000 users between October and December 2015, recording normal 3G and 4G consumption habits in normal usage, both indoors and out, in big cities and the countryside. Thus, OpenSignal states, its measurements represent ...

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    Forget Samsung and Apple’s seemingly never-ending publicity war, as America’s “big four” carriers take combat by mocking rivals to the next level. As per usual, T-Mobile doesn’t give two hoots about proper advertising etiquette, going straight for Verizon’s jugular in relation to a Big Red commercial the “UnCarrier” feels was deceptive. In it, VZW used tiny colored balls to illustrate the huge gap between the nation-leading network and all three competitors in everything from data, calls, speed and reliability. However, according to T-Mo, the “independent” study cited ...

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    Nobody likes living under the pressure of constantly looming restrictions, and that's especially true when it comes to our mobile data. Maybe you'd love to stream a little HD video on the train home from work, but with your monthly usage already pushing dangerously close to your data cap, you resentfully settle for another few rounds of Candy Crush – no good at all. It used to be that unlimited data plans were relatively easy to come by, but it wasn't long before carriers started second-guessing themselves on just how much profit they stood to make from such offerings, and swiftly killed ...

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    Buying new gear around Valentine’s Day can be a very treacherous affair, as you don’t want to make your better half jealous, but you may also not want to spend a fortune on smartphones for both of you. Luckily, Verizon has cash-strapped lovers covered this year, proposing you “mix and match the Droid Turbo 2 and Maxx 2” for a cool 50 percent discount on any of the two devices. Not both, mind you, as you’ll still need to pay full retail for one of the big-battery handhelds. If you’re willing to cough up $624 on the Turbo 2, you can then choose to drop an additional $312 on a ...

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    So much of the conversation surrounding the movement for net neutrality has focused on the idea of preventing the ascension of a two-tiered internet system: a “good” internet for players willing to pay up, and a second-rate internet for everyone else. So it's no surprise that as more and more mobile providers strike deals with content providers that promise to bring users free (or not counting against monthly data allowances) access to their services, federal regulators have been taking note. The FCC has been meeting with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile over the issue, and while we ...

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    Smartphone shoppers looking for a phone that stand up to more than a little abuse have plenty of options: they can shop for a model like the Galaxy S6 Active that builds its protection right into the phone's body, or they can always outfit a slightly more fragile handset with a heavy-duty protective case. And for as many of us that turn to that latter configuration, a purpose-built rugged phone still sounds pretty appealing, and maybe the biggest problem there is a lack of selection. Over on Verizon, users already have the impact-resistant Droid Turbo 2, and now they're getting another ...

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    Although LG technically killed the Optimus brand a long time ago, Verizon seems to reckon the name is still worth something to a cash-strapped American audience, charging $70 for the just-released LG Optimus Zone 3. That’s $70 off-contract, obviously, with no catches or strings attached, aside from mandatory activation on a prepaid plan setting you back at least an additional $30 a month. While very rich and diverse, Big Red’s prepaid roster doesn’t feature another device available as cheap as the Zone 3, even the modest second-gen Moto E fetching $80. It therefore goes without ...

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    Motorola and Verizon claim a smartphone display cracks every 2 seconds somewhere in the gadget-dominated world, and around 37 percent of all mobile users have damaged their screens at some point in history. If you’re among the hundreds of millions of people afflicted by this plague, you already know how expensive a cure can get if the glass wounds aren’t covered by your standard warranties, oftentimes prompting premature “upgrades.” Of course, you’re always free to add special device protection to your wireless plan stateside, but generally, you have to decide shortly after your ...

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    The second-generation Motorola Moto X was a measly year old when Android’s 6.0 iteration started making its way to Nexus devices, and considering the close relationship between Google and the now Lenovo-owned company until not long ago, we were certain an official update was brewing. While that’s obviously the case for the unlocked, “Pure” edition, both Verizon and AT&T-branded models are unexpectedly left in the lurch. Clearly, the blame must be shared by the phone manufacturer and the two US-leading carriers, but something tells us the latter’s drawn-out, often unneeded ...

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    Cellular networks have kept up with some of the smartwatch releases out there, especially the cell-connected variants. It went for the Gear S, the Gear S2 and what was to be the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE ... "was to be" was all it was, though. So, what does Verizon think it's doing selling Bluetooth-only smartwatches? Maybe its product philosophy now includes getting its subscribers fit without XLTE. Verizon announced that it'll be helping to "make those New Year's resolutions a reality" by adding two new fitness products to its inventory. The Moto 360 Sport is a little smartwatch ...

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