T-Mobile partners with Major League Baseball to flex its muscles at All-Star Week

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T-Mobile and Major League Baseball have a pretty tight relationship. The carrier is an official sponsor of the league and hosts FanFest during All-Star Week. This year, the All-Star Game is being held in Minneapolis and T-Mobile is taking advantage of a large host city to showcase just how good of a carrier it is. To really prove the strength of its network at Target Field, T-Mobile has upgraded the surrounding area’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The carrier has done the same with ballparks across the country within the last year.

To keep everyone happy at FanFest and during the All-Star Game and its festivities, T-Mobile has deployed mobile charging stations in various locations. So if a fan is worried about snapping to many photos or tweeting each and every moment, they can always have a plays to recharge. But it would not be a true sponsored event without a little promotion. T-Mobile will have signups ready to go for the Test Drive program. Fans can easily signup and test an iPhone 5s for seven days without any cost being tacked on.

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Sprint now taking orders for LG G3

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Sprint customers, current or would be, who want to get their hands on the LG G3 can now place their orders online. As previously reported, opting for an Easy Pay plan will yield buyers a $150 cash reward card if an order is placed by July 24th. Sprint had previously indicated they would start taking pre-orders for the G3 today. However, the web site appears to indicate they are taking actual orders, not pre-orders for the device although they do not indicate when the phones are expected to ship other than the boilerplate “2-5 business days.” Buyers on Sprint have a choice of gold or black for a G3.

 

Verizon LG G Vista specs revealed

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The LG G Vista has been leaking slowly, and now we have a few specs to share with you. The Verizon-bound device (VS880) is expected to sport a 5.7-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 3,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. It’s also expected to be 9.9mm thick and weigh in at 162 grams.

This is an obvious mid-range device, with hopefully pretty competitive pricing. Unfortunately we don’t know what Verizon plans on charging for this device nor do we know when it will be released. We will keep you posted.

source: @evleaks

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet heading to Verizon on July 17, pre-ordering starts tomorrow

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Since the start of 2014, we heard about a Sony tablet making its way to Verizon. But for months, even after the Xperia Z2 Tablet launched, nothing ever became official and people continued to wonder whether or not it was actually going to happen. Today, Sony announced that the Xperia Z2 Tablet will join Big Red’s network on July 17 with pre-ordering opening July 10. The price is $599 without a contract and $499 with a new two-year contract.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is no slouch. It ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but has Sony’s own software layered over the stock experience. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. A 6000mAh battery is keeping this beast going and it includes a Stamina Mode when necessary. The Xperia Z2 Tablet also features dust and water resistant certifications, ensuring some durability. It may have a hefty price, but it is definitely worth it.

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Sprint adds the ZTE LivePro to portfolio

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During CES 2014, one of the devices that we checked out was a combination projector and hotspot device from ZTE going by the generic “Projector Hotspot” name. As shown during our hands one review of the ZTE Projector Hotspot, it functions exactly as its name implies. It has a built-in projector that is capable of projecting an image up to 120 x 120 inches. Powered by Android, it functions like any Android device with the additional option of displaying whatever is being displaying on the screen via the projector. The device also comes with a couple ports for physical connections or it can be used to wirelessly mirror a  smartphone screen. As an added bonus, the device can function as a mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
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Verizon to offer Kansas and Missouri customers network test drive program

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Verizon has officially confirmed that they will be offering a test drive program for their network to customers in some states, similar to T-Mobile’s latest Uncarrier move. Apparently, Big Red has been quietly running this program for about a year in Kansas and Missouri. Customers were allowed to test out a smartphone or data device for a week to test if they liked Verizon’s service and network, although very recently that program has been limited to just data devices.
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AT&T LG G3 and G Watch will go on sale July 11th, pre-orders open tomorrow

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AT&T has finally announced some availability for LG’s latest flagship device, the G3. The carrier is opening up pre-orders for the G3 tomorrow, and the device will officially be available this coming Friday on July 11th. The two-year contract price is $199, and the Next installment plans put the device at about $600 over two years.

Not only will AT&T carry the G3, but they’re also offering a special deal if you plan on buying a G Watch, too. If you’re purchasing a G3 with a two-year contract or installment plan, they’ll knock 50% off of the companion smartwatch. Since the G Watch is an Android Wear device, it won’t be locked to just the G3, so it will still function even if you swap out phones down the line. Pricing for the G Watch is $229, so you can snag one for $115 if you take advantage of the bundle deal.

Are you going to be picking up a G3 this Friday, or are you waiting for something else to be announced later this year?
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Sprint update for Samsung Galaxy S 5 adds Wi-Fi calling feature

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on the Sprint network may notice they have an update waiting to be installed. If they don’t have a notification yet, it should be showing up soon as Sprint is pushing out update “NE5″ to owners of the devices in phases. According to the information provided by Sprint, the only enhancement is the addition of a Wi-Fi calling feature. Apparently the update has been ready for a while now, but is only just starting to hit users’ devices.

source: Sprint

Group photo of LG G3 models leaks, Verizon unsurprisingly makes noticeable changes

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Which one of these devices is not like the others? The Verizon model, of course. You are looking at the different carrier models for the upcoming LG G3. While each has implemented carrier branding here and there, Verizon has gone ahead and revamped LG’s 2014 flagship. The color is noticeably darker and the rear button setup has been altered to resemble what was done with last year’s G2 with chrome trims. On the front, too, Big Red has made changes. The chin of the G3 is now black , which matches their unique design of the back panel.

Is Verizon’s branding and changes holding you back from purchasing the LG G3? Or are you on another carrier and intend on jumping on this device?

Source: @evleaks (Official site)