We’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if you were bummed that MotoMaker was AT&T exclusive for a few months last time around, you’ll be very happy to hear that the customization process should be available to Verizon customers right out of the gate.
In need of a premium device without the premium price? Customers of Sprint can go ahead and purchase the HTC One (E8) from the carrier starting today. In either Misty Gray or Polar White, the One (E8) costs $99 with a two-year contract and $499 if you forgo a signature.
The device is much like the One (M8), but HTC has targeted a lower price point with cheaper solutions in certain areas. Most noticeably, the One (E8) has a plastic unibody. The Duo Camera setup with dual LED flash has been nixed and there is a single 13MP camera. The front camera, though, does maintain its 5MP to ensure quality selfies. The One (E8) is speedy thanks to its Snapdragon 801 processor.
If you are interested in purchasing the HTC One (E8), you can head over to Sprint’s site.
The next phase in T-Mobile’s route to carrier domination continues on September 10. On that date, T-Mobile will be holding Un-carrier 7.0 at a store in San Francisco. This is one day after Apple unveils its next iPhone and any other products, so T-Mobile could be piggybacking off of their attention. The invite for the event says “This time it’s personal.”
What do you think John Legere & Co. have in store with Uncarrier 7.0?
Owners of the Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, get over to the Software Update menu. The Samsung flagship from 2013 is getting an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings international WiFi calling to the device. The GS4 is the first Sprint device to get the international WiFi calling update. Now, owners of the device can place or receive international calls over a WiFi network while traveling abroad in what Sprint says amasses more than 100 countries.
Sprint does intend on extending this feature to other devices as the year progresses.
After a leak earlier this week, Verizon has introduced a “new” phone for customers opting for the prepaid route, but it has a distinctly “old” feel to it. The Luge by Motorola appears to be a re-skinned Motorola DROID RAZR M smartphone and some are even suggesting these may be unsold units. In any case, the Luge is now available through Verizon for only $199 with no contract and no service bundle included, although you can get on Verizon’s 4G LTE network with the device.
Ever since T-Mobile launched their Uncarrier initiative, other companies have had to think of creative ways to stay competitive. Eager to take away T-Mobile’s spot as the #1 prepaid carrier, Cricket (and its parent company AT&T) have announced that anyone who switches to their service from T-Mobile or its sister company MetroPCS will receive a $100 bill credit. In order to get the bill credit customers only need to sign up for service and port their existing phone number to the new plan. Not a bad deal at all, but is it enough to make an impact on T-Mobile’s enormous customer base? Let us know in the comments.
AT&T will be sending out updates for the HTC One M8 in the next few days to update it to KitKat 4.4.3. The update is hardly a large one, and only brings mild security updates, but it’s still nice to have the most current OS version. The update is 660MB large and is number 2.23.502.3. AT&T is receiving the update just after T-Mobile and long before Verizon, which will receive it in about three weeks.
Source: XDA Developer Forums
Both T-Mobile and MetroPCS will have devices available from Alcatel OneTouch this fall. The carriers will both offer entry-level devices in the form of the Fierce 2 and the Evolve 2. Through T-Mobile, the monthly price for each handset with an equipment installment plan will not exceed $5.50; therefore, it is pretty clear that this device is targeted at someone getting a smartphone for the first time or someone in need of a budget device. T-Mobile and MetroPCS are the first carriers to be getting these two from Alcatel OneTouch.
T-Mobile announced Music Freedom in June, which allows you to stream from your choice of 8 music apps with no penalty against your data cap. Today, they are nearly doubling that effort by adding AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza. You already had the ability to stream iHeartRadio, iTunesRadio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk, Slacker and Spotify through the service bringing the total to 13.
It appears one major service is missing and that is Google’s Play Music. If you remember, shortly after the announcement of Music Freedom, T-Mobile asked customers what service they wanted most. Play Music killed it, but for whatever reason, it didn’t make this cut. However, T-Mobile did say they are “on track to add” the service later this year.
Is there anything else that you use that T-Mobile is missing?
T-Mobile is pushing out a small software update to their Galaxy S 5. There are no new features, but the change log states the update brings improved audio and software stability. Bug fixes never hurt, right?
This update brings the T-Mobile GS5 up to software version G900TUVU1BNG4, and you can snag the update OTA or through Kies.