Monday was a busy day for Google and its Nexus devices. The company pushed out Android 6.0.1 with new emojis and security patches, but users of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X could have a bonus included with the software update. Multiple owners of those two handsets on T-Mobile’s network are reporting that the software update activated band 12 support.
GoPhone, a brand owned and operated by AT&T, unveiled its selections for customers seeking out holiday deals. The prepaid brand is taking $40 off entry-level phones from ASUS, Motorola, and ZTE while also giving a free ZTE Maven to customers activating service with a purchase of at least $45 of airtime.
Verizon has announced that they will be adding support for Wi-Fi Calling to their Advanced Calling platform. Initially, support for Wi-Fi Calling will only be available on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Verizon says the addition of this feature will start rolling out to users as a software update starting December 8th. Read more
Cricket Wireless today announced discounts on budget Android smartphones from ZTE, LG, and Samsung for the holiday season. The AT&T pre-paid subsidiary will run these discounts through January 7, 2016.
There’s no shortage of insane creations in Minecraft, but it looks like Verizon might have just made the most insane thing I’ve ever seen in the block building game. Verizon’s engineers managed to build an actual, working smartphone in the game, complete with a web browser and the ability to make video calls to people in the real world. That’s significantly cooler than the wooden huts I usually build in Minecraft. Read more
Verizon is offering a limited amount of Star Wars Cardboard VR headsets free for subscribers.
T-Mobile brought Music Freedom to its customers way back in June 2014 with a handful of supported services. Music Freedom expanded in August and November of that year before another batch of music streaming services joined earlier this year. Now, with Binge On handling the video side of things quite well, T-Mobile is ready to give attention back to Music Freedom.
Aud.io, Dash radio, DatPiff, Jango, KCRW, Noon Pacific, Radio Danz, SomaFM, Spinrilla, StreamOn, and TuneIn Premium are the eleven music streaming services now covered by Music Freedom. The standout from the list is TuneIn Premium since it now offers access to a wide range of content that includes NFL games. T-Mobile customers can utilize any of these services and the others to their heart’s desire without having to worry about affecting the amount of 4G LTE allotted monthly.
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John Legere, who has essentially become Santa Claus for the wireless industry, is spreading more holiday cheer with T-Mobile’s Cyber Monday deals. The carrier is actually hosting what it believes are Cyber Monday Steals. Devices from both Samsung and LG that have high-end specifications are being discounted today only. This comes one week after T-Mobile announced its strategy to lure competitors’ customers towards Team Magenta.
If you’re a Straight Talk Wireless user and you know you’re going to stick with the carrier for the next several months (or years), you may want to jump on the Cyber Monday deal they’re currently running. Normally, Straight Talk offers a slight discount if you buy extended plans that last either three, six, or twelve months at a time, which saves you a bit of money over time by costing less per month. Today they’re cutting even more off the price of those extended plans, making for some pretty good deals on several months of service. Read more
Consumers on the hunt for a Cyber Monday deal this year on a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone may want to check out Cricket Wireless. The pre-paid carrier is offering several Galaxy S devices for 50% off with activation on one of their no annual contract plans. The devices include the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Read more