Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.
SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device.
It’s that time of the year when the new DROIDs usually get launched, and this year is no exception. We expect the DROID Turbo to get introduced next month, and we have some images and details courtesy of HelloMotoHK.
Baring the model number of XT1254, the DROID Turbo (shown with last year’s DROID MAXX) will unsurprisingly sport a Kevlar unibody along with capacitive buttons on the front. Since the all new Moto X sports a dual LED flash, you can expect that on the DROID Turbo as well. Just like last year’s DROID MAXX, the new Turbo will also sport wireless charging. We presume the Qi standard again. Since the new Moto X has stereo speakers at the front of the device, the Turbo should get the same treatment as well.
On the heels of Sprint’s launch, AT&T will be launching this LG G3 Vigor later this week. The LG handset will be available online and at retail stores on September 26. With a new two-year contract, the G3 Vigor will cost $49 or $334 without. Through AT&T’s Next program, customers can bring home the mid-range handset for $13.96 or $16.75 per month depending upon how many months the cost is spread.
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AT&T has announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available through the carrier starting on September 26th. When the Galaxy Alpha was officially announced, it was thought the device would eventually make its way to the U.S. market through AT&T and T-Mobile. According to Jeff Bradley, AT&T senior vice president for Devices, “The Samsung Galaxy Alpha marries sleek, premium design with all of the great features and Samsung technology that you have come to expect from a Galaxy product.”
Carrier billing is a useful feature on the Play Store, as it allows customers to make purchases without having to use a credit or debit card. Most people don’t mind using a card, but not everyone is willing to put their personal info into a smartphone, and many other people don’t even have a card to use. This is especially true in India, where only about 2% of the general population uses a credit or debit card, and that’s where Google is looking to push carrier billing options next.
Google has been in talks with Airtel, India’s largest wireless carrier, to begin offering carrier billing to their customers. With 40 million customers, that’s a lot of potential market to gain. The terms of the deal aren’t clear, although it’s reported that Google is offering Airtel 10% of each transaction (which is fairly low compared to other carriers) but it seems like the deal will happen in the near future regardless.
Consumers interested in getting a new Motorola Moto X (2014) on the Verizon network will probably be disappointed to know that the device will initially come without support for Verizon’s new Advanced Calling 1.0. Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s new “product” that routes both voice and data over the LTE network. The Moto X (2014) will not have access to Advanced Calling 1.0 when it launches on September 26th, but will get it via a software update sometime later this fall.
On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.
To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.
One of the fall’s most wanted devices will not be available on the Sprint network. A consumer was curious to know whether or not the carrier would offer the Moto X (2014) with Sprint. Unfortunately, he and plenty of others received some disappointing news. Motorola stated that the “new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network.” The handset does, through carrier versions and the Pure Edition, work with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
AT&T has announced that they will start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Friday, September 19th. Shipping for units that are pre-ordered is expected to start on October 14th. AT&T will sell the Galaxy Note 4 in either Charcoal Black or Frost White. The no-contract cost for the device will be $825.99. Consumers can opt for a 2-year contract and buy the Galaxy Note 4 for $299.99. AT&T Next options will also be available. AT&T indicates that users who activate a new line of service with a smartphone purchased using the AT&T Next program will receive a $100 credit on their bill.
The announcement from AT&T comes on the heels of Samsung’s announcement that pre-orders would start tomorrow. We anticipate other carriers will be releasing their pre-order and pricing details soon.
Since the @DroidLanding Twitter account was spotted as active again earlier this month, the hunt has been on for more information about what Verizon has planned for their Droid line of devices. New reports indicate Verizon will release a single Droid device this year, built by Motorola, that will come with a fast charging battery as its distinguishing feature. Motorola, which has an exclusive contract to produce the Droid devices for Verizon, appears to have this single model planned for this year, a change from the last two cycles when three devices were released each time.
Verizon’s Droid line is unique for the carrier in that most manufacturers now make their devices available across multiple carriers. Nevertheless, Verizon apparently sees value in the franchise as some customers still seek the Droid brand.