Google IO 2015 Coverage

Sprint’s Direct 2 You program will go live in new cities next month

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The trial period for Sprint Direct 2 You in Kansas City has ended and the program is about to launch in new cities across the United States. The program that takes Sprint’s in-store experience to customer locations will be offered in Miami and Chicago starting on June 1. New York City, San Francisco, and Denver are set to follow in early June as well. People in those cities can call upon a Sprint representative to meet and receive personal care.

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AT&T adds the LG Escape2 to its lineup for $179 off-contract

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The LG Escape, which was released nearly three years ago, has a successor available through AT&T for an affordable off-contract price. The carrier is now selling the Escape2 for a single payment of $179. Customers that want an even lower price can pay $0.99 by signing a two-year contract. The medium between the two would be paying for the Escape2 with the AT&T Next program. The monthly payments vary between $6 and $9 depending upon how many months the customer chooses to spread the cost over.

Key specifications:

  • 4.7-inch display (1280×720)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 1MP front camera
  • 8GB internal storage with microSD card slot
  • 2100mAh battery

Source: AT&T
Via: GSMArena

T-Mobile giving away free SIM starter kits to certain customers

t-mobile_logo_magentaT-Mobile has been extremely bold in trying to pull customers onto their network, including letting customers test drive their network and offering up tons of promotional credit. Their latest move is a small but meaningful tactic to bolster their prepaid numbers for anyone wanting to get away from postpaid service.

From now until June 30th, all Pay in Advance and Simple Choice No Credit customers will see the normal $15 SIM starter kit fee completely waived. This unfortunately doesn’t extend to anyone activating a new postpaid line of service, but there are other promos to make that option a little easier to swallow. Read more

Boost Mobile bringing LG G Stylo today, Sprint getting it on June 12

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Boost Mobile is getting the LG G Stylo smartphone starting today. Its parent company, Sprint will start selling the device starting June 12 while Sprint Prepaid will sell the device from June 7 onwards. The smartphone has been priced at $199.99 from Boost Mobile and Sprint Prepaid. Sprint postpaid is offering the handset in 24 monthly installments of $12. Read more

RadioShack Sold to Hedge Fund Savior for $26.2 Million

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Remember RadioShack? Sure you do. Back in the day it was the place to buy random cables, connectors, radio-controlled cars, and the like. But then Monoprice and Amazon kinda ruined that for ol’ RS. RadioShack then tried to sell more consumer devices and act as an authorized vendor for cell phone companies, but no one cared. Because why do I want to go to RadioShack for any of that? The erstwhile DIY electronics leader filed for bankruptcy this past February, trying to pay off more than $1 billion in debt and shut down our convert most of its stores.

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HTC One M7 from Verizon getting Android 5.0 today

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The HTC One M7 smartphone from Verizon is receiving the Android 5.0 update starting today. The carrier made this official a few days ago, so its arrival today should barely surprise the customers. Verizon has been kind enough to offer a full changelog as well, so we know everything that’s new with the update for a device that is transitioning from Android 4.4. Read more