Following a successful launch in Japan earlier this month, Samsung has today released its first curved phablet, the Galaxy Note Edge, in South Korea. The handset is available to purchase in either black or white colorways through SK Telecom for an eye-watering 1,067,000 Won — approximately $1015.
The pace at which T-Mobile has been moving is incredible. Constantly, the carrier is hitting milestones way ahead of schedule. The latest milestone is the reach of its 4G LTE network. T-Mobile says that it reaches 250 million people in the United States. This is “months ahead of schedule.” And by June of next year, T-Mobile plans to cover 280 million people with 300 million targeted for the end of 2015.
The next step for T-Mobile, though, does not just include increasing the reach of its 4G LTE network. It is continue to work on Voice Over LTE (VoLTE), WiFi Calling, and Wideband LTE. In a company blog post, chief technology officer Neville Ray said this is all part of T-Mobile’s “complete committment to advancing our Data Strong network.”
As the SmartWatch 3 is heading to Verizon, the G Watch R will be sold through AT&T. The carrier announced on Monday that it would carry the LG smartwatch running Android Wear. What else do we know about this news? Nothing. AT&T says that pricing and a release date will be announced at a later time.
The Droid Turbo is shaping up to be one of the most exciting devices of 2014, and it’s already causing quite the stir. In a video/advertisement released on YouTube today, actor James Franco is seen riding his bike around on a street and disappearing, only to snap some photos with his Droid Turbo of the people filming him. It seems the ad is showing how fast the Turbo is, but it’s still a little tough to follow. So go ahead and watch it once… or twice:
In time for the holiday season, Verizon is bolstering its tablet lineup. The G Pad 10.1 recently appeared at the FCC seeking approval. It just is not a WiFi-only variant of the LG tablet, though. This is a version of the G Pad 10.1 that has an LTE connection. Verizon and LG have not said anything about this device at this time.
Even with an LTE connection, the G Pad 10.1 is expected to be affordable. The specifications are not cutting edge; however, they are perfectly suitable for many consumers. The display’s resolution is 1280×800. The processor is a Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. The camera on the back is 5MP and up front is a 1.3MP camera. Nothing too crazy on this device.
Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.
If you’re a MetroPCS customer and in the market for a new, cheap tablet, there’s a pretty good deal available available for you right now.
The prepaid carrier (through T-Mobile) is offering the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet for $149 (plus tax) on a pretty inexpensive data plan. For $10/month, you can get unlimited data, which siphons off 1GB of data to the Pop 7 tablet. If you add the device to an existing plan, you’ll get a $5 monthly discount off your bill. Here are the rates for current subscribers, straight from MetroPCS/T-Mobile’s press release..
- $10 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
- $20 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
- $30 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
The tablet itself isn’t much in itself — a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch display, 8.9 mm thin, Wi-Fi/4G/Bluetooth and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean — but it still isn’t a bad deal for prepaid customers looking to expand their tech arsenal.
Hit the break for the link to the press release.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally available for pre-order, but from only one place. And that place is quite surprising. If you want to be the first to get your hands on Sony’s first Android Wear smartwatch, you will have to order it through Verizon Wireless.
They are taking pre-orders for it now for $249. Shipments start on October 30. The Sony SmartWatch is the only Android Wear smartwatch with a built in GPS so it can take advantage of the new features that Google officially announced today. On top of that, it has the best ambient display in the business.
Samsung has a special off-contract Note 4 coming to Verizon for only $662.53. The device is the Developer Edition and features an unlockable bootloader for quickly loading ROMs onto your device.
We’ve seen major carriers compete on double data for large family plans, but today Sprint announced a new competitive offer for customers who don’t need quite so much data. The new plan offers 1 GB of data for $20 a month, which is almost double from the old 600 MB plan and considerably more than what you’ll get from AT&T or Verizon for the same price.
The rest of the plan stays the same, so each non-subsidized smartphone would cost $25 for data access, while tablets run $10 per month and mobile broadband devices run $20. A 1 GB plan probably won’t work for larger families, but if just one or two users just need cheap smartphone plans and don’t use much data, it could save quite a bit of cash each month.