Despite all the balls rolling around on your TV screen and the acrimony flying around between U.S. carriers, Verizon continued to solidify its position in the wireless market with continued strong, positive financial results during the first quarter of 2016. In their earnings report released today, Verizon indicated they added 640,000 retail postpaid subscriptions despite the first quarter usually being low volume. This bumped Verizon up to over 112 million connections which was a 3.7 percent year-over-year increase.
Alcatel just launched a new tablet to relatively no fanfare at all. Meet the Pop 7 LTE, available exclusively from T-Mobile right now.
If you’re in the market for an unlocked BlackBerry Priv, now may be the best time yet to get one. DealSteals is running a promotion which drops the price tag of the BlackBerry Priv by a whopping $200.
Good news, folks! It looks like Galaxy S6 Edge+ owners won’t be waiting much longer for Marshmallow to hit T-Mobile variants of the device, as the carrier has begun rolling out the latest update.
If you’re waiting to lock in a pre-order for your HTC 10, Verizon is going to be opening up shop at the end of this month. You’ll be able to place your order for HTC’s 2016 flagship on April 29th through Verizon directly.
Cricket has launched a new plan available starting today consisting of unlimited talk, text, and data.
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have added three new budget-friendly smartphones to their wireless service. The list includes the Kyocera Hydro REACH, the Samsung Galaxy J7, and the LG Stylo 2.
Sprint announced today the latest addition to their LTE Plus network and it is a big one. The carrier officially launched LTE Plus in the New York metropolitan area which includes all five boroughs. Sprint claims that they now provide the fastest LTE download speeds in New York according to Nielsen Mobile Performance. New York joins 190 other markets where Sprint has already deployed LTE Plus.
Buckle up, because you’re about to get hit with the most ironic promotion of 2016. Verizon is offering up to 2GB of free data to any customers that use Android Pay for two months. After years of anticompetitive practices blocking Google Wallet, delaying Samsung Pay, and tons of other sketchy behavior, Verizon is finally supporting a mobile payment system that they aren’t paying under the table. Go ahead, check the date. It’s definitely not April 1st.
The HTC 10 was officially announced earlier today, and so far at least, the reception has been quite positive. While it’s a little early to say that HTC has the ball out of the park with its latest flagship, it’s definitely off to a good start. Unfortunately, it seems like the carriers in both the UK and the U.S. aren’t quite on the same page, with two major carriers confirming that they won’t offer the HTC 10 (specifications here) and others seemingly non-committal.
The HTC 10 is official, with a 5.2-inch QHD Super LCD 5 display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12MP UltraPixel rear camera, and yet another well-designed aluminum body. We’ve told you where you can get the HTC 10 in the States, but where can you pre-order the device in the UK? So far, details are a little scarce, but it is possible to snag HTC’s latest flagship for as little as £512 (SIM-free).
Finally, the HTC 10 is official and approaching a release around the world. The phone set on putting the company back on track is actually already up for pre-order and should ship early next month. Depending where exactly you are and the carrier/retailer you get it from, the HTC 10 will be offered in three colors — Carbon Grey, Glacial Silver, and Topaz Gold.
Let’s see where you can get the HTC 10 in the United States.
AT&T announced today that they will launch some new deals starting this Thursday that include a two-year price guarantee. The primary impetus seems to be an effort to get existing and new customers to add a DirecTV subscription as part of a bundle.