The line of leaks surrounding the Motorola DROID TURBO from Verizon got a little longer today with another image and details about the device surfacing. You may recall the name of the new device is rooted in a desire for the smartphone to charge quickly and it appears Motorola may have succeeded. Despite having a large 3,900mAh battery that should last two days, users should be able to juice up the device for eight hours of use with only 15 minutes of charging.
In July, French telecommunications giant Iliad expressed interest to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile. The offer at that time was roughly $15 billion for 56.6%. Recently, Iliad upped that number to take 67% at $36 per share. It was going all-in to get its foot into the United States wireless industry.
It all comes to an end today because T-Mobile’s parent, Deutsche Telekom, has “refused” to entertain the new offer. Iliad has announced its pursuit of T-Mobile is over and will move on. In somewhat of a jab at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, Iliad said in a press release that it will “continue its profitable growth policy as it has been conducted over the last 15 years in the interest of subscribers, employees and shareholders.”
This means that the door is still open for SoftBank to hop in and merge Sprint with T-Mobile.
Souce: Iliad (PDF)
U.S. Cellular has announced they will join the ranks of carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their network. The device will be available in stores and online starting this Friday, October 17th. U.S. Cellular is only making the device available in Charcoal Black. Customers can get the Galaxy Note 4 with $0 down if they qualify for U.S. Cellular’s equipment installment option that spreads payment out over 24 months, although they do not indicate what the full retail amount to be financed will be.
Customers can also opt to get the Galaxy Note 4 for $299 with a two-year contract. U.S. Cellular is actually taking pre-orders now for the Galaxy Note 4 if a customer wants to go this route. If you want to place a pre-order, the link is below.
source: U.S. Cellular (MarketWatch), U.S. Cellular Pre-order Link
AT&T has announced some new packages intended to help international travelers. The packages are part of a new AT&T Passport line of services with three levels available. The packages or primarily designed for travelers who may not travel frequently or when they do it is for short trips abroad. Each package is good for one to 30 days. AT&T will charge a one-time fee and the Passport package will expire automatically at the end of 30 days, so no need to worry about canceling the service.
As expected, Verizon won’t be the only U.S. carrier to offer Sony’s Xperia Z3 (Xperia Z3v for Verizon) flagship phone. T-Mobile just officially announced that Sony’s latest and greatest will be available at participating stores and online starting October 29. Pricing will be $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $26.25 each.
Now if you happen to be a little anxious, you can pre-order the phone starting October 15 at 12:00am PDT. According to T-Mobile’s press release, customers who pre-order “could” receive their phones before the national launch.
We have the full presser after the break.
Ready or not, here comes the Aquos Crystal. If you are a customer of either Sprint or Boost Mobile, you can get your hands on the Sharp device. The Aquos Crystal from Boost Mobile is available today for $150 with no contract to sign. The Boost Mobile version is also being sold through Best Buy.
Sprint customers have to wait one more week for the Aquos Crystal to arrive on October 17. Without going the prepaid route (starting October 21 for $150), the Sprint version’s cost is diced up into twenty-four monthly payments of $10.
Does the Sharp Aquos Crystal’s unique design catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.
Starting today, residents in Canada can pick up HTC’s latest “premium” budget-friendly smartphone, the Desire 510, from TELUS. The operator is offering the handset in grey for free on any of its flexible 2-year contracts or for $200 on any prepaid plan.
I have heard of teasers, but this might top them all. Verizon, through their @DroidLanding Twitter account, tweeted an image of the upcoming DROID Turbo, but then deleted it soon after.
Seriously? Usually when something like this happens, it’s a mistake, so either Verizon is playing some serious games with us or someone just lost their job.
Apparently there are people out there willing to pay for a very unique way to get ringtones and ringback tones. On Thursday, Verizon launched Slacker Radio Tones with the popular music streaming service. For $2 per month, Slacker Radio Tones gives Verizon customers access to its music and stations. Ringtones work with whatever a user selects or assigns to a specific contact. The ringback tones, though, can operate with a station offered by Slacker. This keeps your incoming callers entertained while generously waiting for you to pick up the phone.
Hit the break for the full press release.
A new leak about the upcoming Motorola DROID TURBO for Verizon indicates the battery will be a massive 3,900mAh unit. This should provide plenty of battery life for the DROID TURBO. Last year’s DROID MAXX had a 3,500mAh battery and was one of the larger batteries on the market. Combined with a possible QHD display and 3GB of RAM, the DROID TURBO could find itself competing at the high end of the market.