Samsung’s Galaxy J1 headed to Verizon’s network

verizon galaxy j1Samsung’s Galaxy J1 is a mid-range device, and one that typically doesn’t see its way onto many US carriers. However, it looks like the budget-friendly phone will find a home on Verizon’s network at some point this year. Interestingly, the normally 3G-only device appears to have 4G connectivity. Of course, you shouldn’t expect Verizon to launch any phones in 2015 without their signature 4G LTE branding, but it’s worth noting that this model will be slightly different than what Samsung has previously released. Read more

The 1st and 2nd generation Moto X should be receiving Android 5.1 soon

Motorola_Moto_E_Back_Slanted_TAMotorola has released some support documents that seem to indicate that both the older and newer versions of the Moto X should be seeing the Android 5.1 update pretty soon. The original Moto X is currently on Android 4.4, so this update should leapfrog Google’s initial Lollipop update.

The documents show feature changes for the Moto X 2nd Gen, and the T-Mobile version of the same device. Another document does specifically mention the 1st generation device, and it obviously is seeing the bigger jump since it’s coming from KitKat. Read more

Sprint lost money and customers during Q4 2014

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The final quarter of 2014 was not pretty for Sprint as the carrier saw a drop in money and customers, two areas that are clearly not favorable for investors. Amid fierce competition with T-Mobile for placement as the third largest carrier in the United States, Sprint reported losing 201,000 postpaid customers; however, prepaid customers increased by 546,000. Despite generating $8.3 billion in the quarter, the carrier had a net loss of $224 million.

It looks like Marcelo Claure and his fellow Sprint executives are heading back to the drawing board.

Source: Sprint

T-Mobile’s Never Settle Trial allows Verizon customers to try out it’s network free-of-charge

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One thing you can always count on with T-Mobile and it’s abrasive CEO, John Legere, is that a marketing campaign will have oodles of zing and lots of finger-pointing. Nowhere is it more evident than the latest offer that gives current Verizon customers the chance to try out T-Mobile’s network for up to 14 days without any charges. The offer is called Never Settle Trial and if customers like what they have tried out, T-Mobile will cover Verizon’s ETF (Early-Termination-Fees).  Read more

Galaxy Note Edge on T-Mobile getting updated to Android 5.0

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Edge_Main_03_TAT-Mobile has been on a roll with software updates lately. The carrier version of the Galaxy Note Edge is now officially seeing the Lollipop update OTA from T-Mobile, bringing a few features and the revamped Android software that Google introduced last year.

Unfortunately, it’s only 5.0, and not 5.1, but that’s still better than KitKat. You’ll need about 3 GB of space free for the update, but hopefully you haven’t crammed enough stuff onto your 32 GB device for that to be a problem. Read more

Verizon awards 1GB bonus data to prepaid customers who opt for auto pay

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Verizon has announced that they are launching a special bonus for prepaid customers to entice them to enroll in auto pay. Verizon is providing an additional 1GB of data to customers who sign up for auto pay. The additional block of data will be available after the first successful auto pay is made and according to Verizon will continue on a monthly basis as long as the customer stays enrolled. Verizon has extended the offer to their current customers who are already enrolled in auto pay.

Verizon offers a couple prepaid plans. For $45 per month users can get 1 GB of data, so this new offer will double the amount of data they have available. Users could also get a 2.5 GB per month plan for $60 and with this latest bonus, they would have access to 3.5 GB of data per month.

If you are a Verizon prepaid customer or may be thinking about signing up, hit the source link for more information on this latest deal and how to get a prepaid plan.

source: Verizon

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S6 Edge receiving Android 5.1.1 OTA update

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Front_Top_Samsung_Logo_TASamsung usually isn’t the quickest when it comes to Android update, but it looks like they’ve worked some magic with T-Mobile, as the Galaxy S6 Edge is now receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the air. Only the Edge variant on T-Mobile specifically is seeing the update, but that might just mean that the normal S6 (and other carrier models) will join the party soon. Read more