Leaked memo suggests Sprint is killing off 2-year contracts again


With Sprint posting a big quarterly loss last month despite beating revenue estimates, it should come as no surprise that the carrier that just can’t quite get out of that lowly fourth spot is looking to shake things up, according to a leaked memo. In a move that brings more than a little feeling of deja vu, Sprint is purportedly doing away with two-year contracts just a few months after bringing them back

Verizon and T-Mobile Note 7 preorders have started shipping


The Note 7 technically isn’t officially available for a few more days, but you know that doesn’t always stop carriers from jumping the gun a little bit early. This time around it looks like it’s Verizon and T-Mobile that have started shipping Samsung’s latest and greatest to early buyers, which is good news if you’re itching to get your hands on one. We’ve heard that the Note 7 is doing really well with preorders, so this news should make many people very happy.

Republic Wireless is welcoming you with a BYOP program


On Thursday, Republic Wireless announced a new Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program that welcomes outsiders to its service without having to purchase an in-house device. It’s just not an all-inclusive program, however, because you can’t simply take any phone and pair it with the carrier’s SIM cards for immediate use. Republic Wireless is starting this program with a small number of accepted devices.

Three UK expands its Feel at Home roaming program to cover most of Europe

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Traveling abroad takes a fair amount of planning, with a major question being how to send texts, make calls, and access mobile data without being charged an arm and leg by your carrier. Three UK has offered its “Feel at Home” program for a while now, allowing its users to roam networks in 18 countries freely without added expense. The UK carrier has now added a further 24 countries to the mix, making it a total of 42 countries covered.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 supports 4×4 MIMO (sort of)

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Reddit likes to snoop around when new phones launch, and according to a T-Mobile display phone, it looks like the Galaxy Note 7 might have some hidden tricks left to show everyone. A setting hidden away in the phone suggests that the new Note will support 4×4 MIMO for faster and more reliable network connections, assuming a carrier supports it. There are a few caveats there, obviously, but it’s good news on the surface.

T-Mobile wants to match Verizon’s network coverage in the next year


T-Mobile just made a very bold claim; the carrier plans on matching Verizon’s network availability and coverage over the next 12 months, and possibly even sooner. That sounds like a tough task, but T-Mobile has some serious momentum going for its network.

The Un-Carrier network is already considered one of the fastest networks available, especially compared to the congested networks of AT&T and Verizon. It’s always lagged behind on actual coverage, though, but that looks to be changing very soon.

Watch Verizon’s unboxing of the Galaxy Note 7 where a doodle comes to life


So, Samsung held an Unpacked event yesterday (which you can catch up on here) to launch the Galaxy Note 7 featuring a 5.7-inch curved QHD display, IP68 certification, an enhanced S-Pen, Iris scanner, as well as USB Type-C (Check out the handset’s full specifications here). One thing you can guarantee when a new handset is launched is outlandish unboxing videos. While some will race to produce videos showing the Note 7 being tortured, or unboxed in extreme surroundings, Verizon has chosen to go the cutesy route with its unboxing video and its live doodle. Join us after the break for the embedded video.

Where to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.

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Who is ready to place a pre-order for a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that was just announced by Samsung a short while ago? If you do want to be one of the first to get an order in for the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung, you will probably want to head over to your preferred carrier’s site. We have some information below on what the major carriers are planning, although they are still working to get some of their details up.

Verizon to start pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on August 3rd, launch on August 19th


We are less than a day away from Samsung’s big Unpacked event to launch the new Galaxy Note 7 and some other goodies. The short wait does not mean the rumors and leaks will come to a halt though as evidenced by the latest news to come out regarding the new flagship smartphone. Previous rumors suggested Samsung was shooting to start selling the Galaxy Note 7 as soon as the launch event came to a close. At least in the case of Verizon, they may not quite make that target but they will be close as the carrier is expected to open the pre-order process on August 3rd.