Google IO 2015 Coverage

Certain Microsoft apps won’t be preloaded on the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (48)Surprise, surprise. AT&T and Verizon are altering what software ships on the Galaxy S6, limiting some of the preloaded Microsoft apps available. When it was first announced, the S6 was supposed to ship with Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive pre-installed. No one likes bloatware, but Skype and OneNote are actually pretty useful apps, and Samsung and Microsoft were tossing in 100 GB of free space of OneDrive storage, so it wasn’t an awful deal. In fact, it was probably one of the better app/service partnerships we’ve seen on a device. Read more

Android Lollipop now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon

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Verizon has been busy recently with rollouts of the Android Lollipop operating system to many devices in their portfolio. The latest device to join the list is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The update for the Galaxy Note 3 brings all of the expected Lollipop improvements like Material Design for apps and some under the hood optimizations to help with battery life. Verizon indicates they have incorporated Samsung’s tweaks to the Touchwiz interface as well. Read more

[Deal] Cricket Wireless Offering Samsung Galaxy S6 for $19.99 Initial Payment

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ATLANTA, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Wireless announces the new Samsung Galaxy S® 6 will be available in its stores and on cricketwireless.com, beginning April 24. This amazing smartphone retails for$649.99, but thanks to Cricket’s new Phone Payment Plans*, customers can get the Galaxy S 6 for $19.99 initial phone payment, with approved credit, and a smartphone plan. Alternatively, customers can take advantage of Cricket’s 90 days same-as-cash payment option after a $49.99 initial payment, and no credit check.

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AT&T may stop offering any two-year contracts by the end of May

AT&T_Logo_01_TAIf you’ve bought a phone from AT&T recently, you’re probably familiar with their Next program. The financing program was designed as a competitor to T-Mobile’s JUMP plan so consumers could purchase their phones without entering into a contract and tangling their phone payments into their phone service plans. Unlike T-Mobile, AT&T continued to offer two-year upgrades alongside financing options, but it looks like that might come to an end in May this year. Read more

T-Mobile’s release of Lollipop for the LG G2 starts today

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Starting today, T-Mobile customers with the LG G2 will begin to receive a software update. It unsurprisingly is for Lollipop. The carrier says that the update will take place between April 14 and May 22, but we assume everyone will be updated fairly quick. The changelog issued by T-Mobile only states that Android 5.0 Lollipop is among the new features.

Let us know in the comments when you receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.

Source: T-Mobile

Sprint will now hand deliver and assist you in setting up your new phone

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You gotta love watching Sprint and T-Mobile add service after service in order to compete with the big boys. Sprint’s latest offering is called Direct 2 You, which is launching today.

You know what’s it’s like going to the carrier store right? Even if you know exactly what you want, it always seems to take hours to get the hell out of there. With Sprint Direct 2 You, a Sprint account rep will come to you with your knew phone, whether it be your home, office, coffee shop, or who knows, maybe even Disney World.

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Legere, Trump launch flame war over the weekend

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere is no stranger to having his tweets picked up and turned into headlines, a limelight that he seems to relish as he continues to push T-Mobile up through the ranks of U.S. carriers. Likewise, Donald Trump seems to be one of those larger-than-life characters in U.S. culture and he is not afraid to Tweet. Unfortunately, the two crossed paths over the weekend and it was not pretty although it has been entertaining for those who enjoy a good flame war. Read more