The next member to join the tablet lineup for AT&T is the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. Its launch date? Today. While today is only for the carrier’s website, AT&T stores will start carrying the tablet on July 25. With a new two-year contract, this Samsung tablet will cost $269.99; however, customers can take advantage of Next and pay $18.50 per month without paying anything upfront. But for the people signing that two-year contract, AT&T will reward you by taking $50 off of the tablet when bundling it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
As Sprint edges closer to a merger deal with T-Mobile, sources say the parties involved are bracing for a longer than expected approval process. This has triggered lenders to seek higher fees as part of the financing deals. Both Softbank, Sprint’s controlling shareholder, and T-Mobile shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG expect the regulatory approval process to take at least 12 months. Building in some cushion to the schedule, it is expected a drop-dead date will be set for around 18 months after an official announcement is made.
Moto Maker will be made available to customers in Mexico this week, according to Motorola.
The news follows the service’s expansion to Germany last week.
The Mexican site will have the same customization options. It’s live now, but the check out service doesn’t work yet. Pricing isn’t known but we do know it will depend on the customer’s service plan through Telcel.
Over the weekend, an Android 4.4.4 soak test was launched with some Motorola handsets. Now, the company has posted the changelog for the Android 4.4.4 update regarding the DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini.
Verizon mistakenly listed their LG G3 as having a non-removable battery, but it looks like that’s not actually the case. Thanks to a picture on Twitter, we know the battery and back cover are completely removable. Since every other version of the G3 has a removable battery, this really shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s good to see Big Red not purposely butchering out any functionality from the device.
Are you planning on picking up a G3 on Verizon soon?
source: VZW Albert
Over the course of the next few weeks, Sprint will be rolling out an update to two LG devices. The update brings the carrier’s WiFi Calling feature that literally allows customers to place calls and send messages over a WiFi network at no extra charge. Assuming the WiFi network being used is stable, improved quality can be expected. The international aspect of this feature will also launch in the coming weeks.
The two devices receiving the update are the G3 and G Flex. An update notification will appear for those devices and a download will begin when accepted. Once complete, install and WiFi Calling is almost ready to go. A WiFi Calling app will be placed in the Apps folder for setup. Sprint currently offers WiFi Calling for many devices from Samsung and HTC already while intending to expand the offering to many more devices through the rest of 2014.
Let us know when you receive the update.
You know what Verizon Edge is all about: pay for a device over time instead of signing a two-year contract that holds restricts your options. Until now, Verizon has only made smartphones available through the Edge program. Today, you can do so with tablets. The price of the the tablet, whichever you choose, is sliced into twenty payments of an equal price. Once thirty days have gone by and 60% of the device has been paid off, you can upgrade!
Hit the break for the list of tablets and their Edge payments.
Verizon’s mysterious budget LG device, the G Vista, is slated to go on sale this upcoming Friday, July 18th. There’s still no solid word on pricing, but since it’s clearly modeled after the G3 with lesser specs, and Verizon is selling the G3 for $99 on-contract, there’s no way this device can cost too much.
As a reminder, we’re expecting the G Vista to launch with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and 8 GB of internal storage. It’s pretty likely we’ll see a lot of the G3′s great software features make its way onto the device, too.
T-Mobile and Major League Baseball have a pretty tight relationship. The carrier is an official sponsor of the league and hosts FanFest during All-Star Week. This year, the All-Star Game is being held in Minneapolis and T-Mobile is taking advantage of a large host city to showcase just how good of a carrier it is. To really prove the strength of its network at Target Field, T-Mobile has upgraded the surrounding area’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The carrier has done the same with ballparks across the country within the last year.
To keep everyone happy at FanFest and during the All-Star Game and its festivities, T-Mobile has deployed mobile charging stations in various locations. So if a fan is worried about snapping to many photos or tweeting each and every moment, they can always have a plays to recharge. But it would not be a true sponsored event without a little promotion. T-Mobile will have signups ready to go for the Test Drive program. Fans can easily signup and test an iPhone 5s for seven days without any cost being tacked on.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Sprint customers, current or would be, who want to get their hands on the LG G3 can now place their orders online. As previously reported, opting for an Easy Pay plan will yield buyers a $150 cash reward card if an order is placed by July 24th. Sprint had previously indicated they would start taking pre-orders for the G3 today. However, the web site appears to indicate they are taking actual orders, not pre-orders for the device although they do not indicate when the phones are expected to ship other than the boilerplate “2-5 business days.” Buyers on Sprint have a choice of gold or black for a G3.