HTC has officially announced the HTC Desire 610 will be available on July 25th through AT&T. As expected based on previously leaked information, the Desire 610 will come with a 4.7-inch running at 854 x 480 resolution. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1GB of RAM and at least 8GB of onboard memory. The device does have a microSD slot that will support 64GB of additional memory.
Along with the announcement, AT&T has setup a page for customers to sign up to be notified when the device is available. However, no pricing information has been released. AT&T indicates the device will be available on their regular plans as well as through their GoPhone prepaid service.
sources: @HTCUSA, AT&T
Verizon has announced that beginning on July 17th, customers will have a new option for getting a smartphone with 4G LTE service. Verizon is going to make their 4G network available through their prepaid ALLSET PLANS. These no contract plans come with unlimited talk and text. Customers can get a plan with a 500 MB data allowance for $45 per month or bump it up to 1 GB for $50 per month. As a special offer for a limited time, customers can double the initial 500 MB allowance by agreeing to autopay.
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.