Verizon to honor unlimited data upgrades from this weekend, fixes loophole

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Over the weekend, a loophole was found on Verizon’s website that allowed customers to upgrade to a new phone and keep their coveted unlimited data plans. If you were among the people to take advantage of Big Red’s folly, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Verizon reached out to Droid-Life, who first reported the news, and said that they would not revert any transactions and would honor those who picked up a new device while keeping their unlimited data plan. Here is the full statement that Verizon provided:


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LTE Nexus 7 shows up on Best Buy’s site as ‘coming soon’

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While Verizon’s LTE Nexus 7 is still awaiting certification, AT&T’s may be on its way. Retailer Best Buy has posted a listing on their website for the device and much like the LTE edition on Google Play, the Nexus 7 is priced at $349.99 for 32GB. Where things become interesting is under the device’s description. It reads “Tablet sold inactivated. Activation done in-store. Carriers Offered: AT&T.” As to when this LTE Nexus 7 could become available is unknown, but we’ll be sure to let you know.

Source: Best Buy

Amazon unveils the new Kindle Fire HD starting at $139

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Two years ago, Amazon changed the tablet game by unveiling the Kindle Fire for $199. It has already gone through one refresh and this year it gets refreshed yet again and with an even better price. The new Kindle Fire HD sports a 7-inch 1280×800 216 ppi HD display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito), and dual speakers with Dolby audio. It will look very similar to the new HDX tablets, but a little heavier and thicker. It comes in at 12.2 ounces and 10.6mm thick.

The Kindle Fire HD starts at $139 for the for the 8GB version. The 16GB version will run you $169. Shipping will commence on October 2. Full press release after the break.


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Amazon introduces the Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon_Kindle_Fire_HDX_Official_01Amazon took the wraps off their new line of Kindle Fire tablets for the fall and Holiday season. The Kindle Fire HDX is the premium version and will come in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties. The 7-incher features a resolution of 1900 x 1200 and the 8.9-incher sports a whopping 2560 x 1600. Both tablets have a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 under the hood along with an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, stereo speakers, 1MP front-facing camera, 11 hours of battery life (video) and an LTE option. The 8.9-incher also gets an 8MP rear camera.


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Kindle Fire ‘HDX’ could be announced tomorrow by Amazon, improved internals/externals expected

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Some late night news here, as Amazon will reportedly be unveiling their brand-new Kindle Fire ‘HDX’ as soon as tomorrow. The device is rumored to have a completely new design, both internally and externally. This means we’ll be seeing a faster processor, better graphics performance, and a higher resolution display. The name, ‘HDX,’ is more of a move to make it sound sexier, slapping the ‘X’ at the end of the quite obvious ‘HD.’

The Kindle Fire HDX is also expected to come in the same two sizes that the current model comes in, 7-inches and 8.9-inches. The 7-inch model should be priced at $230, with the 8.9-incher with a $380 price tag.

It’s also expected that the current 7-inch Kindle Fire will remain available and will see a drastic price cut. We should see the new Kindle Fire HDX start shipping sometime between October and November, with the 7-incher coming first.

Improved software will be included as well, as the @evleaks photo suggests above.

Source: 9to5 Google

Unlocked Galaxy Note 3 coming to Best Buy on September 19?

Galaxy_Note_3_Unlocked_Best_Buy_Inventory_02According to a leaked inventory shot, Best Buy is going to offer an unlocked Galaxy Note 3. Not only that, they will offer it on September 19, which is only two days away. The Note 3 isn’t supposed to be available in the U.S. till early next month, so this is quite surprising.

Also very interesting is the model number of N9000, which  happens to be the Exynos 5 variant. Now before you go jumping up and down, keep in mind that it won’t support LTE  or 4K video. Of course, the price of $999 doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy either.


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Kindle Fire press render leaks

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Last week we got a good look at the upcoming Kindle Fire HD refresh, and today we have a press render of the new Kindle Fire. You won’t see a front-facing camera, which is why we believe it is the non-HD version of the Kindle.

It shouldn’t be too long till Amazon unveils the new Kindles. Last year, they did it on September 6th, so obviously they are a little late this year. Invitations could go out this week for an event later in the month. Stay tuned.

source: @evleaks

2013 Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet gets pictured

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We already got an idea of what the specs will be for the upcoming Kindle Fire HD so why not some pictures? These pictures represent the 7-inch model, but the 8.9-incher will look the same. As you can see, Amazon has redesigned these tablets with changes to the buttons and placement of the speakers.

Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models will include a 2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, you choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and a forked version of Android 4.2.2. The 7-inch display will have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 while the 8.9-incher will come in at 2,560 x 1,600. More pics after the break


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Wal-Mart announces plan to accept smartphone trade-ins at U.S. stores

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Wal-Mart has announced they are joining several other retailers like Apple, Best Buy, Target and Radio Shack, in accepting trade-ins of smartphones for a credit toward the purchase of a new device. Possible credits will range from $50 to $300 for smartphones in working condition and not damaged. The credits can be applied toward the purchase of a new smartphone on two-year contracts with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, as well as some prepaid plans. Wal-Mart indicates a working, nondamaged Apple iPhone 5 will be good for a $300 credit while a Samsung Galaxy S III will pull in $175.

Steve Bratspies, executive vice president for general merchandise with Wal-Mart says, “more and more, customers are choosing where they purchase new smartphones based on where they’ll get the best value for their trade-ins.” Analysts appear to have a positive impression of the move and think it will help Wal-Mart’s performance in electronics sales. Even with some weakness in that area, Wal-Mart claims it was the number 1 handset retailer for the quarter that ended June 30th.

Wal-Mart says the new program will start on September 21st at 3,600 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the U.S.

source: Bloomberg

PSA: Chromecast is back in stock at Bestbuy.com

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I know a lot of our readers are still waiting to get their hands on a Chromecast, but today might be your lucky day. It’s available right now at Bestbuy.com. It has literally been out of stock at Best Buy’s website since the launch, although some stores have been getting small shipments. However, trying to be at the store at the right time usually ends up seeing an empty case.

So click on the source link below and get your order in. Right now the estimated delivery date is between August 30 and September 4, and it looks like you will still get the 3-month Netflix deal. Let us know if you were able to grab one, or a few.

Update: Now showing sold out as of 1:07pm EST. Keep trying though as some orders might get cancelled.

source: Best Buy