The $199 Honor 5X will soon be available in 590 Best Buy stores

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The Honor 5X was an incredible deal when it launched, and it still offers a pretty compelling phone for just $199. One of the biggest problems it’s faced has been its lack of a physical presence in brick and mortar stores, so the only way someone could buy it was through online retailers.

For most phones, that’s not terrible, since it saves money on shipping and distribution. But for a phone that’s gotten as much traction as the 5X, it only makes sense to push into actual stores besides Amazon and Newegg, and that’s what Honor is doing thanks to a new partnership with Best Buy. Read more

[Deal] Nextbit Robin is back down to $299 on Amazon

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The Nextbit Robin was recently on sale at Amazon for a special $299 price. Regularly, the phone costs $399; however, Nextbit was able to leverage Amazon’s prominence with free two-day shipping and create buzz around that sale. We haven’t heard much from Nextbit about the Robin or anything else since then, but now the company is back with another sale on Amazon.

Amazon is once again selling the Robin for $299.

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Republic Wireless launches its new Clear Choice Plans, will no longer issue credits for unused data

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Republic Wireless is shaking things up recently, first by adding a bunch of high-end handsets to its range, and today by changing up its plans. Remember when the carrier started giving you a credit for the data you didn’t use every month? Well, that promotion would appear to have been taken away with its newly announced “Clear Choice Plans” that are a little cheaper for the most part. Join us after the break for more details. Read more

European Commission rules against Three UK’s proposed merger with O2

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After BT acquired the UK’s largest network, EE, all eyes have been focused on whether CK Hutchison (owner of Three UK) would be allowed to buy O2 from Spain’s Telefonica. The question has been answered, and while it isn’t good news for the companies involved, it could be some welcome news for UK consumers. The European Commission has ruled against allowing the deal on the grounds that it would have reduced customer choice and likely seen prices increase. Read more

Google makes Full OTA Images available for Nexus devices, allows you to keep bootloaders locked

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Being able to flash the latest version of Android to your Nexus device is one of the most appealing benefits of owning a Nexus handset or tablet. The only real downside was having to unlock your bootloader to do so. That’s no longer the case, though, as you can now access full OTA images for all supported devices, allowing you to sideload the image via adb in recovery, even if your Nexus device has a locked bootloader. Read more