If you’re planning to pick up the Nexus 4 and don’t mind getting locked into a 2-year contract, there is a way you can pick up the latest Nexus handset for FREE. You might even get a little bit of spending money for your troubles too. Carriers offer a subsidized phone in exchange for a two-year commitment. They do not do this out of the kindness of their hearts. They do this because it’s a smart business decision. Perhaps it’s time more consumers make equally smart business decisions regarding mobile devices and service contracts. For some that might mean opting for a pre-paid service and seeing a substantial savings over a subsidized phone and two-year contract, but if you want to play ball with the major carriers this strategy might be the ticket for the free Google lunch you’ve been waiting for.
Making the smart business decision when selecting your subsidized phone means getting the most money for your commitment. For most carriers that still means iPhone. The AT&T 16GB iPhone 5 has a subsidized price of $199. It sells on eBay for about $700 to $900. If we put the value of the iPhone at $800 then you can look at it as AT&T is paying you $600 for your two-year commitment. The 16GB Nexus 4 on T-Mobile will also sell for the subsidized price $199. You’ll soon be able to buy it from the Google Play Store for $349. Accepting this subsidized phone means you’re accepting a $150 payoff. Does that sound like a smart business decision?
Hit the break to see how to best take advantage of the phone subsidy model and grab a free Nexus 4 and possibly have some cash left over for some accessories.
Samsung might very well be known as a brand that happens to love pushing out devices to the masses, but despite all that— it certainly has some successful devices out there such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. Knowing that it has great devices and a solid sales’ figure to back it up, Sammy is potentially looking to take its brand to another level, as soon as next year. According to Channel News in Australia, anonymous sources claim that Sammy is planning a “more vibrant international brand image” of its company. As part of this upcoming change, the familiar blue Samsung logo will be changed, while each part of Samsung’s business will get its own individual color that will be used in its advertising— meaning we should expect to see a new Samsung Mobile advertising logo for example. The overall hope is that Samsung will move its brand from being identified around features and benefits to a focus instead on “lifestyle activities”.
Whatever it is that Samsung is trying to do, the technology world is eagerly awaiting and will see everything soon enough— by CES 2013 perhaps?
source: Digital Trends
Have you ever wanted to adjust your phone’s alarm volume while listening to music, but didn’t want to dig through settings to change it? Have you ever had your phone go off at school, work, or in any other inappropriate situation? Pretty sure that’s happened to everyone at least once. Want an app to fix all those problems? You’ll want to try AudioManager Pro ASAP, but first you’ll want to get a complete breakdown of why you should try it once you hit the break. Read more
According to a recent study, 72 percent of all Android applications in the Google Play Store request access to at least one extraneous permission that it doesn’t inherently need to function properly. This number may seem alarming, but let’s break down some of the research firm’s so-called “results.”
According to the published findings:
- 72 percent of all Android apps (more than 290,000) access at least one high-risk permission.
- 21 percent (more than 86,000) access five or more.
- 2 percent (more than 8,000) access 10 or more permissions flagged as potentially dangerous. Read more
Is that boring solid-color or ubiquitously-designed plastic case just not cutting it anymore? Well, perhaps it’s time to recycle and outfit it with a custom comic book theme.
This do it yourself project stems from the same style of paper mache-like tactics you used in elementary art class. The process is fairly straightforward. Simply cut out your desired pieces of reading material and attach them to your case via Mod Podge application finish. After it sets, just apply some matte or glossy sealer (hair spray works) and, when dry, the end product is a beautiful super-hero themed case not like anything you’d find at an accessory retailer.
For an in-depth guide explaining how to DIY or to order your own customized case, hit the source links below.
Samsung recently announced a little brother to its flagship phone, the Galaxy S3 Mini. Retailers have offered bits and pieces of information about pricing and availability on the bite-sized handset, and now Carphone Warehouse is following suit. Similar to other retailers, Carphone Warehouse will be offering the device SIM-free for under £300, or about $480.96. They will also offer on-contract pricing starting at £25 per month, or about $40, with the device free.
It’s not an expensive device, but it’s going to face some stiff competition from Google’s Nexus 4 and its $299 price tag. I think its best market will be consumers who want a capable device, but don’t want the huge screens that are on nearly every flagship phone available, and appreciate an SD card slot and removable battery. Anyone going to be picking one of these up? Let us know in the comments. Hit the break for full press release.
While it’s exciting that Google is selling the Nexus 4 through its Play Store for as little as $299 here in the US and parts of Europe, it looks like those in other parts of the world may not be so lucky to grab the device for such a low price. According to Androidos, there are reports coming in from Europe indicating that LG will be selling the Nexus 4 directly for as much as €599 or $768 USD in countries like Italy. Additional reports indicate similar pricing for other markets including Spain and India, which will likely see the device priced at INR 34K or 35K (roughly $650 USD). The increased pricing is beginning to have a major negative effect as well: LG’s supposed pricing structure seems to have a ripple effect as several retailers such as Phone House will not sell the phone due to the high pricing, which potentially means less availability for many Android fans abroad.
There’s no official word yet from LG and/or Google regarding this, but as soon as we grab further details, we’ll be sure to share it with you all.
When Google unveiled the LG-produced Nexus 4, some potential customers were frustrated by the lack of a removable battery. This may be bothersome for those who rely on extra batteries to get through the day, but those worried about replacing broken, defective or burnt-out batteries should no longer do so.
As it turns out, this may not be as big of an issue as some have anticipated. While we previously got a good look at the underlying internals of the device, new information suggests the 2,100mAh battery is just a couple of screws away, meaning that swapping out a new battery won’t require you to completely tear apart your device. This should help quell fears of those who are worried about burning out your phone’s fuel cell. Catch an additional image after the break. Read more
Yesterday Verizon announced that their philanthropic arm, the Verizon Foundation, is pledging $1.2 million to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. The contribution is split into two parts. The first is a matching pledge by the Verizon Foundation for the first $1 million donated by Verizon customers who contribute through the Text to Donate program. The Text to Donate program enables customers to make a donation to the American Red Cross by sending a text reading REDCROSS to 90999. Doing so will trigger a $10 donation to be included on the customer’s next bill or withdrawal from a prepaid customer’s balance. Verizon indicates they are waiving any fees to ensure 100% of donations reach the American Red Cross. Customers can elect to contribute up to $50 via texting. Read more
Earlier this week, after Google announced Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean, some sources managed to obtain standalone apk files for the 4.2 keyboard. The keyboard from 4.2 is sought after due to the inclusion of “Gesture Typing,” which allows users to glide their finger over the keyboard in a Swype-like fashion. Google asked sources to take down links to the apk files as the software was not yet ready for versions other than 4.2. Read more