T-Mobile And Walmart Offer New Unlimited Family Plan, Includes 3G Data And No Contracts

You already know that T-Mobile and Walmart are two brands giving you the most value for your buck. Now they’re looking to give you even more value by introducing new prices for the WalMart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web family plan. The plan is not just affordable, but more importantly— it’s contract and committment-free. One less thing for customers to worry about.

The WalMart Family Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan works in a straightforward way. After a $25 starter kit for each line, the first line gets unlimited talk, text and web for $45/month, while it’s $35/month for each additional line after that. This would add up to $80/month for two lines, $115/month for three lines, etc.

While you do get to enjoy data access, keep in mind you’re limited to 3G speeds, not T-Mobile’s solid HSPA+ 4G network. If you’re interested in the plan, make sure you sign up for the plan as soon as possible as T-Mobile and Walmart are wooing new customers by offering a 5GB monthly data cap at 3G speeds until March 31st if you sign up by March 16th. If you sign up afterwards, you’ll be limited to a measly 250MB at 3G speeds per month. Oh and you kinda sorta get throttled to slower data speeds once you go past your limit. At least you’re not charged overage fees.

Despite some of the minor trade-offs, this is great for families seeking to get the most out of their bucks. More importantly, this would be a great way to introduce your family to the Android family (hey, what can I say– I’m a homer for Android). Let us know if you plan on keeping your current cell phone plan with that fancy 4G data or if you will consider signing up for the family plan instead in the Comments section below. Hit the break for the full presser from WalMart.


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BLU Studio 5.3 Smartphone Now Available For $259.99

So you want a Galaxy Note, but you’re on a budget price? You’re in luck because BLU Studio has heard your cries and has brought a fairly intriguing phone to the market. They’ve introduced a 5.3-inch phone with some modest features including:

  • a 5.3-inch capacative touch display with 800 x 480 resolution
  • single-core 800MHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera
  • Gingerbread 2.3

These are humble specs to be sure, but there is a huge bonus. The phone will include an impressive 2500mAh battery which should more than provide ample juice to users daily. Also of note, the phone is GSM unlocked— meaning it supports the ability to run in dual-SIM card mode. You can find the BLU Studio 5.3 will run you $259.99 with free shipping. Not too shabby of a price I say.

[via Expansys]

Motorola Testing RAZR Maxx Longevity With 24-hour Event On Feb 6th

As we’re all expecting the anticipating launch of the new Motorola Razr Maxx on Jan 26th, one can’t help but ask the question that is lingering in the back of everyone’s mind, “is the battery life for real on this thing?”  Well, Motorola wants to stand by its product and display for all the world to see just exactly how well the battery life is on the new 3300 mAh addition.  This comes as no surprise, especially in the wake of a plethora of new battery sucking 4G technologies on the rise.  Motorola joins ranks with companies like Samsung and many others in an effort to combat better battery life for 2012.  Mark Feb 6th in your calendars, as this will be the day Motorola puts their new Razr Maxx to the test by streaming a 24 hour event to the masses in where many will be available to test the longevity of the handset in hopes it will last a whopping 24 hours.  If you’ve been looking for a handset that can give you the best possible battery life during your hectic day, you may want to tune into this event to see if the Maxx is worth your time.  If you haven’t already, check out our hands-on of the Razr Max at CES 2012 and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Engadget]

Samsung Shoots Down Rumors Of Possible RIM Purchase

Talk about being in an awkward position for RIM. After previously hearing Samsung was among the major companies interested in acquiring RIM, Samsung went ahead and shut down any notion and rumor they are purchasing the company. In fact, Samsung spokesman James Chung adds Samsung hasn’t “considered acquiring the firm and are not interested in (buying RIM)”. Naturally we figured Samsung wouldn’t be interested in RIM to begin with anyways but nevertheless, seeing rejection is still a tough pill to swallow.  Looks like Samsung will have to continue finding a date to the dance. Perhaps Microsoft?

[via Reuters]

LG introduces the Optimus Pad LTE

LG just unveiled their first LTE tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE. It will launch first in Korea and hopefully in other parts of the world shortly after. It comes in at 9.34mm thick and weighs 479 grams. You’re probably wondering if this will have Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, and unfortunately the answer is no. For now, you will have to live with Android 3.2 Honeycomb with the hopes that ICS will arrive sooner rather than later.

Full specs:

  • Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Memory: User 32GB (Micro SD up to 32GB)
  • Size: 245 x 151.4 x 9.34 mm
  • Weight: 497 g
  • Display: 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display
  • Resolution: 1280 x 768
  • Camera: 8MP (Rear) / 2MP (Front)
  • Processor: Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core / Dual Channel Processor
  • Battery: 6,800mAh
  • Others: HDMI, DLNA

Full press release after the break:


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Ice Cream Sandwich update for Motorola XOOM WiFi-only is officially rolling out to all

Last week we told you about the project for owners of the Motorola XOOM WiFi-only version. Yes, it’s the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Some of our readers let us know that they received the update last night so it’s now officially rolling out to all, but as usual it will be in stages so your device might not get it right away. If you haven’t received it yet, you should definitely see if you can manually pull it by going to Settings/About Tablet/System Updates. I would imagine it will take at least a week for everyone to receive the update.

Cheers Brian and Dave!

 

ASUS UK Offers An Extension On The Transformer Prime and Says Their New 700 Series Device Is Arriving In June

The Transformer Prime news is still quite a buzz around the interwebs even though there are quite a number of buggy issues still going on with the device.  For instance, we’ve seen a number of issues on several devices regarding WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity.  However, the newly Tegra 3 empowered monster recently received the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and for the most part it’s gone smooth.  In addition to the Transformer Prime, CES 2012 revealed the addition of a new 700 series being added to the ASUS lineup.  If you haven’t caught our CES coverage of the device you can check it out here.  The TF700 is actually quite impressive touting a 1920 x 1200 HD display with crisp color and contrast throughout its User Interface.  Asus UK has stated that both devices are in line for decent warranty updates as well.  The original Prime will be receiving a warranty update from 12 to 18 months for those currently in possession of one.  In addition, if you’re not completely happy with the way the GPS performance has been, Asus says they’ll take it back for a full refund with no questions asked.

The 700 series also dubbed the “Prime HD” has a redesigned rear panel that’s said to improve the overall functionality of the WiFi and GPS radios and will go for just around $100 bucks more than the current price of the Prime.  No ultimate release date has been provided by Asus but it looks like it’s geared for a Q2 (possibly June) launch or as Asus likes to put it, “coming soon”.   As for an official US release date, stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on that for you.  For now, check out our hands-on with the 700 series from CES 2012 and get your salivation on.

Tranformer Prime 700 Series Hands-On Video from CES 2012

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[via Android Comm.]

 

Samsung Releases Smaller Galaxy Player 3.6 in South Korea

Fresh off the September announced and released Galaxy Player, Samsung announced that they will be launching a smaller version of their Android toting media device. This will be sold along with already announced 4-inch and 5-inch models. This one, dubbed Galaxy Player 3.6 (YP-GS1) will be released in South Korea and has the following specs:
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Microsoft Signs Another Agreement, Pantech Is Latest To Pay For Patents

Microsoft has just notched yet another one under its belt. After announcing a patent deal with LG just last week, Microsoft is not content with signing deals invovling 70 percent of all Android smartphones in the US having licensing deals. Microsoft went full speed ahead and signed yet another agreement with a manufacturer, this time setting up an agreement with Pantech. The perceived reasoning is Pantech perhaps wants to avoid any sign of legal trouble with Microsoft by agreeing to sign a licensing deal and settling things upfront with the Redmond giant. The terms of the new agreement have not yet surfaced, so look for further information to trickle out sooner than later.

[via Mobile Syrup by Engadget]

Deal: Verizon Restocks Galaxy Nexus Extended Battery, Still 50% Off

For those of you Galaxy Nexus owners who missed out on the first round of Verizon’s discounted extended battery sale, well they’re at it again. Now that they have replenished stock, you can still purchase the larger extended battery for 50% off and it will only run you 25 bucks. Head to the source link below to get your extend on (didn’t sound right), and some readers are even claiming to have gotten the deal honored at their local Big Red store. Do it.

[via Verizon]