Huawei’s First US LTE Phone, The Activa 4G, Is Coming To MetroPCS

We’ve seen some impressive hardware from Huawei in the past with the Ascend D Quad. Looks like the US is going to get a slightly less impressive handset with the just announced Activa 4G. Yes, the 4G refers to LTE, and the device is coming to MetroPCS. This will be Huawei’s first LTE phone in the US, and MetroPCS’s fifth.

For a limited time, it can be had for $149 off-contract after an instant discount and $50 mail-in rebate, though it will normally list for $249. Still, for buying it outright, it’s not a bad price.

But what do you get for that? Check out the specs and full press release after the break.

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Sony Brings ICS to the Xperia Mini Pro

We reported back in March of this year about the revised update schedule for Sony Xperia handsets. In some instances there were some serious delays which probably resulted in some unhappy owners out there. Holding true to their schedule of updating the Xperia Mini Pro at the end of May or early June, the ICS update is now officially available for download.

Sony is setting itself apart by keeping their word and rolling out the updates to Xperia handsets globally. No failure to deliver in this instance. There were some concerns that devices such as the Mini Pro would not even be considered to receive the upgrade, but Sony surprised everyone by finally making it available for download. In order to access the update you must have the proprietary PC Companion software installed, but then it’s ICS all the way, and some very happy owners indeed. To grab the update for yourself head to the source link below.

source: Sony
via: Engadget

Amazon Will Give You $1 Towards Your Next MP3 In Exchange For Downloading a Free App

Amazon will give you a $1 credit towards an MP3 purchase if you “buy” a free app through their website between now and June 13th. Not a bad deal, here are the details:

  • Purchase at least one qualifying free app offered in the Appstore for Android in the webstore or on an Android device. The apps that qualify are apps for Android offered in the Appstore for Android that display the offer message on their webstore product information pages. Qualifying apps will not display promotional messaging on their Android on-device product information pages.
  • After completing your purchase, you will receive an e-mail indicating that a $1 credit for Amazon MP3 music downloads has been applied to your account automatically. The e-mail will also provide instructions on how to redeem your credit.
  • Promotional offer limited to one promotional credit per customer.
  • Promotional offer is valid from June 6, 2012, through June 13, 2012, and subject to change. You must redeem the credit by July 31, 2012.

If you’re already using Amazon’s Appstore this is a no-brainer.  If you’re not, there’s no better time than now to check it out.  Hit the link below to see which apps qualify and claim your free MP3!


source: Amazon

ZoomTether Lets You Share Your Phones Data Connection, No Tethering Plan Required

Zoomtel has released an Android app that tethers your phone directly to a Zoomtel 4501 or 4506 modem for some WiFi connection sharing goodness.  Many of us already tether using carrier-approved or carrier-not-at-all-approved methods.  These work well for sharing via WiFi in a limited area and a limited number of devices, and can quickly drain your battery.  Using a Zoomtel Router has some real benefits over the built-in method. For one thing, it offloads the WiFi duties from your phone to the router giving it much better battery life.  It also has a larger range (330 yards) as it’s a real-deal router, and can handle 253 devices simultaneously (though I wouldn’t recommend trying that one).  The 4506 model has its own built-in battery, allowing you to carry it in a backpack or vehicle and spread the WiFi  on the move.  Zoomtel insists all this can be done (probably) without your carrier noticing, but don’t blame them if you get hit with additional charges. Root is not required to use the app, but the ability to sideload it directly from the modem itself is.
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Facebook Wants To Recommend More Than Just Friends, Introduces New App Center


As Facebook continues to evolve as a social networking platform, so does its services offered to all users. You already know that Facebook knows anything and everything about you when it comes to friends and families, so now it’s turned its attention to your friends and families with smartphones and their apps by introducing the App Center. Basically— the App Center will identify users’ existing apps of your Facebook contacts and recommend similar apps for users to use. The App Center is by no means small either— it’s expected to launch with over 500 apps between web, iOS and Android users, while also providing users with nothing but “high-quality” apps.

The App Center will be built-in to the iOS and Android apps in addition to the main Facebook website. Once users see an app they may like, Facebook will have a “send to mobile” feature to get content on a device and when installation is required, users will get a link to the Play Store for download. You folks excited about Facebook getting to know you even better than it already does?

source: Facebook

T-Mobile Offering Another ‘All Phones Free’ Sale on Fathers Day Weekend


It appears that we can look forward to another impressive T-Mobile Fathers Day sale as TmoNews has gotten a hold of some leaked promo material spilling the juicy details. The sale will go live next Friday and Saturday, the 15th and 16th, and will be another one of those great “All Phones Free” sales. It’s a real shame that the Galaxy S III will launch the following week because that would be one hell of a deal that I am sure many of you would appreciate. Although, if you have been holding out on getting a new HTC One S, this might be the prefect opportunity to snag one for free so mark you calendars because these sales only happen once in a blue moon.

source: TmoNews


Verizon Announces New LTE Markets To Launch Soon

Verizon announced a slew of new markets to be added to their already massive LTE network starting June 21st.  Verizon claims that 2/3 of the US population are now covered by LTE service.  The new markets include:

  • Sharon, PA
  • Bedford, PA
  • Burlington, NC
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • New Bern, NC
  • Gillette, WY

Verizon also announced future expansions in some already existing markets:

  • In North Carolina the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area (“The Triangle”, for you locals)
  • Areas of Colorado including Boulder and Ft. Collins areas
  • The vicinity of Indiana, PA
  • Portions of Florida including Panama City and Palm Beach
Great news for Verizon customers in those areas, it’s good to see Verizon pushing its network into smaller towns and communities.   For some of you, it may be time to start looking at the Incredible 4G LTE that’s coming soon.


Source: Verizon

Vodafone Begins Shipping The Samsung Galaxy S III Phones To Customers

Despite the well-known delays plaguing the anticipated arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S III in the UK, the superphone is one step closer to arriving in owners’ hands thanks to Vodafone UK. The mobile wireless carrier has announced through its Twitter page that it has received a shipment of Galaxy S III phones and have begun rolling them out to customers who preordered the device. More specifically– customers who ordered the device on or before May 29th will receive the phone from today, June 8th. While you can’t help but smile, there is a major catch to the smartphones being shipped— actually two catches. The first is the only version being shipped is the Pebble (Metallic?) Blue version of the smartphone. The second is the 16GB model is the only one in stock… this means those of you who are expecting the white 16GB model or 32GB blue/white models are out of luck for the time being. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take too long before we see the other versions make its way out to customers’ hands.

source: Eurodroid