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[Deal] Buy an extended service plan through Straight Talk today to save up to $55

straight talk logoIf you’re a Straight Talk Wireless user and you know you’re going to stick with the carrier for the next several months (or years), you may want to jump on the Cyber Monday deal they’re currently running. Normally, Straight Talk offers a slight discount if you buy extended plans that last either three, six, or twelve months at a time, which saves you a bit of money over time by costing less per month. Today they’re cutting even more off the price of those extended plans, making for some pretty good deals on several months of service. Read more

Verizon simplifies its prepaid plans

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Every carrier in the United States has been making moves as of late. What better time to do it than the holiday season? Customers new and old are picking up new devices and bolstering their plans with more data. Recently, AT&T brought free roaming to Mobile Share Value plan customers; Sprint upped its network and lowered rates for new customers; T-Mobile launched unlimited video streaming and then gave more data to everyone. Even prepaid carriers Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS have introduced new benefits. Verizon, who last week announced TravelPass, now has simplified its prepaid plans for both basic phones and smartphones.

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LG’s Lucky LG16 smartphone costs less than $10 at Walmart

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What would you regard as a cheap smartphone? It all depends on your circumstances, some would consider the Moto G 2015 to be a cheap handset, whilst others would be looking at a price in double figures as a good start. What about under $10? You may think its crazy, but LG’s TracFone Lucky LG16 costs just $9.82 from Walmart. Really. And if that isn’t enough of a bargain for you, shipping is included free of charge.  Read more

Verizon simplifies its BYOD process, allows compatible unlocked phones to be activated on its network

Verizon_glass-Verizon has made some effort to become a little more friendly towards unlocked devices, which means getting on their network is easier than ever. Now any compatible, unlocked iPhone 6 or Nexus 6 can be brought to Verizon’s network with little effort. You’ll just need to punch your phone’s device ID into Verizon’s site and purchase a Verizon SIM card to get started.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to take any unlocked phone to Verizon’s network, since there aren’t many phones that have the required CDMA and LTE radios to work properly. That might change as LTE becomes more prevalent, but as of right now, you’re pretty much locked to the handful of devices that include tons of radios. Read more

LG Tribute 2 and LG Volt 2 now available through Boost Mobile

LG volt 2 tribute 2 boost mobileA pair of new LG phones are now available for Boost Mobile customers, including the Tribute 2 and the Volt 2. Both devices offer pretty similar hardware, with the Volt offering a slightly larger screen and battery.

Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 810 CPU with 1 GB of RAM, and they both have 8 GB of internal storage (plus microSD card slot!) and run Android 5.1. The Volt sports a 5-inch display while the Tribute has a 4.5-inch screen, and the Volt 2’s camera shoots at a slightly higher resolution of 8 megapixels, beating out the 5 megapixel shooter in the Tribute 2. No major differences, but you’ll pay a $50 premium for that nicer camera and bigger screen. Read more

T-Mobile turning on mobile hotspot features for all of its customers on June 12th

T-Mobile_Logo_02_TAWe knew T-Mobile was planning on unleashing some new promotions to kick off the summer, but it’s looking like some of those promos will actually be better than we originally thought. That’s a pretty rare thing in this industry, but hey, more stuff is always good, right?

It was leaked that T-Mobile was planning on upping the data limits of mobile hotspot usage for customers who paid for it, and that they were planning on doing away with data caps in favor of data throttling. Those things are still true, but it gets even better. Read more

T-Mobile giving away free SIM starter kits to certain customers

t-mobile_logo_magentaT-Mobile has been extremely bold in trying to pull customers onto their network, including letting customers test drive their network and offering up tons of promotional credit. Their latest move is a small but meaningful tactic to bolster their prepaid numbers for anyone wanting to get away from postpaid service.

From now until June 30th, all Pay in Advance and Simple Choice No Credit customers will see the normal $15 SIM starter kit fee completely waived. This unfortunately doesn’t extend to anyone activating a new postpaid line of service, but there are other promos to make that option a little easier to swallow. Read more