Total Wireless overprices the Galaxy S III more than three years later

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Someone needs to have a word with the executives at TracFone and Walmart. Total Wireless, a carrier operated by TracFone and available exclusively through Walmart, is attempting to sell customers a device that was released in May 2012. The latest commercial from Total Wireless shows that the Galaxy S III can be purchased for $250.

Correct, a carrier actually thinks that it is completely fine for a phone from three years ago to be priced at $250 sold in 2015.

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Talk Android Weekly Recap: July 12 – July 18, 2015

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We’re wrapping up yet another week at Talk Android! Summer tends to be really dry for big stories, but we saw some great one this week. Between the ongoing saga between T-Mobile and the FCC, more details on the OnePlus 2, Google Fiber joining the initiative to offer free Internet access, there’s a lot to catch up on.

Here’s some of the best highlights from July 12 to July 18:

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes reveals potential for virtual reality games

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The Samsung Gear VR has a new game available that shows how virtual reality devices can be used in new, creative ways for game play. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a cooperative video game that requires at least two players – one wearing a Gear VR headset and one manning a bomb defusing manual. As a demo video for the title shows, getting a group together for some gameplay will work as well and may even add to the experience. Read more

Samsung’s new ad focuses on the Galaxy S6 Edge’s camera

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The latest advertisement from Samsung is all about promoting the speed of the camera found in the Galaxy S6 Edge. In the thirty-second commercial, two women are trying to capture photographs of a dog that popped into the room. They double-press the home button to quickly launch the camera and the Galaxy S6 Edge can immediately take photos so not a single moment is missed. Both women then admire their photos taken with the phone’s 16MP camera on a crisp Quad HD display.

Hit the break for the video.

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Samsung and Apple in advanced talks to join e-SIM launch

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One of the things we do when we get a new smartphone is to check whether it will accept the SIM card used in the previous device. Current SIM cards are ‘locked’ to a specific carrier and sometimes a different sized SIM card than previously used is required by the new device. Those requirements could become unnecessary when the e-SIM becomes available in the relative near future though.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus visit the FCC

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Bolstering claims that Samsung will release two new top-tier devices in August, variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus have both appeared in the FCC database. This is a good sign that the devices are very close to being ready to hit the market and the appearance in July hints that their release will be before Samsung’s traditional September launch date. The latest indications are that Samsung will announce the devices on August 12th and sales will commence on August 21st. Read more