Republic Wireless to offer Moto X for $299

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Republic Wireless is a newer MNVO operating on Sprint’s network that offers some really cool pricing plans thanks to it’s unique WiFi calling/texting features. They offer plans as low as $5 with exclusively WiFi calling and data usage, but up to $40 a month for unlimited WiFi/3G/4G usage. Up until now, the only device they offered on their network was the fairly outdated Motorola Defy, but today they’re updating their lineup by offering the Moto X for an impressive $299.

Republic Wireless hasn’t given a date for the release of their Moto X outside of a vague “November” date and there’s no word on whether or not you’ll be able to get Moto Maker customization, but if you’ve been itching for a new carrier to try out, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find better value than this.

source: Republic Wireless

via: Engadget

Sprint to join the early upgrade party with ‘One Up’

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Now that T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless all announced early upgrade plans, Sprint will finally join the party. Sprint is calling their plan “One Up” and it allows customers to play for their phone over 20 monthly installments with no money down. An example would be $27 per month for a phone retailing for $649.99. After one year, customers can upgrade to a new phone by trading in the device and signing up for One Up again.

As far as monthly plans, you will have to sign up for My Way or All-in plan. The good news is that if you’re signed up for “One Up”, you will get a $15 discount per month off the normal monthly rate. An example would be unlimited talk, text, and data for as little as $65 per month.


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Sprint to make LG G2 available by the holidays, pre-orders begin Oct. 11

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We now have official word from Sprint that the LG G2 will be available to customers by the holidays, and that you’ll be able to start pre-ordering the device on Oct. 11.

It’s a way later than what we’ve suggested from other carriers, but remember, this is the first time we’ve heard any official word on release dates for the phone. Earlier reports were simply rumors, and can (and most likely will) change.

Here’s the info that we have gotten about T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T.

  • T-Mobile: Rumored for September 18th
  • Verizon: Rumored for September 12th
  • AT&T: Rumored for September 13th

Hit the break for the full press release from Sprint.


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Moto X boot unlocker available from Motorola for Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers, others

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Motorola has posted bootloader unlocker tools on their web site for several versions of their new Moto X device. Consumers on the Sprint and US Cellular networks in the U.S. can use the new tools to unlock their devices, which just went on sale for them this past week. Motorola has also made versions of the bootloader unlocker tool available for Moto X owners in Canada, including those on Rogers, and for Latin American markets.

The bootloader unlocker gives owners of the Moto X the option to root their devices, install third-party ROMs, or just generally tinker around with their devices. This additional flexibility does come at a cost though as installation of the unlocker with void the device’s warranty. If you want to give the unlocker a try despite the risk to your warranty, hit the source link below.

Sources indicate it is unlikely Motorola will provide an unlocker for Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile versions of the Moto X. However, developer editions of the device are expected for those networks that will give buyers a similar option.

source: Motorola

Samsung SPH-L520 passes through FCC halls, could possibly be Sprint’s Galaxy S 4 Mini

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Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini have been swirling around for a while now, and we’re today we’re seeing FCC documents of a device which appears to be the Sprint variant of the phone (We’ve already seen Verizon and AT&T versions). The body is a bit bigger than the other S 4 variants, however. We might be seeing a carrier-specific device here, but if it were the S 4 Mini we wouldn’t be surprised.

Via: Engadget 
Source: FCC

 

Sprint to release Moto X tomorrow with $199.99 asking price, includes Lifetime Unlimited Guarantee

 

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Well there you have it, folks. Sprint just announced that they will be making the Moto X available tomorrow, September 6th,  for $199.99, and will also be throwing in a “Lifetime Unlimited Guarantee.” If you are switching to Sprint from another carrier, you are also eligible for a $100 credit toward the phone you choose to buy. (This would make the Moto X $99.99.)

The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee promises customers unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE network, for the life of the line of service. This guarantee is available to new and existing customers who sign up for Sprint’s new Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plans, and will apply to customers as long as they remain on the plan, meet the terms and conditions of the plan and pay their bill in full and on time.

So that’s pretty good news to hear… In their press release, Sprint also made it known that Moto Maker will be available to customers looking to customize their Moto X within the coming months. Other than that, everything seems to be pretty much the same as it is with every other carrier.

Any of you Sprint customers out there looking to buy? Hit the break for the full press release.


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Dev edition Moto X and other carrier options will come “in days”

Moto_X_Red_TAWhile the Moto X launched today for AT&T along with the Moto Maker customization tool, Moto Maker won’t be making its way to other carriers until November. Still, Motorola’s Vice President of Product Management Punit Soni posted on Google+ assuring us that the X will be available on other carriers in the next few days. Also, the developer’s edition of the Moto X will be rolling out in the coming days.

We don’t have official announcements from other carriers yet, but we can assume that we will see Verizon and Sprint versions of the Moto X before September comes around.

Source: +Punit Soni

Samsung Galaxy Mega officially released to U.S. market

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Yesterday we saw a leaked image of the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega sporting AT&T branding, so it should not be a major surprise that Samsung has finally issued their official confirmation that the device is coming to the U.S. market. The Galaxy Mega has already been released to a few markets around the globe since it was officially unveiled, but official word on the U.S. market was lacking until now. According to Samsung’s press release, the Galaxy Mega will be available beginning this month on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular. The device is only available in Nova Black and Polaris White, but it will be up to each carrier to decided which of those two colors, or both, it will offer.

Sprint has followed up on Samsung’s statement with their own indicating buyers can take advantage of a Sprint Unlimited Guarantee to lock-in unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line of service. Meanwhile, AT&T indicates the device will be available starting August 23rd for $24 per month with AT&T Next of $149.99 with a standard two-year agreement.

You can read Samsung’s full announcement after the break.
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HTC had similar plans for Moto X-like customizations but nixed it.

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Motorola is going to be known for the first company to offer color customizations, but were they the first to think of it? Apparently HTC had plans for a similar project with Sprint. It dealt with the 8XT, which is a Windows Phone device. In concept, customers would be able to choose from a range of colors from an HTC Design Studio website. They could also choose accent colors and two-tone highlights as well as an engraving. Not too far off from what Motorola is doing with the Moto X.

HTC and Sprint cancelled the plans over the cost and complications. One has to wonder if this concept takes off, will HTC will be forced to jump back in?

source: TheVerge

Sprint’s Red Hot HTC One with NextRadio available starting Aug. 16th

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Sprint announced today a special version of the HTC One in red will be available in Sprint Stores, through Sprint Business Sales, Telesales, and online through their web site starting August 16th for $199.99 with a two-year agreement or eligible upgrade. Up until now, Sprint customers had to settle for the silver or black versions of the smartphone.

In addition to making the red HTC One available exclusively on the Sprint network, customers will find it comes preloaded with the NextRadio app that utilizes the built-in FM tuner to access radio stations. The agreement to offer the NextRadio app and service will also extend to buyers of the HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone. Customers who already own one of these two devices can get their hands on the app as well through the Google Play store for no charge.

Sweetening the deal even more, Sprint is offering a special promotion from August 16th through the 30th that will give customers the opportunity to buy one HTC One and get a second for free. The offer applies to all three colors of the device while supplies last. A qualifying data plan with a two year agreement is required for the second device.

Check out the full press release from Sprint after the break.
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