smartphones

Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

As expected, a new Windows smartphone called the LG Lancet is coming to Verizon Wireless, something the carrier made official today. The LG Lancet is said to be the first Windows Phone offering on Verizon to feature Advanced Calling 1.0, which gives users HD voice calls when talking to another Verizon user with an Advanced Calling handset. In addition, the phone brings with it Windows Phone 8.1 and a load of modest but notable features, including support for a 128GB micro SD card.

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FreedomPop to launch service in the UK this summer

FreedomPop to launch service in the UK this summer

FreedomPop, the service that offers free and, in some cases, discounted smartphone service has announced an expansion into Europe, with the first steps of that involving a launch in the United Kingdom as its first free mobile phone service. Though the launch was announced today, the service will not be going live in the UK until later on this summer. This follows a relatively long life in the United States, where it has recently boosted what it has to offer.

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AT&T extends rollover data to a couple prepaid plans

AT&T extends rollover data to a couple prepaid plans

We've seen carriers tweaking their data plans a lot lately, and not just the lesser-known prepaid carriers. This time around is AT&T, which had recently made some changes to how it throttled certain plans, and now the wireless carrier is extending rollover data to a couple tiers of its prepaid GoPhone subscription service. As expected, this means that high-speed data that wasn’t used in one month will roll over into the next month, assuming the plan is renewed without lapsing.

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Straight Talk boosts data for BYOD subscribers

Straight Talk boosts data for BYOD subscribers

Prepaid carriers are battling to draw in more customers as big-name carriers dangle sweeter deals for their slice of the mobile pie. We've seen Cricket revamp its data caps in recent months, for example, and now Wal-Mart's own prepaid option Straight Talk has announced a data change specifically for its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers: an extra couple gigabytes of data. This is sans a price increase, and is for the standard $45/month plan.

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Samsung Project Noble, Project Zen phone details surface

Samsung Project Noble, Project Zen phone details surface

Samsung has more handsets up its sleeves (of course), and some alleged details on two of those upcoming smartphones have surfaced, in this case from an IMEI database. According to sources speaking about the devices, of the two smartphones is a Galaxy S6 variant going by the codename Project Zen, while the other handset -- something believed to be the next in the Galaxy Note lineup -- is reportedly being referred to as Project Noble. We have the rest of the details after the jump!

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Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

In a somewhat unexpected move, Nokia has released a new statement making it as clear as day that the company has no plans to return to making and selling consumer cell phones. This is clearly in response to the rumors that keeping popping up every so often, with the latest being just last week, that they are going to attempt a return to the phone business sometime next year. This closest Nokia gets to the mobile industry right now is through licensing of their large portfolio of patents, as well as licensing their own name for the N1 tablet sold in Asia.

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BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry has revealed that it will be acquiring WatchDox, a California company offering enterprise users a secure file-sync and sharing solution, also known as EFSS. With this, users are able to work on and share documents across all of their devices securely. BlackBerry’s acquisition of the company is a bid to draw back in the government and similar customers that it enjoyed for so long, and, according to the Wall Street Journal at least, will also give it another way to expand its R&D efforts into Israel, where WatchDox has its own operations.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has an integrated battery, but it can be replaced (not without some difficulty, however). Some have questioned how much that replacement battery will cost, and now Samsung has confirmed the pricing: a replacement S6 battery will cost $45 USD, and the replacement of said battery can be done in a single business day, meaning users won't have to be separated from their smartphone for too long. In certain circumstances in particular, though, the replacement battery will be free.

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Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics is a mobile game allowing those on Android and iOS to play as Decepticons and Autobots, and earlier this week both apps received an update. Most notable with the update came support for Live Events, and so it makes sense that this would be the time for its maker, DeNA, to launch its first in-game event for the title. The in-game event kicked off today and will run to next week, bringing an assortment of goodies with it.

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HTC One M8s unveiled: 13MP camera, BoomSound, and more

HTC One M8s unveiled: 13MP camera, BoomSound, and more

HTC has introduced the HTC One M8s, a new mobile offering with a 5-inch FHD display and all the fine trimmings you'd expect: a higher-end camera, high-quality audio, HTC's own software, and a design that's the same as the already available HTC One M8 (the latter of which we've fully reviewed). The maker is planning to launch the handset in three different colors -- Amber Gold, Glacial Silver, and Gunmetal Gray -- in different markets. We've all the details after the break!

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Cricket Wireless partners with Amazon for BYOD kit

Cricket Wireless partners with Amazon for BYOD kit

Cricket has announced a new partnership with Amazon that will open up the carrier to those who prefer to bring their own device. Under the partnership, Cricket Wireless has introduced a Bring Your Own Device Universal SIM Card Activation Kit; it is being offered through Amazon which, presumably, is hoping consumers will pick up a new tablet or smartphone while on the retailer's site. As you'd expect, the SIM activation kit includes all the things one needs to activate a smartphone on the carrier's network, including adapters to make sure the SIM card fits any particular phone.

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Smartphones are sole source of Internet for 7% of Americans

Smartphones are sole source of Internet for 7% of Americans

Though data caps can still be an issue for many, mobile Internet speeds are on the upswing and tethering options abound...even among many prepaid smartphone plans. Most people have a home Internet connection that meets most of their needs, however, leaving the smartphone as a supplement to be used while away from home. For 7-percent of Americans, however, that's not the case, with them relying entirely on their smartphone as their primary/only Internet connection. Not surprisingly, specific groups tend to rely primarily on their phones for Internet access, including young people.

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