AT&T is in the process of pushing out a fairly minor over-the-air (OTA) update weighing in at just 57MB to all its carrier-branded LG G2 handsets located in the United States. Although it doesn’t bring any major software improvements, it’s still quite a significant stability update that we would strongly advice all G2 owners to download and install.
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British smartphone retailer Carphone Warehouse has today unveiled three new additions to its Galaxy S4 mini lineup in pink, orange, and purple. They’re identical to the original Galaxy S4 mini under the hood, and they’re available on all of the U.K.’s major carriers from £21 ($34) a month.
Last month HTC unveiled the One Max, as a dramatically upscaled variant to its immensely popular high-end Android-powered smartphone, the HTC One, and now Sprint has officially announced that the phablet will be available to purchase on any of its 2-year tariffs starting at $299 or for $25 per month with the Sprint One Up program, as from tomorrow, November 15.
Google Play isn’t the only place where you can pick up the new Nexus 5 without a contract, but if you decide to shop elsewhere, you’re likely to pay a lot more for it. In the U.K., for example, the 16GB variant costs £299 ($481) direct from Google, but some stores are charging as much as £400 ($643).
This isn’t just a bid to make a quick buck while the handset is sold out on Google Play. The reason for these high prices is that the cost of the Nexus 5 on Google Play actually undercuts the prices retailers must pay to wholesalers.
Cricket Wireless has officially announced that the ZTE Source will be the latest budget-friendly smartphone to be added to its “affordable” lineup of Android-powered devices. The Source will launch on Sunday, October 20, and the U.S. carrier will hold exclusivity over the handset at launch.
Sony’s latest high-end Android-powered phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, was revealed back in June, and now both Three U.K. and O2 have officially announced that they will carry the device starting from today. The handset is available to purchase in-store from both carrier’s, as well as online from O2. Unfortunately, it will not be available online from Three U.K. until October 18.
AT&T has officially published its market expansion plans for the remainder of this year, and it’s pretty safe to say that it is right on track for its self set goal of providing nationwide coverage. Last night, in a press release the operator announced that its LTE connectivity will go live in five new markets starting from today, as well as expanding its existing coverage in another eight locations.
Now that EE is already providing 4G LTE services in the U.K., and Vodafone and O2 are scheduled to launch their own 4G networks at the end of this month, Three was the only major carrier yet to announce its rollout plans.
But the company has today confirmed that it is on track to launch 4G during the fourth quarter of this year, and that it will come at no extra cost to consumers.
Verizon Wireless has been hard at work rolling out LTE on its network over the past three years or so, but the company announced today that the nationwide 4G LTE rollout is ‘substantially complete.’
With support for over 500 LTE markets, Verizon’s 4G LTE network now covers 95% of the U.S. population. Verizon Wireless CTO Nicola Palmer says the company isn’t totally done just yet. As reported by PC Mag, Palmer says the company plans to add more services to LTE over the next few years and open new markets:
EE has today announced that its speedy 4G LTE network is now available in an additional 11 towns across the United Kingdom. EE now covers 85 towns and cities, reaching more than 55% of the U.K. population just eight months after its 4G LTE network first launched.