Beta update to BBM for Android adds support for groups of 300 people, desktop chats and more

The BBM app for Android has received a beta update that includes several new features. The update raises the number of people allowed in a group chat to 300. In addition, if someone you are trying to call is busy and can’t answer the phone, you will see a message on the call screen, and hear a tone. And let’s say you’re tired of holding your phone all day, and want to continue your BBM chat on your desktop computer. BBM beta testers can do this with BBM Desktop.

You can get to BBM Desktop (which is in beta) by tapping on the Me icon on the bottom of the screen. Click on BBM Desktop, go to …


Deal: Verizon offers the Pixel 2 XL at $300 off, with free Google Home Mini and Chromecast promo

Verizon Wireless just stepped up its earlier promos for the best Android handsets out there, but this time there is no trade in requirement. After offering the Galaxy S9+ and Note 8 at $300 off, the carrier now has the phone with the amazing camera algorithms, Google’s Pixel 2 XL, at the same discount, but with an added bundle.

Thus, you can essentially get the Pixel 2 XL smartphone through May 30th for $550 (64GB) or $650 (128GB), respectively, after you buy them on installments, and after $300 are distributed as 24 monthly payment discounts. 
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Deal: Save $150 on the iPhone 8 256 GB on AT&T and Verizon, or $300 on Sprint (today only)

Need a new iPhone 8 256 GB? If you do, and you want to use it on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, Best Buy has a limited time offer that you should check out. Today only (February 28), Best Buy lets you save $150 when you get the iPhone 8 256 GB on Verizon and AT&T, or $300 if you get it on Sprint.  
This one-day deal requires you to purchase your iPhone 8 256 GB with a monthly installment agreement and qualified activation. Savings will be reflected in reduced monthly payments over the life of the device. After 24 months, you’ll be paying only $700 (instead …

Deal: Save up to $300 on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or S8 (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile), or get a $350 gift card (Sprint)

Since their release, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ have been included in so many deals and promotions that we kind of lost track of them. Still, we have to report about the newest deals involving Samsung’s three phones, as they’re pretty tempting (particularly if you’re interested in a Verizon Note 8), and don’t require trade-ins.  
As of this weekend, Best Buy lets you purchase a Verizon Galaxy Note 8 at $300 off. Verizon was already taking $200 off the Note 8 (reflected in reduced monthly payments), but Best …

Deal: Save $150 on an iPhone 8 with AT&T or Verizon activation, or get a $300 gift card with Sprint activation (today only)

If you’re planning to buy an Apple iPhone 8 and activate it on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, Best Buy today has a couple of nice deals that you should definitely check out. 
The retailer lets you save $150 on an iPhone 8 64 GB when you’re purchasing it with a monthly installment plan on AT&T or Verizon. Savings aren’t instant, but will be reflected in reduced monthly payments. After 24 months (or up to 30 months on AT&T), you’ll end up paying $549 – instead of $699 – for a brand new iPhone 8 64 GB.
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AT&T expected to offer prepaid iPhone 6s for just $300

It looks like AT&T has decided to kick it up a notch when it comes to iPhone offerings. The US carrier plans to start selling the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for more than decent prices.

The folks over at 9to5Mac got word that AT&T will offer prepaid iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for $344.9 and $444.99, respectively. The deal will be available on AT&T’s $45/month plan, but the price includes the cost of the first month, which reduces the price of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to $300 and $400.

If the report is accurate, these devices will join the list of prepaid iPhones …

It was a Happy New Year for the App Store as it took in a record $300 million on January 1st

On New Year’s Day 2018, Apple set a record for the most revenue earned by the App Store in one day. Just a few days ago, on January 1st, the App Store brought in $300 million in gross revenue. During the seven days that started on Christmas Day, the App Store took in an amazing $890 million. Since the launch of the store in July 2008, Apple has paid out $86 billion to developers for their share of paid apps and subscriptions purchased through the App Store.

During 2017, developers received $26.5 billion, up 30% on a year-over-year basis. Hit games last year included titles like Animal Crossing: …

Deal: Verizon Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are $300 off at Best Buy and Target

One month ago, Verizon kicked off a promotion meant to attract more people into buying Google’s latest flagships, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Basically, the carried shaved $300 off the smartphones’ MSRP, but only if you purchased them on payment plans.

Initially, the offer was only available at Verizon’s brick and mortar stores, but after less than a week, the carrier posted the deal on its website. Well, believe it or not, the offer is still up and running, and added two more retailers.

Starting this week, customers can buy the Verizon Pixel 2 and Pixel …

Sprint offers iPhone 8 BOGO deal and $300 off on iPhone X with trade-in

For some reason, US carriers have decided not offer any promotions on Apple’s new iPhone X, but the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were the subjects of some deals several times in the past. Sprint wants to woe more Apple fans and is now offering great deals on both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

First off, there’s a BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) deal on the iPhone 8 and customers don’t even have to purchase the smartphone for the full price. Sprint offers the iPhone 8 on its 18-month Flex installment plan, and if you agree with it, you’ll be getting a second iPhone 8 for free.

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Now through Wednesday, save $300 on the LG V30 at Verizon

With two weeks left until Christmas Day, Verizon is taking $300 off the price of the LG V30. That takes the cost of the phone down to $540. While that is quite a nice chunk of change that you’ll be saving, the deal only runs from today through Wednesday, December 13th. We are talking about a 36% drop in price for a handset that is one of the top models released in the second half of this year.

The deal is similar to many that we are seeing from different stateside carriers. Purchase the phone using an installment plan, and after a couple of bill cycles go by, you’ll start receiving the price …