CIA, FBI, NSA say you shouldn't buy the Huawei P20 Pro. Would you?

Early this year, Huawei was so, so close to an actual deal with a US carrier. The Mate 10 was supposed to be compatible with and sold through AT&T. But, alas, politics got in the way. The NSA, FBI, and CIA all say US citizens should tread carefully when using the China-made smartphones and managed to pressure AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile enough for the carriers to back away.

This means that, unfortunately, the shiny new P20 Pro will also not be making it to the carriers’ store shelves. It also doesn’t support a whole lot of LTE bands, so importing one might not be a great idea right …


Deal: Save $175 when you buy the Sony Xperia XZ Premium at Amazon

Sony’s last year flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium is once again available in the United States for much less than its launch price. If you’ve been eyeing one of the few smartphones that boast an impressive 4K display, the Xperia XZ Premium is now available on Amazon for just $525.

Considering Sony’s top-tier smartphone usually sells for $700 (at least that’s Amazon’s listed MSRP), customers will save $175 when they buy the Xperia XZ Premium. Even though the US retailer says only 9 units are left in stock, it also mentions that more are on the way.

It’s worth mentioning that only the …

Best Buy will sell you the U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ for $50 off with a Big Red caveat

Have nothing to do today? Here’s an idea. Get in your car, drive to Best Buy, and take advantage of its sale on the U.S. unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. Now, there is a big red caveat. Or perhaps we say Big Red caveat. To score the sale price of $669.99, you must activate the phone today through Verizon. And, you need to either open a new account, or add a new line. Following those rules, the U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9+ is $789.99.

Suppose you have no interest in switching to Verizon, or in adding a new line to your existing Big Red account. Or let’s …

Buy your Google Home Mini smart speaker in bulk from Costco and save $15 on three

Costco is a membership warehouse club where items are purchased in bulk at a discount. And that explains why you can purchase three Google Home Mini smart speakers from Costco for $99.99, a $15 or 15% savings from Costco’s usual price of $114.99. The price, which is available to Costco members only, works out to $33.33 for each unit compared to the current $49 price tag that each Google Home Mini carries at the Google Store.

The deal expires on May 5th, and if you order from Costco’s online store, shipping will be free. Color options for the three-pack are charcoal or chalk. With the Google …

Deal: Buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ (like new) for less than $500

In case you’re not impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S9 series, but still need a high-end Android phone, you may want to buy a Galaxy S8. Amazon currently has an interesting offer involving the Samsung Galaxy S8 family, selling the unlocked S8 for as low as $422.78, and the unlocked S8+ for as low as $479.576.  
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ that are offered for under $500 are used, but “like new.” These are the official US variants of the smartphones, so they comes with warranty and are compatible with all major carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint. …

Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

What does the T in T-Mobile stand for – have you ever wondered? Terrific? Tantalizing? Or could it have something to do with Mr. T? Nope! The letter simply comes from the German word Telekom, as T-Mobile got its branding from Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications company it is owned by.

Yes, we know: there was nothing thrilling about that random bit of trivia. But the phones that T-Mobile has to offer – now those are worth being excited about! And there are many to choose from. So without further ado, let us go over the best T-Mobile phones right now.

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Facebook is testing ads that let you try out mobile games before you buy them

Google Play Instant allows consumers to try a game before they purchase it. Last month, there were six games that offered this feature. Now, something similar with the same “try before you buy” mentality has been unveiled by Facebook. Yes, that Facebook. The company has started testing playable game ads in its News Feed with about 24 developers involved. Facebook also plans to rollout this technology for its off-platform ad network, and later this year it will be offered to all advertisers.

Facebook likes the concept because it has been discovered that 79% prefer learning about a product …

Best Buy's CEO explains why 250 Best Buy Mobile stores are closing

Last month, Best Buy announced that it was shuttering all 250 of its Best Buy Mobile stores by May 31st. If you love mobile devices, you most likely have found yourself browsing inside one of the locations at least once. Best Buy Mobile is usually found inside a shopping mall, and many of them have competition right outside the door in the form of kiosks run by major stateside carriers.

In an interview published on Sunday, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly explained why he came to the decision to shut Best Buy Mobile. As the executive explained, the stores first opened in 2006 just before the great …

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be up for pre-order at Best Buy on April 13

Although B&H was the first US retailer to list Sony’s new flagships last month, it appears that the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are no longer available for pre-order.

The good news is Sony has just announced both phones will be launched in the United States in less than two weeks. The handset maker confirmed the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be available for pre-order only at Best Buy from April 13-19. Moreover, they will go on sale online on April 20, but only Best Buy will have them available.

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be available in-store at Best Buy starting May …

With them being so similar, would you rather buy a Galaxy S8, or a Galaxy S9?

Samsung’s 2018 flagship duo is all too familiar — the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look a lot like last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing — Samsung had its formula right last year and the phones still look like they came from the future, the hardware stands, and the features are aplenty.

That’s not to say that the S9 duo doesn’t add some cool stuff. The stereo speakers are a very welcome new feature, the S9+’s secondary camera is definitely nice to have, together with the Portrait Mode (Live Focus) it brings, and a slight bump in hardware is always …