Samsung Store drops prices on carrier Galaxy S9/S9+ to unlocked levels, cuts more off AT&T models

The online Samsung Store today has given U.S. consumers a reason not to buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Samsung Galaxy S9+ from their wireless providers. Sammy has lowered the price of carrier branded variants of its 2018 flagship phones to match the price of the U.S. unlocked versions. Since Verizon and AT&T each tacked on approximately $80 to the price of the Galaxy S9, and $90 to the price of the Galaxy S9+, this represents a small but much appreciated savings.

So the new pricing from the Samsung Store has the Galaxy S9 (U.S. carrier or U.S. unlocked) available for $719.99, and the Galaxy …


Switch to pre-paid carrier MetroPCS and get 2 free months of unlimited service

There is nothing like the word “free.” And when it is used to describe a promotion, the word sounds even better. For example, let’s use “free” in a sentence. For a limited time only, you can bring your number to pre-paid carrier MetroPCS and receive two free months of unlimited service. MetroPCS will even hook you up with a free (there’s that word again) phone from top line manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Motorola.

Here’s how this works. Port your number over to MetroPCS and choose from one of three options. There is the $50 a month plan, which includes unlimited LTE service. For $60 …

T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom will eliminate carrier bloatware

Carrier bloatware is a “thing.” It is made up of those apps branded by your carrier that are installed on your new phone right out of the box. And most of the time, these apps cannot be deleted, although some can be hidden. Well, T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom (65% owner of the Un-carrier) is doing something about the bloat. On the German telecom giant’s blog, the company announced that it is eliminating pre-installed apps and presets for its Android phones.

Instead, Deutsche Telekom announced a five-step plan that will enable a Telekom phone buyer to set up a new handset with the apps …

Carrier chief: Get ready for a Samsung 5G phone, as 'preparations' are in play

Prompted by a question about Huawei’s newest 5G cellular modem, announced at the MWC expo the other day, the CTO of SK Telecom Park Jin-hyo answered mysteriously that “Huawei excels in its technologies…While Samsung may not say much, it has also been making a lot of preparations,” and added “It is not so far for Samsung either in coming up with a 5G device.”

The fact that the telco’s CTO didn’t budge when confronted with Huawei’s announcement shows how certain he is that Samsung is working on a 5G handset i its own turn. We’d wager to guess that this will be the Galaxy S10, or …

US carrier confirms Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5 will get Android Oreo

Samsung sold lots of Galaxy S6 and Note 5 flagships, as well as many of the former’s variations like the S6 edge and S6 edge+. All those people who still use these phones are still waiting for the handset maker to announce whether or not it will release Android Oreo updates for any of them.

Until today, we only had rumors pointing to possible Oreo updates for the Galaxy S6 and its variations, but no these reports haven’t been confirmed by Samsung. While we still don’t know what’s happening in Samsung’s labs, there’s a high chance that these Galaxy and Note models will eventually receive …

Verizon scoops up the best US carrier network title, followed by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

Verizon’s speed and coverage have been deemed “best” for a record ninth time in a row by RootMetrics, the testing company that Big Red uses to gauge the “state of the networks.” Another probe, this time a customer survey by J.D. Power, reached the same conclusion a little while before that, too.

RootMetrics is a network testing subsidiary of IHS, the big research shop, and they conduct millions of measurement points on off-the-shelf carrier smartphones, with hundreds of thousands of miles walked and driven across the US to gauge performance in and out of metropolitan areas.

For the …

T-Mobile user gets separated from his bitcoins, sues for carrier negligence in a phone number heist

The ongoing identity theft fraud, where scammers get a hold on your personal details, including your phone number, and try to access bank and other payment accounts you might have connected to it, has resulted in at least one lawsuit so far. One Carlos Tapang of Washington state is now blaming T-Mobile that it has “improperly allowed wrongdoers to access” his wireless account, ultimately resulting in a drain of his cryptocurrency stash after initiating a password change request.

The scam has been around for a few months already, and carriers have put warnings in their support …

Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile: which is your preferred carrier in 2017? (Poll Results)

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile: which one is your preferred carrier in 2017?
That’s what we asked you, our readers, just a few days ago, and we have now closed the voting and the results of the poll are in.
Out of the big four US carriers, an overwhelming majority of our readers have voiced their preference for T-Mobile. Once the underdog, T-Mobile with outspoken CEO John Legere at the helm has been building 4G LTE towers, boosting coverage and LTE speed, and it has won FCC’s important 600MHz auction this year, …

Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile: Which is your preferred US carrier in 2017?

Having a great smartphones is one half of having a great smartphone experience: the other is having good signal and when it comes to signal, your carrier is the one that is responsible.
That is why as 2017 winds down to a close we turn to you, our readers, to share your favorite US wireless carrier.
Throughout the year, many important things happened in the wireless carrier industry. Operators now support more and more people in the most distant places in the States, with faster and wider-spread 4G LTE connectivity. …

Best Buy has deals on unlocked and carrier variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8


Samsung came up with three big winners in 2017 with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. If you know some friends or family members who would love either one of these handsets (including yourself) and you still have to do some holiday shopping for them (and perhaps yourself), Best Buy has various deals on the 2017 Samsung flagship models.

Verizon customers can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from Best Buy for $300 off, or $636. With the same discount, the Samsung Galaxy S8 for Big Red subscribers is $436, and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is priced at $536. …