Samsung’s flagships smartphones started at $500 for the original Galaxy S, to the rumored nearly $1000 tag for the fast-approaching Galaxy S9+. That’s doubling of the launch price in the span of 8 years, a bit shorter period than Apple’s double trouble going from $500 for the OG iPhone, to $999 for the iPhone X.
The FCC will be funding Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to the tune of $4.53 billion to expand their wireless networks in sparsely populated rural areas, and ensure 10Mbps minimum download speeds. The move is part of its Mobility Fund Phase II auction, and the dough will be distributed to carriers over a 10-year period. The full statement of the FCC is worth reading, be it only for the jab pointed at T-Mobile, which argued for much lower minimum speeds requirement:
We hate to be a harbinger of bad news, but not only are phone prices going up with no end in sight, but affordable carrier plans will be few and far between going forward, it seems. After their merger failed, Sprint and T-Mobile will now have to focus on expanding their networks, and boosting profitability on their own, which will be affecting their plan pricing, and their heretofore “affordable carriers” mojo.
RED announced its technological wonder, the Hydrogen One smartphone back in July, and promised to bring it to market at some point this year. Today, the company confirmed its innovative device has received the support of US carriers and will most likely start shipping this summer.
However, those who placed pre-orders for the unlocked version will be getting their Hydrogen One units much earlier, RED confirmed. In case you’ve never heard of Hydrogen One, here is a short recap of what it can do.
First off, Hydrogen One is a modular smartphone based on a pogo pin system. It comes with …
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said today that the next new OnePlus handset, possibly named the OnePlus 6, will be released late in the second quarter of this year and will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. OnePlus set sales records late last year with the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which is now the company’s fastest and best-selling phone. Those records previously belonged to the OnePlus 5, which was launched late last June.
In addition, Lau said that OnePlus would start talking with U.S. carriers this year about selling its devices through one or more stateside wireless operators. The company …
Well, that’s a bummer, especially for consumers looking to buy a flagship on monthly plans. Although there were positive signs that Huawei might finally sign an agreement with one or more US carriers, an earlier report by Wall Street Journal claimed negotiations failed and the smartphone company will continue to sell its products through open channels.
Now Huawei confirmed the report and said the highly-anticipated Mate 10 Pro will not be sold in the United States through local carriers. Even so, the Chinese giant seems determined to fight for market share in the …
The LG G6 is already available in the United States and customers can buy one from all major carriers, but the slightly improved version, the LG G6+ isn’t officially available for purchase in the country.
Of course, you could go ahead and buy the international version on Amazon, but that will not come with a warranty and it’s not even working with all US carriers, as you’ll only be able to use it on AT&T and T-Mobile.
However, it appears that an AT&T version of the LG G6+ that goes by model number H871U has just been spotted on LG’s open source website. The bad news is we …
Remember the good old days when you would brag about your phone receiving 5 bars of signal strength in certain locations? Your friend might reply by noting that his phone had only 2 bars in the same spot. And strangely enough, that would make you feel superior to your pal, at least until you found the roles reversed at a different location. Well, if some commits discovered by XDA on the Android Open Source Project are implemented, carriers might decide to no longer provide subscribers with this information beginning with the Android P build.
This information in numerical form can be found …