Amazon bundles Prime Exclusive Moto X4 and second-gen Echo; it's yours for $350

The other day we told you that the Moto X4 was on sale for $299.99 directly from the manufacturer. While this deal still runs through March 3rd, Amazon has a pretty good bundle package that you might find even more enticing. Get a Prime Exclusive 32GB unlocked Moto X4 AND a second generation Amazon Echo for $349.99. Considering that the smart speaker retails for $99.99, you are actually saving some decent coinage here.

Keep in mind that Amazon recently removed the lock screen ads that were placed on its Prime Exclusive handsets as a way to help subsidize the price of the phone. As a result, …


Amazon refunds Prime Exclusive phone owners who paid to remove the ads

Since 2016, Amazon has been offering an ever-increasing lineup of Prime Exclusive phones – unlocked devices sold at significantly lower prices. There has always been a catch, though – they shipped with preinstalled Amazon software and had lockscreen ads. While you couldn’t remove the apps, you had the option to pay a fee (depending on your device) to remove the lockscreen ads. At least that was the case until last week, when Amazon made the decision to remove the lockscreen ads for everyone, but increase the cost of every Prime Exclusive device by $20.
But …

Amazon drops lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones starting tomorrow

Consumers looking for a deal on a smartphone have been able to save anywhere from $25 to $100 off the retail price by buying them from Amazon, as long as they didn’t mind being forced to watch lock screen ads. Starting tomorrow, February 7th, Amazon is no longer forcing these ads on Prime Exclusive buyers. And those who already own a Prime Exclusive model will receive a software update that removes the ads from their phones. While the ads are gone, new Prime Exclusive models will still come with pre-installed apps from Amazon.

Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only …

Verizon signs exclusive NBA streaming deal, to offer League Pass at half price

After its extensive NFL deal, Verizon is now striking gold with the NBA, too, entering into a multi-year agreement over games streaming and exclusive content creation, topping it off with AR and VR experiences for basketball aficionados.
Big Red will offer the League Pass for half-price compared to traditional cable TV subscriptions, via its Yahoo Sports subsidiary. Those $99 a season will get you access to the more than 1100 games played for the period, plus the aforementioned exclusive Verizon content and AR shenanigans. The kicker is that …

HTC's new selfie phone announced: dual front cameras, currently exclusive to China

HTC is no stranger to selfie-oriented smartphones. Back in the final months of 2014, it launched the HTC Desire Eye — an upper-tier midranger that had identical 13 MP cameras on both front and back, each supported by their own dual-tone LED flash. With the flagship HTC 10, selfie fanatics got a different type of treat — an OIS module for the front camera, making for less blurry shots and stable video for vlogging.

Now, the company is launching a brand-new selfie-centered handset — a new member of the HTC U family, called the HTC U11 EYEs. Yeah, that’s eyes plural, since …

TSMC beats out Samsung, will be the exclusive producer of A12 chips for 2018 iPhone models?

Apple designs the chipsets used to power the iPhone, and then turns over the manufacturing to a company with the facilities to produce the component. In the last few years, Samsung and TSMC have been given the task (exclusively, or together) to produce these chips. TSMC has beaten out Samsung in the race to the 7nm process and according to industry sources, Apple has given the foundry an exclusive to produce the A12 SoC that will be used on the 2018 iPhone lineup. TSMC already has orders from 40 customers to produce chips for mobile devices, using the 7nm process.

TSMC reportedly plans on …

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) to be sold in India as an Amazon exclusive


The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) will launch in India this month. With the Infinity Display present on both models, these will be cheaper substitutes for Sammy’s 2017 flagships. And pricing is important in India, which is the second largest smartphone market in the world after China. With a low per capita income, Indian smartphone buyers have to do their research on whether a certain handset is affordable.

When the Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) launches in India, it will be an Amazon exclusive. We come to that conclusion thanks to a teaser on the Amazon India website …

One day after adding an exclusive feature for its Windows Phone beta, WhatsApp disabled it

On Thursday, WhatsApp pushed out an update for the Windows Phone beta version of the messaging app. The update, to version 2.17.342.0, included a feature allowing those involved in a group chat, to reply to a message in private to a member of the group. A chat window to the recipient would automatically open, and it included the message from the group that the sender was replying to. Already available on the Windows 10 web version of WhatsApp, the new feature is not yet offered on the iOS or Android version of the app.

WhatsApp giveth, and WhatsApp taketh away. On Friday, another update, …

Deal: Save $80 (35%) when you buy the Nokia 6 on Amazon (Prime Exclusive offer)

Amazon is running an interesting promo aimed at Nokia fans looking to score a good deal on one of HMD’s new smartphones. It looks like Nokia 6 is on sale for a limited time, and customers who order the phone now will receive before Christmas, Amazon says.

Usually, Nokia 6 sells for $230 outright, but Amazon offers the smartphone for just $150, so you’ll be saving $80 (35%). There’s a catch though, as the retailer has only discounted the Prime Exclusive version of the Nokia 6, which comes with Amazon offers and ads.

If you can get past these offers and ads, …

Deal: Amazon Prime Exclusive LG Q6 and G6+ are on sale for up to 45% off

Many of the pre-Black Friday deals offer great prices on Samsung flagships, so here is something a bit different for those who can’t yet afford a top-tier smartphone.

Amazon has the LG Q6 and LG G6+ on sale for a limited time, but there’s a catch. The retailer discounts the Prime Exclusive versions of the smartphones only, so you’ll have to put up with offers and ads on these devices.

On the bright side, the LG Q6 is available for purchase for just $180, so you’ll be saving $120. The smartphone comes unlocked, so it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile networks, …