MetroPCS promotions start today including one that gives you two free LG K20 Plus handsets

Pre-paid carrier MetroPCS has some new promotions that it is launching today. The first deal requires you to switch two lines over to MetroPCS. That will allow you to pick up a pair of 32GB LG K20 Plus handsets for free after instant rebates. Actually, you will be responsible for the sales tax only. The K20 Plus is a low-to-mid-range handset with a 5.3-inch display and a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset and has 2GB of RAM. A 13MP camera graces the rear of the phone.

Or, you can switch a single line to MetroPCS and take 50% off the 16GB LG Stylo …


Report: Samsung SDI is working on solid state batteries for possible use in future Galaxy handsets

A new report published yesterday revealed that Samsung is working on solid state batteries that will run and last longer than the standard Lithium-ion batteries used today. The development of the solid state cell is being done by Samsung SDI, the division of the company that manufacturers batteries. An executive of the firm says that the technology for a solid state battery for use in a smartphone will be ready in one to two years. At that point, the executive states, Samsung Electronics will have to decide whether to use the new battery inside its handsets.

Solid state batteries differ …

Starting today, Verizon subscribers can sign up to insure their current handsets

Everyone at one time or another has dropped their handset causing serious damage to their phone. Yet, when we buy a new handset and the rep asks us if we are purchasing insurance, the answer is inevitably “no.”  We start thinking that insurance is a rip off, and after all, there is the deductible that needs to be covered. But Verizon’s insurance package might change the way you look at phone insurance.

Starting today, for a limited time only, Verizon subscribers are getting another chance to insure their current handsets with Total Mobile Protection. You have until July 14th to enroll. …

Google Play Store data suggests that just over 1 million Pixel, Pixel XL handsets have been sold

Based on data discovered in the Google Play Store, it is estimated that more than one million Pixel and Pixel XL handsets have been sold since the phones were launched last year. Google itself does not release information about individual phone shipments, but the Google Play Store does reveal how many times a certain app has been installed on an Android phone. These figures are listed in the Google Play Store in a wide range. For example, one app could show between 50,000 to 100,000 installs while another might show between 1 million and 5 million.

For some time, Google listed 500,000 to …

2017 Apple iPhone units might lag compared to rival handsets

It would appear as though Apple’s 2017 iPhones are going to have connectivity speeds lagging behind competing handsets. While iPhone rivals will be able to run at a download speed of as much as one gigabit per second, an issue that Apple is having now with its modem suppliers could very well have a negative impact on the iPhone later this year. Qualcomm can sell to Apple right now a modem that will support 1 Gb/sec data speeds. While Intel is working on a modem with similar capabilities, it won’t be ready for the next iPhone models, which are expected to be unveiled in September.

There are …

Pricing leaks on a trio of unannounced Moto handsets with a dual-camera setup on back

According to a tweet disseminated by Andi Yatim, who has revealed information about Motorola products before, the Moto Z2 Force will be launched this summer priced in India at Rs38,999. That is equivalent to $607 USD. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the phone will be priced at that level by Verizon, but only reveals what the Indian price would be if converted to U.S. currency. 

Pricing was also listed for the Moto G5S Plus. This model looks like the Moto G5 Plus, except with an all-metal body and a dual rear-camera setup.It also features the same exact specs as the Moto G5 Plus, …

Report says Samsung has sold over 55 million Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge handsets

Even though the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are getting all of the attention, don’t forget that Samsung’s previous generation flagship handsets were pretty popular in their own rights. In fact, according to Strategy Analytics, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge have now sold in excess of 55 million units combined from their release date of March 12th, 2016. For the first quarter, 7.2 million units of the pair were rung up by Samsung.

Now that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are available with a beautiful new design (and an expensive price tag), the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy …

The Galaxy S8 costs more to manufacture than rivaling handsets

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ are unquestionably the most eagerly anticipated handsets of the year so far and finally, early adopters are beginning to get their hands on the first batch. The S8 duo’s internal hardware ticks most of the flagship boxes, and the general response to the tweaked design has been positive. All this craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap, though, and while the S8 and S8+ are unsurprisingly among the most expensive handsets on the market, they also cost more to make than other top-enders. 

Research firm IHS Markit has crunched the …

Apple iPhones were the best selling handsets for 2016

According to British research firm IHS Markit, Apple has managed to trounce its competitors over the last calendar year. The company’s latest analysis reveals that iPhones were the most shipped handsets on a global basis during 2016. 

IHS Markit tracks quarterly shipment statistics for more than 350 smartphones, and their data puts the iPhone 6s as the best selling smartphone of 2016. The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 6s Plus respectively sit at number 2, 3, and 4. The research firm attributes this to Apple’s success …

Hamburg cops keep Lumia brand alive with purchase of 900 handsets


The Lumia brand of Windows Phone has been dead for some time. It has been nearly 18 months since a new Lumia model was introduced, and the most powerful Windows handset is made by HP, not Microsoft. But now, several law enforcement agencies have turned to Windows 10 Mobile, Lumia, and the Unified Windows Platform in order. to reduce the time spent on paperwork. Less time spent on paperwork equals more time spent on police work.

As if to put an exclamation mark on this new usage of Windows Phone, the Hamburg, Germany Police Department just bought 900 Lumia handsets for the price of 100,000 …