Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will also sell the 32GB Apple iPhone 6 for $319. Orders placed today will ship on June 27th.

In addition, new Virgin Mobile subscribers who buy an iPhone, and existing customers who pay to upgrade, can receive the first year of unlimited service for just $1. That plan, called the Inner Circle, is normally …


Windows 10 Mobile preview 15223 sent out to fast ring subscribers

Those Windows 10 Mobile users subscribed to the fast ring are now getting access to preview build 15223. Fast ring members get first crack at a new Windows 10 Mobile build, but because this software is not thoroughly tested, there are often some kinks and bugs. That is the price that must be paid for being first to install the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile. Those opting for the slow ring get a more refined and tested build, but they have to wait for the software to be ready for prime time before installing it.

As we said, the fast ring subscribers are receiving build 15223. The changelist …

BlackBerry Mobile will look for a better adhesive to keep KEYone screens from popping out

Yesterday, we told you about a video that claimed BlackBerry Mobile failed to use adhesive on the BlackBerry KEYone’s screen. This allowed the display to pop out of the phone when some pressure was applied to it. In addition, owners of the phone have been complaining about the screen popping out when the handset was dropped on something as usually benign as the plastic middle console on a car.

BlackBerry Mobile has issued a statement in response to the video explaining that the KEYone was subject to a series of stress tests to see how the handset would respond in real world scenarios. The …

The Microsoft Surface Mobile will include a built-in projector, Surface Pen, and Win32 app support, leak shows

It’s been a while since we’ve heard rumors of the mythical creature known as the Surface Phone, but if the rumor mill is to be trusted, a number of huge details about it (like, for example, that it hasn’t been shelved like most of us suspected) may have just been revealed by Microsoft itself.

As far as obscurity goes, the source of the information probably ranks pretty high on your average Westerner’s list – a video description on Microsoft’s official account on Bilibili, a Chinese, anime-themed YouTube-like video sharing service. The text reveals …

Apple grabs a whopping 83% of global mobile profits for Q1 2017, Samsung in second place with 13%

When it comes to making money on the smartphone market, Apple is second to none. A new report from research firm Strategy Analytics indicates that Cupertino has accounted for 83.4% of the combined operating profits of the global smartphone market for Q1 2017,  a 3.6% increase compared to the same period for last year. This translates to financial gains of about $10.1 billion. 
Meanwhile, Samsung stands firmly in second place, grabbing 12.9% or $1.57 billion in operating profits. This is a significant decrease compared to the 21.9% …

Deal: Get a Samsung Galaxy S8 for just $520 from Boost Mobile

As we reported not long ago, Boost and Virgin Mobile – Sprint’s two prepaid brands – are selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 for the lowest price available in the US (barring deals and promo offers): $649.99. Starting this week, though, Boost has an even better deal, allowing customers to buy a brand new Galaxy S8 for only $520 off contract – that’s 20% off the regular price.

You can get the Galaxy S8 for just $520 if you’re purchasing it from Boost Mobile’s website (see the source link below) and enter the promo code BOOST17 at checkout. Important: this is an online …

Microsoft working on a new smartphone running a different version of Windows Mobile

The saying “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” might perfectly apply to Microsoft’s Windows Phone plans. Even though many believe the company is done with everything related to smartphones, it looks like things might not be as bleak.

Sales of Windows Phone handsets stopped almost completely, and the market share nosedived under 1% worldwide over the last couple few years. Microsoft did not seem interested in continuing with its smartphone business having sold its mobile division.
Well, it appears that the Redmond-based company still flirts …

Vikings mobile game based on the TV series coming to Android and iOS in 2018

The plethora of games based on famous TV series and movies continues with Vikings. Developer Hugo Games announced it has teamed up with MGM Interactive for the release of Vikings: The Game.

The game will be launched in 2018 on Android, iOS and PC platforms, but we have yet to learn an exact ETA and any details about price. In fact, information about Vikings: The Game is pretty scarce at the moment, as the announcement is meant to create some hype around the upcoming title.

However, we do know that it will be a PvP strategy game that will allow players to …

Check out the evolution of mobile apps from IBM Simon to Snapchat

Did you know that the first mobile apps arrived in the distant 1994 on the IBM Simon? Although users of this one couldn’t download apps on this smartphone predecessor by any means, they had access to stock apps like a built-in calculator, contact book, clock, news, stocks, and even an early precursor to Google Maps!
Since then, apps have skyrocketed in terms of quality and quantity, as well as availability – getting an app these days is as easy as launching the app store and immediately getting bombarded with tons of software that’s vying for the …

Unannounced Blizzard mobile game could be Warcraft-related, according to job posting

Blizzard is definitely working on a mobile game that will probably be announced at Blizzcon later this year. The first report about a new Blizzard mobile game popped up last month when a job post revealed the US company is working on a new IP.

That job post doesn’t show on Blizzard’s website any longer, which means someone has already got the job. However, it appears that Blizzard is looking for another person that could fill in a position inside its unannounced mobile project.

What’s really important about this job post is that it reveals a little bit of …