Pokemon GO adds Community Day monthly event starring a special Pokemon

Niantic has just announced a new event for Pokemon GO trainers in an attempt to keep players engaged – Community Day. During this monthly in-game event, players will be offered the chance to catch a special Pokemon, as well as obtain some nice bonuses.

The first Community Day event is scheduled for January 20, and it features Pikachu. You can find below the event hours in each region, as confirmed by Niantic:

The Asia-Pacific region: January 20, 2018, from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9);Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: January 20, 2018, …


LG G3, G4, G4 Stylus and Stylo will no longer receive monthly security updates

LG quietly removed some of its older smartphones from the list of device eligible for monthly security updates. If you own one of these devices, then you shouldn’t expect any security updates going forward, unless LG changes its mind.

The company’s security bulletins containing information about all the patches the company releases lists all the smartphones that should receive these updates. Here are all the devices that are NOT on the list any longer: LG G3, LG G4, LG G4 Stylus and LG Stylo.

LG will continue to provide security updates to some of the smartphones …

It's official: T-Mobile to bump monthly unlimited throttling limit to 50GB (from 32GB)


Although it’s started as a rumor based on a screenshot of a T-Mobile document, the increase of the monthly unlimited throttling limit has been recently confirmed by the carrier.

The said document suggests T-Mobile’s “Fair Usage threshold” will be increased to 50GB. The last bump operated by the Uncarrier dates from May when the deprioritization threshold was increased to 32GB.

T-Mobile confirmed via Twitter that it will implement the new change on September 20, so starting later this week, customers shouldn’t be throttled down if they exceed the old 32GB threshold.

Even though …

Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular: AT&T and Verizon unveil monthly plan rates

The Apple Watch Series 3 comes with a cellular connectivity option that costs $400 for the 38mm size and $430 for the larger, 42mm size, but did you know that you will need to pay an additional monthly fee to your carrier in order to use that cellular connectivity?
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have now announced prices: it will cost $10 a month to get that cellular connected watch rolling on their network.
This makes 2017 one of the priciest years to own already premium priced Apple products. The iPhone X costs more …

AT&T now offers new prepaid monthly plans, GoPhone may soon be rebranded

AT&T GoPhone may soon be rebranded to AT&T Prepaid, as the carrier offers new plan rates for its prepaid services. Even though the company’s website still refers to GoPhone, a recent post on Reddit shows a picture of an AT&T poster ad that reads AT&T Prepaid and shows the new rates, suggesting the change might indeed be on the cards. 

The cheapest plan the company now offers is certainly an attractive one and gives you 1GB of data, unlimited talk and texts in the US, and unlimited texts to over 100 countries. The plan costs $35 a month and is quite an upgrade for AT&T …

Deal: LG G6 costs just $20 (was $28) monthly at Verizon

LG has its previous and current flagship smartphones on various deals across the United States. If you haven’t yet purchased the G5 for less than $250, you might want to check out Verizon’s promo on the much newer LG G6.

For a limited time, customers can grab the LG G6 for no upfront amount as long as they agree to a new two-year contract. Moreover, instead of paying the usual $28 monthly fee for 24 months, Verizon now sells the LG G6 for just $20 per month.

Basically, you’ll be saving no less than $192 when you buy the LG G6 at Verizon and commit to a two-year …

The Essential Phone will (probably) receive monthly security updates

Officially unveiled yesterday, the Essential Phone will be released sometime in June as a pretty different alternative to most handsets out there. The brainchild of Andy Rubin (co-founder of Android and ex-Googler), the Essential Phone doesn’t feature any logo, and is a near-bezel-less, high-end device made out of titanium, ceramic, and Gorilla Glass 5.

As already announced, the Essential Phone (model number Essential PH-1) will run stock Android 7 Nougat out of the box. But what about software updates? Well, right now, Essential can only say that the company’s …

Chinese Twitter has more monthly users than the ‘real’ blue bird social network

China is a whole other Earth on its own. The amount of people living within its territory is something that you just cannot cognitively process in your mind, but can only read as a number. As we know, the Chinese government has established very stringent rules on Internet access and usage for its some 1.3 billion citizens. Just like Russia, the country has its own versions of social networks and search engines, as Facebook and Google, for example, are banned on its territory. Imagine how big a customers pool those two miss on, thanks to the country’s Internet policies.

Weibo, which is …

Verizon LG G5 receives software update that optimizes the phone and adds the monthly security patch

Verizon has announced an update for its version of the LG G5, 2016’s flagship handset from LG. The nation’s largest carrier says that the update will add performance optimizations, fix known issues and install the latest security patch. First thing first; the update brings LG G5 users software version VS98728B. When the notification arrives saying that the update is on your phone, connect the device to a Wi-Fi network, or make sure that you have a strong signal from Verizon. You should also check to see if your battery is fully charged before proceeding with the installation of the new files.

The …

Score a $300 gift card from Target with the purchase of an iPhone 7 with monthly payments

One of our loyal PhoneArena readers has sent us some information pertaining to a special deal taking place at Target (or Tar-Jay for those in the higher tax brackets). From March 26th to April 1st, those purchasing an Apple iPhone 7 or Apple iPhone 7 Plus at Target using a monthly device financing plan, will receive a $300 gift card from the retailer. The handsets are available to subscribers of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

According to a newspaper ad that will be used to promote the deal, Target will also be running a sale on the Apple Watch Series 1. Starting at $199.99, Apple’s intelligent …