Report: All four major U.S. carriers will offer the Moto Z2 Force; check out the latest images

Unlike the original Moto Z Force, which was a Verizon exclusive in the states and given the name Moto Z Force DROID Edition, the sequel will be available from all four major U.S. carriers. That is the word from tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass, who posted the leak on his Twitter page. We’ve already seen an image that is supposedly that of the handset wearing the AT&T logo on the back. The Moto Z2 Force (it’s unknown whether Verizon’s version of the phone will use the DROID name again) is believed to be one of several phones to be unveiled this coming Tuesday, July 25th.

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LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8 could offer better signal reception, thanks to possible low-frequency support

Earlier this year, T-Mobile quadrupled its low-frequency spectrum by acquiring a large portion of the 600MHz spectrum in the US. By the end of the year, the carrier is expected to have upwards of 1 million square miles of coverage in the 600MHz range.

Lower frequency signals, such as the 600MHz one, travel farther and ‘deeper’ than, say, higher frequencies, such as the 2.5GHz band that Sprint widely utilizes. Higher frequency signals are usually the reason to experience connection issues inside of buildings and complete absence of signal when you are in the subway, for example. The 600MHz …

Deal: Select Motorola Moto Mods are available for 30% off (limited time offer)

Motorola Mobility currently has a deal for all customers in the US who are interested in buying Moto Mod accessories. More exactly, the company is taking 30% off the price of any Moto Mod that it’s selling via its website. To take advantage of the deal, you’ll have to add the desired Moto Mod (or Mods) to your cart, and use the promo code MOTOMODS30 at checkout.

Here are the Mods that can be purchased for 30% off: Moto Insta-share Projector (normally priced at $299.99), Hasselblad True Zoom (normally $299.99), JBL
SoundBoost Speaker (normally $79.99), and Incipio …

Alcatel Idol 5S, A50, and A30 Plus offer decent features at accessible prices

Alcatel today announced three new smartphones that run Android Nougat: Alcatel Idol 5S, Alcatel A50, and Alcatel A30 Plus. In addition to being available as Amazon Prime phones (with adds on the home screen), all tree handsets are also offered add-free in the US, though they’re a bit more expensive this way.

Succeeding the Alcatel Idol 4 from 2016, the Idol 5S is built around an aluminum frame, and seems to be a nice mid-range smartphone. Running Android 7.1 Nougat, the device features a 5.2-inch 1080p display, dual front-facing speakers for stereo sound, fingerprint …

Verizon to offer prepaid customers access to My Verizon app starting June 28

Prepaid customers with Verizon will be happy to know the Big Red will allow them to reap the benefits of using the My Verizon app starting June 28. A new and improved version of the app will be available to all Verizon customers later this week, the carrier announced today.

My Verizon app will allow prepaid customers to manage their plan details and check all the details about data consumption, monitors usage and more. The latest version of My Verizon will also enable users to make payments, enroll in Auto Pay or add data or change a plan directly within the app.

There’s …

San Francisco merchants to offer promotions and discounts for Apple Pay users this week

Since its debut two years ago, Apple Pay has grown into a serious profit driver for the iPhone maker. It brought a $7.04 billion revenue in the past quarter and it’s going to grow with added focus on P2P payments, money transfers, and prepaid Apple Pay Cash cards. Now, Apple is looking forward to expanding the service’s user base by means of good old-fashioned marketing.

Between June 23 and June 25, Apple will be running a promotion for Apple Pay users in San Francisco. A total of 20 merchants in the Hayes Valley and Marina areas, such as Azalea, Blue Bottle Coffee, …

Sprint will be the only US carrier to offer the Essential Phone

Until now, the only place to order, or more precisely, to make a reservation for the Essential Phone in the US has been the official website of the company. The situation is about to change, however.

As confirmed by Essential’s President Niccolo de Masi, Sprint will be the exclusive carrier partner for the Essential Phone in the US. Only Sprint will sell the phone in its online and physical stores, and only Sprint’s customers will be able to get it with subsidies. This could prove crucial to Essential’s success, as the majority of phones in the US are still …

U.S. carriers confirm the Essential Phone will work on their networks, but none will offer it directly

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is the gadget of the moment sort to speak. The phone that’s been designed as an alternative to powerful flagships made by Apple, LG, Huawei, Samsung and other important players in the smartphone market, is going to be hard to come by.

Although the company behind the Essential Phone is trying to reassure customers that it will seek to do everything it can to make the device as widely available as possible, it’s clear that it’s not ready to mass produce a ceramic-made handset.

In any case, lucky customers who manage to purchase …

Leaked images offer first look at upcoming all-metal Moto G5S

Android Authority has gotten hold of these images (click or tap to zoom) of the upcoming Moto G5S, allegedly obtained from a trusted source with knowledge of Lenovo’s plans. The smartphone is shown in grey, gold, and blue color options. From a design perspective, the only differentiation between the Moto G5S and the Moto G5 or G5 Plus is the full metal body, whereas the aforementioned models have aluminum back plates and plastic sides.

It isn’t clear if there are any hardware changes to go along with the updated, more premium look. The original Moto G5 sports a …

BlackBerry to offer three protective cases for the BlackBerry KEYone

If you are counting the days until BlackBerry starts shipping the unlocked BlackBerry KEYone to U.S. and Canadian buyers, you might want to start looking at some accessories for the device. BlackBerry has announced three different cases that are made and sold by BlackBerry itself. For those seeking protection from drops and falls, the BlackBerry KEYone Dual Layer Shell has a soft layer that wraps around the phone, while a harder shell adds more protection. That second shell is wrapped around the first one. Yes, the KEYone is built like a tank. But with the double protection of this case, you should …