T-Mobile unveils aggressive trade-in offer for the iPhone X and iPhone 8, but no BOGO

Leave it to the Un-carrier to barge in and disrupt the careful trade-in models that Verizon and AT&T have been building for a while. Just like with the iPhone 7, T-Mobile didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger, introducing a $300 discount for the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X phones, as long as you trade in at least an iPhone 6 in good condition. For comparison, AT&T’s trade-in offer for a 32 GB iPhone 7 is sub-$300 at the moment. 

T-Mobile’s CEO didn’t elaborate further on the offer, but there might be similar trade-ins coming from AT&T or Verizon very …


Samsung Gear Sport shows up in leaked promo material, will offer 5 ATM water resistance

At this year’s IFA expo, Samsung is expected to launch no less than two* different wearables — one is the Gear Fit 2 Pro, which Samsung accidentally revealed on a couple of its regional websites yesterday, while the other is a hybrid smartwatch called the Gear Sport. 

We know criminally little about the latter, though — besides a schematic of its underside and the fact that it will run Tizen 3.0, the device has so far stayed under the radar. This changes today, however, as we’ve just gotten what appears to be our first — albeit a …

Xfinity Mobile to offer subscribers the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 starting on September 15th

A relatively new player in the smartphone industry, Xfinity Mobile, announced today that it will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to its subscribers starting on September 15th. The hybrid MVNO combines 18 million Xfinity hotspots with Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The idea is that subscribers get to use the hotspots for connectivity until they are out of range. At that point, Big Red’s network kicks in.

Just last week, Xfinity Mobile said that it was now available nationwide to Comcast’s Xfinity internet subscribers. Xfinity says that its service can save users 30%. Subscribers receive …

Latest Apple iPhone 8 rumors: September 12th unveiling, top-of-the-line version to offer 512GB of storage

One down, two to go. With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 this morning, we still have the August 31st unveiling of the LG V30, and a rumored September 12th introduction of the Apple iPhone 8 to look forward to. You are probably thinking to yourself that this is the first time you have heard about a September 12th Apple event, and you’re right. A website out of France is citing sources from inside the carrier community stating that Apple will unveil the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and the third series of the Apple Watch on that date. And yes, the timepiece will have an LTE …

Verizon intros "Up" reward program, teams up with Lady Gaga to offer special concert tickets

Verizon is listening to customers, the major US carrier announced recently. The Big Red is launching a loyalty program that will provide consumers with various rewards.

The new Verizon Up program is meant to offer real rewards of real value to customers. It’s only available digitally, and, according to the carrier, straightforward to use and connect with.

So, for every $300 spent on a Verizon Wireless bill, you will earn one credit that can be redeemed for rewards and experiences. You can’t earn credits in another way, just by paying your bill.

There …

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.

According to …

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 …