New Cricket subscribers can buy the Samsung Galaxy S8 for $350 (50% off) under certain conditions

A week from this Sunday, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ will both be unveiled. All of a sudden, those with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ will own a phone belonging to the previous generation. But this dynamic allows retailers and carriers to take an axe to the price of the 2017 flagships right now, as they try to quickly reduce their inventory of the older models to make room for the new units.

Take Cricket Wireless, for example. The AT&T-owned pre-paid carrier has a great deal on the Galaxy S8 that amounts to a 50% off discount. It’s simple, really. Switch …


Project Fi subscribers with a bad Nexus 5X are receiving the Moto X4 Android One as a replacement

Google’s hybrid MVNO Project Fi used to offer the Nexus 5X to its subscribers. However, a nasty bug led several units to bootloop, frustrating owners of those models that suffer with this affliction. Project Fi subscribers with a faulty Nexus 5X and the Device Protection Plan (which cost just $5 a month) were first given a replacement unit. Then, when Google ran out of inventory of replacement units, it offered subscribers turning in their bad phone just $100 in Google Store Credit, or a $53 check . Considering that Project Fi subscribers paid $350 for the Nexus 5X, those two options did not seem …

Whose subscribers use the most data? Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile and Sprint


Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but folks on the cheapest unlimited mobile data plans – those of T-Mobile and Sprint – are using much more bits and bytes than those on the “expensive” carriers like Verizon or AT&T, says a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.

As you can see from the graphs below, T-Mobile subscribers are the absolute leaders in monthly data usage among all four major US carriers, with about 5GB on average, followed by Sprint at about 4GB, Verizon at 3GB, and, finally, AT&T with the modest ~2GB. 
This …

Spotify now has 70 million paying subscribers, nearly double that of Apple Music

The world’s most popular streaming service Spotify has announced that it has added 10 million paying subscribers in the last six months and now has a total of 70 million paying subs.
Unlike Apple Music, Spotify also offers free, ad-monetized music streaming. It has more than 70 million subscribers using that free service, so counting the two types of Spotify listeners together, the service now has over 140 million total subs.
Apple Music, in comparison, last reported having 30 million subscribers in September 2017, all of them paying a monthly …

Consumer Reports subscribers rank Sprint dead last among the four major U.S. carriers

According to Consumer Reports latest survey to determine the best carrier, which is based on votes cast by the magazine’s subscribers, small carriers finished at the top of the list while large carriers like AT&T and Sprint finished at the bottom of the survey. The three that finished on top, Consumer Cellular, Project Fi, and Ting all scored high for value. It was Consumer Cellular that took home the trophy as the overall number one ranked carrier.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the top ranked trio, Consumer Cellular is a post-paid MVNO. Project Fi is the hybrid pre-paid MVNO owned …

It's official! Sprint Unlimited subscribers get unlimited Hulu

Yesterday, we told you that Wave7 Research had published a report, stating that Sprint would offer free Hulu to its unlimited customers. Whether the report forced Sprint to show its hand early, or the carrier had always planned on introducing this new feature today isn’t known, and it really doesn’t matter. Starting on November 17th, Sprint Unlimited subscribers get to enjoy as much Hulu as they care to view.

For those unaware, Hulu is a streaming video provider with a library of movies, original and hit television shows that you can watch over your mobile device. According to the carrier, …

Next Tuesday, T-Mobile will give subscribers online cooking lessons, a BOGO ice cream cone and more

T-Mobile wants to take you to the movies. For next week’s T-Mobile Tuesdays, the carrier is giving away $4 tickets to see Julia Roberts’ new movie Wonder. Also starring Owen Wilson, the movie is about a disfigured boy who has to put up with the trials and tribulations of looking different in the fifth grade. T-Mobile subscribers will also receive $20 in diamonds for the mobile game Forge of Empires. The latter is available for both iOS and Android.

Like to cook? Next Tuesday, T-Mobile will set up its customers with a free online cooking class from Panna. In addition, subscribers get 30% …

For an extra $10 a month, Verizon will allow unlimited plan subscribers to stream video at 4K

When Verizon introduced its Unlimited plan back in February, it originally offered streaming video at 720p. But back in August, Verizon split its unlimited plan into three parts. The lower priced tier called Go Unlimited is priced at $75 a month for one line, and video is streamed at 480p (DVD quality) on smartphones. On tablets, video can be viewed at 720p. For $85 a month for one line, the Beyond Unlimited plan streams video at 720p HD on handsets and 1080p FHD on tablets.

If you want full resolution for your streaming videos on Verizon, pay an extra $10 a month to the nation’s largest …

T-Mobile quarterly results: record profit, fastest-growing subscribers in US

T-Mobile quarterly profit once again beat Wall Street analysts’ expectations and continued its industry leading performance with the most subscriber additions in the quarter. But don’t expect to see John Legere do a conference call to discuss the results: with rumors about a potential merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, the T-Mobile CEO only issued a 7-minute video with remarks about the performance of the “un-carrier”.

T-Mobile CEO did not comment on the rumors of Sprint merger

T-Mobile recorded a quarterly profit of $550 million …

Apple Upgrade Program subscribers get a head start on reserving the Apple iPhone X

Pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X begin next Friday, October 27th. But those who are subscribers to the Apple Upgrade Program are getting a head start when it comes to reserving an unit. Starting on Monday, members of the Upgrade Program can start setting up their paperwork. And beginning this year, members can send to Apple via mail, their old iPhone model being upgraded.

Opening the Apple Store app and filling out the paperwork in advance will allow Upgrade Program members to zip through the pre-order checkout line faster than others on October 27th. But they will still have to wait for …