News – Mar 28th

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The first rule of “anytime upgrade” club is: you always talk about “anytime upgrade” clubFirst and foremost, I would like to apologize for the terrible ‘Fight Club’ pun title. I couldn’t help myself.
T-Mobile and their new breakaway technique to become known as the “uncarrier” has become the hottest news topic as of late in the mobile news industry. Not too long ago we were speculating the fall of T-Mobile as AT&T had plans of swallowing the company whole, but now they’re turning around and trying to change the way we see the mobile industry…

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Amazon allegedly working on a 4.7-inch smartphone Amazon, who caused quite a stir with its Kindle Fire tablets, is allegedly working on a 4.7″ smartphone, according to industry supply chain sources. The company is said to be working to enhance the hardware specifications of the device, as to compete with the latest high-end smartphones in the market…

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T-Mobile considering 'anytime upgrade' club that would give customers two device upgrades per year
One of the many announcements made by T-Mobile yesterday was related to its new Simple Choice Plan, which is part of the carrier’s big move away from the traditional subsidy model that U.S. wireless customers are used to. The new plan isn’t the only major change that T-Mobile’s got cooking, though, as the company revealed to CNET that it’s considering implementing an “anytime upgrade” club as well…

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Around 20 percent of 100,000 BlackBerry 10 apps are Android ports, company exec says
BlackBerry recently announced that its BlackBerry World storefront is now home to more than 100,000 applications, which is 30,000 more than the platform launched with in January. However, because BlackBerry allows developers to quickly port their existing Android apps over to BlackBerry using its emulation support, some have been wondering how many of the 100,000 apps in BlackBerry World are Android ports and how many are native BlackBerry 10 apps…

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Falling to third after a second place finish last week, the BlackBerry Z10 host our featured user review for this Wednesday March 27, 2013.  Some love the upgraded OS while other’s don’t feel it competes with the other’s.  What are your thoughts?  Tell us by leaving a comment below and be sure to review your favorite smartphone too…

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Pricing and availability details for higher-capacity T-Mobile iPhone 5 models surface
March 26 turned out to be a pretty big day for both T-Mobile and Apple, as it was announced that T-Mobile will finally begin selling the iPhone in its stores. The magenta carrier said that it will begin offering the iPhone 5 in stores and online on April 12, with pricing set at $99.99 for the down payment and then 24 additional monthly payments of $20 each…

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Samsung Stratosphere II Jelly Bean update going out in phases starting today
The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II hasn’t been in the news much since it originally launched back in November 2012, but today Verizon is shining its spotlight on the QWERTY slider with a nice, big update. Verizon just announced that the Stratosphere II’s update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will begin rolling out over the air today, March 27…

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Analysts predict Samsung will see record sales  in Q1 this year Samsung had a great final quarter in 2012 and the new year will be even better, according to the analysts from Counterpoint Research. They estimate that Samsung managed to sell about 25 million phones each month this year, putting them on track for a 70+ million sales Q1, which will be a new record for the company, defying lower seasonal demand…

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WP outsells iOS in 7 and BlackBerry OS in 26 markets now Microsoft’s VP of Corporate Communications Frank Shaw has cited a report by the IDC stating that Windows Phone has managed to outsell the iPhone in 7 markets and Blackberry in a whopping 26.Sadly, he didn’t disclose where exactly Microsoft has managed to get in front of Apple and Blackberry, but it does sound very promising for the company’s mobile OS…

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T-Mobile HTC One Hands-On

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We’ve covered the international HTC One at length on the site, but now it’s time to get up close and personal with the T-Mobile HTC One, complete with 4G LTE connectivity.  Shown off at T-Mobile’s 4G LTE event in New York, it packs the same 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 4.7-inch 1080p HD display, 4-ultrapixel camera, 2 GB of RAM, 2,300 mAh battery, and Android 4…

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HTC One scores "several hundred thousand" preorders in the US HTC One is getting a very warm reception in the US, as it has already scored several hundred thousand preorders from customers eager to get their hands on it.The milestone was confirmed by Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s president of global sales and marketing, who said the customers’ initial response to the phone has been “fantastic…

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 software update now rolling out
Remember that Nokia Lumia 920 update that we told you about earlier this month? You AT&T Lumia 920 owners ought to start seeing it hit your phones today, as Nokia’s official U.S. support division just announced on Twitter that the 1232.5957.1308.0001 update is now available for download. Anyone rocking an AT&T-branded Lumia 920 can grab the new software by heading into Settings > Phone Update > Check for Update on their handset…

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Aaron’s back to round up the best smartphones as voted on by YOU in PhoneDog’s Official Smartphone Rankings!  In week 55, the HTC One pushed the Samsung Galaxy Note II out of first place with 494 votes!  On the People’s Choice chart, the Note II came in second place with 293 votes, while the BlackBerry Z10 placed third with 208 votes…

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AT&T announces another round of new and expanded 4G LTE markets [UPDATED]
AT&T’s list of 4G LTE markets is growing again today, as the big blue operator has announced another handful of markets with new and expanded LTE coverage. Most of the cities included in today’s list are sprinkled throughout the East Coast, so if you’re an AT&T customer that calls that part of the country home, then you may want to shift your eyes down to a bit and peep the markets that were named by AT&T earlier this morning:
New marketsHarrison, Ark…

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