From the beautifully crafted and compact Moto X to the phenomenally long-lasting Droid Maxx with its ridiculously high-capacity battery, Motorola's new Android smartphones for 2013 have a lot to offer. And thanks to Motorola Mobility's recent acquisition by Google, its latest mobile phones flaunt some truly innovative Android features. … Read more
Better late than never, Sprint is finally getting into the early upgrade game.
The company is preparing to launch Sprint One Up, a program that allows its customers to pay for their smartphones or tablets in monthly installments and upgrade after every year by trading in their devices, CNET has learned. One Up is slated to launch on September 20.
Sprint is the last of the national carriers to offer such a program, after T-Mobile kick-started the trend in July with its own Jump program. Shortly after AT&T launched NEXT, and Verizon introduced Edge. The moves underscore the … Read more
The world is full of lovers of all things blond, lemon, saffron, or otherwise yellow -- if early availability of the colored iPhone 5C is any indication.
Apple began taking iPhone 5C preorders on Friday and we quickly began to notice that there appears to be either a run on the yellow models or perhaps a shortage of polycarbonate in a sunny hue.… Read more
Consider this more fuel for the wireless ad wars.
Wireless testing firm RootMetrics said AT&T edged out Verizon Wireless in the early results of its latest study, which were made available to CNET. It's a surprise call because Root had routinely crowned Verizon as the top carrier.
The study was based on a combination of speed and reliability. Verizon has long held a leadership position in reliability and continues to do so in the most recent results. But AT&T has narrowed the gap considerably, which allows its speed advantage to put it over the top. … Read more
US consumers aiming to preorder Apple's new iPhone 5C will have their chance starting 12:01 a.m. PT tomorrow.Verizon and Sprint have both set up Web pages announcing the preorders and the starting time. A spokesperson for AT&T told CNET that the carrier's preorders will begin at 12:01 am. PT as well. To keep up with the rest of the pack, T-Mobile will also likely kickstart its 5C preorders first thing Friday.
Preorders for the iPhone 5c will also begin Friday for consumers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto … Read more
Here's one trick the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C for Verizon Wireless and Sprint still won't be able to pull off: the ability to simultaneously browse the Internet and make a phone call over the cellular network.
That's according to Apple, which confirmed the limitation a day after unveiling its latest flagship smartphone.
That the new iPhones won't be able to juggle voice and data isn't a surprise -- it's been a lingering drawback for all previous iPhones that ran on Verizon and Sprint's network. Verizon and Sprint's phones run on a … Read more
Don't look now, but we might soon have the fifth generation of Motorola's sliding QWERTY Droid smartphone. The first rumored images and specifications tied to the Motorola Droid 5 have emerged, suggesting that Verizon could soon announce the next-gen sliding QWERTY model.
If the photos are to be believed, Verizon and Motorola don't look to change things up too much when it comes to design. Indeed, the phone looks like it could reiterate last year's five-row sliding keyboard in the Droid 4.
Reportedly, the Droid 5 will feature a 4.3-inch 720p HD display and a … Read more
AT&T announced Tuesday that it had completed its $1.9 billion acquisition of wireless spectrum from Verizon Wireless, which it plans to use to strengthen its 4G LTE coverage.
More than seven months after the deal was sealed in January, AT&T announced today that it had acquired 39 licenses for spectrum it will use to deliver wireless access to 42 million people in 18 states. The spectrum, part of Verizon's 700MHz B block, which it isn't using itself, will be used by AT&T to further augment its 4G LTE deployment as it … Read more
The Hill reports that judges in a federal court seemed unconvinced Monday of the Federal Communications Commission's arguments regarding the regulations during a landmark case involving Verizon.
Net neutrality refers to an Internet service provider's inability to discriminate against certain Web sites, a rule currently imposed by the FCC. This means that an ISP like Verizon can't charge Web sites such as Google or Netflix more for priority access to users.
Two out of three judges on a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals … Read more
Outfitted with a generously spaced five-row keyboard, the LG Enact Android smartphone is a great device for quick-type message artists who aren't looking to spend an arm and a leg. In fact, with its $19.99 on-contract sticker price, the handset is a downright bargain.
In addition, the 4G LTE-enabled Enact features a simplified Starter Mode user interface option, which allows Android neophytes to navigate their way around the phone without feeling too overwhelmed.
But, as always, with a low price comes some drawbacks. Namely, the handset can lag at times, and don't expect to book any studio … Read more