Check out the best deals and ways to get your hands on a new Google Pixel 6 or a new Pixel 6 Pro on America's major carriers
Google will officially unveil the devices on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
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Check out the best deals and offers that will allow you to score a new iPhone 13 while still managing to save some bucks
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Check out the best deals and offers that will allow you to score a new iPhone 13 while still managing to save some bucks
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T-Mobile has expanded into thousands of Best Buy stores across the country over the years, and it plans to do the same for Walmart.
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Nearly 8 million current T-Mobile postpaid customers and 40 million former customers are affected
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T-Mobile is investigating a forum post that claims to be selling personal information related to over 100 million customers.
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AirTags are the talk of the town these days, but there is another option in the arena that handily beats the Apple object tracker when it comes to tracking efficiency. Say hello to the SyncUP TRACKER, an LTE-powered object tracker from T-Mobile that solves the range limit posed by Bluetooth-based trackers such as AirTags, Tile, or Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.
The SyncUP TRACKER relies on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network, which is claimed to cover almost 99% of Americans and allows the tracker to be found virtually anywhere. Bluetooth-based object trackers, such as the Tile Pro, offer a tracking range of around 40 feet only. For folks who go out often, this virtually limitless tracking range will prove to be a major selling point.
Also, when Bluetooth-based trackers go out of range, they can only be found if another phone comes in the range of its Bluetooth pings when placed in lost mode. T-Mobile’s offering will allow you to track it anywhere irrespective of how many miles it is away, as long as it can latch on the 4G network.
T-Mobile claims that its object tracker allows near real-time tracking, which means you see where the device is from anywhere. Additionally, you can set a virtual boundary and choose to get alerts when the SyncUP TRACKER leaves the designated safe zone. There is also a light tracking feature that will notify you if the ambient light around the tracker changes. This will come in handy for protecting items that are stored in lockers or any other safe place, and are not intended to move frequently.
The SyncUP Tracker is also dust and water-resistant (IP67) and comes equipped with a 900mAh battery that is claimed to last up to seven days on a single charge. In comparison, the likes of Apple AirTag and Tile Pro can go up to a year and feature a user-replaceable battery as well. As for the market availability, the SyncUP TRACKER is price at $60 and will be up for grabs starting May 7. However, the tracker also adds a $5/month to your existing T-Mobile line for using the 4G network.View Apple AirTag at Amazon
View Tile Pro 2-Pack at Amazon
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T-Mobile really wants to put 5G phones in the hands of more people. In the hindsight, the carrier also wants to good use of those 5G airwaves and infrastructure it has built over the years, and of course, make some money too. To achieve that T-Mobile is giving away a free 5G phone to everyone. All you have to do is bring in an old phone – smart or not – and get a Galaxy A32 5G that was launched earlier today in exchange.
The Great Free 5G Phone Upgrade: Now, everyone in America can trade in any working mobile phone and get a 5G smartphone for free.
We’ve built a 5G network that covers 1.6M square miles and we want EVERYONE, new & existing customers, to experience the power of @TMobile!
— Mike Sievert (@MikeSievert) April 7, 2021
“This offer applies to new and existing customers, and ANY old phone in working condition — flip phone, Sidekick, whatever that suitcase phone was called. T-Mobile will take it,” T-Mobile said in its press release. So, what’s the catch? Well, T-Mobile will recoup the cost of that Samsung phone in the form of 24-monthly credit bills. So essentially, a free 5G phone means you have to get locked with a T-Mobile line for two years.
There’s a free iPhone 12 deal too
However, if the Galaxy A32 5G is not powerful enough for you, T-Mobile also has a great deal for iPhone lovers too. Actually, there is more than one deal in place. So, here they are:
- When you exchange an iPhone 11, you get an iPhone 12 for free, and at no additional cost.
- If you trade in an iPhone 7, iPhone 8, or iPhone X, T-Mobile will take half off the price of iPhone 12.
- And if you have any other older iPhone – dating as far back as the first iPhone – the carrier will take half off the price of the iPhone 12 Mini as a trade-in deal.
Of course, the 24 monthly bill credits condition applies in the case of iPhones as well. However, you have to be vigilant, as T-Mobile’s 5G upgrade deal for the iPhones will kick off on April 18 and will last less than two weeks, ending on May 1.View iPhone 12 at Best Buy
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Well, looks like LG phone owners in the US are finally going to get a taste of Android 11. Yes, a majority of OEMs began seeding the update a while ago, and Google has even released the first Developer Preview of Android 12. But hey, it’s better to finally have it, than not getting the upgrade at all. The update is rolling out for both Verizon and T-Mobile units of the LG flagship.
The official support page for LG V60 ThinQ 5G UW on Verizon mentions that the update started rolling out on February 26 and it carries the build number V600VM20a. But there is some disappointment here. The likes of Samsung have released the March security update for some of their phones, but the Android 11 update for LG V60 ThinQ arrives with the January patch.
T-Mobile, on the other hand, is shipping the Android 11 update (build number V600TM20f) with the February security patch. Notably, the update also enables 5G SA (Standalone) for LG V60 ThinQ units on its network.
As for the changelog, you get the usual set of goodies such as floating bubbles for notifications, overhauled controls, native screen recorder, notifications, wireless Android Auto, and scheduled dark mode. You also get better privacy tools such as the ability to grant one-time app permissions.
Listed below are some additional changes that the Verizon-locked LG V60 ThinQ gets:
Wireless Emergency Alert: Applications and Menu update: In Settings > Network & Internet > Wireless Emergency Alerts, the menu has been updated with Google WEA.
Tap & pay: Tap & pay is now shown when NFC is on, and disappears when it is off. It has also moved from Default apps to Settings > Connected devices > NFC.
- Tutorial slider: The order of tutorial in the slider windows has been changed to Camera modes and Front/rear cameras. Also the background color has changed to black.
- Quick Video: Press and hold the shutter button to record a short video. Drag and hold the button for burst mode.
- Switch camera button: The button shape has changed in Photo, Video and Time-lapse mode.
- Three icons (Focus mode, Bedtime mode and Nearby Share) have been added to the main notification panel from the edit list (hidden).
- Focus Mode: You can pause distracting apps and hide their notifications on your schedule.
- Bedtime Mode: Avoid interruptions such as calls and notification while you sleep.
- Nearby Share: Turn on for sharing with nearby devices together.
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Apple’s new iPhone family has something for everyone, whether it’s the small-yet-equally-mighty iPhone 12 mini with a 5.4-inch screen, the two 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models, or the monstrous iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is more than just a bigger iPhone 12 Pro and is the biggest iPhone ever released.
Clearly, the global situation this year has resulted in delays for certain components. As a result, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both go up for preorder on October 16 and ship on October 23. Preorders for the smaller Mini and larger Max variants are delayed to November 6, with shipping starting November 13.
With that in mind, if you want to buy the 12 or 12 Pro, we’ve rounded up the best iPhone 12 deals below. If you’re interested in the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini, we’ve also included the options below, but you’ll need to wait a couple of weeks to pre-order.
Where to buy the iPhone 12
If you head over to Best Buy right now, you can save up to $1,000 on your new iPhone 12. It all depends on the carrier you choose. First, Sprint, now part of T-Mobile, lets you save from $100 to $500 with qualified activation and an eligible device’s trade-in. We then focus on AT&T, where you can save up to $800 on your new device with the same conditions as Sprint, which means you have to activate a new line on one of AT&T’s qualified plans, and you also have to trade-in an eligible device.
Now, if you want to get your new iPhone 12 on Verizon’s network, there are two options to choose from, as you can save from $100 to $500 with qualified activation and trade-in on an iPhone 7 or newer. However, you may also want to consider the possibility of saving up to $1,000 thanks to a BoGo deal. To get this deal, you need a qualified activation on Unlimited plans for Verizon, and at least one new line is required. Savings will appear as a monthly bill credit, but it won’t be discounted through Best Buy at the time of purchase.
Still, if you don’t want to save on your new iPhone 12, you can also get your device on Verizon starting at $33.33/mo. For 24 months. Sprint will have you paying $34.58/mo. For two years, but if you want to pay less, you can go for AT&T’s option that will have you paying $26.67/mo. But this also means you will have to pay for 30 months.
If you head over to Apple’s online store, you will see that the iPhone 12 is selling for $799, if you buy it upfront, or you can get it with an installment plan that will have you paying $33.29 a month. However, you can also choose to trade-in an eligible device, and this will get you up to $500 depending on the device you have to offer. Unfortunately, if you want your phone to come unlocked, you will have to pay $829 before trade-in, and your monthly payments would go up to $34.54.
Apple iPhone 12 trade-in pricing:
- iPhone 11 Pro Max – Up to $500
- iPhone 11 Pro – Up to $450
- iPhone 11 – Up to $350
- iPhone XS Max – Up to $370
- iPhone XS – Up to $300
- iPhone XR – Up to $250
- iPhone X – Up to $250
- iPhone 8 Plus – Up to $210
- iPhone 8 – Up to $140
If you don’t want to trade-in for an instant discount against your purchase, you can also trade-in your phone for an Apple Gift Card that can be redeemed in Apple’s stores or on Apple.com.
The unlocked version of the iPhone 12 mini with a 5.4-inch display starts at $729, or you can get it from $30.37/mo for 24 months in its 64GB storage option. The 128GB version is priced at $779 or $32.45/mo, and the 256GB version can be yours for $879 or $36.62/mo for 24 months.
The unlocked version of the vanilla iPhone 12 starts at $829 or 24 monthly payments of $34.54, while the 128GB and the 256GB storage options sell for $879 and $979, respectively, if you plan on making a one-time payment, or you can also choose to pay $36.62 or $40.79 for 24 months.
Now, the iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 with 128GB in storage space. You would then have to pay $1,099 for 256GB storage and $12,99 for 512GB. Monthly installments would have you pay $41.62 for the 128GB variant, $45.79 for 256GB, and $54.12 for the 512GB version for 24 months.
Finally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099 with 128GB in storage space, which can also be yours for 24 monthly installments of $45.79. The 256GB version is priced at $1,199 or $49.95 a month for two years. The maxed-out version will cost you $1,399, and it comes with 512GB storage space.
If you’d rather buy it from your carrier, we’ve also rounded up the best carrier deals below.
Best iPhone 12 deals with US carriers
If you don’t want to take up any savings, you can get your new iPhone for as low as $29.16/mo, but there are several other options to consider, since Verizon is probably the carrier that offers more ways to save on your new iPhone 12.
- The iPhone 12 mini starts at $29.16 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $699.99 retail)
- The iPhone 12 starts at $33.33 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $799.99 retail)
- The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $41.66 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $999.99 retail)
- The iPhone 12 Pro max starts at $45.83 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR, $1,099.99 retail)
Now, if you want to save some cash, you can trade-in an eligible device and get a new line to get up to $750 off. You can upgrade your current device and get up to $440 off, or buy one and get $800 off the second device, and yes, you are also going to need a new line.
More importantly, Verizon is also the network with the biggest deployment of those superfast 5G speeds that Apple mentioned. Alongside a new Nationwide 5G network launched alongside the new iPhone, Verizon has the 5G Ultra-wideband mmWave network that offers speeds of up to 4Gbps in 55 cities and growing.
Well, if you want to get your new device over at AT&T, you can get the 64GB base model for $26.67/mo. However, you can save up to $700 with an eligible trade-in, which would leave your new device for just $3.33/mo if you go for the 64GB base model. If you want more storage space, you would also end up paying more, as the 128GB version and the 256GB options would cost you $28.34 and $31.67/mo, respectively, or $5 and $8.33/mo.
T-Mobile is offering up to $830 savings on your new iPhone 12 after certain conditions have been met. First, you need to join Magenta and trade-in an eligible device, which basically will get you a new iPhone for free. You will see the trade-in credits and the balance in the 24 monthly bill credits for your new phone. Of course, you will have to trade in your iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or iPhone X in good condition to get your iPhone 12 for free. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will get you up to $600 off, and previous models such as the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, and the iPhone 6S Plus can get you $450 savings.
As we expected, the iPhone 12 box doesn’t come with a power adapter or wired headphones. There is a USB-C to Lightning cable, so at least there’s that? If you don’t know what USB-C is, or you’re coming from an older iPhone and haven’t got a newish iPad or Macbook, you’ll probably need a USB-C power adapter.
If wired earbuds are a must, then the lack of headphone jack means you’ll want something that’s Lightning compatible. Apple’s official EarPods are the ones you used to get in the box and cost $19, whilst the upgrade pick if you’re interested in something wireless would be the original AirPods for $125. Of course, if you want the best true wireless earbuds for the iPhone right now, look no further than the AirPods Pro, which is currently on sale at $199!
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Earlier this week, T-Mobile started alerting its customers about a data breach that exposed details associated with their user account. While details about the scope of this security breach have so far been thin, the carrier has finally decided to shed some light on the incident after shutting down the malicious operations behind it. The company says that information related to customers’ T-Mobile account was exposed, which includes phone number, the number of lines on an account, and call-related information.
Specifically, T-Mobile says that the Customer proprietary network information (CPNI) was accessed as part of the security breach. But aside from phone number, the number of connections and call logs, no other customer data was exposed, claims the company. “The data accessed did not include names on the account, physical or email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax ID, passwords, or PINs,” T-Mobile said in an official statement.
T-Mobile’s official notice does not reveal the number of customers that were affected. However, in a statement given to BleepingCustomer, T-Mobile mentioned that less than 0.2% of its subscribers were affected. If you take into account the roughly 100 million-strong customer base of the carrier, almost 200,000 users may have been had their information accessed by malicious actors.
“We are currently notifying a small number of customers (less than 0.2%) that some information related to their account may have been illegally accessed. The data accessed did NOT include any names associated with the account, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, passwords, PINs or physical or email addresses.” the company was BleepingComputer.
Not the first T-Mobile security mishap in 2020
However, this is not the first time that T-Mobile has been at the receiving end of a cybersecurity attack in 2020. Back in November, the company admitted that “name and billing address, phone number, account number, rate plan and features, such as whether you added an international calling feature” were accessed during a security breach. However, banking details, social security numbers, or passwords were not exposed in the breach.
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We have tons of smartphone deals today, as we start with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. The unlocked International version with 256GB in storage in Aura Black or Aura Glow can be yours for $710, while the Aura Pink version will cost you $732. However, be advised, these devices will only work on GSM networks, meaning that it won’t work on CDMA networks such as Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and it comes with an Exynos 9825 processor.
For those who want a US version smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S10 is now selling for $733 with 128GB in storage. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is getting a $150 discount, which leaves it at just $150, and you get the unlocked US version with 128GB in storage space that will work in every major network in the US.
You can find more smartphone deals in Sony, LG, and Moto devices, as the Sony Xperia 1 with a 6.5-inch HDR OLED CinemaWide display and 128GB in storage version can be yours for $698 with $251.99 savings. The last device from LG’s G series with 128GB is priced at $400, and it includes a US warranty. The Moto G Power is currently selling for $230 after a $30 discount, and it includes 4GB RAM and 64GB in storage space. The Motorola One Action with 4GB and 128GB is getting a $146 discount, which leaves it at $204, and last but not least, the Moto G7 with 64GB in storage is selling for $200 after a $100 discount. All of these devices are factory unlocked, which means you can use them in the network of your choice.
Now, you can get $100 off the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, with a catch. If you head over to T-Mobile, you will find the option to buy one and get one with a $200 discount when you open up new lines of service. You can get this plan with a smartphone or go for a Watch-only plan, which would also get you into a 24-month contract with Magenta, but you would technically save $100 per device.
Other deals include the Sony X900H 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR for just $1,000 after a $200 discount. Then we have the CyberpowerPC Tracer IV Slim 15.6-inch gaming notebook with an Intel Core i5 processor, a GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GPU, 8GB RAM, and 240GB SSD is getting a $258 discount, leaving it at just $991.31. HyperX’s Cloud Orbit S-Gaming headset with a $70 discount, which leaves them up for grabs at just $260. Finally, the PowerA Enhanced wireless controller for Nintendo Switch selling for $38.73 after an $11.26 discount.
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Magenta had to wait for several years to complete its merger with Sprint. This year, we finally saw the operation take place, and even though we have seen T-Mobile lay off hundreds of Sprint’s employees, we are also starting to see how the carrier has started to grow.
Mike Sievert, T-Mobile’s new CEO, said:
“Surpassing AT&T to become #2 was a huge milestone to kick off Q2, but that was only the beginning! In our first quarter as a combined company, T-Mobile led the industry in total branded customer adds – even in a challenging environment – and there is no doubt that we are THE leading growth company in wireless.
Now we’re setting our sights on #1 – in customer choice and customers’ hearts – and we’ll get there by doing ONLY what the Un-carrier can do: offering customers the most advanced 5G network AND the best value while continuing to make big moves that fix customer pain points and disrupt this industry. I’m excited about what’s to come in this new T-Mobile era – we’re just getting started!”
T-Mobile is now the second-largest wireless carrier in the United States. The company has surpassed AT&T after its merger with Sprint, adding 1,245,000 new customers and reaching a total of 98.3 million customers at the end of Q2. Magenta has also announced a new Scam-Shield, which are tools that will help its users fight spam and scam calls. It also launched a new nationwide 5G standalone network, giving it a considerable advantage compared to its competitors.
Source Android Central
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The Sprint and T-Mobile merger has finally taken place, and we have witnessed several changes since the merger was approved back in November 2019. Now we get new information telling us that the Sprint brand will officially disappear on August 2, 2020.
T-Mobile has confirmed that on August 2, 2020, it will officially unify Sprint’s operations under the T-Mobile brand, which means that Sprint will formally cease to exist. The Sprint and T-Mobile merger finally took place on April 1, and since then, T-Mobile has laid off many Sprint former employees, and it also has disabled Sprint’s 5G networks, and the next change will be rebranding most Sprint retail stores as new T-Mobile stores. On a positive note, there will be new deals announced next week.
Source Android Authority
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