Have you been eyeing that non-contract HTC One M9 for a while now? Was the $650 price tag too much for you? Well, if you act in the next 12 hours or so, you can actually snag a brand new M9 of your choice for under $500. HTC is running a hot special on the M9 by slashing 25% off the regular price. They are also offering 50% off the RE camera, 50% off all accessories and 40% off the Nexus 9 tablet. All in all, the sale is pretty spectacular and is worth checking out. Hit the link below if you’ve been eyeing any of these sweet HTC products.
They say great things come in small packages and in this case, Huawei delivers a huge device in a pretty small wrapper. The Huawei P8 Lite is the latest $250 model to hit our review spaces and it did not disappoint. With a solid set of specs, GSM LTE compatibility on both major US networks, and a form factor that fits in most hands comfortably, the P8 Lite is definitely a device that anyone considering an MVNO or T-Mobile should take a seriously long look at.
The build on the P8 Lite is nothing short of gorgeous. Holding the P8 Lite in hand felt more like holding a $500-700 premium device. The review unit we were sent was done in a beautiful white finish with smooth accents and clean lines. The buttons were all very solid and had almost no play to them. The screen was set perfectly in the body with no bulges, overhangs or gaps that were noticeable to us. The bevel-less look on the sides of the display made the phone seem much narrower than it was. Coming in at 5.63” high, 2.78” wide and .3” thick, the P8 Lite felt nice in everyone’s hands. The P8 Lite just felt sturdy and fit well.
As nice as the build of the P8 Lite was, the internals of the P8 Lite didn’t disappoint either. Powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.4, the P8 Lite pretty well handled everything that was thrown at it. The 2GB of RAM powered through most multitasking tests with ease and the 16GB of internal storage can be expanded via the onboard MicroSD slot. We had no issues running our 64GB Sandisk card, though the spec sheets only claim a 32GB max card size. The P8 Lite also is equipped with a 5” 780×1280 HD display and a 5MP front camera. The rear of the device features a monstrous 13MP shooter that also records full 1080p video.
Continuing on through the device, the P8 Lite features an Android skin that is fairly reminiscent of another phone out there, but we just couldn’t put our finger on what was so, familiar, about it. The EMUI v3.0 skinning of Android had a few interesting things to get used to, but once we did, it was rather painless to use. With no App drawer on the device, Apps were displayed on a horizontal additional screen instead of the typical drawer setup that most associate with Android. Again, it wasn’t a terrible experience, but it was a different one.
The EMUI skin went deep into the system settings, making finding the normal Android settings a bit difficult, but honestly, once you found them, it was easy to navigate back to them. Honestly, after about 2 days of using the EMUI skinning, it was hard to think about going back to stock Android. The EMUI skin also featured one other major attraction, especially to those new to smartphones.
Simple Mode allows users to ditch the busy EMUI home screen in favor of the ‘easy’ or in this case Simple View home screen. This took away the crazy clocks, widgets and folders that were found on the basic home screen and laid out a nice set of, what reminded us of Windows, tiles. These quick glance buttons were perfect for those with clumsy fingers or that just wanted the ultimate in clean interfaces. We saw this once before on the Ascent Mate 2 4G and liked it then as well, but the P8 Lite just seems to take it to the next level.
The last and probably one of the strongest reasons to grab a P8 Lite for yourself is the fact that Huawei not only paid attention to the build of the device and the software it runs, but they are also paying attention to the average customer out there that gets forced into carrying a personal phone and a work phone. The P8 Lite makes short work of both duties by having not just one SIM slot, but by having two SIM slots. That means no more carrying multiple devices around when you don’t want to. It’s a fairly new practice to US subscribers, but when you team something like a $20 unlimited calling plan for your personal account with that T-Mobile company plan from your business, it makes a ton of sense to have that second slot available.
Overall, Huawei really hit the mark with the P8 Lite. The $250 unlocked price tag puts the P8 Lite in the same range with other manufacturers low end devices and the P8 Lite delivers anything but a low end feel. Smooth software, a good camera and a premium quality build are just the highlights of the Huawei P8 Lite, but you really owe it to yourself to go grab one and check out just how great a $250 phone can be. Honestly, it has to be one of the best Android handsets in the under $300 range available today.
Link: Huawei P8 Lite
If there is one thing about MVNO’s that isn’t as great as a host network, it has to be the lack of the additional services. Sure, you get a screaming deal on voice, text and data services, but what about those extras? What about Wi-Fi calling or Tethering or even larger ones like T-Mobile Music Freedom? Those little extras make it awfully tempting for anyone to jump ship back to the big guys, even if it costs a bit more.
Well, you can consider one of those lines extremely blurry now. T-Mobile MVNO, PTel Mobile, is now offering Wi-Fi calling on their plans. Of course, you will need a compatible device and a special SIM, but even with those requirements, for those in rough coverage areas, it has to be a welcome addition to their plans. The offering appears to be on all plans, though it was difficult to confirm both the devices needed or what plans the Wi-Fi calling option was available on.
It’s our suspicion that you would need a Wi-Fi enabled T-Mobile device to use the service as well as the special SIM from PTel Mobile. With plans from $20 a month, there’s something to fit everyone’s needs at PTel Mobile. If you’re ready to check out the options, hit the link below.
Source: PTel Mobile
The sub $200 smartphone market is getting awfully crowded. With great devices coming from so many manufacturers, it’s getting harder and harder to justify the expense of those flagship smartphones like the HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6. Of course, when you can team that $150 deal with a plan that delivers unlimited talk, text and data for $35 a month, it gets even better. That’s exactly what Boost Mobile and LG have done with their new LG Volt 2 offering.
The LG Volt 2 features a pretty impressive set of specs for a ‘lower end’ device. Running Android 5.1 out of the box, the Volt 2 is up to date with all the latest and greatest Android features. The 2540mAH batter will power through about 20 hours of talk time and should easily last most users through a day of moderate use. The 5” IPS display allows you to view the web and videos in full HD while the 1.2GHz processor keeps the device from locking up on you when you are trying to multitask.
The Volt 2 also features a very strong 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP front shooter. Both cameras can shoot full HD video as well. Those videos can be stored on a microSD card inside the device or uploaded to the video service of your choice over Boost Mobile’s 4G LTE or Enhanced LTE connections. Make sure to check your coverage area to see if the Volt 2 can make use of either of those speedy networks before you rely on that service though.
If the Volt 2 has a negative point, it comes at the expense of the RAM and internal storage. With 1GB of RAM, the device can become a bit overloaded and lag a bit during heavy gaming and screen casting. The 8GB of internal storage is also about the minimum that a phone would want to have on board in today’s market. Android does have the ability to move some Apps to the SD card, but between the bloatware and just plain unnecessary software, they didn’t save users a ton of space for other stuff.
Still, at $149.99, the Volt 2 is quite a bargain. When you combine the $150 price tag on the phone with the $35 a month 1GB LTE plan, the two year cost comes in at $990. If you are willing to take that auto-pay plunge and sign up for Auto Re-Boost, you get an additional GB of data thrown in for free and you monthly cost drops to just $30. That saves an additional $120 over that 24 month period, which makes the final two year cost a lowly $870.
There aren’t too many people out there that have heard of Cintex Wireless. Face it, there are literally hundreds of MVNO’s today, so keeping up with them all is next to impossible. For the lighter user though, Cintex might be one that is worth looking into. Their base plan starts at just $5 a month and can be bumped based on usage all the way to $65 a month. There really is a plan for almost anyone at Cintex, but light users will benefit the most with the highest savings over normal rates.
The $5 plan includes 100 minutes of talk and 100 text messages. It’s simple and easy. Jumping to the $10 point, you keep the same 100 minutes of talk, but add in unlimited text. $15 nets you 300 minutes, $20 brings it up to 600 minutes and $40 will gain you unlimited minutes. Unfortunately, that’s where the deals really end with data options being a bit on the pricey side. Those costs can range from $10 for 100MB of data to $25 for 1GB. Still, for those that want to depend on Wi-Fi and only want an emergency SIM in their device, the $5 and $10 talk and text plans aren’t a bad deal.
Of course, they don’t really match up with the $3.99 a month FreedomPop cellular plan that includes 200 minutes of talk, 500 texts and 500MB of data for free and then allows you to roll those minutes over to Sprint’s cell network when network conditions won’t allow for a VoIP call. They also don’t really offer the value that the $10 unlimited talk and text Refund Plan from Republic Wireless either. For just $17.50 you can rack up unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data all on Sprint’s Network or unlimited everything over Wi-Fi. Both options are great for keeping that monthly cost low and providing a quality service.
If you think Cintex Wireless might be right for you, hit the link below to visit their website. They are also a provider of the Lifeline cellular program that gives lower income users a free cell phone from the federal government.
Source: Cintex Wireless
With all the cost cutting methods available in cellular going with the big guys is making less and less sense. When a plan comes along that offers you unlimited talk, text and data for under $20 a month, it just seems downright crazy to continue to spend $100 a month on a cellular bill. Of course the Wi-Fi powered MVNO Republic Wireless is hoping that sanity prevails and users begin to flock to them for their sub-$20 Refund Plan offering.
The Refund Plan is very simplistic to say the least. Users begin with an unlimited talk and text plan for with a $10 monthly cost or if you prefer, just $5 for Wi-Fi calling and texting only. Data users can then add .5GB chunks of data for $7.50 a month. For example, the base unlimited plan with 1GB of data would set a user back $25 a month. This is where the plan gets very interesting though, if a user has left over data at the end of their billing cycle, the data is refunded at $.01 per MB, which doesn’t sound like much, but if someone were to have that $25 plan and only use 100MB of data, the bill would fall to $16 the following month.
Republic Wireless also doesn’t kill users with expensive device costs. Currently, Republic Wireless has the Moto G for just $99 in the 8GB model. If a bit more power is on order, the Republic Wireless Moto E (2nd generation) is just $129 in the 8GB model. Finally, for the flagship smartphone users, Republic Wireless offers the 16GB Moto X (2nd generation) for just $299. If you need a bit more customization, Republic Wireless also offers the MotoMaker service with a 32GB Moto X option.
The payback program from Republic Wireless is a definite head turner for the lighter smartphone data user, but can also be one that people with access to Wi-Fi on a consistent basis will enjoy a large savings with. Users should check their cellular data and Wi-Fi usage to see just how much data is being consumed monthly. If the cellular data portion is under 500MB, there’s a $17.50 plan just waiting to be activated and start saving some serious cash.
Source: Republic Wireless
In the latest uncarrier move, T-Mobile is once again sticking it to the man with a pretty amazing deal. The new ‘plan for families that love data, but don’t love to share’ goes active tomorrow, 7/15/15. The family offering includes the first 2 lines of unlimited talk, text and 10GB of LTE data for just $100. Additional lines will run you $20 a pop, but here’s where it gets unbeatable…
If you sign on before Labor Day, you will get that 4th line completely free, and there’s no promotional period. This offer will be valid as long as your T-Mobile account is valid and you are current on your payments. Of course, T-Mo has every right in the universe to change up plans and not grandfather people in at a later date, but it doesn’t seem likely that this will happen.
The new family plan will continue to offer all the other great Uncarrier benefits like Data Stash, Mobile Without Borders and Music Freedom. It’s about as good as a cell plan can get, without having any of the negatives. Even the post tax prices for the new offering comes in at a miniature $135 a month for 4 lines. Nothing touches this deal across the major carriers or their MVNO’s.
If you are interested in joining up with T-Mobile and this great family offering, check out www.t-mobile.com today.