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Motorola Debuts New Moto Devices

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Motorola has finally released information and specifications on the successors to its popular Moto G and Moto X devices released last year. Both devices are upgraded quite a bit from previous models and are priced affordably. To make things even better, Motorola is focusing on selling unlocked devices directly to consumers instead of working through pricey contracts with carriers.

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GoPhone Adds Lumia 640 to Lineup

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AT&T’s GoPhone recently added a new phone to its lineup. The Lumia 640 is one of the more popular Lumia devices and has been available on AT&T’s other prepaid brand, Cricket, for a couple of months already. However, late is better than never, and the GoPhone makes up for it by offering the same device for $10 less than Cricket.

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Kyocera Hydro Wave Comes to MetroPCS, T-Mobile

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MetroPCS and T-Mobile both added a new device to their respective lineups today: the Kyocera Hydro Wave. While I haven’t personally seen this device yet, the Wave looks like a good entry-level device meant for people who are a little harder on their devices.

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Asus ZenFone 2E Headed to GoPhone

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AT&T’s GoPhone should be getting a new phone to its lineup soon. Asus’ new phone, the ZenFone 2E is an entry-level device which features a decent camera, an Android Lollipop OS and some other basic features that are sure to make this device a good choice for users looking for a functional phone without the high prices.

Here are the specs for the device:

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New HTC Desire Phone Headed to Prepaid Brands

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Surprisingly, HTC’s most recent midrange phone, the HTC Desire 626s was announced and multiple prepaid companies all jumped on board at pretty much the same time. So, rather than spacing it out and announcing the device a million times, we’ll be able to cover it all in one post. Hallelujah!

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Is Microsoft Giving Up on Windows Phones?

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It’s absolutely no secret that the Windows phone has not been doing very well. In fact, it’s estimated that Windows devices make up roughly 3% of the entire smartphone market, with Apple and Android absolutely stomping the heck out of the Lumia devices. And it’s no wonder, between a flailing app store and the lack of a flagship device to draw anyone to Windows phones, most people are turning to Android or Apple instead.

With the announcement of Windows 10, it was starting to look like Windows phones might actually become relevant. From what I’ve read, Microsoft seems to be building an almost Apple-like ecosystem where users can flow work and tasks seamlessly from PC to tablet to phone and back again. Continuum, the functionality is called, and when I read about it I actually entertained the notion of getting a Windows Phone when my PC upgrades. But, now it’s looking like Windows is backpedaling on the whole smartphone business.

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Virgin Mobile Slashes Phone Prices

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Virgin Mobile, a Sprint prepaid company, has one major downside: its phones are not cross-compatible. When you buy a Virgin Mobile phone, you can only use it with Virgin Mobile. As far as I’m aware, currently these devices cannot be unlocked and activated on another prepaid brand, even if it is a Sprint MVNO.

Fortunate, then, that Virgin Mobile has plenty of deals on smartphones so users can try their hand at Virgin Mobile’s service without investing too much money in what will become a paperweight if you decide to leave the company.

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Motorola Drops Price of Moto X 2014

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Motorola is reportedly on the verge of releasing the 2015 version of its super popular Moto X. So, of course, the company has dropped the price of it’s unlocked Moto X device and is offering customers several promotions in an effort to drum out the last little bit of business before the next release.

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5 Best Verizon Prepaid Phones Under $100

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Verizon is one of those companies that I both love and hate. I deal with a lot of customer service reps from all different companies and with the exception of Tracfone, Verizon has some of the rudest and least helpful employees and media people I’ve ever encountered. It also has some of the highest prices. But, Verizon also has the best network. So what’s the solution? Well, prepaid, of course!

Prepaid plans are the cheapest way to go, and you can check our list of the Best Verizon prepaid MVNO plans to find one that’s right for you. But what about phones? Well, I went to Verizon’s website and found 5 of their most affordable phones that will give you all the functionality that you likely want without the sticker shock. Here are my top picks, in no particular order:

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Lumia Devices on Sale

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Well, it looks like Microsoft is prepping to launch some 2015 devices as several of last year’s Lumia phones are going on sale at various different retailers. The two most noteworthy deals involve the Lumia 435 and the Lumia 635, both of which are discounted for a limited time. Windows fans rejoice!

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One Plus Scheduling Flash Sales for One

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Last year, the phone that was on every tech blog writer’s list was the One Plus One, an excellent smartphone with near-flagship specs, affordable prices and an unusual selling method which required invites in order to actually purchase the device. While the phone’s specs aren’t quite as impressive as this year’s newer phones and invites are no longer required, One Plus has announced that it will be hosting flash sales all this week with limited quantities of the device priced $50 lower than normal.

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Deal: Buy a Fitbit, Get a Free Lumia Phone

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These days, it seems like everywhere you turn, there is another advertisement for some fitness tracker to strap to your wrist. Some of them work and some of them don’t, but most of them are outrageously expensive for something that you may or may not use. However, if you are a fan of Windows phones, then this might be your chance to try one out.

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Blu Offers $100 Midrange GSM Handset

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For prepaid users, an unlocked phone is like a golden ticket. With a free and clear device you can jump ship as many times as you want until you find the perfect carrier with the best coverage and prices for wherever you’re currently located. But, unlocked devices tend to cost twice as much as others, and many prepaid carriers don’t sell devices off the shelf unlocked. So, If you’re in the market for a $100 unlocked Android handset, then Blu’s new Studio C smartphone is definitely worth a look.

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Verizon Adds LG Lancet to Windows Phone Collection

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It’s no secret that Verizon doesn’t really seem to care all that much for Windows phones. Regardless, the red giant has announced that it has added a new phone its prepaid and postpaid customers this week. One of only three Windows device Verizon offers, the LG Lancet is a budget phone that aims to make you feel like you’re using a much better device than you actually are. Similar to the HTC One M8 Windows version, the LG Lancet has a more professional look to it than most Lumia devices, despite being a cheery blue color.

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TextNow Offers Discounted Moto G, LG Optimus F3

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TextNow, an MVNO that uses both Sprint’s network and wifi coverage to provide service to its users, has discounted two mid or entry-level phones and I wanted to share it with you! I’m not sure how long these discounts will continue, but since the devices are refurbished it is probably safe to assume that it will only be for as long as supplies last.

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Get a Phone and 1 Year of Service for $200

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FreedomPop and 9to5toys have banded together to offer consumers a pretty sweet deal. I’m not sure when this promotion ends—presumably when supplies run out—but for a limited time, 9to5toys is selling a Nexus 5 and one year of subscription to FreedomPop services for $200.

Here’s what you get for that money:

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Windows Phone 10 Information Roundup

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There has been a lot of information about the upcoming release of the new Windows 10 which will be pushed not only to computers but also to Windows smartphones. And let me tell you, Windows fans, it looks pretty freaking sweet! Unfortunately, Microsoft has been a little vague on when we can expect these fabled Windows 10 Phones, but the hints suggest later this fall.

Anyway, while you wait, check out this list with some of the cooler things that Microsoft has announced about the new Windows OS:

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T-Mobile Adds New Feature Phone to Lineup

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Smartphones are wonderful and they can do an incredible range of things. However, if you are one of the millions who really just want a phone to make calls, then a $200 smartphone probably isn’t a good fit. There is something elegant about a feature phone that only does a few things, but does them well, and Kyocera gets that. Earlier this week, Kyocera and T-Mobile came together to introduce the Kyocera Rally, a new feature phone that’s maybe a little more sleek than most other feature phones.

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OnePlus Nixes Invites for One

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When OnePlus announced its first smartphone last year everyone raved about how fantastic the OnePlus One was. Priced at around $300, it had flagship specs for a budget price, and everyone wanted one. But, in order to even order the device, you first had to have an invite. This exclusive club opened a little bit several months ago with no-invite Tuesdays and now OnePlus has announced it’s getting rid of the invite system completely. Kind of.

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Alcaltel’s Flagship Available for Preorder Apr. 21

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Alcatel, the maker of low-cost and generally entry-level devices has announced that its latest flagship device, the Idol 3, will be available for preorder starting April 21. More details about this device were also announced, and I have to say that as someone who owns an Alcatel device, I’m pretty impressed.

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Buy a Moto X, Get a Free Moto Hint

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Motorola has a great promotion for anyone looking to get their hands on the 2014 Moto X this month. Now through April 14, if you purchase an off-contract Moto X (which will be unlocked and includes some customization options), you can also get a Moto Hint for absolutely free. And free really is the best price.

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Alcatel Promotes Flip Phone for Seniors

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Alcatel has released an old-fashioned flip phone aimed at seniors and those with hearing or vision problems. Called the Alcatel Onetouch Retro, this little flip phone has a range of cool features designed to make cell phones accessible to everyone.

Here are some of the features included:

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Cortana Plans Invasion of Android, iPhone

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When I purchased my last phone, I almost bought a Windows phone. Not because I particularly liked those obnoxious little Windows 8.1 tiles or because I thought the Windows App Store was worth the time, but because of Cortana. While I ultimately didn’t go with a Windows phone, I still kind of regret the decision. But now it’s looking like I might not have to wait much longer.

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Microsoft Debuts Successor to Lumia 635

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Microsoft has been building up its line of affordable prepaid phones for some time now. One of the more popular budget devices, the Lumia 635, finally has a successor: the Lumia 640 and 640XL. While I can’t say I’m a fan of Microsoft’s naming convention, these little budget phones are actually pretty sweet and are likely to make a bit of a splash in the market. Or so Microsoft hopes.

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Alcatel Introduces Affordable Flagship

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Alcatel phones are generally not nice phones. Believe me, I have an Alcatel OneTouch, and while it was incredibly cheap and does the job just fine, it’s far from a high-end device. The camera is atrocious and the phone itself is more than a little laggy at times. Oh, and the screen occasionally decides to give up on life and temporarily goes black. Fortunately, it always eventually powers back on, but I’m pretty convinced it’s on the verge of suicide.

So, you can imagine my surprise when Alcatel introduced its first flagship phone at the Mobile World Congress yesterday. No, scratch that. I wasn’t surprised–I was shocked and skeptical. But, after reading up on the new Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, I’m actually a little bit impressed.

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Sprint Prepaid to get 2015 Moto E for $100

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Motorola has continued its trend of releasing updated versions of popular handsets with the upcoming release of the slightly upgraded Moto E. This low-end device initially shipped last year with a price tag of $130 and was designed as the low-end options for the Moto G and Moto X lovers out there. The 2015 version is not only cheaper, but has slightly upgraded specs.

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OnePlus Offers Phone Sans Invitation

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Much like the kid who gets picked last for kickball, many would-be customers of the snazzy OnePlus One smartphone have been left out of the cold without an invite. But, as of yesterday, anyone can purchase and order one of these rather exclusive devices without an invitation on every Tuesday. Why Tuesday? Who knows. I guess it just gives you something to look forward to on Monday.

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Buy Low Priced Used Phones with Glyde

I love a love-hate relationship with most smartphones. I love the features and the flash and the cool technology, but I hate the ridiculous price tag that always goes along with it. If you buy a brand new device that isn’t intended for entry-level users, you almost have to expect to spend several hundred dollars. If you get something from Amazon or Ebay, then you run the risk that it won’t actually be compatible and there’s generally a lot more research concerned.

And then, there’s Glyde, a pre-owned gadget vendor that seems to have the best of both worlds. 

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Phablet Pros and Cons

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The wireless industry has been trending towards larger and larger phones in recent years, and the iPhone 6 Plus has helped push phablets firmly into the public eye. Juniper Research published a report that suggests that phablet popularity is on the rise, and that in the next four years, more than 20% of all mobile devices will be phablets.

So, what is the draw of these gargantuan phones? We’ll take a look at a few of the pros and cons and you can decide for yourself.

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Samsung ATIV S Available Unlocked for $110

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I just read that NewEgg is going to be selling the Samsung ATIV S for $110 unlocked, off-contract, and I had to shoot out a quick article in case you wanted to take advantage of it. This Windows phone is a former flagship that even today has some pretty good specs and is an excellent choice at this price range.

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Top 5 Prepaid Phones of 2014

Well, the year is almost over, which means that it’s a good time for reflection. There were a ton of phones released this year and a lot of last year’s flagships and excellent phones made their way to the prepaid market. Personally, I had a bit of trouble narrowing down this list, as there were a ton of excellent phones released for prepaid this year, but here’s my list:

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ZTE Debuts Two Prepaid Phones

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ZTE has two new low-end prepaid phones available through two different carriers this week, so I thought I’d cover it all in one post to save on some time and reading. The ZTE Speed can be purchased through Boost Mobile, and the ZTE Zinger is available through T-Mobile prepaid. They have pretty similar specs and, to be truthful, nothing too spectacular or noteworthy. Here’s a quick comparison:

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Interactive Smartphone Comparison Chart

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It seems like there are a million different smartphones on the market, all with pretty similar specs, and all of them shouting over each other that they’re the best. So how do you sort through it all to find something that works for you? Well, the Global Network of Discovery (Gnod) has a great solution that I wanted to tell you about.

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OnePlus One Phones Available to Public

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OnePlus One is, arguably, one of the best low-cost phones on the market right now. However, it doesn’t really get all that much press because in order to even get one, you have to be invited by someone who already has one. You gotta know people, you know? Seems a little bit of an odd way to do business, but it certainly has pushed demand for what otherwise might be lost in the sea of midrange phones.

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Amazon Gold Box Deal: Unlocked Moto G

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Every day Amazon has tons of deals going on various electronics and other merchandise and normally I don’t really keep track of it. I’m not all that big of a shopper. But today and today only, Amazon has a Gold Box deal that knocks $30 off one of the top smartphones of this year: the Motorola Moto G.

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No Contract Lumia 520 Available for $30

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If you’ve ever wanted to try out a Windows smartphone and you haven’t, then you officially have no reason. As of today, Windows has dropped the cost of their AT&T-powered Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone from $60 to $30 with no annual contract. You just can’t beat a smartphone at that price.

The Nokia Lumia 520 has some decent hardware specs:

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Microsoft Lumia 535 Announced

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Microsoft has officially dropped the “Nokia” name from their smartphone brands starting with yesterday’s launch of the new Microsoft Lumia 535. This phone, if you hadn’t heard, is the first phone that will sport the “Microsoft Lumia” brand name since Microsoft purchased Nokia earlier this year. The phone itself looks to be a low to mid range device with nothing too impressive going on other than the name shift.

Here are the hardware specs I could find:

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Amazon Fire Phone Getting Cold Reception

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Do you know anyone who owns an Amazon Fire Phone? Yeah, me neither. If I was talking about an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy product, then such a statement would probably be strange, but according to a study released by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), hardly anyone actually owns a Fire Phone. 

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Amazon’s Top 5 Bestselling Prepaid Phones

 

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One of the easiest ways to take a look and see what prepaid consumers like is to look through Amazon’s top phones. So, out of curiosity, I decided to take a peek and see what was the most popular phone. And I must say I was rather surprised to find that there are not one but two Windows phones listed. I guess the curiosity is growing around the smallest of the three main phone operating systems.

So, without any further ado, here are the Top five picks from Amazon.com as of today:

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Android Update For Prepaid Phones

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Google has announced an update to their popular Android operating system. Following the dessert-naming trend, this newest version has been dubbed Android Lollipop. Lollipop has been optimized for active lifestyles, switching back and forth between different screens and interacting with technology in different ways.

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Alcatel Launches Exclusive Phones

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Alcatel Onetouch has announced the launch of three new smartphones which will be available exclusively through Tracfone and StraightTalk. The Alcatel Onetouch Pop Star LTE, Onetouch Pop Icon and the Onetouch Pop Mega LTE will be available sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Sprint Removes iPhone 5c, 5s from MVNO Blacklist

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When it comes to MVNO policies and such, Sprint tends to be a little dictator-ish and frequently limits exactly which phones you can have on their MVNOs. Newly released phones can’t be activated on any Sprint MVNO until they have been out for a year, undoubtedly an attempt to push consumers to the more lucrative postpaid offerings.

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5th Largest Smartphone Vendor Headed to US

The Xiaomi RedMi, one of the most popular phones in the world, according to Strategy Analytics’ Country Share Tracker in Q2 2014
The Xiaomi RedMi, one of the most popular phones in the world, according to Strategy Analytics’ Country Share Tracker in Q2 2014

With all the excitement over Apple and Samsung devices, it is easy to remember that they aren’t the only ones who make fantastic phones. The popular Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi is rumored to have plans to extend their products to the U.S. and it might just give pause to the other smartphone vendor giants.

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Preorder Galaxy Note 4 Today

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Today, the first day that you can get your hands on the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is also the first day for pre-ordering the new Galaxy Note 4 from Verizon and AT&T. Coincidence? Probably not. As two of the largest and most popular phone companies to sell phones in the U.S., Samsung and Apple have long had a rivalry. And, with all the hype over the iPhone 6, Samsung seems to be blowing a proverbial raspberry by launching their pre-orders on the same day. Could just be me, though.

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Republic Wireless Gets Moto E

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Republic Wireless, a Sprint MVNO that is known for cheap WiFi calling plans, has announced that it will offer the Motorola Moto E starting next month for $99. Generally priced at $130, this entry-level smartphone is a steal, and is Republic Wireless’ first $99 smartphone offering.

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ZTE Unveils Affordable Smartphone

ZTE unveiled a new ginormous smartphone yesterday that is aimed at budget-conscious consumers. Sold exclusively through T-Mobile (with MetroPCS slated to get the phone later this year), the new ZMax is set to be released on Sept. 24 and features a whopping 5.7 inch screen and pretty good specs and a huge battery that is said to last a couple of days on a charge. The ZTE ZMax is expected to retail for $250 without a contract.

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Moto X Pre-Ordering Starts Today

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Motorola’s new flagship phone, the second generation Moto X goes on pre-order today, Sept. 16. The phone is available on-contract through AT&T or unlocked (called the Pure Edition) which is meant for any carrier and comes with no contract. The Pure Edition version will cost $499 and on contract, it will be around $100.

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Cricket Offers HTC Desire 510

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Cricket Wireless has announced that they will be among the first to launch the HTC Desire 510, a new 4G LTE smartphone that combines style with social networking technologies. The HTC Desire 510 is a mid-grade smartphone priced at $149.99. 

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Places To Donate Your Used Phones

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Everyone has at least a few old cell phones sitting around, and if you are a prepaid phone user, you might even have more than one that you just don’t need. So, instead of throwing them in the bin, check out these options for donating your old phones and giving them to a good cause:

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Moto G 2nd Gen Available Today

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Following up one of their most popular models, the Moto G, Motorola has released a second-generation Moto G that has a larger screen, a better camera and a memory slot. It’s priced at under $200 unlocked off-contract, which is awesome, and it looks pretty snazzy too, which is never a bad thing. Here’s an overview of what’s under the plastic:

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