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AT&T Details LG G4 Launch Plans

Yesterday, 9:07 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today was the last of the major carriers to disclose its plans for launching the LG G4 smartphone. AT&T said it will begin taking pre-orders for the device at 12:01 am on May 29. The G4 will reach company stores on June 5. AT&T is offering the metallic gray and black leather models, and has several financing options in place for the handset. The gray plastic version is available for $21 per month for 30 months with an AT&T Next 24 plan; $26.25 for 24 months with Next 18; or $31.50 for 20 months with Next 12. Customers may also buy the LG G4 for $199.99 with a two-year contract or for $629.99 at full retail price. The black leather model costs more. It's pricing runs $22.34 per month for 30 months with AT&T Next 24; $29.92 with Next 18; or $33.50 with Next 12. The black model costs $239.99 on contract or $669.99 at full retail. AT&T is also offering the LG G Pad F 8.0 for $0.99 to customers who buy an LG G4. Last, AT&T is offering a 32 GB memory card and battery bundle to those who order the LG G4 early.


Verizon LG G4 Presales Begin Today, Reaches Stores June 4

Yesterday, 6:57 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless said customers can begin placing orders for the LG G4 today. Early orders will likely ship before the G4 reaches stores on June 4. Verizon is offering the G4 via its Edge payment plans for $22.91 per month for 25 months or at the full retail price of $549.99. Verizon is selling the white and gray plastic versions, as well as the black leather model. Like other carriers, Verizon and LG are offering a free 32 GB memory card, free battery, and free battery charger to those place orders early. Verizon is also selling the new LG G Pad X8.3 tablet for $12.49 per month for 24 months or $299.99. Customers who buy the LG G4 can snag the X8.3 for just $49.99, though a two-year contract is required. Last, Verizon is offering a $100 bill credit to customers who port their number to Verizon and activate a new smartphone via its Edge payment plans.


US Cellular to Sell LG G4 On June 4

Tuesday, 1:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

U.S Cellular today joined Sprint and T-Mobile in announcing planned availability for the LG G4 smartphone. U.S. Cellular will begin taking preorders on May 29 and the phone will reach stores June 4. U.S. Cellular is asking for $199 with a two-year contract, $29.50 per month for 24 months for the plastic rear cover, or $30.50 per month for 24 months for the black leather cover.


T-Mobile to Launch LG G4 On June 3

Tuesday, 8:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile today said it will begin selling its version of the LG G4 on June 3, with preorders beginning May 27. T-Mobile is offering the G4 for the full retail price of $599.76 or for $24.99 per month for 24 months with a Simple Choice. T-Mobile and LG are offering a 128 GB microSD memory card for free with the purchase of a G4 through June 21. T-Mobile says it will be the only U.S. carrier to offer the brown leather back cover for the G4; it also plans to sell the metallic silver model. The LG G4 has a 5.5-inch quad HD screen, Snapdragon 808 processor, and a 16-megapixel camera.


Sprint to Launch LG G4 On June 5

May 22, 2015, 8:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated May 22, 2015, 8:39 AM

Sprint today announced launch details regarding the LG G4 smartphone, which will be available in stores and online beginning June 5. Sprint is offering a wide range of purchasing options for the phone. First, via the Sprint Lease the G4 will be available for $0 followed by $18 per month for 24 months. At the end of the lease, customers can turn the G4 in for another handset, or buyout the remaining value of the lease. Alternately, customers can use Sprint Easy Pay to finance the device over 24 months. Sprint Easy Pay doesn't require a down payment, but costs $25 per month for 24 months. Sprint will also sell the G4 for $199.99 with a standard two-year contract, or for the full retail price of $599.99 without a contract. Sprint plans to offer the plastic gray back plate or the black leather back plate. The phone has a 5.5-inch quad HD screen, Snapdragon 808 processor, and a 16-megapixel camera. Customers who preorder may receive a second 3,000mAh battery with charging cradle and a 32GB memory card for free. Preorders begin today.


T-Mobile Serving Up Variety of Memorial Day Promos

May 20, 2015, 12:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile today announced a handful of device and service promotions that will become available over the holiday weekend. To start, T-Mobile is offering a free memory upgrade to buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. From May 23 through May 25, the 64 GB model will cost the same as the 32 GB model. Customers who buy the 32 GB will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Following their appearance on T-Mobile's web site earlier this month, the company shared pricing details for the LG Stylo and Leon. The Stylo will cost $289.92 at full retail or $12.08 per month and the Leon will cost $149.76 at full retail or $6.24 per month. T-Mobile Prepaid customers can score the Leon for free with an online rebate. T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS will also sell the Stylo and Leon for $199 and $49, respectively, after online rebates. Customers who switch to MetroPCS from a competing carrier will receive a free LG Leon or $50 toward the phone of their choice. Last, MetroPCS is recirculating the 4x100 promotion. Customers can get four lines with unlimited talk, text, and 2 GB of data per line for a total of $100.


LG Shows Off the G4c, A Smaller, Less-Expensive G4

May 19, 2015, 7:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today announced the G4c smartphone, a smaller and less-costly version of the G4 handset. The G4c has a 5.0-inch screen at 720p HD and runs a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor at 1.4 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. The phone has an 8-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel user-facing camera; 2,450mAh battery; and a handful of radios, including LTE 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, and GLONASS. The LG G4c runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and includes LG software functions, such as Knock On, Knock Code, Quick Memo, and QSlide apps. LG said the G4c will reach key markets in the weeks ahead. LG also made the G4 Stylus more official. The G4 Stylus is being sold by carriers in the U.S. as the Stylo.


LG Begins Global Rollout of the G4

May 17, 2015, 9:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today said it will begin the global rollout of the G4 smartphone this week. The first countries to see the G4 include Turkey, Russia and Singapore. They will be followed by most of Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Middle East/Africa, and South/Central America. LG said about 180 carriers plan to sell device worldwide. U.S. carriers have yet to reveal their specific launch details. Most are expected to carry the phone at some point in June.


AT&T Reveals the LG Escape 2

May 16, 2015, 3:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T's web site recently provided details about an unannounced handset from LG called the Escape 2. The Escape 2 has specs similar to the LG Spirit, which was announced earlier this year. The Escape 2 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with LG's user experience, including Knock On, Knock Code, Quick Memo, and QSlide apps, according to the user manual. The phone has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage. The Escape 2 boasts LG's rear-positioned button array and a slight curve to design. Other specs include a 4.7-inch HD display, front and rear cameras, and 2,100mAh battery. AT&T's web site did not say when the Escape 2 will go on sale, nor how much it might cost.

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Verizon Adds LG Lancet to Windows Phone Lineup

May 14, 2015, 8:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless today announced the LG Lancet, the first Windows Phone handset to support Verizon's Advanced Calling 1.0 service. Lancet owners will be able to make high-definition voice calls via Verizon's LTE network. The phone runs Windows 8.1, but carries over some features from LG's Android handsets, such as KnockOn for waking the phone and Quick Memo for capturing screen shots. The Lancet features a 4.5-inch screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel main camera, 8 GB of storage, and support for memory cards up to 128 GB. The Lancet is a budget-friendly phone. The full retail price is $120, though Verizon is offering the phone for $5 per month with a Verizon Edge plan. The LG Lancet is available online starting today, and it will reach Verizon stores May 21.


Boost, Sprint to Sell LG G Stylo for $199

May 13, 2015, 9:11 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated May 14, 2015, 3:17 PM

Boost Mobile today announced the immediate availability of the LG G Stylo. The G Stylo, also being sold by T-Mobile, features a 5.7-inch 720p HD display and a stylus. It also carries a 8-megapixel camera main camera, 5-megapixel user-facing camera, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor with 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage. The Stylo supports memory cards up to 32 GB and packs a 3,000mAh battery. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with LG's user interface, which includes Knock Code and QuickMemo. Boost Mobile is selling the phone for $199.99. Sprint Prepaid will also sell the device at $199.99 beginning June 7.


T-Mobile to Carry LG G Stylo and Leon

May 12, 2015, 5:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile recently revealed it will soon sell the LG G Stylo and Leon handsets. The G Stylo features a 5.7-inch 720P HD display and includes a stylus. It also boasts a 13-megapixel camera, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor with 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. The Stylo also supports memory cards up to 128 GB and packs a 3,000mAh battery. The Leon, which LG announced earlier this year, has a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a 5-megapixel main camera, a VGA user-facing camera, and a 1,900mAh battery. Both phones run Android 5.0 Lollipop and support T-Mobile's LTE 4G network. Pricing and availability are not yet certain. The news was first reported by TMoNews.


LG Opens Registration for Consumer G4 Trial Program

May 5, 2015, 9:20 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG is going to let select consumers test the G4 smartphone ahead of the phone's official release in June. Consumers interested in trialling the phone need to register with LG, which will select participants at random. LG said recipients will receive the GSM-compatible phone for free and will be asked to participate in select social media activities and challenges. LG said spots in the trial program are limited. The G4 is LG's flagship smartphone for the year. It features a 5.5-inch quad HD screen, 16-megapixel camera, octa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, and an optional leather battery cover. Most U.S. carriers plan to sell the phone in June.


LG Logos Hits U.S. Cellular

May 4, 2015, 12:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

U.S. Cellular today launched the LG Logos, a modified version of the LG Spirit that was announced earlier this year. The Logos runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with LG's user experience. It includes a 1.2 GHz quad-core processors with 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage. The Logos boasts LG's rear-positioned button array and a slight curve to design, which LG says helps the device fit better in the hand. Other specs include a 4.7-inch HD display, 5-megapixel main camera (different from the Spirit's 8-megapixel shooter), 1-megapixel user-facing camera, and 2,100mAh battery. The U.S. Logos is on sale beginning today for $99. It can be paired with once of U.S. Cellular's Simple Connect Prepaid plans, which start at $45 for 1 GB of LTE 4G data.


TextNow Offering Unlimited Talk and Text, Plus 500MB for $19

Apr 30, 2015, 1:06 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

TextNow Wireless today announced new pricing for its service plans and added two handsets to its lineup. TextNow Wireless offers all customers unlimited talk and text and up to 500MB of data for $18.99 per month. Similar to Google's recently-announced Project Fi, TextNow runs on Sprint's cellular network but defaults to WiFi connections whenever possible. The service is available to most any device (phone, tablet, PC) for WiFi-based calling and texting, and customers can use their TextNow number no matter which form factor they choose. Customers can upgrade to 1 GB of cellular data for $26.99 per month, 2 GB for $39.99, or 4 GB for $59.99. All plans include taxes and fees. In addition to the reworked plans, TextNow Wireless now sells the Google Nexus 5 ($249) and Motorola Moto X ($149). TextNow Wireless already offers a number of new and refurbished Sprint devices, including the Moto G, LG Optimus F3, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Samsung Galaxy S4.


AT&T, Verizon Pledge Support for LG G4, Too

Apr 28, 2015, 5:26 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T and Verizon Wireless followed Sprint and T-Mobile today in announcing plans to sell the LG G4 later this year. Neither of the nation's two largest carriers said exactly when the phone will go on sale nor how much they'll charge for the new phone. Verizon did say its variant of the G4 will support VoLTE and HD Voice.


Hands-On: LG G4

Apr 28, 2015, 12:03 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG revealed the G4 at an event in New York City today. The phone boasts an impressive spec sheet and an optional leather rear cover. LG claims the phone offers superior camera and screen performance when compared to the competition. Here are our initial impressions.

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Sprint, T-Mobile Say LG G4 to Ship in June

Apr 28, 2015, 11:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint and T-Mobile followed LG's debut of the G4 smartphone with details of their own launch plans. Sprint said it will offer the G4 in black leather and metallic gray. T-Mobile didn't specify which colors it will offer, but is kicking off a preview program for the phone that will let consumers try the device for free. The program is officially a sweepstakes being run by T-Mobile, and it will give away a G4 once per day until the phone reaches stores. Neither Sprint nor T-Mobile said how much they'll charge for the LG G4, but said the device isn't expected to reach carrier stores until June.


LG's Leather-Clad G4 Steps Into the Ring

Apr 28, 2015, 10:16 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Apr 28, 2015, 11:15 AM

LG today announced the G4, its 2015 flagship smartphone. The G4 is skinned in "vegetable-tanned" leather in a bid to set the phone apart from competing designs from Apple, HTC, and Samsung. Like its predecessors, the G4's main controls are placed on the back of the phone, something LG contends makes for easier use. The phone features a packed spec sheet, marking LG's intent on delivering a premium experience to G4 owners. For those not interested in leather, the G4 has other materials available for the back cover, such as "hammered metal." The screen has a 5.5-inch quad HD IPS Quantum display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with X10 LTE. Qualcomm said it specially tuned the 808 for the LG G4 to improve call quality and offer (theoretical) download speeds of 400 Mbps. Qualcomm says its work on the 808 pushes battery life beyond a single day, and its sensor-based location services are more accurate than GPS alone. The phone's camera features a wide aperture of f/1.8 and captures 16 megapixel images. It has laser-assisted focus, fast optical image stabilization, and a color spectrum sensor to read visible and infrared light to help improve color. The phone can shoot in raw format, and can also capture 4K video. The 3,000Ah battery is removable, as well as support for memory cards. The user-facing camera boasts 8-megapixels and LG says it made improvements to the Gesture Shot feature to make selfies faster and easier to snap. The phone features the fourth-generation user interface from LG, which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It relies on Google's apps for many functions and added something called Quick Help for searching the phone and the web. LG didn't say when the phone will be available, but carriers are likely to provide those details soon.


Liveblog of LG's G4 Launch Event

Apr 28, 2015, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome

LG is holding a major launch event today, and hasn't been shy about dropping hints as to the content. Their new flagship phone for 2015 - the G4 - will be announced. Advance hints have us expecting a stitched leather back (at least as an option) and an advanced camera with a large, high-quality lens and a raw photo mode. We'll be reporting live from the event in downtown NYC. Tune in here.

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AT&T to Sell LG G Flex 2 April 24

Apr 20, 2015, 9:05 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today announced it will begin selling the LG G Flex 2 on April 24. The handset will be available at a variety of price points. The full retail cost of the phone is $708.99 and the two-year contract price is $299.99. Customers interested in monthly payments can snag the G Flex 2 for $23.64 per month with an AT&T Next 24 plan, $29.55 per month on a Next 18 plan, or $35.45 on a Next 12 plan. The G Flex 2 is a second-generation curved phone. It has a 5.5-inch full HD screen that is semi-flexible. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor and has a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. Sprint has been selling the G Flex 2 since March.


LG Outs the G4 On Its Facebook Page

Apr 16, 2015, 10:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today released an official teaser image of the G4, which the company is expected to fully reveal at an event later this month. The image shows a phone with what it described as a "vegetable-tanned leather cover." The device resembles the G3 and G2 in that it has buttons placed on the back, rather than the sides. LG has also said the phone will have a 5.5-inch quad HD display and a 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.8. The G4's debut is scheduled for April 28.


Verizon's Note 3 Earns Lollipop Update Today

Apr 15, 2015, 9:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless said its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will begin to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop today. The over-the-air update will roll out to all users gradually. According to Verizon, seven of its handsets now run Lollipop, including the Motorola Moto X (2nd gen); Galaxy Note 4, S5, and Note 3; LG G2 and G3; and the HTC One M8.


Apple Grabs 3D Imaging Company

Apr 14, 2015, 2:56 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple today confirmed it has purchased a small camera technology company called LinX. The company, based in Israel, sells small cameras and sensors for smartphones and tablets. Together with its own algorithms, LinX's technology can be used to gauge depth and create three-dimensional image maps. Apple didn't disclose terms of the acquisition, but sources cited by the Wall Street Journal peg the value of LinX at about $20 million. Apple didn't say what it might do with LinX's technology. Amazon's Fire Phone, released in July 2014, had four user-facing cameras to create 3D effects within the user interface.


Sharp Develops 4K Smartphone Display Prototype

Apr 14, 2015, 7:57 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sharp has engineered a 4K (Ultra HD) screen for smartphones. The prototype measures 5.5 inches across the diagonal and includes 3860 x 2160 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 806 pixels per inch. By way of comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus's 5.5-inch screen has 1920 x 1080 pixels, or 401 pixels per inch. The prototype LCD relies on Sharp's IGZO technology, but the company is not sure if the prototype will ever be used. "Currently there are no driver ICs for small 4K panels, so the panel is not ready for mass production at this point," said Sharp spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama in an email to Computerworld. Some of today's flagship devices (LG G4, Motorola Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S6) have jumped from full HD to quad HD, or 2560 x 1440 pixels. The majority of high-end phones still use full HD screens, while mid-range phones have moved to 720p screens. Entry-level phones generally offer 800 x 480 or 960 x 540 resolution displays.


Lollipop Reaching Verizon's LG G3 Just Ahead of G4's Debut

Apr 13, 2015, 12:18 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless has begun updating its variant of the LG G3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Asside from the standard list of new features, the G3 gains a new version of LG Health. The update is rolling out over the air in phases and is free to download.


LG Innotek Shows Off the G4's 16-Megapixel Camera

Apr 9, 2015, 7:05 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG Innotek today announced a new camera sensor bound for the LG G4 smartphone. The module, which LG teased earlier this week, has a 16-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8. LG claims the sensor allows 80% more light to reach the sensor than was possible with the G3's camera. LG says the larger aperture will aid low-light and action photography, in particular. LG Innotek also developed a new user-facing camera with an 8-megapixel sensor and aperture of f/2.4. This wide-angle shooter also boasts an IR filter that is half the thickness of competing filters. LG says this sensor is ideal for selfies. Both cameras are expected to be part of the LG G4, which LG is revealing at an event to be held April 28.


LG Provides Peek at G4 User Interface and Camera

Apr 7, 2015, 7:58 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG is slowly revealing aspects of its forthcoming flagship smartphone bit by bit. The G4, expected to arrive at an event later this month, will have LG's newest user interface called LG UX 4.0. The UI has a new design based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to LG, UX 4.0 "provides more optimized and intuitive convenience to each individual at every user level." One new feature is called Quick Shot, which lets users to take pictures by double-tapping the phone's rear key even while the display is off. The camera itself gains new functions, too, including a manual mode that gives users full control over the camera's settings and behaviors. LG updated its calendar app with a drag-and-drop scheduler and improved its Smart Bulletin tool with the ability to collect data across more apps. The UX also introduces LG's version of Google Now, called Smart Notice. LG says Smart Notice provides personalized notifications for weather, travel, and more by analyzing users' daily routines and habits. LG also posted a teaser video on its YouTube channel regarding the G4's camera. The camera will have an aperture of f/1.8, which means it can let in a little bit more light than most competing smartphone cameras. The Samsung Galaxy S6, for example, has an aperture of f/1.9 and the HTC One M9 has an aperture of f/2.2. Earlier this month LG revealed a new 5.5-inch quad HD display for the G4. Together, these hints provide a decent picture of what the LG G4 will offer. The LG G4 launch event is scheduled for April 28.


Sharp Looking to Divest LCD Business

Apr 6, 2015, 7:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sharp is hoping it will be able to spin off a portion of its LCD panel business. The company wants to unload the piece of its display unit that makes small- and mid-sized displays for devices such as smartphones and tablets. The company hasn't been able to compete with rivals LG Display and Japan Display in the market for small screens. The company hopes to sell off this business to a government-supported investment fund, though it hasn't made any final decisions. Sharp has been struggling for years and is undergoing a larger restructuring that it hopes to present to investors in May. The company sells one smartphone in the U.S., the Aquos Crystal, which has a unique borderless display.


LG Shows Off the G4's QHD Display

Apr 3, 2015, 7:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG Display today revealed a new screen for smartphones that stretches 5.5 inches across the diagonal and boasts quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution. According to LG, the new panel uses in-cell touch technology to reduce thickness while maintaining excellent sensitivity. It can be used when wet, for example. LG also says the LCD panel offers 50% higher contrast and is 30% brighter than its previous screens, while not requiring any more power. Combined, LG says these two elements help improve outdoor viewability. LG plans to use the panel in and upcoming flagship smartphone, which is likely the successor to last year's G3.


LG Makes Its VR Headset Available to G3 Buyers

Mar 31, 2015, 2:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today said consumers who purchase a new LG G3 smartphone will also receive its Google Cardboard-based virtual reality headset for free. LG announced the VR for G3 earlier this year. Users slip their handset into the VR for G3, similar to the Google Cardboard headset. The offer also includes an in-box QR code that unlocks a free download of select VR gaming content. LG said the virtual reality headset will be available for free while supplies last. The G3 is nearing the end of its shelf life. LG has scheduled a press event for April 28, when it is expected to debut the G4 smartphone.


Apple Offering Credit for Some Android, Windows Phones

Mar 30, 2015, 9:41 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple has expanded the scope of its Reuse and Recycling Program to include smartphones, tablets, and PCs not made by Apple. Customers can take their old smartphones directly to Apple Stores and receive credit towards new Apple gear for turning them in. Customers who don't have access to Apple Stores can mail in their devices for credit. Apple will recycle just about any old phone, tablet, or computer for free. Apple says not all devices are eligible for credit and suggests customers check eligibility (online) before heading to Apple Stores. According to Apple's web site, it is accepting handsets from Sony, Samsung, Nokia, LG, and BlackBerry. Apple has partnered with Brightstar and DataServ to handle the actual device recycling processes. The expanded Apple Reuse and Recycling Program is available in the U.S., the U.K., and select European countries.


LG's Mid-Range Phones On Sale, But US Launch Unknown

Mar 30, 2015, 7:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today said its new mid-range handsets, the Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy, are going on sale in South America. The phones will be made available across Latin America first, but will soon also reach Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and, eventually, North America. So far, none of the major U.S. network operators has voiced support for these phones. Until they do, the devices will only be sold overseas. The phones range from the 4-inch Joy to the 5-inch Magna.


Seniors Wireless Adds Doctor Access to Wireless Plans

Mar 25, 2015, 11:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Seniors Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, announced a new service that gives subscribers direct phone access to a doctor at all times. TeleMED Assist provides customers with unlimited calls to doctors for emergency, urgent, or non-urgent purposes 24/7. Over-the-phone medical consultations are included in the service, which costs $30 per month for singles or $40 per month for couples. TeleMED Assist is a separate service and does not require a Seniors Wireless telephone account. Seniors Wireless offers a handful of standard service plans ranging from $10 to $30 per month. The company has several handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5 and Note 3, the Sharp Aquos Crystal, the LG Vigor, and the Apple iPhone 4. Seniors Wireless competes with GreatCall, which also offers access to health professionals over the phone. Both target the over 55 set.


Facebook's Latest Feature Banks On Nostalgia

Mar 24, 2015, 1:06 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Facebook today announced a new feature called "On This Day" that shows users what they were doing on that particular day in years past. Users will be able to see items such as status updates, photos, posts from friends, and other things they may have shared or been tagged in on Facebook. Users will be the only ones able to see their On This Day content unless they choose to share it with friends. Users will be able to edit or delete those old posts if they wish. Facebook said the feature is rolling out to web and mobile users over the next few weeks.


LG G Flex 2 Arrives on US Cellular March 26

Mar 24, 2015, 11:47 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

U.S. Cellular today said it will begin selling the LG G Flex 2 on March 26. Customers can choose from several different payment options. The phone costs about $630 at full retail, but U.S. Cellular is also offering contract pricing ($150 with two-year commitment) or monthly payments ($31.50 for 20 months). U.S. Cellular will have both the silver and red models on hand. The device features a curved design, 13-megapixel camera, 5.5-inch screen, and Snapdragon 810 processor. Sprint is already selling the G Flex 2, but other carriers have yet to announce their plans.


Google Wireless Service May Require Nexus 6

Mar 6, 2015, 8:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google's forthcoming wireless service will only be available to the Nexus 6 handset at launch, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Google's plans, the Journal says Google's wireless service will "weave together" access from T-Mobile and Sprint's cellular services, in addition to WiFi. The service won't be available to older Nexus handsets, such as the LG-made Nexus 5 and Nexus 4. The Nexus 6, made by Google's former Motorola unit, went on sale last year and is available directly from Google online. At the Mobile World Congress trade show this week, Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed plans to offer wireless service on an experimental basis. He likened it to the Nexus device program, about which he said, "Our goal here is to drive a set of innovations which we think the system should adopt." Android 5.0 Lollipop is able to automatically pick the best wireless service (cellular or WiFi) based on a given app's needs. Google did not comment on the Journal's report.


AT&T to Sell LG Watch Urbane

Mar 1, 2015, 8:47 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today said it will sell the LG Watch Urbane smartwatch in the near future. AT&T didn't say if it will sell the Watch Urbane LTE. The Watch Urbane runs Android Wear. Pricing and exact availability are still to be announced.


Hands-On: LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy

Mar 1, 2015, 8:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG used Mobile World Congress 2015 to kick off its new range of mid-tier devices. The Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy bring LG's high-end design aesthetic to affordable price points. They would do well for both pre-paid and post-paid carriers. Here are our first impressions.

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LG Adds LTE and NFC to Watch Urbane

Feb 26, 2015, 8:03 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today announced a variant of its Watch Urbane smartwatch that adds support for LTE and NFC. Because Google's Android Wear platform doesn't yet support LTE and NFC, the Watch Urbane LTE runs LG's proprietary wearables platform. LG said its own platform offers most of the same features found on the Android Wear version of the Watch Urbane. With LTE, the Watch Urbane can make and receive phone calls, send and receive messages, enable carry out push-to-talk conversations, and perform other network-centric tasks without requiring a nearby smartphone. The Watch Urbane LTE has a 1.3-inch 320 x 320 P-OLED display, Qualcomm 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, and a bevy of sensors for tracking motion and other metrics. LG significantly increased the size of the battery from 410mAh to 700mAh to accommodate the LTE radio's power requirements. LG claims the watch can last for days in standby mode. The Watch Urbane LTE is protected from water and dust thanks to its IP67 rating. LG didn't disclose pricing or availability.


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