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Samsung Galaxy Note20: These are the best prices and promotions

Samsung’s next big thing, the Galaxy Note20, is officially available for pre-order. Finding one isn’t going to be much of a challenge as nearly all major wireless service providers will offer the phone. What’s more, it’s also being sold unlocked direct to consumers and through various retailers, too.Here’s a look at all of the various places you can look to find the Galaxy Note20.Samsung.comPurchasing through Samsung’s website will open the door to a variety of options and promotions.Galaxy Note20 Unlocked 128GB: $9.73/month for 36 months ($999.99 MSRP)Galaxy Note20 Ultra Unlocked 128GB: $18.07/month for 36 months ($1,299.99 MSRP)Galaxy Note20 Ultra Unlocked 512GB: $23.62/month for 36 months ($1,449.99 MSRP)Get up to $650 off with trade-inPre-Order InformationThrough 8/20 at 11:59 p.m. ETGet $100 credit* with Note20Get $150 credit* with Note20 UltraColor OptionsGalaxy Note20 Ultra: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic WhiteGalaxy Note20: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green*must be redeemed on Samsung.com or Shop Samsung app. Terms and conditions apply. www.samsung.com/us/promotionsVerizonBuy any Galaxy Note20 smartphone and get a second Galaxy Note20 series phone or Galaxy S20 series phone as low as free with a premium Unlimited plan or half off with any other Verizon Unlimited plan.Upgrade to any Galaxy Note20 series smartphone and get $500 when trading in an eligible device on a premium Unlimited plan.AT&TNew and existing customers can get up to $1,000 off any smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series, making the Note20 FREE.T-MobileGet a Galaxy Note20 for FREE or up to $1,000 off a second smartphone of equal or lesser value when you pick up any of the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 superphones and add a new line.Get up to HALF OFF (up to $500) a Samsung Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra when you trade in a qualifying device.US CellularSwitchers can get Galaxy Note20 for $9.99 per month on Unlimited with Payback planSwitchers can get Galaxy Note20 Ultra starting at $19.99 per month after $700 savings.Current upgrade-eligible customers can receive $300 in bill credits when purchasing either device.XFinity MobileAny customer that switches to Xfinity Mobile before 9/5 will receive $400 off the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and other select Samsung 5G devices, when they buy a phone, activate a new line and transfer their number.Existing Xfinity Mobile customers will receive a $400 Visa prepaid card when they upgrade an existing line with the purchase of a Galaxy Note20 device or other select Samsung 5G devices.

Old phones will stop working with AT&T and T-Mobile. Here’s what to do about it

Carriers are preparing to abandon their 3G networks

LG Velvet 5G available at AT&T starting today

The LG Velvet is a stylish phone that has caught our eye with its enigmatic design and other aesthetic features. LG Electronics USA has just announced that the Velvet 5G will go on sale starting today, July 22nd, and available at your local AT&T outlet or online.LG Velvet 5G – A stylish phone you can’t missPriced at an attractive price tag of $599, the phone offers 5G (UW) Ultra Wideband and low-band network (due later this year). The phone is currently exclusively available with AT&T, and will be available with T-Mobile and Verizon later in the summer.Before we get to the specs, the phone has a sleek look to it, that gives the phone a premium and quality look, at half the price tag of a modern flagship phone. The LG Velvet will be available in Aurora Gray, Aurora Silver, Aurora Red and Pink White.Aside from the fine finish, the phone has a lot of great hardware to match the look:Curved 6.8-inch OLED display with LG’s Cinematic FullVisionQualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset128 GB of ROM6 GB of RAMBack camera setup:48MP Wide8MP Ultra-Wide5MP Depth16-MP front-facing camera4300 mAh batteryIn-display fingerprint sensorIP68 Water and Dust ResistanceWith its display and camera setup, you’re looking at a great phone that offers flagship tier specs, while staying at a frugal amount.If you’re looking for a budget-friendly phone that packs a punch under the hood, look no further than the LG Velvet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a high refresh rate display, which is becoming a standard in mid-range and flagship smartphones. However, that can be forgiven if you’re looking for beauty over function.Few phones are able to catch the eye the way LG’s phones are able to. The only other phones that deliver premium design with glossy backs would be the new OnePlus 8 phones, offering a reflective and glossy back.The phone is best suited for the average consumer who isn’t concerned with high refresh rates and just wants beauty over function.If you can forgive a minor shortcoming of the phone i.e. the 60Hz refresh rate screen, this is a superb phone to buy if you’re looking to turn a few heads your way.

These budget friendly phone plans are $15 or less

Look, we get it, things are pretty hectic right now and there’s plenty of uncertainty to go around. And whether you’re working from home, laid off, or just worried about the future, money is likely a major concern in your household.As we start to dial down spending and cut out things we don’t need, cell phones and rate plans could be part of the conversation.We’ve already seen that many people don’t care to spend upwards of $1,000 or more for a phone. What about ongoing monthly bills? Are there better options? Can you save money and still get everything you need? Yes, you most certainly can.The following are rate plans which cost just $15 per month — or less. While they might not be the right option for your needs, one of them could be what helps keep a loved one connected.If you have an existing phone that you’ve got lying around, you can pair it with one of these carriers. You can also buy a phone from them, too. Then again, if you’re really trying to save money, perhaps buy a used phone from a place such as Swappa.AT&T NetworkAT&T Prepaid ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed data (Limited Time)Consumer Cellular ($15) – 250 minutesCricket Wireless ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed data (Limited Time)FreedomPop ($0) – 200 minutes, 500 texts, 200MB dataVerizon NetworkTwigby ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 3GB high-speed data (Promotional offer for six months)US Mobile ($14) – Unlimited talk, textXFinity ($12) – Unlimited talk, text, 1GB high-speed dataT-Mobile NetworkConsumer Cellular ($15) – 250 minutesMetro ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, 2GB high-speed dataMint Mobile ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 3GB high-speed data (Promotional offer for three months)Republic Wireless ($15) – Unlimited talk, textTing ($15) – Unlimited talk and text (Limited Time)T-Mobile ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed dataUltra Mobile ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, 1GB high-speed data (Six month commitment)US Mobile ($14) – Unlimited talk, textSprint NetworkFreedomPop ($0) – 200 minutes, 500 texts, 200MB dataRepublic Wireless ($15) – Unlimited talk, textTello ($14) – Unlimited talk, text, 4GB high-speed data (Promotional offer with double data)TextNow ($0) – Unlimited talk, textTing ($15) – Unlimited talk and text (Limited Time)Twigby ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 3GB high-speed data (Promotional offer for six months)Keep in mind that things can change any time. Some of the aforementioned options have predetermined expiration dates; other plans may show up along the way.Featured image via Needpix

US carriers temporarily closing majority of retail locations

Several of the largest wireless service providers have taken steps to help keep US customers safer, including temporary closure of retail stores.Verizon recently indicated that it will reduce the number of Verizon stores which are open, but did not lay out hard numbers or locations.T-Mobile, for its part, says it is closing down approximately 80% of its stores, leaving just one in five open to help service customers.Sprint is closing down roughly 71% of its retail stores across the country, leaving open its most vital locations. Among the closures are stores located in Walgreen’s malls, and all stores in Puerto Rico. Even then, the stores that will stay open are going to see reduced hours of operation.AT&T hasn’t made any sort of formal announcement in regards to closures or changing in operations. It does, however, have resources available for customers who may have specific questions in regards to service.

Nearly 200 telecoms pledge to keep Americans connected

If you’re worried about service interruptions on your mobile phone service over the next few weeks, fear not. Nearly 200 wireless service providers have agreed to the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge”.Created by the FCC, and signed by pretty much every name in the space, it’s a promise to US subscribers that they won’t be disconnected over late fees and inability to pay bills.Drafted on March 13, the pledge says that wireless providers will adhere to the following guidelines over the next 60 days.…not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of theirinability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;…waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because oftheir economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and…open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.You can check here and here for a list of carriers who have pledged to keep things rolling along during the pandemic period. Suffice it to say, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular are among them.

The FCC will hit phone carriers with a $200 million fine over location sharing

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile will have the chance to dispute their fines

Reference guide to US carrier bands and networks

In the market for a new smartphone? Have you considered purchasing something unlocked instead of dealing with a service provider? Did you know you could even do such a thing?Indeed, buying unlocked phones is not unlike buying a computer and then picking out an internet provider. Many of today’s top phones can be purchased unlocked and paired with a wireless carrier.READ: Where to buy an unlocked phoneUnfortunately, with multiple service providers and technologies at play in the United States, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds. Whether you are looking to go with a tier-one carrier, a prepaid operator, or MVNO, it pays to do a quick bit of research before plunking down some cash. The last thing you want is to invest in a phone that doesn’t work in your area or deliver the data speeds you expect.Cheap cell phone plans that use the Verizon networkCheap cell phone plans that use the AT&T networkCheap cell phone plans that use the T-Mobile networkCheap cell phone plans that use the Sprint networkWe’ve put together the following reference to help you quickly identify whether that unlocked phone will work for you. To be fair, this isn’t the be-all-end-all to address every little instance, but it should be enough to head you off in the right direction.Actual results will vary by location, but what you see below is a generality that works in most cases.We definitely recommend checking with someone from your (prospective) carrier to see if a particular model is compatible. Each has its own rules and conditions; you don’t want to buy a phone that doesn’t work as you expect.Carrier PoliciesVerizon BYOD Policy and ConditionsAT&T BYOD Policies and ConditionsT-Mobile BYOD Policies and ConditionsSprint BYOD Policies and ConditionsVerizonNetwork Technology: CDMANotable MVNO Partners: Net10 Wireless, Straight Talk, TracFone, Visible3G Frequencies (MHz): 850, 19004G LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 13, 66AT&TNetwork Technology: GSMNotable MVNO Partners: Net10 Wireless, Consumer Cellular, Cricket Wireless, TracFone3G Frequencies: 850, 19004G LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12, 14, 17, 29, 30, 66T-MobileNetwork Technology: GSMNotable MVNO Partners: Consumer Cellular, Metro, Mint Mobile, Republic Wireless, Ting3G Frequencies: 1700, 1900, 21004G LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12, 66, 71SprintNetwork Technology: CDMANotable MVNO Partners: Boost Mobile, Project Fi, Straight Talk, Ting3G Frequencies: 800, 19004G LTE Bands: 25, 26, 41US CellularNetwork Technology: CDMANotable MVNO Partners: Net 10 Wireless, Project Fi, TracFone3G Frequencies: 850, 19004G LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12Helpful ResourcesList of MVNO’s in US with supported bandsWill my phone work? List of LTE NetworksVisual Guide to US Mobile Radio BandsFrequency Check

The best Android phones available at Cricket Wireless

AT&T is the largest wireless network in the US, serving nearly 160 million subscribers. And with it comes a large selection of phones. But what about its prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless? What options does it have when it comes to Android handsets?To be sure, it doesn’t have the same variety of handsets, and a large percentage of them are older or refurbished phones.Nevertheless, we’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Cricket Wireless today. Because truth be told, there are still some incredible bargains to be had there.Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below aims to address a variety of user types.As always, we suggest buying an unlocked phone or a used tier-one AT&T phone for use with AT&T Prepaid. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.Samsung Galaxy S10The Samsung Galaxy S10 may soon have its flagship successor, but that doesn’t matter much here. In fact, it’s often these year-old models that represent a better buy for a larger segment of consumers.For the money you’ll get a 6.1-inch Quad-HD display with an in-display fingerprint reader. In terms of cameras, there’s a threesome on the back: 12-megapixel dual-pixel, 16-megapixel ultra-wide, and 12-megapixel zoom. Around front? A 10-megapixel camera that can record 4K video.Powering things are an octa-core processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 512GB more space.When it launched in 2019 it was more phone than anyone really needed. One year removed, there’s still nothing out there that demands anything near these specs.Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy A10eThe Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy A line is equally sufficient a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give buyers the great, familiar Samsung design but with just the right amount of features.For a fraction of the price of a flagship experience customers can purchase Samsung Galaxy A10e, a phone that’s perfect for first-time and prepaid users.Standout features include a 5.83-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. An octa-core processor is paired with Android 9.0, and there’s plenty of storage room available internally and via microSD expansion cards. The 3,000mAh battery should get typical users through more than a full day, and the USB Type-C port means lightning fast charging.Samsung Galaxy A10eLG Stylo 5Big, practical, and affordable, the Stylo 5 provides users with a large (6.2-inch) screen with stylus support. It’s perfect for scribbling notes, marking up documents, editing, and more.Running Android 9 Pie, the phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot blows the door wide open for up to 2TB external media.Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging.LG Stylo 5Nokia 3.1 PlusYounger users might not even know that there used to be a Nokia from the days before Android. Nevertheless, we love the stuff that the brand puts out today and find it to be some of the more interesting value propositions.Don’t let that price fool you; it’s all the phone that most prepaid users might need as 2020 gets underway. Included are a large (5.99-inch) screen and a 3,500mAh battery that lasts well beyond a day. We’re also really fond of the Android 9 Pie software build and USB Type-C charging.When you’re buying multiple phones for a family you don’t want to spend any more than necessary. The Nokia phone is an excellent option for first time users and parents alike.Nokia 3.1 PlusMotorola Moto G7 SupraWe absolutely adore what Motorola does with its Android phones, particularly along the lower end of the price spectrum. Its handsets run a bare bones Android experience that leaves things pretty much the way Google intended. In other words, clean, intuitive, and user friendly.Here, you get a massive (6.2-inch) HD screen, a modern build of Android, and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The best part of all? There’s a 5,000mAh battery that’s good enough to get typical users through two days of usage.Motorola Moto G7 Supra

The best Android phones available at AT&T Prepaid

AT&T is the largest wireless network in the US, serving nearly 160 million subscribers. And with it comes a large selection of phones. But what about its prepaid brand? Surely there is a wide array of options, right?Unfortunately, and for unknown reasons, AT&T Prepaid doesn’t have near the variety of handsets. What’s more, it’s mostly comprised of outdated models and refurbished phones.Nevertheless, we’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at AT&T Prepaid today. Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below aims to address a variety of user types.In all fairness, we suggest buying an unlocked phone or a used tier-one AT&T phone for use with AT&T Prepaid. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.AT&TThe best phones available at AT&TThe best discounts and offers at AT&TWhere is AT&T 5G available?Which phones support AT&T 5G?Cheap rate plans that use AT&T’s networkSamsung Galaxy S7The Samsung Galaxy S7 might be approaching its fourth anniversary this spring, but it represents the pinnacle of what’s available in AT&T Prepaid’s phone selection.For your money you’ll get a 5.1-inch display with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution and up to 16 million colors. In terms of cameras, there’s a 12-megapixel dual-pixel shooter on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.Powering things are a quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 256GB more space.When you compare this one against some of today’s middle and upper range of phones, the handset doesn’t look great on paper. Don’t be fooled; however, it’s still enough to satisfy the needs of many typical prepaid subscribers.Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy J2 DashThe Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy J and Galaxy A line are just as good for a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give consumers the same great Samsung design but with just the right amount of features.For a fraction of the price of a flagship experience customers can purchase this no-frills Samsung phone that’s perfect for first-time users.Standout features include a 5.0-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. A quad-core processor with 2GB RAM/16GB ROM is paired with Android 8.0, and the 2600mAh battery should get typical users through a full day.Samsung Galaxy J2 DashLG Stylo 4+Big and practical, the Stylo 4+ provides users with a large screen with stylus support. The 6.2-inch display packs a 2,160 x 1,080 pixel resolution which means plenty of high-definition space for scribbling notes, marking up documents, and more.Running Android 8.1 Oreo, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with 3GB RAM. Storage comes in at 32GB but a microSD expansion card slot opens the door for up to 2TB external media.Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a 16-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3300mAh battery.LG Stylo 4+Alcatel TetraOn the lower end of the spectrum we find phones which might be decent for first time smartphone users. Whether that means grandma or the ten year old who’s responsible enough for a handset, it matters little. The Alcatel Tetra rivals other, pricier models in terms of hardware but its rock-bottom price puts it among the most affordable.Key details include a 5-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and front-facing 2-megapixel selfie camera. Inside are a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage; a microSD card slot allows for up to 128GB media.Alcatel Tetra

H20 Wireless Buyer’s Guide

A growing number of US consumers are becoming familiar with Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Metro, Boost Mobile, and Straight Talk. They operate using the towers and infrastructure from the big players but have their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: H20 WirelessAboutH20 Wireless launched in 2005 and is a US-based (New Jersey) prepaid wireless service provider. It offers its own, albeit small, lineup of GSM phones, many of which are also found at other carriers. Coverage comes from AT&T and its network.Where are H20 Wireless stores located?You won’t find an actual retail store for H20 Wireless. Instead, it has availability inside many other retailers and convenience stores. Key among them are Best Buy, Target, 7-Eleven, Office Depot, Circle K, and Speedway.SEE ALSOBuying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsCricket Wireless Buyer’s GuideConsumer Cellular Buyer’s GuideNet10 Wireless Buyer’s GuideWhat are H20 Wireless rate plans like?H2O Wireless provides options to subscribers: Monthly Unlimited and Pay-As-You-Go.  Each of the Monthly Unlimited plans include unlimited text and international text, an allotment of data, unlimited international talk to 50+ countries, and up to $20 international talk credit.Monthly Unlimited$20/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB of high-speed data, $10 international talk credit$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 5GB of high-speed data, $10 international talk credit$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 10GB of high-speed data, $10 international talk credit$50/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 15GB of high-speed data, $20 international talk credit$60/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data, $20 international talk creditCustomers can save $2-$6 per month on rate plans if they sign up for automatic bill payment, which H20 calls Auto Recharge. And really, all of the plans provide unlimited data, but only a specific amount of it is at 4G LTE speeds. The small print says that the unlimited plan allows for up to 30GB of data before speeds are slowed.Pay-As-You-GoCustomers who prefer to only pay for the services they’ve used might want to check out the Pay-As-You-Go option. There are 90-day ($10, $20, $30) and 12-month ($100) plans and each can be set up for Auto Recharge discounts.5¢ talk and text10¢ data and MMSCan you get family plans with H20 Wireless?H20 Wireless offers multi-line plans for two-line and four-line accounts. For the money, each line gets unlimited talk and text, with 5GB data, unlimited international talk to 50+ countries, unlimited international text, and $10 international talk credit.2 Lines – $50/mo4 Lines – $100/moIt’s worth reinforcing here that this is not the all-out, high-speed 4G LTE stuff you might expect. Rather, you’ll find it’s capped at 3Mbps speeds. This may be more than sufficient for many of you, especially if you’re not primarily using your phone for watching streaming videos.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?What phones are available at H20 Wireless?As of today there are only about one dozen phones to choose from at H20 Wireless. While the selection isn’t very big, it does feature some respectable models. Currently available are devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Google Pixel 3a, and a few Nokia products. Also present is the Alcatel Go Flip.Can I use my own phone at H20 Wireless?You can often use your current GSM phone, especially if it was previously paired with AT&T.

The best deals available at AT&T (January 2020)

It’s January, and the start of a new year and new decade. With the holidays in the rear view mirror it might seem that the best wireless offers and promotions are gone. While that’s partially correct, there are still plenty of great sales to be had.AT&T OffersHere, we highlight the savings and discounts that can be had at AT&T. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but what we think are the best offers from the carrier.AT&TThe best phones available at AT&TThe best discounts and offers at AT&TWhere is AT&T 5G available?Which phones support AT&T 5G?Cheap rate plans that use AT&T’s networkNote that some of these will let you mix and match or double up. Also, a few may be limited time savings and are subject to change at any time. As always, be sure to read the finer print, too.Free PhonesGet an iPhone XS 64GB for $0 when you buy it on a qualifying installment agreementGet an iPhone 8 64GB for $0 when you buy it on a qualifying installment agreementGet an LG G8X for free when you buy it on a qualifying installment agreementGet an LG Prime 2 for free when you buy it on a qualifying installment agreementPhone DiscountsGet up to $700 off eligible iPhones when you switch to AT&T and port-in your number, or up to $500 off with new line without port-in.Get an iPhone XR 64GB for $5/mo. for 30 mos. when you buy it on a qualifying installment agreementGet a Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB for $5/mo. for 30 mos. when you buy it on a qualifying installment agreementGet up to $700 off an eligible Samsung smartphone when you switch to AT&T and port-in your number, or up to $500 off with new line without port-in.Get a Google Pixel 4 XL 64GB for $10/mo.Get the Samsung Galaxy S9 for $5/mo.

Cricket Wireless Buyer’s Guide

A growing number of US consumers are becoming familiar with Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Metro, Boost Mobile, and Straight Talk. They operate using the towers and infrastructure from the big players but have their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: Cricket WirelessAboutCricket Wireless (Cricket) initially launched in 1999 and is a US-based prepaid wireless service provider; it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. It offers its own lineup of GSM phones, many of which are also found at other carriers. As one might expect, it uses AT&T for its coverage.Does Cricket have any special deals?Currently you can find a number of phones discounted with new phone numbers, upgrades, and porting your existing number. Some models are even free with the right combination of port-in and signing up for a particular rate plan.SEE ALSOBuying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsFor a limited time, Cricket subscribers can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S10 for just $399; it normally runs $900.Additionally, Cricket has discounted phones from Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung with some of them (LG Stylo 5, Moto G7 Supra, Nokia 3.1C) free with a plan.What are Cricket rate plans like?Cricket rate plans are no-contract, meaning you can go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, they do not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost.$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 5GB of high-speed data$55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited data$60/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data 15GB mobile hotspotCustomers can get the $40+ rate plans for $5 less per month with automatic bill payment. Cricket Core ($55) data speeds are limited to a max of 3Mbps while the Cricket More ($60) includes up to 15GB Mobile Hotspot data per line per month.Unlimited BYODA limited time offer has Cricket giving new customers unlimited talk, text, and data for $40 per month. The catch? You have to port your number in from another carrier and it cannot be AT&T.Can you get family plans with Cricket?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. On the $55 Unlimited Plan you can add more lines at the following monthly rate:2 Lines – $80/mo ($30 discount)3 Lines – $90/mo ($75 discount)4 Lines – $100/mo ($120 discount)5 lines – $125/mo ($150 discount)It’s worth reinforcing here that this is not the all-out, high-speed 4G LTE stuff you might expect. Rather, you’ll find it’s capped at 3Mbps speeds. This may be more than sufficient for many of you, especially if you’re not primarily using your phone for watching streaming videos.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?Are there any other Cricket features or offerings?Cricket offers a handful of other options to its customers, most of which can pair with the aforementioned rate plans. Details here include international calling, insurance against lost and stolen phones, extra data, and mobile hotspot.Cricket also sells Data Only options with 3GB, 10GB, and 30GB buckets for $25, $35, and $70, respectively.What phones are available at Cricket?Taking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through Cricket we find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Nokia, Alcatel, and Coolpad, too.Like most prepaid providers, phone selection skews toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some compelling devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Moto G7 Supra.Can I use my own phone at Cricket?You can often use your current GSM phone, especially if it was previously paired with AT&T. Head to Cricket’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. You’ll want to ensure that your phone is unlocked prior to purchasing the SIM card kit currently priced at just $10.

AT&T Prepaid Buyer’s Guide

Many of you are likely familiar with the so-called “Big Four” wireless service providers of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. A lot of people might assume that this is pretty much all there is when it comes to carrier choice in the US. That couldn’t be further from the truth.Most of the top-tier carriers offer their own prepaid services with different rate plans, phone selection, and support. Let’s take a look at AT&T Prepaid.About AT&T PrepaidOnce known as GoPhone, AT&T Prepaid operates in the US using the same network as its tier-one brand and, for the most part, provides nearly identical coverage. One key difference is that there is no third party coverage in pockets of states such as Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska.AT&T Prepaid features include no annual contract, no credit check, and easy activation.These dirt cheap rate plans are $20 or lessBest unlocked phones under $150Best unlocked phones priced $150-$250AT&T 5G: Where is it available and which phones offer support?What are AT&T Prepaid rate plans like?AT&T Prepaid rate plans let subscribers go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, it does not charge for going over your allotted data; you receive “throttled” 2G  speeds on data for the remainder of the bill cycle.The prices shown below are with automatic bill payment, or AutoPay. Rate plans may vary based on limited-time promotions.$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 8GB high-speed data$45/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data$55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed dataWhat’s with the two unlimited plans?You’ll note that there are two plans with “unlimited” data. The $45 option normally costs $65 per month while the $55 one usually runs $75 per month.Here’s what’s notably different between the two:$45 plan: data may be slowed in times of congestion$55 plan: data may be slowed in times of congestion after 22GB used, includes 10GB mobile hotspot, and video streams can be up to 1080pMobile hotspot/tethering is available to most of the plans as an add-on. There are other features available for the various plan, including unlimited calls and text to Mexico and Canada or usage in Mexico and Canada. Those on the 1GB or 8GB plans who do not use the allotted amount will be able to roll it over to the next month.Online Only OfferCurrently, AT&T Prepaid offers a deal which lets consumers get 8GB of data per month for $300 per year. In what amounts to just $25 per month, it requires a non-refundable prepayment.It includes unlimited talk and text within the US, Mexico & Canada, and unlimited text from the US to 100+ countries.Are there any other features worth noting?AT&T Prepaid offers add-ons such as international calling and monthly data plans for tablets and hotspots. Moreover, add-on data can be purchased in the event you hit your plan’s data threshold.What about family plans?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today AT&T Prepaid offers a discount on each line, when adding a line of service. Additionally, there’s also a discount for AutoPay, automatic bill payment. It’s possible to mix and match plans based off of individual data needs.Tell me about the phones at AT&T PrepaidLook at the current lineup of phones offered through AT&T Prepaid and you’ll see familiar names from brands like LG, Motorola, and Samsung as well as those from Alcatel and ZTE.As one might expect, the overall selection pales in comparison to the standard AT&T brand and skews toward affordability instead of power. For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified restored.A few phones have promotions which might add credit to your account or save money when paired with a particular rate plan.Can I bring my own phone to AT&T Prepaid?You can often use your current phone on AT&T Prepaid, especially if it was previously paired with the standard AT&T service. Contact your current service provider to see if you can unlock your phone for usage on AT&T.We’re also seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for AT&T and its Prepaid bands sold direct to consumer. Examples include models from Samsung, Motorola, Blu, Nokia, and Alcatel.

AT&T launches 5G network in 10 cities

AT&T on Friday announced that it has finally kicked off 5G service for consumers in select cities across the US.As expected, it launched in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, RI, Rochester, NY, and San Diego. But, in a surprising move, the 5G service also makes its debut in another five markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, CA, Milwaukee, and Birmingham, AL.AT&T, who appears to be moving ahead of its scheduled pace, plans to have a “nationwide” footprint by the middle of 2020. AT&T has released coverage maps for its 5G launch cities.Looking ahead, AT&T has confirmed that its next 5G cities will include Boston, Bridgeport, Conn., Buffalo, N.Y., Las Vegas, Louisville, Ky., New York City, and other markets.The new 5G is different from AT&T’s 5Ge (5G Evolution) and is more in line with what consumers might expect with a “next-gen” network. Indeed, it is certainly confusing, but essentially amounts to a speedier 4G LTE.AT&T also has a 5G+ network live in select ares of a small number of cities. It’s even quicker and more robust, and is designed with businesses and collaborators in mind.In terms of handsets with support for AT&T’s 5G network, the carrier has but one thus far — the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. Customers can purchase the device for $43.34 per month over 30 months, or buy it outright at $1,299.99.

AT&T lights up low-band 5G in 10 new cities alongside the Note 10 Plus 5G launch

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FreedomPop Buyer’s Guide

While they each seem like a necessary evil, the big guns of mobile have gotten increasingly greedier and more expensive at every turn. The plans from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint sometimes cost more than some average households are willing to cough up each month.Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) may offer a solution. For those that don’t know, MVNOs lease the same towers from the aforementioned carriers to allow customers to connect at a discounted rate while the virtual network handles the customer service, etc.You may have heard of Boost, Cricket, or Straight Talk; we’d like to talk to you to about FreedomPop.AboutFreedomPop was founded in 2012 by a capital investment venture led by creators Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar to start a new carrier that molds free, open Internet with the traditional mobile telecom services. The company has a base focus with phones that work completely over the internet via voice over IP and supplements that when you are away from Wi-Fi with carrier towers.FreedomPop original launched with a limited run of phones compatible with Sprint. In 2016 the company expanded to “global compatibility” with a new partnership providing coverage with AT&T’s network. A year later it inked a deal with Target to sell service inside its stores to compete with Walmart and Straight Talk.What are FreedomPop Rate Plans?As mentioned above, FreedomPop starts at a free tier for just Wi-Fi enabled smartphone plans and moves towards more traditional monthly rates as you add data and voice away from Wi-Fi connections.Free PlansFreedomPop offers two versions of free plans. You can choose between either a CDMA backed line by Sprint or a GSM line with AT&T.CDMA option: 200 minutes talk time, 500 texts, and 500MB data per monthGSM option: 200 minutes of talk time, 500 texts, and 200MB of 4GB LTE dataWhat about plans with more data?FreedomPop has competitive rates for plans at 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB of data, and they get cheaper if you commit to longer terms.Discounts are applied when pre-paying quarterly, semi-annually (6 months), or annually — much like Mint Mobile. Suffice it to say, the longer your commitment, the bigger the discount.Here’s how it breaks down monthly when committing with various prepaid terms:2GB dataMonthly: $24.99/moQuarterly: $13.99/moSemi-Annually: $11.99/moAnnually: $9.99/mo5GB dataMonthly: $34.99/moQuarterly: $18.99/moSemi-Annually: $17.99/moAnnually: $14.99/mo10GB dataMonthly: $59.99Quarterly: $24.99Semi-Annually: $22.99Annually: $19.99What is the handset selection like at FreedomPop?There are a number of phones available to purchase from FreedomPop, including those from LG, Samsung, and Apple. Selection is pretty solid but you won’t find anything on the high end of the spectrum.Under Google, for example, the only options we see today are Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P. Indeed, there are no Pixel models to choose from. The most recent Samsung flagship is the Galaxy S7 line.Are there any deals at FreedomPop?There aren’t any special promotions or deals on rate plans or new accounts, at least at this time. Looking at the shop is a slightly different experience, though. Some phones have instant discounts; other devices are refurbished and cheaper than buying a brand new model.It’s not clear how long the promotion will last, but there is a 20% off coupon which can be applied by entering the code SPRING20.Can I bring my own phone to FreedomPop?Yes, FreedomPop does offer you the opportunity to bring your device to its network. Check the device’s compatibility  at the BYOD page to make sure your current model works well with its networks.

Cyber Monday: These Best Buy phone deals are definitely worth a look

It goes without saying, but this is the best time of year to buy a new phone. It’s often these last few weeks of the year where carriers and retailers pull out all the stops, offering up discounts and incentives.If you’re looking to switch service providers or simply hoping to upgrade your phone, there are more than enough offers to go around. That goes for those with a carrier and unlocked, too.Here, we highlight some of the best promotions, instant savings, rebates, and other sales for phones at Best Buy.Save up to $750 on Samsung phones through Verizon, AT&T, and SprintSave $400-$500 instantly with qualified activation of Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, or Galaxy Note 10+ 5GSave up to $250 more on in-store trade-inSave $200 on unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10, or Galaxy Note 10+Save up to $200 more with qualified activationSave up to $500 on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro with qualified activation and in-store trade-inSave $400 on Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XLSave $300 on Samsung Galaxy S10e with qualified activation (Verizon or Sprint)Save $200 on Google Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL with qualified activation (Verizon or Sprint)Save $100 on unlocked Google Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XLSave an additional $50 with qualified activationSave $200 on unlocked Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XLSave an additional $50 with qualified activationSave $150 on unlocked Samsung Galaxy A50 (64GB)Save up to $200 on Samsung Galaxy A series with qualified activation on SprintSave up to $950 on smartphones with qualified activation and trade-in for AT&T

Save up to $400 on a Google Pixel 4 with these Cyber Monday deals

There’s no better time of year to pick up a new smartphone, especially one like the brand new Google Pixel 4. With Cyber Monday in full swing you’ll find that there are a number of retailers and carriers offering steep discounts.Here, we’ve collected a number of places where you can pick up a Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL with a discount. Note that not all colors and configurations may be available and that stock may be limited this time of year.Google (Unlocked)Google Pixel 4 (64GB) – $599 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $799 ($200 OFF)Amazon (Unlocked)Google Pixel 4 (64GB) – $599 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $799 ($200 OFF)Best BuyUnlocked – $250 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $550Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $650Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $650Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $750Verizon – $400 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $16.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $20.83/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $20.83/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $24.99/mo.AT&T – $400 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $14.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $18.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $18.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $22.66/mo.Sprint – $400 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $16.62/mo.Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $20.79/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $20.79/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $26.20/mo.CarriersVERIZON: Save up to $550 with a select trade-in when you switch with Unlimited or save up to $200 with a select trade-in for upgradesAT&T: Get a Google Pixel 4 64GB for freeT-MOBILE: Get up to $300 back on Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL with qualified trade-inSPRINT: Lease one Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, get one free

AT&T is bringing LTE-speed 5G to customers in five cities next month

AT&T is finally ready to release 5G to the public -- though the version of 5G that the carrier will roll out to customers will only be around as fast as high-speed LTE networks.

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Boost Mobile calls up three new entry-level rate plans

Boost Mobile on Monday introduced three new entry-level plans for consumers who may need to stick to a tight budget. The trio include unlimited talk and text with varying degrees of high speed data.Boost Mobile already has two rate plans which cost less than $50, a 10GB ($35) and $45 (15GB). With the addition of the new options Boost subscribers now have five choices under $50.$10 – Unlimited talk, text, and 1GB data$15 – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB data$25 – Unlimited talk, text, and 5GB dataIn addition to the new rate plan, Boost Mobile is also introducing high-speed data add-on packages which can be recurring or one-time usage. Pricing is $5 per gigabyte and is available in one and two gigabyte options.SEE: Boost Mobile Buyer’s GuideBoost Mobile does have a pair of unlimited data plans which cost $50 and $60 per month. The difference between the two being the former includes 12GB mobile hotspot while the latter has 30GB hotspot and unlimited HD video streaming.Boost recently launched a new $hrink-It! plan which starts out at $45 per month and includes 15GB data. Customers who pay their bill on time three months receive a $5 discount on their plan. Do it again, and Boost will shave another $5 off each month, putting it at just $35 per month after six total on-time payments.

WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag review

We might be largely stuck at home as the summer 2020 season kicks into high gear but that doesn’t mean we’re completely hopeless. Businesses are open, albeit with limited hours, and likely a few safety measure in place.One segment of business that a lot of us missed during the shutdown was the workout and personal fitness one. Sure, we can get in a few exercises and routines at home, but there’s nothing like having a dedicated place to go with proper equipment.If you’re among those willing and/or able to get to and from a gym, you’ll want to pack the right gear. For some that means just a quick change of shoes. For others it might mean a dedicated outfit, headphones, water bottle, and more.Up for review today is the WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag, a perfect companion for toting your items back and forth to the gym. 1 of 4 We’ve been a fan of the WaterField brand since we first had to chance to check out its products. And after spending some time with this one, we’ve fallen head over heels with it. In fact, we’ve come to use it on an almost daily basis, gym or no gym.Almost square in stature (13.5-inches x 12.5-inches), the Bootcamp Gym Bag is available in tan waxed canvas or ballistic nylon. Our review unit was the former, which we’ve found gets a nice patina and unique look after a few weeks.The size is just right for putting into most gym lockers, and adequate enough for the stuff we carry with us on a day-today basis. Some days that means a portable charger, pair of shoes, notebook, and a magazine. Other days it’s car keys, water bottles, and a change of clothes.We appreciate that there are two pockets for (up to 3-inch) bottles, one at each end. This is great for days when you might leave the house with any combination of protein shake, sports drink, energy drink, or water.The main interior can be accessed by way of both side. On one you’ll find it is zippered nearly all the way around. On the other there is a zipper across the top which lets you quickly reach an internal pocket. We like that the bag allows for easy access — even when the bag is in a locker.The “rip-stop” lining is not just functional, preventing tears and snags, but also provides an eye-catching complimentary color.On the exterior is a pocket that snaps closed with a magnet, and is often where we toss our keys, earbud case, and wallet. Flip it around and you’ll find a pocket that fits magazines, books, and other items to be hastily stashed.If you’re the type who gets up at the crack of dawn, ready to take on the world with CrossFit, you’ll dig this bag. It’s the right size for your wrist straps, gloves, and other gear. The same goes for indoor wall climbers and weight-lifters. The WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag is the right size for your daily tools.Depending on how and where you use the bag, you might find yourself using the shoulder strap. It’s included with the bag and sort of re-purposes it into a daily commuter bag. While it doesn’t have a laptop or tablet sleeve, it does have enough nooks and crannies to stow away pens, notepads, phones, keys, and more.This will likely become our go-to bag for traveling by air, if and when that ever happens again. It’s convenient, flexible, and comprises of quality materials.If you like the distressed look, get out there and own it. But, if you want to touch it up or refresh the coating, you can purchase wax and apply it in a matter of minutes. Doing so also gives your bag a water repellent finish and makes it so spills and stains can be wiped away.One of the biggest reasons we’ve become fans of WaterField and its products is that they stand behind them. Indeed, the Bootcamp Gym Bag is backed by a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.Learn more about the Bootcamp Gym Bag ($199), and other bags at the WaterField website.

TRIO MAX: Give your laptop two more screens on the go

Few things can provide a boost to your productivity like a secondary display. If you’ve ever tried it, you know just how frustrating it can be moving back to a single screen.Then, when you get into a third screen… well, that’s an entirely different experience. All of a sudden you’re hopping between tasks, keeping up with emails, watching videos, posting to social media, and more — all without closing a tab.Buying a second or third monitor can be costly, and take up a fair amount of space. What’s more, if you live a portable lifestyle, you’ll end up leaving that screen behind when you head to the library or coffee shop.If you’ve ever pondered what it’s like to have a multiple screens for your laptop or Chromebook, wonder no more. The Mobile Pixels TRIO MAX brings a pair of plug-n-play USB displays to your favorite portable workplace.Whether it’s photo editing, blogging, working on a term paper, or just managing emails and social media, you’ll appreciate the extra real estate. Hell, it’s even awesome for gaming,too.Simply connect the TRIO MAX to the back of your laptop, plug it in via USB, and slide out the extra displays. The TRIO MAX’s hinge provides up to 270° of rotation, which means you can adjust the monitors to the exact position that works for you.Get Yours Now!The Mobile Pixels TRIO MAX is normally priced about $319, but you can grab one for just $269.99, or about 15% off!Pick up a second one and you can save even more. That’s right, a pair of TRIO MAX’s is your for just $499.99, or $250 each. Best SellersSave even more!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.