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Samsung Galaxy View Now Available At Bell Stores

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 02:35 PM PST

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Samsung's behemoth of a tablet is now available at Bell store across Canada.  I'm not even sure you can call this thing a tablet any more when it sports a massive 18.4″ display.  Maybe we need a new term?  Tablivision?  Tab.V?  I'm sure someone will come up with something… but I digress.  The massive tablet is will set you back a pretty penny or two as it is listed at $699.  You'd think you'd get some pretty top notch specs for that price but things are pretty average under the hood.

The device features an 18.4″ 1080p display, Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, 2.1MP front facing camera and a 5700 mAh battery.  And despite being sold through Bell, a wireless carrier, the device is only WiFi capable.

Samsung is positioning this device as a TV replacement and while I understand their thought process, I'm not sure it'll catch on.  Guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Samsung Android 6.0 Update Schedule Leaked

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 02:18 PM PST

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We've got some good ol' Marshmallow-y goodness to pass your way!  An internal Samsung document detailing their update schedule has leaked out and it's got a good amount of information on it.  According to the document, there will be three phases for the roll out starting with Phase 1 and the Galaxy Note 5.  Samsung's flagship phablet will be first up to bat as it is slated to get the update in December.  This shouldn't be much of a surprise as one lucky T-Mobile customer south of the border somehow received an unfinished version of the software.

Next up will be the Galaxy S6 family which includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+.  All three devices are expected to get the update in January and the software is currently undergoing testing.  The Note 4 and Note Edge are next in line with a February release date and the Galaxy S5 rounds out the confirmed devices as last year's flagship is expected to get updated in April.  Rounding out Phases 1 are the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 which are all awaiting approval.

Phase 2 includes the Galaxy A8, A5, A3, E7, E5, J7, J5, J2, J1 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4.  The tablets and the A5 are the only real ones of interest for us here in Canada but the only one with a scheduled date is the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 which is expected to get update in April 2016.

The Phase 3 list is pretty short and only includes the Tab A 9.7 and 8.0, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4.  Unfortunately, the Note 3 and S4 are listed as not approved so anyone with those phone may have to look to XDA if they really want Marshmallow.

[PhoneArena]

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Fast-Paced MOBA Call of Champions Now Doing Battle On Android

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 02:12 PM PST

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The latest title from Spacetime Games is out on Android, and it's yet another multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) geared toward mobile play. Call of Champions is designed to be faster and more mobile-friendly than other games in the genre, but like the others, it's free-to-play. That means plenty of unlockable content if you don't mind opening your wallet.

MOBAs have been huge on PC, but have yet to really catch on with mobile devices.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition v0.13.0 Is Out With Redstone, Bunnies, And More Stackable Things

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 02:12 PM PST

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Minecraft v0.13.0 for Android entered beta earlier this month. Gamers downloaded the game. They tested it. They played with the new Redstone components. They dealt with bunnies. They opened and closed new types of wooden doors. Everything checked out, so now the latest version has gone stable. Non-beta testers are free to download the update straight from Google Play.

The addition of Redstone is a big deal, as it gives players the capability to create all sorts of things using wires, buttons, pressure plates, and other ways of managing power.

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The Moto X Play Is Coming To Virgin

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 02:02 PM PST

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The Moto X Play has been available in Canada for some time but it will soon have another home as Virgin Mobile will soon be adding the device to their lineup.  Virgin will be offering the pseudo flagship for as low as $0 on a 2-year term and will sell it for $400 outright.

Although this device isn't the flagship we all wish was here, it's still a solid offering especially when you factor in the price tag.

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Imgur 2.3 Helps You Better Browse Through The Endless Sea Of Pictures On Android Tablets

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 01:42 PM PST

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Swipe. Swipe. Swipe. Imgur's flood of images never ends. The Android app and smartphones come together to form the easiest way to lose track of twenty minutes known to humankind. On tablets, the experience hasn't been quite so fluid. Version 2.3 addresses that.

When you first launch the app, the main screen looks the same. But click on an image, and behold! Now you can see more of what you were hoping to see.

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Top 10 new Android games this week: Triangle 180, Lifeline 2

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 01:00 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Kill Shot Bravo

DescriptionWelcome to the premier first person shooter experience for mobile phones and tablets. It is time to load out your weapons and get your 5-star FPS fix! Arm yourself with deadly assassin sniper weapons, assault rifles, machine guns and the latest military gear to complete covert combat missions deep inside enemy territory!

 

Lifeline 2

Description:  The second story in the Lifeline series connects you with Arika, a young woman on a deadly quest to avenge her parents and rescue her long-lost brother. Your choices will keep her alive and help her succeed as she faces mortal danger on her way to a final, fateful showdown against the forces that threaten all of humanity.

 

Triangle 180

DescriptionTriangle 180 is Fingerprint Studio's original triangular twist on the puzzle genre! Fall into a calm, peaceful state with the intuitive connect the dots gameplay and array of pleasant colors and sounds.

 

 RAVENMARK: Scourge

Description Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion is a turn-based wargame, where strategic troop placement is essential to succeess. Battles employ a dynamic "we-go" system where the actions of allies and enemies unfold in a simultaneous battle phase.

 

Horizon Chase

DescriptionHorizon Chase is a simple racer with a behind-the-bumper setup in the vein of SEGA's classic Outrun, but with the basic 2D scrolling graphics transformed into razor-sharp, low-poly designs.

 

Artificial Defense

Description: Artificial Defense is a real-time-strategy, orbital-shooter game in an artificial, virtual reality setting. You are the machine, a mighty computer-system, defending its servers against swarms of intruding creeps.

 

Skill Wave: Endless Fun

Description: Explore an abstract world with dynamic landscapes and sharp obstacles! Avoid obstacles and collect power ups in this new endless action game. How far can you get?

 

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee

Description Experience the classic game Munch's Oddysee in high definition. Improved graphics and sound make for an even more thrilling ride! Play as the Munch the Gabbit as he hops and swims his way to bringing his species back from extinction.

 

 Chromatic Souls

DescriptionThe fall of the Chromatic Dragon marked the end of a bloody era. A decade later, scouts have reported strange disturbances in the wasteland. Journey across Maldrago and discover the cause of the rising unrest.

 

 Wizard Academy VR Cardboard

Description Wizard Academy is an immersive action and learning games in virtual reality. We launches you into a magical land where you can experience learning and gaming in a brand new way.

 


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Motorola kicks off Marshmallow soak test for 2014 Moto G

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 12:44 PM PST

Moto G is getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidMotorola has kicked off its Android 6.0 Marshmallow soak test for the 2014 Moto G. The update includes Google's latest security patches, and it is expected to make its official debut soon. The soak test update, which was confirmed on the XDA Developers forum, weighs in at 461MB. It includes all of the changes and improvements

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Inateck Quick Charge 2.0 three port car charger review

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 12:29 PM PST

The bigger our phones get, the more power hungry they are. And the bigger batteries we have, the longer they take to charge. Thus the invention of quick charging was brought upon us, to charge our devices rapidly so we can get back to Snapchatting our lives away.

Though you may not be actively using your phone in your car (nor should you!), streaming music over Bluetooth and using Google Maps can be a real drain on your battery. Regular USB chargers don't cut it anymore, so Quick Charge in the car is a big deal.

Overview


Price: $17.99
Ports: 1 Quick Charge 2.0 USB, 2 2.4 amp USB
Size: 85x45x20mm
Included in box: car charger, micro USB cable
Where to buy: Inateck, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK)

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The charger is really simple, with basic lines and a piano black finish. Though it's bigger than other slimmer chargers, it looks pretty good and is well made. Instead of the cheap springs on the sides, it uses more solid metal contacts.

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The face simply has three USB ports with cables. The Quick Charge 2.0 port is bright green, while the others are black. There's also an LED there.

The USB cable is very basic, but it is slim and will fit almost any case. Seeing thick ends on cables is an endless frustration.

Charging

For the review, I used a Moto X Pure Edition. It supports both Quick Charge 2.0 and the Motorola Turbo chargers. It also has pretty mediocre battery life, so I find myself charging my phone on any long trip. I stream music using Play Music over Bluetooth and use Google Maps, which isn't easy on any device.

The Quick Charge 2.0 port charged the device very quickly indeed. With that heavy load on the Moto X, I still got almost 1% per minute of charging. It varied from 8% to 10% per 10 minutes, which is quite impressive.

Of course, the other two ports are just regular old USB ports. They're great for extra devices and passengers who tag along with their own cable. It's always nice having more than one USB port.

Interstingly enough, the Moto X recognized this charger as a Turbo charger according to the popup when I plugged it in.

Conclusion

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Honestly, I have nothing negative to say about this charger. It does what it's supposed to do, looks decent, and comes with a USB cable. I can't find a fault in that. It's a little big, but for three fairly powerful USB ports, I can't complain.

If you've been looking for a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled car charger, check out this one for the extra ports. You can find something cheaper with a single port, but it's always nice to have extras for the people you're lugging around.


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Game Of Thrones Season Finale, Episode 6: The Ice Dragon, From Telltale Games Now On Google Play

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 12:25 PM PST

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A year after Telltale Games kicked off its point-and-click take on Game of Thrones, the season is coming to an end. Episode 6: The Ice Dragon is now available inside the Android app. If you haven't bought a season pass, you can snag up the episode for $4.99.

The choices you've made over the course of the adventure will determine what happens in the finale. If I had to guess, someone probably dies.

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Dragon Anywhere Professional Voice Dictation App Now Available, But Requires A $15 Monthly Subscription

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 11:47 AM PST

ddNuance announced it was bringing its business-oriented voice dictation service Dragon Anywhere to Android back in August, and now it's finally here. The app is live in the Play Store, but it's not free. Dragon Anywhere requires a $15 monthly subscription, but you can give it a shot free for 7 days.

Like Google voice dictation, you can use Dragon Anywhere to input text with your voice. It has integration with cloud services like Evernote and Dropbox, and includes more formatting commands than you get with Google.

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Dragon Anywhere Professional Voice Dictation App Now Available, But Requires A $15 Monthly Subscription was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google gives its Camera app a Marshmallow overhaul

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 11:17 AM PST

Google's Camera app gets prettier. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidGoogle has rolled out an update for its official Camera app that brings a Marshmallow overhaul, complete with a new interface and new features. The release can be downloaded now from Google Play — but there is a catch. Google Camera's new look remains clean and simple, with bold controls and easy navigation. It boasts

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Facebook Launches Work Chat App For Facebook At Work

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 11:11 AM PST

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If you're one of the select few who work for a company that uses Facebook for Work, then Facebook has just released the messaging app for you. Work Chat is Facebook's take on work-based communication apps like Slack and Hipchat, although it does feel slightly barebones for now.

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Work Chat joins Facebook's other work-related app, aptly named Facebook at Work, released back in January. It is pretty much identical to Facebook's regular Messenger app, with the exception that you can only chat with your "work friends." The first version of the app allows users to message coworkers, create work groups, place VoIP calls, and send stickers.

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Facebook Launches Work Chat App For Facebook At Work was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Go retro with the SNES30 Bluetooth controller under $30! [Deal]

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 10:31 AM PST

3b48ff4b0aae5b12d65105d02f09be5aebfd1557_main_hero_imageRemember the glory days of playing Super Nintendo on that classic gray controller with its signature purple push buttons? 8Bitdo is bringing it back again with the SNES30, a 1:1 original design that supports both Bluetooth and USB connections. Connect with your favorite device or computer to play any modern game with arguably the greatest

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Android Studio 1.5

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 10:16 AM PST

Posted by, Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android

Android Studio 1.5 is now available in the stable release channel. The latest release is focused on delivering more stability, with most of the enhancements being made under the hood (along with addressing several bugs).



Some of the specific bug fixes, include the ability to use short names when code-completing custom views.

In addition to the stability improvements and bug fixes, we've added a new feature to the memory profiler. It can now assist you in detecting some of the most commonly known causes of leaked activities.

There are also several new lint checks. Here's one below which warns you if you are attempting to override resources referenced from the manifest.

If you're already using Android Studio, you can check for updates from the navigation menu (Help → Check for Update [Windows/Linux] , Android Studio → Check for Updates [OS X]). For new users, you can learn more about Android Studio, or download the stable version from the Android Studio site.

As always, we welcome your feedback on how we can help you. You can also connect with the Android developer tools team via Google+. And don't worry about what's in the box from the video. It's nothing. Really. Forget I mentioned it.


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Samsung to bring Marshmallow to Note 5 next month, Galaxy S6 in January

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 10:15 AM PST

Galaxy Note 5 is first in the queue for Marshmallow. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidSamsung's upgrade plans for Android 6.0 have leaked out early, revealing when the company's latest crop of smartphones and tablets can expect to receive Marshmallow. The first device on its list is the Galaxy Note 5, which is scheduled to get its update next month — followed by the Galaxy S6 series in January. Unfortunately for

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Google Hangouts picks up guest access in latest update

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 10:14 AM PST

Google Hangouts has become a go-to option for video calls over the years, and as such, its feature list has only gotten better to match demand. Now Google is updating Hangouts with yet another feature that will make it easier than ever before to simply hop into a video call or conference.

The announcement was made via the official Google For Work blog, and states that joining up with a video call — whether it's a one-to-one or conference session — will now be as simple as following a link and filling in a name. There won't be any need to fill out a form, and the people joining in the call don't even need a Google account to access it.

The process is straightforward enough: Simply invite those you want into the call via Google Calendar, which includes a link to the call within it. They'll click that link, fill in their name, and then will be included in the call. The owner of the session will be able to accept or deny incoming participants as well.

Google making it even easier for groups or individuals to use Google Hangouts should go over well enough. How often do you use Google Hangouts' video features?


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LG Pay made official as the Life’s Good company enters the mobile payments fray

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 09:44 AM PST

Mobile payments aren't entirely new, but there is certainly a new focus on the option these days. Google got into the business with Android Pay, and even Samsung managed to put its hat into the ring, too. And now, after some reports out of the rumor mill, LG is moving forward with its own plans.

Yesterday a rumor cropped up that suggested LG was teaming up with a few credit card companies in Korea to launch the service, and sure enough it looks like that is indeed the case. By way of its official Facebook age, the Life's Good company has announced that LG Pay is real, and that it will be coming at some point in the future. As far as partnerships go, LG will be teaming up with Shinhan Card and KB Kookmin Card out of the gate.

However, LG didn't say anything about a finalized launch date, so for anyone keeping an eye on LG's mobile payments service, there's no date to circle on the calendar just yet.

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Google Fit: Step up your fitness

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 09:26 AM PST

When it comes to fitness, every effort counts: each step, sit-up, snack, and good night's sleep. That's why Google Fit's latest update recognizes all your healthy choices: from cardio to strength training, what you eat plus how you rest, and coaches you every step of the way. 

Instant insights. See real-time stats for your runs, walks and rides on your phone. Google Fit will record your speed, pace, route, elevation, and more so you can stay motivated and on track.
Strength training. Want to add push-ups to your routine? If you have an Android Wear watch, you can start a daily challenge and your watch will automatically detect and count each sit-up, push-up, and squat. They'll be added to your daily activity, so you get credit for each one.


The whole picture. Google Fit will now show you info from your favorite nutrition and sleep apps. Monitor your diet with MyFitnessPal, Fatsecret, Lifesum, or LoseIt. Or track your sleep with Sleep as Android, Xiaomi Mi Band and Mi Band 1S, Sony Smartband 2, or the Basis Peak. These new integrations (rolling out in the coming days) will provide even better insights into your health and fitness. And with Google Fit, you'll always have a personal coach cheering you on, right from your phone. 

When you're able to view your overall fitness, you may just start making better choices: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, choosing salads over eclairs. Looking to stay fit this holiday season? Check out the new Google Fit updates and start making every effort count.

Posted by Michael Gaiman, Software Engineer, Google Fit


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Inviting Someone To A Video Hangout No Longer Requires Them To Have A Google Account

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 09:25 AM PST

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Hey, do you use [insert instant messaging or video chatting service here]? No? Well, what do you use? Weird, no one else I know uses that. Here, just create an account real quick. Please?

Yeah, we're all tired of this conversation. Hangouts has managed to dodge it to some degree because so many people already have the required Google account. But what about those folks who don't? And do you really want to share your email address with this guy who's reaching out to you?

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Android Developer Story: Gifted Mom reaches more mothers across Africa with Android

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 09:16 AM PST

Android Developer Story: Gifted Mom reaches more mothers across Africa with Android Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Gifted Mom is an app developed in Cameroon which provides users with basic, yet critical information about pregnancy, breastfeeding and child vaccinations. The widespread use of Android smartphones in Africa has meant that Gifted Mom has been able to reach more people at scale and improve lives.

Watch the creators of Gifted Mom, developer Alain Nteff and doctor Conrad Tankou, explain how they built their business and launched Gifted Mom on Google Play. They also talk about their plans to grow and help people in other developing countries across the continent in the next three years, in order to ultimately tackle maternal and infant mortality.



Find out more about building apps for Android and how to find success on Google Play.


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Horizon Chase: World Tour Is A Retro Racing Game That Will Revive Your Nostalgia For Outrun And RoadBlasters (Without Eating All Your Quarters)

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 09:11 AM PST

image (16)Isn't it interesting that now that we have the kind of graphical horsepower that our parents could only dream about while they were playing Pong and Adventure, we seem to be developing a serious case of nostalgia addiction. While high-end console and PC games are starting to look photorealistic, simpler fare like Minecraft and Crossy Road are earning enough money to make Solomon blush. Take Horizon Chase: it's about as simple as racing games come, but its charming graphics and straightforward setup are taking the mobile gaming world by storm.

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Horizon Chase: World Tour Is A Retro Racing Game That Will Revive Your Nostalgia For Outrun And RoadBlasters (Without Eating All Your Quarters) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Skype for Android now lets you save your video messages

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 08:29 AM PST

Saving videos is simple in Skype 6.11. Photo: SkypeSkype has rolled out an update for its Android app that gives users the ability to save video messages. The release also makes it possible to share photos in group conversations, makes it easier to manage conversations, and brings upgraded mojis. "Sometimes the most precious memories are the everyday moments. And at Skype, we want to

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Skype 6.11 Adds Support For Saving Video Messages, Upgraded Mojis, Enhanced Search, And More

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 05:05 AM PST

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Skype for Android has just been updated to version 6.11 with a handful of nifty features and improvements. The upgrade lets users delete, mark as read, or mute notifications via a long tap on a contact or conversation, and search results will now become populated with conversation content, in addition to contact and group names. It also allows users to save sent and received videos to the photo gallery, which wasn't offered in the previous version for some reason (and which Skype added because of user feedback).

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T-Mobile CEO gives you 10 reason why switching from T-Mobile to Sprint is a bad idea

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 12:39 AM PST

With Sprint's promise to cut your cellphone bill in half (only for customers who switching from T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon), there are certainly a lot of people considering the offer. Saving money is a huge draw for a lot of people, but T-Mobile CEO John Legere went of a rant last night, highlighting ten different reasons why switching from T-Mobile to Spring is a bad idea. We suggest jumping over to Twitter to read all of Legere's Tweets on the matter, but we've also listed out his main points below.

  1. T-Mobile customers get access to whatever plan they want. On Sprint, you have to leave and come back take advantage!
  2. T-Mobile customers get 4G LTE in 500+ cities. Not on Sprint. #Spark…I mean #LTEplus
  3. T-Mobile customers get America's Fastest 4G LTE network. Sprint's get America's slowest (@Ookla).
  4. T-Mobile customers don't have activation fees. Sprint charges $36 per line!
  5. T-Mobile customers get unlimited data and text in 140 countries. Not on Sprint.
  6. T-Mobile customers use their phone in Mexico & Canada just like they do in the US. Not on Sprint.
  7. T-Mobile customers get tethering included in their plans. Not on Sprint's new 50% off offer.
  8. T-Mobile customers get #DataStash (unused data rolls forward). Not on Sprint.
  9. T-Mobile customers get Unlimited music streaming w/ their plans. Not on Sprint.
  10. T-Mobile customers get Unlimited video streaming w/ their plans. Not on Sprint.

Looking for the moral of today's story? Yes, switching from T-Mobile to Sprint will save you money, but you'll be giving up quite a few benefits of being on T-Mobile's network.

 


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