Sony’s flashy new James Bond phone is not the only handheld hitting AT&T these days, with the Huawei Fusion 2 targeting an entirely different crowd. The petite 3.5-incher is certainly not destined for Martini drinking undercover government agents used to high-stakes poker games, but for the more modest tech enthusiasts clinging to every buck.
There are several decent smartphones being sold by the number six carrier in the States, as well as very many budget-friendly handhelds, but they all lack the pizazz of a flagship or “hero” device. No worries, because Samsung will come to the rescue soon, making the Galaxy S3 even more available to the masses.
It usually takes a leaked phone some time to see the light of day, but when the specs aren’t great, manufacturers and carriers skip a few hype-building marketing steps. Therefore, we should not be too surprised to see Boost Mobile’s pretty modest ZTE Warp Sequent handheld already up for grabs, just ten days after its first online leaked appearance.
Up-and-coming prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless seems to really be on a roll. On top the launch of Cricket-powered RadioShack Wireless last week, Cricket has also launched its own version of the HTC One V, which has now become the most powerful Android smartphone in its portfolio. That doesn’t seem to be enough for Cricket though, and another enticing Android mid-ranger is heading to the nation’s eighth largest carrier. We first spotted the ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 back in May at the CTIA, and, just as we suspected, this will be a Cricket exclusive phone.
The ZTE Grand X IN is supposed to hit Europe any day now, while rumors say that the 4.3-incher will never see the light of day in the USA. However, a fresh new leak claims that the phone will in fact come to the States, albeit in a slightly tweaked form.The ZTE Warp Sequent is the name of this rehashed device, and, according to an evleaks tweet, it will be made available by Boost Mobile on September 17.
Leaked way back in July for the first time, the Galaxy Reverb didn’t get a formal introduction until a couple of weeks ago, when it was expected to be up for pre-order at Virgin Mobile on or around August 29. That ETA didn’t exactly stick, but the Reverb did go up for pre-order after all earlier today.
One of Kyocera’s most decent offerings in a while “rose” right on cue at Sprint, and, also on schedule, the phone is now available through Virgin Mobile. The Rise is this time around up for grabs for a slightly higher price, but you’ll be glad to know you don’t have to sign up any kind of contract up front to be able to buy it.
MetroPCS is not exactly known for offering a very wide range of smartphones, but we’ve heard a couple of rumors for the past month or so that the number six US carrier was looking to really strengthen its gadget line-up. The mid-range Galaxy S Lightray 4G and LG Motion 4G have already been released, and now the entry-level Coolpad Quattro 4G has itself been put up for sale.
It’s another triumphant quarterly result for the prepaid sector in the US. The latest US mobile data market update from analyst Chetan Sharma reveals that more American customers are taking the prepaid route in Q2 2012 compared to the previous quarter. For the first time ever in history, prepaid subscriptions passed the 100 million mark.
Duking it out with major wireless carriers doesn’t come easy for a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MNVO) like Net10, as newer and more attractive handsets are usually confined to exclusivity. If you have been eyeing on making that jump to prepaid service, but aren’t quite enthralled by NET10’s Android lineup, you’ll be pleased to know that Samsung’s flagship phone (in 2011) is apparently heading to NET10. As reported by Phandroid, NET10 may start adding the Samsung Galaxy S2 to its lineup in the coming weeks. Nothing is set in stone yet and you won’t see details of the Samsung Galaxy…