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You may know Kyocera for its water-resistant smartphone offering, the Kyocera Hydro. But there’s one more Android trick up the Japanese manufacturer’s sleeve. After it was first showcased at CTIA 2012 back in May – the Kyocera Rise is on its way to two wireless carriers in the US. EVleaks has shared new pictures of the Kyocera Rise in the wild, bringing along with it fresh information of where the phone will be heading to. Looking at the specs and the mentioned SprintZone app in the phone’s home screen, it’s safe to say that the slider will be offered by…

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Almost two months after reporting on a rumor that HTC’s One V is set to hit several US carriers this summer, the rumor has finally proven true and the mid-range phone is available for sale stateside. The first carrier to offer the most modest phone in the HTC One trio is Virgin Mobile, who’s practically begging you to get the handheld off their hands with one heck of a deal. $199.99 is Virgin’s price for the One V, and the best part of the deal is that you won’t be asked to sign a carrier agreement of any sorts. Taking…

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ExtremeTech Something historic happened in the first quarter of 2012. For the first time ever, the major carriers in the US have registered a combined decline in the number of postpaid (contract) subscribers. The total number of subscriptions of the seven biggest telcos in the United States has declined with 52,000. Sure, that’s not a dramatic fall by any means, considering that AT&T, Verizon, and the other carriers have hundreds of millions of subscribers. But this first drop ever might be a sign that people are getting tired of paying hundreds of dollars every month, for a service that they…

LG Optimus Elite

Sprint’s eco-friendly entry-level LG Optimus Elite might not have been on top of many wish lists when it started selling a few weeks back, but since Virgin Mobile started offering the phone, things seem to have changed a bit. The Elite’s initial stocks on Virgin were sold out in the preorder phase, and now you have two more reasons to want the device. Worry not, though, because the carrier’s website appears to have enough phones this time around to satisfy demand! The two deals offered by LG, Virgin, and Google will fill your virtual pockets with no less than $60, which means…

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LG might not represent a force to be reckoned with in the high-end smartphone market niche, but when it comes to entry-level Android devices, the company has had its fair share of success. The latest low-end device to enjoy a US release is the Optimus Elite, available on Sprint for a couple of weeks already and set to hit Virgin Mobile tomorrow. The pre-orders for the eco-friendly 3.5-incher on Virgin Mobile started last week and, much to our surprise, the phone’s stocks have already been exhausted. Could the interest over the Optimus Elite have been so high that Virgin simply doesn’t…

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You probably all know that Sprint’s 4G WiMax network was a total fiasco, causing the carrier to lose ground in the competition with Verizon and AT&T, both of which deployed LTE networks. Sprint abandoned WiMax, accepted defeat, and announced the launch of its own 4G LTE network a while back. But it seems that its old Wimax network will not be completely shut down after all. Sprint’s subsidiaries Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will offer a slew of Wimax-enabled “affordable high-end phones” in the near future. The first such device has already been officially unveiled and will hit the market on…

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As much as we love to hear and read about Android smartphones sporting the latest and greatest technologies, there are many users who just want a simple phone that works for phone calls, texting, and the occasional web surfing. This is in line with the results of a recent survey by comScore, which tracks the habit of smartphone users in the US. Bottom line: there’s a huge market for simple, affordable smartphones. If you don’t care about having S2, S3, or X in the name of your phone or if you know someone who’d like a cheap, simple smartphone, you might be interested…