Better late than never, Sprint is finally getting into the early upgrade game.
The company is preparing to launch Sprint One Up, a program that allows its customers to pay for their smartphones or tablets in monthly installments and upgrade after every year by trading in their devices, CNET has learned. One Up is slated to launch on September 20.
Sprint is the last of the national carriers to offer such a program, after T-Mobile kick-started the trend in July with its own Jump program. Shortly after AT&T launched NEXT, and Verizon introduced Edge. The moves underscore the … Read more
Once every other year won't cut it anymore, even for Apple.
The iPhone 5S, Apple's newest flagship smartphone, debuted on Tuesday at the typical hype-filled and splashy event. Like the iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS, it offered some new software tricks, but little physical change -- aside from a new gold color option.
This is the odd year in the iPhone development cycle, the year before and after a major change in hardware. Indeed, Apple has gotten comfortable in its routine of offering only a major change every other year, a pattern that even its fans have settled … Read more
A new PC may not have the allure of a new car, but it's still one of life's little joys. Mostly likely it'll be faster, cleaner, and just generally more capable than your previous machine. What's not to love?
Oh, right, the hassle of moving all your stuff from the old system to the new one. Even for tech-savvy users, it's a painstaking and often error-filled process. If only there was a utility that could handle the job, a software-based moving company for your programs, files, and settings.
There is. For a limited time, you … Read more
The next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles are both coming in November. In the meantime, current-generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles are more affordable than ever -- both available for the very reasonable sum of $199. But are these entry-level models so stripped-down that they're a bad investment? Or are they a budget gamer's dream?
The dilemma It's hard to imagine that anyone interested in buying an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 doesn't already own one (it's been a half-dozen years, people). That said, there's still a lot of fun to … Read more
Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption is a simple and hilarious fishing game with an old-school graphics style, tilt controls, and addictive absurd gameplay. Loved by critics and iOS gamers alike, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about for what -- at first blush -- seems like a game you might have played on the original Nintendo. Also, some recent updates added new items and fixed earlier issues, making the game better than ever.
In Ridiculous Fishing, you play as a fisherman named Billy, sending a line into the depths to catch as many fish as … Read more
In the latest wireless war of words, T-Mobile appears to be having the most fun.
In an advertisement debuting on Tuesday, T-Mobile takes a juicy quote from technology news site The Verge and runs with it. The quote, "AT&T's reaction to T-Mobile's transparency is to be more deceptive than ever," touches off a cheeky follow-up line from the company.
"We wouldn't call it deceptive, exactly. Calculating, sneaky, underhanded, maybe, but not deceptive," reads the ad (see below).
The advertisement is the most direct response yet to the early upgrade programs unveiled … Read more
AT&T is offering a discount to customers who want to get a new iPhone before their contracts are up.
When AT&T customers head over to their accounts on Monday, they'll find the option to upgrade to an iPhone for a discount. On the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPhone models, customers will receive $200 off the unsubsidized price. On the 16GB option, for example, customers who would normally pay $650 for an unsubsidized iPhone 5 can now pay $450. The 32GB and 64GB models are more expensive by $100 and $200, respectively.
Although it was previously … Read more
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have each introduced new "early upgrade" programs that allow wireless customers to trade in their smartphones as often as every six months. Are these plans really worth the cost? And which one offers the most value?
I try to answer these questions in this Ask Maggie.
As T-Mobile CEO John Legere said when he introduced his company's new Jump program, "Two years is too long to be locked into a phone. You should decide when you upgrade, not your wireless company."
Wireless consumers hungry for the latest and … Read more