With the new iPhone to be announced next month, Sprint has introduced a new iPhone Forever plan that will let its customers upgrade your old iPhone whenever there is a new iPhone out at no additional cost.
Of course, while there are no upgrade fees, the plan will start at $22 per month for the handset itself on top of your normal plan costs when you trade in your old iPhone for a new one.
While the offer will let you currently upgrade to a 16GB iPhone 6 for that monthly price, Sprint also has a special promotion right now as well that will drop the monthly handset cost to $15 per month if you upgrade before 31 December 2015.
“We decided how awesome would it be if anytime customers don’t have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade, and have it be as simple as handing us your existing iPhone and picking up a new one – all included in your monthly rate,” Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure said.
Sprint’s iPhone Forever plan isn’t limited to current iPhone-toting Sprint customers, with any handset eligible for trade-in for an iPhone 6.
The carrier is also challenging its competitors by offering to pay off “your old phone and contract” if you’re in contract with another carrier and want to switch to Sprint.
While it looks like Sprint is taking big steps to lure in new customers and take on other carriers, a month ago, it seems as though it is taking its cues from T-Mobile.
The Uncarrier had also announced a special iPhone plan that would allow customers to upgrade their iPhone for free with $15 monthly handset repayments.
Sprint also followed in T-Mobile’s lead in “breaking down barriers” for roaming in Canada and Mexico as well.
Update: It looks like a very leaky day for the Samsung camp, now with the specs of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ popping up on a Romanian website.
According to the listing on the Romanian retailers site, the handset will be available in two colors as well as coming with either 32GB or 64GB of storage.
In terms of specs, the website lists a 5.67-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display and be powered by Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 7420 processor and a Mali-T760MP8 graphics chip. It’s also slated to come sporting a 16MP camera, LTE and 4GB of RAM.
Oops. Samsung has just slipped up with its French division posting pre-registration details online for the much rumoured Galaxy S6 Edge+. Or perhaps it’s a cleverly orchestrated leak to whip up interest.
Either way, the cat appears to be out of the bag now, with the site clearly stating the Galaxy S6 Edge+ name with a shot of the handset alongside a pair of Samsung Level headphones.
The site also gives up a possible release date for the handset, citing pre-orders will open on August 21 with a probable Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ release date pegged for September 3 (that’s when pre-orders close).
Change up the Edge
A separate leak has shed more light on new possible edge features for the handset too, after a series of images were picked up by Phone-probe.
According to the press shots it appears users of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be able to get a column of apps as well as top contacts on their edge screen.
It’s hardly game changing news, and we hope Samsung will have a few more tricks up its sleeve during its August 13 event.
It’s not clear exactly how much Huawei will ask for its first smartwatch. But we do know that a third-party retailer is already taking pre-orders for the device starting at $386.99.
Running Android Wear, the Huawei Watch is made out of stainless steel, and comes in three color versions: black, gold, and silver. Its features include a circular 1.4-inch sapphire crystal AMOLED display with 400 x 400 pixels, Bluetooth 4.1, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage space, and a 300 mAh battery. Are you planning to get one?
A recent talk at the annual Black Hat Security Conference has revealed that the Android fingerprint framework, which uses our biometrics to unlock our devices, could be susceptible to attacks by hackers.
Not only would the security of our devices be compromised, but one of the potential hacks could even bypass fingerprint authentication for payment services such as Android Pay.
Perhaps most worrying of all security researchers Tao Wei and Yulong Zhang, who hosted the talk, demonstrated that hackers could even steal your fingerprint data, with the HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy S5 apparently being vulnerable to this.
Apple Pay keeps the hackers away
While this is certainly cause for concern for Android users, Apple fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as it appears that the iPhone and iPad’s Touch ID biometric technology is far more secure.
This is because your details are encrypted with a key that locks down your information, making it unobtainable even if hackers gain access.
The good news is that this should be a relatively easy fix, as by adding encryption to the fingerprint data on Android devices will keep the information secure from hackers.
Manufacturers are aware of the flaw and have already begun updating their software to eliminate the problem.
It’s worth noting that Android doesn’t officially support fingerprints yet, but it will do with the Android M update. This means any potential blame lies at the feet of the manufacturers for now, and we have reached out to a number of them to find out what they are doing about this security issue.
OnePlus is currently riding a wave of publicity as its OnePlus 2 Flagship Killer has been well received by critics and consumers alike. However, the company has not finished its smartphone output for the year as co-founder Carl Pei discussed with USA Today. The head of OnePlus revealed that a new handset with the company’s branding will be landing later in the year, maybe in time for Christmas.
Pei would not reveal whether this new device would be higher spec’d than the OnePlus 2 or not, but we think it won’t be. We say that because the company has said several times this year that it would launch another device this year, and it would be more focused on design than hardware. In other words, a OnePlus 2 Mini. Pei had good things to say about the new product, saying when he saw a production demo he wanted it to be his daily use smartphone. His mind was soon changed by the OnePlus 2, but regardless he says both devices are very appealing. One of the main criticisms of the OnePlus 2 has been its lack of NFC, and Pei quickly explained that omission by saying, “Very few people are using NFC, so we cut it. It’s as simple as that.” He predicts that the technology will take off in the next 12 to 18 months and by then OnePlus would have released its next flagship, presumably with NFC.