Verizon has launched a new store focused on connecting various forms of technology at the Mall of America in Minnesota. At the launch event, a video station prematurely revealed the pricing information of the HTC One Max: $299 on a two-year agreement or $24.99 on a monthly Verizon Edge plan. Verizon has yet to announce a release date for the Edge, but it should be shared any day now. The carrier previously said it planned to have the One Max ready for the "Holiday season," and the biggest shopping day of the year is next Friday.
T-Mobile US has spent much of the $4 billion it earned from the failed sale to AT&T on network improvements and completely altering its service plans in order to attract new customers. The fourth-largest carrier in the US has announced plans to sell $1 billion of Senior Notes that it will have to repay by 2022 and an additional $1 billion to be paid in 2024. Taking on the debt will allow T-Mobile to fund investments for its network and buy more licenses from spectrum holders and government auctions without compromising "financial stability."
Sprint has confirmed Friday, November 15 as the date that it will launch the HTC One Max. Sprint will sell the enlarged HTC phone for $249.99 on a two-year agreement or $25 per month with its Sprint One Up payment plan. The One Max features a 5.9-inch 1080p HD display, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and a 3,300 mAh battery. Sprint previously confirmed that the HTC One Max will also be one of the few devices it offers with superior tri-band 4G LTE connectivity next year.
Motorola has made MotoMaker.com, the website that consumers can go to customize the colors of their Moto X smartphone, available to all carriers. MotoMaker has been an AT&T exclusive since it launched in August, but Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers can now personalize the colors of their smartphones. The phone costs $99 on a two-year agreement or $499.99 off-contract.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will cost $199 on a two-year agreement when it arrives at AT&T next week. Though we're still waiting on an official word from AT&T or Nokia, the Microsoft store already accepts pre-orders for the phone and lists a November 15 release date. The Lumia 1520 will be available in black, white, yellow, and red. Customers can also purchase the phone for $549 off-contract. The phone has a 6-inch 1080p HD display, a 2GB RAM, a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera.
The Federal Aviation Administration altered its guidelines last week to permit more use of electronic devices during flights, and Amazon has decided to host a one-day sale that lowers the price of the Kindle, Kindle Fire, and Kindle DX to celebrate. Amazon dropped the price of the Kindle to $59, the Fire HD to $118, and the Fire HDX to $195. Shoppers have until the end of today, November 4, 2013, to enter the code "ThnksFAA" (without quotes) to get 15 percent of Kindle purchases.
Motorola has released its camera app to Google Play, allowing Moto X users to gain faster access to camera updates. Motorola in recent weeks has been improving its Moto X camera through software updates applied through system updates for phones tied to carriers. By releasing the camera into Google Play, the company can more readily apply fixes and updates without the need to wait for carrier testing and approval. Only Motorola phones are able to download the app.
Leap Wireless, the prepaid service provider that operates Cricket Wireless, has gained the approval of its shareholders to sell the company to AT&T. Leap reached a deal to sell to AT&T for $1.2 billion this summer, and 99 percent of its stockholders approved the sale today. The transaction still requires approval from the FCC and Department of Justice, which could arrive in 4 to 6 months. If approved, AT&T would gain Leap's wireless spectrum, 5 million customers, and 3,400 employees.
The Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is presently being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Like the update delivered to Verizon customers, this installs several behind the scene enhancements. KNOX enterprise security, and compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. The phone is also made compatible with the ZACT Mobile flexible pay service. Users can search for an update by going to Settings > More > System Update > Update Samsung Software.
Motorola last week cut $100 from the price of its Moto X smartphone at three carriers, and orders placed online at its MotoMaker customization site also dropped to just $99 on contract. Motorola originally didn't drop the price on the off-contract price, but that has changed. Customers can now visit MotoMaker.com and place an order that lowers the off-contract price to just $479.99. The website is still limited to AT&T model phones, but customers can pay full price to avoid having to alter or renew their existing AT&T contract.