Coolpad has announced that the Catalyst smartphone will launch with T-Mobile postpaid and prepaid service. The Catalyst will be the first phone from Coolpad offered to postpaid customers in the US. T-Mobile will start offering its version in stores on June 7 while MetroPCS Coolpad Catalyst will follow on July 11, 2016, also in stores. In addition, the Coolpad said that the phone will be available with T-Mobile prepaid service as well as with Walmart Family Mobile. T-Mobile will sell Coolpad Catalyst for $99.99. Read more
Straight Talk Wireless is pushing really hard in recent weeks for a bigger share in the prepaid market by adding a number of new smartphones to its prepaid lineup. Latest releases from this carrier are the ZTE Max Duo 4G and the LG Rebel. Straight Talk ZTE Max Duo 4G, a 6-inch phablet is available at Straight Talk web site and Walmart for $199.99 while LG Rebel can be purchased at carrier’s website and Walmart for $79.99. Read more
TracFone’s subsidiary Straight Talk has added 3 new LTE smartphones to its prepaid lineup, LG Stylo 2, LG Treasure and ZTE Citrine. Straight Talk LG Stylo 2 is available for $179.99, LG Treasure for $99.99 and ZTE Citrine for $39.99. At the moment, LG Stylo 2 is available at Walmart stores and online, while LG Treasure and ZTE Citrina are available at Straight Talk’s website and at Walmart. Read more
After a great success with low cost Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Charm among customers, TracFone’s prepaid brand Straight Talk Wireless continues cooperation with Alcatel Lucent with the release of the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Eclipse. Straight Talk Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Eclipse is available at the moment only at Walmart stores for $19.88, but we can expect it soon to be added to carrier’s website too. TracFone also offers Pixi Eclipse at Walmart for $27.24.
Update May 8, 2016: Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Eclipse is available online at Walmart and at Straight Talk web site for $19.99
Walmart Family Mobile, a postpaid no-contract MVNO that operates on T-Mobile network, has improved its offerings with a new plan. Walmart Family Mobile has added a new $49.88 unlimited plan that includes unlimited talk, text and data with 10 GB at 4G LTE speeds. Read more
TracFone’s prepaid brand, Straight Talk Wireless has added the Samsung Galaxy E5, another mid-range Android smartphone to its prepaid lineup. Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy E5 operates on Verizon 4G LTE network. Currently, E5 is available only at Walmart stores for $199, but we can expect it soon at Straight Talk website. Update February 16, 2016: Samsung Galaxy E5 is available also at Straight Talk web site for $199.99
The largest nation’s retailer Walmart no longer stocks Sprint devices. It’s presence has been lessen in the past few weeks, according to Fierce Wireless, so now only around 500 Walmart stores out of 4,177 locations carry Sprint’s products. Read more
Walmart Family Mobile that operates on T-Mobile network has recently increased high speed data allotment on its $39.88 plan. What used to be 3GB of high speed data on this plan is now 5GB, which makes it a 2GB high speed data increase at no additional cost. Read more
TracFone’s subsidiary Straight Talk Wireless has added ZTE Stratos LTE Z819L, another mid-range smartphone to its prepaid offerings. Straight Talk ZTE Stratos, with 4G LTE connectivity and Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, is available at carrier’s web site and stores and at Walmart for $149.99.
Update May 2016: ZTE Stratos LTE is available at Straight Talks web site for $89.99
AT&T’s prepaid brand GoPhone is now offering the Kyocera Hydro Air, a smartphone great for outdoors. The phone is built to Military Standard 810G that makes it resistant to shock and drop. It’s IP57 rated for being waterproof (can be one meter under water for up to 30 minutes) and its display can resists to impact. GoPhone Kyocera Hydro Air is available for $99.99 at Walmart. Read more