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14
Jul

The 1989 Batmobile and Batsuit are coming to ‘Arkham Knight’


Yeah, you heard that right. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original movie’s theatrical release, the one directed by Tim Burton, Rocksteady Studios is releasing Michael Keaton’s 1989 Batsuit and Batmobile as DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight in August. Of course, that’s assuming you’ve shelled out the requisite $40 for the game’s season pass. In addition to the two iconic skins, the expansion will also feature two new audio tracks and six new character skins — 1990’s Catwoman, Original Batman, One Year Later Robin, Arkham Origins Batman, 1970’s Batman and Arkham Nightwing. Batgirl, unfortunately, is only available as a separate download.

Filed under: Gaming

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Source: Polygon

14
Jul

TiVo’s iOS app now sends video to your Apple TV


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Have one of TiVo’s DVRs in the living room, but would rather not get another one of its devices just to watch recordings in the basement? If you use Apple devices at home, you no longer have to. TiVo has updated its iOS app with (long, long overdue) AirPlay mirroring support, so you can send your recorded shows to an Apple TV as long as everything is on the same local network. You’ll need a Premiere, Roamio Plus, Roamio Pro or Stream device for AirPlay to even be an option, so don’t get your hopes up if you’re hanging on to old hardware. Still, this a big step forward — you now have an easy way to catch up on missed episodes without having a TiVo-based set-top attached to your TV of choice.

Filed under: Cellphones, Home Entertainment, Tablets, HD

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Via: 9to5Mac, SlashGear

Source: App Store

14
Jul

Neil deGrasse Tyson and friends gush over today’s Pluto flyby


At around 7:50am Eastern this morning, NASA’s New Horizons probe reached its closest point to Pluto, around 7,750 miles away, where it unleashed its full array of equipment to give us our best look yet at the dwarf planet. It’s the culmination of a nine-year journey across more than three million miles — and the scary thing is we won’t even know until tonight if it succeeded. To celebrate the occasion, we joined Neil deGrasse Tyson, his colleagues, and a theater full of science geeks at the American Natural History Museum to explore what the New Horizons mission really means. You can check out the full session, as well as some highlights from the event, below.

Tyson, along with Denton Ebel, chair and curator of the AMNH Earth and Planetary Sciences department, and Carter Emmart, the museum’s director of astrovisualization, kicked things off by going over the basics of the mission. New Horizons launched in 2006 as the first NASA mission dedicated to exploring Pluto, which followed years of failed lobbying efforts by scientists and the cancellation of another mission. It’s main goal is to map the geology and chemical composition of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, as well as get more information about Pluto’s atmosphere. But NASA also has a slew of other goals in mind: It’ll map the surfaces of Pluto and Charon with high-resolution pictures; search for additional moons outside of the five we already know of; search for a ring system around Pluto; and perhaps most intriguingly, it will try to determine if Pluto and Charon share an atmosphere.

“To see a distant object for the first time is among the oldest emotions humans have ever had… Ever since we’ve left the cave…” Tyson said, following New Horizon’s close encounter with Pluto (at 54:27 in the video above). As momentous as the occasion was (naturally, the audience erupted in cheers), it also involved plenty of imagination from everyone involved. We were celebrating based on estimated timing from NASA and a virtual look at New Horizons and Pluto via OpenSpace, not a live feed of information. The spacecraft can’t send and collect data at the same time, so we’ll have to wait for confirmation tonight that it’s still working, and we won’t see any actual data until tomorrow.

“We’ve reached another zone of our reality, of our universe,” said astrobiologist David Grinspoon. He noted that New Horizons is the first “post-human” planetary encounter — it used to be that only the privileged few in mission control could celebrate, now anyone with internet access can virtually follow along.

Frances Bagenal, New Horizon’s co-investigator, said she hopes the mission will inspire us “to go back out and explore,” adding, “just because we’ve checked off Pluto doesn’t mean we should stop.” Tyson echoed that sentiment, saying he’d rather think of New Horizons as the last reconnaissance of the solar system’s nine planets, and the first exploration of the Kuiper belt, the far-off territory that includes Pluto and Eris (the dwarf planet that convinced scientists to demote Pluto’s planetary status).

A few takeaways from the event:

  • New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched by NASA, traveling at around 37,000 miles per hour.

  • It’s not fast enough to surpass Voyager 1, though, which has been hurtling through space since 1977 and has picked up quite a bit of velocity along the way.

  • Pluto’s distance from the sun isn’t the only thing that makes it so cold: Its high albedo (sunlight reflectivity) means it sends back most of the light that actually reaches it.

  • Tyson asked why NASA chose to make New Horizons a flyby mission, rather than one that will hang around Pluto for extended study. Bagenal said a big reason was fuel — you’ve got to take more if you want to stay near a planet. It’s much easier to fly past it and get as much data as you can. And of course, you have the added benefit of traveling farther out.

NASA will give us an update on New Horizons’ health in a live stream tonight at 8:30pm Eastern. But you’ll have to wait until 3pm tomorrow for the first bounty of images to hit.

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14
Jul

T-Mobile’s new family plan offers four lines of service with 10GB of data each for $120


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T-Mobile has just announced a new family plan that aims to give customers more data for a cheaper price point. The new Simple Choice Family Plan offers two lines of service for $100 per month, which includes 10GB of 4G LTE data for each line. Each additional line costs $20 more per month, making the standard price for this four-person plan a low $140 per month. Each line includes unlimited talk and text, as well.

To make this plan even better, T-Mobile will give you the fourth line for free, with no expiration date, as long as you sign up before Monday, September 7th (Labor Day). So if you decide to sign up soon, the total cost of your plan will cost just $120 per month, which isn’t a bad deal in the slightest. Oh, and if 10GB somehow isn’t enough for you, T-Mobile will also let you double your data for $10 more per month for each line.

Normally family plans offer steep discounts on the monthly bill, but require users to share a pool of 4G LTE data. This can prove troublesome in certain situations, especially if your family member goes over their allotted portion. With the new Simple Choice Family Plan users don’t share data, which is arguably the way it should work.

This offer also includes past Un-carrier promotions such as Data Stash and the ability to use 4G LTE and voice calling in Canada and Mexico at no extra cost. This news comes after the carrier announced its new Jump! On Demand program that allows users to upgrade their smartphones up to three times per year.

If you’re interested in checking out these new plans for yourself, head to this link to get more information. The plans go live Wednesday, July 7th.

14
Jul

Hands-on with the ZTE Axon


ZTE isn’t exactly the first name you think of when it comes to high-end Android devices, and this is particularly true in the United States. Up until now, ZTE has primarily focused its U.S. efforts on the budget market, but this all changes today with the introduction of the ZTE Axon.

The main idea behind the Axon phone is that it is has been designed “in the U.S., for the U.S.”, with the aim to provide users with everything they would want. Do they succeed? While we won’t fully be able to answer this question until we have more time with the device, let’s jump in and go hands-on with our first look at the ZTE Axon!

Design

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As far as the design is concerned, the Axon phone features a full metal unibody construction, with some nice curves along the sides and the back, allowing for a very comfortable feel in the hand. With its noticeable heft and premium construction, the device also feels extremely solid. This phone isn’t striving to be the thinnest or lightest, with its thickness and weight of 9.3 mm and 175 grams respectively, but that makes for a very substantial device when holding it in the hand.

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Going around the device, the buttons and ports are all to be found at their typical locations, but what the Axon phone offers that isn’t found with a lot of Android devices is a dedicated camera shutter button to quickly and easily launch directly into the camera and take a shot. Capacitive keys can also be found up front below the display, denoted by a glowing circle that represents the home button, flanked by two individual dots for the menu and recent apps keys.

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At first glance, you might think that the Axon phone features dual front-facing speakers, with the matching set of uniquely styled grills, but unfortunately, only the bottom section houses the speaker. What this device does have two of though are the cameras on the rear, which coincidentally also come with the grill design, for some extra finesse.

Display

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On the front is a 5.5-inch display, but the Axon phone is considerably larger than some other devices with a similar screen size in terms of height, due to the large top and bottom bezels above the display, in addition to the two grills as well. As a result, one handed usability might be a bit of a challenge for some.

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As mentioned, the Axon phone comes with a 5.5-inch display, which is sharp, given its Quad HD resolution and resulting pixel density of 534 ppi. So far, the screen looks fantastic, with great colors, viewing angles, and brightness, and should be a pleasure to use in all situations, from normal day to day tasks or when playing the occasional game, as well as for media consumption.

Hardware

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Under the hood, the Axon phone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, clocked at 2 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 430 GPU and a whopping 4 GB of RAM. This is the revised version of the Snapdragon 810 processor, so overheating shouldn’t be as much of a concern, and thus far, things appear to be very snappy and responsive. With 4 GB of RAM available, performing very heavy multi-tasking or playing games should pose no problems for the Axon phone. Whether the overheating issues rears its ugly head again is something we can only find out after really putting the device through its paces when we give it the full review treatment.

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For storage, the Axon phone comes with 32 GB built-in, which is the only option available, and without the option of microSD card expansion, you’ll have to rely on the cloud for your extra storage needs. Aside from the standard suite of connectivity options, the Axon phone features 4G LTE compatibility with the T-Mobile and AT&T networks in the US. The device is also the first to be sold in the US to feature Hi-Fi audio playback, which is supposed to give you a fuller, louder, and purer sound quality than ever before, and the difference should be noticeable even with a pair of inexpensive earbuds.

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Keeping the phone powered throughout the day is a beefy 3,000 mAh battery, so at least on paper, battery life should be good for a full day, if not more. Given its metal build, wireless charging is not possible, but the device does come with Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 fast charging capabilities, which should allow you to get back up to 50% of the charge in just 30 minutes.

Camera

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The dual camera setup on the back of the device is comprised of a 13 MP main shooter and a 2 MP secondary sensor. This setup is similar to what we’ve seen on the HTC One M8, to allow for a much faster auto focus, and the ability to refocus the shot after the fact. The camera is also capable of video recording in 4K, and comes with twin microphones, along with some of the best in noise suppression technology available to help eliminate background and wind noise when recording concert videos and voice calls. The device also packs a wide-angle 8 MP front-facing camera, which is fantastic for all you selfie lovers out there.

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The camera interface is fairly simple, with most modes being accessible with just a swipe across the display, but an interesting feature with this camera is the ability to manually adjust the f-stop on the fly, from 8, all the way down to 1, but this is most likely done on a software level, and not really an aperture change. How well this device fares against the competition is something we’ll have to wait to see, but with devices like the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6, the bar is certainly set very high.

Software

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On the software side of things, the Axon phone is running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with some customizations on top by ZTE, along with a handful of pre-installed applications. A lot of Google’s Material Design elements have been retained, as seen in the notification dropdown and the Overview screen, and this certainly helps maintain performance.

Specs

Display 5.5-inch TFT LCD with 2560 x 1440 resolution, PPI 534
Processor 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994)
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB
Camera Dual lens rear: 13MP, 2MP, dual LED flash, 4K HD, Front: 8MP, 88 degree wide-angle, 1080p video and 4K at 30FPS
Battery 3000 mAh
Connectivity T-Mobile, AT&T network compatible: LTE B2/B4/B5/B12/B17/B29/B30, LTE IR B7/B3/B1/B13, USM/HSPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CA Band 2/4 + Band 17, LTE (Cat 6)
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 6.06″ x 2.9″ x 0.37″ (154 x 75 x 9.3mm)

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Pricing and availability

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As far as the pricing is concerned, the Axon phone will be available directly from ZTE, and is currently up for pre-order for $500. Unfortunately ZTE can’t give comment on global availability, but we’ll be sure to let you know once we find out.

So there you have it, our first look at the ZTE Axon phone! Featuring a premium metal build, impressive camera, minimalistic software and an affordable price point, this device is sure to turn some heads when it becomes available. What do you think? Do you think you’ll pick one up? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

14
Jul

Apple Being Sued in Europe Over ‘iWatch’ Ad Campaign on Google


Irish software development studio Probendi is suing Apple in a Milan court for using its “iWatch” trademark in Europe as part of a Google AdWords campaign, reports Bloomberg. Apple has been paying for sponsored links on Google in an attempt to redirect users that search for “iWatch” to the Apple Watch website, in order to avoid missing out on customers that search for the wrong product name.

“Apple has systematically used iWatch wording on Google search engine in order to direct customers to its own website, advertising Apple Watch,” says a tribunal filing obtained by Bloomberg. “Apple never replied to our requests and objections, while Google said they are not responsible for links.”

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“iWatch” was a commonly used name to refer to Apple’s much-rumored smartwatch before it was released, however the device was ultimately named the Apple Watch. Apple filed for “iWatch” trademarks in Japan, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey and other countries, but Probendi has owned the trademark in Europe since 2008 for its health and safety communication software.

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Google’s AdWords trademark policy states that it “will investigate and may enforce certain restrictions on the use of that trademark in AdWords text ads,” but the company has yet to take any action against Apple. As of writing, searching for “iWatch” on Google in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and multiple other European countries still displays Apple Watch sponsored text ads.

Probendi originally planned to capitalize on Apple’s announcement of the Apple Watch last year by using its “iWatch” trademark in Europe to launch its own Android smartwatch, but company director Daniele Di Salvo now says the project is “in standby.”

A hearing in the iWatch case is scheduled for November 11.


14
Jul

ZTE Axon officially announced: what you need to know


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Despite having a number of high-end devices, ZTE is better known in the United States for its budget offerings. This is largely because most of ZTE’s high-end products have been reserved for the international market, but this is slowly starting to change. Just last month we learned that the Nubia Z9 was heading to the states, and now ZTE has also taken the wraps off a new high-end flagship for the US market called the Axon.

We want to get closer to the people, to our fans. We are in a very competitive industry so we have to do something different. We have to use big data to truly understand what consumers want. (Jeff Yee, VP of tech planning and partnerships, ZTE)

Android Authority is live in New York getting a hands-on look at the ZTE Axon, and we have to admit we are pretty excited by what we are seeing so far!

While we’ve been hearing about the Axon for a while now, ZTE did an excellent job at keeping most of the key details under wraps. So what exactly does their new US-centric handset bring to the table? Let’s start by taking a look at the spec sheet.

Specs and features

Display 5.5-inch TFT LCD with 2560 x 1440 resolution, PPI 534
Processor 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994)
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB
Camera Dual lens rear: 13MP, 2MP, dual LED flash, 4K HD, Front: 8MP, 88 degree wide-angle, 1080p video and 4K at 30FPS
Battery 3000 mAh
Connectivity T-Mobile, AT&T network compatible: LTE B2/B4/B5/B12/B17/B29/B30, LTE IR B7/B3/B1/B13, USM/HSPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CA Band 2/4 + Band 17, LTE (Cat 6)
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 6.06″ x 2.9″ x 0.37″ (154 x 75 x 9.3mm)

As you can see, the ZTE Axon is far from the budget end of the spectrum, easily keeping pace with 2015 flagship offerings from Samsung, LG, HTC, and Sony. Although the Snapdragon 810 has a mixed reputation, it is worth noting that the Axon utilizes the V2 revision which should address any potential overheating issues due to a more efficient design.

Moving past the processor, the Axon also offers a massive 4GB RAM, a beautiful 5.5-inch QHD display, and a pretty impressive camera package that includes a dual-lens setup on the rear.

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Its camera is certainly one of its biggest calls to fame, with a large f/1.8 aperture that span to f/1.0, fast shutter speeds of 1/90000 of a second, and the ability to capture bokeh effect thanks to the second lens on the rear. The front cam is equally solid.

Another big win for the Axon is in the sound department. Not only does the phone offer front-facing speakers (though only the bottom grill actually has a speaker), it also has Hi-Fi music support. Basically that means you get two dedicated audio chipsets that supposedly creates a more immersive sound when used with a pair of headphones. Speaking of which, the phone includes a pair of JBL E13 in-hear headphones right out of the box.

On the software front, you’ll find a near-stock build of Android Lollipop. In a manner similar to Motorola, ZTE has made a few minor changes to the UI and added a few special apps that make it a bit heavier than true stock, but it’s still pretty close to what you’d get with a device like the Nexus 5 or 6.

Design

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When it comes to its marketing materials, ZTE iterates that the Axon was “designed in the U.S. for the U.S.”, and while that’s just PR speak at its finest, there is no denying that this is an attractive looking device. The ZTE Axon features a premium metallic build, complemented by attractive dual grills on the front, and is available in your choice of Phthalo Blue, Ion Gold, or Chromium Silver.

ZTE Axon pricing and availability

Many times companies use their announcements to hype up a device without revealing key details like pricing or even an official retail launch date. Thankfully, ZTE hasn’t gone that route. The ZTE Axon will set customers back just $499, unlocked. Pre-orders will begin today from ZTE’s website and are said to ship as early as July 27th.

ZTE Axon: additional coverage

Want to learn more? Check out the following:

  • ZTE Axon hands-on
  • ZTE Axon vs Samsung Galaxy S6
  • ZTE Axon vs LG G4

What do you think?

Until we get more time with the device, we’ll refrain from making an official judgment call, but we do admit this phone looks pretty solid. Even better is the price tag, undercutting even the LG G4, and priced a fair deal less than the Samsung Galaxy S6. What really matters however, is what you think. How do you feel it fares against the competition?

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14
Jul

Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to Developers


os_x_yosemite_round_iconApple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, two weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Coming just a few months ahead of the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last significant updates to Yosemite.

The new beta can be downloaded fro the Apple Developer Center.

It is not yet clear what’s new in the OS X 10.10.5 beta, but like 10.10.4 and earlier betas, it likely includes bug fixes and performance enhancements.

OS X 10.10.4, the current version of OS X Yosemite, introduced multiple bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements, including the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process.


14
Jul

1byone 4-port USB 3.0 aluminium hub [Review]


The 1byone 4-port USB 3.0 hub provides an attractive way to add three more USB 3.0 ports to your computer.

Setup

The hub is really easy to get setup. The hub is plug and play which meas that you can just plug it into your USB port and you are good to go!

There is also a velcro strip that you can use to stick your new shiny USB hub to some surface in order to keep it from moving around.

One strip attaches to the hub itself and another strip attaches to wherever you want.

Then you can velcro your hub into a single place so that it isn’t sliding around on your desk.

In my case, I have the velcro strip in the center of my laptop lid. I don’t actually have a desktop computer, so placing the hub in the middle of the lid allows me to open and close the laptop without any problems while leaving the hub attached and plugged in.

After you decide where you want to stick your velcro, that is it! The hub is plug-and-play. There isn’t anything special to it. You just plug it into an open USB port (preferably 3.0) and carry on with your life.

The only thing about the setup is that I wish it were clearer what the velcro was for. I didn’t even realize that it was velcro at first. I thought it was just a double-sided strip of 3M adhesive.

Usage

There isn’t really anything special to mention about the usage. It is basically like adding three USB ports to your computer. Nothing fancy.

In my usage, there haven’t been any significant speed drops or declines in power output.

Flash drives and other external storage perform just as well without any issues.

There haven’t been any complications to arise in the couple of weeks that I have been using the hub, and I seriously doubt that you will have any issues using the hub as well.

Build Quality

The build quality actually surprised me. In truth, I wasn’t expecting much from a $13 hub. The hub itself is aluminum. It feels nice and solid and looks great too.

The cable is thicker than I would have guessed. It is thicker than a standard microUSB cable but just skinnier than a laptop charger cable. The cable is long enough to give you some leeway, but it is short enough to where it doesn’t get in the way.

The best part is the USB ports themselves. There is no wiggling around in the ports. When you slide in a USB memory stick or a cable, it stays in place. On most USB ports, my stuff wiggles around and occasionally gets disconnected.

This is really annoying with my mouse’s nano receiver. Right in the middle of an FPS, the receiver will disconnect and leave me high and dry.

Now, the nano receiver sits in the hub, and the hub’s USB fits into my laptop’s USB port without the wiggling that other USB devices would have in the same port.

Usefulness

Okay, Cooper, this is great and all, but why would I want this?

Great question, I am glad you asked!

The 1byone USB 3.0 hub is great if you have limited ports and they are all tied down by other gadgets. On my laptop, I have a grand total of three ports.

One port houses my mouse nano receiver. Another holds the receiver for my keyboard.

With this hub, you are suddenly able to utilize more ports despite all of your fancy wireless gizmos!

Another great use is for those laptops that only have one USB 3.0 port. If you want to use more than one device at 3.0 speeds, this is the only way to do it.

The hub will give you four USB 3.0 ports instead of the one allowing you to use more devices at 3.0 speeds instead of 2.0.

Wrap Up

All things considered, the 4-port USB 3.0 hub is worth it.

Currently for less than $13 on Amazon, I don’t see any reason not to grab it!

Even if you don’t have that many lifetime USB port hoggers, you will still get some use out of this port. It comes in handy when you get extra productive and your storage devices won’t even be slowed down thanks to the USB 3.0 standards.

Sure, there are other options on Amazon, for cheaper too. However, those options don’t offer the same sleek appearance or are more pricey.

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14
Jul

Ringplus to offer mobile plan on July 15


Ringplus is offering its Truly Free Plan on July 15, 2015. With this plan, no credit card is needed, there is no contract, and there are no sign-up fees or monthly fees.

The company states that it will become the first wireless carrier in the world to offer such a plan. This will be available only at RingPlus Mobile. It will use Sprint‘s network and Bring Your Own Device Programs. Lastly, the cellular service itself is free, and it does not require VoIP apps.

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