A new phone is only as good as how easy it is to buy.

In the year since the original Moto Z launched, Motorola made big improvements to its launch strategy. Not only is the Moto Z2 Force Edition coming to all major U.S. carriers, it’s available for pre-order right away after the announcement with deliveries just two weeks away on August 10. Here’s where, when and for how much you can buy the Moto Z2 Force.

U.S. carriers

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Verizon has the best pricing at launch, with a total retail price of $756 but also a really great deal if you choose to finance the phone. Customers with unlimited data plans can get the Z2 Force for just $15 per month, or $360 in total, assuming they finance over the course of two years. The free Projector Mod you’ve been hearing about still applies.

You can pick from black or gold at Verizon.

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AT&T has quoted a price of $27 per month for the Moto Z2 Force … but on its 30-month installment plan, which adds up to a hefty $810 in total.

Pre-orders have kicked off, with in-store availability on August 11. As is the case most other places you buy it, if you buy the Z2 Force from AT&T the carrier will offer a free Insta-Share Projector Mod (a $299 value) — the offer stands until October 6.

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T-Mobile has set its price at $30 down and $30 per month for 24 months, or a total of $750 outright. Those with JUMP plans will pay $0 down and $34 a month for 18 months. T-Mobile has an exclusive grey color of the Z2 Force

On top of the free Insta-Share Projector Mod, T-Mobile is also running a limited time buy-one, get-one deal where you’ll receive a $750 prepaid card after buying two Moto Z2 Forces.

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Sprint’s pricing breaks down to $792, with options for financing or an 18-month lease at $33 per month. You can get it in black or gold, and get in on that free Projector Mod as well.

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Motorola is selling the Moto Z2 Force directly from its website at $799, or $33.33 per month for two years. Motorola’s listing currently only offers the Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular models, but should also have an unlocked model available soon.

See at Motorola

Best Buy

As is typical, Best Buy is offering carrier versions of the Z2 Force but with some pricing incentives. It’s worth checking out Best Buy’s deals to see if they can undercut going directly to the carrier of your choice.

See at Best Buy


Motorola’s official line on international availability of the Moto Z2 Force is that it will start hitting more countries “later this summer,” though no time table is offered. This is typically because each country (or even specific retailers) is likely to announce its own date independently. You can count on availability in select countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and Motorola specifically names Mexico and Brazil as launch countries as well.

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The Honor 6X was a pretty great phone at $250. Now it’s an essential buy at under $200.

The Honor 6X had a rough start to its life, mainly because it was running an older version of Android that had a few problems. But that was quickly corrected with an update to Android 7.0 and EMUI 5.0 back in May, and since then things have been smooth sailing for the mid-range value handset — even at its former price of $250.

Now, the Honor 6X is receiving a permanent prince drop to $200 — well, $199.99, since every penny counts — make it even more affordable and accessible to the average buyer looking for an unlocked phone.

There aren’t a lot of really compelling devices at that price range in the unlocked space — really, only the Moto G5 Plus comes to mind, and it starts at $229.99 for a model that isn’t as well-equipped as the Honor 6X. Here’s what Florence Ion said about the phone in her review back in January:

I like the look of and feel of this thing. Whereas most smartphones under $300 feel like bottom-of-the-barrel clearance bin finds, the Honor 6X’s solid construction tricks you into thinking you actually paid more for it.

She also said that the camera was above average for the price, and that the phone’s battery life was fantastic — which you’d expect given its 3340mAh size. The 5.5-inch display is big and bright, and there’s plenty of power in the Kirin 655 chip along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

As for the software, now that it’s running Android 7.0, we’re a lot happier with the phone. EMUI 5.0 on the Honor 6X is the same as on the now-$499.99 Huawei Mate 9 (which is receiving a permanent $100 price drop of its own), and while it’s not perfect, it’s so much better than it used to be.

At $199.99, there isn’t a whole lot out there that comes close to competing with the Honor 6X from a price-to-performance standpoint. It’s available at Amazon, Best Buy and other online retailers.

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The HTC U11 is the best smartphone we’ve seen from the company in years. HTC released a 64GB and 128GB version of the phone, but the latter has only been available in a handful of select markets. But that’s about … Read More

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on a pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones.

If you’ve looked at buying inexpensive Bluetooth headphones before, you have probably seen Mpow come up in your results. The company has been making super-affordable Bluetooth headphones for a few years now, and people love them. Right now you can pick up a pair of over ear headphones for just $19.99 with coupon code AWTNX83J at Amazon.

This is a savings of $5 on the Bluetooth headphones that also come with a wire for when the battery runs out and you don’t want to stop listening to the music.

  • Tune Out the World — Dual 40mm large-aperture driver units and CSR chip provide faster transmission speed, lower latency, and better audio output. To have better Hi-Fi stereo music experience, please try diverse music genres and volume in sound test and make sure the ear cushions seal around your ears.
  • Built to Stay Comfort — Padding with soft memory foam, the supple ear pads are wrapped by protein leather which simulates human skin texture. This lightweight headphone (only 6.56oz) also reduces pressure on your head and ears. The retractable headband can help you find the most comfortable wearing way.
  • More than “8-hr Battery Life”, Bluetooth & Optional Wired Connection — Pair fast and stay stable with your Bluetooth enabled device. The battery provides up to 8 hrs music playing time in 2-3 hrs full charge. Besides, Mpow Thor also has a backup audio port, you can use the provided audio cable to connect to your phones without worrying about running out of battery.
  • Built-in Mic and Hands-Free Call — No need to worry about missing a call when you are away from the phone, you can answer or hang up your calls more freely via the buttons on the headphone(Bluetooth connection distance 33ft). BUT Please Note that the built-in microphone only works in the Bluetooth mode.
  • Collapsible and Portable Design — These collapsible headphones can be folded down to a compact travel size if you need to put it in your bag. A headset bag is also provided.

If you think you’re ready to take the plunge with a pair of Bluetooth headphones, this is a great way to try them for yourself. Be sure to grab a pair now, before the discount is gone.

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The HTC U11 is getting a new model, and it’s even better than before.

HTC’s U11 flagship is one of the year’s best phones so far, and the company is doing everything it can to get it into as many peoples’ hands as possible. Starting today, July 25, you can order a 128GB version of the phone in the U.S. for $729, a $70 premium over the 64GB model that’s been available since May.

Available from HTC.com as an unlocked model exclusively in “Amazing Silver”, the 128GB model also comes with 6GB of RAM, which matches the model sold in China. With the extra memory and storage, the HTC U11 looks pretty future-proofed, a device that people will feel comfortable holding on to for a couple of years at least. It’s also pretty great value against something like the Galaxy S8, which is sold unlocked $725 with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM (though it’s on sale right now).

If you’re looking for something a little less pricey, HTC is discounting some older devices until August 7. The HTC U Ultra is down to $499 (a $250 discount); the HTC 10 is down to $399 (a $300 discount); and the UA Healthbox is down to $220 (a $180 discount). Not bad, especially on the HTC 10, which has aged really well.

Recently, the HTC U11 received Alexa support to shore up its existing smart assistant features.

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Nobody wants to deal with spam or scam calls.

T-Mobile’s patent-pending scam detection tech, dubbed Scam ID and Scam Block, is making its way downmarket to its prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS. Unveiled earlier this year, Scam ID is something T-Mobile has been working on in conjunction with the FCC to hopefully curb scam calls on its network — that is, illegitimate unsolicited calls coming in hoping to take advantage of those who could be tricked by certain social engineering attacks.

Though only a small percentage of these scam calls are successful in the end, the best way to fix this issue is to stop them from connecting to T-Mobile (and now MetroPCS) customers at all. T-Mobile says it has already blocked nearly 250 million scam calls in just the few months since launching the tech on its network. Doing so isn’t particularly easy, as these scammers often use phone numbers just once before moving on to avoid detection, and change their tactics regularly.



Best of all, MetroPCS customers won’t have to pay extra or configure anything — starting July 25, Scam ID will be automatically turned on at the network level for all customers. If for whatever reason you’d like to turn off the feature, you can dial #OFB# (#632#) to turn it off, or #STS# (#787#) to check its status, on your MetroPCS phone.

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on the unlocked Moto G4 Plus!

Is your current phone aging poorly but you don’t have a ton of cash to drop on a new one? If so, you’ll want to check out B&H’s Deal Zone today for a sweet offer on the 4th-gen Moto G4 Plus, dropping the price to just $199.99 This is a $100 savings on the unlocked phone and brings it to its lowest price yet.

Featuring a 5.5-inch display, the Moto G4 Plus also offers 64GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, a 16MP rear-facing camera and much more. It is also water repellent so it can withstand minor splashes and spills without any issue. This price is only good for the black version of the phone, and the white one is $30 more.

This deal is only good for today, July 24, so you won’t want to wait too long to get your order in. Remember, B&H Photo doesn’t charge sales tax at the time of purchase on orders shipping outside of NJ or NY, and you’ll also get free standard shipping.

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Leaked photos and answers from a person holding the unreleased phone tell us most of what we wanted to know.

If you wondering about the details surrounding the coming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, buckle in because here’s most everything you could want to know about it. A user in the AC Forums has an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and posted some photos and answered some questions, only to go back and delete much of the information. (Android Police was able to snag most of the photos beforehand).

Once something is posted to the internet, you can never erase it. Here’s a gallery of Galaxy S8 Active photos and a excerpt from a Q&A series of posts:

  • How did you get the S8 Active? I’m guessing it’s for AT&T only?

    • Connection with Samsung. Poster goes on to confirm his unit is SIM-locked to AT&T
  • Does it scratch easily? Does screen have plastic layer on top?
    • No it doesn’t scratch easily. No plastic layer.
  • Is the active button still there or is it replaced with Bixby? Is the Active/Bixby button customizable for shortcuts?
    • only bixby button. 6 no customization
  • What are the materials made of? (Metal bezels, rubberized plastic back?)
    • Metal frame, bumpers feel like metal polymer mkx that’s screwed into the sides. Middle of back feels like last year’s.
  • How thick is it compared to regular S8?
    • it’s about 1.5x thick at the normal s8.
  • How slim are the bezels?
    • The bezels aren’t thin at all. I’ll post a pic.
  • Is the display 100% flat, meaning easier to install screen protector? (None of that 2.5d glass curve?)
    • Yes screen is completely flat.
  • Price?
    • No answer given.
  • Any underwater camera features?
    • No underwater mode that I can see, it’s the exact same camera software as on my s8+.

The full thread available in the AC Forums

The poster continues for a few more posts and tells us that the phone has a 4,000mAh battery and all the buttons and various ports and holes in the case are in an identical spot to the Galaxy S8+. Unfortunately(?) the lack of physical/capacitive front buttons rumored earlier has is confirmed by these photos.

We knew the Galaxy S8 Active was coming eventually, and the phone in this leak holds no surprises. Expect a phone with identical specs to the Galaxy S8, with a flat screen and a more rugged case. Which, frankly, sounds perfect.

Update: A series of screen captures of a now-deleted video are available at imgur.com. We’ve saved them in case they get lost and you can find them below.

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With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 8‘s launch date, we break down all of the latest rumors and what we think Samsung needs to do to knock it out of the park. Looking back at three months with the Galaxy S8 gives us some perspective as well. We also have some quick takes on Google Play Protect, Android O’s Bluetooth improvements and YouTube’s strong-handed new filtering of some search results.

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Recording and sharing your Gear VR gameplay is easier than you think.

So you’ve got your Gear VR, and you’ve been enjoying the games and apps you can access on it. The time has come to get your friends excited about VR, and share these awesome experiences. You might not know how to record your Gear VR gameplay so that you can share it online or with friends directly.

Well, we’ve got good news for you. There is a super easy way to record your gameplay and it’s baked right into the Gear VR. Unlike recording gameplay on Google Cardboard you won’t need to download any apps or use anything other than your Gear VR.

Read more at VRHeads

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