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FreedomPop Expands LTE Phones

LOS ANGELES – FreedomPop, the MVNO that offers free and low-cost wireless voice and data service, is expanding its selection of LTE-equipped phones with the launch of three Samsung Android phones at $99, $199, and $349. They join the recently launched LTE-equipped iPhone 5.

Separately, FreedomPop began offering a free Android app that lets users locked into carrier contracts take advantage of Freedom- Pop’s service. These users can save money by downgrading their current carrier’s voice and data plan and using FreedomPop’s voice and text service directly from their existing phone, the company said.

An iPhone app with the same capabilities became available earlier this year.

In addition, the company announced its first “Unlimited Everything” plan, which costs $20/month and provides unlimited talk, text and data. Data consists of 1GB/month of 4G data and unlimited 3G data after the 4G cap is reached.

Quick-Messaging Phones Live On

ATLANTA – The quick-messaging phone isn’t dead.

Pantech Mobile launched the Pantech Vybe with 3.2-inch touchscreen display, slide-out keyboard, and quick camera button at $29 exclusively through AT&T stores and AT&T’s website. The price is with two-year contract.

Vybe is positioned as an affordable option to add to a family plan.

Other key features include three customizable home screens, social media shortcuts, dual-user modes, a “say-a-command” button, Bluetooth, and preloaded AT&T services such as email with att.net, AT&T Drive Mode, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T Address Book.

Boost, Virgin Add Galaxy S5

NEW YORK – Sprint no-contract brands Boost Mobile and Virgin added the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone to their selections.

The brands didn’t offer the phone’s predecessor, the S4.

The 4G LTE phone, which incorporates Sprint Spark enhanced LTE service, is available through both brands’ channels at an unsubsidized $599.

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