Smartphone Guide

From the ever-popular iPhone to Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets, LAPTOP reviews the best smartphones of 2014 to help you compare models and determine which smartphone to buy. We also help you make the most of your handset by picking the best smartphone apps and accessories while providing helpful tips.

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Who Offers the Cheapest iPhone 4S?

Over the last week, no-contract carriers Cricket and Virgin Mobile announced upcoming sales of the iPhone. If you can swing the initial expense of purchasing an iPhone for $500 or $650, you may be s...

4G Reality Check: Beware of These Cons and Lies

Anyone in the market for a smartphone these days will likely see the term 4G shoved in their face by the major carriers. "We have the biggest network!" "We have the fastest speeds!" Sometimes the prov...

Verizon Drops $2 Convenience Fee Due to Customer Complaints

Verizon's new $2 convenience fee for paying bills online or by phone was instantly unpopular when it was announced yesterday, and the carrier seems to have received the message. The new fee, which was...

Republic Wireless Offers $19

Bandwidth.com, the VoIP provider for services such as Google Voice, just launched its very own mobile carrier. Dubbed Republic Wireless, the service's biggest selling point thus far is an ultra-low mo...

iPhone 4S Carrier Shootout: AT&T vs. Sprint vs. Verizon

  The AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless versions of the iPhone 4S have all sold out (at least temporarily). And the overwhelming demand is understandable, given the brilliant Siri voice-c...

Wireless Providers To Alert Users About Overage Charges

A cure to the sort-of medical condition known as 'bill shock' - the reaction when a cell phone user realizes ghastly overage charges - is finally here. CTIA, the international wireless association rep...

Hey Irene, Can You Hear Me Now?

As Hurricane Irene gears up to whip along the Eastern Seaboard this weekend, people are already planning evacuation strategies and making other preparations. A huge component of this is communicating ...

FCC Rules That AT&T and Verizon Must Allow Data Roaming

Today the Federal Communications Commission ruled that large carriers such as AT&T and Verizon will have to strike data roaming deals with smaller carriers that are "commercially reasonable." Data...

AT&T / T-Mobile Deal: Winners and Losers

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, AT&T shocked the world by announcing it had agreed to purchase T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. When the deal closes sometime in the ...

Should You Port Your Number to Google Voice?

Ever since Google purchased GrandCentral and rebranded it Google Voice, the VoIP calling service hasquietlybecome one of the company's most innovative and useful communication products. It forwards ...