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Both of Sprint's prepaid arms will soon carry the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5 price: $199.99 on-contract, preorders begin March 21

US carriers begin announcing on- and off-contract pricing for Samsung's next flagship smartphone, available for preorder starting Friday, as well as for Samsung's Gear family of wearables.

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U.S. Cellular may push cheaper data plans this month

A new leak suggests that starting March 13, the carrier will roll out new plans that give offer more data for the same money.

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Smartphones, like other gadgets, can also be drastically discounted or bundled for Black Friday. Indeed, wireless carriers and retail chains often advertise big savings on some of the year's top devices. Here's a quick look at what you might expect from your service providers and major retailers.

Best Black Friday phone deals (pictures)

Sure, Black Friday yields some of the best deals on TVs and other household items, but it's also the perfect time to renew that cell phone contract.

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Battle of the Benjamins: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Droid Mini, HTC One Mini, iPhone 5C

It's a $100 handset showdown -- CNET stacks Samsung's GS4 Mini with Motorola, HTC, and Apple's own mid-range versions of their flagships.

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Cricket's Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 dishes up prepaid value

It isn't the cheapest prepaid smartphone you can buy, but the Admire 2 is a solid performer that pulls in music lovers with unlimited downloads.

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Bigger Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 not at all better

Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3 may look like an overfed Galaxy S4, but its disappointing screen resolution and unwieldy dimensions take this Android phablet a step down.

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Stay safe from splashes with Kyocera Hydro XTRM

U.S. Cellular's Hydro XTRM is waterproof, dustproof, and shock resistant. It also has a 4-inch display, Android 4.1, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

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Dive into the waterproof, shock-resistant Kyocera Hydro XTRM

While hydrophiles will dig the Hydro XTRM's resistance to splashes, the handset's call and camera quality can barely tread water.

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<p>Currently available for $29.99 with a two-year contract, the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/kyocera-hydro-xtrm-u/4505-6452_7-35764859.html">Kyocera Hyro XTRM</a> is a dustproof, waterproof, and shock resistant phone from U.S. Cellular -- so you can take it to the beach shore with some peace of mind.</p>

Splash away with the Kyocera Hydro XTRM (pictures)

In addition to being waterproof, the Hydro XTRM features a dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and 4G LTE.

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Take off with the LG Optimus F7

The stylish LG Optimus F7 from U.S. Cellular is a mid-level handset with a 4.7-inch display, Android Jelly Bean, and an 8-megapixel camera.

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Moto X melds multicore might with Google savvy

With a powerful new processor, an elegant design, and fresh Android software, Motorola's Moto X is a tempting smartphone proposition.

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U.S. Cellular's ZTE Imperial offers up 4G LTE and Android 4.1 on the cheap

With its 5-megapixel camera, dual-core processor, and Android 4.1 OS, the Imperial takes the crown for one of the better mid-tier ZTE handsets we've seen in a while.

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