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Kyocera Contact (Virgin Mobile)

Though the Kyocera Contact is inexpensive and easy to use, there are better, more reliable prepaid phones on this network and others.

July 31, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 31, 2014

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Interesting phones you can't buy from a US carrier (pictures)

With surprising designs, unique OS, and luxe materials, these are the smartphones you can't buy at your local carrier store.

14 Images By March 19, 2014

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Why Sprint can't hit the gas on cheaper plans...yet

CNET News talks to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse on why he has to be deliberate about any potential pricing moves.

By July 30, 2014

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Nokia XL

Despite having the best specs of Nokia's Android phones, the XL's poor performance and confusing OS denies users Android's full potential and a true Windows Phone experience.

June 30, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 30, 2014

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Samsung to jury: You can't copy iPhone features that aren't in the iPhone

Samsung argues it didn't copy Apple's patents because Google created the tech first -- says it doesn't "owe Apple a nickel," let alone the $2.2 billion in damages Apple is seeking.

By April 29, 2014

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Mark Hamill 'can't believe it's happening' as he returns to 'Star Wars'

Luke Skywalker himself says his return to "Star Wars" is an "unexpected gift," and promises it'll take more than a broken ankle to stop Harrison Ford.

By July 25, 2014

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Why you can't take your unlocked iPhone 4S to another U.S. carrier

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains how wireless operators have manipulated the market to ensure you can't take your iPhone 4S to any other U.S. carrier you want.

By August 17, 2012

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US farmer drops iPhone in grain bin, gets it back from Japan

An intrepid iPhone went on an accidental journey across the sea after getting sucked into a grain elevator, but a happy ending was in order.

By July 9, 2014

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Before you buy an iPhone from Virgin Mobile, read this

Commentary: The hardware is fine, and so is the service. But if your iPhone ever needs replacing, watch out.

By May 19, 2014

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Where were you when the iPhone launched?

The iPhone has come a long way since it debuted on June 29, 2007. CNET looks at how it changed the face of mobile devices -- and talks with some of the people who still (mostly) love it.

By June 29, 2014