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Yesterday, 10:44 AM

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You know how your home page (for the full desktop site) has the news feed down the middle and the list of new devices down the right side? Well, I am just seeing the first 2 or 3 news articles down the middle and then the content seemingly truncated by the list of new devices, which goes right down the middle instead over on the right where it normally is. There is only white space on the right. Your page wasn't doing this when I first arrived, but it seems the list of new devices is now overwriting the content in the middle of the page. Did you guys just change something?
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Rich Brome

Oct 5, 2015, 11:59 AM

New login and registration system, plus other site updates

We've updated our login and registration system.

The big change is with new user registration. Most of you reading this probably already have an account, but if not, it's now much easier and faster to register. We've also greatly streamlined the process of registering while trying to post a new comment/message or user review.

Logging in to an existing account should be roughly the same, it just looks a bit different.

We're eager to hear any feedback you may have on these changes. If you have trouble registering, you can let us know here and we'll look into it right away: »

We've also made progress updating the site (desktop and mobile) to look better on high-DPI (Retina-c...
Rich Brome

Jul 26, 2015, 1:29 PM

New forum design!

As you no doubt noticed, we just launched a major overhaul of our forum & comment system. We're eager to hear your feedback on it.

We had several goals. The first was simply to streamline the flow, making it faster & easier to navigate and post. The old system required a new page load for each message, which was... well, obnoxious. Each thread still lives on its own page, for some specific reasons, but we've managed to cut down on new page loads dramatically, speeding up the experience quite a bit.

Our other goal was to preserve the advantages and uniqueness of our old system, which is a clear, hierarchical thread structure that makes it easy to see who's replying to what. Other systems that show everything at once, on one page, don't...
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Danny G

Aug 8, 2015, 2:52 PM

Problem with searching

I wanted to find all smartphones that have an external Antenna jack.

In the Phone finder section I clicked Android, Ios and windows under smartphone/os, then chose 'external antenna jack', but all I get is the Motorola droid. I know that not complete because these Windows Mobil phones have an external jack:

Cingular & HTC

APACHE, PPC-6700, XV-6700
XV6800, PPC6800, P4000, Mogu
HTC (tytn OR HERMES OR p4500 OR 8525)
Cingular & HTC Phone 2100, 2125 (Faraday)
Cingular & HTC Phone 8100,8125 (MDA, K-JAM)
8525, TyTN, JasJam, Hermes
S620 (Dash, Excalibur)
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Aug 12, 2015, 9:57 PM

Upcoming prepaid phones

As someone who is in the market for a new prepaid device, specifically metro pcs, it's hard to make a decision on a new phone when there's the potential for a new device to come out shortly after your purchase. Does anyone know of a way to know what devices might be coming out soon so I can know if the device in considering purchasing would be a good idea or if it would be a better idea to wait for something coming soon?

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Aug 12, 2015, 9:53 PM

Please review more prepaid phones

I have metro pcs and I've been looking for a new phone for about a month and a half. I always have turned to phonescoop for valuable information and opinions to help me reach a better educated decision on my phone purchases when I had a post paid phone, but now that I have metro pcs, I have noticed it appears the only prepaid phones you have reviewed lately are for boost. If I'm not mistaken, you've only reviewed two metro pcs phones this year. With prepaid having a virtual revolving door of phones two phones in almost right months wouldn't seem to be enough. I mean last I knew, the majority of the country uses prepaid services and devices and not reviewing enough of these phones might turn people away. Can you please review some more prepai...
Rich Brome

Jul 22, 2015, 1:40 PM

New review format

We've tweaked our review format a bit, and we'd love to hear your feedback on it. We're starting with the Volt 2 review: »

We've tightened our focus to just the things that truly set smartphones apart from each other. We've also reduced the number of default pages. Please check it out and let us know what you think.
Rich Brome

May 7, 2015, 1:05 PM

New options to search by frequency band in Phone Finder

We've just launched new options in the Phone Finder to search for specific network frequency band support. You can now search for phones that support T-Mobile's new band 12 for example, and AT&T's forthcoming band 29, plus common band combinations for major US networks, and for global roaming.

You'll see these in the Phone Finder if you choose "Show all options".

Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Specifically, are the band combo options available good ones? We've chosen eight band combinations that make sense to us, but we're keen to hear what options you might add or change. We don't want to overwhelm people with too many, so if you would add one, which existing one would you remove to make room?
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Dec 3, 2014, 7:27 PM

Hey Rich

Don't bother responding to my numerous moderation requests. There isn't any need. I won't be visiting your site any longer. You have obviously befriended trolls who propagate nonsense and bs and you help them by deleting dissenting opinion. You have an obvious bias to people who share your opinions and you nitpick opposition to death. Congratulations. You win the internet. Did you get your trophy?
You can claim ignorance of my claims but google analytics don't lie... You website is a shell of its former glory. You used to have tens of thousands of forum posts. Now you are lucky to get 100 in a week.
I hope you didn't burn any bridges in your former jobs because those advertising dollars won't be coming in if your site continues falter.
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Nov 24, 2014, 10:15 PM

Hey Rich Brome. Quit Trolling me.

Seriously. It's annoying. If your intention is to troll all my posts and nitpick each and every one, go ahead and just ban me. I won't be bullied by you. I couldn't care less why you decided to become obsessed with me, but seriously, knock it off.
Really? What's the point? You trying to prove you can bully me? You can't. You can ban me. You can nitpick. You can delete all my posts that you disagree with. You can censor dissenting opinions that contradict your own. You can do all that.
Unfortunately, you cannot be morally upstanding and do so. You cannot maintain the illusion of fairness with that behavior.
You may have the ability to decide what is on your forum, but you don't decide what is right and fair. You don't decide the truth. M...
6 replies

Feb 27, 2015, 6:07 AM


Outside of communist China, the word "dingleberry" is not now nor has it ever been a censorable word. Please do your best to promote a free exchange of ideas outside of your own preconceived notion of morality. If my kid's kindergarten teacher doesn't censor the word, you probably shouldn't either.
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Rich Brome

May 1, 2015, 2:36 PM

New way of displaying network frequency bands

We've made a change to the primary way we display modes/bands in our phone specs. For LTE and WCDMA technology, we'll now display the international band number, instead of the frequency approximation in MHz.

For example, you'll now see mode lists like:

LTE 2/4/5/17

...instead of:

LTE 700/850/1700/1900.

We've made this change for two reasons. First, as the number of distinct bands has exploded over recent years, it's been difficult to identify them all accurately using the old MHz designators. This is compounded by so many of them being so close together. For example, "LTE 700" could mean band 12, band 17, band 13, band 29, or even band 28. Using the band numbers is much clearer.

Second, it's the way the in...

Apr 1, 2015, 12:42 PM

april fools

wtf? I always look forward to coming to this site to see what y'all come up with for April 1st. Nothing this year makes me sad.
1 replies

Sep 23, 2014, 10:16 PM

How would one...

How would one get a hold of Rich for an exclusive interview via the YouTube via Reddit via #AMA about this site?
1 replies

Jan 22, 2015, 11:37 PM

phone storage

Crying or Very sad can anybody tell me what apps I don't need to clear storage space for other apps I want?
4 replies

Nov 24, 2014, 5:44 PM

Mr Brome

Why exactly is it that you seem to pick and choose who is allowed to insult who on your website? I received two emails stating my comments were deleted because they amounted to "personal attacks".
1st, I dispute the term personal attack. Referring to someone who is lying or defrauding people as a liar or a fraud is not a personal attack any more than saying the sun is yellow is a personal attack.
Referring to someone who is trolling and using inflammatory language as a troll is not a personal attack. It is describing behavior.

If you want to continue to choose sides and allow one party to insult another but not allow it for others, that is your "right" as the site owner, but it doesn't make you "right" to do so. If you want to censor pe...
6 replies

Dec 30, 2014, 8:08 AM


I have been awakened from my slumber...

Blame the world.

Btw... thanks for the phone I won in the contest lol

Captainplooky Twisted Evil
Doom Wolf

Feb 21, 2014, 4:58 PM

Personal Messages

How about making us available to respond personal messages from PS instead of having to sign in into our email accounts?
3 replies

Nov 28, 2014, 7:25 AM

Forum Consolidation

Dear Phonescoop Moderators,

Perhaps it's time to consolidate the forums into fewer but larger. In times past, it wouldn't have made sense to do so because of the amount of traffic -- I don't think that is the case any longer.

If it were me changing it, I would have Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tracfone, and US Cellular forums with all of the pre-paids below their parent companies. In addition, I'd add Ting, Smart Talk, and the other new upstarts.

I think a mild makeover such as that would spark new interest in this site.

Nov 8, 2014, 2:24 PM

Sparq 2 phone

Calls 911 when locked need to be pull off market not ok as you lock phone put in pocket it hits 9 in pocket its supposed to be locked and still calls 911
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