See the top phones added and removed by US carriers in the last month

The latest monthly carrier report from Wave7 Search covering May shows that a game of musical chairs was played during the month. Take the nation’s largest wireless service provider, Verizon. Once known as Big Red, Verizon discontinued the OG Motorola RAZR and Motorola GS20 in May. The former took the iconic flip design of the original feature phone that sold 130 million units in four years and turned it into a foldable smartphone.
While smartphone enthusiasts have long been calling on the manufacturer to develop such a version of the RAZR, Motorola had to wait until the technology was available to make a smartphone version of the pinball machine. Along with the third generation of the RAZR, it is rumored to feature a new chin and a more powerful chipset (the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). It will also do away with the large bezels of the predecessor and have a longer lasting battery.

Verizon has added the Moto G Stylus 5G to its lineup

In May, Verizon has added the Moto G Stylus 5G to its lineup. Of course, adding a stylus and 5G capability to a mid-range handset gets a carrier’s customer base excited, affordable pricing also helps. The Moto G Stylus 5G is priced at $11.11 per month for 36 months while the retail price weighs in at $399.99. For that price, you get a 6.8-inch LCD display that refreshes 120 times per second (120Hz) and sports an FHD+ resolution.

The stylus allows users to write notes, sketch diagrams, annotate files, etc. The battery lasts for up to two days without needing to be charged, and the rear camera system includes a 50MP camera sensor with optical image stability (OIS).

AT&T discontinued some devices in May, including the latest new LG phone launched by a major US carrier, the LG Velvet. In April 2021, the company announced that it was exiting the mobile phone industry after several years of thinking outside the box with handsets like the LG Wing. The device has a rotating 6.8-inch display that flips out to reveal a smaller 3.9-inch secondary display. It’s cool enough to catch the eye of those wondering what’s in your hand, but heavy enough to pass up like many consumers eventually did.

ХSome mid-range Samsung Galaxy A models

AT&T also discontinued the iPhone in May. OK, don’t go crazy. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max 2020 units are the iOS devices that AT&T has removed from its offerings. With the difference between the 2020 and 2021 iPhone models at around $100, it’s worth spending the extra dough to get the longest battery life available on current models.

Lately, AT&T also waved goodbye to one of Samsung’s midrange Galaxy A series; in this case, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G has been removed from the list of available smartphones from the wireless firm.
T-Mobile had a busy May dropping the Moto G Stylus 5G, Moto 5G, and TCL Stylus 5G. The Galaxy A12, Galaxy A32 5G, and Galaxy A52 5G were also sent to T-Mobile. The OnePlus 8T and Pixel 4a are now gone from the second largest carrier in the country. T-Mobile has also reduced the price of the Galaxy A71 5G by 20% ($100 to $400). And while T-Mobile didn’t drop the 512GB iPhone 12 Pro Max outright like Verizon and AT&T did, it did cut the price of this model by 20% (or $200) to $799.99.
The percentage of major US carrier postpaid customers upgrading to a new phone declined in Q1 2022, with Verizon seeing those upgrades drop from 5.7% to 4.5%. At AT&T, 4% of postpaid customers upgraded their phone in Q1 2022, compared to 5.3% of postpaid customers who upgraded their phone in Q4 2021. And at T-Mobile, 4 .8% of postpaid customers upgraded their phone in Q1 2022, which was down from 5.8% in Q4 2021.

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