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Smartphones by Dre? Beats may be manufacturing mobile device

Smartphones by Dre: Beats may be manufacturing mobile device

9/3/2013

If you're like a lot of today's consumers, you're always looking for the next best thing when it comes to technology. We all have our loyalties, but in a time when so many new and exciting mobile devices are hitting the market, it's hard not to keep an eye out for opportunities to enjoy the coolest gadgets.

According to a recent report by mobile and technology news source BGR, it might only be a matter of time before you can buy your very own Beats smartphone. "A trusted source" told the outlet that while Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's company, known best for its popular headphones, is still all about the music, it's looking to expand into the world of handheld electronics.

Interestingly, the speculation comes hot on the heels of an announcement that Beats by Dre would be ending its relationship with mobile device brand HTC, with the Wall Street Journal reporting Beats is looking to buy out HTC's share and introduce a new investor. Meanwhile, BGR pointed out that its source asserted an upcoming Beats phone will be manufactured by HTC, but not feature any of the Asian business' branding.

The news provider stated that the new mobile gadget will run on an Android operating system, and it will come with a customized user interface designed specifically for Beats. The music company is also reportedly working on a variety of other electronics, with some of those efforts meant to enhance the use of its upcoming smartphone. For example, the inside source told BGR that Beats may be developing "a TV with Beats connect" that will allow users to enjoy their devices in a greater number of ways, similar to how Apple has enhanced customers' experiences through Apple TV, AirPlay and iTunes. 

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If you're feeling adventurous or you already enjoy the Beats by Dre brand, the idea of this upcoming gadget might be enough to pique your interest. But if you already have a smartphone, you might not be as eager to shell out money to make the switch just yet. Fortunately, if you have a ProtectCELL plan that includes cell phone buyback, you won't have to worry about the hefty costs that can come with changing to the latest device. ProtectCELL will pay you up to 50 percent of your current phone's full retail value within 12 months of purchase, and up to 25 percent within 12 to 24 months. This way, you'll never have to be behind the curve.

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