With T-Mobile officially launching their 4G LTE network in seven cities throughout the U.S., their customers may be wondering exactly how to access the new bandwidth. Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note II devices can do so thanks to an update that T-Mobile just pushed out to the devices. Another group that may be able to do so are owners of the LG Nexus 4 if they have done some work. Achieving this feat with a T-Mobile Nexus 4 requires rooting and installing a custom ROM, then flashing the radio back to the previous .33 version. » Read the rest
If you’re a Three customer in the UK, you’ll be pleased to know that Three‘s CEO Dave Dyson is excited about his company’s 4G LTE rollout, and vaguely discussed it during a quarterly earnings call yesterday. Unfortunately, he’s in “no rush for LTE,” and by that he means you shouldn’t actually expect it until later this year. Like, Q4 of this year. We know waiting is really, really hard to do, but hey, this is going to make a great Christmas present from your cellular provider.
He did also say that Three has no plans to charge their customers extra for LTE, so that’s another plus. According to Dyson, Three wants to see how competing companies set up their 4G before making any huge moves into the LTE space, so that’s a pretty sound decision. Better to do something right and take a bit longer the first time instead of rushing through it and putting out a bad product.
source: Mobile News
Verizon is at this year’s Gaming Developers Conference in San Francisco, and announced the Playphone Games Portal which will hit Verizon devices in the second quarter. Powered by social gaming network Playphone, it’ll compete directly with the Google Play Store and allow Verizon to generate more revenue. What makes the Playphone Games Portal different from Google Play is the ability to interact with friends and purchases. A “friends” page within the application will allow you to see all your friends’ game activity and you can easily challenge them to a game, or invite them to games that you play. » Read the rest
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Hot off the heels of its newly-announced 4G LTE network, T-Mobile has finally given up the deets on the pricing and availability of its upcoming higher profile devices. It has announced it will launch the Galaxy S 4 on May 1st, while the One smartphone will launch at some point in April. Additionally, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier will offer each flagship device for the incredible price of only $99 on a 24-month contract. The best news is that T-Mobile has highlighted the 24-month contract for customers can be canceled at any point within the contract, so long as the device is fully paid for.
So now that the juicy details have finally been given up, you T-Mo customers can feel free to make the appropriate plans to grab one of the two awesome devices now.
In a long-overdue announcement, T-Mo has officially unveiled its full-fledged 4G LTE network. Among the first customers to enjoy the speedy gains are those living in the following metro areas:
- Kansas City
- Las Vegas
- San Jose
Don’t think T-Mobile is stopping there either. Complimenting the newly announced network is the announcement of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones having full LTE support, while the Galaxy Note II is also slated to have support as well (but you knew that already). T-Mobile also pledges that it will expand its LTE reach later this year and well into next year… but again, you knew that already too.
The T-Mobile UNcarrier plans that were outed last week and over the weekend are now live, although it won’t be formerly announced until tomorrow. It appears they are calling it Simple Choice, and it gives consumers the choice of buying a phone at full retail and paying a lower monthly rate for service. Full retail generally costs $500 to $700, but T-Mobile will let you make a down payment of around $99 and pay off the remaining portion as part of a monthly payment of between $15 and $25. Isn’t this a reverse way of subsidizing a phone?
The best bang for the buck appears to be the unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of data for $50 per month. This one will be for those that aren’t data hungry as you will get throttled after 500MB, but tethering is included as well. If you need more data, you can just buy it in increments of 2GB (up to 12GB) for $10 extra per month. Things get a little complicated with the unlimited no throttling plan in that you can get unlimited talk, text, and data (no throttling) for $70. Sounds like a deal, but only 500MB of tethering data is included. If you need more data for tethering, you can buy the same 2GB increments for $10 per month.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier Value Plans that are are likely to be unveiled on the 26th, you’re in for a treat, as we’ve got a few more details about how the plans are going to work. Like with the other leaked info we’ve seen, unlimited talking and texting is the centerpiece of these plans, with different amounts of data being the part that you’re charged more for. The base plan starts at $60 with free 500 MB of data, or you can go up to 12 GB for $130 per month, tethering included. For $90 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, and data, but no tethering. The tethering plans can be added on individually to the unlimited plan in 500 MB, 2.5 GB, or 4.5 GB bundles. » Read the rest
T-Mobile is just days away from their March 26 event in New York and aside from hearing more about their UNcarrier plans, there may also be talk about 4G LTE hitting more cities. Thanks to OpenSignal, it appears that T-Mobile has been testing LTE in nine different cities which are Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, Kansas City, and San Jose/Bay Area. In early testing, speeds have been very solid with 25Mbps down and 8Mbps up. Unfortunately, unless you have the Galaxy Note II, S 4 (lucky you), S III, or the S II HD LTE, you won’t experience LTE speeds until T-Mobile makes the networks live for everyone.
Verizon has been on fire with their updates lately. We’ve seen the Droid 4 and the Galaxy Nexus receive updates just this week, and the Droid RAZR HD looks to be joining that group. It’s not a major update like the other two phones, but hey, any kind of update is better than no update at all.
This update build 9.16.6 features a security fix, camera improvements, WiFi connectivity improvements, and a handful of other handy enhancements. Both the Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will be getting this update as soon as Verizon starts to roll it out OTA in the next week or two. Let us know in the comments if you get your hands on the update.
Huawei and MetroPCS announced today the addition of the Huawei Premia 4G to MetroPCS’s portfolio of 4G LTE devices. The Premia 4G is a 4-inch device equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5 MP camera. The device will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. MetroPCS will include their joyn by MetroPCS app on the devices to give customers the ability to make video calls or take advantage of WiFi calling.
MetroPCS is making the Premia 4G available for $149 with no contract. Check out more images and the full press release after the break. » Read the rest