T-Mobile nearly doubles the amount of music streaming options on Music Freedom

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T-Mobile announced Music Freedom in June, which allows you to stream from your choice of 8 music apps with no penalty against your data cap. Today, they are nearly doubling that effort by adding AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza.  You already had the ability to stream iHeartRadio, iTunesRadio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk, Slacker and Spotify through the service bringing the total to 13.

It appears one major service is missing and that is Google’s Play Music. If you remember, shortly after the announcement of Music Freedom, T-Mobile asked customers what service they wanted most. Play Music killed it, but for whatever reason, it didn’t make this cut. However, T-Mobile did say they are “on track to add” the service later this year.

Is there anything else that you use that T-Mobile is missing?

source: T-Mobile

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

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The Moto X for Sprint will be receiving a software update in the next few days, which should bring with it some small fixes. The camera received an update which allows for better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash colouring, and improved low light front camera photos all to increase your cameras image quality. The Phone dialer has been updated with a new graphical layout and colors. Motorola Alert can now be downloaded for the device to send updates on your location to select contacts. Along with these more visible differences are a few stability and security fixes to solve minor issues that have been showing their heads recently. For instructions on downloading, follow the link below.

Source: Motorola portal

T-Mobile raising family plan lines maximum from 5 to 10 starting tomorrow

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Doubling your data when adding a tablet isn’t the only announcement T-Mobile has made today. The carrier is introducing some positive changes to its family plan. After seeing that Sprint would be raising its capacity of lines on a family plan, T-Mobile is now going to let ten lines be active on a single account without having to share a data bucket. This starts tomorrow on August 27, allowing existing customers to either add additional lines or intriguing other carriers’ customers enough to start a new account with an abundance of lines.

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Verizon’s VoLTE, HD voice era to start in the ‘coming weeks’

verizon_VoLTE_calling_appIt looks like Verizon is ready to flip the switch on its VoLTE (voice over LTE) and HD voice services. According to Big Red, the initial rollout will take place in “the coming weeks.”

The good news is that it will be nationwide instead of only a few select areas like their competitors. However, it will be limited to select devices and customers will have to opt-in to use the service. VoLTE will work wherever this is LTE-data coverage.


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T-Mobile to double your data when you add a tablet

T-Mobile_Double_Data_Tablet_Plan_ComparisonAnother day, another T-Mobile deal. Starting September 3, you will be able to add a tablet (any tablet) to a postpaid Simple Choice phone plan for only $10 per month, and T-Mobile will match your LTE data plan (up to 5 GB per month) specifically for the tablet. So if you happen to have a 5 GB plan for your phone, you will also get an additional 5 GB for your tablet. It doesn’t matter which plan, whether it be a 1 GB plan, 3 GB plan or whatever else, you will get that same matching data reserved for your tablet. This is on top of the 200 MB that you already get for free, not that it’s a big deal.

Does this offer make you want to switch to T-Mobile? Full presser after the break.


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T-Mobile ups the ante with four times more data for Simple Starter plans

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T-Mobile has announced another move in their Un-carrier strategy, this time to expand the amount of data available to customers on an entry level Simple Starter plan. A Simple Starter plan comes with unlimited talk and text and 500 MB of LTE data for $40 per month. For only $5 more per month, customers can quadruple available data to 2 GB per month. This new deal will be available starting September 3rd, still with no service contract required.
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Alleged Motorola DROID Turbo (XT1254) specifications show eye-opening 640 ppi display

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The latest trend for mobile devices at the end of 2014 seems to be incredible displays. After all, it is the one part of a device that is always being used. Now it seems that Motorola and Verizon will have an upcoming device that will please even the most demanding viewer. A CPU-Z identification test reveals that a Motorola device with the model number XT1254, and codenamed Quark, will have a 4.59-inch display with 2560×1440 resolution. This means that it has a whopping 640 pixels per inch.


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Sprint’s new Unlimited plan is a strong response to T-Mobile

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Sprint has just launched a new plan for single line users to get a precious unlimited data package. $60 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data for a month, which is a full $20 cheaper a month than T-Mobile. AT&T and Verizon will give you 1 GB for $80/ mo, so they are hardly comparable to this new version of Sprint we’ve been seeing lately. In order to be eligible for this discount, however, you must have a device that’s compatible with the network, purchase one at full price prior to starting the plan, or use Sprint’s monthly payment and upgrade plan.


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Verizon isn’t actually planning its own app store

Verizon_Wireless_Logo_01_TAJust yesterday we heard rumors that Verizon was planning on launching a new app store for Android devices with the help of other wireless carriers and manufacturers. This wasn’t actually the first time that Verizon tried to make its own app store work (remember Vcast Apps, anyone?), but their last attempt was unsuccessful, to say the least. Despite that rumor, it looks like Verizon can see the writing on the wall, and they’re claiming they have no intention of creating any more app stores.

A Verizon spokesperson said they don’t want to bother creating another app store, saying the carrier has “been there, done that.” It’s very clear that consumers don’t want or need a carrier app store, so good on Verizon if they’re being truthful about this.
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