T-Mobile US set to introduce unlimited calling add-on

Good news for T-Mobile US customers today. It hasn’t been long since T-Mobile UK launched its truly unlimited “Full Monty” tariff  and it seems that the US network are set follow its lead. Starting from the 4th of April this year, T-Mobile US customers will be able to add unlimited calls to any US network for a flat charge of $10 on top of their current plan cost. There is no minimum contract required so customers can add and remove the service as appropriate.

The news comes from our friends over at TmoNews where a poster from the forum took the time to scan in the promotional material they received in the post. It’s great to see more flexible, unlimited services being offered through the big networks and hopefully this move will spark a price war which can only be a good thing for the consumer!

Take a look at the image below for full details and be sure to let us know your thoughts on this new offering in the comments below.

source : TmoNews

 

 

 

T-Mobile CMO Doesn’t Like Subsidies, Would Wave His Hand And Wipe Them Out If He Could

We love to pay as little as possible for our Android devices (especially if we’re on a 2-year contract) and will look for any (and every) deal or break we can get. However, while the majority of consumers live off subsidized devices, there are some who believe that mobile carriers who subsidize devices also hurt the mobile industry as a whole. While speaking at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle, Washington, T-Mo Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman believes subsidizing phones is a major problem and if he had it his way, would “wave his hand and wipe out subsidies.”

Brodman gives his reasoning for his thoughts and beliefs on subsidies while also talking about T-Mobile’s strengths. He states subsidies “actually distorts what devices actually cost and it causes OEMs, carriers — everybody to compete on different playing fields.” He also adds “it causes consumers to devalue completely the hardware they are using.” During the same talk at the summit, Brodman took some time to pump up how great T-Mobile is despite not having the iPhone and no plans to sell the device in the near future. He was asked about if T-Mobile can survive without selling the iPhone and here were his thoughts:

“Yes we can. We have fantastic alternate choices. And I think those (Android, Blackberry, Windows) devices — whether it is through the app experiences, through the network experiences or through the devices themselves — do things that rival the iPhone — and in many cases — do them better than the iPhone. So, I absolutely think we can be successful.”

Tell us how you really feel Brodman. What do you all think? Is it time for a subsidy-free future or do you folks prefer having your cheaper phones (while still being locked into multi-year contracts)? Sound off in the Comments section below or in our Forums.

source: GeekWire
via: Engadget

NCAA March Madness Live for Android is officially available, Unfortunately device support is seriously lacking

Last week we watched the iOS version of NCAA March Madness Live release with the promise that the Android version will release in time. We’ve seen a lot promises come and go with zero, and yes, Turner Sports delivered on their promise, but unfortunately it won’t be available to most of the Android world. Let’s start with the good stuff. They’ve gone with the freemium model, which means it’s free for you to download and you will be able to enjoy such features as:

  • Live game radio of all 67 games
  • Live social chatter for teams in every game
  • Fill out your official NCAA Bracket Challenge bracket right from your Android
  • Track the entire bracket live throughout the tournament
  • Get alerts for upsets, overtimes, crunch time (close games), and your favorite teams
  • Post directly to Facebook and Twitter
  • Use My Channels to see where each game is on all four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV
For an in-app purchase price of $3.99 you can enjoy:

SK Telecom Plans For Samsung Galaxy S II Update Starting March 13th

The Phillipines may have missed out on some delicious Sandwich action within the last few days, but that doesn’t mean other Galaxy S II markets will be missing out. We’ve just received word that courtesy of SK Telecom, South Korean GSII devices will be getting the coveted Android 4.0 upgrade starting tomorow, March 13th. According to a tweet that was posted (and immediately deleted shortly after), the GSII will get the updated starting at 10AM local time.

Sure it was thought some GSII phones would have gotten the Android 4.0 update a few days ago, but hey— better late than never as they say. If you own a GSII and are on SK Telecom, do let us know how the update works out for you. Keep it locked with Talk Android for any further news or updates regarding any other markets receiving the ICS update for the GSII.

source: The Verge

Sony Not Tied To Android, Open To Windows Phone If It Becomes Popular

Sony recently completed the buyout of Sony Ericsson and now calls the wholly-owned subsidiary Sony Mobile Communications. With this change comes updated Android devices and lofty gaming plans with their Android Playstation Suite and SDK. Sounds like Sony is all in with the big green robot.

Not so fast. Earlier, we learned that Sony may consider expanding their Vita OS platform to smartphones and tablets in the future. Now, we are hearing from Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager of the Xperia line, that they are open to the possibility of using Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but there are currently no solid plans because “no one really cares about Windows Phone“, at least not at the moment.

Basically, Sony does not want to close the door on any future possibilities and partnerships. This is a smart move since the mobile landscape is in no way solidified. Even though Android and iOS seem to be the two dominant platforms right now, the winds could change any time, and Sony does not want to be left in the dust should that happen.


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A Sneak Peak At Possible Google Glasses Tech

We know that they’re coming and that they may even become available by the year’s end, but we have yet to get a glimpse of them. Not to disappoint you, but that last bit still holds true. However, check this out. It’s the Lumus OE-31 and it just may be the same tech to grace the yet to be unveiled Google Glasses. The OE-31 is an add on image layer touting a 640×360 resolution. Check out these videos to see it in action, and from a first person perspective too!
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Samsung Rugby Smart Review: The Rugged All-Weather Smartphone

We recently got our hands on a review unit of the Samsung Rugby Smart, a smartphone designed for rough conditions. We immediately filmed an unboxing video and initial review but I figured I would spend a little more time with the phone to complete a proper review. While I intend to put it through the ringer, testing its dust/water/shock proof abilities, I will also be reviewing it’s ability to be a worthy daily driver. It seems that lately we have been focusing a lot of attention on high-end devices and the Rugby Smart is a nice departure from that norm. My initial instincts are that this is a device for those who don’t need the best specs and who are looking for an Android phone that won’t break the bank, or is easily broken for that matter. I spent almost a week using the phone and over the next few sections of this review I will break down its performance, durability and usability. The good and the bad..
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Jamie Rosenberg Replaces Eric Chu as Google Play Store Leader

Looks like the Android Market transition to the Google Play Store wasn’t the only change Google was making. Eric Chu, Android team member and overseer of the Android Market for over four years, is exploring other positions within the company.

Replacing him will be Jamie Rosenberg, director of digital content for Android, and the public face of the Google Music launch. Though his title isn’t changing, Rosenberg will get increased oversight for apps and games. Rosenberg hails from Microsoft, and before that from Andy Rubin’s past company Danger, where he served as vice president of premium services.

According to sources, the management of the Android Market had two heads, Eric Chu heading up developer relations and business development, and David Conway in charge of product management. Having two equal leaders overseeing the team led to some confusion as to who was in charge and caused some political issues. Shifting to a single leader in Rosenberg seems like a good move.


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Instagram Founder Says Android App is Coming “Really Soon”

SXSW brought team Android a bit of reassuring news today as one of the Instagram founders said he hopes  “to have it out to people really soon.” While on stage giving a speech, co-founder Kevin Systrom snagged a Galaxy Nexus out of his pocket and wouldn’t you know it, was running a private beta of the illusive Android Instagram app. Not only was we rocking a bitchin’ Android phone, Systrom also claimed that “it’s one of the most amazing Android apps you’ll ever see,” and said, “in some ways, it’s better than our iPhone app.” (woot-woot!) Our pals over at The Verge even report that during a Q&A, Systrom also said that the Android app was super fast, looks great on Android’s large screened devices, and has built in social media sharing that can reach just about every social outlet available. Well I wish they would share that private beta app with me because I am ready to see what all the hype is about. How about you guys? Are you ready for Instagram to hit Google Play? It looks like we may be getting ever so close now.

source: The Verge

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2: Pre-order now in the UK

Those of you who are looking for an affordable device that will easily fit in your pocket should check out the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2. It’s now available for pre-order in the UK from Mobile Fun, for £179.95 (approximately $282 US). That won’t be too hard on your pocketbook.

Here’s a refresher on the specs for the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2:

  • 800 MHz single-core processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of internal storage (microSD slot allows you to upgrade up to 32 GB)
  • 3 MP rear-facing camera
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • 3.27 inch screen

The NFC is a nice touch on an economical phone. The Mini 2 also features ChatON, which is an instant messaging platform. If you’re in the UK and you’d like to get your hands on one of these handsets, check out the link below.

source: Mobile Fun