Sorry T-Mobile Users, Free Tethering Ending with ICS Update

Yesterday we told you how tomorrow will come with a sweet update for your Sensation 4G device and that the Amaze 4G device would be seeing its update “in the coming weeks.” While this is exciting in itself the secondary news following it isn’t so much. Those of you that have been using T-Mobile‘s free tethering on your devices will no longer be able to do so after you update. This suggests that a $14.95 a month tethering plan will be mandatory should you wish to have the ICS update and the hotspot tethering options.

This was made clear in the Sensation upgrade support document and said the following:

 “HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update.”

The difference between the Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G documents is that that quote is missing out of the Amaze 4G documentation. Although users have reported that T-Mobile is blocking the WiFi tethering feature on that very device. The confusion arrived in the fact that although T-Mobile has always charged $14.95 per month officially for a tethering option some users have been able to use this service freely. A T-Mobile representative had this to say:

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Get ICS for the T-Mobile Sensation 4G on May 16th, ICS for the Amaze 4G “In the Coming Weeks”

Back on May 2nd, we told you about the fact that Android 4.0 testing for the Sensation 4G was complete and that the update would be coming “very soon.” Well it appears that this is actually the case as updated documents on T-Mobile‘s web site show that it should be arriving no later than May 16th. The document had this to say:

“Beginning May 16, an optional update will be available for the Sensation 4G to update to the latest operating system, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). You can choose to download the update to Android 4.0.3 by following the software update steps.”

While it does say optional, you’d have to be out of your mind to not want Google’s newest flavor of Android. Besides Android 4.0.3 and Sense 3.6 you can look forward to the following:

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HTC Amaze 4G, Sensation 4G, LG DoublePlay, myTouch And myTouch Q Reportedly Nearing End Of Life

Another day, another set of phones approaching the dreaded End-of-Life status. Tmo News reports several of T-Mobile‘s popular phones are nearing their EOL including the HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Amaze 4G, LG DoublePlay, LG MyTouch Q and the LG MyTouch. While it is not too surprising to see the LG MyTouch series and DoublePlay on the list, it is surprising to see the HTC phones listed– considering they are some of T-Mo’s more popular phones in its arsenal. Perhaps a certain sexy HTC phone we heard about recently is on its way sooner than we think to replace the losses?

No one is quite sure of the reasoning behind T-Mo’s decision. And while we have seen a few high-end T-Mobile devices set for a early release here and there, its upcoming lineup is looking otherwise sparse and limited. Here’s hoping T-Mobile surprises us with a couple of high-end devices for the year.

source: Tmo News

T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G unboxing and initial hands on [Video]

The HTC Amaze 4G launched on T-Mobile earlier in the week alongside the Samsung Galaxy S II with very similar specs; Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and NFC. The biggest difference is the screen where the Galaxy S II has a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display while the Amaze has a 4.3-inch Super LCD display. As for resolution, the Amaze wins with 960 x 540 as opposed to the Galaxy S II at 800 x 480.

Fans of HTC and Sense will not be disappointed with the Amaze, but might be miffed that it comes with Sense 3.0, not Sense 3.5. Can the Amaze compete with the likes of the Galaxy S II? We will do a more in depth review shortly, but for now take a look at our initial hands on.

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[Leak] Pictures of the T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G (aka Ruby) emerge

Last week we showed you a really nice press shot of the HTC Amaze 4G (aka Ruby), and today we have a couple of nice shots of the T-Mobile version. The rumored release date is October 26th, and the specs include:

  • 4.3 qHD resolution
  • 1.5 Ghz dual processor dual core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 MP rear camera dual flash
  • 2MP front camera
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HSPA + up to 42 Mbps
  • Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.5

One more pic showing off the white back after the break.

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First press shot of the HTC Amaze (aka Ruby) surfaces

We have already seen pictures of the HTC Amaze (aka Ruby), but now we have a stunning press shot. The Amaze 4G is rumored to launch October 26th on T-Mobile USA, and it’s expected to be available internationally under the same name. There are also rumors that it will land on Telus in Canada within a few weeks.

The Amaze 4G will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and NFC. We have seen it in both black and white, but we are not sure which version T-Mobile will get.

[via pocketnow]