T-Mobile offers $0 down on Galaxy line, throws jab at AT&T in the process

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T-Mobile really did put that graphic in their latest ad. In this “Un-leash with T-Mobile” advertisement, John Legere & Co. are offering all of Samsung’s Galaxy devices for $0 down. After saying that there are no annual contracts and upgrade hassles, T-Mobile takes out their boxing gloves by emphasizing the “best of all, no AT&T.” T-Mobile is continuing their pursuit of being the un-carrier in the United States with their new techniques. Never before has a carrier been so aggressive against their competition. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T all followed T-Mobile when they launched their Jump program in July.

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Android sales rule through the holiday period with a couple notable exceptions

New sales figures for smartphones during the holiday period, defined as the twelve weeks ending December 23, 2012, show Android continued to perform well in most markets. Research firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech numbers reveal Android continued to maintain a stronghold in markets like Britain, Germany, France, Australia, much of Europe, and the urban Chinese market. Market share ranged from 50 percent up to as high as 86 percent in Spain. The exceptions to Android’s dominance were in the U.S. and Japanese markets.
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T-Mobile to begin selling iPhone and all other phones unsubsidized in 2013

T-Mobile has always been a strong proponent for Android. It teamed up with Google to launch the very first Android phone (the HTC G1) back in 2008 and is currently the only carrier to offer the new Nexus 4 on contract. In its smartphone line-up you could always find a plethora of strong Android based contenders, with one infamous smartphone (the one that shall not be named) interestingly absent. Well, all that is set to change in 2013. In an interview today, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere informed the press that they will begin selling Apple products in 2013, including Apple’s iPhone 5 and the rest of the gang. What’s more interesting is that T-Mobile will be selling these (and all other) devices completely unsubsidized from now on. This is a dramatic move for a carrier, and the first of its kind for one of the big four. Typically carriers sell phones at significantly reduced costs to buyers and make up the money by charging more for monthly service fees over the two-year contract. T-Mobile is bucking the system and plans to sell phones at the full retail price (phones can be as pricey as $800!) while offering a lower monthly service fee. The strange thing about this plan is that you’ll still need to sign the dotted line and commit to a two-year contract. Personally, if I were planning on buying an unsubsidized phone, I’d go with a no-contract plan like Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited plan (month to month).

Are any of you willing to sign a two year contract if your monthly rates are lower? Or would you just go with Straight Talk and other no-contract service providers?

Source: Gigaom

Microsoft tries to drum up trouble for Android with provocative Tweet

It’s no secret that competition between the major phone platforms (Android, IOS, and Windows Phone) is pretty stiff, with each company doing whatever it can to get a leg up on the competition. Things can get pretty ugly sometimes, with competitors trashing one another and tarnishing each other’s reputation in whatever way they can. Tonight Microsoft joined the fire-fight with a tweet from their Windows Phone twitter account. In it they are calling for their followers to send tweets telling the world about their worst malware story while using an Android phone. These tweets should also include the hashtag #DroidRage. Something tells me that the very vocal Android community won’t take this sitting down and will turn Microsoft’s provoking tweet on its head. After all…when you think of viruses and malware, you tend to think of Microsoft products. Let’s see how this unfolds. If you want to reply to the tweet yourself, check it out at the source link below.

Source: Windows Phone Twitter

Smart App Challenge offering $4 million in prizes from Samsung

Are you a developer looking for ways to expand the exposure of your app? Do you want to show what you are capable of developing? If so, you might want to check out the Samsung Smart App Challenge. The competition is a way for Samsung to find new, innovative applications for the Android ecosystem, especially those that may take advantage of capabilities found on the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab products. Samsung indicates they are especially interested in apps that make use of the S Pen on the Note. The full press release is available after the break.
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Senator asks DOJ and FCC to scrutinize ATT and T-Mobile merger

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When a business deal this big goes down, you know that someone with some pull is going to have a problem with it. Reminds me of Ghostbusters when they started getting really big and that goofy loser Walter Peck had a problem with them and made them shut down their containment unit at the main shop….bad things happened to the city of New York!

I’m not suggesting bad things are going to happen, actually, this merger will most likely be a great thing for AT&T and T-Mobile customers, as they’ll likely see a much larger coverage map, but as the way of things, some Senator, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, has her nose out of joint over it, much like Chuck Schumer who let Steve Jobs know about the antenna issues with the iPhone…which we know led to ‘Antennagate’. Senator Klobuchar is asking the DOJ and FCC to pay close attention to this type of deal, as it could have massive effects on the mobile markets economically, and I don’t disagree with that…she’s got a point. That said though, this whole process may take anywhere from 12 -18 months to investigate, which means many many dollars will be spent in the process. Who do you think will end up paying for all those expenses in the end…

That’s politics I guess, you make a big fuss over something and people listen…but do they agree is the question. It didn’t work out so well for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich after going for the Napster jugular.

[via engadget]

Opera Launches Its Own App Store, Gets Browser Kicked from GetJar

Opera Mini has been a widely-heralded browser on mobile devices since before smartphones were prevalent. It’s always had a lot of features, even back when mobile browsers…well, didn’t. Naturally, it’s gained quite a following. When you’re in the mobile business and you have a large following, what’s the logical next step? Launch an app store. And that’s exactly what Opera did.

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TalkAndroid Ultimate Android Throwdown: HTC Evo 4G beats competition, voted best Android device in the US

Well, folks, the tallies are in. It was a long road, with many brutal battles and war scars, but we finally have a winner in the Ultimate Android Throwdown.

The HTC Evo 4G on Sprint has staked its claim as the #1 Android device in the US, not only available now, but of all time. The Evo beat out the Nexus One in the final round, with a face-melting 467 votes, in comparison to the 273 taken for the Nexus One. While we can all agree that the Nexus One was and still is an outstanding phone, the masses have spoken, and it’s the HTC Evo 4G that has risen above all the others to be declared the best Android phone in the United States.

Be sure to hit up the break for the final leaderboard, and see where the votes came from and how the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint was finally declared as the winner. Let us know what you think in the comments!


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TalkAndroid Ultimate Android Throwdown: Round 5 – Final Battle, HTC Evo 4G vs HTC Nexus One

All the battles, brackets, war scars, victory and defeat, it’s all come down to this. The ultimate battle in the Android realm to pick the one and only champion. The two victors now stand, ready to duel out the final round, so who will your pick be? The wildly popular and capable HTC Evo 4G? Or the record-setting, constantly bar raising HTC Nexus One? It’s time to make your decisions, folks. Who is the best, and who goes home crying to Google? Hit the break for the updated leaderboard and to cast your vote. The official winner will be announced Thursday, Nov. 25th. Be sure to let us know your pick and why in the comments.

Let the battle begin!


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TalkAndroid Ultimate Android Throwdown: Round 4 – HTC Evo 4G vs G2, Discontinued Phones

Well, it’s down to the final 2 in the available device brackets, along with voting on the discontinued phones. All devices have done well in this knock-down drag-out, but now its down to our top 2 contenders:

  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC G2

And now, folks, we’re pitting them against each other to find out what the top Android device available in the US market today is! On top of that, today starts the wildcard voting, meaning it’s time to get in your votes for your favorite discontinued Android phone, with choices of:

  • HTC Droid Eris
  • HTC G1
  • HTC Nexus One
  • Samsung Moment

So hit up the break to get in your votes and check out the updated brackets, because this is the second to final round in the entire throwdown! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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