Kyocera announced today they are making a new, ruggedized smartphone available for consumers through T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The new Kyocera Hydro Life goes beyond the water- and dust-resistance properties of typical consumer grade smartphones. The Hydro Life is certified to the IP57 standard for dust and full immersion in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes. In addition, the smartphone meets Military Standard 810G for shock and drop protection. As part of their announcement, Kyocera tries to create the new term “fragiphoniphobia” to describe the fear of fragile phones and how that limits users from taking their devices into certain environments or situations. Read more
There are many reasons for John Legere to smile and the earnings report issued today can only make that smile bigger. The self-proclaimed fastest growing wireless company in the United States is boasting “some pretty amazing results” for the second quarter of 2014. With another outstanding quarter in the books, T-Mobile has experienced momentous growth for five straight quarters. Read more
Today T-Mobile and MetroPCS announced the availability of their newest entry level smartphone in the ZTE Concord II. The device is powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, has a 4-inch 800×480 display, a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and 4GB of internal storage.
The device also features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and a battery that lasts for 6 hours of talk time. It will be available on May 19 through MetroPCS but pricing is not yet available. It is also available through T-Mobile immediately with payment spread across 24 months. Hit the break for the press release.
Here is an intriguing option for MetroPCS customers. Today, the carrier has announced it will begin selling the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The device does carry a rather hefty price tag, though, when buying through MetroPCS. To go with plans starting at $40, MetroPCS is selling the Galaxy S 5 for $649 plus tax. But then again, it does cost that much just about everywhere else without a two-year contract. Read more
LG devices have not been afraid to pose for the camera lately. This time around is the LG L70. On Twitter, @evleaks posted the image above of LG’s little device. This one is for MetroPCS. On the back, carrier branding is nothing intrusive. The front is very calm as well.
LG L70 specifications:
- 4.5-inch IPS Display (800 x 400)
- 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor with 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of memory
- 8MP or 5MP rear camera
- Front facing camera (depending on market)
- 2,100mAh removable battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- G (HSPA+21Mbps)
MetroPCS has announced the addition of the LG Optimus F6 smartphone to their portfolio of devices available for buyers on their prepaid no-annual-contract service. The LG Optimus F6 will be able to access the T-Mobile 4G LTE network via a MetroPCS unlimited data, talk and text plan starting at just $40 per month. MetroPCS is offering the Optimus F6 for $199 through retail stores and online at their web site. The Optimus F6 has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processer, a 5MP 1080p capable rear-facing camera, and comes with Android 4.1 installed. Hit the break to read the full press release for more details if you are interested in grabbing an Optimus F6 from MetroPCS. Read more
MetroPCS sent out a Vine on their Twitter account yesterday that teased a release of the Galaxy S 4 for the carrier coming next week. The Vine showed a Galaxy S 3, a “+ 1″ sign, and a question mark. It’s pretty obvious what they’re hinting at, especially because the device with MetroPCS’ specific radios already passed through the FCC. Check out the link below for the Vine. More details to come next week.
Recently T-Mobile has been able to officially secure its purchase of MetroPCS. Its first move is to get users to start using their GSM based service, or vice versa with Metro’s CDMA technology. In a sense, customers can go into a MetroPCS store with a device and activate it using T-Mobile’s GSM bands. The same can also be said with MetroPCS customers as they can head into T-Mobile stores and have their CDMA device activated. The MetroPCS BYOD program is only available in Boston, Dallas, Hartford, and Las Vegas with plans to expand soon.
Of course T-Mobile’s future plans for MetroPCS is to eventually use their LTE bands to help broaden theirs. That will take some time and I see this BYOD program a good step into getting customers into using both T-Mobile’s and MetroPCS’ service. This program is only for Android, iPhone and Windows devices. Sadly Blackberry phones will not be supported.
At last, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS marriage is officially complete. After seeing a few signs that the merger was closer to being finalized, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile US, Inc. announced the newly-formed T-Mobile USA entity— which officially began public trading under the NYSE ticker TMUS as of today. With the new company fully established, Deutsche Telekom AG will effectively hold a majority stake in the company (at 74%), while the combined subscriber base grows to over 40 million. Additionally, the completed merger also expands the total 4G footprint as 228 million are currently served with 4G, with an additional 200 million expected to be covered with 4G LTE by the end of 2013.
You’ll find more details once you hit the break and check out the full presser.
Not too long ago, Deutsche Telekom sweetened the deal for shareholders in MetroPCS to try to grease the wheels of its proposed T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger. And, good news for both companies today, the shareholders in MetroPCS have approved that deal. While it won’t be finalized today, the deal will reportedly be completed by May 1st, so it shouldn’t take too much longer, especially since it’s already past the difficult regulatory approval stage.
T-Mobile has already put their foot on the gas trying to be competitive with some of the bigger carriers, so hopefully this merger will give them a little more ammunition.