People have been talking for awhile about the new Samsung Exhibit 4G on T-Mobile. It’s a pretty popular phone, with its 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and Android 2.3 installed. That’s not to mention the front-facing camera and HSPA+ capabilities to pull max bandwidth from the carrier. Well, we got our hands on one, and today we’re unboxing this little beauty for all to see. Be sure to check out the video after the break, and let us know your thoughts on this device in the comments.
It seems that AT&T has themselves caught in a bit of a lie.
Thursday’s filings to the FCC regarding the T-Mobile takeover were mistakenly not redacted by AT&T’s lawyers, making public a good amount of information that AT&T probably would have liked to keep hidden. While they have now been taken down, the damage is already done. In these, AT&T revealed that it would only cost an additional $3.8 billion to build out their network from the 80% planned to the 97% they hope to have.
“AT&T senior management concluded that, unless AT&T could find a way to expand its LTE footprint on a significantly more cost-effective basis, an LTE deployment to 80 percent of the U.S. population was the most that could be justified,” AT&T counsel Richard Rosen stated in the letter.
The company said its merger with T-Mobile would spread the cost of the LTE expansion over a larger revenue base, allowing it to “better absorb the increased capital investment and lower returns associated with deploying LTE to over 97 percent of the U.S. population.”
Now, something’s not right. Why is spending $3.8 billion to cover an additional 55 million people too high of a price to pay, but spending $39 billion plus the $3.8 billion needed to build out sound economics? It doesn’t add up.
Many would insinuate that AT&T is trying to keep a resurgent Sprint from partnering with T-mobile and creating a viable third-place competitor. Why else would they spend nearly 10 times as much to pick up a competitor and expand this “spectrum” that they so desire, when they can build it out themselves for less than one-tenth of the cost?
Of course, AT&T denies the notion. “There is no real news here,” said spokeswoman Margaret Boles to Wireless Week. “Without this merger, AT&T could not make this expanded commitment.”
So what do you our readers think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Remember about a week ago, when we told you about T-Mobile planning on bringing you updates in-store, via an SD card? Well, it looks like T-Mobile has sealed the deal – and the date – for this update process. Users running a G2 or myTouch 4G that have yet to see the update to Android 2.3 can take their devices into an official T-Mo store starting August 6th, and can get their updates while they wait. As far as we can tell, this is only coming to users in the west and midwest regions for now, but we would assume that, as long as everything goes smoothly, we will probably see this coming nationwide sooner than later.
The update procedure goes a bit like this:
- Updating at the store can erase all the data on the device. The SD card will not lose data.
- Back up your data, synchronize your contacts to Google or T-Mobile Backup, and write down the names of all the applications you will want to re-install.
- The update can take up to 30 minutes to complete.
- The update requires that your phone has over 50% battery life at the store.
- The rep at the retail store will:
- Remove your personal SD card.
- Insert a software update SD card.
- Wait for the update to download and install on the device.
- Remove the software update SD card.
- Insert your personal SD card again.
So hit up your local T-Mo store and get your updates while they’re fresh. If you bring yours in, let us know how the experience goes in the comments below.
On Tue 6/21, three lucky Twitter users following @T-Mobile will get their hands on a free Sensation 4G just for answering a trivia question. It doesn’t get any easier than that folks. If you’ve been itching for HTC’s newest flagship monster and lack the chowder it takes to purchase one, here’s your shot. We’re not sure just yet as to what kind of trivia questions they’ll fire off, but hey, it’s T-Mobile so Im sure they’ll make it exciting. Stay tuned to Talk Android on Tue as we reveal more details. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Who doesn’t love some friendly competition, a little “anything you can do, I can do better”? It looks like T-Mobile likes it just fine. As we all know, Verizon’s LTE network suffered some serious downtime recently. In a tweet released by T-Mo, the carrier stated:
“@VerizonWireless In the time your network was out, we downloaded 22 million photos, 17 million eBooks and 1 million apps on our 4G network.”
Sound a little snarky? Of course it does! What do you think of T-Mo’s attitude in this? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
Have a Samsung Vibrant with some bugs? Well, hopefully your woes are handled, as a new update has slipped in via Kies Mini. Sure, T-Mo isn’t telling us exactly what bugs are fixed in update T959UVKB5 (or KB5), but, hey… who needs those kinds of details, right? </sarcasm>
The update cannot be received OTA, so it looks like you’ll have no choice but to bust out that Kies Mini and do it all up manually. Be sure to let us know how the update process goes!
There’s been a ton of talk about the HTC Sensation, and from the looks of it, just about everyone wants one. Well, fortunately for people on O2 UK, T-Mobile UK, Orange UK, and Three UK, they just may find themselves with one. We already knew that it was coming to Vodaphone UK next month, but it looks like the UK isn’t immune to Sensation fever.
Orange and T-Mo are the next in line after Vodaphone (expected in June), while Three says they’ll have a “summer release”, and O2 simply says they’ll have it.
Looking for the latest and greatest phone on T-Mobile’s ever expanding Android offerings? Well, it looks like your hunt may be over – for now, that is. T-Mobile and Samsung announced today that the Galaxy S 4G will be coming to the US carrier some time this month, but an exact release date remains to be seen. According to the press release, the Galaxy S 4G will be “T-Mobile’s first smartphone capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps”.
This device will come loaded with all the specs you’ve come to know and love from Samsung’s Galaxy S line. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser with specs, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
Who wants some more 4G Android phones? Alright, alright… put your hands down. Luckily, CEO of T-Mobile USA Phillip Humm has confirmed today that we will soon be seeing HSPA+ versions of both the T-Mobile Sidekick and the Samsung Galaxy S. According to Humm:
We will launch as new the Samsung Galaxy S 4G … and coming soon, will also be a Sidekick 4G. Everybody knows the Sidekick, and we’re going to relaunch the Sidekick and bring it as a 4G device, Android based, into the market
These two phones will join the ranks of the Dell Streak 7 and the G-slate. Samsung is rumored to be announcing a new family of Galaxy S phones at Mobile World Congress.
Looks like Samsung’s got some new phones headed T-Mobile’s way, and hopefully soon. We’ve got wind of a rumor of a new phone, to be dubbed the Samsung Nightwing. We don’t have a lot of info right now, other than it’s slated (supposedly) to have a screen resolution of 480×320, and will most likely be running Froyo. Be sure to keep it here for any new info on this device as it comes out, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!