Today, ZTE announced a new device with a massive display that will be available exclusively through T-Mobile. The ZMAX is a mid-range handset with a 5.7-inch display. To keep costs down, the resolution of the display is 1280×720 and the processor inside is the Snapdragon 400. The standout of the ZMAX is its battery life. It can last two days on average thanks to a 3400mAh battery.
Everything else about the ZMAX is reasonable and completely capable. An 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p video is on the back and a 1.6MP camera sits on the front. The internal storage is 16GB and ZTE included a microSD card slot. Also, it ships with Android 4.4 KitKat.
The ZTE ZMAX will arrive online and at T-Mobile stores on September 24 for $10.50 per month for twenty-four months. MetroPCS will follow in carrying the ZMAX later this year.
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T-Mobile hosted the Un-carrier 7.0 event today bringing what they are calling “Wi-Fi Un-leashed.” Wi-Fi Unleashed brings Wi-Fi calling and texting to every Simple Choice customer, and they are including it on every smartphone they sell. What happens if you don’t have a phone that is Wi-Fi calling and texting capable? Well assuming you’re already a T-Mobile customer, they are offering you an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, which is their upgrade program.
If you don’t have a wireless router, or your current one sucks, T-Mobile will give you one made by ASUS called a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot. It has a unique patent-pending technology that prioritizes voice calls for HD voice.
Plenty of devices are seeing software updates this week and now we can add yet another to the mix. T-Mobile is rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update to its Galaxy S 4 starting today. In the New Features category, the Galaxy S 4 is getting Android 4.4.4. On the Improvements side, T-Mobile says Wi-Fi calling has been enhanced.
Just yesterday, the Galaxy S 5 from Verizon received the same update that includes the latest version of Android.
Have any old smartphones or tablets laying around that you’d be interested in trading in for a new device? T-Mobile is kicking off a promotion on September 17th where they will guarantee that you’ll get the best trade-in value for your used tech. This probably means T-Mobile is going to up its current values for traded in equipment, but there are a few extra things the Uncarrier is willing to do for you.
In case you do happen to find a better trade-in deal somewhere else, T-Mobile will match any competitor’s values, and then give you $50 in bill credit for the hassle. This is easily one of the best trade-in deals any carrier has ever done, so it’s worth checking out later this month.
The promo goes live on September 17th, but T-Mobile says they’ll only be doing it for a limited time. We’ve got plenty of new devices hitting shelves soon, so don’t pass this up if you’re on T-Mobile.
Sony’s latest device is quite the machine, and T-Mobile is more than happy to let you know all about it. The carrier is now selling the device, and in order to get you to make the decision to purchase it, Tmo has uploaded an unboxing video going over all of the neat bells-and-whistles inside Sony’s pretty powerhouse. So watch the vid below, then let us know what you think in the comment section below!
Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.
If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.
If you’re interested in picking up Sony’s Xperia Z3 in the US, you’re at least going to have one option besides importing the device. T-Mobile has announced that it will carry Sony’s PlayStation compatible flagship in store and online this fall. They didn’t give an indication of price, but the $650 dollar range is typically where most new high-end phones fall.
The device features a very high-degree of water resistance, a 20.7 megapixel camera, and a 5.2-inch 1080p screen. For right now, this looks like it might be exclusive to T-Mobile like the Xperia Z was, but maybe after the dust from IFA settles we’ll hear something from another carrier.
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.
The next phase in T-Mobile’s route to carrier domination continues on September 10. On that date, T-Mobile will be holding Un-carrier 7.0 at a store in San Francisco. This is one day after Apple unveils its next iPhone and any other products, so T-Mobile could be piggybacking off of their attention. The invite for the event says “This time it’s personal.”
What do you think John Legere & Co. have in store with Uncarrier 7.0?
Ever since T-Mobile launched their Uncarrier initiative, other companies have had to think of creative ways to stay competitive. Eager to take away T-Mobile’s spot as the #1 prepaid carrier, Cricket (and its parent company AT&T) have announced that anyone who switches to their service from T-Mobile or its sister company MetroPCS will receive a $100 bill credit. In order to get the bill credit customers only need to sign up for service and port their existing phone number to the new plan. Not a bad deal at all, but is it enough to make an impact on T-Mobile’s enormous customer base? Let us know in the comments.