A software update is rolling out to HTC One (M8) owners on T-Mobile. The build is 2.22.531.5 and it contains Google’s Android 4.4.3 update. HTC has even bundled in the security fixes found in Android 4.4.4 in addition to everything that the labeled version of Android has (which is really just bug fixes). For HTC’s proprietary software, a slew of applications and futures have been improved.
T-Mobile has updated their family plans to allow customers to add up to 10 lines to a single account. These plans are an improvement over the carrier’s recently introduced family plans, so they unfortunately carry some of the same restrictions.
With the new additions, the first line costs $50, the second line costs $30, and lines 3 – 6 cost $10 each. After line 6, each line costs $20 up until you’re capped at 10 lines. So, with these new plans, 6 lines would cost just $120 each month, but 7 lines would jump up to $140 and 10 lines would be $200. It’s still pretty competitive and would cost less than the same plan on other carriers, however.
For all you loners out there, Verizon has a new plan just for you.
For $60, you’ll now get unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data. If you are paying for your device with Verizon’s Edge plan, your monthly bill will decline by $10 to $50 a month. (Of course you’ll be paying the Edge payments on top of that.)
You’ll also have to be $15 for every GB you go over your cap.
By now, it is almost a given that you have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS. All across social media, people have been getting a bucket of ice water dumped on them and challenge others to do the same. This week, it has spread to the technology industry. And it should not be a surprise that one of the first to do so from the mobile industry is John Legere. The CEO of T-Mobile gets about six buckets of ice water dumped on him.
So who did Legere challenge? His good friends Lowell McAdam, Randall Stephenson, and Marcelo Claure. Oh wait, those are not John Legere’s good friends. Those are the CEOs of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, respectively. Gentlemen, you have twenty four hours to accept the challenge. John Legere will be sure to make it known on Twitter if you decline.
Hit the break to watch the video.
Data throttling has been a topic lately, and it looks like T-Mobile isn’t excluded. According to an internal memo, the carrier is planning on throttling the data speeds of a specific set of users on its network. Fortunately, they aren’t taking Verizon’s approach to try and force people off of older plans, but depending on what you do with your phone, you might be affected.
T-Mobile is planning on going after users that either engage in high data usage activities, like p2p file sharing, or tethering outside of the terms and conditions of their service. So if you’re downloading movie torrents on T-Mobile’s LTE network or tethering your phone without paying for the hotspot features on your plan, you can expect to start seeing some slower data speeds. The throttling is only going to affect customers on the $70 unlimited or $80 Simple Choice plans, since the newer plans already have throttling caps in place anyway.
Just because T-Mobile claimed the top spot in the prepaid market doesn’t mean they’re going to back off on their competitive pricing. The carrier’s newly announced Pay As You Go plans offer extremely low, flat-rate costs for customers that are both extremely cheap and simple to keep up with.
The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
We already knew that HTC was working on the “ultimate selfie phone,” because it has entered the testing phases at AT&T.
But now according to a tweet from @upleaks, the device will also be headed to Verizon, T-Mobile US and Sprint.
We could also see the device going to carriers in both Europe and Asia as well. It’s a given that the phone will offer a better selfie experience than both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Desire 816, but we’re not sure on any of the specifics. Stay tuned for more on this device, which we’ll surely hear more about in the coming weeks.
Consistent with their goal of making things easier for customers, T-Mobile has developed an app that users can run to unlock their devices when their contract is up or to temporarily unlock the device when traveling abroad. The biggest downside at present is that only a few customers can actually use the Device Unlock app – those who have a Samsung Galaxy Avant. Still, it is good to see T-Mobile making this move.
Much emphasis gets put on the contract side of T-Mobile’s business and how it competes with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, but the prepaid section of the market has been a point of focus for the Un-carrier too. According to John Legere, that focus has paid off, as T-Mobile has officially passed the other three carriers to become the top prepaid carrier in the US.