With next Tuesday being the big day for the unveiling of the HTC One, we do expect that it will become available sometime in March. We have heard that it could debut as early as March 8 in Europe, but what about the U.S.? Right now the word is that it will land on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on March 22. We are hearing that there will be a 32GB model and a 64GB model and contract pricing will be $199 and $299 respectively.
What about Verizon you ask? Well back in January, we got wind that it was heading to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, and T-Mobile was yet to be confirmed. The absence of Verizon is a little disappointing, but I guess it’s not a shocker since they just released the DROID DNA. I think it’s possible that the HTC One might still end up on Verizon, but maybe at a later date as another follow up to the DROID Incredible line. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Solavei and Ready SIM, MNVO’s who operate off of T-Mobile’s network, have announced that they want to offer LTE speeds for their customers as soon as T-Mobile’s LTE networks are ready. The problem for the companies like Solavei and Ready SIM is that if T-Mobile doesn’t want to let them use their LTE network, they simply can’t do it. There are very few prepaid services that are able to offer LTE yet, as it’s a great draw for consumers to stick with postpaid plans. We can hope T-Mobile would be willing to share that LTE, but we’ll just have to wait and see by the end of the year, when T-Mobile is expected to have completed a large chunk of their LTE rollout to cover 200 million people, despite getting off to a slow start.
If you’re gushing over Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus 4, then boy do we have some news for you. For a limited time, T-Mobile is offering the Nexus 4 16GB model for $49 after a mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract. This is by far one of the best deals available for the Nexus 4 considering Google sells the same device contract free from the Google Play store for $349. That’s a $300 discount.
Keep in mind that this deal is meant to attract individuals coming to T-Mobile for the first time and not so much those looking to upgrade. This deal lasts through February 18th, 2013 and is available as a web-only offer so head on over to T-Mobile and take advantage of this once in a lifetime deal.
Still looking for an LG Nexus 4? If so and you are willing or able to use the T-Mobile network, online retailer LetsTalk has a deal going for the device for new activations. Possibly the best part is that their web site shows the device as being “In Stock” and they have free overnight shipping via FedEx. LetsTalk indicates it takes them 1 to 2 days to process the order in their warehouse, so you could possibly have the device in hand by the weekend if things work out right. On top of the availability, LetsTalk also offers a special coupon code, “TALK4TEN” that gives you an additional $8.50 off the price. With a two-year contract, that brings the total price down to $76.49.
If you are ready to place your order and can live with a T-Mobile two-year contract in order to get the subsidy discount, just hit the source link below.
A seasonal T-Mobile roadmap has leaked to the masses today, outing several upcoming LTE-capable devices for the nation’s fourth largest carrier. The swath of listed devices include T-Mobile’s self-branded Sonic 2.0 Mobile Hotspot, capable of accessing the provider’s as-of-yet nonfunctional LTE network. Also on the list are several smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit (known internationally as the Galaxy S III mini), the Galaxy S III LTE and the all-new BlackBerry Z10. » Read the rest
Recent top-tier phones from Samsung have managed to propagate to major U.S. and international carriers while retaining their model names, like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As one moves down into the mid-tier range, we are starting to see carriers renaming Samsung devices to be more carrier specific. The most recent example is the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini which has surfaced on the FCC web site in a filing for T-Mobile with the model name listed as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. US Cellular has released the same phone with the Samsung Galaxy Axiom name.
Apparently originality in names is not a major requirement for carriers seeking to bring a new product to market, even one like the Galaxy S III Mini with its scaled down hardware and price tag relative to its “bigger” sibling. In the past carriers have branded devices as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G, the Samsung Exhibit II, and the Samsung Exhibit 4G.
We already received official confirmation of the new T-Mobile GoSmart prepaid service last last year, and it looks like it will launch in February. It’s already available in some test markets and there will be three price points:
$30 per month for unlimited voice and texting
$35 per month for unlimited voice, texting and 2G Web service
$45 per month for unlimited voice, texting and “high-speed” Web service (5GB of data at “high-speed” then slowed to 2G speeds)
T-Mobile has been talking about getting their first LTE markets up and running recently, and we’re starting to see some of the results of that. We’ve seen our first T-Mobile LTE speed test in Kansas City with about 10 mbps download and 5 mbps upload. Not incredibly fast, but this server is likely just a test server to make sure the coverage works, so hopefully we’ll see some higher speeds when this becomes official. At least they’ve finally gotten around to turning on some LTE towers, but better late than never, right?
It turns out the nation’s third largest carrier has some exciting plans up its sleeve for the new year. T-Mobile has just announced via Facebook that it expects to have 200 million T-Mobile customers covered by the end of 2013.
“Ready to go even faster? LTE will reach 200M T-Mobile customers by the end of 2013. SHARE if you’re excited.”
T-Mobile currently relies on its HSPA+ 42 network to provide quick download speeds, though blanketed areas are few and far between. Regardless, 200 million is quite an ambitious start for the only major US carrier without an active LTE tower.
In December we reported on an exploit that had been discovered in Samsung’s Exynos chips. We have not heard of any malicious activity related to the security hole, though it became a popular vector for rooting devices. After looking into the issue, Samsung has started the process of issue a fix for the vulnerability. The devices and networks include:
Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch: Sprint’s update FL24 will push out to customers over the course of the next month and will receive Sprint’s Connections Optimizer as part of the update.
T-Mobile Galaxy Note II: The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is getting an update dubbed T889UVALL4. T-Mobile is pushing this out over-the-air or users can manually update via Kies.
There are other devices on several carriers that have the same chipset and are vulnerable to the exploit. We anticipate seeing patches and updates rolling out for these devices over the next several days as well now that the ball has started rolling.