With Google’s official release of the Nexus 6 earlier today, buyers may be trying to figure out whether it will be available on their network. The good news for customers on the five major U.S. carriers is that Google is going to make the Nexus 6 available on all of those networks with the initial release. The networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. This is a welcome change in strategy from Google as they try to get the latest Nexus smartphone into the hands of as many users as possible. The biggest impediment could end up being the price, which at $649 off-contract, puts it right up there with other high-end devices. By not backing off on specs and the corresponding cost of the unit, Google is also employing a new strategy compared to previous releases.
In July, French telecommunications giant Iliad expressed interest to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile. The offer at that time was roughly $15 billion for 56.6%. Recently, Iliad upped that number to take 67% at $36 per share. It was going all-in to get its foot into the United States wireless industry.
It all comes to an end today because T-Mobile’s parent, Deutsche Telekom, has “refused” to entertain the new offer. Iliad has announced its pursuit of T-Mobile is over and will move on. In somewhat of a jab at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, Iliad said in a press release that it will “continue its profitable growth policy as it has been conducted over the last 15 years in the interest of subscribers, employees and shareholders.”
This means that the door is still open for SoftBank to hop in and merge Sprint with T-Mobile.
Souce: Iliad (PDF)
As expected, Verizon won’t be the only U.S. carrier to offer Sony’s Xperia Z3 (Xperia Z3v for Verizon) flagship phone. T-Mobile just officially announced that Sony’s latest and greatest will be available at participating stores and online starting October 29. Pricing will be $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $26.25 each.
Now if you happen to be a little anxious, you can pre-order the phone starting October 15 at 12:00am PDT. According to T-Mobile’s press release, customers who pre-order “could” receive their phones before the national launch.
We have the full presser after the break.
Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them. Read more
T-Mobile earlier announced the Sony Xperia Z3 will be joining their portfolio some time this fall. Although the timing was a bit nebulous, it appears the official release may be imminent. This is considerably faster than the timeline for prior Sony devices to come to the U.S. market. T-Mobile has been the only U.S. carrier to show interest in offering Sony devices to their customers, but in the past the release has typically lagged behind other markets by several months. Part of the reason for the faster release this time around could be the accolades Sony’s latest flagship received during IFA 2014. Read more
The rollout of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S. market continues with carriers announcing availability dates and pricing for the device on their network. The latest to join the ranks is T-Mobile as they have opened their system to take pre-orders with an indicated shipping date of October 17th. T-Mobile’s full retail price for the smartphone is $749.76. Alternatively, buyers can put no money down and pay for the device over 24 months for $31.24 per month if they have excellent credit. T-Mobile is the third carrier to announce details for the Galaxy Note 4 on their network following AT&T and Verizon.
If you are ready to place your pre-order with T-Mobile, hit the source link below.
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.
Hit the break for the full press release.
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. Read more