T-Mobile announces the Samsung Galaxy Light

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T-Mobile has announced their latest entry-level Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Light. The device will sport a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera, LTE support, and 8GB of built in storage expandable with a micro SD card.  The Light will sport a 4″ WVGA display powered by Android 4.2.2.

The Galaxy Light is expected to go on sale for as low as $.99 upon release. This seems to be a great device for someone who needs a cheap and reliable phone.

T-Mobile commercial criticized for making fun of smartphone theft

t-mobile1Another T-Mobile commercial has been criticized for going across the line. This time, it’s the UNcarrier ad that features Bill Hader getting confronted in the parking lot, but when the thief sees how old his phone is, he tries to give it back to Hader. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s response was “The many victims of theft do not need to relive these harrowing incidents by way of a television commercial, and T-Mobile should not be lending credibility to thieves by reenacting the scenes with a comedic slant.”

T-Mobile responded saying it takes seriously the issue of smartphone theft and maintains it is working with the industry to deal with the issue.”This collaborative work, including carriers, manufacturers, and other parties, aims to find new deterrents and other measures to thwart this kind of crime across the country,” said the company in an emailed statement.

You can re-watch the commercial past the break.


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Are You On A T-Mobile Grandfathered Rate Plan? You Could Be “Moved” To Simple Choice Soon

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Well, looks like Magenta will continue to shake things up in the industry. Following their numerous UNcarrier announcements and three phase plan, of which late they made the entire world your network, they’ll likely begin to retire those who are still lingering on old legacy rate plans. If you thought you were going to piggy back off that pretty grandfathered plan you were on, consider this reply from a T-Mo rep to one of their customers posted over at Howard Forums.  A T-Mobile spokesperson revealed the potential move via the following comment below:

Maintaining thousands of rate plans is the norm in the industry, but we think it creates unnecessary complexity. Simple is better, which is why we’re reducing the number of older plans in our systems. We’re giving customers on these plans the opportunity to choose a plan that best meets their needs. For the vast majority, their plan will provide similar or better features at a comparable price.    

 


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HTC America’s President claims T-Mobile’s One will receive Android 4.3 this week

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Have no worries, owners of an HTC One on T-Mobile! According to HTC America President Jason Mackenzie, the Android 4.3 update is heading your way by the middle of this week “barring some last second issue.” As you may already know, the AT&T version started to receive the update last week. Mackenzie is an avid tweeter and has been relatively accurate with when to expect these updates. And if you’re on Verizon, well, we’ve got nothing for you at the moment.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

Sony stalling with plans for the smartphone market in the United States and China

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Although it seems that their flagship will arrive in the United States, Sony isn’t looking to focus there or in China. Instead they are choosing to aim at the European and Japanese markets. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who is known for building the PlayStation brand, says that “it’s not realistic to try to do everything at once. In the U.S. we’ll start gradually.” This can be seen with the release of Sony handsets being only available on T-Mobile in the United States. Rather than having wide distribution for its Xperia Z1, Sony would like to have softer launches because it wouldn’t leave them with an abundance of unsold units.

While their strategy is understandable, Sony needs to work a bit faster to have real growth. Judging from comScore’s August numbers, the Japanese company still does not rank as one of the top five OEMs in the world.

Source: Reuters

Leaked photos show T-Mobile branded Sony Xperia Z1

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Everyone’s known about how great a phone the Xperia Z1 is, but unfortunately it wasn’t going to be made available on U.S. carriers. Until now.

A recent photo leaked by @evleaks shows the device with T-Mobile branding at the bottom, signaling a stateside release for the phone.

As a recap, here’s what’s packed inside the phone:

You get a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a 20MP shooter with a 1/2.3-inch image sensor, and ships with Android 4.2 and Sony’s UI.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing this beast in the United States pretty soon.

Source: @evleaks

 

Carrier Battle: Fight for coverage becomes race for speed

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Mobile carriers’ commercials used to feature big bright maps showing how many regions were covered by that carrier’s cell towers. Cheesy spokesmen would show the maps side by side, making it easy to see that their respective company covered the most area in the country. Verizon was the clear winner of that battle, but as time went on, there was only so much room to improve, and the fight is almost evening out. It’s almost over.

However, the carriers have something new to argue over. Who’s network is the fastest?

Expect T-Mobile to be making that case very soon. The company is about to kill global data roaming rates in over 100 countries, and it’s currently seeing speeds between 6Mbps and 20Mbps on its LTE network.

This information led CEO John Legere to tell the media at a recent NYC event that its network is currently faster than AT&T’s. But is it the fastest?

In an interview with AllThingsD, Legere said, “I’m not announcing we’re the fastest,” Legere said.  “I’m announcing we will be announcing that.”

Expect it to come soon, as T-Mobile will try to make a huge push for holiday sales. Showing potential customers that it’s time to switch is only step one.

Source: FierceWireless

T-Mobile unveils ‘Simple Global’ which brings international unlimited data plans for customers

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In a bold move that’s part of T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Phase 3 plan, “Simple Global” has been announced and brings unlimited global data at no extra charge for customers in well over 100+ countries. Starting October 31st, eligible Simple Choice and business customers will automatically receive unlimited data and texting in over 100 countries. This plan also has the customer paying an industry-low flat rate of 20 cents per voice call when roaming in the same country.


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HTC to roll out Android 4.3 to AT&T’s One next week

Good news! If you own an HTC One and are on AT&T’s network, you’ll be receiving Android 4.3 shortly.

Jason Mackenzie, HTC America President, tweeted that the update has passed carrier certification and will begin pushing out next week.

Sprint’s variant of the device got Android 4.3 this week, and the U.S. developer version and Canadian versions got it last week. T-Mobile should be getting the same update by the middle of this month, and Verizon should receive it by the end of the month.

It’s great news that HTC is taking the initiative to get their flagship device all up to date, without ignoring customers on different carriers. The update includes bug-fixes, the latest version of HTC Sense, video highlight templates, Instagram support in BlinkFeed, and now you can disable the on-screen menu button.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

T-Mobile tweet teases Phase 3 of #UnCarrier Revolution, features Shakira

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It’s all about image these days. HTC has the one and only Iron Man, and now it looks like T-Mobile will be getting international superstar Shakira to do some PR for them.

It’s unclear whether it just involves an on-stage performance or an actual spokesperson position, but the tweet above is all we know so far.

This is all part of their “UnCarrier Revolution,” and this move coming as part of Phase 3. We’ll soon see what T-Mobile has in store.

Source: @TMobile