If you are friends with or even a family member of a T-Mobile employee in the company’s Northeast region and need a new smartphone, next Wednesday may be a good time to strike a deal. T-Mobile has indicated they will be conducting a special event on Wednesday, December 11th, that will let buyers get a new device with no money down and the first month of service, up to $50, will be free.
In order to take advantage of the offer, the customer will have to supply a T-Mobile employee’s P# or C# and name at the point of sale. T-Mobile’s information indicates the zero money down offer will only apply to “selected devices” although no list has been provided yet. T-Mobile’s participation requirements indicate the offer will only apply to new activations of voice or at least a 2.5GB mobile Internet plan, although several lines can be added at once.
It appears T-Mobile’s Northeast region covers Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
After becoming available a few days ago through their own website, Motorola’s Moto G is now available to preorder on Amazon. Whether you decide on the 8GB or 16GB storage size, it will ship in just a few days on December 4. The 8GB and 16GB sizes will set you back $179.99 and $199.99, respectively. Not bad for decent specs, right? But remember if you’re on Verizon, this device will not work for you just yet. Big Red is set to carry the Moto G in January when it operates on their prepaid network.
T-Mobile has started the process of rolling out the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4 devices on their network. The update is available via an over-the-air update if a user is on a WiFi connection or it can be downloaded and installed using Samsung Kies.
According to T-Mobile’s support page, the update brings Android 4.3′s updates along with KNOX and Samsung Galaxy Gear support. To grab the update OTA, just go to Settings –> More –> About device –> Software update. You can hit the source link for more details and information.
Android 4.4 KitKat is taking the Moto X by storm, as the device is the first non-Nexus device to receive the update. T-Mobile and Verizon’s variants got the update just a few days ago, and Motorola announced today that AT&T’s variant would be getting the update today.
Motorola has been extremely impressive thus far with the update, and let’s hope the new DROID line won’t be far behind in receiving KitKat as well.
If you’re on AT&T, keep checking your phone for the update and let us know below if you’ve received it.
Source: Motorola Blog
Today, 3 out of the 4 top US wireless carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint) have announced that they will stop charging users for receiving spam texts. While the announcement was made today, it actually won’t fully take into effect for at least a couple of days from now, or as much as a couple of weeks. It’s no secret that getting random spam texts can be quite the nuisance and could potentially cost you money. This move creates very good PR for these 3 companies.
As to why Verizon has yet to jump on board with this, here’s an official statement from a Verizon representative regarding this issue:
Add the T-Mobile Moto X to the list of devices receiving Kit Kat. According to a tweet from Motorola, the Android 4.4 rollout for the T-Mobile Moto X begins today. It seems to include all of the same enhancements as the Verizon Moto X update, which includes camera enhancements. Be patient if the update doesn’t show up quite yet when you tap “check for updates.” It’ll come eventually, we promise.
Have no fear if you were interested in picking up the LG G Flex over here in the United States. We know AT&T and T-Mobile will likely carry the curved phone, but now an FCC filing has Sprint offering it as well. This filing has the model number LG-LS995 and the other variant was LG-D959; therefore, we can assume these two are related. Also, all three LTE bands are packed for the Sprint variant. While it isn’t certain that the G Flex will be available in the United States, these FCC filings elude to it happening. We expect a launch in early 2014.
The New York Times is reporting that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and the CTIA (among others) have rejected having a “kill switch” preloaded onto Samsung phones that would prevent cellphone theft. Samsung and San Francisco district attorney George Gascón have been working together to provide this “kill switch” for some time, but the nation’s largest carriers and the industry’s trade group decided against having one because it would cut directly into their insurance plans. Currently, most carriers offer insurance plans that require monthly payments as well as a deductible for when your phone needs to be replaced. Despite the rejection, Gascón says “we are now evaluating what course of action will be necessary to force them to prioritize the safety of their customers over additional money in their pockets.”
The CTIA’s reason for not wanting this “kill switch” is that an online option to wipe your device could be hacked. Instead, the trade group offers their database as solution that would prevent stolen devices to work with the carriers’ networks; however, it’s just not effective when it comes to actually preventing the theft from happening. A “kill switch” would stop the problem from happening, not worrying about it after. Google currently offers some protection for Android devices by allowing users to track and secure their smartphones. Apple on the other hand can deactivate and wipe a device clean of its information along with requiring users to login before being used again.
Source: The New York Times
While the Nexus 5 is available for $349 in the Play Store, it costs a whopping $699 at full retail for some markets like Australia. In the United States, T-Mobile is selling it for $449 without a contract. You are probably wondering why is there such a dispersion among the Play Store and full retail prices. Well, LG reached out to Australian site Delimiter to explain. Since the Play Store is run by Google, they have the right to choose the price. Other retailers and carriers such as T-Mobile also have the right to choose the price. The price hike can be explained by the cost of running a “physical store location.” Google does not need a middle man and they clearly have the cash flow to lower the price on products. And markets like Australia have a “tax” because of the cost to get a product there.
Hit the break for LG’s statement.
Motorola’s Moto G was announced without any LTE or CDMA bands which left support for just a few GSM frequencies; bands 850/900/1900/2100. Now, if you keep up with which carriers use which bands in the US, you’d know that the only support you’d get with T-Mobile with the Moto G would be in areas that had refarmed 1900 MHz coverage. Unfortunately, that’s not the majority of T-Mobile’s coverage, so at first glance it seems like the Moto G wouldn’t be an attractive option for T-Mobile customers.
However, thanks to some FCC filings, there appears to be another version of the device that supports those four GSM bands, plus WCDMA bands 850/1700/1900 which would allow the Moto G to work on T-Mobile’s 3G network. Obviously this is just an FCC filing, so it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but keep your fingers crossed if you’re a T-Mobile customer that wants Motorola’s latest budget device.