Google has signed a deal that will lead to the distribution of their Google Wallet app pre-installed on devices sold by by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T starting later this year. As part of the deal, Google is also buying some technology from Softcard, a mobile payment solution that had been developed by those same carriers.
According to Softcard, the app will continue to work for users that want to make mobile payments – for now. However, this could change as Google starts to rollout their solution on carrier devices. Since Soundcard is selling some of their intellectual property related to the app to Google, it seem unlikely future development will continue. Reports indicate there are no Softcard employees joining Google as part of the agreement, which could be bad news on the horizon for Softcard employees.
As one would expect, top officials at mobile carriers get to see devices before they are announced since they have to agree on whether they want to carry the specific devices. In this case, a carrier would have to be completely insane not to carry the Galaxy S 6, but they still go through the motions.
The Korea Herald is reporting that many of the carriers are excited about the Galaxy S 6, as well as the Edge version of the same phone. They even went so far as to say that they are better than the iPhone 6 in terms of design.
So, what do we have here? Only the most detailed picture yet of the soon-to-be-announced Galaxy S6, courtesy of T-Mobile setting up a page where you can register your interest in Samsung’s latest and greatest Galaxy flagship.
It should come as no surprise that T-Mobile had a stellar year. Despite being told otherwise, both CEO John Legere and the company have been pushing an uncarrier approach to how it does business. From music streaming services not eating data to rollover data, the company has done a lot to sway public and consumer opinion. As such, it looks like the move has paid off as T-Mobile posted a fourth quarter profit of $101 million.
If you’re a T-Mobile user anxiously awaiting the opportunity to stop munching on some KitKat in favor of licking some Lollipop, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now receiving the OTA update to Android 5.0 on the pink network.
RootMetrics, a consumer focused, independent mobile network tester, has released its latest United States report discussing where mobile carriers are leading and where they’re falling behind.
For 2014, RootMetrics has taken the crown away from AT&T and given it to Verizon, who took first place in all of the categorical breakdowns RootMetrics tested.
It’s rumored that Project Nova began in the fall of last year, but it was only last month that the public became aware of Google’s entry into the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) game.
We know Google is wanting to partner with T-Mobile and Sprint, but beyond that everything has been speculation.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer and in need of a new tablet, you’re in luck. They have brought back the “Tablet on Us” promotion to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Starting this Thursday, February 12, you can grab the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 for $0 down and $0 payments assuming you have a qualifying data plan (1GB or higher). All you will have to do is pay the sales tax and keep your plan for 24 months. Not a bad deal.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 might not be the greatest tablet in the world, but we are talking Free and it will work on-the-go with its 4G connectivity.
You have until February 16th to get in on this deal.
The HTC One (M8) for T-Mobile was originally scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop in a software update sometime today. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be happening as there is an hour left in the day (on the east coast) and no such update has arrived. On T-Mobile’s support page for the HTC handset, February 10 is listed as the new date for Lollipop to start rolling out. The software update will be labeled as build 4.20.531.4 and the start of the roll out is tomorrow; therefore, it may take a few days for the update to reach all device owners.
Let us know in the comments when you receive the update.
As it stands today, Sprint holds the title as the third largest carrier in the United States. Only Verizon and AT&T stand in front of Sprint while T-Mobile watches from the back. But staying in third place seems difficult when John Legere has committed to putting Team Magenta ahead of Sprint by the end of 2015. T-Mobile has launched an attack on the wireless industry with competitive deals and unrivaled incentives.
Sprint has received plenty of negative attention due to the network’s quality being poor and pricing not matching service. Slowly though, things are changing because the carrier has invested in improving its network and introduced plenty of promotions. Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint, feels that Legere is “in for a rude awakening” and will allow to “let actions speak.”
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