T-Mobile launched the Samsung Galaxy S III around the same time as other carriers, but due to its 4G LTE network not being deployed until this year, there was no LTE support. That’s about to change now after the Galaxy S III was spotted passing through the FCC with T-Mobile LTE support. Known as the Samsung SGH-T999L, consumers can anticipate its arrival on March 27th. The phone will also have support for HSPA+ over the 850, 1700, and 1900MHz bands, including LTE Band 17 which is utilized on AT&T smartphones. In other words, T-Mobile customers who unlock this upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, could use it on AT&T’s network.
If you’re looking to get your hands on the Nexus 4, T-Mobile has an offer that is hard to refuse. For a limited time only, the Nexus 4 is available for $49.99 on a new two-year contract for new customers. As an added bonus, the $35 activation fee is waived and T-Mobile is throwing in a free car charger. While you do save money upfront, it’s worth mentioning that you will pay more in the long run.
Depending on your data plan, buying the Nexus 4 on-contract means you’ll pay $79.99 per month or more over 24 months. However, if you opt to shell out $299 or $349 for the Nexus 4 directly from the Google Play Store, you can pay as low as $30 per month for one of T-Mobile’s off-contract Monthly4G plans.
Images and specs of the T-Mobile Prism II (Huawei U8686) have been leaked online via @evleaks. A followup to the former Huawei Prism, the Prism II will feature a similar form factor to its predecessor and will come with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, a 1.0 GHz CPU and a HVGA (480 x 320) display. Not much else is known yet about this device but check back with TalkAndroid as we learn more about the device.
It wasn’t too long ago that AT&T attempted to buy out T-Mobile, before backing out after a 9 month pursuit. Alas, business is business, and AT&T isn’t letting would could have been affect their marketing strategies. Their latest, full-page ad ran in three popular newspapers, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and went after T-Mobile without pulling any punches. The ad claims T-Mobile’s network suffers from twice as many dropped calls as AT&T and only offers half the download speeds. That’s some pretty harsh marketing.
T-Mobile’s CMO, Mike Sievert, shrugged it off and commented that he was just “glad they’re spending their money to print our name.” AT&T, intent on having the last word, released a statement saying ”T-Mobile’s advertising is a combination of misguided and just plain wrong,” and the ad was “just a friendly reminder of the fact that independent third-party testing says AT&T’s network delivers faster speeds and fewer dropped calls than them.”
While AT&T’s claims are probably statistically accurate, they’re the second largest cellular network in the US, and T-Mobile is still a relatively small-time competitor next to that. Compare apples to oranges, AT&T.
source: The Verge
T-Mobile recently shared some good news with the public indicating the company is headed in a better direction— albeit at a slower rate than competitors. According to its Q4 results, while the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier saw a slight decrease in postpaid subscribers, it saw a significant uptick in prepaid subscribers with the addition of 166,000 total customers. Adjusting for the postpaid subscribers, T-Mobile saw the the net customer additions come to something around 61,000 total.
While the customer additions are exciting, T-Mobile really used the Q4 results to tout its ever-growing LTE plan. As part of its gradual evolution to the next generation of 4G, T-Mobile formally announced its LTE network “been completed” in Las Vegas and Kansas City, so those of you living in those markets can already enjoy some fast LTE speeds. More importantly— T-Mo will actually accelerate its LTE plan and insists that 100 million customers will be covered by the middle of the year, while more than 200 will see LTE by the end of the year. Oh and don’t think that T-Mo has forgotten its faux-g base either as completed extensive HSPA+ upgrades in the Orlando, Ann Arbor and Richmond markets, bringing the total number of customers covered by 1900MHz HSPA+ to something in the neighborhood of 142 million.
All we need now are just a couple of LTE-ready devices T-Mo, but as the old adage says: better late than never T-Mo.
Save the date folks. Wireless carrier MetroPCS has set March 28th as the date to vote on its merger with T-Mobile. The two phone carriers have been in talks to merge that was reported as early as October 2012. According to reports, this merger will be classified as a “reverse merger” meaning that T-Mobile will merge into MetroPCS’ structure rather than the opposite. Deutsche Telekom will benefit from this merger by getting 74% of the company’s shares. The remaining 26% will go to MetroPCS shareholders which equals a total amount of $1.5 billion.
While the date has been set, there looks to be some potential roadblocks in the form of some opposition to the merger. Among the different opponents out there is P. Schoenfeld, a firm who holds a total of 8.3 million shares, or about 2.3% of shares in MetroPCS. The firm has expressed the intention to vote against the merger using its shares. Along with them is another firm expressing opposition to the merger, Paulson & Co. Paulson & Co. has a total of 8.7% of shares in MetroPCS and may join in the efforts to oppose the merger of the two wireless carriers.
It will be interesting to see how this developing T-Mobile/MetroPCS saga will play out.
T-Mobile has launched their new GoSmart Mobile prepaid wireless service brand this month according to a press release they issued as we previously reported. Plans start at only $30 per month for unlimited voice and text or add $5 more per month for 2G web service. An unlimited voice, text, and 3G data plan is available for $45 per month. GoSmart is hoping to tap into customers who may be happy with their device but are looking for something prepaid by offering a Mobile SIM kit that will work with any compatible GSM phone. They also offer GoSmart branded devices, with two options available for under $100.
If you are interested in GoSmart Mobile, head over to their web site at www.GoSmartMobile.com to place an order. GoSmart Mobile indicates they will be available at dealer stores nationwide. Check out the full press release after the break for more details. » Read the rest
Now that Google has apparently straightened out their supply issues with the Nexus 4, at least partially, they can focus on getting the device into consumers’ hands. First step? Helping people find local stores that stock the elusive device. Google’s launched a page specifically for locating a Nexus 4 in stores near their location. Unfortunately, it only brings up T-Mobile stores, so it’s a little limited in its current state. Using the same tool for the Nexus 7 pulls up many, many more possible retailers, so Google’s definitely got some tweaking to do, but it’s a step in the right direction. Anybody dropping by their local T-Mobile to pick one of these up?
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.
source: Fierce Wireless