A couple of days ago HTC unveiled its quad-core Tegra 3 based smartphone known as the One X. Immediately after that, AT&T announced that it would carry the LTE version with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Now rumors are starting to swirl that we may see the One X land on both Sprint and T-Mobile.
As to Sprint, we know they are launching their LTE service by mid-year, and they already announced the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that HTC will probably have something LTE as well. Pocketnow is reporting from a reliable source that the One X could land on Sprint under the EVO series. It could be called the EVO LTE, but for now it’s code named the Jewel.
The other interesting question is whether it will arrive with the Qualcomm dual-core chip (like AT&T) or the Tegra 3 quad-core chip? The reason the AT&T version has the Qualcomm chip is because the Tegra 3 isn’t compatible with LTE. We already know that NVIDIA is working on a LTE modem that will work with it, but it isn’t ready yet. Since the “Jewel” probably won’t launch till mid-year at the earliest, it’s possible the timing will work for Sprint to launch the Tegra 3 version. Again, this is all speculation.
The HTC One S was leaked earlier, and we now have the official press release unveiling of HTC’s entire One series. Now, according to HTC’s announcement at Mobile World Congress and their official press release, the HTC One S will be coming to the U.S. via T-Mobile.
The HTC One S has 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch display, 16 GB of internal storage, Android 4.0 (with HTC Sense) and the same 8 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front camera that the HTC One X has. The U.S. version also gets a slight bump to a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and is slated for a Spring release.
Full press release after the break.
Talk about a slap in the face. The scrappy Magenta would like to offer their condolences for the failed acquisition, thank AT&T for the newly acquired spectrum and begin rolling out their LTE network in 2013 all in the same breath. T-Mo means business and they’re looking to remain competitive by offering low price plan bundles while simultaneously expanding their network out over the next two years, which Philipp Humm calls their “reinvigorated challenger strategy”. The company’s press release states that they’ll be investing $4 billion on its network for “modernization” as well as expanding their current HSPA+ technology. And get this, they’re going to be doing it with the newly acquired AT&T spectrum from the acquisition fall-out. Ouch, that’s gotta sting a bit if you’re AT&T.
In addition, the company will attempt to free up space for LTE in their existing AWS spectrum. Here’s to hoping the company can get out of a rut after losing nearly 800,000 subscribers over the last three months which they claim is from iPhone 4S lanches landing on three of the four major US carriers. Hit the break for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think about it all in the comments below. Read more
There’s a reason why T-Mobile is referred to as “scrappy”. According to some recent FCC filings, o’l Magenta is looking to step in on Verizon’s latest acquisition attempt to purchase spectrum from a number of cable companies of which some deals are already in the works. Companies such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and House Networks. According to T-Mobile, the deal would focus an “excessive concentration” of wireless spectrum to be laid at the feet of one of the biggest wireless carriers in the U.S. In addition, most of the spectrum which Vz is attempting to purchase is of the AWS band variety which just so happens to be the userplane that the company uses for its 4G HSPA+ technology. T-Mobile will continue to argue that Big Red already has quite a large amount of AWS spectrum that they haven’t even tapped into yet, therefore, it’s unlikely we’ll see this new spectrum being used efficiently anytime soon.
“The Transactions come before the Commission at a critical time for the future of competition in mobile services, and particularly in mobile broadband. Verizon Wireless, with its extensive holdings of valuable low-frequency spectrum, already has a significant advantage in the industry migration to LTE as the new wireless broadband standard. Its smaller competitors do not have excess spectrum in which to first warehouse bandwidth and later deploy LTE. With current spectrum holdings, their effort to deploy LTE is more complicated, costly and time consuming. Moreover, its smaller competitors are largely relegated to the higher frequency ranges, which are more difficult to deploy due to their propagation and building penetration characteristics, and their ability to keep up with demand as the industry evolves to the LTE standard will be significantly capacity constrained, to the detriment of competition. “
Furthermore, T-Mo goes on to argue that companies such as itself would be a better fit for the spectrum as they would be able to put it to use “…quickly, more intensively, and more efficiently than Verizon Wireless.” Sounds pretty bold to me, but hey, if T-Mobile and other smaller carriers want to stay relevant in the mobile space and eventually expand their services, they’re going to have to fight for it now and today before it’s gone tomorrow. You can check out the FCC filing here if you haven’t already.
source: Associated Press
The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G has finally been confirmed and is on its way. Yes we’d already seen a hint here and another one there, but hey— we love seeing our confirmations, right kids? T-Mobile has confirmed the smartphone will land in its stores in March for a mere $150 on-contract. Moreover, the phone comes fully-loaded too folks. Inside, you’ll find a snazzy 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 3.97-inch (4-inch) Super AMOLED display, 5MP rear camera with 1.3MP front-facing camera and Gingerbread 2.3 with a touch of TouchWiz. Oh and don’t forget– the device does support T-Mo’s 42Mbps+ HSPA network, meaning you’ll be able to sail the world wide web with T-Mo’s improved 4G speeds. You’re excited and antsy, I get it. Check out the full press release from T-Mobile after you hit the break. Go on, you know you want to. Read more
According to a recent leak obtained by the folks over a TmoNews, three new devices are suspected to be headed to T-Mobile sometime in the near future. Based on the leaked screenshot you see above, the HTC Ville, Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T769), and the unknown Huawei Prism should be making their selves at home with T-Mobile in the next couple months. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of the HTC Ville heading to T-Mo, but this is the first time we have actually seen anything remotely “official” coming out of T-Mobile’s camp.
The screenshot above doesn’t mean these devices will actually show up on the dates listed, this is simply about accessories for each phone. From what the TmoNews tipster is saying, the dates are when the accessories are scheduled to show up at the warehouse, and doesn’t reflect in-store arrival dates. Generally we see accessories for phones show up about two weeks in advance of a device launch, so it’s safe to assume we may see the real deal somewhere within that time frame. We will keep you posted as we learn more.
Did you know that there is a technology standard called Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), that allows a mobile phone to use your Wi-Fi network to place your calls? It comes in very handy if you can’t get a decent signal inside your home or office. We reported over a year ago about T-Mobile’s plan to add something similar to UMA which was direct WiFi calling and it looks like they’re standing by their word. The difference between UMA and regular calls over WiFi shows itself in that unlike UMA, your call does not hand-off to the network should you leave your WiFi connection. Once you’re out of range with your router, the call drops. In addition, unlike UMA which was free, WiFi calling still counts towards your plan’s minutes.
In response to a post on TheVerge about IP calling, Josh Lonn, Director of Product Management for T-Mobile, posted a message in their forums clarifying T-Mobile’s position on the technology. In his post he mentions that “… in the future you will continue to see T-Mobile include Wi-Fi Calling as a feature on the vast majority of our smart phones. As a pure play wireless company, we will continue to leverage and embrace the power of IP communications to bring seamless, cost-effective connections to consumers across networks and devices.”
Good news for owners of the T-Mobile G2X and its international brother the LG Optimus 2X, Ricardo Cerquiera has released a functional (albeit finicky) build of CyanogenMod 9. He mentions, of course, that these builds are not supported and do not guarantee any further updates. It seems that these builds are primarily good for testing out the look and feel of CM9 before the official release as there is no media acceleration for either encoding or decoding, and some Android 4.0 ICS graphics implementations will be glitchy. Hit up the source if you’re interested in giving CM9 a test run!
Source: ricardo cerqueira
Mark February 11 on your calendars because T-Mobile is going to have one of those really big sales. This time they are celebrating Valentine’s Day just in case you need to get that special someone a really nice Android phone or tablet. Of course there’s nothing stopping you from taking advantage of this promo for yourself. Notice how I said “get” instead of “buy” because this sale is all about FREE.
T-Mobile is giving you the chance to pickup their latest 4G smartphones and select tablets for free. There is one minor catch, and that it’s free after rebate. You will of course need to sign up with a new 2-year contract with either the Value or Classic plan, and both new and existing customers are eligible. So if you’re in the market for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II, The HTC Amaze 4G, or the Huawei Springboard, this Saturday is the day to grab one.
Full press release after the break:
Photos Courtesy of TmoNews
You know how T-Mobile was quietly throwing around the idea of promotional sales starting January 25th? You know, the news that TmoNews brought to our attentions and we relayed to you on the 19th? Well it appears that T-Mobile changed their minds and are now listing the Mobile Hotspot compatible rate plans on their site for a limited time only. There is no say as to how long these promotions will be around though.
Found under Value, Classic, Individual and Family plans you can now get a 5GB or 10GB bundled plan for a steal. It’s a surprise that T-Mobile would keep something that distinguishes them from their competition under wraps. Seriously, they should be promoting the heck out of these deals!
So if you are on T-Mobile and are wanting a heck of a deal for these Unlimited-Premium/Ultra plans I would hit the source below and do it soon. Seriously, I have no idea how long these deals are going to be around and the images below will help you get an idea of what you’re looking for. Enjoy!