The Nexus S 4G is one of Sprints latest offerings on their network. From Sprint you can get this Android 2.3 device for $199, and at Best Buy for $150 as reported last week. Now Wirefly has showed them both up by offering the Pure Google phone for $99. I don’t need to tell you guys this is a great deal for this Google+Samsung device. You won’t find many differences between this Nexus S 4G and the Nexus S (T-Mobile), other than the 4G version will have the capability to run on Sprints WiMAX network.
- 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display
- Hummingbird ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor
- 512MB Ram
- 5-megapixel rear facing camera, VGA front facing
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 16GB internal memory
This deal however is only for new customers. So if you’re hoping to upgrade for that price, it ain’t gonna happen. You’ll of course get a slight discount at $150 as an existing customer. So if you’ve been on the fence about leaving your current carrier, this may be a great time to do so, and get your hands on an awesome device at a great price.
A little while back, my esteemed colleague Robert brought us news that the HTC Incredible S would have a locked bootloader. What this means is that it makes it much more difficult (not impossible mind you) to root the phone and then add custom ROMs, kernels or recoveries to it. This has been an increasing trend with formerly-development-friendly HTC, with both the Incredible S and the Thunderbolt including locked bootloaders.
T-Mobile, the small yet scrappy innovative carrier of them all appears to be gearing up to add some new features to their smartphone plans. According to some leaked screenshots from our ninja loving friends over at TmoNews, it looks like existing customers can add unlimited WiFi calling, Name ID features for anyone not in your contact list and a voicemail-to-text feature for your added convenience. We especially love the unlimited WiFi calling for those who might be having less than par coverage in their area. This is much like the UMA (unlimited mobile access) feature we’ve seen on Blackberry devices. However, the difference is there are no hand-overs from UMA to the network and vice versa. WiFi calling is strictly over your WiFi connection and still uses your minutes unlike UMA. And once you are outside of your WiFi hot-spot, you lose the call. This is still a great feature for anyone having less than three bars in-house. Oh yeah, and it’s free. The caller ID feature will provide you with any name, number, city and state for businesses and contacts that are not stored in your phone book.
And finally, there’s the voicemail to text feature that is sure to be a hit. T-Mobile will add the feature to their existing Visual Voicemail application which transcribes messages for you via email or text message. Overall, we’d say not too shabby on T-Mobile’s part. Great job Magenta, it’s no wonder you’re constantly getting awards for innovation. As of now, we’ve not heard an official word from T-Mo on these new features, we’ve only got the leaked screenshots. So, things could possibly change or get scrapped all together. But be sure to keep it here to find out.
[via engadget by tmonews]
T-Mobile is celebrating the launch of the G2x and its gaming potential by kicking off a contest to take one lucky fan to E3 and give them one of their hot new phones. Starting May 15th, anyone vying for a trip to E3 and a hot new phone can upload 15-second video to T-Mobile’s Facebook page and the winners will receive a trip to E3 and a G2x, and will get to serve as T-Mobile’s correspondents at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Facebook users will vote on the videos, and the top 10 will win a prize with the top 2 getting a trip to the biggest gaming convention of the year. Best of luck to you all!!
[Thanks to Lori at T-Mobile!]
Leaked images of the the Samsung T759 running Android 2.3.3 recently surfaced. It is believed that this will be marketed as the “Exhibit.”
Some of the expected features include:
- 3.7-inch (800 x 400) AMOLED display
- 1,4GHz ARM11 processor
- 5 megapixel camera with 720p recording
- VGA front-facing camera
It is refreshing to see a new phone that has Gingerbread already installed, even if it is not the latest version 2.3.4. It is amazing how many phones are being released with Froyo on it. The fact that the Exhibit is a Samsung phone makes it even more amazing.
We do not know about pricing or availability yet, but we will let you know as we find out more.
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T-Mobile announced, via Twitter, that Fort Myers, Florida; Pueblo, Colorado; and Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pennsylvania have been added to the list of markets that have 21Mbps HSPA+. This adds about 210,000 subscribers that now have access to their 4G network.
T-Mobile plans on doubling the bandwidth for their HSPA+ to 42Mbps later this year. They are the fourth-largest mobile operator and plan on delivering 25 4G-capable devices this year.
When Cyanogen tweeted that he bought a T-Mobile G2X, the hacking community must have fainted on the spot in joy of what was about to happen to their dual-core powered pocket beast. Cyanogen has been hard at work and we too want to thank his lady for being patient with him, as he hacks away on behalf of the dev community. It truly means a great deal to us, as he is definitely our most beloved nerd hero. That being said, the highly custom ROM, CyanogenMod7, is now available for you G2X and Optimus 2X owners. I can’t even begin to imagine how fast these builds are going to allow the device to go. Keep in mind that these are nightly builds, so there may be a few bugs initially. According to XDA, known issues include video capture, audio playback and a few auto-brightness bugs.
So, if you’re dying to get your hands on some CM7 sprinkled with Gingerbread, head on over to the XDA thread via the respective source thread. And feel free to ignore this if you just want to wait for the official 2.3 Gingerbread OTA that will be sent by T-Mobile. Please make sure you know the difference between the two devices. The T-Mobile G2X based in the US is similar to its cousin, the Optimus 2X but is based overseas and has slightly different software on board. And as usual, TA is not responsible for anyone who bricks the smack out of their device. Do this at your own risk. If you’re not familiar with the rooting process, get a friend who is or steer clear of it for now. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for some screenshots and to snag the XDA thread links.
As you’re already aware, not everyone is happy with the AT&T&T-Mobile buy-out. It appears that the FCC wants to know what you think about the whole acquisition, which is looking to be finalized about this time next year. Have you had an opinion or thought on the matter? The FCC has provided a place on their electronic comment filing page for you to chime in. Now is the time to take advantage if you’ve been looking to get something off of your chest. Head on over to their site via the source link and look for file number 147, proceeding number 11-65 and feel free to fire away in the comment box. While you’re at it, paste that rant or blessing in our comments section first before pasting it over at their site. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Dan Hesse, there’s even a spot for you too my friend! As a T-Mobile employee myself, I have much to say on the matter, but I think I’ll save that jazz for another post. I’ll just suffice it to say this, I shiver at the thought of Android being solely left in the hands of AT&T.
I think our friend Zak Stinson, over at Android Police sums it up well as to what we should be worried about:
- A lack of competition resulting from fewer, larger carriers may result in less innovation and increased prices.
- Both carriers’ 4G HSPA+ bands are incompatible, risking loss of coverage for T-Mobile handsets once AT&T LTE starts rolling out
- Only one major carrier will be buying GSM handsets, meaning they will have the lion’s share of control over the GSM devices that make it to the U.S. market
[via fcc by androidpolice]
Who doesn’t love some friendly competition, a little “anything you can do, I can do better”? It looks like T-Mobile likes it just fine. As we all know, Verizon’s LTE network suffered some serious downtime recently. In a tweet released by T-Mo, the carrier stated:
“@VerizonWireless In the time your network was out, we downloaded 22 million photos, 17 million eBooks and 1 million apps on our 4G network.”
Sound a little snarky? Of course it does! What do you think of T-Mo’s attitude in this? Be sure to let us know in the comments.