Now what do we have here…? T-Mobile is quietly preparing to launch two promotional bundles for new and existing customers. T-Mo News reports beginning January 25th, T-Mobile will offer the Unlimited-Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans that will add in the Smartphone Mobile Hotspot and MobileLife Album Plus services for free. Sounds great and all, but you’re probably wondering what the significance is. Well the included Smartphone Mobile Hotspot and MobileLife Album Plus is an additional value of up to $19.98 for customers. In addition, the Smartphone Mobile Hotspot provides the ability to share a 4G connection with your other gadgets and is normally a $14.99 value.
What is surprising about this leaked information is that it seems that T-Mobile is not going out of its way to mention or promote this promotion to customers. It seems that most new and prospective customers will likely be unaware of this big deal, but then again— that’s why you fine readers have us here at Talk Android to give you the needed heads up.
If you’re interested (and I know a lot of you are out there), the promotion is available to both new and existing customers on any legacy contract, classic and value rate plans who choose to upgrade to the Unlimited-Premium 5GB or Unlimited-Ultra 10GB rate plan. If you do end up splurging on this great promotion, let us know how T-Mobile’s 4G speeds and mobile hotspot feature is working out for you in the Comments section below.
[via T-Mo News]
You already know that T-Mobile and Walmart are two brands giving you the most value for your buck. Now they’re looking to give you even more value by introducing new prices for the WalMart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web family plan. The plan is not just affordable, but more importantly— it’s contract and committment-free. One less thing for customers to worry about.
The WalMart Family Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan works in a straightforward way. After a $25 starter kit for each line, the first line gets unlimited talk, text and web for $45/month, while it’s $35/month for each additional line after that. This would add up to $80/month for two lines, $115/month for three lines, etc.
While you do get to enjoy data access, keep in mind you’re limited to 3G speeds, not T-Mobile’s solid HSPA+ 4G network. If you’re interested in the plan, make sure you sign up for the plan as soon as possible as T-Mobile and Walmart are wooing new customers by offering a 5GB monthly data cap at 3G speeds until March 31st if you sign up by March 16th. If you sign up afterwards, you’ll be limited to a measly 250MB at 3G speeds per month. Oh and you kinda sorta get throttled to slower data speeds once you go past your limit. At least you’re not charged overage fees.
Despite some of the minor trade-offs, this is great for families seeking to get the most out of their bucks. More importantly, this would be a great way to introduce your family to the Android family (hey, what can I say– I’m a homer for Android). Let us know if you plan on keeping your current cell phone plan with that fancy 4G data or if you will consider signing up for the family plan instead in the Comments section below. Hit the break for the full presser from WalMart.
While HTC’s presence was relatively minor at CES, it doesn’t mean they haven’t been plotting their intentions behind closed doors. The fine team at pocket now has just learned T-Mobile will be the carrier for the HTC Ville smartphone. In case you don’t remember, the phone features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Ice Cream Sandwich with a dabble of Sense 4.0 as an added topping. The phone looks to be launched sometime in the spring.
That’s not all either folks. An additional bit of news is HTC’s intention to go into the social networking arena, sort of. They will introduce a service called HTC Family, which is intended for users to communicate with loved ones on an even more personal level. The service centers around a Wall, where loved ones can leave messages for one another in addition to coordinating family events. Moreover, the service may include a geolocation feature which allows members to track one another and post their whereabouts to the wall. Further details are scarce for now, but look for more information to leak out especially as we approach the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
(Photo via pocket now)
[via pocket now]
It seems like a certain mobile carrier has been awfully quiet lately, hasn’t it? Well T-Mobile doesn’t want anyone to forget about its presence down at CES. In fact, T-Mobile is out to make the statement that it intends to have a monstrous and successful 2012. They begin the new year by making 3 major announcements— all revolving around its solid 4G network. The first tidbit of news is T-Mobile has doubled the speed and expanded the reach of its HSPA+ network to cover over 184 million Americans. That means that many of you living in the 217 4G markets will be able to enjoy up to 42Mbps speeds on select 4G-enabled smartphones.
This leads us to the second bit of news— the formal announcement of a new 4G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. The phone (which will be among the first to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42), will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S3 chip, which of course is a dual-core processor and will be clocked at 1.5Ghz. In addition, the phone will feature that super sexy Super AMOLED display. T-Mobile has skimped on the specifics, but stresses more details and specifics of the phone will surface over the coming weeks and months. We hope to find out the window of which we can expect the phone to reach T-Mobile stores at a later date as well. Nevertheless, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G looks like it’s going to be a great device for communicating with friends and family.
And this leads us to the third piece of T-Mobile’s announcement: the introduction of the Bobsled Messaging app by T-Mobile. The app is essentially T-Mobile’s answer to Apple’s iMessage and “allows users to send and receive free individual and group messages with friends and family from any Android-powered smartphone or tablet, and any web connected, browser-enabled device”. The app is available in the Android Market today. Also of note is the enhancement of T-Mobile’s Bobsled Calling service which enables users to make free phone calls from their mobile and WiFi-enabled devices including Android-powered smartphones and tablets as well as iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
That’s one heck of a statement T-Mobile is trying to make. Let’s hope we see some more phones in the next few days at CES now. Hit the break for the complete press release from T-Mobile. Read more
The holiday season may be over, but that isn’t stopping T-Mobile from wooing you into a new phone. The mobile carrier has announced they are having a 3-day “New Year, New Phone” sale for this weekend only, which starts Friday, January 6th. The prices of the various devices are certainly bonkers too. You’ll be able to find devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G for $49.99 (with mail-in rebate) to the LG Doubleplay for the sweet price of gratis (after mail-in rebate also). Of course you’ll be tied down to monthly payments for any one of the listed devices themselves, but hey— a $49.99 Samsung Galaxy S II or even a free LG Doubleplay phone looks good to most of us around these parts.
The T-Mobile Galaxy S II is ready for a battle against the iPhone 4S anywhere, anytime. In a humorous skit, an iPhone user decides to take on a Galaxy S II user. With the Galaxy S II’s bigger screen, faster dual-core processor and T-Mobile’s 4G network, can you guess the winner of the battle? Check out the video below to show why the Galaxy S II owns the iPhone 4S.
So, whether you wanted it to or not, the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition is over for now and T-Mobile will continue to be the small scrappy guy everyone loves, with a huge Android portfolio, innovative technology and small competitive price planning. In the aftermath, it appears that Deutsche Telekom has made out on the deal thanks to the break-up agreement that was set in place. DT will most likely use the earnings to pay off any excess debt. So, what does this mean for U.S’s Magenta? Both AT&T and T-Mobile have settled on a 7-year roaming agreement allowing T-Mo customers to freely roam on AT&T’s UMTS network. Apparently, T-Mobile has been working on a few devices capable of running several of these frequencies.
And according to DT, the deal will expand Magenta’s coverage by about 50 million subscribers (230 to 280 million). Hey, at this point, T-Mo will take what they can get. Here’s what T-Mobile’s Chief Operations Officer, Jim Alling had to say when the company released an official statement on their blog: Read more
It’s no surprise that T-Mobile tends to use the odd frequency out when it comes to various bands. They largely operate on the 1700 MHz AWS band. And for the most part, unlocked and imported devices along with AT&T unlocked devices like the iPhone tend to only benefit from Edge speeds, mostly relying on a decent WiFi connection. Well, all of that is about to change as Magenta is beginning to roll out their 1900MHz frequency. Now, users with unlocked device may begin to see the new 3G frequency on their devices where before only Edge speeds were capable. This is all largely in part due to T-Mobile upgrading their network to support existing customers. So, if you’re in the right place at the right time, iPhone users on T-Mobile could start seeing the new 3G signal soon. And with the recent fall-out of the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition, Magenta will acquire certain spectrum licenses, in addition to roaming on AT&T’s 3G network. And how can you do this without proper hardware? You can’t. So, what’s in store for future T-Mobile devices? We’ll obviously need to see some handsets coming out which will support all necessary frequencies like 850, 1700 and 1900 MHz. Difficult but not impossible as there are a few Pentaband devices on the market today. Only time will tell however.
T-Mobile MyTouch 4G owners are set to receive an update starting today. What does this update include, you ask? You’ll find the update not only includes an important Google security update, but a new version of Swype and other software improvements. The software update is OTA and will bring your phone software to version 2.32.531.1. T-Mobile highlights the OTA rollout will be complete by January 23, 2012.
While the update will be pushed automatically to the phones, it will also provide the manual instructions to users. If you’re a MyTouch 4G owner, let us know if or when you receive the devices and let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section.
[via T-Mobile Support]
Android Central forum member beezy has whipped up an Ice Cream Sandwich treat for you folks on Sprint with a Nexus S 4G. The Android 4.0.3 OTA for T-mobile’s Nexus S has been ported to Sprint’s Nexus 4G. You won’t see any wimax (4G), but 3G data, camera, WiFi, and bluetooth are confirmed working. You’ll need to be rooted and you can flash this ROM via Clockwork. You will also need to head over to the AC forums and be registered to download the file and you can do so from the source link below. Happy flashing, but do so at your own risk.
[via android central forums]