It’s only been a couple days since T-Mobile announced the availability of the white Samsung Galaxy S II that has the same price point and specs as the original black version. An awesome phone and completely worth the asking price of $229.99, but through the weekend only you can get it from T-Mo’s website for a mere $99.
The deal is valid online only and runs until this Sunday, December 18th. You will need to purchase the device for $149.99, but will receive a $50 mail in rebate. As with all great discounts you will also need to sign a new two year agreement nut that is pretty much the norm these days. If you are looking for a new phone, whether a power user or not, this should be one of your top contenders. The GSII is one of the most highly regarded Android phones available and I can assure you at $99 you will not be disappointed (as long as you like white). Hit up the source link below to get your hands on this beastly smartphone for an un-beastly price.
Senator Al Franken has received letters from from Carrier IQ as well as; AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC. All explaining how carrier IQ works and their involvement in it’s use. With all of theses responses it still leaves the Senator with some questions and concerns.
As it should you too. Here is a quote from the Senator’s press release;
“I appreciate the responses I received, but I’m still very troubled by what’s going on, people have a fundamental right to control their private information. After reading the companies’ responses, I’m still concerned that this right is not being respected. The average user of any device equipped with Carrier IQ software has no way of knowing that this software is running, what information it is getting, and who it is giving it to-and that’s a problem. It appears that Carrier IQ has been receiving the contents of a number of text messages-even though they had told the public that they did not. I’m also bothered by the software’s ability to capture the contents of our online searches-even when users wish to encrypt them. So there are still many questions to be answered here and things that need to be fixed.” said Sen. Franken.
This is just a little snip-it but, if you want to read all he had to say, as well as what Carrier IQ, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC’s use of Carrier IQ and the phones it is installed on. Click on the links below to read their letters to the Senator. Motorola and T-Mobile have until December 20th to respond.
Senator Al Franken’s Press release;
Also responses from;
· Carrier IQ: letter and attachment.
The awesome T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II is getting a nice update today, bringing the device up to Android 2.3.5 and software version T989VUVKL1. The update brings improvements (“enhancements”) to caller ID, battery life, and Wi-Fi calling. T-mobile says that this update is not required, but why would you want to pass up on device enhancements?
The update is FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) and should appear as a notification when your device is ready. For further details hit the source link below.
[via T-Mobile Support]
Samsung is really diggin’ those white phones! We recently saw the manufacturer announce a white version of the Galaxy S II for T-Mobile that should be available on December, 14th. Before that, on December, 4th, Sammy brought the white Galaxy S II Skyrocket to AT&T and now has plans to distribute the phone internationally.
Now the plan is to continue the white theme and lighten the color on the Galaxy S II LTE HD. As you can see in the picture above, the phone will be available in white and according to Samsung, should appeal more to women and the younger generation. All specs are to be the same as the original black version, just with a little color makeover.
[via Pocket Now]
If you are the owner of an HTC Sensation 4G then you may be pleased to know that T-Mobile has begun to roll-out a new update bringing the device to Android 2.3.4, and software version 1.50.531.1. The roll-out started yesterday, Dec. 7, and continues through Jan. 15. Quite a widespread time-frame given the fact the update is random and you don’t really know when to expect it to hit. I guess you should just keep checking your notification bar for a software upgrade message. If you are antsy like me, you can manually check to see if the update is available by pressing Menu–> Settings–> About Phone–> System Updates. If your device is ready for the update you will see a download option and you should definitely press ‘yes’. The features and improvements you can expect are as follows:
- Software stability
- Improved battery life
- Improvements to Trace dictionary
- Screen unresponsiveness resolved
- Device taking screen shots resolved
- Lock screen shifted up resolved
- Icon pixilation resolved
- Improved Wi-Fi connection
- Green lines on photo resolved
Hit the source link below to see the full announcement from the T-Mobile Support Community.
[via T-Mobile Support]
If you thought the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II was already a sexy handset, just wait until it slips into something a little more comfortable. Alright, I’m not entirely sure where I was going with that, but you get the idea right? We’re a little excited because T-Mobile has made it official that it will be offering one of its major flagship devices in white with a confirmation for December 14th, just in time for the holidays. The device will be available for $230 bucks with a new 2 yr contract. Not a bad devices to spend a couple of years with if you ask me.
Are you tired of having multiple data plans for multiple devices? Are you on Verizon Wireless? Well then Verizon Communications CEO McAdam certainly has good news. According to McAdam, people are dealing with four to five screens (smartphones, tablets, wireless modems, etc) and don’t like having to pay for all those devices on separate bills, and Verizon doesn’t like that you have to either. As McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference:
“I think in 2012 we will see it. We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal.”
Specifics weren’t provided, but it appears that AT&T and Sprint are playing around with the same idea. While most wireless users are able to share cell minutes through family plans across different phones and users, data usage is tallied on a per-device basis. Family data plans could allow multiple people with multiple devices to share the same pool of data.
AT&T received the lowest rating in Consumer Reports annual satisfaction survey for a second year running. A provider called Consumer Cellular received the top rank in the same survey. In regards to the four major U.S. carriers though, Verizon made the top of the list with Sprint following. T-Mobile was behind both but was rated quite a bit higher than AT&T. However, it wasn’t the 4 power house carriers that were ranked higher in satisfaction, but rather, the little guy was seen as providing better services. As the electronics editor for Consumer Reports, Paul Reynolds put it:
“Our survey indicates that subscribers to prepaid and smaller standard-service providers are happiest overall with their cell-phone service.”
“However, these carriers aren’t for everyone. Some are only regional, and prepaid carriers tend to offer few or no smart phones.The major carriers are still leading options for many consumers, and we found they ranged widely in how well they satisfied their customers.”
Over 66,000 Consumer Reports’ subscribers were surveyed about their service and customer-support experiences with both standard and no-contract carriers. The full report will be available in the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports features carrier ratings for 22 metropolitan markets. What about you guys? Do you think this is an accurate survey in Carrier satisfaction?
[via Consumer Reports]
T-Mobile and Sprint have recently decided to chime in on the conversation regarding their use of Carrier IQ, a metrics tool used to gather statistical data. Via some internal and unreleased memos regarding Carrier IQ, both carriers have discussed, as expected, its intended use which was to simply log data for troubleshooting and to improve the overall network performance for each respective carrier. Check out their responses below in an interview with The Verge:
T-Mobile: “T-Mobile does not use the tool to obtain the content of text, email or voice messages, or the specific destinations of customers’ Internet activity. It is not used for marketing purposes. T-Mobile uses the Carrier IQ diagnostic tool to gather device data for effective troubleshooting and to increase the overall device and network performance for our customers.
Sprint: “Sprint uses the Carrier IQ data to only understand device performance on our network so we can identify when issues are occurring. … Even with Carrier IQ, Sprint does not and cannot look at or record contents of messages, photos, videos, etc., nor do we sell or provide a direct feed of Carrier IQ data to anyone outside Sprint.
In addition, T-Mobile also went one step further and listed the devices on its network currently running the Carrier IQ software. Hit the break for the full list of
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While the extent of the damage that Carrier IQ has caused is still out to jury, it appears that a few more companies are being added to the lawsuit mix. The only people that haven’t heard of Carrier IQ are those that have shunned technology, but if you are one of those folk that don’t know what the exact controversy is, you should read this. The new suit brings Apple, Motorola and cellular carriers, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, into the foray.
The suits were filled by Sianni & Straite, of Wilmington DE, and both Keefe Bartels and Eichen, and Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy of New Jersey. They are being handled in a Wilmington Delaware federal court. All companies named are being accused of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, the Stored Electronic Communications Act, and the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. While companies involved in this controversy are placing blame else where, it appears that T-Mobile may have allegedly installed Carrier IQ on devices without phone maker’s knowledge and participation.
It is safe to say that this controversy rocked the smart phone world and that the fallout from this will be monumental. As companies continue to shake the blame the waters will continue to become muddier. There are those out there that are doing there part to rid phones of Carrier IQ and for those of you curious on how to do that please go here.