HTC seems to be running a little slow with kernel releases, but better late than never. They just released the kernel source for both the T-Mobile One S and the Sprint EVO 4G LTE. Again these source codes don’t mean much unless you’re a developer, but if you own one of these phones, you can be on the look out for better performance from custom ROMs.
Earlier this week we reported that the T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze Q will land in T-Mobile stores on August 15th. It just so happens that it recently passed through the FCC sporting T-Mobile’s mobile network, packing AWS, GPRS 850 and 1900 radio bands. This is rumored to be a slide-out QWERTY-style phone and is expected to sport a 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 720p (1280 x 720) display, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Ridiculous name aside, the specs on this alone does make it by far the most powerful physical slide-out QWERTY phone that’s ever been made. Are there any of you that are still fans of physical slide-out QWERTY phones? If so, will you be able to put aside the funky name and pick this up?
The next generation of the T-Mobile MyTouch smartphone series are on their way everyone. The devices known as the myTouch and myTouch Q are developed by Huawei and will each feature a 1.4GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA screen, 5MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Both devices are identical except for one thing— the myTouch Q will sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for those of you into having physical keys on your devices.
Both devices are expected to be available from August 8th and either phone will run you a mere $50 on contract— after a $50 mail-in rebate of course. Want more details? Ok fine— you’ll get additional details found in the presser once you hit past the break.
While we’re still in the midst of our summer, T-Mobile is prepping up its yearly back-to-school promotions. Starting July 11 (tomorrow), T-Mobile will offer a variety of options for new and existing customers to give them cheap and viable options for 4G smart phones. They are offering a Buy One Get One (BOGO) Free on any Samsung Galaxy 4G smartphone. This one works a little different as you don’t necessarily get the same device for free. For starters you can grab either the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S Blaze 4G, or the Galaxy Tab 10.1. With the BOGO deal, customers will receive a Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Blaze 4G, or a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G for free. It should also be noted that it will be free after rebate.
Remember the Samsung SGH-T699 we reported about in May? We knew it was going to be a QWERTY slider, but were never sure of the name. Are you ready for this one? It’s going to be called the Galaxy S Blaze Q. Actually, an internal name of Apex Q for T-Mobile was spotted back in April for devices to get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.
Alright so the name isn’t too hot, but the specs looks pretty good. It’s expected to sport a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM, and a 720p (1280 x 720) display, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This would make it the best QWERTY slider available. If QWERTY sliders are your thing, than mark August 15th on your calendar because that’s when it will become available. No pricing yet, but we will let you know.
T-Mobile instituted a hotspot plan in 2010, but many users were never charged because of technical limitations with the software. Recently T-Mo has been blocking users, after receiving Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades, and redirecting them to a sales page telling them that they can purchase the feature for an additional $14.95 per month. If you’re a T-Mobile user and experiencing this, you can bypass it, and it’s not too difficult.
The Samsung Galaxy Note phone/tablet released last year has been a big success even though most people in the tech community initially counted it out due to its large 5.3″ screen. In the U.S. the note has only been available for AT&T even though it has been rumored to be released on all carriers, but the T-Mobile version is the only one with real photo evidence and FCC approval. The Note has had a number of rumored release dates with the most recent being July 11th. It looks like that date is no longer walid as a leaked roadmap now shows the retail date as August 8.
Its seems rather strange that T-Mobile would wait so long to release what has been a great selling device with over 7 million sold world wide. The Note is still a great option with a large display and added stylus functionality. It will be interesting to see how it fares against the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One S already on T-Mobile. The Note is mentioned along with other upcoming Samsung devices the Apex Q witch is rumored to be a QWERTY rocking device that sports 720p display. Tho other phone mentioned named Cacao is unknown at this point, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Is the Galaxy Note still one of the phones you have your eye on, or has the wait soured the whole thing?
Today, T-Mobile USA and Assurant Solutions announced the availability of a new mobile device protection program for T-Mobile customers in the United States. The program, called Monthly4G Handset Protection (MHP), includes coverage for accidental damage, water damage, loss, theft, and mechanical or electrical malfunction after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. According to T-Mobile’s VP of marketing Mike Katz:
“There has been increased consumer demand for no-annual contract wireless plans and our Monthly4G plans are being adopted in record numbers -– with our prepaid business doubling over the past year. We want to provide these customers with security and protection options like we do our postpaid customers and are happy to launch MHP with Assurant Solutions. They have tremendous expertise in developing mobile protection solutions for global carriers, and we are confident that this program will add significant value to the T-Mobile customer experience.”
Any of our T-Mobile users out there interested in this new handset protection? You can learn more about Assurant Solutions in the press release after the break.
T-Mobile has just solidified its name with budget-minded folks by offering its prepaid and monthly 4G no-contract plans in over 6,000 Dollar General stores. With low pricing comes less choice, and only Samsung‘s t139 flip phone will be available, no Android in sight. Click past the break for the full press release if you care.
You’ve got to hand it to T-Mobile and Verizon— each wireless carrier is positioning itself to have the best wireless technology possible for its customers. Both carriers signed a landmark AWS spectrum purchase and exchange agreement. For T-Mobile specifically, the deal would allow it to acquire additional spectrum, while simultaneously realigning its current spectrum holdings. The deal would cover 15 markets and allow T-Mo to grab spectrum which covers over 60 million people. If or when the deal is approved by the FCC, this technology will allow T-Mo to use the spectrum for it’s existing 4G HSPA+ network as well as its upcoming LTE-Advanced network, which of course is due next year. Don’t think Verizon is left cut and dry from this deal too as it too gets what it’s ultimately looking for. For Big Red, it’ll stand to gain spectrum from T-Mo which covers 22 million people and “cash consideration” from this deal.
While this deal is indeed exciting, it could possibly face numerous challenges or obstacles which could prevent it from going through. The biggest issue is well, the FCC has to ok the deal first and you can bet the FCC certainly hasn’t forgotten about a certain deal T-Mobile was recently part of. The second is some of the spectrum is owned by SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap— and those individual deals must be approved first before T-Mo’s part can go through. Still, you can’t not be excited at the prospect of T-Mobile’s seemingly inevitable growth. After all, it is seeing the “modernization of 37,000 cell sites, launching 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band and deployment of LTE in 2013”.
Hit the break to see the full presser from T-Mobile. Read more