New Android phone rumored for T-Mobile: Samsung Nightwing

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Looks like Samsung’s got some new phones headed T-Mobile’s way, and hopefully soon. We’ve got wind of a rumor of a new phone, to be dubbed the Samsung Nightwing. We don’t have a lot of info right now, other than it’s slated (supposedly) to have a screen resolution of 480×320, and will most likely be running Froyo. Be sure to keep it here for any new info on this device as it comes out, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[via cellphonesignal]

Best Buy reportedly unable to activate Nexus S T-Mobile lines, forcing customers to pay full retail price?

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The folks over at BGR are reporting that Best Buy’s ability to activate T-Mobile lines for the Nexus S is down, and has been for nearly a week. Now because of this little snafu, some customers have been complaining that Best Buy’s only answer is to make the customers purchase the phone for the full retail price unlocked.

This story has not been fully confirmed yet, and until a formal statement or some additional evidence becomes available, we’re placing this one in the rumor column. If any of you have run into this problem, please leave us a comment below and share your story. Stay tuned.

[via BGR]

Want to eavesdrop on a GSM call? Just get a $15 phone and 3 minutes, researchers say

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It’s no secret that GSM phone calls, such as those made on carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, have the ability to be decrypted and listened in on. However, the fact that it can be done with a $15 phone and 180 seconds of free time? That’s a little bit more interesting. Karsten Nohl, researcher at Security Research Labs, and Sylvain Munaut, OsmocomBB project manager, recently spoke at the Chaos Computer Club Congress in Berlin about the new hack. They were able to take the audience through it, step by step, in a matter of minutes.

They say that it’s quite simple to use a $15 Motorola phone to sniff out some location data to route texts and phone calls, and then use a modified firmware to feed data into a laptop, which can then decrypt said data. Add in 2TB worth of precompiled hash keys, and the researchers were able to crack the encryption in a mere 20 seconds. Not much left to do after that, except record the live call.

For a full rundown on how the hack is executed, be sure to hit up the source link below. It’s our hope that, like any other security flaws, developers will realize the flaw, and get to patching. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

[via wired]

New Hardware Fix Available For Samsung Vibrant GPS Fail

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Looks like the guys over at XDA aren’t just good at altering code, they can tweak hardware too!  With the major GPS fail issues going on with the T-Mobile Vibrant, someone had to do something about it.  Well, look no further, as XDA member Plato56 has begun a revolution with his new hardware GPS fix.  If you’re feeling frisky, and aren’t afraid of completely breaking down your Vibrant, then head on over to XDA, via the source link and get your tinker on. » Read the rest

Motorola Cliq 2 Images Surface

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Remember back in late Sept when we mentioned that Motorola was cooking up a successor to it’s Moto Cliq, the Begonia?  Well, here you go folks.  The guys over at CellPhoneSignal managed to get exclusive pics of the Motorola Cliq 2, and it certainly looks promising.  The device will sport a full qwerty slide out, 5 MP camera with LED flash, support for Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, the latest version of the Moto Blur UI and some new widgets.  In addition, there is a possibility that this device will ship with WiFi calling capabilities.  Let me hear all of you previous UMA users say “oh yeah baby!”  And even though WiFi calling is not the same as UMA (no handover to cell site), it’s still an excellent feature to have.  Hit the break for more info and exclusive pics of the Cliq 2, courtesy of CellPhoneSignal. » Read the rest

Dell Looking Glass Tablet Passes Through FCC, Sim Card And SD Card Slot Revealed

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Well, looks like the up and coming Dell Streak 7, or now the “Looking Glass”, is still responsible for multiple accounts of extreme and excessive salivation.  The tablet just passed through the hands of the FCC after being there for quite some time, and after spotting some Dell commercial spots, it shouldn’t be long before this baby is in the hands of the masses.  The Looking Glass is possibly headed to AT&T or T-Mobile land, now that it’s been approved for 3G data.  This info is based off of the device’s internal UMTS band specifications.  We’re still not sure if either carrier will have support for voice calls, but it seems like all of the necessary hardware is certainly there.  Hit the break for more info on the device and its internal specs, and get your drool on even more. » Read the rest

Best Buy offering five Android phones for free with new 2-year contract

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Didn’t get that shiny new Android phone you wanted this holiday season? Well, Best Buy has you covered, with a grand total of five new Android devices for the low low price of $0 with a new 2-year contract. The five phones are the Droid Incredible, LG Optimus S, LG Optimus T, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, and the LG Vortex.

So, if one of these phones tickles your fancy, hit up the Best Buy page here for all the juicy details.

Dell Streak 7 inch Tablet Launching on T-Mobile

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Dell had announced early last year their intentions on releasing a 7 inch tablet running android, which would likely be available on T-Mobile. Coming this year at the CES show (where it seems everyone is saving their announcements for lately), it’s likely that we’l hear more about when e can get this tablet, and confirm if we se it on T-Mobile.

We hope that with all the tablets being announced at CES 2011, that Dell either starts this with Android 2.3, or at least has an update path within a matter of weeks to Gingerbread, as we’ve heard many tablets will be launching with Gingerbread for 2011. Froyo is so…2010!

[via CellPhoneSignal]

Sprint Trash Talks T-Mobile’s HSPA+ Network, Oh It’s On…

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Stephanie Vinge, a corporate communications manager with Sprint, today sprinkled a little trash talk on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network using her Twitter account.

“A little #4G math: # of T-Mobile 4G phones: 0 (oh wait, they don’t have a 4G network yet) # of VZW 4G phones: 0. # of Sprint 4G phones: 2.”

The words, “open mouth, insert foot” come to mind, in this clear case of misinformation.  This is strangely ironic, since the ITU, those fellas responsible for defining what 4G is, just declared LTE, WiMax and HSPA+ to be labeled as legitimate 4G technologies.  But what do they know? They have only been around for 145 years.  In addition, to further add insult to injury, a few tweets later she states that the ITU is just one “perspective.”  Really?  That’s like saying a particular law ruled by the Supreme Court is not valid because it’s just one perspective. » Read the rest

T-Mobile has Fastest Speeds in Top 100 US Cities

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T-Mobile has sent out a press release stating the findings from third-party research which states that T-Mobile has the fastest speeds in the top 100 US cities, beating our Verizon’s LTE network of all things. The speeds were shown as hitting 21Mbps, which T-Mobile now states they will double those speeds in 2011!

OK T-Mobile, talk is cheap…let’s see you make 42Mbps happen in 2011. For Reals.

It would be pretty sweet to get speeds like that for some video conferencing as the T-Mobile G2 Android ads have been touting against AT&T’s iPhone facetime lack of usability due to AT&T’s slow network. After CES, and we see a bunch of 4G smartphones and tablets launching for 2011, this will make things even sweeter, which kicks off the argument again, why would we really need home internet when we can get 42Mbps (unless you’re doing that torrenting illegal thingy)?

Let us know what you think!

Full Press Release below.