Today, T-Mobile officially announced that they will be kicking off their high-speed, 42Mbps network in a total of 11 markets, and expanding their 21Mbps coverage in nine others.
Areas that will be the first to enjoy the HSPA+ 42 launch are: Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Oregon; Benton Harbor, Michigan; Bloomington, Champaign–Urbana and Springfield, Illinois; Columbus, Georgia; Hagerstown, Maryland; Montgomery, Alaska; and Yuba City, California.
Those who will be included in the HSPA+ 21 expansion will be: Corvallis, Oregon; Decatur and Peoria, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; Holland and Kalamazoo, Michigan; Santa Barbara, Yuba City, California and State College, Pennsylvania.
If you are a T-Mobile customer and live in any of these areas, congrats! And don’t forget that you need an appropriate smartphone, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or the HTC Amaze 4G, in order to take full advantage of the Now Network’s new speeds. You can check out the full press release right after the jump.
Today’s an exciting day for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G users. Owners of the phone will finally get a dose of that Gingerbread 2.3 goodness. The new software build T959VUVKJ6 has been released and is ready for action. The new build will bring not only Gingerbread, but also numerous bug fixes, a camera enhancement and Google security patches . The Galaxy S 4G update (as with all other Samsung devices) will not be pushed to your device, but rather on your computer using Kies Mini software. Make sure you have the latest version of the Kies Mini software on your computer, connect your phone, run the program and enjoy that brand new feeling on your phone again. Hit the link below for full instructions on how to update your Galaxy S 4G.
[via T-Mobile Support]
I’m not sure if you guys remember T-Mobile’s “Yes, Every Smartphone Is On Sale, Sale” and how great the deals were on smartphones. In the spirit of the holidays and to get an early jump on other carriers Black Friday promotions, T-Mobile is offering up yet another great opportunity to score a new handset at a killer price.
This Saturday, November 19th, T-Mo is having a one day sale that will be known as “Magenta Saturday” where you can get select smartphones or broadband devices (like the G-slate or Streak 7) for a down payment of a mere $49.99 or less after mail-in rebate. The only caveat. You have to pay an additional $10-$20 a month on top of your monthly bill and must be willing to sign up for a new Unlimited Value plan of 2GB or more. For example, if you were to buy a new HTC Amaze 4G, the down payment would be $49.99 after a $150 mail-in rebate, but you will also have the additional $20 added to your monthly bill.
These deals also apply to existing customers who are eligible for an upgrade but again, must sign up for the previously mentioned Unlimited Value plan. Sounds like there are still some decent deals to be had even though you will be paying off the device throughout your contract. This may be your chance to grab that new Samsung Galaxy S II that you have been scoping out, but now with the ability to pay it off over time. Does this sound enticing to any of you?
Join us after the break for further details and full press release. Anybody thinking about visiting T-Mo’s Magenta Saturday?
It looks as if T-Mobile is joining Google to host the event on the 16th. They also seem to have a concert lined up right after the event. Hmm? Could this be a sign that they plan to release the Google Music Store to T-Mobile customers only? It wouldn’t be the first time Google went exclusive on a roll-out of a new service. They gave Sprint Google Wallet first, with the promise that it will make its way to other carriers and phones.
Drake, Maroon 5, and even Busta Rhymes are some of the artists expected to be at the concert. Sounds pretty good when you think about it. Will T-Mobile be an exclusive user to the Google music Store, or are they just helping with the kickoff? I guess we will all have to wait till tomorrow to find out. What are your thoughts of T-Mobile being the exclusive carrier to the Google Music Store? Let us know in the comments section.
What on earth have we got here? Google just sent out private invites for an event in LA next Wednesday, November 16th at 2PM pacific/5PM eastern. It clearly states “these go to eleven”, a Spinal Tap quote referring to volume at full-blast. If you examine the invite even further, you will notice a few things: Android, T-Mobile and the Beatles. Now your guess about what will be announced at the event is as good as any at this point but I have a few myself.
It is very possible that Google will be announcing some sort of music store, possibly in BETA form for T-Mobile customers to try out before being released to the masses. Another theory, which I think is rather unlikely, is that there will be an announcement that T-Mobile will be receiving the Galaxy Nexus. If you notice on the wall where the Android character is you will see splats of paint in the four colors that are usually reserved for Google’s Nexus branding; red, blue, yellow, green. Now, I don’t want to go getting your hopes up or anything (Joe Sirianni), but who knows, you T-Mo folks might get a welcomed surprise. But then again, whats with the music references?
Either way, if you haven’t been invited don’t fret. Google will be airing the event live on the 16th at 2:00 PM pacific on their Youtube channel, youtube.com/android. Be sure to tune in to catch all the juicy dets for yourself.
There is a discussion going on over at the XDA forums giving a very in-depth look at some screen problems T-Mobile’s S II is having compared to Sprint’s version. While we did our own review on T-Mobile’s S II, and having seen this beautiful screen myself first hand, no immediate problems were noticeable. The image you see above was taken with the camera shutter down to see things not visible by the naked eye. There are also two more shots after the break showing you what the screen will look like in person, one of which shows the poor contrast compared to Sprint’s. I did’t see any problems in person that would kill the deal for me owning this phone, but you’ll have to decide for yourself. The full thread can be seen over at XDA found after the break. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts right down there in the comments.
There might be a battle brewing for high end phones like the DROID RAZR and the Galaxy Nexus, but for mid-range phones, things are also heating up. LG is looking to differentiate themselves with a dual-screened slide-out QWERTY for T-Mobile, called the Doubleplay. Priced at $99, this isn’t a dual-screen like the Kyocera Echo or the upcoming Sony P tablet. For the Doubleplay, the second screen is a little over half the size of the main screen (3.5-inch and 2-inch respectively), so it’s more of a compliment. It’s supposed to be a quick way to read emails, texts or control your music while leaving whatever is running on the main screen, but you can quickly move anything from the lower screen up to the main screen. The problem lies with the design as the QWERTY keyboard has to be split into two separate keyboards. It’s definitely something cool, but is it really worthwhile?
The rest of the specs include a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB internal storage with 2GB provided via microSD, and a 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording. It’s rather thick at .63 inches (16mm) and heavy at 192 grams, but is definitely unique.
We will do a more in depth review soon, but for now checkout my quick hands on review.
Pic courtesy of Android Central
The one thing I love about T-Mobile is that if you’re looking for a deal, you won’t have to wait long because they’re always discounting plans and devices at what seems like a weekly basis. And if it’s not T-Mobile themselves, it’s always some other third party partner. Latest to make the list is Costco. If you head in to your nearest Costco location today you’ll find that they are running a special to get you locked into an HTC Sensation 4G and/or a Samsung Galaxy S II with a plan running at $69.99/mo. In addition, they’re throwing in a bunch of extras like T-Mobile TV, games and magazines. Check out the pic above for more details and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
[via Android Central]
T-Mobile continues their myTouch line with the myTouch and myTouch Q which seem to pack a mean punch for a pair of little guys. Via their official Facebook page, the company has stated that the devices will be available online beginning Nov 2nd and in stores Nov 9th. At $79.99 each (after rebate and regardless of which model) you get an Android 2.3 device sporting a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU under the hood and a 5 meg camera with 720p video capture. Like we said, small but mighty for the playa not wanting high-end devices like the HTC Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S II.
Our friends over at Eurodroid are reporting good news for HTC Desire S owners. Over the past couple weeks people have been receiving OTA updates that include Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.0. This newer version of Sense features a redesigned 3D launcher, new lock screen and other cool enhancements.
Word has it that unbranded Desire S owners in the UK, along with owners of Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and Orange devices have begun to receive the updates already. So if you are the owner of a Desire S keep a look out and remember, to see if you have an update waiting, press Menu –> Settings –> About Phone –> Software Update. If nothing is there yet be patient, roll outs can take a while sometimes.