Thus far in the battle war mayhem debate regarding the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, the vocal third-parties who have come forth have opposed the event. Now however, we have a large and rather dominant group made up of some of the key presences in the mobile industry expressing their approval of the merger. In a page and half letter addressed to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a consortium made up of Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Qualcomm, RIM, Avaya, Brocade, and Oracle laid out their argument backing the merger. They explained that the merger would make the US globally competitive in the mobile and data space, and that it was a needed move to bring mobile broadband options to the entire country, that “an increasingly robust and efficient wireless network is part of a virtuous innovation cycle.” Strong words, but they don’t really speak to the needs of the consumer, who just happens to stand to lose the most with this deal. Beyond this, it’s always been said that competition breeds innovation. While I agree that our national network needs to be more “robust” and “efficient”, I don’t believe that creating a near duopoly for the sake of a temporary fix is the answer. What are your thoughts on the matter, intrepid reader? Let us know in the commnents!
The Android Market used to have a 24 hour policy for returns and now it is 15 minutes. A lot of people feel it is not enough. T-Mobile is teaming up with WildTangent to bring game rentals. The cost will be 25 cents so you can see what the game is like before you commit. You will have one day to play the game and if you want to purchase it, the rental fee will go towards the purchase price.
Users will need to buy “Wildcoins.” which equate to 25 cents. There will probably be a subscription service as well. We are not sure how many coins you will have to buy for each purchase, but desktop users can currently buy 50 coins for $6.99 per month.
Well ladies and gentlemen, the rumor mill is up and at it again. We’ve got some tidbits from some people in the Sprint store that you might find interesting.
T-Mobile has increased the price of the Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G to $150 from $130. The Sidekick 4G is also going up $30 to $130. Of course you can get the Sidekick 4G from Amazon for free.
The Motorola Defy has a web-only price of $50. In store it is $150, but supposed to go down to $100 after today. We are not sure what will happen to the web-only deal.
There are other changes as you can see in the picture above and below after the break.
A couple of weeks back, HTC announced that they will no longer be locking bootloaders on their Android devices. This comes as great news to any fans of HTC who enjoy hacking their phones for test builds for updates, custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, or just people who like to have the freedom to do whatever they like with the phones.
And any T-Mobile subscribers who might have their eye on the upcoming Sensation 4G may be wondering what that means for their device, which was previously reported as having a locked bootloader. Well according to IntoMobile, HTC was contacted by the dev community and received the following response:
“We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for your phone. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy. Thank you for your patience.”
HTC dev community, the future is bright. And anyone with their eye on the Sensation 4G, this is just one more reason to be excited about it. Were you considering buying one, or had you written it off? How does this affect your opinion? Weigh in on the comments.
Is the T-Mobile G2 at the end of its life as a distributed device? With the proof below, its a good indication that it is on its way out. Of course it’s only listed as “Nearing EOL”, so there’s still some life left in the 800 MHz Qualcomm, 3.7-inch WVGA (480x 800), Android 2.2 device. You should still be able to find this device in stores. But why would you want to search out and purchase a device, that has been labeled as nearing the end of its life. The upside is you can go grab the LG G2X that’s packed with, a 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-processor, 1.3 and 8MP front and rear facing cameras, 4-inch WVGA display, and more. Of course, you may be able to get your hands on the G2 for a great price, and in that case, I wouldn’t blame you!
T-Mobile announced the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity SMART which are two very affordable Android smartphones.
The Exhibit 4G comes with a 1GHz processor, HSPA+ (4G), Wi-Fi, 3-megapixel camera with flash, camcorder, front-facing camera. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and three preloaded games: Bejeweled 2, Hasbro’s SCRABBLE (in U.S. and Canada only), and Doodle Jump. You will have your choice of two colors, violet and black. The price will be $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year contract.
The Gravity SMART has a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. It sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera, HSPA, and Wi-Fi. It will come with Android 2.2 Froyo. The Berry Red and Sapphire Blue version will sell for $69.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year contract. A Lunar Gray version will be $29.99 with a two-year contract.
T-Mobile is finally bringing out the big guns with the launch of the HTC Sensation 4G on June 15th. This device will be a high end Android device with it’s 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3 inch display touchscreen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 4G connectivity. It’ll be selling for $199.99 on a two year contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate from T-Mobile. If you just can’t wait til then, you’ll be able to pick it up at WalMart locations across the US on June 12th as well.
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There were reports that the T-Mobile LG G2x was pulled from the website because of defects. We are happy to report that this is not the case as T-Mobile has made the following comment:
“The T-Mobile G2x with Google has been a highly popular device with both customers and employees since its launch last month, and high demand has resulted in inventory constraints, which we are working with LG to address.”
I am not surprised of the popularity of the the G2x since it is a vanilla Android device. Lets hope there will more in the future.
Well, after months and months of waiting we finally saw the highly coveted Netflix app for Android hit the market. Unfortunately, there were only a handful of devices supported. But as expected, upon launch, it was only a matter of time before our developing dogs at XDA caught the scent and modified a couple of apk’s for non-supported devices. And thanks to the boys over at AndroidSPIN, they managed to get the app up and running on the T-Mobile Vibrant. Only catch, it’s running on Gingerbread based ROM’s. There are very limited choices for Galaxy S phones in the US as far as 2.3 ROM’s go, but it has been confirmed to be working flawlessly on CyanogenMOD7 for the Vibrant. We get to thank XDA member n1gh7mar3 for manipulating the device check in the apk and gracing the masses with some streaming love. Check out the video below of the app working seamlessly on the Vibrant and feel free to fire away in the comments if you have any other light to shed on the subject.