Honeycomb 3.1 OTA update for the T-Mobile G-Slate available now

Straight from the support community we get word of an update to the T-Mobile branded G-Slate. This new update will take the tablet specific Android OS, Honeycomb from 3.0 to 3.1. All customers will be notified of the update OTA over a period of time. T-Mobile says it will be delivered in a “staggered fashion”. See below all the enhancements and feature that Honeycomb 3.1 will offer:

  • Google Videos – A new Videos app has been added that allows you to buy and rent movies.
  • Recent apps list expanded – The recent apps list has been expanded to show all apps recently used. After opening the apps list, touch one of the apps to access it.
  • Home screen resizable widgets – Widgets built-in to Android 3.0 (Calendar, Email, Gmail, etc.) can now be resized vertically or horizontally on any one of the five home screens.
  • USB accessory support – Customers can now attach a keyboard, pointing device, or gamepad to the G-Slate for use with typing, gaming, etc.

In addition to the enhancements, this software update is expected to improve the following:

  • Force close issues in the Google Talk and Music applications
  • Improved browser and widget responsiveness

When you receive this update and install, let us know how it’s working for you.

[via t-mobile]

T-Mobile will start charging for overages on 200MB plans

The above image shows us that T-Mobile is making a change with the 200MB data plan in that they will no longer throttle when a customer goes over the limit, but instead charge for overages. This is a complete change in T-Mobile’s data policy of never charging for overages. This is the lowest data plan, but you have to wonder what lies ahead.

T-Mobile is doing this “in order to remain competitive.” As of August 13, customers on the plan will be grandfathered, but all others will now be charged .10cents per MB over the 200MB limit. The good news is there is a limit on the overcharge, and that is $30 if you are the Classic Plans or $35 on the Value Plans. Customers will receive a warning message when they have hit 180MB and 200MB.

For now there are no other changes to the higher data offerings, but time will tell. Let this be a warning that something might be looming.

[via tmonews]

Motorola CEO talks Tablets, Bionic, Ice Cream Sandwich and More

Motorola CEO Dr. Sanjay Jha spoke at the Oppenheimer Annual Technology & Communications Conference and touched base on several topics including the not-yet-released Bionic, Motorola Tablets, Ice Cream Sandwich, and more:

Bionic:
Unfortunately, no announcement date yet. He did make one interesting comment about the Bionic being an “important product, but not the only product”, which seems odd since the Bionic is quite a hot topic in the Android world. While the DrioidX2, DROID3, Photon 4G, and even the Atrix have their respective fan base, many people, including yours truly, have been counting the days until the release date of the Bionic is announced.

A New Global Brand:
When asked today if the would adopt something similar to Samsung’s approach (i.e. Galaxy) Sanjay was clear that they are ready to do something immediately. In fact, he said that when you release lead products “within a very short period across multiple carriers around the globe that then means you can put marketing dollars behind it and drive sales globally”. When asked directly about branding and whether or not it would become more consistent, Sanjay answered “You got it. You will see with global launches, much greater consistency”.

New 2nd Half Tablets:
Tablet talk brought to the front Motorola’s realization that they should have been pushing WiFi versions from the beginning instead of putting too much weight behind their 3G/4G variations. Said Sanjay: “Price points move much faster than we anticipated. We needed to launch globally with WiFi much earlier. You will see us launch in 2nd half with our tablets, much more aggressive form factors, much greater differentiation in terms of enterprise capability, in terms of multimedia, and in terms of distribution… and potentially some marketing plans behind that”.

On Being the first to Launch Ice Cream Sandwich:
When asked if he would want to be the first to release Ice Cream Sandwich after dealing with the frustrations of being first to Honeycomb (i.e. the Xoom), Sanjay had the following to say: “It depends. I would say by and large I would like to be the first. But there are times when being the first to launch has greater schedule uncertainty. You are taking more chances with new innovation in the beginning and sometimes that has negative impact. By and large, largely it’s a very positive thing.”

Sanjay clearly understands the importance of being the first to launch with a new Android OS, as previously done with the Xoom. However, in the case of Honeycomb, the visibility it brought to Motorola was probably not they type Sanjay had in mind.

Overall it was a good conversation with a lot of nice ideas for the future. Hopefully Sanjay has learned from the mistakes made in the initial Xoom marketing and distribution approach. The Xoom is a top of the line model that to this date cannot reach its potential due to software or 4G limitations. As the saying goes, it could have been a contender. Hopefully Motorola’s next attempt will be.

[via droid-life]

Virgin Mobile vs. T-Mobile in Ad Campaign (Video)

Phandroid posted a video that Sprint has launched going after T-Mobile. My first reaction was to bash Virgin Mobile for a video like this. It reminds me of the Apple vs PC commercials we have all seen a million times or politician videos where one is bashing the other in childish ways. It just seems old and unintelligent at this point. Most people have caught on to not being fooled by advertising and research material like this on their own. Is anyone falling for the T-Mobile pink dress girl just acting all dummy like?

My question is, are T-mobile and Virgin in the same league? Virgin is a prepaid cell service after all. The $35 plan they advertise may get you unlimited web and data, but this comes with 300 minutes of talk time (this may be way too low for someone relying on only their cell for calls).  Bump this up to $45 and you’ll get 1200 minutes (this sure seems like a good deal at a glance). Step up one more time to $55 dollars and you’ll have unlimited everything. If you look here you’ll see Virgin comparing themselves to everyone else and how much you’ll save. What’s really the catch here? It could be the little things one might miss like no night and weekend minutes.  
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HTC Ruby To Be Hitting T-Mobile soon?

Rumor and speculation are nothing new in the wireless industry, especially when it comes to phone launches. T-Mobile is no exception to this model, and the latest scoop revolves around Ms. HTC Ruby and Mr. Blurry Cam. The photo above is the latest of the candid shots involving the Ruby, and the carrier label in the upper right hand corner of the device leaves little doubt as to which wireless home it’ll be bunking down in. Curiously, the device doesn’t carry the Genius button intrinsic to most recent HTC T-Mobile phones, so perhaps it’ll be aimed at a more business-centric clientele. Of course, we’ll know more as either information is leaked or the device is officially announced. Care to do a bit of guessing as to the specs of this newbie? Feel free in the comments below!

[via pocketnow]

T-Mobile To Get A Nexus S Looking Galaxy S II, Is This The Hercules?

With the popularity overseas of the Samsung Galaxy S II, it’s been hard to stop refreshing my Twitter account to catch a glimpse of news for a U.S. version. Thanks to Tmonews, it looks like there is concrete evidence that T-Mobile will be getting a sexy variation of the Galaxy S II.

Two things are making me salivate here. First, it looks like they ditched the god awful home button (anything even remotely iPhone like on Android makes me cringe). Secondly, it seems to follow a Nexus S type of body style which I’m a huge fan of. I hope that Samsung has also ditched using a plastic back plate in favor of metal.

It’s rumored that this will be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 42Mpbs phone and will also have a 4.5 inch display. Personally, I almost never make a call from my Android device anymore so I’ll welcome the bigger size screen.

There may be others out there like me that are about to switch carriers (I may even take a break from having a cell phone for a while to wait for this bad boy). With T-Mobile in my sights and not being a fan of Sense UI, I have been waiting patiently for news about the Hercules and here it is.

Touchwiz is the only thing that may turn me off to this phone so let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Samsung has made some changes for the better. If Samsung throws in NFC support here I’m all in regardless of Touchwiz.  Hit the break to check out a few more pics of the sexy device courtesy of our friends over at Pocketnow and TmoNews.  
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T-mobile Investigating Battery Issues on All Android Devices Using Their Network

Android users on the T-mobile network may be in for a shock, as a sudden and violent drop in battery life appears to be sweeping across the board. There is a thread on the T-mobile forums addressing the issue, but employees seem to be at a loss. There is a suspicion that changes to the 2G/3G data modes may be the culprit, though T-mobile needs any and all input from users experiencing issues. If this is, in fact, an issue with the network, it may be some time before T-mobile sees a resolution. If you’re one of the unlucky few, let us know in the comments below!

[via t-mobile]

T-Mobile Takes Slight Revenue Hit Last Quarter, Loses 50,000 Customers

T-Mobile has just posted their Q2 earnings statement and frankly we’re a little concerned.  The company posted a loss of 50,000 customers last quarter which isn’t all that bad in comparison to the first quarter where the company lost a whopping 99,000.  In addition, total revenues are slightly down $1 billion from its reported $5.2 billion the previous quarter with service revenues still steady at $4.6 billion.  That’s a 1.7 percent decrease from about one year ago this time in Q2 of 2010.  So why the dip?  Philipp Humm, T-Mobile’s CEO, says it’s due to a “challenging market”.  On a positive tone, the fairly new CEO focused on the rapid expansion of the company’s HSPA+ 42 mb/s aka 4G and that nearly 30% of its customers are sporting either a 3G or 4G handset, a “company high” according to Humm.  Could this be attributed to the rapid closing of the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition?  What do  you think?

[via reuters]

T-Mobile makes in-store updates to Gingerbread for G2 and myTouch 4G official

Remember about a week ago, when we told you about T-Mobile planning on bringing you updates in-store, via an SD card? Well, it looks like T-Mobile has sealed the deal – and the date – for this update process. Users running a G2 or myTouch 4G that have yet to see the update to Android 2.3 can take their devices into an official T-Mo store starting August 6th, and can get their updates while they wait. As far as we can tell, this is only coming to users in the west and midwest regions for now, but we would assume that, as long as everything goes smoothly, we will probably see this coming nationwide sooner than later.

The update procedure goes a bit like this:

  • Updating at the store can erase all the data on the device. The SD card will not lose data.
  • Back up your data, synchronize your contacts to Google or T-Mobile Backup, and write down the names of all the applications you will want to re-install.
  • The update can take up to 30 minutes to complete.
  • The update requires that your phone has over 50% battery life at the store.
  • The rep at the retail store will:
    • Remove your personal SD card.
    • Insert a software update SD card.
    • Wait for the update to download and install on the device.
    • Remove the software update SD card.
    • Insert your personal SD card again.

So hit up your local T-Mo store and get your updates while they’re fresh. If you bring yours in, let us know how the experience goes in the comments below.

[via tmonews]

HTC Sensation Coming To Target For $130 On August 14th

Want an awesome phone at a ridiculously low price?  Who doesn’t?  As the word “duh” rolls off of your tongue, thanks to a tipster over at Phandroid, it appears that the power-house of a device, the HTC Sensation 4G is going to be offered up for grabs at your local Target for a mere $130 on contract with T-Mobile.  That’s a lot of phone for a little price.  The Sensation packs Qualcomm’s first dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touch display and Sense UI 3.0.  No word on how long that deal will last but you can begin to head into stores on the 14th of August.

[via phandroid]