Radio Shack has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide postpaid and prepaid wireless products in over 4,300 of its company-operated stores starting September 15, 2011. The company also announced that as of September 14, 2011, they will no longer carry T-Mobile wireless products.
Jim Gooch, president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, said, “This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer. The addition of Verizon Wireless, in combination with our existing carrier partners, positions us to now offer the best assortment of carriers, rate plans, devices and accessories for every consumer need.”
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We’ve got some good news for T-Mobile G2X owners. Confirmed by a T-Mobile representative, the highly anticipated and sought after wait for the Gingerbread 2.3 update is now officially available. The update began rolling on the 25th (yesterday) and should be hitting devices soon. If you can’t wait for the update, as our previous article states, you can snag it via a USB connection over at LG’s website utilizing their updater software. The update is reported to also address a number of bugs with the device along with the ever annoying random reboots, which for me, seem to be occurring more and more frequently. Well, I’m headed over there now to update my device. I’ll be back to report my findings and to let you know whether or not the update was successful. If you’ve managed to grab it already, feel free to let us know how it went in the comments below.
A few days ago, the myTouch 4G started receiving the OTA Gingerbread update and the Gingerbread update leaked for the G2. Here is a first; T-Mobile retail stores are receiving SD cards pre-loaded with files to apply these updates in store. In addition, they will update the myTouch 3G Slide to Froyo.
Their hope is that it will avoid unnecessary equipment exchanges. Customers will be able to walk into a store and get the update before they leave. This may help customers who are nervous about the update process. Now that is customer service.
Well, we’ve got some good news and some bad news, which would you like first? Ok then, bad it is. Unfortunately, even though an update is now available for the ten of you that bought a Sidekick 4G however, it’s not the highly anticipated Gingerbread 2.3 update. Good news is, the OTA will address a number of buggy issues occurring on the device at the moment. The update, which began rolling out on July 21st, should be hitting your device soon enough. If you’ve received it already, feel free to leave a comment or two as to whether or not it addressed those creepy crawling critters or not.
There’s been a device code named the HTC Ruby floating around T-Mobile land for a few weeks and it was originally thought to be a Windows Phone device. However, our friends over at Pocket Now managed to snag some leaked pics of a reflection of the device allowing us to gain a little more insight into the carrier to be and confirming its operating system.
Taking a closer look at the reflection of the device you can see a slim white curvy design and if you focus your sights even more, a T-Mobile logo can be made out along with a camera icon revealing its true OS, Android. Stay tuned to Talk Android because well be performing our best to dig and scrape for more info on the up and coming device. Meanwhile, feel free to leave a comment or two below.
While most Android customization comes from software modifications, every now and then someone brings up a cool way to make your phone’s hardware look even better. Paul white has managed to find a rather simple way to polish the back of the HTC Sensation 4G to get a cool, futuristic chrome look. If that’s not your cup of tea, he also explains how you can get a brushed metal look. The process is actually incredibly simple and his guide to doing it contains a lot of pictures for your visual learners. Even though it’s low risk, modding the outside of your phone can still lead to problems if you aren’t careful. Regardless, I have to say I’m kind of jealous that nothing like this has been done for the Evo. It just looks cool.
If Android is going to continue market share dominance, it needs to step up its enterprise security game. Good Technology announced that the Good for Enterprise solution is now available through T-Mobile USA on a wide range of Android devices. Good Technology is a leader in multiplatform enterprise mobility and was recognized by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) as the Best Mobile Operations Management Solution in 2011.
The Good for Enterprise Android solution lets business customers provide enterprise-grade security and control over their business data and applications with the Android operating system.
“As more employees start to use personal devices at their places of work, and as more companies adopt Android for business, we want to provide the best services to support their needs,” said Britt Wehrman, vice president of B2B marketing for T-Mobile USA. “With Good’s solution, now IT administrators can help make sure company information is secure when employees are using T-Mobile’s powerful array of Android devices.”
T-Mobile business customers can contact a T-Mobile sales representative to obtain Good for Enterprise.
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Brand new Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, recently spoke about the proposed purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T. In a webcast of the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference he said, “I’d say the merger will probably go through. It’s a merger AT&T probably had to do.” He went on to say that he was surprised that is did not happen sooner.
If McAdam is right, this will be bad news for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile service carrier. They have the most to lose, and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has been fighting tooth and nail to stop what will probably be official in March 2012.
A class action lawsuit was started against LG claiming that the company failed to remedy various problems and defects with the G2x in an appropriate time frame. Terry Horvarth is the head plaintiff and is seeking to represent a class of those that have purchased the stock Android device.
Now all of a sudden, the Gingerbread update is available through LG’s proprietary Mobile Software Updater, but there has been no official announcement. We have no idea what bugs, if any, will be fixed, nor do we know if this is indeed the final build. It is possible that LG released it to satisfy the unsatisfied or maybe it is a mistake, which would result in it getting pulled shortly.
The chairman of the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee, Senator Herb Kohl, is recommending that federal regulators deny the AT&T planned purchase of T-Mobile.
”I have concluded that this acquisition, if permitted to proceed, would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers, would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies,” Kohl said on Wednesday.
Many members of Congress wrote a letter to the Justice Department and the FCC expressing concern as well. “We believe that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would be a troubling backward step in federal public policy–a retrenchment from nearly two decades of promoting competition and open markets to acceptance of a duopoly in the wireless marketplace. “Such industry consolidation could reduce competition and increase consumer costs at a time our country can least afford it.”