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    Who doesn't love taking home a new smartphone? For several years now, the big US carriers have offered subscribers special plans that keep them hooked-up with new hardware at a far brisker pace than you'd get just waiting around for regular upgrade eligibility on a subsidized plan: things like T-Mobile JUMP! and AT&T Next. Though they all had their various trade-offs, they still meant that you could start fresh with a new phone far more often than you might otherwise be able to. Now T-Mobile's got an interesting new spin on the concept, as it introduces its JUMP! On Demand system. ...

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    T-Mobile is not only serious about its "un-carrier" strategy, but also about its plan to gain a lot of mind share through software updates. The carrier was first in bringing Android 5.1.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge a few weeks ago, something extremely odd for any US carrier. If you thought this will only apply to phones launched this year, think again. T-Mobile has just launched Android 5.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and no we didn't get the number wrong. No official data is provided as to what the update brings to last year's Galaxy flagship, but we do expect to see ...

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    Arguably the most eagerly awaited software update since the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, we've spent the past few weeks talking about what to expect from Samsung's release of these phones' Android 5.1.1 updates. That culminated a couple weeks back with the release of a video hands-on, showing tricks like a new wallpaper option and the arrival of more powerful camera UI controls, leaving us just to wonder when the update would finally land. While we often see international availability get started ahead of US carrier distribution, this time Samsung's turning things on their ...

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    A little more than a week from now, on June 17, 2015, T-Mobile will be launching the Lumia 640. If you haven't already, go ahead and read our review so you'll know whether you should be excited about this, or not. The information that next Wednesday, the T-Mobile Lumia 640 will become available comes from two different unknown sources that Windows Central is quoting in this report. By the looks of it, you won't be able to grab a T-Mobile Lumia 640 from the shelves; the carrier is apparently opting for a "Ship to (direct fulfillment)" model, which implies Magenta ordering it for you and ...

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    Even though the Xperia Z3 is still a phone to consider, there's already a follow-up: if you live in Japan, it's called the Xperia Z4 and if you happen to reside elsewhere, it's the Xperia Z3+. And, while the international version of the Xperia Z3 is already running Android 5.0, the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 Lollipop update should start rolling out today. The information comes from Des Smith, the carrier's Product & Technology Evangelist, who took it to Twitter to inform those on Magenta that starting Midnight Pacific Time, the Lollipop refresh should be popping up on devices. Of course, ...

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    After over two years on AT&T, Michael Fisher recently made the switch to T-Mobile US for his personal smartphone account. We covered the initial transition in part 1 and delved into coverage challenges in part 2. This is the third and final installment of the series. And yes, he knows that Jaime Rivera stole his idea for this headline, but he's going with it anyway.) • The plane touched down in Barcelona and after eight hours aloft, I couldn't wait to reconnect. I dug my unlocked HTC One M8 from my carry-on, mashed the power key, and after a few minutes of searching, it ...

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    The LG G4 is just about to land in the US, and last week we shared details with you about a very compelling promo offer LG had put together for the handset's arrival: shoppers picking up the G4 would get not just a free 32GB microSD card, boosting their handset's storage capacity, but also a spare battery and cradle charger – not a bad haul. We also learned about Best Buy's $100 gift card offer, and today we get word of another alluring deal, as T-Mobile gets ready to open online G4 sales. The LG G4 may not come to T-Mobile stores until next Wednesday, June 3, but online sales open ...

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    The idea of getting a free smartphone with service is nothing new; for years, the US market has been dominated by subsidized phone sales, and so long as you didn't demand the latest and greatest flagships, you could always find a good number of free-on-contract options. In recent years, though, there's been a shakeup in favor of installment plans, not to mention a rise in popularity of prepaid options, pushing the idea of free phones to the back burner. But today we learn of an upcoming deal for T-Mobile that puts the spotlight back on free phones in an unexpected way, revealing plans to ...

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    LG definitely did an amazing job with its launch of the LG G4. Not only does it have one of the best cameras in the industry, but really the whole experience of using a G4, from the expandable storage, to the replaceable battery, to that display, to the replaceable backs, all leads to no reasons for complaints from this new flagship. Surely no device is perfect, but this is one we highly recommended in our review, and if you’re looking out for one, T-Mobile might be your best way to go. T-Mobile’s LG G4 promo twitter account has just confirmed that we should expect the device as early ...

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    The G4 has been the LG phone on everyone's mind recently for the most part (and especially for T-Mobile customers, thanks to the various G4 preview events the company is hosting to generate buzz and hype for the smartphone. But that doesn't mean that's all LG has got lined up for the Un-carrier's portfolio; if an internal T-Mobile memo leaked by TmoNews is to be believed, the T-Mobile LG G Stylo and LG Leon are also on their way to the network, supposedly ready to be launching on May 20. According to the publication, T-Mobile retail staff members are being primed to prepare for the ...

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    Now that the Galaxy S6 is out, have you been interested in deep-diving into the Samsung Android ecosystem, but haven't quite found the perfect opportunity. Well, if that leaked Galaxy Tab S2 tablet isn't looking so appealing to you, we have a piece of news that may be appealing to you. The latest rumored T-Mobile Samsung deal is offering buyers of both a Samsung phone and tablet a pretty sweet discount. TmoNews reports, with an official-looking picture of internal T-Mobile material, that the company will be launching a program to give a $100 MasterCard reward to purchasers of both a ...

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    Update: Apologies for Phil Nickinson's audio from Hangouts in the first few minutes. But it gets better, so hang on for our first two hour podcast in a long time! And, as you might guess with this update, the HQ audio podcast has been distributed. Our next podcast will likely be on Wednesday, so tune in then! For those of us in the US, the LG G4 is the last big flagship smartphone launch before the fall, so you better believe we're milking it. We talked LG G4 first impressions with Florence Ion, Joshua Vergara and Dom Esposito from a boat last week, and while today's episode of the ...

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    Companies that sell smartphones like to sell popular smartphones; it's hardly a controversial position to take. So when BlackBerry's market share started waning in recent years, T-Mobile decided to take a step away from the company and its smartphone offerings, focusing instead on handsets from platforms that were more in demand. While BlackBerry hasn't exactly reclaimed its past status, T-Mobile has finally warmed back up to its phones, and has found a place for the BlackBerry Classic in its smartphone stable. We know, the Classic is already getting long in the tooth at this point, having ...

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    Back in the days when talking 2G, flip phones, and PocketPC on message boards was still a thing, LG had what you might call a reputation. While the company pushed out its share of winners in the heyday of the feature phone, it also often played second fiddle to the competition in aspects ranging from build quality to cellular reception. For a time, LG was more curiosity than contender in the world of mobile technology. The tide began to turn sometime around 2007, when in the wake of the first iPhone launch, LG started producing very competitive handhelds for Verizon Wireless that split ...

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    Motorola's got a mixed track record as of late with Android updates. Some of the time we see them released at near record speed, while other updates languish for months on end. For those of you who have been anxiously looking forward to Motorola getting the ball rolling on updates for your phone, we may have some good news this evening, as the manufacturer has been spotted posting release notes for updates for quite a few of its models. Newly-published release notes are available for the Android 5.1 update for the Moto E 2015, Moto X 2014 (with both AT&T and T-Mobile -presumably the ...

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    T-Mobile over the past few years has been steadily rolling out various changes as part of its transition into the "Un-carrier," disrupting the wireless industry in various significant ways. These moves have been, in general, meant to pressure other carriers into adopting change, as well as customers into joining its network. However, until now, they've never been specifically targeted toward one carrier. That's exactly what's happening now, with the new T-Mobile Never Settle for Verizon campaign. The carrier is pulling one of its most ambitious moves yet to attempt to pull customers away ...

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    Android 5.1.1 first popped up at the beginning of the month, with factory images being available as of April 21 for download for the Nexus Player (strangely, not a Nexus phone nor tablet). While there's no official list of fixes, the build is expected to fix some memory leak issues, among others. A Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge update seems to bring this Android 5.1.1 build to the T-Mobile variant of the device, as seen in the video below (more after the video and image embed). The model of the device is SM-G925T, and, as the picture below seems to testify, it is indeed running Android 5.1.1, ...

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    The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Idol 3 is definitely, as our review will testify, a phone to consider, especially thanks to its capabilities, and more than attractive price point. However, the Idol 3 is a phone that will be available unlocked, without a contract. The Pop Astro, however, is a mid-ranger that the company just announced, and it will be available from T-Mobile. Available in T-Mobile stores as well as online, you can grab it for $0 down, or $6.24 per month over 24 months ($149.76 MSRP). For the money, you get a mid-to-low-end device that features a 4.5-inch TFT screen with qHD ...

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    The LG G4 just debuted in a global launch event, but it's South Korea that's getting the phone first, with availability starting tomorrow, April 28. We knew that the big carriers in the US would start getting their hands on the phone later this spring, but when? One by one, the carriers are now speaking up about their own plans for the G4. First we heard from T-Mobile, confirming its intention to carry the G4. And while it hasn't offered a date just yet, it does have a way to give you an early look at the phone, thanks to a contest that will see the carrier giving out a G4 a day for free ...

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    About three weeks back, T-Mobile appeared to drop the Sony Xperia Z3 from its retail lineup. The phone no longer appeared for purchase on the company's website, and inquiries with the carrier over social media were met with confirmation that “the Z3 is no longer available.” While it was a little odd to see sales being discontinues after just five months of availability, considering expectations of the pending Z4 launch, we were able to see where T-Mobile might have been coming from. Well, the Z4 is now official, but only for Japan. There's word that a global flagship could be coming in ...

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    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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    Carriers have any number of reasons for why they begin and end sales of smartphones when they do. New phones may arrive due to freshly inked deals with manufacturers, and vanish to make room for new models. So when word arrived yesterday that T-Mobile was halting sales of last fall's ZTE Zmax phablet, you might not have batted an eye at the news. But as more of this story comes to light, the Zmax's disappearance from T-Mobile's lineup is anything but ordinary, and there may be a very unusual reason why the carrier is putting a stop to sales. A leaked memo informed T-Mobile retail stores to ...

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    Being a Sony Xperia fan in the United States is not easy. Few carriers can be found throwing any support behind Sony's phones, and with a smartphone culture that's as carrier-centric as the nation's is, absence of such interest can easily prove to be a death knell for a new Xperia model. But last year with the release of the Sony Xperia Z3, there was a glimmer of hope, as T-Mobile welcomed the flagship to its stable. Just a few short months later, that's drawing to a close, as T-Mobile pulls the Z3 from its listings. With T-Mobile Z3 sales starting back at the tail end of October, that ...

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    Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge pre-orders are hitting the US tomorrow, and carriers are lining up to start taking their shot at selling you Samsung's hot new flagships. With the design of this year's models, Samsung's gone all out to present these phones as premium products, doing away with plastics in favor of a metal frame. Between the materials going in to making up the phone's body, the detailed quad HD display, and the powerful silicon within, it's understandable that the GS6 and GS6 Edge will find themselves selling for a pretty penny, but just how much will they end up costing? As ...

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