Posts tagged with: T-Mobile
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    With MWC just over a week away, and new flagship models perched up on the horizon, carriers are about to start seeing a lot of new faces joining their smartphone lineups. But even before all those new players arrive, we're seeing some fresh handsets joining the ranks at carriers like T-Mobile, which earlier today we learned is picking up the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL running Windows 10 Mobile. That's not the only affordable new phone landing in the company's stores, as word arrives that it's being joined by the similarly budget-priced LG K7, as well as a new wireless hotspot offering from ...

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    When the original Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL variant debuted on T-Mobile and MetroPCS last fall, the affordable 5.5-inch Android understandably went unnoticed by most smartphone consumers, as it simply faced too much direct opposition, including from higher-profile brands, to stand out from the pack. But the Windows 10 Mobile remake is a whole different story, stealing the spotlight before it even went official, then undergoing the hands-on treatment at CES 2016 by popular demand. As rumored a couple of days back, the rehashed device is finally up for grabs on T-Mobile, for the same exact ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile may be the future of Microsoft's smartphone platform, but for the moment users have precious few hardware options for enjoying the new OS. You've got a handful of Lumia models from Microsoft, sure, but the majority of Lumia phones are still waiting for their official W10M updates to arrive. That's left third-party manufacturers to pick up the slack, and ever since last year we've been looking forward to the carrier debut of the Windows 10 edition of Alcatel Onetouch's Fierce XL. Nothing's official just yet, but a new source suggests T-Mobile could get its hands on the ...

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    The most generous, snarkiest, and also fastest-rising mobile operator when it comes to 4G LTE coverage strikes again for a limited time, bringing back a promotion that’s contributed to the survival of affordable Android tablets in several instances in the past. Forget affordable, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 is outright available for free from T-Mobile starting February 5, as long as maintaining a 1GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan for two years isn’t a problem. Technically, that means the Lollipop-powered 7-incher isn’t altogether free of charge, but what’s ...

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    The biggest football game of the year was probably a little less hotly contested than neutral fans may have wished for, but the publicity wars were as fierce as ever, with millions of dollars spent by companies as diverse as Audi, Budweiser, Buick, Coca Cola, Hyundai, LG, Pantene, Pepsi, Snickers, and T-Mobile on special effects, fancy sets, and especially celebrity cameos. It’s obviously hard to pick just one overall advertising winner, but when it comes to your wireless service providers, T-Mobile unsurprisingly prevailed once again. Granted, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contained ...

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    Exactly what makes Verizon the number one wireless service provider stateside nowadays? 4G LTE speeds? Not according to OpenSignal’s recent, comprehensive and independent market report. Coverage? Perhaps, but even in that department, T-Mobile is progressing at a remarkable pace. Low device prices are generally out of the question at Big Red, not to mention network support for phones sold unlocked directly by their manufacturers. Meanwhile, unlimited data remains a utopian dream for the over 137 million subscribers of the US-leading operator. Once again therefore, why would anyone choose ...

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    Normally, we probably wouldn’t bother reporting on 6.0 upgrades for all carrier-specific US versions of all semi-popular 2015 Android devices. But there are still so few of them brought up to date, even after four months of Marshmallow “optimization”, that the T-Mobile LG G4’s software makeover feels like huge news. It’s been a long month and a half since Sprint started dishing out sweet over-the-air M goodies to its own G4 model, and Magenta can’t exactly follow suit, distributing the update merely via the LG Bridge tool. That entails physically hooking up your phone to a ...

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    Mere weeks after busting Verizon’s balls and accusing it of using incomplete data and biased analysis to claim its network was better at everything from coverage to download speed, T-Mobile prevails in an exhaustive comparison of America’s big four carriers put together by OpenSignal. The seemingly independent company collected over 376 million datapoints from close to 182,000 users between October and December 2015, recording normal 3G and 4G consumption habits in normal usage, both indoors and out, in big cities and the countryside. Thus, OpenSignal states, its measurements represent ...

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    As last year’s most popular smartphone vendor in China continues to quietly set the stage for its next-gen flagship’s double debut showing in Barcelona and Beijing, this tiny T-Mobile MVNO called US Mobile took the nation by surprise yesterday, picking up the Redmi 2, Mi 3 and Mi 4 out of nowhere, alongside Meizu’s M2 Note. The little known carrier predictably ran out of all stocks the same day it put the four super-affordable Androids on sale, and if you hoped they’d return sooner or later, there might be a big hurdle on their way back to market. As it turns out, no one asked ...

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    The net neutrality controversy surrounding the recently launched Binge On service is far from over, and some of you may understandably be opposed to the way T-Mobile is advertising its service at the expense of the competition. But everybody likes free money, and that’s what the “Uncarrier” is currently offering its new prepaid clients to make amends for any false moves. Technically, free phones is what you’re looking at, but outside T-Mo’s promo, they’re worth a little dough, so it’s like you’re getting free money. All you need to do is join a Simply Prepaid plan starting ...

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    The fallout from the defense of T-Mobile's Binge On program streams on. In its short existence as an Un-carrier feature, the zero-rated video streaming service has gotten into hot water from the EFF while piquing the interest of the FCC. All the while, the company's CEO John Legere ferociously stood ground in not only the net neutral status of the program, but in its good value to customers and content providers. Stanford University Professor and Director of the school's Center for Internet and Society Barbara van Schewick has published a whitepaper arguing that Binge On does not comport ...

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    By now, the controversy surrounding T-Mobile's Binge On platform is out there, and if you're a subscriber, you're either aware of what it's doing and have taken steps to ensure your continued access to high-quality streaming video, have enthusiastically welcomed the bandwidth savings at the expense of a little quality, or have concluded that you don't really care about things one way or another. T-Mobile, for its part, is committed to sticking with the system, and today announces support for a handful of new video providers, while tweaking the way users can toggle Binge On off or on at ...

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    Forget Samsung and Apple’s seemingly never-ending publicity war, as America’s “big four” carriers take combat by mocking rivals to the next level. As per usual, T-Mobile doesn’t give two hoots about proper advertising etiquette, going straight for Verizon’s jugular in relation to a Big Red commercial the “UnCarrier” feels was deceptive. In it, VZW used tiny colored balls to illustrate the huge gap between the nation-leading network and all three competitors in everything from data, calls, speed and reliability. However, according to T-Mo, the “independent” study cited ...

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    LG is currently in the process of working with all of its partner carriers to update G3 and G4 phones to Android 6.0 over the past couple of months. The company's latest premium smartphone launched on T-Mobile on October 30 — 25 days after the original Android Marshmallow images hit Nexus devices — with Android 5.1.1. We assumed, but had no guarantee that the V10 would eventually get the upgrade. But T-Mobile has confirmed that it and LG and starting the process for the device. The V10, along with the G3, G4 and G Stylo are in T-Mobile's Android Marshmallow update stable. No push ...

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    AT&T may have brought BlackBerry's Android-running Priv to the States, thanks to a limited-time exclusivity deal with the manufacturer, but it's already been a couple months since the handset landed, and other carriers have been eagerly looking forward to the day when they could get their own Priv sales started. Earlier this month we saw the rest of the big four lining up to get a shot at the Priv, with Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile alike all getting ready to add the phone to their own lineups. Today we start getting some of the details on just how that will happen, as T-Mobile ...

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    Those worrying about cascading impacts from the still-new zero-rated data programs have been looking toward what the FCC might assess them as. Are they net neutral policies or not? T-Mobile has had a colorful month in defending its own Binge On scheme from criticism while AT&T and Comcast have their own programs as well. The Commission asked representatives from the three companies to meet with them for discussions. Republican commissioners called it a "witch hunt" for shaming and regulation. But, after the discussions were done and over with, an FCC spokesperson has said that: FCC ...

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    T-Mobile's Binge On has been mired in controversy since the service was announced back in November: is the promise of free video data really worth a big downgrade in image quality? That was a tricky enough question on its own, but T-Mobile went and further complicated the issue by throttling the video connection of sites like YouTube that weren't even signed up to be a part of Binge On in the first place. Between that and the opt-out nature of the service, it was quickly turning into a PR nightmare – one only made worse as CEO John Legere took to publicly lambasting his critics. Today ...

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    After a lathering of criticism and data against T-Mobile's zero-rated video data program, Binge On, CEO John Legere is now defending it by saying it is popular with customers and signed parties. This comes as the company is preparing to send representatives to the FCC for discussions on this service. Legere first said that since the debut of Binge On, video watching has gone up some 12 percent. One of the program's top video providers saw daily average viewership jump 66 percent among limited data consumers, unarguably good news for what the program sets out to do. Binge On is also adding ...

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    Update: BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced at the company's CES 2016 press conference that Sprint and Verizon will also have the Priv as well. Chen disclosed that AT&T had a 60-day exclusivity clause that has just expired. More from Chen in our Via link. Our original story is below. T-Mobile's been blazing on upwards for the past few years, though it's been getting majorly checked by competitors, regulators and watchdog groups in the past few months. Whatever you think about its deals and steals, its plans and services and how it operates all of the above, one thing that can make or ...

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    It's easy to find yourself getting disillusioned by the smartphone offerings at CES this year, as they present few very exciting flagship-level offerings. But only looking for top-shelf hardware would be doing yourself a disservice. After all, it's important to remember what the C in CES stands for: consumer. And for a large number of shoppers, top-of-the-line specs don't matter as much as affordability and value – something all too easy to forget. ZTE finds its roots in delivering connectivity options to users who might not otherwise have them, and that mission continues today with the ...

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    T-Mobile claims that its zero-rated data scheme for video is not "throttling," a claim YouTube and the Electronic Frontier Foundation don't agree with. But whether or not you appreciate the delicate regulatory aspects of such programs like Binge On — and believe you me, the FCC is certainly interested — is irrelevant here. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, be it for a capped or unlimited LTE data plan, you're automatically opted-in to Binge On. And if what the EFF found out about the program irks you, you do have the option to turn it off. Thing is, T-Mobile doesn't make it easy. There ...

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    This development may put the FCC's meeting with T-Mobile in a new light — and perhaps the meetings with AT&T and Comcast as well. After YouTube took first spat against T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rated end users' costs for access to 480p video. That's so long as video providers ask to be on the program, which is free to participate in. YouTube was and is not a partner in the program and the company is claiming that its video is being "throttled" down to 480p. T-Mobile responded with a different term, "downgraded," which supposedly conforms with net neutrality. The ...

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    Although Lumia 950’s AT&T exclusivity stateside was initially supposed to be limited and expire within three months of the flagship phone’s debut, it’s possible Microsoft’s new software update policy permanently drove away other carriers. There’s no word of an approaching T-Mobile expansion, let alone Sprint or Verizon launches, and instead Magenta is reportedly looking to sell an entry-level, low-cost Windows 10 Mobile device starting next month. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL was rendered in both Android and Windows flavors back in October, subsequently seeing daylight on ...

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    BlackBerry’s long overdue rookie Android effort has one shot and one shot only to meet ambitious sales goals. It must expand from AT&T to the rest of America’s “big four” carriers as soon as possible, preferably before the rival spring 2016 flagships start to trickle in. Granted, the Priv has been doing a decent enough job at the box-office with just one telecom provider in its corner, but once the Galaxy S7s, HTC Perfumes, and LG G5s go official, its mainstream appeal may dramatically dry up, especially if discounts aren’t enforced in time or they’re capped off at $100 ...

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    When a company acknowledges a "less flattering" way of addressing spats with another company, you're likely to raise an eyebrow or two — no more, though. T-Mobile subscribers using the eyes below their brows to browse their YouTube subscriptions might have noticed their viewing on the go stuck at 480p. YouTube used the word "throttling" in its reading of the act to T-Mobile via the Wall Street Journal. It's not one of the 24 video service partners that signed on with T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rates data fees for end users while they watch optimized videos. T-Mobile has ...

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