Posts tagged with: T-Mobile
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    As one Mr. Ferris Bueller put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That's just as true for smartphones as so many other things in life, and with the rapid-fire pace at which new phones seem to always be arriving, sometimes it feels like a new phone is gone nearly just as soon as it arrived. The latest victim of rapid turnover appears to be the Lumia 640 at T-Mobile, as the carrier puts a permanent halt to online sales of the phone, barely over two months since it first welcomed the handset to its lineup. While Microsoft ...

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    Yesterday we shared with you an interesting, if not just a little bit confusing story about what was going on between manufacturers of unlocked smartphones and T-Mobile, where phones that should be fully capable of using the carrier's band 12 LTE were finding manufacturers disabling that support – phones sold unlocked and seemingly independent of T-Mobile. It appeared that an issue with VoLTE support and E911 routing was being put forward as the explanation for such actions, at least by Motorola as it killed-off band 12 access for the GSM edition of the new Moto E, but the full picture ...

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    It's been over a month now since Samsung shared news of its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2. With a 4:3 screen, it's unlike most Samsung tablets that have come before it, drawing plenty of comparisons to Apple's iPad. Considering the heavyweight specs that help power the Tab S2, it may even draw some shoppers away from Apple's tablet – once they can get their hands on it, that is. Last month, Samsung launched the device without many details about retail availability, and while we were hoping we might get to learn more about the Tab S2 at Samsung's Unpacked event earlier this month, it ...

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    When you purchase a smartphone through a carrier, like it or not, there's a solid chance that carrier has messed with your phone to one extent or another. Maybe it told the manufacturer to remove a key feature, like we used to see several US carriers do in regards to wireless charging, or to disable wireless payments so the carrier can push its own mobile payments solution. Maybe it's just something as simple as loading the phone with bloatware. But no matter how that meddling manifested, there's been the expectation that you could always avoid such headaches by purchasing your phone from ...

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    Class may not be technically in session yet, but T-Mobile wants its school-going customers to be prepared ahead of time with sizzling hot new smartphones. Of course, anyone can get in on the discounted action over at the “Uncarrier’s” online store, as long as you act quickly. T-Mo’s collection of Android savings is only valid today, and the promotion’s headliner is hands down the Samsung Galaxy S6. Already trimmed very recently, from $680 to $580 outright, the non-edgy 5.1-incher is now available for a further $80 off. That’s right, $500 buys you the GS6, free of contractual ...

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    Galaxy Note 5 pre-orders are available since the announcement on August 13, and the same is valid for the Galaxy S6 edge+. You will be able to get yours, if you have pre-ordered, starting this Friday, August 21. That was the initial plan, and then T-mobile's CEO came along and turned the status quo upside down. According to John Legere, Magenta will simply skip the entire pre-order process. Those of you who want a Galaxy Note 5 or a Galaxy S6 edge+ will be able to buy one starting Tuesday, August 18, 6a PT, and T-mobile will ship it out immediately. You can order yours either online with ...

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    There's a movement underway to add some overlooked functionality to your smartphone, bringing you access to multiple streams of high-quality commercial content, all without paying a dime or counting against your data allotment. It was earlier this year that we first learned of a concerted effort to convince smartphone OEMs to activate dormant hardware on their phones that would enable handsets to receive FM radio transmissions, or at least to sell future phones with the feature present out of the box. Late last month we heard that AT&T had been convinced to back the idea, and would ask ...

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    In the big-business world of the US cellular market, it's not just sufficient to have more users than your peers: you also need people to know just how big a player you are, capitalizing on every chance you get to assert your position. That's why we saw T-Mobile so eager earlier this year to graduate from fourth place among major US networks to third, moving past Sprint in the process. And while T-Mobile believed it had what mattered to be considered number three at the time, the bookkeeping was a little wonky, and not everyone agreed on just how users should be counted. Well, six months ...

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    Adam Doud propped some major points against buying a new phone with your carrier in this weekend's debate post. If you haven't taken a look at his post, please do so to grab some context. But at this point, I think it's time for some B sides to this discussion. Not only a counterargument, but a hybrid proposal that could break your perception of the usefulness of a contract. No contract, but no credit Even though our "big four" carriers in the US are striding away from the model ever so slowly, in this day and age, we're really going to be missing out once the contract finally dies ...

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    Watching T-Mobile's John Legere on video with company announcements is always a treat, not really because of the deals, but because of how he just loves to bash every competitor before delivering the news. That said, the last few deals offered by the T-Mobile haven't been bad at all. Mobile without borders is one of them, giving users the ability to roam freely across North America, but it seems that this was just part of the plan. T-Mobile has just announced a few deals that are exclusive for iPhone users, and these make a lot of sense given the current popularity of the device. To ...

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    Updated 3:55pm ET to include statement from AT&T. A couple years ago, my younger, whipper-snappier self put a question to the masses: why were we still using traditional SMS text messaging? Given alternatives like Google Voice, iMessage, WhatsApp and the like, SMS seemed positively archaic with its 160-character limit and lack of rich messaging functions. Worse yet, wireless carriers were charging a lot for the privilege of using this outdated system, demanding upwards of $20 per month for unlimited access to a resource that cost them essentially nothing to provide. Flash forward to ...

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    Apple surprised some of us by including its own SIM cards with the launch of the iPad Air 2. In the past, each data-capable iPad would bring the respective SIM card of the carrier you purchased the tablet with, but this new Apple SIM gave users the convenience to switch carriers easily, avoiding you the need to visit carriers and get that done. Reports claim that this is not just something that ends with Apple's tablet lineup, as today we learn of others interested. Reports claim that both Apple and Samsung are pushing for the e-SIM card concept to become a standard across OEMs and ...

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    If you're a customer of T-Mobile US, you have some happy days ahead of you should you be interested in low-to-mid-range smartphones. Some new T-Mobile smartphones are on the way, including HTC's Desire 626s, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. The new T-Mobile smartphones will be arriving at the carrier on July 22 – right before the back to school rush when phone purchases see a quick spike thanks to students headed out to school again. At $169, you can find yourself the HTC Desire 626s, HTC's latest affordable smartphone in the US market. You can read more ...

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    T-Mobile US has been on a streak. So much so, I wouldn't be surprised to see John Legere actually streaking in Central Park sooner or later. Hey, it could happen. But just yesterday, we saw him tweet out another Uncarrier initiative on changing the way monthly data is doled out on family plans. Instead of having a pool of shared data — as is the trend right now — T-Mobile is returning to the old per-line allotment model. And then boosting each data dose to 10GB, standard. It's the latest in a string of moves to convince customers to port their numbers over to T-Mobile. And it's been ...

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    Three weeks back, we first heard of the mysterious Axon, a high-end-sounding smartphone with 4GB of RAM and some interesting hardware, like its dual rear cameras. And while that would be noteworthy enough on its own, there was also the big secret concerning who was making Axon; while the official info didn't clearly identify the phone's manufacturer (and seemed to go to some effort to hide its role), a fair amount of evidence pointed to ZTE's involvement. This afternoon the secret's out, as ZTE finally steps out of the shadows and takes credit for the Axon handset. The Axon offers users a ...

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    Whenever John Legere is not calling out his competitors on Twitter, he's doing so in video or in a keynote, as he continues to defy the US mobile paradigm with new services. We've already tested T-Mobile's unlimited roaming services extensively during our business trips, but it seems that the company understood that data roaming in EDGE is just terrible. After a recent teaser of a new Uncarrier promotion announcement happening today, we finally get details. T-Mobile has just annouced its new Uncarrier deal, "Mobile Without Borders." The name on its own is selfe explanatory, as the company ...

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    Over the last month or two we've been spotting evidence for upcoming Motorola smartphones on multiple fronts: new Moto X, new Moto G, and maybe even some new Droid family members for Verizon. And while we don't yet have the full picture on what Motorola plans to release as we push further into Q3, a new FCC filing offers a preview of what might just be another new handset, and one armed with some broad cellular connectivity. What we have here is Motorola's model 5137. Measuring 153.6mm x 75.3mm, the handset looks to be a bit larger than 5.2-inch Moto X or Droid Turbo. That might put it in ...

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    Update (July 7, 6:00pm): Job finally done. Thanks for being patient. There's an Apple patent that might have us all sharing files with handshakes in the not-too-distant future. Sprint's new CEO is finally fed up with John Legere and recently said so on Twitter. Android is running on BlackBerry. And there's a 10,000 mAh (or 10Ah, if you prefer) smartphone out there that, judging from the photos, is not the size of a household refrigerator. All this news demands more than a quick blurb on the front page; it should be immortalized in the halls of podcast history, and that's what we're ...

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    There's no denying that John Legere is one of the coolest CEOs on the planet, even without the context of the company he's running. He's shaken up the wireless industry by denouncing bad carrier practices, and hasn't shied away from making quite the name for himself – he's crashed CES parties, and dropped some pretty foul language even in official press events for new Uncarrier announcements. So in true Legere fashion, the executive took to Periscope yesterday to voice some thoughts. And we got some John Legere teases for exciting news next week, as well as information about Apple Music ...

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    John Legere is not only famous for turning T-Mobile around from that infamous carrier that almost gout acquired by AT&T, but also because he's very verbal about it. He's well known for going off at competitors publicly for mistreating customers with plans and contracts, and his main tool for these complaints is Twitter. Legere decided to tweet about Sprint's disappointments in its recent ad campaign, and it seems people got tired of it. It's extremely uncommon for any CEO to respond to negative comments about any company, and specially respond to tweets from John Legere, but Marcelo ...

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    In our full review, we have called the Microsoft Lumia 640 "one of the best values in mobile"; if you're looking for a Windows Phone, go check it out. If you have already decided to purchase one, or a Lumia 640XL, and you're living in the US, you might want to grab your smartphone from the Microsoft Store, as they're adding some extras. While this might or might not be a new deal, it is definitely worth checking out. When you purchase a T-Mobile Microsoft Lumia 640, or an AT&T Microsoft Lumia 640XL from the Microsoft Store, you'll get a pair of free Nokia headphones. Of course, "while ...

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    T-Mobile has been doing some very "un-carrier" things for quite some time now. That's not by accident - instead it's a very strategic plan to woo customers away from the more "traditional" Stateside cellular providers and give them a taste of how things are across Europe and in other parts of the world. From all-but eliminating contracts to offering some of the only "unlimited" plans that still exist, T-Mobile has been boldly changing the way people look at and use cell phones, and with the recent unveiling of JUMP On Demand, it doesn't look like Magenta will be changing that anytime soon. ...

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    Maybe it's because I'm still giddy from the change-high I got from my switch to T-Mobile earlier this year; maybe it's because I recently confessed to liking the Nexus 6 more than I did a few months ago; or maybe it's because I'm trying to save money after a lengthy spending spree ... but for the past 48 hours I've been practically obsessed with the notion of trying out Google's new wireless service, Project Fi. We reported on Project Fi, Google's North American virtual wireless carrier, back in April, and the service has been slowly growing ever since. For now, Project Fi is open ...

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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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