Posts tagged with: T-Mobile
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    A new age of smartphones is upon us. HTC has just announced the new One M9, and Samsung is set to go official with its Galaxy S6 within another few hours, which means that carriers have plenty of new smartphones to take care of and sell, and that these companies will begin announcing plans to carry these new devices very soon. The HTC One M9 carrier availability announcements have been kicked off today by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AT&T only goes as far as to announce its intent to carry the device, simply stating that it's "coming soon." It has set up a landing page for the ...

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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. This is the second in a series of posts about the experience. (For those who prefer to start at the beginning, part 1 is here) • It's not T-Mobile's fault that its network failed at precisely the moment the Pocketnow Weekly podcast needed it the most, but it sure didn't help ease my transition to the "Uncarrier" lifestyle. Regular Weekly listeners know what I'm talking about: during the recording of episode 135, a score of technical issues struck our weekly ...

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    Last week we heard that Google was getting ready to breathe some fresh life into Wallet, not content to sit idly by and let Apple Pay dominate the mobile payments game. It wasn't clear exactly what was going to happen, but it sounded big, and it sure seemed to fit well enough with earlier rumors that Google could be considering acquiring mobile payment competitor Softcard (the one with all the carrier involvement). As it turns out, we won't be waiting until I/O to learn just what Google's up to with Wallet, and today the company starts sharing news of Wallet's next chapter, which will find ...

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    One week from now, the mystery will be over. Samsung will have its Unpacked event behind it, and we'll be talking about the Galaxy S6 no longer in the context of rumor and theories, but as a phone that's very much here, having just launched in Barcelona. Until March 1 rolls around, however, it looks like there are going to be plenty of last-minute reveal to keep us busy, and some of the latest come from Samsung's US carrier partners, as they share some interesting new imagery of the next Samsung flagship. So far we've been talking about a regular flat-screened Galaxy S6, as well as a model ...

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    When it comes to cellular carrier competition in the US, it's far from an even playing field. We've got Verizon and AT&T so far out in the lead that they've got well over twice as many subscribers as their closest competition. Then there's T-Mobile and Sprint fighting it out for third and fourth place, and while sometimes we like to talk about a “top five,” bringing US Cellular into the mix, that carrier's an order of magnitude smaller. That T-Mobile/Sprint balance has been showing the greatest likelihood of a shift, and while Sprint's been in third to T-Mobile's fourth, stagnant ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop first began making its presence felt on the Galaxy S5 in the US back at the start of the month, as Verizon users welcomed the update's arrival. A couple days later, Sprint joined its fellow CDMA carrier with an update of its own, but so far the GSM boys haven't been ready to follow suit. AT&T's still a no-show, but today there's motion over at T-Mobile, with report of users seeing their own OTAs arrive. That's confirmed by T-Mobile itself, which reports that system software G900TUVU1EOB3 is available today both as an over-the-air update and one for manual ...

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    On February 9, Monday, T-Mobile told users to expect the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for their HTC One M8 devices, but, as that didn't happen, the carrier circled back and gave out a new date: February 10, one day later (yesterday). It finally looks like users are able to get the refresh over-the-air as several HTC One M8 owners on T-Mobile have reported its existence and delivery. You can go ahead and manually check for the Lollipop update, or wait for the OTA notification to hit your phone. It should arrive any time now. Another device, another part of the world: in India, the Samsung ...

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    While we're talking about Windows 10 phone, and eagerly waiting for the Technical Preview to become available so that we can take a look under the hood, the situation isn't so rosy when it comes to Windows Phone 8.1, and some T-Mobile devices. While the Lumia 635 and the HTC One M8 for Windows, from T-Mobile's offer, come pre-installed with Windows Phone 8.1, the carrier is not planning on delivering a Windows Phone 8.1 update to any other phone, except the Lumia 521 and the Lumia 925. This means that if you're currently rocking an HTC 8X, or a Lumia 810, your chances of getting the ...

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    Despite missing the February 1 deadline (that 90-day window in which HTC committed to deliver the Android Lollipop update to its devices) and publishing a mea culpa, HTC is continuing to do a great job (as long as the delays are kept to a minimum) with the latest bits of Google's mobile operating system. The European One M8 (and its owners) is already enjoying Android 5.0, and some North American units too, and now its time for those who own a T-Mobile unit to get some Lollipop love as well. The T-Mobile HTC One M8 Lollipop update should arrive today, Monday, as an over-the-air update, ...

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    Have you ever unlocked a smartphone so that you could drop in a new SIM and take it to another carrier? Maybe some else has a better deal, or you're traveling internationally and want to make sure you're taking advantage of the cheapest local rates. Whatever your reason, removing a phone's carrier lock is something that plenty of smartphone users find themselves interested in. And while you might have a general idea of under what circumstances your carrier will unlock your phone for you, do you know what to expect if you went with a different network? What about if you wanted to unlock a ...

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    After over two years on AT&T, Michael Fisher recently made the switch to T-Mobile US on his personal smartphone account. This is the first in a series of posts about the experience. (For those interested in jumping ahead, part 2 can be found here.) • My divorce from AT&T began with a realization familiar to anyone who's ever been in a doomed relationship (personal or otherwise): the cost/benefit ratio was no longer working out. I loved being an AT&T customer, but the charges were bleeding me dry. Some of those charges only affected me thanks to my newfound jet-setting ...

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    Even as we ease into flagship season in 2015, one of 2014's best phones remains a great buy. Google's Nexus 6 made in collaboration with Motorola was quite a beast when it launched, and it remains one now, though availability has been limited. Should you be wanting to snag yourself one now – perhaps after the long delays faced trying to order from Google Play – there hasn't been a better time to do it yet. There's a new T-Mobile Nexus 6 deal available now, knocking down the phone's price pretty substantially. If you use the promotional code "NEXUS6DEAL" when purchasing the phone off ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    Yesterday, one very old rumor found itself back in the spotlight, as talk of Google getting into the cellular service game for itself picked up new momentum from a report detailing the company's efforts to act as an MVNO by reselling access through Sprint and T-Mobile. It's a quite interesting idea, even if the impact it might have on the market is largely dependent on details like pricing and availability that are still very much unknown. But would anything actually come of the rumor this time, or would it be like all those times before, where nothing concrete ended up happening? Neither ...

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    Google's interests continue to grow year after year: from search, to phones, to self-driving cars, to fiber optic internet. On the phone side, Google already runs development of its operating system, sells its own brand of Android hardware, and publishes its own apps – really, all that's left for it to become a one-stop-smartphone-stop is delivering the wireless connectivity phones need to get online. We've heard rumors about the company expanding into the carrier space for some time now, with the most recent round surfacing last spring amidst claims that Google might launch an MVNO that ...

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    This year we came back from CES with an old friend, finally getting our hands on the YotaPhone 2 we first saw nearly a year ago in Barcelona. In the time since, we've been giving the Android and its unusual dual-screen arrangement our hands-on treatment, and in another day or so our full review of the smartphone should be ready. While we're sure that will help address many of the questions you may have about this hardware, there's one answer we don't have just yet, and that's the one to the question of who's going to help Yota Devices bring this phone to the US. Last week we heard ...

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    I've been a T-Mobile customer since the company was called Voicestream - yeah, that long. One of the things I always loved about the service was that I could tether a PDA, tablet, or laptop to my phone and be able to get work done anywhere I needed to. I'm not a road warrior, so I don't use a lot of data when tethered, nor do I tether very often, but I need to be able to tether with only a little notice. Regardless of whether I was using Windows Mobile or Android, tethering was never terribly difficult, I just opened the settings, turned it on, and away I went. When Android KitKat came ...

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    Whether you admit it or not, John Legere is most famous for making the T-Mobile brand something to talk about in the US. His hilarious demeanor and his "Un-carrier" strategy has brought T-Mobile back to the lime light after a failed buy-out by AT&T just a few years ago. Legere is also famous for his predictions, and today he's got a lot to say about two separate topics. In an odd press release today, John Legere made a couple of predictions for 2015. One of these has to do with the Apple Watch, and the other has to do with his company reaching the goals they set out for 2014. When it ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we’re looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months — that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it’s fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. So far, we looked at what we think were the best and worst apps of 2014, as well as the biggest disappointments ...

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    That HTC Hima, with some slightly-more-detailed specs that just leaked, sure is sounding like the HTC smartphone to beat early next year. And while it may have the flagship space locked-down, there's plenty of room in the manufacturer's lineup for some new mid-rangers to help add some flesh blood to the Desire family. We may have an early look at how one such model will come together, as a new rumor attempts to describe HTC's model A12. In contrast to the full-HD, Snapdragon-810-powered Hima, the A12 would arrive with a 4.7-inch HD screen (so, 720p, we assume) and with a Snapdragon 410 at ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast (both to stream and download it), as well as timecodes to let you jump through the podcast. As always, thanks for listening, and we'll see you right here next week! "Bring us alternate topics," you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered. On today's podcast, we're joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup's BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we're ...

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    Remember back when voice minutes were what you looked at when weighing cellular service plans? Five hundred here, one thousand there? And we were so obsessive over taking full advantage of these precious minutes that carriers started offering “rollover” plans, where the unused minutes from one month wouldn't evaporate at the end of the billing cycle, but add themselves to your allotment for the following month. With 2015 nearly upon us, minutes are old news, and these days its data on eveyone's mind. T-Mobile figures what worked for minutes will work for data, and in today's latest ...

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    Unlike the Nexus 6, which has been popping up for sale in the Play Store with the frequency of Halley's Comet, it's been substantially easier to pick up the Nexus 9 tablet. Whether you're going with the 16GB or 32GB edition, it's been a cinch to buy one from Google, to say nothing of HTC itself or other retail partners. At least, that's been the case for the WiFi version of the tablet, but its cellular-connected brother has been a little slower to materialize. Last month we heard from T-Mobile that sales of the LTE Nexus 9 would start sometime in early December, but no precise date was ...

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    We're already a week removed from Black Friday, but when you factor that in with the subsequent Cyber Monday deals, we could understand if you're still feeling a little burned-out from all these smartphone, tablets, and wearable offers. But the holiday shopping season rages on nonetheless, and if you're still looking to pick up some great deals on mobile electronics, you might want to take a look at what's one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for a major-name smartphone, as the already crazy-cheap Lumia 530 becomes even more affordable. A couple months back, when we were getting ready ...

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    In many ways, smartphones give us more control over our lives than ever before, instantly connecting us to information that lets us make informed decisions, makes sure we have the latest news, and keeps us in touch with anyone not living in the stone age. And while that's all true most of the time, there's a sinister side that has us giving up some of the control over the software that runs on our phones themselves, and all too often we find carriers behind these manipulations. You may know it simply as “bloat,” the software that you never asked for, that nonetheless finds itself ...

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