Posts tagged with: T-Mobile
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    Throttling: the word's enough to send a chill down the spine of any smartphone user. You've been enjoying your high-speed LTE connection, taking full advantage of your phone's big, beautiful screen and streaming some HD video, when all of a sudden that fire-hose of a connection slows to a trickle. This morning an internal T-Mobile memo leaked describing new efforts from the carrier to throttle high-bandwidth users. Should you be concerned? Long answer short: probably not. There are a few reasons for why that is, starting with who's affected. Namely: unlimited data users only. If you're on ...

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    The long-rumored device-unlocking app from T-Mobile is now here. The Un-carrier today released the T-Mobile Device Unlock app to Google Play earlier in the day as an easy method to undo the carrier locks on phones, but there's a catch of course. The application currently only functions on T-Mo's Samsung Galaxy Avant, a low-to-midranger which... isn't the most impressive phone out there, shall we say. The app is installable on other devices, as we discovered with a T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note 3, but it doesn't function. We're hoping (and expecting) the app will make the leap to other ...

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    A new trend has arisen in the US over the last few years: switching to prepaid plans. Though prepaid plans have their quirks, the pros generally outweigh the cons when you compare them with most postpaid plans nowadays. To that end, T-Mobile has been one of the more popular prepaid destinations, with popular plans ranging from just $30 a month. Today, the company has announced that it has taken the #1 prepaid wireless spot in the United States. T-Mobile USA now has 15.64 million customers on its prepaid network, though this total includes the recently-acquired MetroPCS's connections. ...

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    When buying a new smartphone, what makes us choose one carrier over another? Device selection? Sure, but let's consider a phone like the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 that's broadly available on different networks. What then? Maybe you're already locked-in to service with one carrier, or maybe one has plans that are really attractive. Maybe you live someplace where reception is spotty, and some carriers have better coverage than others. But one thing we rarely consider when making these types of decisions is battery life. Perhaps we should, though, as one study points out how consistently longer ...

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    Time was, the only road to a consistent smartphone experience was to drop a metric buttload of cash and hope the device lived up to its hype. If it didn't, and you didn't catch it before the return period expired, too bad: you were stuck with that $600 brick for the rest of your two-year contract unless you could find someone to take it off your hands. Over the past year, the reality of the absurdly expensive smartphone has begun to come apart. Sure, most true flagships are still awfully pricey when you look at their off-contract cost, but devices like Motorola's Moto G and Moto E have ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    How much do you spend each month just to stay connected? As cell phones – namely, smartphones – have increased in popularity over the last decade, the cost of keeping them connected has slowly crept upwards. Cheaper functions, like voice calling and SMS, have taken a back seat to the more convenient and bandwidth-hogging mobile data. As such, calling plans and text messaging are now, more often than not, offered in unlimited quantities. However, gone are the days of $20 and $30 unlimited data plans (unless you're lucky enough to be hanging on to a grandfathered plan). The cost of ...

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    Samsung mid-ranger news may be dominated at the moment by the Galaxy Alpha – at least, if this really does end up being a model comparable to the Galaxy S5 mini – but as we wait to see if that guy's really going to debut next Monday, there's another new mid-range Galaxy handset popping out of the woodwork, as T-Mobile announces the Galaxy Avant. We first heard about this guy last week, when it was rumored to be the phone that would debut a new T-Mobile carrier unlocking app. Word was that we could look forward to a launch around the end of the month, and that's just we got. The Avant ...

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    Last week saw the US make some big progress towards giving smartphone owners back the ability to unlock their handsets as they please. And while we very much look forward to the day when that right will once again be insured, right now many carriers already do a decent job at unlocking phones when asked. Sure, they often impose a variety of conditions that need to be fulfilled before they'll grant those requests, but if your phone is eligible, unlocking can be as close as a phone call away. By the looks of things, though, T-Mobile is interested in streamlining that process even further, ...

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    ZTE hasn't necessarily been a blockbuster hit when it comes to the smartphones it has launched in the US, but that could be intentional. The company has focused on the mid-tier market with devices like the Nubia 5 or the Boost Max that we recently reviewed, and we doubt things will change any time soon after what we saw at ZTE's booth at MWC 2014. That said, the company is interested in growing in the US market, and some new leaks point to something new in the pipeline. Famous tipster @evleaks just landed an interesting tip of a ZTE phablet that's currently being tested on T-Mobile. You'll ...

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    Smartphone carriers are in this business to make money, and when we're talking maximizing profits, there are two obvious ways to boost income: charging more, or offering less. For some carriers, that “offering less” angle has taken the form of doing away with old unlimited data plans, and favoring tiered offerings, instead; both AT&T and Verizon axed their old unlimited data plans years ago. Now a new survey attempts to show just what kinds of plans current subscribers have with the major US carriers, and it looks like there's a surprising number of users still clinging to those ...

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    Verizon may have just started pre-orders of its G3, but T-Mobile customers have received what looks to be a better deal. And no, we're not referring to the carrier's Open Beta sweepstakes promotion either -- customers who ponied up cash for T-Mobile LG G3 pre-orders are now seeing their units arrive at their doorsteps. The T-Mobile G3 variant offers zero branding beyond LG's own inclusions other than a fairly minimal "T-Mobile" at the bottom of the back side. The box also doesn't have any immediately conspicuous carrier tramp stamps, though those are definitely buried within the ...

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    The LG G3 did well in our review, being one of the 2014 Android flagships to want, together with the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Sony Xperia Z2. However, our review was based on opinions formed while using a South Korean version of the device, with an American carrier unit not being available. That being said, thanks to @evleaks, we're seeing all (major) four US carrier models being leaked in press renders, as seen above. From left to right, we're seeing the upcoming Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile versions. Interestingly, of all four devices, only Sprint version (as ...

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    As smartphone users have started thinking twice about getting locked into lengthy contracts, we've seen a rise in the availability of installment plans to help space out payments for a full-priced smartphone into more manageable monthly sums. Even some OEMs themselves offer their own installment plans, if you'd just rather leave the carrier out of the picture altogether. When we're talking about a $600 outright payment, splitting things up like this can make a lot of sense, but does the same hold true for lower-ticket items? We may be about to find out, as a leak suggests that T-Mobile is ...

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    These last few weeks have seen the Lumia 635 creeping up on us here in the States, following the smartphone's formal introduction back at Build in early April. T-Mobile was quick to announce its support for the 635 even back then, and lately it's just been a question of when the phone would get around to arriving. We saw it make the requisite swing by the FCC in late May, signaling things were progressing on their way towards retail availability, but then just last week we witnessed Microsoft abruptly halt pre-orders; was something wrong? Fret not, as today T-Mobile goes official with 635 ...

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