Posts tagged with: T-Mobile
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    Right now, Samsung's Galaxy S7 is arguably the most popular smartphone around. Maybe in a few weeks, once LG gets G5 sales started, or Apple announces its new iPhone, or HTC steps up to the podium with its own latest flagship – maybe then Samsung's fortunes will start to change. For the moment, though, it's the manufacturer delivering the latest tech in the snazziest package, and consumers are responding in kind. That's driven the companies selling the GS7 (and more importantly, the service for it) to do all they can to steer purchases their way, and this week the big hook we've been ...

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    The parent company is willing to love its child. T-Mobile has issued notes to its parent company Deutsche Telekom totaling $2 billion in value and will be repaid by March 15, 2021 with 5.3 percent annual interest. The carrier will purpose the money mainly for use in the 600MHz spectrum auction that's to happen this month. Money left over can go towards debt service or "general corporate purposes." T-Mobile had boasted about a $10 billion war chest in pursuing low-band licenses this year, but it doesn't think it will need more than $1.5 billion. It has been expanding broad land coverage ...

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    What's the only thing better than a new flagship smartphone? OK: infinite wishes, peace on earth, the return of Firefly to TV … we suppose there are quite a few. But if we're constraining things to the smartphone field, the obvious way to improve on one top-of-the-line smartphone is – you guessed it – two cutting-edge phones. At least, that's what T-Mobile appears to be hoping new customers will go for, as a leak outs the carrier's plans for an upcoming buy-one-get-one promotion. As you can see in the leaked doc below, T-Mobile seems to be preparing for a deal that will begin this ...

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    As the news goes for red, it shall go for magenta. Mo Versi has tweeted yet again, and if you're an owner of a carrier-branded HTC device, you've probably been looking forward to his tweets to see when your phone gets the next Android update. T-Mobile HTC One M8 owners, your update is Marshmallow and your starting date is March 7. Just like Verizon. [center] Great news on T-Mobile HTC One (M8) owners! We have received technical approval on Marshmallow! OTA to start on 3/7. Thank you @mvenugopal — Mo Versi (@moversi) March 4, 2016 [/center] We're still waiting on AT&T to get its act ...

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    How many smartphone controversies can we have going at once? Most of our attention may be on the Apple vs. FBI encryption fight these days, but it wasn't so long ago that the topic du jour was zero-rated data: the practice of some carriers that sends certain mobile data to our phones for free, while continuing to charge us for most data. T-Mobile's no stranger to that controversy, and its Binge On video offering pushed the limits of what was acceptable for a zero-rating scheme as it proactively downgraded users' video connections. But today we're looking at another area where T-Mobile ...

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    Having second thoughts on what to get? Do you really just need a cheap, capable phone? Well, if you're a firm believer of the philosophy that last year's top-tier phones are this year's mid-rangers, you might just be satisfied right here. T-Mobile has put the scissors to the price tag on the LG G4, now only charging $350 for a device that will be superseded by the LG G5 introduced at MWC in Barcelona. That's better than a 40 percent cut from its original price and another $100 off from when the G4 was first discounted when the LG V10 was introduced to T-Mobile. While you may not have a ...

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    You didn’t really think T-Mobile was the chosen carrier now, did you? Technically, Magenta scored a major publicity coup by being the first of America’s “big four” operators to deliver the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to early adopters. But AT&T and Sprint are quickly following suit, themselves largely undercutting the March 11 deadline initially set on a global basis by the two phones’ manufacturers. Of course, we’re not talking about wide-scale launches… just yet, and we can’t even confirm a single unit having actually reached the doorstep of a ...

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    For a device manufacturer that’s long ceased to carry any weight in the global battle for first place, the OEM podium or even top five or ten, BlackBerry is sure doing a decent job getting US carriers to support its latest flagship. Granted, it’s taken a while for the Priv to reach AT&T and T-Mobile, but now it’s available on both networks, and Verizon subsidies are reportedly next in line. The “when” of the equation remains unconfirmed, though all signs seem to be pointing towards a Big Red pre-order outset this Thursday, followed by deliveries and in-store sales kicked off ...

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    Caffeinated cargo plane pilots and truck drivers are struggling to keep up with T-Mobile orders of the Galaxy S7. Well, at least that's what we'd like to imagine. The carrier has been filing orders to delivery services since the weekend for shipments of Samsung's latest flagship. TmoNews has been able to confirm that orders have made it to two of its readers. One got a 32GB Black Onyx Galaxy S7 edge while another got the same device in the Silver Titanium. It's February 29, 12 days before the day when most other Galaxy S7 phones are shipping. T-Mobile has the track record of being first to ...

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    If you're a Galaxy S7 pre-order-er hitched to T-Mobile, you might have gotten a few emails from your friendly underwater Un-carrier saying that there's a shipping label you should track. Indeed, one Redditor has clearly seen fast progress made on getting their 32GB black S7 packaged and ready to go. The process began Friday and a UPS label was made on Saturday. Another Redditor was in contact with a customer representative and was told that first boxes should start moving come Monday. Other representatives reeled back the enthusiasm a bit, but still hinted at an early go at things. Who ...

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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    “The Next Galaxy” is (almost) here, and in addition to refined designs, a bunch of incremental hardware upgrades, as well as the return of water protection and microSD support, the S7 and S7 Edge apparently aim to stand out with an unusually early pre-order start and, best of all, freebies. No more waiting months on end to see the latest flagships discounted. This year, they offer phenomenal bang for buck off the bat, at least stateside, where they’re bundled with gratis Gear VR headsets. Also, a 6-pack virtual reality game package, and a full 12 months of Netflix, if you choose to ...

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    Mobile World Congress may be an international event, but when we're talking about big-name Android flagships, you'd better believe that the major US carriers are taking interest in these new phones, no matter where they're announced. LG just took to the stage in Barcelona to get the expo started with its first headliner launch, introducing the metal, modular G5. We've already gone hands-on with the smartphone, its accessories, and even had the chance to compare it with last year's V10. As we get ready to take a more in-depth look at the G5, we're already hearing reports of US carrier ...

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    They will happen starting this year, just don't expect to hear much from T-Mobile about it. CTO Neville Ray said "we'll be right there with [the competition] or ahead" when the very earliest consumer 5G access for any US carrier is expected for 2020. Instead of talking deep about technology that AT&T and Verizon both pledged to start testing this year, believes that Verizon is "trying to change the story." After all, the company has been trying to get Big Red to "ballogize." "Nothing they are doing is proprietary or unique," Ray said. The "Un-carrier" just reported annual postpaid ...

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    It's funny to be a college graduate when you're looking at friends still in school and one of them is asking to suggest a cheap phone they could buy because their iPhone (it's always an iPhone [and it's already has a cracked screen]) has bit the dust. Well, if they plan on being T-Mobile customers (and the planning is key as you'll see below), they can now save a couple more bucks in their already thin wallets. College students and staff of K-12 and secondary schools can apply for a one-time device discount of $48. The process involves entering basic information about your name, ...

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    It’s a great time to buy a new high-end Android handheld or iPhone and activate it on America’s second largest wireless service provider, despite the wave of spring launches needing a few more days to get started. You have a couple of days to decide if it’s worth ditching your carrier for AT&T too, but it feels like a no-brainer when you’re offered up to $650 with eligible smartphone trade-ins, plus a free Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6s upon the purchase of an identical or pricier model. Wait, so the two deals can be combined? You bet, and you’re not even required to plunk ...

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    On the Marshmallow watch once again. This time, it's a race for second. As much as we beat the dead horse about Sprint's recent sprint for software updates with the HTC One M9, One M8 and the LG G4, it's still important to catch where the competition lines up. People in general would rather kick the can on pressing the "Update" button, but many inside our circles don't like to wait — in which case, they get an unlocked version of the phone, but that's besides the point. Happy Friday! Good news for T-Mobile HTC One (M9) owners! We've received technical approval on Marshmallow, with the ...

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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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