T-Mobile USA reported its second quarter results on Thursday and noted that it lost 50,000 subscribers during the quarter. That’s a drop, but it’s not as bad as the 93,000 customers the carrier lost during the year ago quarter or the 99,000 customers who left during the first quarter. T-Mobile also recorded $5.1 billion in revenue for the second quarter, down from the $5.2 billion it reported during the first quarter and the $5.4 billion in revenue it pulled in during the same quarter last year. Blended churn, which includes both prepaid and contract customers, was 3.3%. That’s down from the 3.4% reported last quarter. “The United States remains a difficult market for Deutsche Telekom, but we see improvements compared to the first quarter of 2011,” René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom said. “T-Mobile USA will continue its strategy with the extended HSPA+ 42 coverage and continued data growth.” Read on for the full press release. More →
Citing issues with the user experience, O2 UK announced on Thursday that it “will not be selling” the BlackBerry PlayBook. The wireless carrier began notifying customers who had signed up for more information about its change of heart on Thursday. The carrier officially stated: “unfortunately there are some issues with the end to end customer experience,” but didn’t delve further into its reasons for the decision. We suspect it could be the lack of a native email client, an addition that RIM has said it will add in a future update, but we also noted that it felt like an “unfinished product” in our recent review. O2 did say that it could offer the product at a later date, and that it will work with Research In Motion on its BlackBerry PlayBook products in the future. More →
Maybe your Android handset hasn’t been bless with an official build of Gingerbread just yet, or maybe your device’s iteration of Google’s latest mobile operating system isn’t performing up to snuff. Either way, you now have unofficial official options, as Cyanogen has announced the release of CyanogenMod 7.0 for a host of Android handsets. Based on Android 2.3.3, the code brings dozens of extra check-boxes and features to your device — allowing you to inflict more of your personal steez on to your phone. If you’re interested in further customizing your set, hit the read link, have yourself a download, and enjoy the mack-daddy of custom Android ROMs. More →
It seems that Big Red has finally opened up the user handset review feature we scooped about a month ago. This new feature gives users the ability to rate handsets on a five star scale based on ease of use, display, design, features and battery life. In addition, there is space to list some pros, cons and general comments. The only caveat is that in order to review a handset you must be an existing Verizon customer and logged into your Verizon account — that and actual Verizon employees vet each and every review which pretty much guarantees that fanboys will see their reviews slide right on through while crackpot/troll reviews will never see the light of day.
[Via Phone Arena]
An eagle-eyed reader spotted a new feature potentially coming to Verizon Wireless’ website. For at least the past week, Verizon has been testing user submitted reviews on its staging “testman” site. Similar to AT&T, which has had this feature for a while, customers will be able to submit reviews and rate handsets they own on a star scale. Sorry, no monkeying with the new review system as you have to log in to your Verizon Wireless account to leave a review. It looks like the Verizon Wireless employees are having enough fun for all of us anyway.