T-Mobile gives businesses the option of getting throttled or paying overage fees

By on June 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

T-Mobile gives businesses the option of getting throttled or paying overage fees

T-Mobile New Business Data Plans

T-Mobile on Wednesday said that business users who consume more than their plan’s monthly allotment of HSPA+ data now have two options: They can either have their data throttled down to lower speeds and pay no overage fee, or they can pay overage fees in exchange for keeping their standard HSPA+ data speeds. The overage-fee plans start as low as $19.99 per month for 500MB of data with a $0.10-per-MB overage fee and go as high as $74.99 per month for 10GB of data with a $0.02-per-MB overage fee. The throttled data plans, meanwhile, start at $24.99 for 500MB of HSPA+ data and go as high as $77.99 for 10GB of HSPA+ data. T-Mobile says the new data plans will be available to business customers by the end of July. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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If the iPhone won't come to T-Mobile, T-Mobile will go to the iPhone

By on May 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

If the iPhone won't come to T-Mobile, T-Mobile will go to the iPhone

T-Mobile will do anything to get the iPhone

T-Mobile has acknowledged internally that Apple’s iPhone offers a “poor customer experience” on its network, but the nation’s No.4 carrier is working as quickly as it can to change that. The company announced this past February that it will be performing upgrades to its network that bring faster data speeds to users who purchase an iPhone on their own and unlock it for use on T-Mobile, and on Tuesday the carrier said the work will be performed ahead of schedule. More →

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AT&T’s 4G and T-Mobile’s 3G found to be nation’s fastest wireless services

By on April 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM.

AT&T’s 4G and T-Mobile’s 3G found to be nation’s fastest wireless services

The four major carriers in the United States — Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile — all advertise some form of 4G technology, whether it is LTE, WiMAX or HSPA+, and each company claims to have either the most reliable, biggest, fastest or best network. PCWorld put the carriers claims to test in its “2012 Mobile Speed Test” and found that AT&T’s 4G LTE service featured the fastest download speeds while Verizon’s 4G LTE network provided the fastest upload speeds. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 21 network was the fastest 3G service and the carrier’s HSPA+ 42 service held its own with both AT&T’s and Verizon’s 4G networks, making T-Mobile a good choice for many wireless users who are looking for affordable plans. Sprint’s 3G service and WiMAX technology lagged behind the competition according to the report. The “real-world speed tests” were conducted in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington DC. PCWorld’s press release follows below. More →

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Custom radio files give Galaxy Note access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network

By on March 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM.

Custom radio files give Galaxy Note access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network

If you were looking to get your enormous hands on a Galaxy Note in the U.S. but have no interest in switching to AT&T’s network, you may be in luck. AT&T’s “phablet” was previously limited to EDGE speeds on T-Mobile’s network, making the device a much less appealing option. XDA-Developers forum members have managed to figure out a way to enable HSPA+ support for AWS bands, however. After performing a SIM unlock, a user can flash one of three radio files that will allow the phone to access T-Mobile’s network with the proper SIM card. There are obvious risks involved, but T-Mobile subscribers in search of a supersized smartphone now have access to the king of the crop. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBooks with HSPA+ and LTE radios pass through the FCC

By on March 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBooks with HSPA+ and LTE radios pass through the FCC

Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook may be down, but it’s definitely not out. Over a year ago, the company revealed plans to release an LTE-compatible PlayBook as well as a 3G model that will work on HSPA+ networks. Details surrounding these variants have been few and far between, with some assuming they were simply canceled. As it turns out, two tablets from Research in Motion recently passed through the FCC equipped with HSPA+ connectivity and AT&T compatible LTE radios. BGR in January exclusively reported details about RIM’s plans to introduce a new PlayBook tablet around May or June that will be equipped with a 1.5GHz processor, built-in HSPA+ and NFC support. More →

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NPD: One third of all smartphones sold in Q4 had 4G connectivity

By on March 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM.

NPD: One third of all smartphones sold in Q4 had 4G connectivity

Smartphones with 4G connectivity grew from 6% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a report from The NPD Group. HSPA+ “4G” accounted for 22% sales, however, leaving LTE and WiMAX technologies with a much less impressive share of the smartphone market. Older HSPA+ technology was the only 4G offered by AT&T up until recently, and it is still the only 4G technology offered by T-Mobile. The firm also counts AT&T’s iPhone 4S among the 4G phones sold last quarter, giving the category a significant boost. LTE-enabled handsets, on the other hand, accounted for just 7% of the smartphone market, while WiMAX made up only 6%, dropping from its third-quarter high of 10%. Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt was the most popular LTE handset in the fourth quarter last year, while Sprint’s HTC EVO was the most popular WiMAX device. Read on for NPD’s press release. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G available from T-Mobile on March 21st

By on March 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G available from T-Mobile on March 21st

T-Mobile on Monday announced that the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will be available in select stores on March 21st and nationwide on March 28th. The carrier’s newest 4G HSPA+ smartphone is equipped with a 3.97-inch Super AMOLED display and a dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The device also features a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD videos, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, HSPA+ 42 connectivity and Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will cost $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card and a new two-year agreement. More →

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Sony Tablet P available from AT&T on March 4th

By on February 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM.

Sony Tablet P available from AT&T on March 4th

AT&T on Tuesday announced the availability of Sony’s dual-screened, folding, Nintendo DS-inspired Tablet P — again. The Honeycomb-powered slate is equipped with two 5.5-inch displays, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra processor clocked at 1GHz and HSPA+ connectivity. The device also comes with 4GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a VGA front facing and 5-megapixel rear camera. Along with the Android Market, the Tablet P is PlayStation Certified and has access to the Sony’s entertainment suite and services. The device will be available starting March 4th for $399.99 with a new two-year agreement. Read on for AT&T’s press release. More →

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T-Mobile bails on HSPA+ 84 plans, heads straight for LTE

By on February 28, 2012 at 7:25 AM.

T-Mobile bails on HSPA+ 84 plans, heads straight for LTE

T-Mobile on Tuesday revealed from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it is abandoning plans to update its current HSPA+ network with speedier HSPA+ 84 technology. The nations’s No.4 carrier currently supports theoretical maximum download speeds of 42Mbps across much of its HSPA+ network. T-Mobile had previously announced intentions to upgrade its back end to double its theoretical download ceiling to 84Mbps, however in light of its recent announcement that it will adopt more modern Long Term Evolution technology for its 4G network, the carrier has decided that its resources are better spent on LTE. According to The Verge, T-Mobile will utilize the same 1900MHz spectrum it had intended for HSPA+ 84, and refarm it for LTE. More →

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T-Mobile to launch 10 LTE devices and iPhone-compatible 4G in 2013

By on February 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM.

T-Mobile to launch 10 LTE devices and iPhone-compatible 4G in 2013

T-Mobile will have 10 LTE devices available by the end of 2013, and it will also roll out “4G” service that is compatible with Apple’s iPhone. The carrier’s 4G LTE network will span across 50 markets and utilize the 10MHz spectrum to support speeds up to 72Mbps, according to SlashGear. “Our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone” CTO Neville Ray said on Thursday, although he wasn’t clear on whether he was referring to HSPA+ “4G,” which might be compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and future iPhone handsets, or 4G LTE. The carrier will be shifting its HSPA+ network to the 1900MHz bands, however, which should increase compatibility with HSPA+ devices used on AT&T’s network including the iPhone. T-Mobile reported earnings for the fourth quarter on Thursday, during which the carrier shed 802,000 contract customers, a stat the carrier blamed on Apple’s iPhone.

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Samsung announces white Galaxy Nexus, available February 13th in the UK

By on February 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM.

Samsung announces white Galaxy Nexus, available February 13th in the UK


We already knew the Galaxy Nexus would be available in white, but on Monday Samsung made the device official. The white handset will arrive in the United Kingdom on February 13th featuring the same internals as its black counterpart. “After much speculation, we are pleased to announce the availability of the Galaxy Nexus White which follows the great reception the phone has received since it was launched back in November,” said Simon Stanford, managing director of Samsung Mobile UK & IRE. “One of the things we at Samsung pride ourselves on is the choice we offer customers, and we’ve enjoyed huge success to date by introducing white variants of our most popular models to our product portfolio.” Read on for Samsung’s press release. More →

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LG Optimus 3D 2 images leak

By on January 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

LG Optimus 3D 2 images leak

Images and specs of a new LG phone codenamed the “CX2″ were recently leaked. The phone is thought to possibly be the successor to the Optimus 3D and may be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next month. Pocketnow, which leaked the image and specs, says the CX2 sports a dual-core Texas Instruments processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a NOVA display capable of displaying 3D content, a 5-megapixel camera capable of snapping 3D photos, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and support for 21Mbps HSPA+ networks. The phone could launch as soon as this spring, but unfortunately the phone is said to run on Google’s older Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. A second image of the CX2 follows after the break. More →

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T-Mobile to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on November 16th for $250 down payment

By on November 9, 2011 at 3:00 AM.

T-Mobile to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on November 16th for $250 down payment

T-Mobile announced on Tuesday that it will begin selling Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Android Honeycomb tablet on November 16th for a $249.99 “down payment” with a T-Mobile Value Mobile Broadband plan. T-Mobile will charge an additional $10 on top of the standard monthly data plan, which means you’ll pay for the full price of the tablet during the span of your contract. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot for adding up to 32GB of additional storage, a 3-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. If you want the same tablet without support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will soon be available from Amazon for $399.99. T-Mobile also announced that the SpringBoard, manufactured by Huawei and originally expected on November 9th, will be available on November 16th. T-Mobile’s press release follows after the break. More →

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