Hours before last weeks Windows Phone 7 press event, the Samsung Omnia 7 broke cover. Now, in a similar trail-blazing fashion, the Omnia 7 has become the first Windows Phone 7 handset available for pre-order in the UK. T-Mobile UK has prominently displayed the the Omnia 7 on its landing page, allowing UK subscribers to pre-order the 4-inch feature-packed smartphone. Cheaper contracts will require you to fork out up to £300 for the WP7 device. If, however, you opt for a 2-year contract at a reasonable £35 a month, you get 900 minutes, 500 texts, and unlimited internet (1GB fair usage policy)… you get the phone for an irresistible £0. The Samsung Omnia 7 boasts an impressive spec sheet and early adopters can expect delivery within the next 10 days. Let us know if you take the plunge, capiche? More →
Pocket-lint was sent an image that appears to detail exactly what T-Mobile U.K. customers will have to pay for a shiny new iPhone 4. T-Mo users over the pond can pick up an iP4 for somewhere between £349 ($530) and free, depending on which iPhone model and monthly plan you select (although not shown, Pocket-lint is reporting that a £60 monthly plan will get you a 16 GB iPhone 4 for free). The carrier will also be offering the iPhone 3GS 8 GB model for £149, £79, or free — again, depending on which monthly data plan is selected. Well, £60 ($91) gets you unlimited talk minutes, 500 texts (free incoming), and 1 GB of data. What do you think U.S. iPhone users? Is that a good deal? What does your monthly iPhone bill look like from AT&T? More →
The HTC Wildfire is receiving a glowing reception in the UK. Confirmed to be landing on Virgin UK, the mid-level Android handset is also slated to launch on T-Mobile UK. The Wildfire has been added to T-Mobile’s coming soon section of its website and a recent tweet suggests the handset may drop as soon as June 14th. This date seems a bit premature considering that HTC stated the handset would launch in Q3 2010 which traditionally begins in July, but who can argue with information disseminated via Twitter.
After eight months of waiting, Deutsche Telkom and France Telecom have merged their UK operations to form Britain’s largest communications company, now know as Everything Everywhere. The 50:50 joint venture will merge the corporate operations and network resources of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK to create an umbrella company that will continue to operate the two distinctive brands. Combining the best of both Orange and T-Mobile UK, the newly merged Everything Everywhere now boasts: 713 retail stores, 16,000 employees, and a customer base of 30 million — which exceeds that of rival O2. Hit the jump for the full press release.
T-Mobile U.S. may have the Nexus One but T-Mobile UK is reportedly getting the HTC Bravo, a multi-touch packing, optical trackpad-toting variant of the Nexus One. Similar to the Nexus One, the Bravo will feature a 3.7 inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, HSDPA and 5 megapixel camera. It is expected to launch with T-Mobile UK in mid-March and will be free with a two-year tariff of €35 ($49USD) or more per month. No double termination fees apply.
T-Mobile UK has taken the Android love to the contract-deficient masses. The Huawei manufactured Pulse sports a 3.5″ touchscreen, 3G, WiFi, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, and 2G of memory — not bad for a prepaid ditty. The Pulse will set you back 176 quid across the pond, that’s about $292 for those of us still using the imperial system of measurement, and is on sale today. We love the idea of a fully featured handset on a pre-paid platform — we’re hoping the trend catches on.
What. The. Hell. Apparently T-Mobile UK has gotten into the liquor cabinet and is feeling plenty brave. Word has spread that Tmo has been selling unlocked iPhone 3G handsets to high-spending customers despite the fact that O2 has the exclusive rights to the iPhone in the UK. It appears that the only criteria one has to meet to be offered an unlocked iPhone 3G is to have a monthly bill of £75 and up, threaten to walk and catch the right rep on a good day. To be clear, it doesn’t appear that what T-Mobile is doing is illegal (the devices are likely coming from Germany where T-Mobile is the exclusive carrier of the iPhone), although we should point out that it does know what it is doing is sketchy as it is cautious to limit sales of the iPhone to around 150 units per week so as not to raise the ire of Apple (you know, lest Steve Jobs fly over to London and pour castor oil down the throat of T-Mobile UK’s CEO). Smart thinking.
There’s some pretty interesting news on the BlackBerry Front out of the UK this morning as T-Mobile has unveiled a “Pay Once” system to entice BlackBerry newcomers. Evidently T-Mobile’s BlackBerry in a Box offering, the Pay Once system is comprised of a one time fee of £180 ($262) that nets users not only a brand new Pearl 8110 but also unlimited email and and web for an entire year. Now as with all good things in life, there are some restrictions involved with this plan — you’re on your own for minutes and texts which must be done via the ol’ pay-as-you-go method. Still, it’s not a bad offering at all for those who type a lot more than they talk. For those interested in the Pay Once deal but completely uninterested in the SureType 8110, a T-Mobile UK spokesperson did hint that this offer could be extended to other BlackBerry handsets provided that the system is a success.
With the raging desirability of the T-Mobile G1 in the states, the powers that be have let it loose to T-Mobile UK and it’s due out October 30. The big bonus is that the device will be free for those who sign up for a £40 Combi or Flext plan. Both plans have unlimited data and some combination of minutes and texts to accompany what the device is really intended to do – be a data powerhouse. Unlike the iPhone which took quite some time after its initial US release to hit other countries, it doesn’t look like T-Mobile, Google or anyone else is shying away from getting this thing global ASAP. Good news for our British pals wanting the first device to feature Google’s highly anticipated Android!