T-Mobile brand Simple Mobile gets bought out by América Móvil's TracFone
Regional wireless provider América Móvil and its TracFone subsidiary and prepaid provider have purchased T-Mobile brand Simple Mobile on Thursday. While the financial details of the sale weren't revealed, TracFone is the largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the US, with about 20 million subscribers. Simple Mobile, which sells only SIM cards and service to those with their won smartphones, has about one million subscribers and 2.5 million device activations.
Galaxy S II, Amaze 4G, Sensation 4G first for 4.0
An upgrade roadmap has given out tentative upgrade timing for Android 4.0 as well as T-Mobile's next myTouch smartphones. Although details are still in flux, TmoNews heard that the custom, upsized version of the Samsung Galaxy S II for the network would get its update on or near May 14. Those with the two most recent HTC phones for the carrier, the Amaze 4G and Sensation 4G, would get theirs over a month later, on June 16.
First live images of Huawei myTouch phone leaked
The first live images of the upcoming Huawei myTouch smartphone have been shared by TmoNews. The touchscreen device will ship with Android 2.3.6 onboard if the photos can be trusted, though not many other specs are revealed. The handset appears to be a mid-range offering, more in line with recent mid-range myTouch phones than the high-end of early on.
T-Mobile hires Huawei for next mid-range phones
Carrier T-Mobile will switch from LG to Chinese manufacturer Huawei for its supply of myTouch-branded handsets, PocketNow found out. The reason for the switch isn't known, but the two handsets are seen below, with the U8680 on the left and the U8730 on the right. They are said to differ only with the inclusion of the hardware QWERTY keyboard on the second device.
T-Mobile leak shows five phones phasing out
T-Mobile will soon phase out a number of Android smartphones, with a couple of fairly new ones among them. The list comes from an inventory screen capture shared by TMoNews. The handsets reaching their end-of-life status include the HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Amaze 4G, LG DoublePlay, LG myTouch Q and LG myTouch.
HTC unlocks Evo View 4G, myTouch 4G Slide phones
HTC has just added the Evo View 4G and myTouch 4G Slide smartphones to its official bootloader unlock program. This is part of a larger commitment to unlock 2011 smartphones, with new ones coming over the next few months. HTC is quick to point out, however, that even these official unlocks may mean users' warranty claims may not be covered.
HTC Super Tool unofficial tool goes public
Owners unhappy with the selection of hardware in HTC's bootloader unlocking program have developed their own unofficial solution. HTC Super Tool on the XDA-Developers forums both unlocks the bootloader and roots devices whether or not they're part of HTC's plans. Along with the Evo and Sensation models, it also unlocks the T-Mobile G2, Inspire 4G, and multiple myTouch models.
LG starts Android 4 updates in spring, summer
LG in an update gave a long timetable for its Android 4.0 upgrades. The first releases will only start in the spring, or no sooner than April, with the Optimus LTE, Prada Phone by LG 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, myTouch Q, and Eclipse getting updates that season. Some phones won't get their updates until the summer, including the Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2, and Optimus EX.
T-Mobile puts CIQ on BlackBerry, Galaxy, myTouch
A leaked memo to T-Mobile staff has confirmed that it and possibly other carriers are contradicting RIM's policies on phone tracking. Although BlackBerry designs leave RIM without Carrier IQ, TmoNews saw word that the Curve 9360, Torch 9810, and Bold 9900 all have the diagnostic app loaded inside. While not necessarily suggesting that RIM was misleading, it does show that the company has given away control to the carriers.
T-Mobile makes offer to existing subscribers
T-Mobile has responded to its own concerns about subscriber churn due to the iPhone 4S effect. In an unusual step, T-Mobile has made an offer available to its existing subscribers as part of an official company strategy to stop them from switching to another provider. Existing subscribers are being offered a special upgrade offer to the either the T-Mobile myTouch by LG or T-Mobile myTouch Q by LG saving them $100 off the normal upgrade price.
T-Mobile LG myTouch phones to cost $80
LG's mid-level myTouch phones will arrive at some T-Mobile stores on November 2, with a nationwide availability starting November 9, the carrier revealed through Facebook. Each of the phones will cost $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a two-year contract. Users will also have to pick a qualifying Classic voice and data plan.
T-Mobile intros mid-tier LG myTouch phones
T-Mobile early Thursday brought out its first myTouch phones made by LG. Both the myTouch and keyboard-equipped myTouch Q have the signature setup wizard, tips widget, and 'genius' button and are intended as straightforward, mid-tier phones for first-timers. Either has a 1GHz, single-core Snapdragon chip, a five-megapixel camera with 720p video, and Android 2.3.
T-Mobile pages show 1GHz, 4G, 5MP camera phones
Placeholder pages for the LG myTouch Black and myTouch Q Gray have appeared on the T-Mobile website. Officially, the handsets are noted as "coming soon" but a recent leak gave them a November 2 ship date. The T-Mobile website also claims the smartphones have 1GHz processors and are 4G capable, which contradicts earlier leaks. Both myTouch handsets will also have 5-megapixel cameras, and photos show a front-facing camera for video chat.
T-Mobile readies a pair of new LG smartphones
T-Mobile is readying a pair new LG Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphones, according to a new leak. After some sleuthing by Phandroid, it has been confirmed that the LG Maxx will be joined by slider equivalent, the LG Maxx Q with a full QWERTY keyboard. The two phones will be re-branded for T-Mobile as the myTouch and myTouch Q.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G dated and priced
T-Mobile on Monday settled on a launch date and a price for the myTouch 4G Slide. The camera-focused Android 2.3 hardware is now due to ship on July 27 for $200. Pre-orders for the phone start July 19.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide has fast camera, HDR
After a very brief tease, T-Mobile has already unveiled the myTouch 4G Slide. The Android 2.3 slider is as powerful as the HTC Sensation 4G with its 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon and 1080p video but has a very heavy camera emphasis, most of all in apps. The eight-megapixel sensor is back-illuminated and has a bright f2.2 aperture; the custom software also cuts out shutter lag and adds extras not always seen on phones, such as HDR (high dynamic range), sweep panoramas, and continuous shooting.
T-Mobile says myTouch 4G Slide launch near
T-Mobile in a not especially cryptic tease on Monday raised the possibility taht the myTouch 4G Slide is coming soon. Saying "big news is on the way," the carrier has posted a picture piecing together the name of the Android device. It stops short of providing details of the phone itself.
myTouch 4G Slide to have customized Sense UI
T-Mobile's upcoming myTouch 4G Slide got much a much clearer preview Sunday that explained it beyond the basics. While it was already known to be running Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0 on top, a TmoNews source said should have some "specific myTouch features" rather than just mirror the stock interface. The keyboard is also believed to be "amazing" and compare well to the outgoing G2.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide seen live for first time
T-Mobile's oft hinted myTouch 4G Slide has been spotted in the flesh for the first time through a leak on Thursday. The blurry shots show the QWERTY slider taking design cues from the touch-only myTouch 4G but are most notable for the software. The version intercepted by BGR is running the very latest version of Android, the video chat-capable 2.3.4, and has the same HTC Sense 3.0 custom interface as a flagship phone like the Evo 3D.
HTC Wildfire S seen in T-Mobile US garb
A sighting at a T-Mobile event has helped confirm that the HTC Wildfire S should come to the US through the carrier. While devoid of T-Mobile badging, the phone codenamed as the Marvel was put side-by-side with the Sensation. A guest relaying the info to TmoNews didn't get the shipping schedule or the price.
Verizon, T-Mobile lead 4G and fast 3G tests
Verizon is by far in front in raw mobile data tests in the US, a new benchmark concluded on Sunday. Its use of real, LTE-based 4G gave it average modem speeds of about 6.44Mbps in PCWorld tests, or more than twice as fast as the 2.83Mbps for a T-Mobile HSPA+ modem. The upload speed edge was wider still and reached a very fast 5Mbps while AT&T had just 1.05Mbps.
T-Mobile bumps up pricing for range of handsets
T-Mobile has bumped up the prices of many of its handsets as of yesterday, TMoNews reported on Wednesday. Following just after the launch of the Galaxy S 4G, the company has that bumped the myTouch 4G in price, along with the T-Mobile G2, to $250 on contract.
T-Mobile ad jabs ATT for capping iPhone FaceTime
T-Mobile has quietly put out another TV commercial (below) blaming AT&T for the iPhone's Wi-Fi only limit on FaceTime. The 30-second short has the personified iPhone 4 showing a FaceTime call to his mother, only to glitch and break up the moment he leaves AT&T's "Wi-Fi zone." A phone like the myTouch 4G isn't limited; "not cool, AT&T," T-Mobile's stand-in Carly says.
T-Mobile intros Black Friday BOGO family deal
T-Mobile on Monday announced it will bring out a special Black Friday BOGO (buy one get one) family promotion that will give buyers of one of two devices a free Android smartphone. Those who sign up for a two-year family plan and buy either a myTouch 4G or Samsung Galaxy Tab can choose another myTouch 4G, a T-Mobile G2, an HTC HD7 or a BlackBerry Bold 9780. Also on offer are the Android-powered Motorola Defy, Motorola Charm, LG Optimus T, and T-Mobile Comet.
ATT disputes T-Mobile HSPA plus claims
AT&T today took issue with some of T-Mobile's HSPA+ claims. The carrier not only noted that its now launching network has a peak of 21Mbps, not the 14.4Mbps argued by T-Mobile. It likewise disagreed with T-Mobile's insistence that its network was the largest, since AT&T's HSPA+ was potentially reachable by 180 million users today versus T-Mobile's 140 million.
Re-branded HTC Desire HD in T-Mobile guise
As expected, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G is now on sale today. While T-Mobile refers to the device as being 4G, the myTouch 4G is a re-branded and slightly redesigned version of the HTC Desire HD, a 3G HSPA+ capable phone. T-Mobile has been rolling out its faster HSPA+ network over the past year and added six more cities today.
T-Mobile TV spot jabs iPhone FaceTime limits
T-Mobile kicked off a new campaign for its HSPA+ 3G network today with a TV commercial (below) poking fun at the limitations on the iPhone's FaceTime video chat. The 30-second spot blames AT&T for Apple not allowing FaceTime over cellular until 2011 and portrays the rival carrier as an overweight man keeping the iPhone down. T-Mobile's faster 21Mbps HSPA+ "4G" network and reduced congestion let phones like the just-shipping myTouch 4G join two-way video chats without being tied to an airport or another public Wi-Fi hotspot, the carrier's's beautiful female stand-in suggests.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G official for November 3
Following quickly on the heels of leaks, T-Mobile tonight locked down the shipping details for the myTouch 4G. The full-touch Android phone should ship on November 3 and will have an official price of $200 on a contract. Wirefly and a handful of other retailers are already selling it for $150.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G unboxed before Nov 3 launch
T-Mobile's flagship Android phone had its final myTouch 4G name confirmed through an unboxing video (below) as much as a week ahead of launch. Third-party shop Wirefly has both shown the new ID, which makes reference to the '4G-like' HSPA+ speeds. It has already gone so far as to post product pages, which also have the device shipping on its widely suspected November 3 date for $150 on a contract.
T-Mobile myTouch HD to get hotspot, four colors
A pair of leaks sent to TmoNews show that the T-Mobile myTouch is confirmed to have hotspot functionality and be available in four colors. Also, the phone will be known as the myTouch HD, as images of accessories reveal. The leaked hotspot instructions show that users will have the option of tethering other Wi-Fi devices to the smartphone's data connection.
Video previews Screen Share, Genius button
A leaked video previews T-Mobile's upcoming myTouch 4G handset, a HSPA+ device that was previously referred to as the myTouch HD. The promotional video appears to be designed for viewing directly from the handset itself, allowing users to take a glimpse at a few of the highlighted new features.
T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling to reach myTouch, Defy
T-Mobile this morning officially added its frequently rumored Wi-Fi Calling support to Android phones. Starting with the Motorola Defy and the new myTouch, the feature will give much of the same support and let callers use their local Wi-Fi to make calls or handle SMS messages in poor reception areas indoors. The Kineto-developed technology isn't true UMA calling, however, and won't jump to GSM or 3G if the caller leaves Wi-Fi range.
New HSPA+ network delivers video calling
T-Mobile has officially launched the Android 2.2-based redesign of the myTouch. Previously referred to as the myTouch HD, the HTC manufactured phone is built on a second generation single core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1Ghz processor platform and centers on a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen. It also incorporates a pre-installed 8GB microSD card and a five-megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording. As an HSPA+ capable phone, it supports video calling on T-Mobile's network and downstream speeds up to 14.4Mbps.
Moto Begonia to be T-Mobile Cliq 2 in November?
A new handset may soon show up at T-Mobile and be called the Cliq 2, according to a source on Thursday. Codenamed Begonia, there are no images of the devices available, but some preliminary specs were given to Engadget. It will sport Android 2.2 with the Blur overlay and sport a seamless hardware QWERTY keyboard.
T-Mobile myTouch HD seen as dual-core phone
T-Mobile's other upcoming HSPA+ phone, the myTouch HD, has potentially been validated through an internal document that suggests it may be the fastest and most advanced Android phone this year. The sheet handed to TmoNews lists it as having a dual-core 1GHz processor that would line up with testing of the HTC Glacier earlier in the summer. Backing the chip and the connection, it would be T-Mobile's first phone with an enabled front video camera for chat or live streaming.
T-Mobile G2 may be final name of 21Mbps phone
After a series of possible rebadgings, T-Mobile's version of the HTC Vision was purportedly confirmed as getting the much simpler G2 name and a more important role. The sources for AndroidAndMe claimed late Thursday that it would not only be the first HSPA+ phone but a full "Google experience" phone like the G1. As a result, it would run a stock version of Android 2.2 and could expect updates much faster than usual HTC phones.
T-Mobile Project Emerald is two HSPA+ phones
The latest, though still unofficial, report about what Project Emerald at T-Mobile involves has surfaced at Phandroid. Rather than the return of the Sidekick brand, an anonymous tipster says Emerald means the release of two handsets that support HSPA+. This involves the G1 Blaze, which would be a rebranded HTC Vision at T-Mobile, and the HTC Desire HD, which T-Mobile will apparently call the myTouch HD or myTouch 3G HD.
T-Mobile spring 2010 sees shift to smartphones
T-Mobile today reported results that showed a major swing towards smartphones. The company lost 93,000 customers as a whole but more than tripled the number of smartphones on its network in the past year from just 2.1 million last spring to 6.5 million a year later. Many of these were using Android phones like the myTouch 3G Slide, but the success of the HD2 and core devices like the BlackBerry Bold 9700 also played a part.
HTC Glacier may be T-Mobile's Project Emerald
T-Mobile's Project Emerald may be a different device than the HTC Vision but could still be the fastest phone ever, tests show. A new HTC device, the Glacier, was spotted in since-pulled online GLBenchmark results outperforming every existing smartphone in sheer CPU power. With a score of 1,432, the Glacier was over 67 percent faster than a Motorola Droid X and 41 percent faster than an iPhone 4; only the Samsung Vibrant came close.
Touch-only T-Mobile myTouch 3G HD spotted
T-Mobile's first HSPA+ phone, or one of them, may ultimately be its first direct sequel to the original myTouch 3G. A slip on Wednesday showed a large, touchscreen-only phone badged as the myTouch 3G HD. It would have the Genius button and overall design aesthetics of the myTouch 3G Slide, but Android Central was told it would have the faster 3G claimed for the G1 Blaze.
T-Mobile G1 leaves after nearly two years
T-Mobile today quietly retired the world's first shipping Android phone, the G1. The HTC-made device is no longer listed on T-Mobile's site and isn't available to buy either online or in new retail boxes. It's believed the myTouch 3G Slide is considered its practical replacement.
ASUS says T-Mo Android phone selling fine
ASUS earlier today denied claims the Garminfone was selling poorly at T-Mobile. The Taiwan firm said shipments were as planned and that it had "positive demand," but didn't provide numbers. Morgan Keegan analyst Yair Reiner had estimated from visits to 50 T-Mobile stores that ASUS and Garmin shipped just 20,000 Garminfones since they went on sale in early June.
T-Mo promises Sidekick series reboot in months
T-Mobile today said it would drop all existing Sidekick devices tomorrow, July 2. It still plans to support the Sidekick LX 2009 and 2008 but won't sell either of the devices anymore. In a statement, however, it insisted the messaging phone line wasn't going away and promised a "new and fresh experience" sometime in the "months ahead."
Froyo coming to company's latest Android phones
Following Google's official unveiling of Android 2.2, HTC has confirmed that many its smartphones will receive the update before the end of the year. The promise primarily extends to HTC's Android handsets released this year, such as the Desire and Droid Incredible, as well as the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide, and other upcoming models.
T-Mo myTouch 3G Slide carries slight premium
T-Mobile today set down concrete launch info for the myTouch 3G Slide. The Android 2.1 slider should reach the network's stores relatively quickly, on June 2nd. It should carry a premium, however, as it will cost $180 on a contract and then only after a $50 rebate.
Android's Froyo will have tethering option, speed
Google's upcoming Android 2.2 will have built-in data tethering when it ships, a firmware leak confirmed today. The software will share an Android phone's cellular link over USB and will be integrated with a new hotspot feature. Much like the Evo 4G, owners will have the option of using phone's Wi-Fi connection to share its data with nearby devices.
Droid Incredible and iPhone price parity hurt RIM
BlackBerry sales are dropping in the US in the face of better performance by Android phones and even a resurgence for the iPhone, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Walkley said in a research note today. He claimed that the Droid Incredible and original Motorola Droid have been eating into BlackBerry sales at Verizon during April and May. Also, the end to a sale on the Bold 9700 at AT&T has given the iPhone an even wider lead as the BlackBerry no longer has a price advantage.
T-Mobile adds new HTC Android QWERTY slider
T-Mobile today finally took the wraps from its second myTouch phone and only the second HTC QWERTY phone since the G1. The myTouch 3G Slide adds its namesake keyboard and a larger 3.4-inch (but still 480x320) touchscreen, also swapping out the trackball for a trackpad and updating to Android 2.1. Its interface is almost as important: a custom-developed UI brings a Faves Gallery that keeps all the info and updates for 20 contacts, a Genius Button that provides Dragon Dictation-based voice commands not unlike Apple's Voice Control, and myModes that can change the entire OS theme and icon layout based on such specific conditions as the GPS location or the time of day.
T-Mobile myTouch shown in the wild
The first real-life image of what is believed to be the MyTouch Slide handset has been revealed, thanks to a Monday TmoNews report. Previously leaked for Radio Shack, the device is also known by its Espresso codename, and the photo reveals users will have plenty of customization options.
myTouch Slide shows in Radio Shack system
A reference to the upcoming myTouch Slide has been spotted on an internal Direct2U Radio Shack system, revealing it could soon arrive at the electronics retailer. The phone is expected to be a replacement for the T-Mobile G1, the original Android phone. The document also confirms T-Mobile will be the carrier for the handset.