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AT&T rolling out VoLTE update for Galaxy S4 Mini

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


AT&T has just started rolling out an update to its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 Mini located in the United States. The upgrade brings compatibility for VoLTE (Voice over LTE), support for Wireless Printing, and a ton of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • VoLTE inter-op call hold
  • SIM less 911 Dialing update
  • ISIM SQN re-sync for VoLTE reregistration
  • v4v6 for IMS PDN while roaming
  • Wireless Printing
  • Video Player Closed Captioning
  • Unified Location menu
  • On-device memory status and profiling

In order to install this update, you’ll need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, head into Settings, followed by About and hit the Software Updates button. You will then be prompted to download and install the upgrade.

Source: AT&T

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T-Mobile talks LTE coverage growth

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Earlier today T-Mobile launched Data Stash at their Un-Carrier 8 event and briefly touched on some of the improvements they have made to their data network during the past year. As a follow-up to that presentation, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray took to the company’s official blog to share some additional details about how the carrier grew during 2014 and what to look forward to in 2015.

Neville notes that is was only a year ago that T-Mobile was trailing Verizon and AT&T in LTE network speed. The companies engineers were challenged to change that and to expand T-Mobile’s coverage during 2014. The target for T-Mobile was coverage that blanketed 250 million people in the U.S. and with a reach of 260 million today, the goal was achieved.

In addition to the newly extended reach of the LTE network, T-Mobile has optimized the network so it routinely tests faster than competitors. The carrier also began working on their Wideband LTE technology to speed things up even beyond traditional 4G LTE speeds. That service now covers 121 metro areas, including the recently lit up New York metro area. T-Mobile also made use of 700 MHz spectrum acquired last spring to launch low-band LTE in Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C.

Ray says that during 2015, T-Mobile’s LTE coverage should reach 280 million people by mid-year and 300 million by the end of the year. The company is also working with device manufacturers to ensure all new devices added to the portfolio during 2015 are Band-12 capable so they can tap into the expanding low-band LTE coverage.

In addition to improvements to the network coverage and speed, T-Mobile also introduced some new features to help customers. The company’s Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, Wi-Fi calling and in-flight texting were launched during 2014.

Ray notes that T-Mobile customers use an average of 3.5 GB of data per month, far surpassing other carriers. He says this is a sign of strength for the carrier as customers make use of the services available to them.

Anyone out there thinking about making the switch to T-Mobile during 2015?

source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile Uncarrier 8: Rollover Data Edition

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


T-Mobile’s 8th installment of its Uncarrier strategy is bringing an old concept back but with a twist. Harkening back to days of old with “rollover minutes,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that T-Mobile is introducing rollover unused 4G LTE data. There’s a catch, sadly, as this only applies to customers who purchase additional data for their Simple Choice plan each month.

The initiative is being called Data Stash. If you are one of those customers who purchases data to be added to your existing Simple Choice plan, rejoice as not only will your unused megabytes rollover each month, but Legere is going to gift you 10GB of data free to start you off in January. This rollover data must be used within 12 months.

Data Stash’s announcement was accompanied with news from Legere that T-Mobile now covers 260 million Americans from coast to coast. Additionally, as was discussed on Talk Android previously with regard to New York City, T-Mobile now reaches 121 cities across the US with its Wideband LTE. This service allows customers to gain up to 50% boost in LTE speeds.


Lastly, T-Mobile discussed its newly acquired 700MHz spectrum and its deployment in Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. This spectrum will greatly increase a customer’s coverage inside buildings and will allow towers to significantly expand their reach out from these cities.

As I mentioned in the beginning, Data Stash will only apply to customers who purchase additional data for their Simple Choice plans. Furthermore, this must be at least 3GB or more for smartphones and 1GB or more for tablets.

Source: T-Mobile


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Verizon Pursues Government Users, Teams with Cellcrypt to Create Voice Cypher

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


Verizon Wireless hasn’t always been a heavy player when it comes to government clients. Rival AT&T has a longstanding stranglehold on much of Washington, which is aided by its use of GSM technology as opposed to Verizon’s CDMA. But as LTE networks remove some of the historic boundaries between the two radio types, it opens up possibilities for competition.

In a partnership with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt, Verizon is taking a new service to market called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption of voice calls on Android, iOS, or erstwhile go-to platform for government, Blackberry.

Cellcrypt says that Voice Cypher features military-grade encryption technology and will work across every form of data delivery imaginable: cellular, WiFi, satellite, etc.

Big Red has been the lone holdout in the post-Snowden era when it comes to secure networks. And while the NSA has taken plenty of heat in the past year, government agencies and companies concerned about corporate espionage will certainly be interested in utilizing encrypting calls to their benefit.

But in case you were wondering what this means for police agencies, the parties involve stress that there is a back door through which law enforcement officials can access communications so long as they can prove there is a legitimate reason for doing so. Wireless carriers are actually required by law to build networks that can be wiretapped, but only have to decrypt communications for the government if they have built their networks to make doing so possible.

Source: FierceWireless

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T-Mobile Wideband LTE now available in New York City

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


T-Mobile has announced their Wideband LTE service is now available in the New York City area, including adjoining areas like northern New Jersey, White Plains and Scarsdale. According to T-Mobile’s Neville Ray, “New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area.”

According to T-Mobile, their New York City area customers use an average of 2.6 GB of data per month and average 22.2 Mbps download speeds. That will increase with the expansion of Wideband LTE by about 50 percent with peak speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The New York area becomes the 27th major market covered by T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE service. The company plans to roll-out Wideband LTE to more locations during 2015.

Hit the break to read the full press release from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile Wideband LTE Blows by the Competition in New York

Un-carrier advances Wideband LTE roll-out, delivering unmatched network speeds in markets all across the U.S.— and promises more to come in 2015

New York, NY − December 15, 2014 − T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) today confirmed reported sightings of massive network speeds in recent days, announcing its Wideband LTE is now live throughout the greater New York City metro area. Building on a LTE network that already offers the fastest speeds in the area, the launch of Wideband LTE boosts network speeds up to 50 percent. Already, T-Mobile customers in the metro area have reported download speeds in excess of an unprecedented 100 Mbps. In addition to Manhattan, Wideband LTE now covers T-Mobile customers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Northern NJ.   All of Westchester County, including White Plains and Scarsdale as well as Central New Jersey will be added soon.
“New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “We are working relentlessly to bring more Wideband LTE to more markets in 2015 for our customers to enjoy.”To serve up faster peak network speeds, Wideband LTE increases bandwidth and capacity on T-Mobile’s LTE network.  That means more lanes for Un-carrier™ LTE customers to speed along in. With T-Mobile Wideband LTE, customers can download a full 90-minute HD movie to their phone or tablet in just three and a half minutes or a whole album in just nine seconds with theoretical peak download speeds of 110 Mbps.

T-Mobile customers in and around New York City have been using an average of 2.6 GB of data per month with average download speeds of 22.2 Mbps − faster than AT&T and Verizon and more than two times faster than Sprint’s network speeds.

The city that never sleeps is just the latest US metro area to get a Wideband LTE speed boost – as the Un-carrier’s network coverage expansions and performance enhancements of America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network never stop. As of today, Wideband LTE is available in 27 major markets or in 120 metros (metropolitan statistical areas).

The full list of metros now covered by T-Mobile Wideband LTE includes:


  • Birmingham-Hoover
  • Daphne-Fairhope-Foley
  • Florence-Muscle Shoals
  • Huntsville
  • Mobile
  • Selma
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Valley


  • Jonesboro


  • Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine
  • Bakersfield
  • Clearlake
  • Crescent City
  • Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
  • Modesto
  • Napa
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
  • Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade
  • Salinas
  • San Diego-Carlsbad
  • San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
  • San Rafael
  • Santa Maria-Santa Barbara
  • Santa Rosa
  • Stockton-Lodi
  • Ukiah
  • Vallejo-Fairfield


  • Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford
  • New Haven-Milford


  • Dover
  • Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ


  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers
  • Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach
  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Key West
  • Lake City
  • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall
  • Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
  • Panama City
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sebastian-Vero Beach
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach


  • Athens-Clarke County
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell
  • Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
  • Calhoun
  • Gainesville


  • Urban Honolulu


  • Boise City


  • Champaign-Urbana
  • Rockford


  • Boston
  • Cambridge-Newton-Framingham
  • Springfield
  • Worcester, MA-CT


  • Ann Arbor
  • Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming
  • Ionia
  • Kalamazoo-Portage
  • Monroe
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills


  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  • Rochester


  • Tupelo


  • St. Joseph, MO-KS


  • Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise

New Hampshire

  • Rockingham County-Strafford County

New Jersey

  • Atlantic City-Hammonton
  • Camden
  • Newark, NJ-PA
  • Ocean City
  • Trenton
  • Vineland-Bridgeton

New York

  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls
  • Syracuse

North Carolina

  • Fayetteville


  • Columbus
  • Toledo


  • Astoria
  • Bend-Redmond
  • Corvallis
  • Eugene
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
  • Salem


  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle
  • Lancaster
  • Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County
  • Philadelphia
  • Reading
  • Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton
  • State College
  • York-Hanover

Rhode Island

  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA


  • Chattanooga, TN-GA
  • Cleveland
  • Jackson


  • Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Fort Worth-Arlington
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land


  • Bellingham
  • Longview
  • Mount Vernon-Anacortes
  • Oak Harbor
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
  • Spokane-Spokane Valley


  • Appleton
  • Oshkosh-Neenah

T-Mobile plans to build on the huge progress made in 2014 and continue its aggressive roll-out of Wideband LTE to even more markets in 2015 and beyond.

Based on download speeds comparison against the other major national carriers.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company’s advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to approximately 53 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit

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T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 8.0 to be announced tomorrow

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

T-Mobile_logo_100T-Mobile has been making waves ever since it unveiled its un-carrier approach to well, being a cell carrier. Some of the more notable un-carrier moves include paying off early termination fees of those who move to T-Mobile and Un-carrier 6.0 that allows users to stream music as much as they want without it affecting their data. Well, the company appears to be moving forward with Uncarrier 8.0 as T-Mobile has announced that the next iteration will be unveiled tomorrow.

Through a live webcast on Yahoo! news, CEO John Legere will answer live questions regarding Un-carrier 8.0. The webcast starts at 10:30 a.m. EST (7:30 a.m. PST) and the link can be found here. For those on T-Mobile, this may be exciting news, but I’m starting to wonder how long T-Mobile can keep the un-carrier excitement going. What do you hope to see unveiled at tomorrow’s webcast?

source: T-Mobile

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Vodafone UK now rolling out Lollipop update for LG G3

Posted by wicked December - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


Vodafone is the first operator in the UK to begin the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update roll out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 currently located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. LG has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications too.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.

Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.

Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:

  • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
  • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
  • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
  • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
  • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
  • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).

New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.

Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.

Ambient Display: While your phone’s display is off, Ambient Display can show notifications without turning on the full display. This will be triggered when a notification arrives. You will see notifications similar to that shown on the lock screen.  You can turn this feature on in the Display menu in Settings, and note that it will increase the power consumption of your device.

Motorola Assist and Downtime: Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don’t want to be disturbed.  Motorola Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.

Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).

Share your Device: You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone.  Guest mode is enabled by default.  You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings. Note that the personalized Motorola experiences (Motorola Assist, Motorola Connect)  are for the owner account only. The Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.

Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.

Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.

Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.

Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.

Smart Lock (Trusted Devices): Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.).  Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.  Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

If you have not yet received a push notification prompting you to download and install the update, simply head into ‘Settings’, ‘About Device’, then tap ‘Check for Updates’ to manually scan for it.


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Sprint pre-installing Uber on handsets, includes $20 credit

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Partnerships are everything these days because exposure is maximized by introducing a new audience. When an application is pre-installed on a handset, it is known as “bloatware.” No one really cares for pre-installed apps and they take up space that is better used elsewhere. The latest partnership between Sprint and Uber, though, seems more like a value. The carrier will be pre-installing Uber on its Android phones. When launching a Sprint handset for the first time, an Uber app will be there already; however, users have to open it and proceed to download it from the Play Store. Then, the carrier has a unique “SPRINT” offer code to take $20 off of a user’s first Uber ride.

Do promotional offers make you more willing to accept bloatware? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Sprint, Uber

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Best Buy offering 1 month of free Sprint Prepaid service when you buy certain phones

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

sprint-logoBest Buy is running a limited time promotion with Sprint to give customers a free one-month trial of Sprint’s prepaid network when they buy certain phones. This move should hopefully help Sprint boost their subscriber numbers after falling to second place to T-Mobile.

To qualify, all a customer has to do is purchase any eligible phone and have it activated at Best Buy. There are plenty of options, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 5, the LG Tribute and LG Volt, and the Sharp Crystal. After the trial month, users can pick between three different tiers of plans to move onto, starting at $35 per month for unlimited talk and text with 1 GB of data, and capping out at $55 per month for 6 GB of data.

Sprint already has a strong prepaid presence thanks to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, but marketing this new facet of their prepaid network should definitely help them stay competitive.

source: Fierce Wireless

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Nexus 9 with LTE now available from T-Mobile

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


If you have been desiring a Nexus 9 with LTE connectivity, than your dreams have come true. T-Mobile just announced that the Nexus 9 with LTE is now available for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $24.99 (FRP $599.76). You can also add your shiny new tablet to your Simple Choice voice plan for only $10 per month, and they will match your data for up to 5 GB. Also don’t forget, that all mobile tablets get Free Data for Life for up to 200 MB, assuming you are using it on T-Mobile.

Other than the LTE radio, the rest of the tablet is identical to the WiFi version.

We have the short presser after the break.

HTC Nexus 9 Now Available at T-Mobile with Best Tablet Plan in Wireless

If you don’t know, now you know. Starting today, the HTC Nexus 9 is available at T-Mobile online via the Underground for $0 down (and $24.99 for 24 months; FRP $599.76).

T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to offer the LTE Nexus 9 tablet – and is the ONLY place Nexus 9 customers can get the best tablet plan in wireless this holiday season. Just $10 a month enables you to add a tablet and match the data on your Simple Choice™ voice plan—up to 5 GB a month—for use specifically on your tablet. And all T-Mobile tablets can get you Free Data for Life, giving you 200 MB of free data a month for the life of the device as long as you use it with T-Mobile.

The HTC Nexus 9 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, features a crisp 8.9-inch screen with two front-facing speakers and is powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, for fast and easy transitions from work to play.

More information on the best tablet plan in wireless can be found at

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