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T-Mobile Announces Rollover 4G LTE Data for Uncarrier 8.0

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

T-Mobile unwrapped Uncarrier 8.0 this morning with the announcement that they will let customers rollover their high-speed 4G LTE data from one month to the next. They are calling it Data Stash, but it’s really just rollover for data. The idea is that you might only use 2GB of your 3GB plan this month, so you should get to keep that extra unused 1GB and use it in the next month. Get it? It’s rolling over to the next month. Well, in T-Mobile’s case, they are allowing you to “stash” it and then use it next month. 

So here is the deal. Starting in January of 2015, Data Stash (data rollover) will be automatically available to new and existing customers who are signed up for a Simple Choice plan of either 3GB or 5GB (also, tablet plans with 1GB or more). To kick start Data Stash, T-Mobile is also banking all customers on these plans with an extra free 10GB of data.

Each month, as you use up the data that you pay for in your plan (the 3GB or 5GB), you will then be kicked over to your Data Stash, assuming you have some left, so that you can continue to use high-speed data. Keep in mind that even though the Data Stash kicks off in January, because T-Mobile has given you 10GB of free Stash, you won’t start banking any extra data until you use up that initial 10GB.

Data in your Data Stash is good for up to a full year.

Here is the fine print from T-Mobile’s website that talks about not banking until your free 10GB is used:

* Data Stash: On-network data from past 12 months carries over to next billing cycle for as long as you maintain qualifying postpaid service. Free 200MB Mobile Internet data and roaming allotments do not carry over. Not combinable with Match Your Data offer; other promotional offers and discounts may also be excluded. Data does not begin carrying over until after free 10GB runs out. Free 10GB: Limited time offer; subject to change. Once per customer. Qualifying service required. Data available beg. 1st full Jan bill cycle; available until 12/31/15. Unused data has no cash value.

All make sense? The basics are this – if you have a 3GB or 5GB Simple Choice plan, you will start banking unused data come January 2015 that can be used in the next month, but only after you use up an initial 10GB Data Stash that T-Mobile is providing you.

Via:  T-Mobile

T-Mobile Announces Rollover 4G LTE Data for Uncarrier 8.0 is a post from: Droid Life

NEC to release 8-inch LaVie Tab S LTE Android tablet

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

NEC is set to release its latest tablet, the LaVie Tab S – an 8-inch tablet that runs Android 4.4 KitKat on an Intel Atom processor.

The lightweight tablet weighs 205g and is 7.9mm thick.

It has an 8-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display and runs on a quad-core Intel 64-bit processor clocked at 1.33GHz.

It has WiFi as standard but an LTE version will also be available with an unlocked SIM slot.

Onboard there’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

It’ll be out very soon for $283 (WiFi versions) and $344 (LTE).

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(Update: now in Play Store) T-Mobile releases Nexus 9 LTE for $600 (total price)

Posted by wicked December - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Update: The Nexus 9 LTE is now available on the Google Play Store for $600 for those who wish to buy it directly.

Original post: The HTC Nexus 9 is a curious device. With an unconventional 4:3 aspect ratio, uneven build quality (read: quality control issues), and a pretty premium price, it’s more-or-less everything the Nexus 7 wasn’t. Then again, with its 64-bit CPU, Lollipop packing performance, it need not be. Previously available only in Wi-Fi only variants (with the Sand “gold” variant nowhere to be seen), from today T-Mobile has become the first carrier to sell the LTE model, and has beat even the Google Play Store to the proverbial punch.

As always with the Uncarrier, pricing is set to $0 up-front, with 24 monthly installments of $24.99. The Full Retail Price (FRP) therefore comes out to $599.76, which makes it significantly more expensive than the Wi-Fi model. The LTE tablet is sold only in the black color variant unfortunately, and has the larger 32GB capacity storage.

Check out more details in the press release:

Show Press Release

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

Interested in the LTE Nexus 9? What do you think about the price?

Nexus 9 LTE Now Available From Google Play Too

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

This morning, T-Mobile announced that it was the first carrier to begin selling the Nexus 9 LTE for Google’s suggested price of $599. While they may still have the exclusivity on carrier availability, Google has gone ahead and started selling the LTE model through Google Play as well.

For $599, you can grab the LTE-ready Nexus 9 with 32GB of storage. It ships by December 19. 

Play Link

Nexus 9 LTE Now Available From Google Play Too is a post from: Droid Life

Nexus 9 With LTE Now Available From T-Mobile (Updated)

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

The carrier-ready version of this year’s Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 LTE, is now available at T-Mobile. Priced at $599.76 if you buy it outright ($24.99 for 24 months with a payment plan), you are getting everything in the WiFi model that we reviewed a few weeks back, only now you have the opportunity to attach it to a carrier to gobble up data when on the go. 

As a recap, the Nexus 9 runs Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and sports an NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit processor, 2GB RAM, 8.9-inch 4:3 display (2048×1536), 8MP rear camera, and a 6,700mAh battery. It’s made of soft touch plastic that will remind you of the Nexus 5, but then classes it up with a metal banding around the outside of its body. Again, the difference between the WiFi and LTE model is that LTE chip for data connectivity.

So what networks does it work on? Well, a few, though it’s not as network-friendly as the Nexus 6 or last year’s Nexus 7. Both Google Play and a press site dedicated to this year’s Nexus line-up failed to mention supported networks, but HTC was kind enough to put them up for public consumption on their site. It looks like you should have no problem connecting to HSPA networks of AT&T or T-Mobile. The device also supports T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon’s band 4 LTE. Unfortunately, AT&T’s main LTE band of 17 and Verizon’s main band of 13 are not supported. That’s too bad really, because your choices of connectivity with the Nexus 9 are now extremely limited.

Here is the full list taken from HTC’s site:

  • 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G – WCDMA: 850/900/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • 4G – LTE: Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,20

Interested? To hear our final thoughts, be sure to read our Nexus 9 review.

Nexus 9 LTE Link

Update:  You can buy the Nexus 9 LTE from Google Play now too.

Via:  T-Mobile

Nexus 9 With LTE Now Available From T-Mobile (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 810 chip will have Cat 9 LTE support

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Qualcomm_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014We’re all very impatiently waiting on Qualcomm to release their Snapdragon 810 SoC early next year, but until then we’re just going to have to drool over what it’s going to bring to high-end Android phones in 2015. The latest improvement to their flagship chipset will come in the form of faster network access thanks to Qualcomm incorporating Cat 9 LTE support.

Supporting Cat 9 LTE means the chipset should be able to hit theoretical download speeds of about 450 Mbps, which is insanely fast. Much faster than your typical carrier’s network, unfortunately, but the potential is there. Qualcomm claims they’ve extensively tested the download speeds commercial network and equipment partners, and everything is working just as fast as Qualcomm claims. 

The Snapdragon 810 supports Cat 9 through carrier aggregation, which lets the modem on the chipset utilize three 20 MHz carriers simultaneously. Plus, it’ll still have complete backwards compatibility with older radios and networks, just like all of Qualcomm’s previous Snapdragon chips.

source: Qualcomm

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T-Mobile starts offering Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE Family Plan

Posted by wicked December - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

An unlimited 4G LTE plan for the whole family used to be just a dream but T-Mobile is now offering the impossible. Yes, the mobile carrier is bringing to the US the first and only unlimited 4G data family plan. Looks like a lot of people are going to have a happy Christmas, eh?

Most parents don’t like to monitor their families’ data usage all the time because it can be nerve-wracking. You don’t want to see you teenager spending hours on senseless web surfing but what can you do especially now when mobile Internet is widely used.

Unlimited data plan will benefit the families who want limitless communication and access to high-speed mobile connection. T-Mobile will offer the new Simple Choice family starting tomorrow, Wednesday. Plan will start at $100 for two people. The plan can accommodate up to 10 people on a multi-line account for $40 more per line. Pay the monthly fee and you’re fee to enjoy the unlimited, nationwide 4G LTE connection.

With the new Un-carrier family plan, you don’t have to worry about domestic or extra charges when you see your bill. The unlimited plan doesn’t have a data cap so you are free to go online on your smartphone as long as the battery is okay. But if you’re connected to 4G LTE all the time, you can expect battery to drain easily, anytime and anywhere.

Below is a comparison of the costs and benefits of the different family plans available  from the major American carriers (4 family members):

comparison family data plan

T-Mobile’s Unlimited 4G LTE family plan offer will be available for a limited time only. There is no expiration date so you can use it even after the offer is no longer available.

It really is the holiday season. What with the mobile carriers throwing special promos that are great deals it’s so hard to choose now. I wonder when the other carriers will follow suit.

SOURCE: T-Mobile

Samsung’s Exynos reportedly developing a Cat.10 LTE modem

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Exynos, Samsung’s in-house processor and chipset developers, are reportedly churning up a spanking new Cat.10 LTE modem, able to give you 450Mbits per second of download speed. When rumors come out of Exynos like this, the rumor mill really starts turning, especially since it is high time that Samsung starts developing the next flagship phone.

If you’ve been following Samsung long enough, you would know that most of its flagship models usually have two iterations – one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and another with an Exynos one. The Snapdragon model is usually for the international market, since Qualcomm has gotten the compatibility with global standards down pat.

The Exynos model is usually for the local South Korean market, and Samsung usually gives out “bonus features” for the Korean devices that won’t be in the international models. So will this rumored Cat.10 LTE modem be part of the Exynos chipset for the Samsung Galaxy S6? People are certainly saying this might be so.

The move coincides with some South Korean mobile networks upping the juice of their infrastructure so that they can give out Cat.10 LTE speeds. Coincidence? Might be, but the timing looks right, with Samsung reportedly prepping for a launch during the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Berlin. Watch this space.

VIA: Phone Arena

Verizon is Already Killing Some of Its 3G Network for More LTE Action

Posted by Kellex December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

According to a report out of Gigaom, Verizon has already begun shutting down portions of its 3G CDMA network in Manhattan so that it can be converted over to LTE (or at least begin testing it). A contributor to the site (who just so happens to track spectrum with an analyzer on the regular), noticed that Big Red has been toying with its older network for the last month; turning it both off and back on again at select cell sites. Only this week, when it came back on, it was producing an LTE signal on the PCS 1900MHz band instead of CDMA. 

Verizon PR has confirmed that it is indeed testing LTE on its PCS band, but would not go into specific details on locations or timing of a launch. Verizon previously announced that it would start repurposing its 3G network for LTE in 2015. Since we are close to 2015 and Verizon almost always seems to be ahead of schedule in terms of LTE rollouts, we shouldn’t exactly be surprised at this. Still, this is great news for those continuing to see Verizon’s network struggle under its current customer load. Help is on the way!

Gigaom’s report mentioned that the speeds being seen are very low, so Verizon is more than likely in the very early stages of testing.

At some point, Verizon will likely bring over both its 3G and 2G networks to LTE, but it won’t be for years. With the recent launch of VoLTE, we are at least moving in that direction.

Via:  Gigaom

Verizon is Already Killing Some of Its 3G Network for More LTE Action is a post from: Droid Life

New Xiaomi tablet leaded: $100 price tag and LTE connectivity

Posted by Tom November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The follow-up to the popular Xiaomi Mi Pad has been spotted on TENNA.

The Chinese company’s next tablet will reportedly cost $100 and will come with LTE support for a fast on the go connection.

First reports suggest it’ll have a 9.2-inch 720p display, run on a Snapdragon 410 processor, and have 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage.

More news as it’s announced.

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