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Google’s Sundar Pichai confirms MVNO carrier plans

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Earlier last month, it was revealed that Google was readying their own MVNO carrier plan. In other words, a seller of other carrier networks, namely Sprint and T-Mobile. Today Sundar Pichai as confirmed that Google will indeed offer some sort of plan. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he didn’t reveal anything else other than it will be “in the coming months.” Reading between the lines, you have to think that they will make an announcement at Google I/O.

Pichai did ensure that they are working with all carriers, including AT&T and Verizon to make sure they don’t disrupt existing relationships.

The rumored plan includes some sort of combination of Sprint and T-Mobile service that would automatically switch to the best signal and Wi-Fi. It’s also been reported that it could be more geared towards the tablet crowd.

What do you guys think? Can Google offer something compelling here?

Be sure to check out our complete coverage of Mobile World Congress 2015.

source: Android Authority

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Carriers announce that they will carry the S6 and S6 Edge

Posted by wicked March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Despite a March 1 announcement, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available after a bit, starting April 10. As such, carriers here in the US and abroad have announced that they will be carrying the new Galaxy flagship. Those include, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in the US and Vodafone and Three in the UK. As far as pre-paid is concerned there are a few carriers that will carry the new Galaxy.

Cricket Wireless announced that it will carry the S6 while US Cellular announced that the S6 and S6 Edge will grace its network. Crickett Wireless has mentioned that the S6 will be available for $35 a month after $5 auto-pay credit. There’s no word on other carriers, like Verizon, and if they intend to carry the new Galaxy (we would guess that they will) or when most of these carriers will actually have the phone. Either way, we’ll let you know when they do.

 

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Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Coming to These US Carriers and Retailers

Posted by Kellex March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

Starting in April, you will be able to buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones at carriers and retailers across the US. Not all are getting both phones, though, so if one in particular grabbed your attention – like say the Galaxy S6 Edge – you will want to check the list below. 

Galaxy S6 Availability

  • Carriers:  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, Boost Mobile, Cricket, and MetroPCS
  • Retailers:  Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart

Galaxy S6 Edge Availability

  • Carriers:  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon
  • Retailers:  Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart

Specific dates and pricing will be provided by each closer to availability.

Which one are you leaning towards?

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Coming to These US Carriers and Retailers is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile gives us a Galaxy S6 Edge unboxing

Posted by wicked March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

GalaxyS6EdgeUnboxingFresh off the announcement of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, T-Mobile is giving us a hands-on look at the new Galaxy S6 Edge via a short unboxing video. In the video you see the new Touchwiz put through its paces on top of a close up of the new hardware. Not only that you’ll see a little bit of the camera in action. We have the video for you after the break and as always, keep it locked here for all your MWC 2015 coverage.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Here is a List of Retailers and Carriers That Will Sell the HTC One M9

Posted by Kellex March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

The HTC One M9 is now official, so you are probably wondering where you can buy one? Depending on who you ask, the phone should arrive around the globe in March or “early Spring” at a variety of retailers and wireless carriers. Yes, all of your favorite spots will have the new M9 for sale.

HTC’s press release for the One M9 specifically states that the phone will arrive at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon by “early Spring.” It will also be available through HTC.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, and Target. Finally, an unlocked version will be sold through HTC.com.

A Best Buy posting suggests that the off-contract price will drop in around $649.

We still don’t have specific dates, but we are now in March so the launch could be within the next couple of weeks.

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Here is a List of Retailers and Carriers That Will Sell the HTC One M9 is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile lists units ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

T-Mobile is busier than ever especially these few days leading to the Mobile World Congress 2015. Because new smartphones and tablets will be unveiled in Barcelona, it’s only right that the mobile carrier release software updates to current mobile devices par of its lineup before they become overshadowed by the yet-to-be-announced units. We’re certain though that T-Mobile will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S6, thanks to a teaser recently shown off.

T-Mobile has a dedicated page for software updates and announcements. It was designed to provide subscribers the latest news on software improvements.T-Mobile admits that updating can be a long process because they have to work with the software developer and the device manufacturer. In this case, T-Mobile needs to partner with Google as developer of Android and companies like Samsung, Motorola, and HTC.

Software improvement process includes device manufacturer working with the carrier to finally cuztomize the given version of software, changes for the hardware, apps, and wireless radios. T-Mobile will provide updates on Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing, or when the process has been completed already. Once update is ready, phone will receive a notification that says update is available and is ready for download.

T-MOBILE Android 5.0 Lollipop

T-Mobile is prepping up several devices to be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google’s Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), HTC One, HTC One M8, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy S5.

Let’s take a look at the status of these devices:

Nexus 4 – COMPLETED
Nexus 5- COMPLETED
Nexus 7 (2013) – COMPLETED
HTC One – T-Mobile Testing
HTC One M8 – COMPLETED
Galaxy Note 3 – T-Mobile Testing
Galaxy Note 4 – Manufacturer Development
Galaxy Note Edge – Manufacturer Development
Galaxy S5 – COMPLETED

Completed means Android 5.0 Lollipop is approved and is now available for download.

SOURCE: T-Mobile

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Probably the biggest question smartphone owners have is, “When will I get a software update?” Well T-Mobile is now making it a lot easier to find out that answer. They launched a dedicated site which will let you select your device (phone or tablet) and then find out where things stand.

Software updates have 3 stages and they include manufacturer development, T-Mobile testing, and completion. Once a manufacturer finishes development, they send it to the carrier (in this case T-Mobile) for testing. Testing checks for bugs, which could end up going back to manufacturing development. However, once the carrier (again in this case T-Mobile) is satisfied, then it’s considered completed, and the update will be rolled out. This new site will let you know at what stage your next update is at, as well as what version of Android it will be.

So for example, if you were to select the HTC One (M7), you will find out that Lollipop is in T-Mobile testing right now. This means that it could literally get approved for roll out any day now. Unfortunately, depending on how many bugs there are, it could still be a ways off. So no, you won’t get any target dates, but it will give you an idea of how things are progressing and if the manufacturer is committed to offering the most recent update.

You will be able to select from the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy S 5. Of course more devices will be added soon.

Hit the source link to get started.

source: T-Mobile / @askdes

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(Update: AT&T and Sprint versions too) Best Samsung Galaxy S6 photo leak yet, via T-Mobile

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Update 2: Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Sprint has now put up the same image.. now we’re just waiting to see if Verizon follows suit:

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Update: Here’s the same device in AT&T blue, from here. Coming Spring 2015. Verizon red and Sprint yellow shouldn’t be far behind.

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What do we have here? Yes, that is what appears to be the best teaser photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 we’ve seen yet, as found on the T-Mobile website.

The page itself on the T-Mobile site offers little more than the image, embellished by the cheeky words “Six Appeal,” and a note to check back on March 1st. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Samsung will be officially announcing their latest flagship device next week, and that U.S. consumers will be able to at least pre-register, if not pre-order, from T-Mobile without delay after the announcement.

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I don’t suppose I need to cover our expectations of Samsung’s expected new flagship device – you’ve probably already read our full Samsung Galaxy S6 rumor roundup, which was most recently updated just this past week.

I will say, the device we are seeing in the T-Mobile image, appears to be the Edge variant of the device. With the curved sides of the display that wrap around just a little way. There is a touch of class borrowed from the Galaxy Note 4 here as well. Just look at that backing, that appears to be metal, and the shiny chromed metal looking ring garnishing the glass of the display, looks like metal to me.

Head on over to the T-Mobile page to see the image in it’s full glory.

What do you say, does this one new image change any of your opinions or expectations for the Samsung Galaxy S6?

Dude, Where’s My Update? T-Mobile Publishes Software Update Tracker Webpage

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

For all smartphone owners, we want our updates, and we want them now. However, the world is not a perfect place, and things take time – especially Android software updates. Thankfully, T-Mobile has published an update tracking webpage on its official site, allowing users to track the progress at which updates are happening. 

There are three levels of the process – Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing, and Completed. What users will do is click on the device they own, then see just exactly where the update is in the cycle.

Unfortunately, there is no exact timing placed on updates, and it is really just a vague description of what is actually taking place. As somewhat pointless as it seems, we do applaud T-Mobile’s effort for attempting to enlighten their customers with information regarding software updates. If carriers have taught us anything about software updates, though, it’s that you will get it when they are damn good and ready.

If you own a device on T-Mobile, which has not received its update Lollipop, follow the link below and find out exactly where it is.

T-Mobile Link

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Via: @askdes

Dude, Where’s My Update? T-Mobile Publishes Software Update Tracker Webpage is a post from: Droid Life

Google makes deal to bring Wallet to major wireless carriers, buys out portion of Softcard

Posted by wicked February - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Google has signed a deal that will lead to the distribution of their Google Wallet app pre-installed on devices sold by by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T starting later this year. As part of the deal, Google is also buying some technology from Softcard, a mobile payment solution that had been developed by those same carriers.

According to Softcard, the app will continue to work for users that want to make mobile payments – for now. However, this could change as Google starts to rollout their solution on carrier devices. Since Soundcard is selling some of their intellectual property related to the app to Google, it seem unlikely future development will continue. Reports indicate there are no Softcard employees joining Google as part of the agreement, which could be bad news on the horizon for Softcard employees.

Softcard has been a long, expensive project backed by these carriers to bring a mobile payment solution to market. Their efforts were hampered after the original name of the solution, ISIS, became associated with the terror group and forced the name change. The carriers behind Softcard had blocked efforts by Google to get Wallet adopted in the past and the battle for market control not only led to both solutions struggling for market acceptance, it may have resulted in Apple sneaking in with their Apple Pay solution.

The apparent truce between Google and the carriers comes as Samsung moves to acquire LoopPay in an effort to implement their own mobile payments project. Although LoopPay was essentially in a startup phase, the acquisition and backing of Samsung should help propel it to the top of the class along with Google’s Wallet and Apple’s Apple Pay solutions.

source: Re/code

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