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T-Mobile announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9 availability plus new mobile deals

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Maybe you’re still busy planning for Thanksgiving or are only waiting for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. You might want to look into these new deals by T-Mobile. Earlier this week, the mobile carrier released the already-delayed Motorola Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

The Nexus 6 is now available online and in select T-Mobile stores with no downpayment but with a $27.08 monthly fee on a two-year contract. This price is only for the 32GB variant but if want a bigger storage, you can get the 64GB model for $29.16/month also on a 2-year contract. Looking at the price difference, I think the latter is more worth it– $0 down and $2 more expensive but with twice the storage capacity. You can’t go wrong with that. This particular model is part of T-Mobile Underground— an online backroom for limited quatity and hard-to-find devices.

The 32GB Nexus 9 tablet will soon be available this coming December, also on the Underground with no downpayment and with $24.99 for two years. The 4G LTE-enabled Android tablet boasts of Lollipop and a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

T-Mobile wants our holidays to be perfect so it introduced a new mobile Internet offering: the Un-carrier 7.0 WiFi Unleashed. The network aims to bring people a wider mobile coverage and this service is expected to bring better Wi-Fi calling and texting with more affordability.

Also recently announced is the new Stateside International Talk plan under the Un-carrier. Subscribers under the Simple Choice plan can take advantage of unlimited calls from the US to landlines in more than 70 countries for only $5/month. This is per account and not per line so that’s a very good deal. As for those who prefer unlimited calling to mobile phones in 30 countries, there’s a $10/month deal and it’s good for the whole family. If before, invididual subscribers need to pay, T-Mobile is changing all that by offering these mobile deals for the entire family. “At T-Mobile, you can talk day and night without ever worrying about extra charges or overages,” says John Legere, T-Mobile’s President and CEO.

T-Mobile Un-carrier

SOURCES: T-Mobile (1),(2)

LTE enabled Nexus 9 coming to T-Mobile in early December

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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With the launch of the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile today, the Uncarrier took the opportunity to announce that the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile in “early December.” No specific date was given, but December is only a couple weeks away, so the wait should not be much longer for those not content with a WiFi-only version of the latest Nexus tablet.

When it is finally available, T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the Nexus 9 for $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 to well-qualified buyers. According to T-Mobile’s announcement, buyers will have to access the T-Mobile “Underground” which they describe as their “online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find, limited quantity devices” to place their order.

source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile to offer 32GB Nexus 9 “early December” for $0 down, $24.99/month

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Having just released the Nexus 6 (following a slight delay), T-Mobile is now offering a window into the release of the 32GB Nexus 9 LTE, or at least a window into the Uncarrier’s plans to do so. Releasing in “early December”, the tablet once known as Volantis will be available for $0 down and monthly installments of $24.99 over a 24 month period. That puts it at a total price of $599.76, which is almost enough to buy a Nexus 6, and significantly more than the 32GB Wifi-only 9 at $479.99.

While there is no clear indication yet as to the success, or lack thereof, of the HTC/Google partnership product, chances are pretty good that the Nexus 9 LTE isn’t going to be flying off shelves at an even higher price point. Then again, the zero-down option might be a boon for those who want to defer payments and not incur interest on their credit card statement.

Given this baseline, it’s a bit curious that Magenta is apparently selling the LTE tablet on its Underground website, billed as “T-Mobile’s online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find limited quantity devices”. Could this mean the 9 LTE will be in short supply this holiday season? Or is it just a marketing tool to try and boost sales?

It’s also worth pointing out that T-Mobile is currently only stocking the Blue Nexus 6 variant; will the Nexus 9 LTE also see a single color variant? And what of the sand (gold) variant? When is Google planning to release it? And what of the battery life? While many claim the titanic tablet can get 9 hours of battery life, my own personal Nexus 9 (on which this was all typed!)  seems to be averaging around 5-6 at best with heavy use. It’s still uncertain how the LTE radio will affect things.

Please feel free to check out all of our Nexus 9 coverage for more details on the Nexus 9.

 

 

 

T-Mobile Offering Unlimited Worldwide Calling for $5 a Month Through Simple Choice Plans

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

T-Mobile is bringing the holiday cheer a tad early this year, with the announcement of two different offerings for folks on a Simple Choice plan. Starting today, users can get unlimited worldwide landline calling for just $5 a month, for all lines on the plan, up to 10 lines.

Additionally, for $10 a month on top of your existing plan, the whole family can get unlimited calling to mobile phones in more than 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, on top of unlimited calls to landlines in 70+ countries. Now that’s a bargain. 

T-Mobile estimates this to be a grand total of about $105 a month for a family of four when compared to similar plans from Verizon ($150) and AT&T (180).

Here is a graph for all of you visual learners.

T-Mobile Plans

The full press release can be seen below if you need additional information.

T-Mobile Makes Calling Those Abroad Affordable & Worry-Free

For only $5 a month, you can add unlimited calling worldwide – one low price covers everyone on your account.

Bellevue, Washington — November 19, 2014 — For anyone and everyone with family and friends abroad, T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) just gave you and yours the gift of connecting more easily and affordably this holiday season and for years to come.  The Un-carrier™ announced its updated Stateside International Talk plan, and starting today, everyone on your Simple Choice™ plan can enjoy unlimited calling from the U.S. to landlines in more than 70 countries worldwide for just $5 a month for the entire account.  That’s right.  Per account – not per line.  So, $5 a month covers your entire family up to 10 lines.

Or, starting today, for just $10 per month, the whole family can get unlimited calling to mobile phones in more than 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, on top of unlimited calls to landlines in 70+ countries. That’s a real savings over the current rates ($10 and $15 per month per line for the landline and landline plus mobile calling respectively), especially for families.  In fact, a family of four can save $420 a year compared to paying per individual.

“The old-guard carriers never take a holiday from sticking it to their customers,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “These guys have the gall to gouge you with fat charges every time you reach out to family outside the U.S. — even during the holiday season. How is that anything but pure humbug and greed? At T-Mobile, you can talk day and night without ever worrying about extra charges or overages.”

This offer starts today and goes through the end of the year − but once added to your account, everyone on your account with a Simple Choice plan can enjoy the benefits for as long as you keep Stateside International Talk on your account. And, of course, all of this comes right on top of your existing Simple Choice plan benefits, like unlimited texting from the U.S. to nearly every country abroad at absolutely no extra charge.

More Money in Your Pocket

There are big differences between the Un-carrier and the old carriers in costs and benefits that you can see side-by-side in the chart below with the Stateside International Talk $5 option.

Best Value at Home, Abroad & In the Air

Combine the amazing value of T-Mobile Simple Choice plan for families together with groundbreaking Un-carrier benefits, and it’s clear T-Mobile is hands down the best choice for staying in touch and staying connected inside and outside the U.S. during the holidays and all year round.

With T-Mobile, for example, you’ll never need to purchase an expensive supplemental international plan (like with the other guys) when you’re traveling outside the U.S. All Simple Choice postpaid customers get unlimited data and texting at no additional charge − and flat-rate calls for just 20 cents a minute − while traveling in more than 120 countries and destinations around the world.

And, as an Un-carrier customer, you’ll be able to stay connected in-flight, too. Because only T-Mobile customers can send and receive text and picture messages as well as visual voicemail using their own smartphones on all Gogo-equipped flights originating from the U.S. And, once again, that’s available to T-Mobile customers at absolutely no additional cost.

T-Mobile Offering Unlimited Worldwide Calling for $5 a Month Through Simple Choice Plans is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile Gets Nexus 9 LTE in “Early” December

Posted by Kellex November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Along with an official launch today of the Nexus 6 at T-Mobile stores, the Uncarrier also announced that they will sell the 4G LTE version of the Nexus 9 in early December. According to a press release that accompanied the news, customers will be able to buy the Nexus 9 LTE for $0 down and monthly payments of $24.99. 

This is the first word we have seen with regard to availability of the LTE variant of the Nexus 9. Google announced that their would be an LTE model at some point, but they have to yet to list it in their own Google Play store as anything but “coming soon.” In case you haven’t looked at a calendar recently, we are  closing in on the end of November, so “early” December isn’t all that far away.

If a connected Nexus 9 is what your life has been asking for, you don’t have long to wait. Until then, be sure to read our Nexus 9 review.

Via:  T-Mobile

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T-Mobile Now Selling the Nexus 6 With 32GB or 64GB of Storage

Posted by Kellex November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

After delaying for a week, T-Mobile is now selling the Nexus 6, Google’s brand new whale of a smartphone.

The device comes in Midnight Blue, just like every other carrier, but you do have options of either 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is unique to T-Mobile. Sprint and AT&T are both only selling the 32GB model. At least one of our readers purchased the 64GB model from T-Mobile this morning, chose overnight shipping, and is expecting it to arrive tomorrow. 

The 32GB model can be picked up for $0 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $27.08. The 64GB is slightly more expensive at $0 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $29.16. For $2 extra per month, it may be worth it to stack up on the extra storage, especially since the Nexus 6 doesn’t have a micro SD slot for expandable storage. On a related note, if we do a little math there, you will notice that after all of your monthly payments, you are paying the same price for each as you would if you bought it unlocked from Google Play ($649 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB). I don’t know why, but I do find some comfort in knowing T-Mobile isn’t completely jacking up the price.

Be sure to read our Nexus 6 review if you haven’t already.

T-Mobile Link

Cheers Stephen!

T-Mobile Now Selling the Nexus 6 With 32GB or 64GB of Storage is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile starting holiday deals on November 21 with a free tablet

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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On November 21, T-Mobile is expressing appreciation to its current customers by offering early access to Black Friday deals. The carrier is taking $100 off the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 3. Even better, T-Mobile customers can pickup an Alcatel ONETOUCH POP 7 tablet for absolutely nothing but the sales tax. There are no monthly payments and not even a down payment. The following day, November 22, T-Mobile will open up the tablet offer to new customers as well.

T-Mobile notes that canceling your wireless service will cause the device balance to be due.

Source: T-Mobile

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Reminder: Carriers Probably Can’t Activate Your New Nexus 6, Here are Your Options

Posted by Kellex November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

So you received your brand new Nexus 6 today, straight from a factory in China, and you walk into a Verizon or AT&T or Sprint store to have it activated for use. As you and a sales rep get the process going, you get to the point where they need to scan the nano SIM for the phone and then your phone’s IMEI. You can almost taste the Lollipop. You will soon know how many licks it takes. You are this close. The sweat needed to give you extra grip on the 6-inch whale in front of you is starting to build in the palm of your hand. Your fresh pair of JNCOs is crisp from the dryer. The fresh Free Willy tattoo under your tribal band still has a bandage protecting its scab. You are a Nexus 6 owner. No, even better – you are an unlocked Nexus 6 owner on the verge of becoming one with a marine mammal. “I tell you what to do, carrier,” you say under your breath as you reach for your newly activated phone.

And then the sales rep gives you that look. You have seen this look before, typically when the 7-11 clerk scans your lottery ticket. You sir, do not have a winner. “Sorry, the phone won’t activate because the IMEI is not in our system. There is nothing I can do,” the sales rep says.


Yes, there is a chance that when you walk into a carrier store today (or later this week) to have your brand new, unlocked Nexus 6 (from Google Play or Motorola’s store) activated, that you will leave without an active phone and equally depressing attitude (this has already happened to a couple of our readers). That’s what happens when new, unlocked phones start arriving before carriers are ready for them and you don’t know what to do to get around their systems. It happened last year with the Nexus 7 LTE (2013) on Verizon and we sort of expected it to happen again with the Nexus 6. We talked about this situation this morning.

In short, the Nexus 6, in order for carriers to activate it with a new SIM on their networks, needs to be in their databases of IMEI (the individual number attached to all cell phones) numbers. Think of it as a green light given to a phone that has been approved, so that it can be activated on their network.

With modern day phones that run on LTE networks (GSM networks too), those IMEI numbers are still important and are used to activate new lines of service, but if you already have service, the important piece to this all is a SIM card. With an active SIM inside a phone that has the correct bands for a carrier’s network, you don’t even need carrier approval to work. The active SIM is enough to give the phone service. And that’s where we find our workarounds.

Make sense?


So what can you do to make sure you can use your new phone? A couple of things.

1.  Use your current SIM card (assuming it’s a nano SIM)

If you are a current customer with the carrier you are trying to use your Nexus 6 on, and already have a nano SIM (which is the SIM size used in the Nexus 6), then you are good to go! All you need to do is open your Nexus 6 and pop out its SIM tray. Now, turn your current phone off, take its SIM card out, and put it in the Nexus 6. Power on the Nexus 6, and bam! Your new Nexus 6 now has service with your current carrier. It’s that easy.

To see proof, check out our “Nexus 6 working on Verizon out of the box” video.

2.  Use your current SIM card (not a nano SIM)

If you are a current customer with the carrier you are trying to use your Nexus 6 on, but do not have a nano SIM, you are still (almost) good to go! Your SIM is active and will work with your carrier, but you need to cut it down to nano SIM size in order for it to fit in the Nexus 6. Seriously, you can cut SIM cards.

We have a guide on how to cut a micro SIM to a nano SIM to get you going. If you don’t have the tool we showed there or feel like waiting for it to arrive from Amazon, you can use a pair of scissors too.

3.  Have your carrier activate a nano SIM for your current phone, swap it into the Nexus 6

There is a chance that you don’t have a nano SIM and you don’t feel like cutting your current SIM down to nano size. That shouldn’t be a problem. You should be able to talk your carrier into activating a nano SIM for your current phone, which you will then just swap into the Nexus 6. Tell them you want a nano because you are future proofing for your next phone, or something along those lines. You could even tell them that you might be buying an iPhone 6 soon from a friend, so would rather just have the nano SIM already on hand for when that happens. Just don’t put that nano SIM in your current phone without a SIM adapter or it will get stuck and be a massive pain in the rear to remove. You may want to bring in an adapter with you before going this route.

As a recap, you are having them activate a nano SIM on your current phone (non-Nexus 6), because it should already be green-lighted in their systems. And remember, the Nexus 6 isn’t, which is why we are talking through all of these work-arounds. Have your carrier activate a new nano SIM for your current phone (non-Nexus 6). Once they are done, take that SIM and put it in your Nexus 6. Done!

4.  Want to activate Nexus 6 on a new carrier

This one might be trickier than the others. If you walk into a new carrier to activate a Nexus 6, meaning you don’t currently have an active SIM from that carrier, they may not be able to activate a SIM or sign you up for service at all, because of the IMEI stuff we talked about above. However, there is a chance that you will find a sales rep that is willing to do a workaround, but that all depends on the rep and maybe even the carrier.

You could, in theory, tell them you have this brand new Nexus 6 and that you want to activate it, but you know it won’t activate because it’s not in their system. That rep could potentially activate a “dummy” phone as a placeholder on your new line initially to at least get your service up and running. Once that is done, you would then have an active SIM that could then be placed inside the Nexus 6.

But again, this sort of depends on the carrier and the rep you are dealing with. Basically, you need to try and work with the sales rep in a store to get you an active SIM – that is your only goal. With an active nano SIM, life with an active Nexus 6 is yours.


As of right now, those are your options to get your Nexus 6 working. I know those aren’t exactly clean, but as we wait for the Nexus 6 to get added to carrier systems, this is what we have to do.

If there are other workarounds that you know of, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Reminder: Carriers Probably Can’t Activate Your New Nexus 6, Here are Your Options is a post from: Droid Life

Some T-Mobile stores received Nexus 6 shipments over the weekend

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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In preparation for Wednesday, Nov. 19′s launch of the Nexus 6, it appears that T-Mobile has received a shipment of the new Google phablet. It’s said that select T-Mobile stores have display models out already and a number of XDA users have stated that they’ve been lucky enough to have T-Mobile sell them the 5.96-inch monster a few days early.

That being said, we’re still two days away from T-Mobile’s actual launch of the device. Of course you can test your luck and maybe snag on early. If not, you’ll maybe at least be able to touch and play with one in the mean time.

source: XDA Developers
via: T-Mo News

 

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Galaxy Note Edge Arrives Today at Carriers, a Steal at $429 With a 2-Year Contract

Posted by Kellex November - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge appears to have successfully made its way to US carriers for purchase. Shocker, I know. Unlike its taco-shaped cousin, who enjoyed a brief stint in overseas markets before settling into its rightful life as a proof-of-concept, the Galaxy Note Edge apparently showed enough promise or received enough of a positive response to convince AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile that people might actually buy one. Actually, let me re-phrase that. The Galaxy Note Edge and its insanely high price tag, for reasons that have escaped our minds since the device was surprisingly unveiled on stage alongside the Galaxy Note 4, can be purchased by human beings at a couple of carriers who have lost their minds.

T-Mobile is selling the Galaxy Note Edge today for $0 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $36.25. If you don’t feel like signing up for a payment plan, T-Mobile will gladly let you into the Note Edge for $870.

If you want an even better deal (yes, that would be sarcasm), you can buy the phone from AT&T for $399 with a 2-year contract. They also have three device payment plans of their own, with monthly payments starting as low as $31.54. Oh, you could also buy the Note Edge without a contract for $945.99.

But clearly, Sprint has the best deal of all. For $429.99, a 2-year contract, and your right hand, you can own the Note Edge. If you feel like keeping all of your limbs, you could opt for a monthly payment plan or buy the phone outright for $840.

Verizon, at this time, appears to have kept its sanity and is not selling the Galaxy Note Edge.

If you are dying to know more about the Galaxy Note Edge, here are plenty of pictures, videos, and specs.

Update:  Apparently this slanted thing has been available at AT&T for a while. T-Mobile and Sprint are the newest to get it.

Who lined up this morning?!?!

Via:  AT&T | T-Mobile | Sprint

Galaxy Note Edge Arrives Today at Carriers, a Steal at $429 With a 2-Year Contract is a post from: Droid Life