Out of all the carriers, T-Mobile has been by far the most active in 2013. They finally launched the iPhone 5, got rid of 2 year contract plans, and launched JUMP!– a sort of upgrade/insurance program that let’s you swap your current phone for a new one (like a Galaxy S III for a Galaxy S4 even if it fell in the pool or you dropped it and cracked the screen). All of this on top of launching phones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry Q10.
Of course as with the other carriers,T-Mobile looks to really ramp things up in the coming months. If you’re on T-Mobile and have an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks or months these are some of the best phones either already at T-Mobile or rumored to be coming to a T-Mobile store near you very soon. The last thing you want is to go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later.
While not everything here is confirmed to be coming to T-Mobile (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are five phones you should be excited for if you have an upgrade coming up.
The Moto X is the latest phone from Motorola (which is now owned by Google) and is the first phone that Google helped Motorola design. As you would expect from a Google phone, there are a lot of really cool features in here. Want to quickly take a picture? Just shake your wrist like you’re opening a door and the camera app will open. Want to check the time or see what new notifications you have? The Moto X has a sensor that knows when you’re taking your phone out of your pocket and will show you the time and any new notifications you have without you having to touch the power button. The Moto X will even recognize your voice so you can use Google Now (Android’s much better version of Siri) by just saying “ok, Google Now” without having to press a button on your phone. Oh, and the phone can also sense when you’re in a car and will automatically switch to a “driving mode” that reads whose calling and texting you out loud so you can keep your focus on the road.
Inside the Moto X is everything you would expect to find in a top Android phone including a fast dual-core processor (not as fast as the Galaxy S4 or HTC One but still very quick), a 4.7 inch 720p HD screen, 10 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Now we know some of you are wondering, “wait, can’t I pick the colors of my Moto X like AT&T users can?” Well, the answer to that is yes, but we don’t yet know when. AT&T has an exclusive on the Moto Maker and the ability to completely customize the Moto X for now, which means that Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile users will only have two color options to start– the usual white or black. We don’t know if/when T-Mobile will get Moto Maker.
— John Legere (@john_legere) August 24, 2013
And while the Moto X is now available on AT&T, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere tweeted that it will be out in September which means we should probably expect an announcement any day now. No word though on how much it will cost to get the Moto X on T-Mobile since T-Mobile no longer has 2 year contracts.
Nokia Lumia 925
If you’re looking for a new phone on T-Mobile today, the Nokia Lumia 925 is one of the best you’ll find. It’s got a beautiful and thin design, 4.5 inch HD screen, fast 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage and an 8.7 megapixel back camera with 1.9 megapixel front camera for HD video chat. Sure this camera isn’t as impressive as the 41 megapixel one on the Lumia 1020, but it’s still a pretty great camera that does a good job of taking pictures even in low light. It also has Nokia’s Smart Camera app which adds features like Action Shot (for taking pictures of fast-moving objects or people), Change Faces (for choosing the best expressions on your friends’ faces), and Remove Moving Object which, as the name suggests, lets you easily get rid of things that don’t belong in the picture. And since the Lumia 925 runs Windows Phone 8 it has things like Xbox Live, Skype and Office built-in.
The Lumia 925 is also one of the cheaper top phones available at T-Mobile today and is available now for $0 down with $20 monthly payments for 2 years ($5 a month cheaper than the Galaxy S4 and HTC One), or $480 without a contract ($120 cheaper than the One and S4).
The LG G2 is LG’s answer to the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, an Android superphone loaded with all the latest and great specs you could put in a phone today. Inside, the G2 is probably one of the most powerful phones that have been officially announced. It’s got a 5.2 inch 1080p screen, super fast quad-core 2.26 GHZ processor with 2 GB of RAM (it’s more powerful than the HTC One and Galaxy S4 which are two of the fastest Android phones available today), a 13 megapixel back camera with optical image stabilization (so you’re pictures look great even if your hand isn’t perfectly still when you take them) and 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, and either 16 GB or 32 GB of built-in storage.
And while the specs are great, LG has done some interesting things with the design and software on the G2 to help set it apart from those other phones. Unlike most phones that have a power button at the top and volume buttons on the side, LG has decided on the G2 to move both to the back of the phone under the camera. They claim this is easier for using a phone with a large 5 inch screen, though that obviously remains to be seen. It also means the G2 is crazy thin as you can see above. In terms of software LG added some interesting features to Android like KnockOn where you can tap twice on the phone’s screen to turn it on (instead of hitting that power button), AnswerMe which automatically answers incoming calls by just lifting the phone to your face, and the ability to take pictures and videos using the both front and back cameras at the same time (like what Samsung has done on the Galaxy S4). All in all, it looks like an impressive phone.
The LG G2 will be coming to all four major carriers– AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile– and according to Android Central will be coming to Verizon and AT&T in the second week of September. As with Sprint, not much has been said about when T-Mobile will release the G2, but let’s hope that it’s around that time as well. In the meantime you can check out T-Mobile’s sign-up page here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The rumored Galaxy Note 3’s screen (from ETradeSupply)
Last fall Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 2, a great device for those who wanted a giant phone that also doubled as a mini-tablet. This year Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 3 a bit earlier, on September 4th. Like last year’s Galaxy Note 2, the Note 3 is expected to be on every carrier– AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
As for what will be new in the Note 3, it’s expected to have a 5.68 inch 1080p HD screen (an improvement over last year’s very good 720p HD 5.5 inch screen), a super fast processor with 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel back camera with optical image stabilization (so you’re pictures look great even if your hand isn’t perfectly still when you take them), 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage, and a bigger battery which should only improve on the already excellent battery life that was in the Note 2. Design wise there have been some rumors that the Note 3 will look very different from the Note 2, but most of the more recent ones (like these from SamMobile) suggest that it will actually look a lot like the Note 2 (though obviously bigger). The Note 3 is also expected to keep the S-Pen that the Note line is known for.
We still don’t know the release date and pricing for the Sprint Note 3, but we expect that and more to be revealed at Samsung’s September 4th event.
The gold iPhone 5S next to black and white iPhone 5s (pic from Weekly Ascii)
Ah yes, the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S is said to be announced only a few days after Samsung announces the Note 3, on September 10th. Unlike the Note 3 though not much is really known about what will be in the next iPhone. The latest rumors are that it will have a faster processor (the “A7″), a slightly bigger battery that should hopefully mean better battery life, an improved camera with a better flash, and a fingerprint sensor inside the home button for better security and possibly doing things like using your phone as a credit card. There are also strong rumors about a “gold” color option in addition to the usual black and white.
The iPhone 5S (and the cheaper, more colorful 5C) is expected to be announced in a little under a month and should be coming to all four of the major carriers. The latest rumors also say the new iPhones could be released as soon as ten days after that big event, on September 20th. As for specs and how much T-Mobile will charge for the new iPhone, well we don’t know much on those yet but we expect much more to be revealed as we get closer to that big September announcement.
So there you have it, 5 of the phones that are either coming soon or are rumored to be coming very soon to a T-Mobile store near you. Of course, if you’re looking for a great phone now before school starts and can’t wait, we recommend checking out the HTC One, Lumia 925, iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4. As with the other carriers we’re sure there is a lot more up that T-Mobile has planned and we’ll of course keep you updated on whatever new news they announce.