If you’re looking for a new Android phone or have an upgrade coming up odds are you’ve narrowed your choices down to either the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One. Both are very impressive phones with amazing 1080p HD screens, super fast quad-core processors, powerful cameras and interesting software features like the ability to become a remote for your TV. And best of all– both phones either are, or will be, available very soon.
We know that there’s a lot of interest in both of these beasts, so here’s a quick roundup on when they will be available at your carrier and how much it will cost you to get one.
T-Mobile users, you can now buy the iPhone 5. As we wrote yesterday, the iPhone today has finally come to T-Mobile and it is available to buy now at T-Mobile stores or online at T-Mobile’s site. Pricing for the iPhone 5 starts at $99 down (with $20 monthly payments for two years) for the 16GB version, with the 32GB and 64 GB versions costing $199 and $299, respectively (also with $20 monthly payments for two years). If you want to buy full price– remember, T-Mobile doesn’t do two-year contracts anymore– you can for either $580, $680 or $780 depending on if you get the 16GB, 32GB or 64GB iPhone 5.
Now if you look at T-Mobile’s site you will notice that the iPhone 4 and 4S are listed, but depending on where you live you might not be able to actually buy either one. The reason for this is that the 4 and 4S don’t have the right chips inside to fully support T-Mobile’s 4G network. Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, all unlocked iPhones could be used on T-Mobile’s network. While they all could work, those phones only could use T-Mobile’s 2G network and not it’s fast 4G one. This had to do with fact that the iPhone didn’t support the right radio band needed to use T-Mobile’s faster networks (known as the 1700 MHz band).
Last year T-Mobile began switching their 4G HSPA+ network from that 1700 MHz band to the 1900 MHz band their 2G network used so that the iPhone 4 and 4S could get 4G. Unlike the 1700 MHz band, this 1900 MHz band is supported by the iPhone since AT&T uses it for some of their own 4G HSPA+ network. Apparently this changeover hasn’t yet happened everywhere, and in those places where the iPhone 4 and 4S won’t get 4G HSPA+ T-Mobile won’t sell the iPhone 4 and 4S. The iPhone 5 has been updated to support T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network on both the 1700 MHz and 1900 MHz bands and can work wherever T-Mobile has 4G HSPA+ which is why it can be bought from anywhere. The T-Mobile iPhone 5 also supports T-Mobile’s new 4G LTE network, so you have an added benefit of that as well.
T-Mobile users the wait is over. Tomorrow the iPhone 5 will finally be available to buy in T-Mobile stores and online. And while it is pretty much the same iPhone 5 that the other carriers have sold, as you’d expect the T-Mobile iPhone 5 will work with T-Mobile’s new and upcoming 4G LTE network and their current, fast 4G HSPA+ network. This means you can expect 4G like speeds on your iPhone even if where you live hasn’t gotten T-Mobile 4G LTE yet (and it likely hasn’t. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE has only launched in seven cities, though much more are expected by the end of the year). If you already have an unlocked iPhone 5 and are on T-Mobile you should also see a software update in the Settings app that will bring these 4G improvement to your iPhone as well.
T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 will be available in both white and black and in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, though when it comes to pricing things get a little more complicated.
T-Mobile is hosting a big event tomorrow in New York City, and when we say big event we mean it. New plans, new 4G LTE network and possibly the real announcement of the long awaited T-Mobile iPhone.
Expected to be announced are new plans and an update on when their 4G LTE service will be available. The new plans are said to go against everything cell phone carriers have done in the past– dropping contract plans entirely and only offering no-contract service. This means your cell phone service will be cheaper and you if you’re unhappy with T-Mobile you can switch to another carrier without having to pay costly early termination fees (usually a couple hundred dollars). The downside to not pay for a contract means the price for getting a new phone isn’t subsidized, so a Galaxy S III for example would be $549 instead of just $100 with a new contract like it is on other carriers.
Also expected is the announcement of the T-Mobile 4G LTE launch cities. T-Mobile was a few years late in launching their 3G network when compared to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint and today are a little late to the 4G LTE party as well. And while T-Mobile has done some really impressive things to make their current 3G network have 4G like speeds (and in some cases even faster than 4G LTE), tomorrow T-Mobile looks to finally officially unveil their LTE network. PC Mag has even reported on eight cities where T-Mobile’s network has been discovered, including Denver, Las Vegas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, San Jose, and Seattle. These can very well be some of the first cities to get T-Mobile LTE.
Of course the thing you probably care about most are the phones. T-Mobile has already announced a few 4G LTE phones– the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (which gets LTE support once you download a software update) and the upcoming BlackBerry Z10, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4– but it is also now rumored that T-Mobile will finally share more details on when you’ll be able to buy an official T-Mobile iPhone.
Late last year T-Mobile and Apple announced that they have agreed to allow T-Mobile to sell Apple products like the iPhone. This was in December and in January of this year T-Mobile said they will sell the iPhone within “3-4 months.” As the calendar turns to April it looks like T-Mobile will follow up on that promise, and according to CNET tomorrow’s event will also feature a T-Mobile iPhone 5. The CNET report says the iPhone wouldn’t be available right after the event, but hopefully we’ll find out a price and release date for when it will finally be available. We know how badly a lot of you want a T-Mobile 4G LTE iPhone.
Unfortunately we won’t be able to make it to T-Mobile’s big event to cover it live, but as always we’ll have everything you need to know about whatever they announce later this week.
BlackBerry fans the good news keeps on coming, BlackBerry 10 has officially launched in the US. AT&T announced pre-orders for their first BlackBerry 10 phone, the Z10, earlier this month and it is now available in AT&T stores and online for $199.99 on a new 2 year contract.
Now if you’re on Verizon or T-Mobile and are excited for the Z10 we’ve got good news for you. Both carriers will be releasing the Z10 next week, with Verizon releasing it on the 28th for $199.99 with a new 2 year contract and T-Mobile releasing it on the 26th. There is no word yet on the pricing for T-Mobile’s version of the Z10. And we’re sorry Sprint users, you’re carrier doesn’t have any plans for the Z10, instead they’re waiting the keyboard packing Q10 to be their first BlackBerry 10 phone (the latest rumors say the Q10 will be out in May or June).
For more info on the Z10, Q10 and BlackBerry 10 see our post here.
So BlackBerry fans– are you going to go pick one of these up or have you given up on BlackBerry and are looking at an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone to be your next phone?
There was a lot going on at CES this week, though not too many big announcements as far as new cell phones go. Well, except if you’re on T-Mobile, in which case there were some pretty huge announcements.
Some of the big things T-Mobile shared this week included the unveiling of a new $70 a month 4G unlimited plan that doesn’t need you to sign up for a 2 year contract but requires you to pay more for your phone upfront (so instead of Galaxy S III for $279 with a 2 year contract and $90 a month unlimited internet/texting/calling plan, its $549 with a $70 a month unlimited plan that you could stop whenever you want. This type of plan actually saves you more money over the course of a 2 year contract, but we’ll get into this more another time), and plans to cover over 100 million people with their new 4G LTE network by the end of 2013. Of course for many of you T-Mobile fans, the biggest news of the week is this: T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere said in an interview with Reuters that T-Mobile will begin selling the iPhone sometime in the next 3-4 months.
For those who don’t know, in December T-Mobile and Apple announced that Apple products would be available on T-Mobile’s network in 2013. Of course, that announcement was pretty vague didn’t go into much more detail than that. We still don’t know exactly which Apple products would be available (we assume the current iPhone 4, 4S and 5 as well as iPad 4 and iPad Mini but again, those are just our guesses and it could also be something new), how much they would cost, if they would have support for T-Mobile’s new 4G LTE network, and when they would be available. This statement by the CEO of T-Mobile finally gives us at last little more much-needed clarity.
Mark your calendars T-Mobile readers, you’re official T-Mobile iPhone should be here by the summer.
T-Mobile users, your long wait to for the iPhone is finally, and officially, coming to an end. Apple and T-Mobile today announced that starting next year Apple products, like the iPhone and iPad, will be available on T-Mobile.
The announcement was pretty vague, saying only “Apple products” and not mentioning any specific iPhone or iPad model (like the 4S, and 5). We also don’t know what time in 2013 these Apple products will arrive, though it is possible we could see a T-Mobile iPhone 5 in January or February of next year (when Verizon finally got the iPhone it came in February of 2011, several months after the AT&T iPhone 4 was announced). There also is obviously no word on if these Apple products will support T-Mobile’s upcoming 4G LTE network (which T-Mobile is also planning to launch in 2013) or just the 4G HSPA+ network T-Mobile has today.
We’ll update this post as soon as more info is available.
Info via Twitter
While Black Friday is technically still a week away, a lot of companies have decided to start offering some great deals well before then. Several stores such as Staples and Amazon will be having deals all of next week (not just on Friday), and Walmart plans to open their stores at 8 PM on Thursday night instead of 4 AM on Friday. If you’re on T-Mobile well, your big deals are today. Today and tomorrow, November 16th and 17th, T-Mobile will be offering most 4G Samsung phones for free on a new two year contract. So if you are on T-Mobile and really want the Galaxy S III to be your next phone, now looks like the time to buy. The Galaxy Note 2 and 32 GB Galaxy S III are the main exceptions to this deal, but both look to have gotten some big discounts instead (the Note 2 for example is now $200 with a new 2 year contract as opposed to its usual $370).
We’ll have more great Black Friday deals next week. For more info on this deal check out T-Mobile’s site here.
We know a lot of you are excited for Samsung’s latest giant phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and we have some good news for you. Over the next couple of weeks AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint will all be releasing this awesome phone/tablet.
AT&T will start selling the Note 2 on November 9th for $300 with a new 2 year contract while Sprint will be releasing the Note 2 tomorrow, October 25th, and pricing it at the same $300. T-Mobile users, you guys are a bit lucky and unlucky– your version of the Note 2 is available right now, but it will cost you: T-Mobile wants $370 for it. Why the major price difference here were not sure.
Oh and those of you on Verizon– unfortunately Verizon hasn’t announced a price or release date just yet, but rumors say it might be coming as soon as later today for that same $300 price AT&T and Sprint are charging. Samsung is holding an event for the Galaxy Note 2 tonight so hopefully we’ll be able to find out a bit more about this there.
For more info on the Note 2 check out our first look here.
One of the biggest problems with cell phones today is the data plans. We all want them but they’re expensive and figuring out how much data you will need each month is still no easy task. It used to be that all the carriers offered “unlimited” plans, but over the last few years both Verizon and AT&T have switch to capped, tiered plans (such as $30 a month for 3 GB of data), with an extra $10 for every GB over that 3 GB. Sprint was the only carrier to really keep truly unlimited internet. Of course, up until recently Sprint didn’t have a 4G LTE network like AT&T and Verizon, so while you got the unlimited internet it was nowhere near as fast and useful as it could be.
T-Mobile meanwhile offered a mix of capped and unlimited plans, giving you 2 GB of fast “4G” data, but slowing down to much slower 2G once you went over that 2 GB (something called “throttling”). You didn’t have to pay more, but it still sucked.
Fortunately this is all about to change. Starting on September 5th T-Mobile will be bringing back full, unlimited 4G data for $30 a month. This means no more worries about going over your limit or seeing your data slowed down to something that’s practically unusable. And while T-Mobile has yet to launch their 4G LTE network (it’s said to be coming next year), T-Mobile’s current 4G HSPA+ network offers speeds very close to Verizon and AT&T’s LTE networks and already covers most of the country.
T-Mobile will continue to offer their current data plans, which slow down speed once you hit 5 or 10 GB but allow you to use your phone as a hotspot. All in all, if you’re on T-Mobile this is some great news.
More info: T-Mobile