Monthly Archives: September 2011

T-Mobile: We’re Not Getting The iPhone

tmobile iphone 4 mock

Sorry T-Mobile fans, by the looks of this it looks like you guys won’t be getting the new iPhone after all. T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer (or an executive who would know about these things) Cole Brodman just posted a letter on T-Mobile’s official company blog pretty much killing all hope that Apple will announce a T-Mobile iPhone next week (though he does mention that they would love to have one and how there are over a million unlocked iPhones being used on T-Mobile).

Of course T-Mobile does have some pretty powerful Android phones like the new HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II, and both look to be some pretty solid alternatives to the iPhone. And who knows, maybe with this big public plea Apple will talk to T-Mobile and surprise us all with a T-Mobile iPhone next week.

Full letter after the break.

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T-Mobile Announces The HTC Amaze 4G– The Perfect Camera Phone

htc amaze 4g

Galaxy S II too big for you? Want something slightly smaller and with a better camera? Then you’re gonna love this. Meet the HTC Amaze 4G, the next big 4G Android T-Mobile superphone from HTC. Think of this as an awesome mix of the great design of the Sensation 4G and the amazing camera of the myTouch 4G Slide. And like the Sensation 4G and myTouch 4G Slide, this guy’s loaded.

Specs wise the Amaze 4G has that same sharp 4.3 qHD screen (or a really great screen that should make everything you view on it look crystal clear), the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with HTC Sense) and super thin design as the Sensation 4G, though now it also has the awesome 8 megapixel back camera as the myTouch 4G Slide (with all its awesome features like zero shutter lag and Clear Shot HDR). T-Mobile and HTC even added some new camera features like SmartShot (which takes five quick pictures when you hit the camera button and then combines the best features of all of them to give you the perfect shot) and PerfectPics (which takes all your best looking pictures and puts them in their own album) to make this an even better camera phone. And like all of T-Mobile’s other 4G phones, the Amaze 4G also comes with a second front camera for video chat.

Speed wise the Amaze 4G is also top of the line, with it’s even faster 1.5 GHZ dual core processor (the Sensation 4G was a drop slower at 1.2 GHZ), so everything from opening apps to gaming to multitasking should run even better. The Amaze 4G is also capable of connecting to T-Mobile’s even faster 42 Mbps 4G HSPA+ network, so everything you do online will be even faster too (and as we said with the Galaxy S II, this may even be faster than your home internet!).

The Amaze 4G will be available starting on October 10th for a pretty expensive price of $259.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan (if you want something almost as powerful but cheaper we’d still recommend the Sensation 4G, particularly if it gets a price drop from its current $200 on contract price). But again, if you’re looking for the best T-Mobile has to offer, and don’t mind spending the extra $60, we think you’ll love this.

So T-Mobile users– what’s it gonna be: Galaxy S II or this?

Info from T-Mobile

T-Mobile Announces Samsung Galaxy S II Release Date– Coming October 10th For $230

samsung galaxy s ii tmobile

On T-Mobile and waiting for the Galaxy S II? Well, your wait is now finally almost over. With Sprint already releasing their version of Samsung’s hit Galaxy S II earlier this month (as the Epic 4G Touch), and AT&T planning to release their version on Sunday, it was only a matter of time before T-Mobile joined the party– and we now know when that will be. Beginning October 10th this beast of an Android phone can be yours for the slightly more expensive price of $230 with new 2 year contract and data plan (why T-Mobile is charging $30 more than AT&T and Sprint we don’t know).

For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S II is one of the most powerful T-Mobile phones yet, with impressive specs like a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus screens (like AT&T’s Infuse 4G. Basically, everything and anything you view on here will look insane), 8 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera (for higher quality video chatting), ridiculously thin design (it’s literally pencil thin!), the latest and greatest Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz 4.0), support for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ 42 Mbps network (this is T-Mobile’s upgraded 4G network and should make everything you do online even faster– maybe even faster than your home internet!), 16 GB of built-in storage, and a super fast dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor (so you should never see any freezing or lag even when doing intense things like multitasking or gaming).

All in all, if you have an upgrade and are looking for super fast, super awesome T-Mobile phone you should definitely check this out.

For more on the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II see T-Mobile’s site here.

It’s Official: Apple Is Announcing The New iPhone Next Week

iphone 5 event invite

Well, here it is– the official invite from Apple for their next big iPhone event. Yes, in exactly one week from today (October 4th) Apple will finally, officially unveil their next iPhone(s). We’ll of course have everything covered for you back here, so make sure to check back next Tuesday for all the info you’re gonna want and need to know about everything Apple announces.

And for those who haven’t been following all the iPhone rumors, here are a few of the biggest ones to catch you up:

Rumors

And of course here’s the big news from June which we also expect to hear more about next week– Apple Announces iOS 5 and iMessage, their version of BBM for iPhone.

So, how excited are you for the new iPhone?

No, Facebook Will Not Make You Have To Pay For The New Updates

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An example of some of the many Facebook scam statuses

By now you’ve probably heard the news that there will be some major changes to Facebook coming out over the next few days/weeks, including a whole new design for your profile called Timeline (which we’re not gonna get into right now, but basically it allows you to fill in all your memories from literally the time you were born in to your Facebook profile so it’ll be available online for all your friends to see forever. Yes, it’s that creepy. More info here). Now whether or not you like the new Facebook (other updates include the new chat and the new News Feed which you’ve already probably seen if you’ve logged on to Facebook this past week), one of the big things we’ve been asked since the announcement were if the statuses like the ones you see above were true. These status said that unless you re-posted the status you’ll have to start paying a monthly fee to use Facebook. Put simply, this is all a scam and completely untrue.

facebook homepage

Ever get one of those annoying mass texts that said that if you forward said text to (insert number of friends here) some company/organization/cat will donate money to a cause or that the next person you see will be your soul mate and you’ll live happy ever after forever? Sorry to say but like these Facebook statuses these are all scams and are completely made up by random people for fun. The only thing that will happen if you post them or forward them is you’ll end up annoying someone else. Facebook is free, and as they write on their homepage (which you can see for yourself if you log out), it always will be. No monthly fees, no subscriptions to get the updates– everything is free (I mean, Facebook needs you to want to continue to use their site. It’s how they make billions selling ads).

So if you see one of your friends falling for this latest scam feel free to calm them down and let them know that everything will be ok and that Facebook will still be free even after this latest update comes out.

Pic from Mashable

Samsung Galaxy S II Coming To AT&T October 2nd

att galaxy s ii coming soon

On AT&T and waiting anxiously to make the Samsung Galaxy S II you’re next phone? Well, your wait is almost over. AT&T has announced that beginning October 2nd (or about 10 days from now), the Galaxy S II will finally be available for the standard smartphone price of $199.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S II is by far the most powerful Android phone ever released on AT&T and is right up there with the iPhone 4 as one of AT&T’s best cell phones. Like Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch, the AT&T Galaxy S II comes loaded with impressive specs like a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screens (pretty much a slightly smaller version of the Infuse 4G’s 4.5 inch screen. Basically, everything and anything you view on here will look incredible), 8 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera (for higher quality video chatting), ridiculously thin design (it’s literally pencil thin!), the latest and greatest Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz 4.0), support for AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G network (this is the faster, upgraded version of AT&T’s 3G network and is available in most areas you normally would get 3G), 16 GB of built-in storage, and a super fast dual-core 1.2 GHZ processor (so you should never see any freezing or lag even when doing intense things like multitasking or gaming).

All in all, if you’re looking for an awesome new phone on AT&T– and don’t want to wait for whenever the new iPhone comes out— this looks to be the phone for you. So, anyone looking to get this right away or are you gonna instead wait to see what’s new in the next iPhone before deciding which is your next phone?

Info from AT&T

All Things D: iPhone 5 Announcement Coming October 4th

iphone 5 mockup 2

Well, it looks like the long wait for the iPhone 5 is finally coming to an end. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog (a site that knows what it’s talking about when it comes to Apple rumors), in just under two weeks Apple will finally reveal the next iPhone to the world. Yes, October 4th looks to be new iPhone day.

So, beyond the iPhone 5 (which according to the latest rumors is said to have that incredibly thin new design, larger screen and 8 megapixel camera) what else can we expect Apple to show off in two weeks? According to the latest rumors, Apple will also use this big event to release its new iCloud service (which allows you to store all your music, videos, pictures, apps, documents etc. online and access it  from any internet-connected device like an iPhone, iPod, iPad or computer), iOS 5 (including iMessage, Apple’s version of BBM), and possibly even a new/upgraded iPod Touch and an upgraded iPhone 4 (rumored to be called the iPhone 4S. This iPhone will look pretty much the same as today’s iPhone 4 but will also be faster, have a plastic design— the current iPhone 4 is made of glass– and be priced much lower than the iPhone 5. Think of this as the new iPhone 3GS which AT&T sells today for just $50 with new 2 year contract and data plan).

As for when the new iPhone 5 will be out, All Things D says we can expect it “within a few weeks” of the announcement, though when exactly is still unknown (maybe October 15th?).

Now remember– Apple still hasn’t confirmed anything and All Things D also mentions that while October 4th is right now the plan, Apple still may change the date. We’ll of course keep you updated as more info comes out, so stay tuned!

More info: All Things D, iPhone 5 mockup pic from This Is My Next

Verizon Announces The Pantech Breakout– It’s First 4G LTE Phone For Under $100

pantech breakout

Sure Verizon’s 4G LTE phones are crazy fast– truly giving you the speed of your home internet wherever you are– but until now they’ve also been crazy expensive, starting between $250 and $300. That all looks to change this Thursday, September 22nd, when Verizon releases their fifth 4G LTE phone: the Pantech Breakout.

On the surface the Breakout looks like any other 2011 Android phone, with solid specs like a 1 GHZ processor (more than enough for multitasking and some decent gaming), 4 inch screen (while not as nice as the Droid Charge or Droid Bionic’s 4.3 inch screens, it’s still pretty solid and should be more than enough for enjoyably watching YouTube videos and browsing the web), the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a 5 megapixel back camera with a second front camera for video chat. Now while this clearly isn’t as powerful as Verizon’s other 4G LTE phones, the Breakout does have one major advantage over them– that awesome price of just $99.99 with new 2 year contract, data plan and $50 mail in rebate. If you were looking for a solid Android phone that could go on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network– and you don’t want to spend $200-$300 on a phone– then this is definitely for you.

For all the info on the Breakout see Verizon’s site here.

Is T-Mobile Also Getting The iPhone 5 Next Month?

tmobile iphone 4 mock

It seems pretty much a lock that AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will be getting the next iPhone whenever it launches, but what about T-Mobile? Well T-Mobile users, while this is just our guess, we think you guys will also be getting the iPhone 5 next month. Here’s why.

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch Now Available From Sprint

sprint epic touch 4g launch pic

If you’re on Sprint and were waiting for the Epic 4G Touch (aka Sprint’s version the Galaxy S II Android superphone) then today is you’re lucky day. As promised, Sprint has finally released the Epic 4G Touch today and it’s now available for you to order for the standard superphone price of $199.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the Epic 4G Touch is one of the most powerful 4G Sprint phones yet, with impressive specs like a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus screens (like AT&T’s Infuse 4G. Basically, everything and anything you view on it will look insane), 8 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera (for higher quality video chatting), ridiculously thin design (it’s literally pencil thin!), the latest and greatest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz 3.0, 4G16 GB of built-in storage, and a super fast dual-core 1.2 GHZ processor (so you should never see any freezing or lag even when doing intense things like multitasking or gaming).

We haven’t yet had a chance to see the Epic Touch 4G in person but we have used its European cousin (which is pretty much the same as Sprint’s version but is simply called the Galaxy S II) and we gotta say– this looks to easily be up there with the Photon 4G and EVO 3D as one of Sprint’s top phones today and is definitely worth a strong look if you’re looking for an awesome new Sprint phone.

For more info on the Epic 4G Touch check out Sprint’s site here.