Monthly Archives: March 2013

T-Mobile’s Planning a Big Event for Tomorrow– Are New Plans, 4G LTE and the iPhone On The Way?

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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 Z10 Now Available From AT&T, Coming To Verizon and T-Mobile Next Week

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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?

More info: AT&TVerizon (pre-order), @TMobileHelp

Ready for Spring Break? Here Are A Few Cases To Help Keep Your iPhone Safe

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Whether you’re going to a beach, skiing in the mountains or just staying at home for Spring Break keeping your iPhone protected is a big deal. The last thing you want is to go somewhere and have your phone break because it accidentally sliped out of your hand. While there are few good cases that offer decent protection for phones from companies like HTC, Samsung, and BlackBerry there aren’t many. The iPhone on the other hand has almost too many cases available.

We have been getting a few questions lately about good, strong cases for the iPhone, particularly for surviving things like a crazy Spring Break. So whether you’re still on Spring Break or are heading back to school, here are a few cases you’re gonna want to check out to make sure your iPhone is always safe.

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Top 5 New and Upcoming AT&T Phones: Spring 2013

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So AT&T users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T has got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something now only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. With all the excitement around new phones like the BlackBerry Z10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One we figure now was a good time to wrap everything up.

So without further ado, here are 5 of the best new phones that either available now at AT&T or are coming soon. If you’re on AT&T and have an upgrade coming up this Spring these are some of the phones you’re going to want to take a look at.

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Samsung Announces the Galaxy S 4– What You Need To Know About Their New Next Big Thing

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Here it is, the all new Galaxy S 4. As expected Samsung made the newest Galaxy phone official last night, and while it is a lot of what we expected, there were also a few surprise features in their announcement as well.

The S 4 will be available in sometime between April and June on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, but before that time comes here is all the info you’re going to want to know about Samsung’s latest and greatest phone.

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How To Watch The Galaxy S IV Event Live

We know a lot of you are excited for tonight’s Galaxy S IV event and want to know how to watch it live. Well Samsung knows this too and that is why tonight Samsung will be streaming the event live on YouTube. The event kicks off at 7 PM ET, and if you want to see the big announcement as it happens just play the YouTube video above. If you’re in the New York area you can also head over to Times Square and watch the event live on the big screens there.

We’ll of course have everything you’re gonna want to know about the S IV covered later tonight back here. For some of the latest rumors on what we think might be in the S IV check out our earlier post here.

The Samsung Galaxy S IV Is Coming Today– Here’s The Latest On What We Can Expect

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It has been pretty much all but confirmed that Samsung will be officially announcing the Galaxy S IV at their big event tonight in New York City. First we had the invitation with that seemingly giant “4,” then reports from reputable places like the New York Times and Bloomberg talked about features the new phone might have like the ability to scroll through web pages using just your eyes to navigate (no swiping on the touchscreen required). On top of all that there has been a steady stream of rumored specs and leaked pictures and videos claiming to be of the S IV.

With only a few hours left until the big show, let’s get you caught up on what we know so far and some of the things we expect will be in the Galaxy S IV once its official.

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AT&T Gives The BlackBerry Z10 A Release Date– Coming March 22nd for $200

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It has been a while since BlackBerry fans had any reasons to be excited but these past few months have provided a lot of hope. The long-awaited BlackBerry 10 finally had its official unveiling at the end of January and now the first of the US carriers has announced a release date for when you’ll be able to buy some of the new BlackBerry 10 phones. Yes, on March 22nd AT&T will release the BlackBerry Z10 for $200 with a new 2 year contract.

For those who don’t know, the Z10 is the all touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone and has a 4.2 inch 720p HD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor with 2 GB of RAM (so things run quickly and without lagging or freezing), 16 GB of built-in storage (with a microSD card slot adding more), an 8 megapixel back camera and 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC (so you can do things like share files or use your phone as a credit card just by tapping it), and 4G LTE support. The Z10 however lacks the hardware keyboard BlackBerry is known for, and if you want that you will need to wait a little longer for the Q10 which BlackBerry said back at their January event won’t be available until April in the US. For everything you need to know about the Z10, Q10 and BlackBerry 10 see our earlier post here.

Verizon and T-Mobile are also expected to launch the Z10 soon, though neither carrier has announced an exact release date for their versions (Verizon has said that their Z10 will also cost $200 with a new 2 year contract). We’ll of course keep you updated on that as we learn more.

While we liked what we saw in the Z10 when we checked it out a few months ago, it’s still hard for us to recommend it with great new phones like HTC’s new One due soon and Samsung’s big Galaxy S IV event on Thursday. Honestly with everything that’s about to go down in new phones we would strongly recommend waiting a little longer before upgrading and signing any new 2 year contract. But if you’re on AT&T and are set on getting the Z10 you can pre-order it now from AT&T.

Deal of the Day: Microsoft Letting Students Try Office 365 For Free For 3 Months

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Curious to try out Microsoft’s new Office 365? Just got a new PC or Mac and want a demo version of Office to use so you don’t need to buy it right away? Well you’re in luck as Microsoft just announced a new deal for students that you are going to want to check out.

Usually Microsoft lets people download demo versions of Office for just one month, but starting today Microsoft will allow college students and teachers to get 3 free months of Office 365 and an extra 20 GB of Microsoft’s Skydrive cloud storage (giving you 27 GB of free storage in the cloud. Skydrive is Microsoft’s version of iCloud/Google Drive/Dropbox and allows you to easily access any files you store on there from anywhere you have internet access). All you have to do to get this deal is go to the Office for Students site and sign up using your .edu email address. That’s it and it will get you the free 3 months of Microsoft’s latest and greatest version of Office, including full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint (if you’re on Windows or Mac) and OneNote (Windows-only). And if you share the offer on Facebook you will get yourself an additional 3 months of free Office.

Office 365 University usually costs $79.99 a year for students (for up to 4 years, after that it is the usual $99.99 a year non-students pay), but with this you can make that deal for cheaper Office last an extra semester longer.

More info: Microsoft