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.
Well T-Mobile BlackBerry friends, it’s finally your turn. Verizon, Sprint and AT&T all announced when their new BlackBerry 7 phones will be launching and now T-Mobile has joined the fun. At the end of the month (aka August 31st) this new 4G Bold 9900 can be yours for the pretty expensive price of $299.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan. If you’re asking us we’d recommend waiting a few days or weeks for this to drop to a much more reasonable $200 on contract (and yes we wouldn’t be surprised to see someone like Best Buy, Walmart or Amazon do this so close after launch. It’s a great BlackBerry but not one worth $300), but if you need a new T-Mobile BlackBerry before school starts this still looks to be by far the best T-Mobile has ever offered.
Just a recap of the T-Mobile Bold’s features, for those who don’t know it’s pretty much the greatest BlackBerry released yet. Features on the new Bold include a much faster 1.2 GHZ processor with 768 MB of RAM (so everything from BBMing to browsing the web is much faster), 5 megapixel back camera with the ability to take 720p HD video (there is no front camera for video chat), the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, support for T-Mobile’s 4G network, and that awesome BlackBerry keyboard underneath that 2.8 inch multi-touch screen. Full info on the Bold 9900 can be found here.
They’ve been teasing it for a few weeks now, but it’s now finally official: T-Mobile’s next generation of the Sidekick series, the Sidekick 4G, will be here before the end of the Spring. Made by Samsung, this new Sidekick finally brings back the hit series just now in a much more 2011 way.
Running Android 2.2 (a major step up from the old Sidekicks), this new Sidekick is absolutely loaded with specs like a 1 GHZ processor, 3 megapixel back camera with a second front camera for video chat (seen below), and of course WiFi, GPS and 4G (with support for T-Mobile’s latest and fastest 21 Mbps— or ridiculously fast– 4G network). But that’s not all. Like all the older Sidekicks, the Sidekick 4G packs the same iconic design where you pop up the 3.5 inch touchscreen (also a first for Sidekicks) to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard.
T-Mobile’s also gone one step further here, throwing in a whole bunch of very teen focused apps like Group Text (for better management of, well, group texts), Cloud Text (which let’s you text all your contacts from your computer– great if you don’t have cell service but have internet access from a laptop. It even syncs your conversations up so you can keep up right where you left off), built-in Facebook and Twitter apps (for staying constantly connected. You can even comment on your friends statuses from your Contacts app or update you status for both sites at the same time) and DriveSmart which helps protect against distracted driving by allowing you to set a customizable automatic note that goes out to people who call or text you letting them know that your driving and will respond when you can (something, as new drivers ourselves, we are big fans of here at TeensTalkTech. No text is worth possibly killing yourself).
No word on price or an exact release date but T-Mobile said it should be available “later this Spring” in either purple or black.
More info at T-Mobile’s site here.