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.
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.
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
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.
At an event late last week in New York we had a chance to check out some really cool things coming out over the next couple of months. One of those cool new things was Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy Note 2 is the successor to Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note “phablet” (phone/tablet) that was released earlier this year on AT&T and a few months ago on T-Mobile.
The new Note 2 looks to take this giant superphone to new heights, with a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED screen (up from 5.3 inches on the original Note), 1.6 GHZ quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM (so anything you do– text, watch YouTube, check Facebook, play a game– is fast and doesn’t freeze or lag), 8 megapixel back camera with 1.9 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC and 4G LTE support, and 16 GB of built-in storage (with room for another 64 GB through microSD). Oh, and the Note 2 will also launch with the latest and greatest version of Android, version 4.1 Jelly Bean.
After playing with it for a few minutes we gotta say, it is one very nice phone. Read on for our Teen First Look of the Galaxy Note 2.
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
It’s been no secret that T-Mobile really wants the iPhone, and equally no secret that T-Mobile users want one too (with over a million iPhone’s already being used on T-Mobile’s 2G network today). Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007 all iPhone’s could be used on T-Mobile’s network, but the problem was they 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 have the right radio band inside needed to use T-Mobile’s faster networks (known as the 1700 MHz band)– but that will all change soon. If Apple won’t bring the iPhone to T-Mobile then T-Mobile will go to the iPhone.
Later this year, T-Mobile will begin to upgrade some it’s 2G network (on what’s known as the 1900 MHz band) into part of it’s 4G network. 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). Basically what this means is that any unlocked iPhone— from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 4S (and presumably the new iPhone 5 or whatever it’s called later this year)– will now be able to finally get T-Mobile 4G!
There is still no word as to whether T-Mobile will finally get to officially sell the iPhone (and thereby have an iPhone that also works on their current 1700 MHz 4G network), but T-Mobile says that this upgrade should be finished by the end of the year (think somewhere between October-December). So T-Mobile iPhone users you can finally relax– one way or another you’ll finally be able to get a 4G iPhone.
More info: AllThingsD
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