Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper
Jun04

Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper

T-Mobile is doing a couple of things to its tablet roster, which will supposedly make the thought of purchasing a tablet from a carrier more palatable to people. First off, the magenta carrier is announcing a $100 price cut for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This goes in effect today, but will only be valid until June 15. This means you can now get the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition for $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $25, adding up to a total cost of $600. Although T-Mobile says that’s $99.99 less than the previously advertised price, the math doesn’t quite add up. When it started pre-orders for this tablet, the carrier was asking for $99.99 down and $23 per month for two years. That adds up to $651.99, and not $699.99. So you may only be saving $51.99, but that’s something nevertheless. There’s another tablet coming to T-Mobile soon, and it’s the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 (pictured above). This was first unveiled at CES in January, and it’s a rather low-end offering. That said, at least it’s going to be reasonably cheap. It will be out at the ‘uncarrier ‘on June 18, and you’ll need to pay nothing upfront and 24 monthly payments of $7 for it, which makes for a grand total of $168. The Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, an IR blaster, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Via...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition now on pre-order at T-Mobile, out on June 4
May22

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition now on pre-order at T-Mobile, out on June 4

Earlier this month T-Mobile let us know that it would start selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition at some point in June. Back then, there were no other details to speak of. Thankfully though, today the magenta carrier has unveiled its pricing for the tablet along with the expected release date. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will be available on June 4. To get one, you’ll need to pay $99.99 upfront, followed by 24 monthly payments of $23. That all adds up to $651.99, a pretty steep price to pay for a tablet nowadays. That said, this model does come with 4G LTE support as you’d expect, so perhaps you’ll cherish that. If you want to be among the uncarrier’s first customers to get your hands on a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, then you can pre-order one straight from TMo starting now. Keep in mind though that you’ll need to purchase a $10 SIM starter kit alongside the tablet. This will be added to your order automatically. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has a 10.1-inch 2,560×1,600 touchscreen, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an 8,220 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4.2...

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Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on May 30 at all the big US carriers
May21

Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on May 30 at all the big US carriers

If you’ve always wanted a Samsung Galaxy S5 but so far haven’t been satisfied by the choices you’ve had when it comes to color versions, you’re about to get a lot happier pretty soon. That is, especially if you love gold-colored smartphones. Samsung has just announced that the gold Galaxy S5 will become available on May 30. It will then be offered directly by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. If Verizon is your carrier of choice, fret not, for there will be a gold Galaxy S5 out for Big Red as well, though only through “select indirect retailers”. That means you won’t be able to pick one up from Verizon itself, but other companies such as Amazon (we assume) will gladly sell you one, complete with Verizon-specific price plans. Although it hasn’t been officially revealed, we expect the pricing of the gold variant of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone to be identical to what you have to pay for the other color versions. As for the specs, this is the exact same Galaxy S5 as the black and white models – on the inside nothing has changed. Oh, and the gold S5 is still made out of plastic, by the...

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Cheap, low-end ZTE Concord II launches for T-Mobile and MetroPCS
May15

Cheap, low-end ZTE Concord II launches for T-Mobile and MetroPCS

ZTE has announced a new smartphone today, and it’s a budget offering that’s been created specially for T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It’s called ZTE Concord II, and is supposedly the follow-up to the original Concord from 2012. The ZTE Concord II should become available at T-Mobile today, and it will be offered by MetroPCS too starting on May 19 (that’s next Monday, by the way). The second Concord doesn’t excel at the spec game, but should prove worthy of attention for someone seeking her or his first smartphone. It comes with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 2, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8210), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot, and a 1,820 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Given the fact that support for LTE networks wasn’t mentioned once in the official press release, we’re assuming this one will be a 3G-only device. At T-Mobile, the Concord II has shed the ZTE branding and is going as the T-Mobile Concord II – though it’s still listed as out of stock. It’s been priced at $120 on prepaid (though after purchasing a refill card and a SIM starter kit you’re up to $160). We’re assuming that MetroPCS’ price will be somewhat (if not entirely)...

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T-Mobile LG G Flex Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out
May05

T-Mobile LG G Flex Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out

Finally following in the footsteps of AT&T’s and Sprint’s versions of the handset, T-Mobile’s LG G Flex is set to receive the update to Android 4.4 KitKat starting today. It’s been almost three weeks since such updates have first rolled out in the US, so it’s nice to see the magenta carrier catching up. Better late than never, as they say. The update is rolling out over-the-air, so your G Flex should notify you when it’s ready to download and install. If that hasn’t happened yet, keep in mind that these things are usually staggered and it may take a few days for your particular device to get the update. If you’re impatient, you can always make it manually check by going to Settings > General > System > About phone > System updates and tapping on Check now. The update is a 147 MB affair, and you’ll need to have at least 50% of your battery left when attempting to apply it. After doing that, you’ll be on software version D95920d. The update brings with it everything that’s new with KitKat, alongside support for LG’s Knock Code unlocking, better battery life, and various stability fixes. Via...

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LG L90 announced by T-Mobile, L70 available at MetroPCS now
Apr23

LG L90 announced by T-Mobile, L70 available at MetroPCS now

The LG L90 has long been rumored to be coming to T-Mobile, and indeed it will. The magenta carrier has made it official today, alongside the LG L70 for MetroPCS (which was also a very much expected move, given that a leak said it would happen). The LG L90 and L70 were both introduced to the world in mid-February as members of the new L Series III, comprising of decent performers that sport decent design and come with decent prices. That’s the gist of it. The LG L90 will be available at T-Mobile on April 30, so next Wednesday. You’ll be able to pick one up for $0 upfront, if you then make 24 monthly payments of $9.50 for the device. That brings the total price to a very palatable $228. The L90 comes with a 4.7-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,540 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The LG L70 is already available in MetroPCS stores. It’s being offered for free (after a $49 mail-in rebate) – and keep in mind this is a prepaid carrier we’re talking about here, so there’s no need to sign a long-term contract or anything like that. The L70 has a 4.5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,040 mAh battery. It too runs Android 4.4...

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LG L90 set to arrive at T-Mobile on April 23
Apr01

LG L90 set to arrive at T-Mobile on April 23

The LG L90 was announced in February as part of the new L Series III – the Korean company’s line that pairs decent design with decent specs and decent prices. Since then, we’ve heard that the L90 would be offered by T-Mobile in the USA at some point, with press renders for the magenta carrier’s version leaking even. Yet back then we had no info about when to expect the LG L90 in TMo stores, or how much it would cost. We still have nothing on the latter, but thankfully the former is no longer a mystery. That’s because according to a purported leaked internal document from T-Mobile (this month’s retail planning schedule, to be specific), the L90 will become available on April 23. Now obviously someone could have simply faked this, do keep that in mind. Though in case that isn’t so, we should probably expect an official announcement from ‘the uncarrier’ soon detailing the L90. The international L90 comes with a 4.7-inch 940×560 IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,540 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s pretty plausible that T-Mobile’s version would sport the exact same specs. Via...

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders start on March 24, pricing announced
Mar21

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders start on March 24, pricing announced

AT&T and US Cellular have already announced their pre-order plans for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn (and no, we still have no word from Sprint and Verizon). The magenta carrier that likes to call itself uncarrier will start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 on March 24, which is this coming Monday. You’ll be able to get the handset for nothing upfront, then $27.50 per month for two years. This adds up to a total of $660, however it’s apparently only an “introductory” price, which will be valid until March 31 and not later. What happens after that is unclear, though don’t expect major price hikes since AT&T’s off-contract price for the same smartphone is $649.99, and T-Mobile usually matches those things when you add up all the monthly payments you have to make. In celebration of this launch, and also until March 31, T-Mobile is taking $120 off the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with a mobile internet plan and 200 MB of free data for the life of the tablet. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available at T-Mobile on April 11, which is the international release day, and is also when US Cellular will have it. So one of the biggest days of the year (in terms of smartphone launches, that is) will be in exactly three weeks from...

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T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 can be had for just $59.99 sans contract until March 19
Mar14

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 can be had for just $59.99 sans contract until March 19

T-Mobile’s Nokia Lumia 521 was the cheapest Windows Phone to ever land in the US when it launched last May, but now it’s gotten crazy cheap. The handset, that is basically a version of the internationally selling Lumia 520 customized for the magenta carrier, was released with a price of $149.99 – which was a good deal. If you act fast, though, you can now get it for the absolutely insane price of $59.99. This is without any contracts with T-Mobile, mind you. The offer is made possible by Newegg, and it’s only valid until March 19. To get the Lumia 521 for this price, you need to go to Newegg’s product listing here, add one to your cart, and then enter the promo code EMCPGWG83 at checkout. That will take the price down from the $89.99 on the product page to $59.99. There’s an order limit of two pieces per customer, though. And another caveat – the phone will be locked to T-Mobile. But if you wanted a cheap Windows Phone and don’t mind the ‘uncarrier’ providing your minutes and bytes, then this is a very good offer. The Lumia 521 obviously isn’t a high-end handset, but it comes with reasonably decent specs, such as a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,430 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone...

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra on its way to T-Mobile
Mar12

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra on its way to T-Mobile

Sony announced the Xperia T2 Ultra in January as its first midrange phablet. During the unveiling, the company mentioned that this particular device would only be launched in certain regions, such as China, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific rim. So if you’re located elsewhere and wanted to buy one of these, you were left to go to unofficial suppliers. That may be changing, though, for it looks like the Xperia T2 Ultra may be headed to the United States as well. Famed leakster @evleaks has it that T-Mobile will sell the phablet at some point in the future. Unfortunately though, no release date or pricing info is attached, so it’s all pretty vague right now. The pair-up with the magenta carrier would make sense, though, since that particular company has sold many of Sony’s previous smartphones. T-Mobile has been Sony’s biggest fan in the US, a country in which the Japanese company otherwise has a pretty low footprint in terms of mobile devices. So this does sound plausible, especially because of the source. On the other hand, who would actually crave (or use) a 6-inch phone is another matter altogether. Perhaps T-Mobile has done some research and concluded that ‘there’s a niche for that’, or something...

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