Archive for: T-Mobile

The End Of An Era: Microsoft Pulling Support For Sidekick Devices May 31st.

  • March 1, 2011 8:28 am

5 years ago, before we had iPhones, Android, and other modern smartphone operating systems such as Windows Phone 7 and webOS, the Danger-made Sidekick was where it was at. But over the years, competitors have met and greatly exceeded the once prominent platform, turning it into more of a toy for young kids than the hip and cool device of young 20 somethings. Though the real writing on the wall was when Microsoft bought Danger back in 2008. A failed platform rebirth (KIN) and months upon months of no new releases all lead up to the inevitable.

T-Mobile officially confirmed this morning that Microsoft and T-Mobile will be dropping support for Sidekick devices on May 31st, at which point the servers for the platforms cloud storage syncing and services will cease to function — basically turning a Sidekick into nothing more than a paper weight.

While again, many other platforms have gone far above and beyond what the aging Sidekicks were capable of, it’s still sad to see them go. In the interim, T-Mobile is promising a mountain of support for current Sidekick owners in need of new hardware, backup services, and data transfers to new devices.

For those still holding near and dear to the Sidekick name, all hope is not lost, however. There’s a rumored Samsung device in the making that features much of the hardware side of the Sidekick, but joins 2011 with Android instead of Danger’s own OS. Saving grace?

HTC Incredible S Announced. Coming Q2 2011 With Second Generation Snapdragon And GSM Support. #mwc

  • February 15, 2011 7:32 am

Following in the wake of many other smartphone manufacturers, HTC took the wraps off of their latest Android devices, with one of them being the new, revamped Incredible S. A second-gen Snapdragon (8255) processor clocked at 1GHz, 768MB of RAM, 4″ WVGA Super LCD display, 8-megapixel rear/1.3-megapixel front facing cameras w/ LED flash and 720p HD video capability round out a rather stout phone. The Incredible S is going to ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo) initially, but HTC has stressed that they will quickly update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the very near future.

But above all the hardware specs listed above, one rings out as most important to us — GSM support. That’s right! Where the original Incredible was a CDMA device exclusive on Verizon, the new Incredible S makes the move to the SIM card-toting crowd with HSPA support. From what we’ve been hearing so far, the Incredible S has T-Mobile bands from the get go. Excited yet, T-Mo fans?

Look for the Incredible S to drop sometime in Q2 of 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Officially Enters U.S. Market Starting With T-Mobile.

  • November 10, 2010 7:45 am

Today marks a big day for tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab — the first tablet to be called the true “iPad competitor” — is officially for sale in North America. The debuting carrier,T-Mobile, is offering up the Galaxy Tab for $399 after agreeing to a 2-year contract. If T-Mobile isn’t your cup of tea, fret not. Over the next several weeks, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T will also see their own versions of the Galaxy Tab released as well.


Permanent Root Finally Graces G2!

  • November 9, 2010 9:31 am

While T-Mobile and Android developers have been going back and forth as to the “feature” status of the T-Mobile HTC G2′s on-boot de-rooting, I’m proud to say that the developers have overcome the digital nannies and prevailed. The temporary-root bug on the G2 has been patched. The move to permanent status can probably be attributed to the recent release of the source code by HTC combined with some developer elbow grease.

Unfortunately, as of writing the permanent fix hasn’t been released yet. However, keep your browser pointed to the thread over at XDA, because an update (and patch) can’t be too far away.

LTE spec spec sheet leaks from the depths of VZW labs..

  • October 22, 2010 6:53 am

What better way to spend a Friday morning than oogling over Verizon’s LTE spec sheet currently making it’s way through Big Red retail training channels? As you can see, VZW is boasting quite loudly how their upcoming LTE network will be many times better than both Sprint’s WiMax or T-Mobile’s HSPA+ networks. And with speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up, I’d hop aboard the “bash the competitor’s network” too.

But there’s a problem here…

T-Mobile signs exclusive search deal with Google.

  • October 18, 2010 8:58 am

For better or worse, “exclusive” business deals with between wireless carriers and 3rd party businesses are a fact of life. In some cases, they work out pretty well. In others, not so much. Much like the Verizon-Bing deal, T-Mobile has a newfound friend itself, in Google.

Parent company Deutsche Telekom has gone ahead with releasing the stipulations of the new deal, save for any details involving monetary exchange. Specifically, all T-Mobile Europe phones will default to Google Search. Furthermore, the T-Mobile “home web” will also feature a Google Search icon.

The deal is much further reaching than just Europe, however. It appears all of the companies/regions under Deutsche Telekom control will be getting this change — T-Mobile US will see the effects too. Though it’s worth noting that T-Mobile US moved over to Google Search as the default search provider early in the year when the Yahoo! contract expired.

How’s this sitting with everyone? Anyone out there prefer another search engine over Google?

We knew it was coming, rejoice it is here: Android 2.2 (Froyo) released for G1 [Alpha]

  • May 28, 2010 6:58 am

Now before you get all frothy at the mouth, turning over every little pebble for the download link, we must stress that this is an alpha — expect bugs.

Thrown together by infamous Android dev, Cyanogenmod and the many talented folks over at XDA, G1/Magic owners can finally relish in the Froyo limelight.

One thing you should know is the list of non-working functions: WiFi/GPS, camera, some wallpapers, external audio and flash. It seems kind of lacking now, but the list of working items should prove adequate: calls, 3G, LEDs, call audio, gapps and the notification bar. Don’t be too bummed though. These guys are fast — really fast. As of writing it appears to up to the 15th build of this particular ROM so there’s no need to worry about stagnation.

If you’re up to it, jump on over to this forum thread and get caught up to speed.