In January it was revealed that Samsung would be building the new Android-powered T-Mobile Sidekick devices. Just a couple weeks ago T-Mobile also announced the Sidekick service was being shut down as those legacy devices were being shown out the door to roll out the new Android Sidekick. Today, T-Mobile announced the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. The Sidekick 4G follows the Sidekick Slide form factor with a slide-up display rather than the signature flip-and-swivel display that people associated with the Sidekick brand. I haven't seen it in person, but it sure looks like a rather slick device in the photos with a 3.5 inch touchscreen (a first for a Sidekick) display and spacious five row QWERTY keyboard that should make messaging a breeze. It is powered by the super speedy Samsung 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor running Android 2.2. There is a 4G HSPA+ 21Mbps wireless radio and front facing camera with Qik for video chat functionality. Messaging is still the primary focus of the … [Read more...] about T-Mobile announces the Sidekick 4G from Samsung
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T-Mobile decided shut down the Sidekick service, but announced they would still have Sidekick branded models that ran the Android OS. The first in this new line is the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G from Samsung. After using the device for the last several days I have to say I am highly impressed with this new Sidekick and am confident that it will serve as a great device for those Sidekick fans who were worried about the end of the Hiptop devices. You can check out several images of the new device, including comparison shots with older Sidekick models in my image gallery. My oldest daughter was a huge Sidekick fan and those are her older Sidekicks you see in my image gallery. I wanted her to use this one for a week to 10 days, but she is swamped with AP courses right now and studying for the SAT so you will just have to read my take on the device. I may be able to convince my middle daughter to try it out for a bit, but we'll see. I did have her take a look at the pearl/magenta one T-Mobile … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on: Can Android bridge the Sidekick gap?
On Wednesday, T-Mobile announced that it plans to launch an internet TV service sometime in 2018. The carrier is in the process of acquiring Layer3 TV for an undisclosed sum to help jumpstart the new offering. In typical T-Mobile fashion, CEO John Legere vowed that this TV service will radically disrupt the traditional cable / satellite industry, and the company is also touting it as a superior option to other streaming TV competitors like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and YouTube TV. “We’re gonna build TV for people who love TV, Legere said. “This will be as big, if not bigger than the revolution we created in wireless.” T-Mobile hasn’t directly confirmed features or pricing on the upcoming service. But early mock-ups from the company give us some idea of what’s on the way. Obviously, this is all subject to change; we don’t even know when next year this thing is coming. It will have tiered channel packages. During a call … [Read more...] about Everything we know about T-Mobile’s TV service coming in 2018
T-Mobile is making binging on the go a lot easier … again. The maverick mobile service provider announced the addition of nine new video partners to its Binge On initiative, including YouTube, Red Bull TV, and Google Play Movies.T-Mobile’s Binge On program launched in November 2015, and allows customers with qualifying Simple Choice phone plans to stream from participating streaming services without it counting towards their monthly data cap, though the video quality is lower than HD at 480p resolution. The new batch of video providers brings the total number to 52, including big-names like HBO GO, ESPN, Playstation Vue, and most recently Amazon Video and the WWE Network.In the press release, John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile called the Binge On program a “runaway hit” and made sure to take a quick shot at the competition, alluding to Verizon and AT&T. “Customers at the Duopoly can either stop … [Read more...] about T-Mobile adds YouTube, Google Play Movies and more to Binge On program
T-Mobile has pushed out a few limited editions of the myTouch 3G—most recently the Eric Clapton Fender Limited Edition—but today the wireless carrier has unveiled a whole new version of the phone, also calling it the myTouch 3G. So all of those people who have the current edition of the Android-powered myTouch 3G, you now have to refer to your smartphones as the “original myTouch 3G.”We’re not joking—T-Mobile declared in its official statement today that “the new device will simply be called the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and will replace the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G.” We think it should be called “the smartphone formerly known as the T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G,” but that is quite the mouthful.According to T-Mobile, the new myTouch offers 288 MB of RAM and an 8GB microSD card, Swype for faster text input, as well as built-in 3.5mm headset jack and updated music player. The new myTouch also includes all of Google’s Android … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Rolls Out New myTouch 3G Version
Since the iPhone was launched 15 months ago it has defined, for many, what a smartphone experience should be. But today T-Mobile gives the iPhone a run for its money with the launch of the G1 smartphone. From the details that have emerged today regarding the G1, Apple now has a reason to be looking over its' shoulder.Related ArticlesT-Mobile's Google Android G1 Phone: What You Need to KnowGoogle's Android Mobile Platform and the Enterprise Here is a look at how G1 and the iPhone compare to one another.Platform and Device In contrast to Apple that built its own phone, operating system, and content ecosystem, the G1 is based on an open platform. That means any software publisher can design programs that run on the G1 and its Android operating system. The potential universe of T-Mobile G1 applications is huge. Yet, it's too early to know whether mobile application developers will flock to the Android platform.At least for now Apple has the upper hand when it comes to the device. The … [Read more...] about Smartphone Smackdown: T-Mobile G1 vs. iPhone 3G
T-Mobile USA said it will offer an upgrade in July of its popular Dash smartphone that will work with its faster new 3G network which is under construction.T-Mobile USA Inc. said it will offer an upgrade in July of its popular Dash smartphone that will work with its faster new 3G network which is under construction.The T-Mobile Dash 3G, made by HTC, will run the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and will support GPS, T-Mobile said in a statement. No specifications or pricing were available.Based on a photo of the Dash 3G and the existing Dash device, it appears the navigation buttons have been changed, but otherwise the phone and the screen size appear about the same. Both use a physical QWERTY keyboard.T-Mobile began upgrading its network to UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)in 2007 and had reached 100 million people in 130 cities by the end of 2008. The carrier expects to double the number it can reach, to 200 million, by the end of 2009.The faster network will make … [Read more...] about Dash 3G smartphone coming from T-Mobile in July
As it turns out, YouTube may not be that big a fan of T-Mobile's Binge On offering.Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, a YouTube spokesman complained that the wireless carrier's recently launched program, in which T-Mobile streams lower-resolution video and doesn't count video streaming from some services against subscribers' data caps, was affecting the quality of its video.Binge On's launch in November. In fact, YouTube was noticeably absent from the November press event where Binge On debuted. "We'd love to have them," T-Mobile chief operating officer Mike Sievert said at the time. MORE: Who Is the Best Wireless Carrier?Still, YouTube told the Journal that its video is coming through degraded to T-Mobile subscribers even though the video sharing service has yet to sign on to the Binge On program. "Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn't justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent," a YouTube spokesman told the Journal.tweet … [Read more...] about YouTube: T-Mobile Is Throttling Our Service
There doesn't appear to be a lot of guesswork with T-Mobile's data plans, since the carrier only offers unlimited data. But there's more to the T-Mobile One plan than meets the eye. You actually have a couple potential variations of T-Mobile One to pick from. And given that T-Mobile seems to trot out promotional pricing at the drop of a hat, it's worth taking a closer look at what the Uncarrier offers potential customers. Best Family Plan Last year, T-Mobile said it was doing away with tiered data plans in favor of T-Mobile One, a plan that provides unlimited LTE data alongside unlimited talk and text. For a family of four, it’s an attractive option, even as other carriers have rushed out with unlimited data plans of their own. T-Mobile's offering normally costs a family of four $160, which is cheaper than what Verizon currently charges and on par with how Sprint normally prices its unlimited plans. (As of this writing, Sprint is offering a discounted rate on unlimited family … [Read more...] about Best T-Mobile Plans: What’s Right for You?
Youtube is fighting off Facebook Live with new mobile feature. "Youtube has offered live streaming since 2011, before it was cool," said Kurt Wilms, Product Lead, Immersive Experiences at YouTube in a blog post. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock Wilms means with this the rising competition to Youtube including Facebook Live and Periscope.Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding in 2011. One-sixth of the Internet watched Felix Baumgartner leap from space live on YouTube in 2012. And just this year, Youtube became the first to ever broadcast a 360-degree live stream during Coachella. Over 21 million people tuned in to watch Coachella on YouTube this year—almost twice as many as tuned in to watch the season finale of American Idol. Now YouTube will allow livestreaming from your mobile phone, like Periscope.YouTube mobile live streaming will be baked right into the core YouTube mobile app. You won’t need to open … [Read more...] about YouTube Live Mobile Streaming Finally Takes On Periscope And Facebook Live