You can't have everything, which is why the ZTE Concord II exists. This entry-level smartphone has just been announced for T-Mobile and Metro PCS. It will be on sale later today on the magenta carrier and next week on Metro PCS.
This phone isn't going to set the world on fire with its specs, but it's going to be available in carrier stores for cheap. Here's the full spec sheet.
- OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Display: 4.0” TFT LCD, 16M colors / 480 x 800 WVGA
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8210
- Camera: Rear-Facing 5 megapixel with auto focus and built in LED flash
- Video: 720p video decode/encode at 15 fps
- Battery: Lithium Ion 1820mAh battery with up to 6 hours of talk time (approx)
- Dimensions: 4.96” x 2.56” x 0.43” Weight: 4.4oz
- Memory: 1GB RAM / 4GB ROM; Supports microSD cards up to 32GB
The Concord II is somewhat durable – it can survive a few drops from 1.5 meters. Read More
People who bought the un-flattened LG G Flex on the un-carrier T-Mobile should be on the lookout for a chocolate dose of new features. The carrier has announced a software update is hitting devices starting today, bumping them up to Android 4.4 and software version D95920d.
On the G Flex's update support page, T-Mobile lists the update as Android 4.4.3. Considering that the Sprint G Flex just received Android 4.4.2 a week ago, this is probably a typo. Both versions of the handset are making the transition from an aging build of Android 4.2.2.
Jelly beans are fine, but these days, it's all about breaking off a piece of something sticker. Read More
Bucking the status quo of American wireless companies seems to be working for Legere and Company. For the first three months of 2014 T-Mobile added 2.4 million new wireless customers, according to the company's financial report published this morning. In the crucial post-paid segment (as opposed to the less reliable prepaid segment) T-Mobile added 1.3 million new subscribers.
While T-Mobile is still a long way away from 800-pound gorillas AT&T and Verizon Wireless, it's safe to say that the lower prices and ceaseless "Uncarrier" promotions are having an effect. For example, Verizon added only 549,000 new wireless customers in the same timeframe, while AT&T added just over one million - T-Mo beat them both in terms of new post-paid customers. Read More
T-Mobile introduced a whirlwind of changes last year as it rebranded itself as the "Un-carrier," with perhaps its most substantial shift being the decision to forgo annual contracts, breaking away from a long-standing practice among carriers in the US. Now the company is doing away with another perpetual mobile pain in the rear by eradicating its domestic overage charges. This applies regardless of whether you're on a Simple Choice plan, the new Simple Starter, or an older plan - and it will take place starting in May, with those bills arriving in June.
CEO John Legere, not one to shy away from making grand gestures, has taken to Change.org with a petition calling on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon to abolish their overage charges as well. Read More
Three of the big four American carriers started offering the HTC One M8 on March 25th, the day the phone was announced. One, T-Mobile, is just getting the phone today. But last does not mean least, and with this un-carrier's low prices, there's plenty of reason to have waited. Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), the affordability does not start with the phone itself, which is now available for $26.50 a month for twenty-four months or $636 all at once.
This year's update keep's the M7's all aluminum build-quality and four "Ultrapixel" camera, only it supplements it with a second one that enables new depth effects. Read More
On the off chance you were looking for another reason to be annoyed at the big US carriers, you may have found it. According to Fierce Wireless, AT&T isn't the only carrier that opted to remove Download Booster from the new Samsung Galaxy S5 – both Verizon and Sprint have yanked Samsung's LTE-WiFi merging feature. That would make T-Mobile the only US national carrier that supports it. Update: We've been tipped that the US Cellular Galaxy S5 will have Download Booster as well.
Saturday, April 12th is increasingly looking like a big day for T-Mobile. Yesterday the carrier introduced its new "Simple Starter" plan going for $40. Now, for day 2 of 3 "un-carrier" announcements leading up to this weekend, T-Mobile has unveiled "Operation Tablet Freedom." This offer entices customers to purchase LTE versions of tablets for the same price as the Wi-Fi versions. The company will then provide 1GB of free 4G LTE data for the remainder of the year in addition to the 200MB of free data lasting for the life of the device. Like yesterday's announcement, this deal will become available two days from now. Read More
T-Mobile has just unveiled a new introductory plan that lets customers get a phone without a contract for a lowly $40 a month with unlimited talk/text and 500MB of 4G LTE data - and the carrier's quick to emphasize that this plans comes with no data overage charges for those who run over. The plan is $10 cheaper than the lowest priced "Simple Choice" plan, which charges $50 for 1GB of data instead, and it will become available a few days from now on April 12th.
CEO John Legere calls this day 1 of 3 Un-carrier announces soon to come. The last time T-Mobile went all "Un-carrier" on us, it did away with traditional contracts, offered to pay early termination fees, introduced international data roaming at no extra cost, and started giving away 200MB of free data for LTE-enabled tablets. Read More
Today's the day T-Mobile makes the Galaxy S5 available for pre-order, following closely behind AT&T and US Cellular. Eager customers are now welcome over at the carrier's website, where they can call dibs on a Galaxy S5. No one will be charged until the devices are actually shipped, but the handset will go for $660 upfront or $27.50 a month for twenty-four months.
T-Mobile's prices closely match those of AT&T, though its full retail price is $10 pricier than the latter. Both are delivering the device on its April 11th launch date, so anyone who pre-orders now will have nearly three weeks to wait. Read More
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of its LTE rollout, T-Mobile has announced a major network upgrade plan that is sure to make a lot of customers a little happier. Anyone who has ever tried to use T-Mobile's network outside of densely-populated areas has undoubtedly noticed that, out in the sticks, the data speeds are almost always 2G/EDGE. Well, apparently that's all about to change. According to a new press release, it plans to upgrade its existing 2G/EDGE network to LTE and begin deploying additional LTE coverage on the 700 MHz A-Block spectrum that it's acquiring from Verizon. T-Mobile expects 50% of the work to be completed by the end of 2014 and the rest to be mostly finished by the middle of 2015. Read More