Verizon and T-Mobile may not regularly make headlines together, but this morning the two companies have announced that they've struck a deal to swap spectrum (and some money) to bolster both companies' LTE networks. Yes, including the one T-Mobile has yet to build. While specifics haven't been disclosed, it sounds like T-Mobile will be the big winner here, walking away with a net gain in spectrum holdings—something the company desperately needs—while paying an undisclosed amount of money to Verizon for the trouble.
It was less than two months ago that the Galaxy S III was first announced to the world at Samsung's super classy special event. Now, the device is available inside the US borders. Though, there are a few catches. For starters, the device is only available on T-Mobile so far, according to a press release from Samsung. You can order it online, or from "select retail stores." This is in line with T-Mobile's previous statements where the company announced it would be splitting the launch in twain.
T-Mobile, in an effort "to ensure customers receive the best possible experience," (a familiar opener to bad news) has decided to split the launch of their variant of Samsung's Galaxy SIII into two phases. The carrier recently announced that "select Retail and Branded locations" in the top 29 markets will get the device on the 21st, with a limited number of devices available online, and further launches anticipated to happen about a week later on the 27th.
We already knew that today was the big day for T-Mobile's Galaxy S II to receive Ice Cream Sandwich. T-Mobile has just let on that the rollout will begin tonight at 11pm EST. The update will be done via Kies, so unfortunately the update won't be showing up over the air. Hope you've got a microUSB cable handy.
The update is just slightly behind the 4.0.4 that other devices have been receiving, but users probably won't be complaining too much.
Here in the United States, we've all been witness to an historic "second" this week (as opposed to a first) in the unified launch of the Galaxy S III, untainted by carrier modification, on all four of the major US wireless providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile).
Now, you'll probably say "but David, the Galaxy S III is the first smartphone to launch as the same model on all four major carriers!" and you'd be right.
We already know that the Galaxy S III is coming to five major carriers in the U.S., and T-Mobile just dropped all of its plans into the public lap. Here's the skinny.
Aesthetically, this device not only looks identical to the international version, but also like what we've seen from the other U.S carriers thus far. Internally, T-Mo's GSIII will also match the other U.S. variants of the device: 4.8" 720p Super AMOLED HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM (!!), and Android 4.0.
The internet is positively buzzing with news of a supposed leak of the T-Mobile Galaxy S III in both white and the still elusive pebble blue variety. Many sites seem convinced these are the real deal, and as much as I'd like to believe that, there are some issues that leave me feeling skeptical.
For all the past Samsung Galaxy phones, the US variants have moved to the more common row of four capacitive buttons.
T-Mobile just announced via Twitter that its iteration of the Galaxy S II will be getting the Android 4.0 bump come June 11th.
Samsung Galaxy S II owners: @Android Ice Cream Sandwich is coming via Samsung Kies starting 6/11! More details soon!
— T-Mobile USA (@TMobile) June 1, 2012
No update doc is yet available on T-Mobile's website illustrating the changes, but one should be coming sooner rather than later.
Update: The OTA update's rollout has been pushed back to June 4.
Owners of the T-Mobile version of HTC's One S (check out our review) can expect a minor (about 24MB) over the air update
tomorrow, May 31st June 4th, bringing some small changes and bug fixes to the device. The change log, below:
Details about a new OTA update set to roll out to the Samsung Exhibit II 4G just hit T-Mobile Support docs. The update, which is build T679UVLE1 for those who like to keep track of that sort of thing, is more or less a simple incremental Gingerbread update with a few fixes and enhancements sprinkled on top:
- Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLE1
- Over-the-air Update (33MB)
- Approved: 5/30/12
New Features & Improvements:
- New Features
- Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G
- Google Security Fix
- Device stability improvements
- Wi-Fi Calling audio improvements
- Camera app improvements
- Swype corporate email improvements
...and that's pretty much it.