We swear, we're not gradually converting from news to deal-watching - but hot damn, how can we ignore this: Amazon Wireless is continuing its aggressive price-leadership strategy, and has now dropped the T-Mobile G2 to just $80 for new customers. Better yet, the deal includes free two-day shipping and there's no mail-in-rebate (MIR). Oh, and Artem would want me to point out that there's no sales tax and no activation fee - both of which are fast becoming standard fare (hell, he probably also thinks the title should have some metaphor for how this price is on fire or something).
The sad part about being a mobile customer, at least in the US, is that you almost never get the same perks when upgrading your phone with your current carrier, compared to switching to a new one. For example, if you're an existing T-Mobile customer, you will need to shell out $200 if you upgrade with T-Mobile, Amazon, or even Wirefly.
Thankfully, we were just tipped off about a deal in Costco that offers the G2 for $99.99 to both new and existing customers renewing their contracts as well as those adding a new line. There is only one difference - existing customers pay $149.99 and send in a $50 mail-in rebate instead of getting the $99.99 price right off the bat.
Is it that time already? Like clockwork, HTC has released the source code for the G2 - only this time, it doesn't appear that they're being very vocal about it. Instead, a few G2 enthusiasts in the #G2ROOT channel on Freenode have managed to find it while digging through HTC's site.
While we've already seen custom ROMs up and running on the G2, the source code should make ROMmers jobs a little easier. Think you'd like to take a crack at it? Hit up that source link to download it and get to work.
[Source: HTC Thanks for the tip, Mitch Z!]
Well, this is interesting: TmoNews is claiming that the myTouch 3G will receive an update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) starting tomorrow. If true, the rollout will be staggered - beginning tomorrow and running until October 25. An important note, though: they provide absolutely no details on how they found this out, and the only image they use dates back to June when we heard the same damn thing.
TmoNews has a pretty decent record as update leaks go, but without any details, it's hard to know whether or not this is one to back. Still, let's hope it's true - but take it with a grain of salt.
Today, in the wee hours of the morning, Cyanogen tweeted what many people have been waiting for: video footage of CM6.1 up and running on his T-Mobile G2.
His explanation for how things work:
Basically what I'm doing is temprooting and rebooting all of userspace with CM on the sdcard. Gonna keep refining it while the really persistent and smart guys from #g2root keep working on a permanent root.
And there you have it. We wouldn't expect to see a release until a permaroot is established, but it looks like things are definitely moving along nicely. Video:
I was about to go to sleep, but, of course, when I heard of a possible G2 OTA report, and one that brings such important new features as WiFi calling,
otherwise known as UMA, and native tethering, I had to stay up just a bit longer.
Thanks, people in comments!
Here is what we know so far:
- an OTA is indeed real and has been rolled out to some users
- it's likely that T-Mobile is doing a very limited test, at least for now and at least until someone discovers a direct link to the OTA download
- speaking of the direct link, it hasn't been found yet, but if you see it posted around, please drop a line in the comments
- post-OTA pictures showing both native tethering and WiFi calling, as promised, can be found below, thanks to Stryf3
- if you want to keep your soft root, the folks at the #g2root freenode IRC channel are warning against installing the OTA just yet
- the update process itself may or may not shine some light and help figure out a permaroot process, but I have my doubts
This is a developing story - additional info may be posted if and when we find out something new.
Earlier this week, BGR leaked a likely $399 on-contract price tag for the Sprint's version of the upcoming Galaxy Tab. Today, TmoNews dug up some slides showing T-Mobile's version of the tablet coming with the same $399 price tag (on a 2-year contract of course), albeit after a $50 rebate. The version that will free you from the carrier's firm grip will make you part with an additional $250 and cost a whopping $649.99.
Galaxy Tab Vs The iPad
Comparing this to the iPad, where $499 buys you a comparable WiFi-only 16GB version and $629 gets you the WiFi+3G one, the Tab fits kind of in the middle.
In case you have been living under a rock, you might not have heard that T-Mobiles HTC G2 was rooted - but only temporarily. After root was gained, it was discovered that HTC included a fail safe measure into the phone that removes root access upon reboot. This blatant attempt to stop users from rooting their phones is being called a "security measure" by HTC. T-Mobile sent the following response to Androinica after they posted an article about the inability to permanently root the G2.
As pioneers in Android-powered mobile devices, T-Mobile and HTC strive to support innovation. The T-Mobile G2 is a powerful and highly customizable Android-powered smartphone, which customers can personalize and make their own, from the look of their home screen to adding their favorite applications and more.
Although the name may be reminiscent of Optimus Prime, this phone might not live up to the most powerful Autobot. Think of the Optimus T as an Android feature phone with the stats of a mid-range device.
It comes packed with the following specs:
- Android 2.2 FroYo
- 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen
- 3.2MP Camera (no Flash - what is this, 2005?)
- Wifi (includes Mobile Hotspot Option)
The Optimus T appears to be the exact opposite of what most people are expecting to see from handset manufacturers: a starter phone. Most of you who are reading this blog are probably hoping to see the latest and greatest in Android handsets, but LG is aiming at the users who are on the fence about Android.
We've known it was coming for some time now, but T-Mobile just sent out a press release including details regarding their plans for a WiFi Calling application for their Android phones. The new T-Mobile myTouch will launch later this year with the feature, and the Motorola Defy will be receiving it as well. Additionally, the T-Mobile G2 should be getting it in the coming months, along with the LG Optimus and possibly the Motorola Charm.
The Boy Genius Report sought further details from T-Mobile and got a response explaining the difference between the Android version of WiFi calling and the version used by certain Blackberry phones.