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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II Initial Impressions

The FedEx man brought me a lovely little gift yesterday: The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II. This is the last stateside arrival of the Galaxy S II family. The review will take a bit to get out the door, so until then I figured I'd whet your appetite with some initial impressions.

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First of all, this thing is big. Really big. I have to say though, I love the design of it.

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Sprint Announces 4G Switch From WiMax To LTE By 2013

Sprint announced today it will be switching 4G technologies from WiMax to LTE. The LTE network should go live in mid 2012 and and have a "full rollout" by 2013. Sprint eventually hopes to double current amount of 4G customers with its LTE rollout.

Joining the LTE ranks puts Sprint in the same technology corner as AT&T and Verizon, with only T-Mobile still clinging to HSPA+. Sprint's slice of the LTE airways will be the 800 and 1900Mhz spectrum and, pending the FCC's blessing, 1600MHz.

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Looks Like There's Another Facebook Phone On The Horizon - The FCC Meets Motorola's EX225 and EX226

It looks like Motorola has a Facebook feature phone up its sleeve - the Motorola EX225 is set to join ranks with the HTC Status as a socially-focused phone with a dedicated Facebook key. A device almost exactly like the EX225 - sans the Facebook integration - also made an appearance at the FCC, affectionately named EX226.

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Tests confirm that both devices are headed for AT&T with 3G capability, though the EX226 only supports AT&T's 850MHz spectrum and lacks compatibility with 802.11n.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Wireless Offering The HTC Rhyme For $79.99 With New Two-Year Contract (That's $120 Off)

The HTC Rhyme, a stylish phone geared toward HTC's female demographic, has only been on the market for a short time, but it's already getting some pretty hot discounts thanks to Amazon Wireless.

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Amazon Wireless is offering the HTC Rhyme for a paltry $79.99 on a new two-year activation, or $99.99 for those opting to upgrade from their current device.

The Rhyme is a sleek phone, and comes with a handful of nice accessories including a charging dock, tangle-free headphones, and a charm call indicator that can stylishly hang from your purse and glow to alert you of incoming calls.

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T-Mobile Unveils The LG myTouch And myTouch Q - Designed For "Adopting The Benefits Of Smartphones For The First Time"

T-Mobile announced yesterday the latest additions to their myTouch family - the LG myTouch and myTouch Q, devices designed to help users adopt "the benefits of smartphones for the first time."

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The LG myTouch packs a 3.8" touch screen, while the myTouch Q offers a slightly smaller 3.5" display, but boasts a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both devices hold a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and 5MP rear shooter capable of 720p video recording, as well as Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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[Updated: $99.99 At AT&T] Deal Alert: Samsung Galaxy S II Now Available For $199.99 From AT&T, $149.99 From Amazon Wireless

AT&T's Galaxy S II variant (appropriately called the Galaxy S II) is now finally available for $199.99 directly from AT&T.

Update: $100 off ($99.99) at AT&T using this deal, though for me, taxes are still $46.75

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In case you need a refresher on the specs:

  • 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080 video capture
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 2.3.4

If that's not a good enough deal for you, Amazon Wireless has the same device for just $149.99 for both new accounts and upgrades, with the added benefit of free shipping.

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Court Accepts Verizon And T-Mobile Briefs Supporting Samsung, Denies Apple's Request To Respond

When Verizon and T-Mobile filed amicus curiae briefs in favor of Samsung in the company's ongoing patent litigation against Apple in the Federal Court for the Northern District of California, we cheered inside a little. It's always nice to see Android and its handset partners have friends in high places.

However, the question of how the court would respond to these briefs remained - as the decision is an entirely discretionary one.

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Sprint Delays Data-Throttling On Virgin Mobile Until 'Sometime In 2012'

Back in July, Sprint announced plans to begin throttling speeds for customers who use more than 2.5GB of data in a month on its pre-paid subsidiary, Virgin Mobile. Naturally, this announcement did not sit well with Virgin customers, despite Sprint's claim that the change would only affect "3% of all data users."

However, the Now Network has decided to delay this throttling plan until sometime in 2012 to "ensure [they] have all the necessary systems in place so that [their] customer experience will remain positive."

There's no word as to exactly when this changeover will take place, but the company "will provide further information on timing beforehand so [their] customers have advance notification."

So, Virgin customers, breathe a sigh of relief, because it looks like you'll be able to bathe in unlimited data for a while longer.

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Verizon Has A Bug List For The DROID BIONIC, First Maintenance Update Coming In November

The DROID BIONIC, it's no secret, hasn't been launched bug-free. In fact, there's a number of bugs, particularly the dreaded data connection drop, that make using the BIONIC a major annoyance at times. Verizon has apparently been keeping track, and has a very detailed list of the glitches currently afflicting the phone, given to a customer in a support e-mail (weird, we know). The good folks over at Droid-life have compiled a "Top 10" bug list along with all the reported issues (here), and we've excerpted a few that we've noticed most:

1.  Issue:  4G/3G Service – Data Connectivity

  • Marginal 4G to 3G transition:  Loss of data connectivity – The device may display 3G service indication but no data connections are possible.
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LG Optimus Slider And HTC Wildfire S Coming To Virgin Mobile In October

So there you are, at the end of the two-year agreement with your current carrier. You're at fork in the road. On one hand, you could drop a couple hundred bucks for a new phone, sign a new agreement, and start the cycle all over again. On the other, you could spend a couple hundred bucks with Virgin Mobile, nix the contract, and be a free man (or woman, whatevs). So what do you do?

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