15
Jul
samsung_vibrant
Last Updated: February 4th, 2012

Manufacturers take note: this is how it’s done. A mere two weeks after the Vibrant was announced, this Samsung’s Galaxy S variant for T-Mobile is now up available for order at T-Mobile’s online store.

The Vibrant is currently listed at a $499.99 off-contract price, or $249.99 plus a $50 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract.

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What do you get for your money?

  • 4.0” Super AMOLED 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • 5 MP autofocus camera capable of recording 720p video
  • 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0
  • Swype text input

Better Deal From Wirefly

There is a better deal available though, which we posted about a few days ago: if you order from Wirefly, which offers free shipping and free returns, you will not have to deal with annoying rebates and will in addition save another $50.

14
Jul
samsung-captivate-root

Were you planning on holding off on your purchase of one of the US Samsung Galaxy S variants because you require root? Well, worry no more – the root method used on the international version of the Galaxy S has proven to work on T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant and AT&T’s Samsung Captivate.

Two methods are already available, and both are fairly simple. Read the instructions below, or check out the source link for the most up-to-date instructions.

13
Jul
hspaplusmap

Boy Genius Report is claiming today that T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is expanding into 19 more metropolitan areas throughout the United States on July 21st. The full list:

    • Austin, TX
    • Baltimore, MD
    • Birmingham, AL
    • Cincinnati, OH
    • Cleveland, OH
    • Columbus, OH
    • El Paso, TX
    • Ft. Worth, TX
    • Hawaii, HI
    • Indianapolis, IN
    • Jacksonville, FL
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Louisville, KY
    • Milwaukee, WI
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • Portland, OR
    • San Antonio, TX
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Wichita, KS

    T-Mobile is certainly trying to get the jump on Verizon and AT&T’s soon-to-exist LTE networks.

    10
    Jul
    Pre-order Your T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S Series Phone At Wirefly For $149.99 - That's $50 Cheaper Than T-Mobile

    Wirefly's Offer

    Wirefly - one of the biggest online phone retailers - has put up their preorder offer for the upcoming T-Mobile's version of Galaxy S - the Samsung Vibrant.

    Yet again, they didn't disappoint on the pricing and are now offering the best price on the market - $149.99 after an instant $50 discount off the regular price of $199.99.

    Pre-order Your T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S Series Phone At Wirefly For $149.99 - That's $50 Cheaper Than T-Mobile

    Competing Deals

    T-Mobile's own site doesn't even have a preorder up, though listing the $199.99 price in plain view.

    09
    Jul
    garminphone

    T-Mobile has been forced to lower the price of the Garminfone as a result of very weak demand - analyst estimates peg the number sold around 20,000. The phone was priced at $199.99, a price most reviewers agreed was too high for a phone with relatively weak specs:

    • 600 Mhz processor
    • 3.5” screen
    • 3 MP camera
    • 2GB microSD card
    • Android 1.6 with no word on an upgrade
    • Focus on navigation capabilities

    Those in the market for an Android device were able to either get a more powerful phone for the same price, or an equally capable one for substantially less.

    09
    Jul
    htcvision1
    Last Updated: August 27th, 2010

    A few days ago, we found a couple of blurrycam pictures of the HTC Vision. Yesterday, a blurrycam shot of T-Mobile’s roadmap leaked, and it shows an HTC Vanguard releasing on September 9. Now, Engadget has word that the HTC Vision is launching in September – the same time the HTC Vanguard is shown launching on T-Mob’s roadmap. The Vision will be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ phone. (As I’ve mentioned before, HSPA+ is pretty awesomely fast, and expanding like the wind.) The specs are rumored to include a 3.7” screen, slide-out 4 row QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1 with sense, and a 1 Ghz processor.

    07
    Jul
    roadmap

    T-Mobile may not have the most impressive Android line-up compared to the other major carriers, but there’s no doubt they’ve invested a lot into the platform – after all, they were the first to bring us Android with the G1. Their investment in Android shows no signs of slowing down, as a leaked T-Mobile roadmap shows us that the carrier is planning on launching a total of seven more Android devices this year.

    07
    Jul
    samsung galaxy s

    It seems T-Mobile simply can’t wait to get its new high-end Android offering on the market. Citing “multiple sources”, TmoNews is reporting that the Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S) is due to launch July 15, one week earlier than was previously reported. It seems pretty clear that T-Mobile is trying to take away the thunder of another Android superphone launching on July 15 – but T-Mobile will need to build up a lot of hype to take down the newest member of Verizon’s Droid army.

    07
    Jul
    Charm_Cab_Front_TMO

    While Motorola didn’t do a great job keeping CHARM under wraps, they did manage to hide a few features of the candy bar phone until today’s official press release. Given the amount of MOTOBLUR and social-networking talk going on in the CHARM’s somewhat lengthy introduction, we’ve broken it down and provided you the juicy bits for easy digestion:

    • 2.8” 320x240QVGA TFT LCD touch-capacitive display with Gorilla Glass
    • Android 2.1 with the newest "enhanced" version of MOTOBLUR
    • 3 Megapixel camera
    • Physical QWERTY keyboard
    • 2GB Removable MicroSD card included (expandable to 32GB MicroSDHC)
    • Accelerometer
    • WiFi B/G and N (Single-band 2.4GHz)
    • Can capture 24FPS video (we assume that is with VGA 640x480)
    • Secondary noise-cancellation microphone with CrystalTalk PLUS technology
    • Compatible with T-Mobile HSDPA 3.6
    • Support for Adobe Flash Lite
    • 1170mAh Lithium-ion battery
    • 3.5mm headphone jack

    Charm_Cab_dyn_L_TMO Charm_Cab_Front_TMO

    Additional MOTOBLUR and social networking features are described in the press release.

    01
    Jul
    image

    If you’re already planning to pick up T-Mobile’s first high-end Android offering, the Samsung Vibrant, then you’ll probably want to think about getting your pre-order at RadioShack instead of from T-Mobile directly.

    RadioShack is offering the phone at the same $199.99 price as T-Mobile (when opening a new account or upgrading your line), but without the pesky mail-in rebate.

    That isn’t enough to sway you? Well, then you’ll want to get your pre-order in before July 18 – in addition to free shipping, everyone who does gets a no-strings-attached $50 RadioShack gift card.

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