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T-Mobile's 3G shutdown is back on schedule for October

T-Mobile's 3G shutdown is back on schedule for October

In its bid to keep on the forefront of the 5G race in the United States, T-Mobile hasn't made its plans to kill off its and Sprint's 3G networks exactly loud and clear, but we had a good idea of when the ball would start rolling and when it would finish. Well, that was until the plans apparently changed, before shifting again just a few months later.

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T-Mobile is shutting down service to these phones, but will offer free replacements

T-Mobile is shutting down service to these phones, but will offer free replacements

Based on internal documents from T-Mobile given to Android Police, some older devices, including the OnePlus One, Xperia Z3 series, and Nexus 9, will be unable to connect to the company's network beginning on January 29th. 19 devices, including phones, tablets, and even cameras, are named by the document. Affected customers will be notified by SMS beginning on December 28th, and will be able to upgrade to one of four phones for free.

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If your T-Mobile phone doesn't have VoLTE, you could get kicked off the network soon

If your T-Mobile phone doesn't have VoLTE, you could get kicked off the network soon

According to internal T-Mobile documents obtained by Android Police, the carrier plans to fast track the shutdown of its 3G voice network, forcing some customers to buy new phones or leave the network in a matter months. Most carriers have already shut down their legacy 2G networks, so the frequencies can be re-used for LTE and 5G, and 3G's expiration date is now quickly approaching. AT&T started warning customers this week that phones without 4G voice calling would no longer work starting in 2022, and it now appears T-Mobile will be following suit with an even more aggressive timeline.

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Chrome for Android may start disabling JavaScript on 2G connections

Chrome for Android may start disabling JavaScript on 2G connections

Google has added countless features to Chrome, especially the Android version, that are designed to improve functionality on slow connections. It can automatically download articles for later reading, and the data saver feature continues to get better. Now it appears Google is taking more drastic steps - like disabling JavaScript entirely on slow connections.

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Sprint Announces New $20 'Unlimited' Plan That Throttles To 2G Speeds After 1GB

Sprint Announces New $20 'Unlimited' Plan That Throttles To 2G Speeds After 1GB

Sprint has been struggling to keep subscriber numbers up over the last few years, and the collapse of the rumored T-Mobile merger didn't do anything to help matters. The carrier has tried all manner of plan incentives to attract customers (Framily, anyone?), but now it's fiddling with the definition of "unlimited." Sprint's new unlimited plan is only $20 per month... as long as you consider 2G data unlimited.

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[Finally] T-Mobile Announces Major Network Upgrade Program, Will Migrate Existing EDGE Coverage To LTE By The Middle Of 2015

[Finally] T-Mobile Announces Major Network Upgrade Program, Will Migrate Existing EDGE Coverage To LTE By The Middle Of 2015

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.

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T-Mobile Announces New GoSmart Mobile Brand: Contract-Free, Low-Cost, "DUM" Slogan

T-Mobile Announces New GoSmart Mobile Brand: Contract-Free, Low-Cost, "DUM" Slogan

Little T-Mobile already has a reputation for being the carrier for budget-conscious consumers, but it's taking things even further with the new GoSmart service. The plans are cheap, and there are no annual contracts to worry about. Service starts at $30 per month and customers get access to the full T-Mobile network. It sounds like a solid deal if you can get past the contrived marketing lingo that would insult the intelligence of a third-grader.

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Like other pre-paid brands, you can plug in a compatible phone that you already own, or buy one from GoSmart. There is a $49 Alcatel dumbphone, and a $99 ZTE device running an ancient version of Android.

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iPhone Now Runs Android Too. Wait. WHAT? Is "Flash Coming To iPhone" Going To Be Our Next Headline?

iPhone Now Runs Android Too. Wait. WHAT? Is "Flash Coming To iPhone" Going To Be Our Next Headline?

Today has been absolutely nuts - first 3 new Android phones leaked from Dell. Then, another tablet, also from Dell.

And now we have this: a Canadian Linux hacker by the name of Planetbeing posted a 9 minute video of an iPhone 2G running Android. Yes, that is an Android 1.5 or 1.6 dual booted on an iPhone running the iPhone OS.

Planetbeing, being a smart cookie that he is, has ported Linux to run on iPhone hardware over a year ago. Since Android is a custom Linux distribution on its own, it was only a matter of time before Planetbeing figured out how to make this magic happen.

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