Posts tagged ‘TMobile’

February 8, 2011

Free phones on T-mobile!


Looking for the perfect valentine’s day gift? Well T-Mobile has you covered. They’re offering free phones this Friday and Saturday (Feb 11 &12). Of course, there’s a small catch where you’ll have to sign a 2 year contract.

Not a bad deal, considering you can get the Samsung Vibrant, HTC G2 or myTouch 4G. Of course non Android phones are up for grabs but who’s interested in those right ;)?

January 8, 2011

LG Optimus 2X duels iPhone 4


iPhone 4 didn’t even stand a chance against the dual core LG Optimus 2X. In a recent browser speed test over WiFi the Optimus 2X slaughtered the iPhone 4. LG Opitmus 2X is the first dual core (Tegra 2) Android phone. It sports a 4 inch display, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera along with a 8 megapixel camera. It also supports DLNA :), an HDMI output and has the ability to capture 1080p videos.

Not bad right? Check out the video below, it sure makes the iPhone look archaic!

P.S It’s rumored that the Optimus 2X is coming to T-mobile sometime in March (right now it’s only released in Korea). I’m crossing my fingers  on this one!

source: androidcentral, engadget


GoogleChic, the best part of the LG Optimus 2X is the dual core processor. In spite of being a wee bit larger than the iPhone, the LG Optimus 2X screen display cannot beat the iPhone 4’s Retina display.

For me the iPhone clearly wins in the OS and form factor aspect if not in the processor part of it. Apple is rumored to release iPhone 5 with a dual core processor in the summer of this year.

According to an analyst at Rodman and Renshaw, “Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores”.  So if you are in the market for a dual core processor, don’t jump the gun just yet!

GoogleChic, you should cross your fingers hoping that Optimus 2X will support HSPA+ (TMobile’s self proclaimed 4G network :))

LG Optimus 2X Commercial

November 8, 2010

HSPA+ vs. 4G


AppleGirl’s response to my T-mobile myTouch 4G inspired this blog 🙂

AppleGirl thinks that T-mobile is foolish and didn’t do their research. Again, do you think a major corporation would brand their  network as 4G without doing their research? Technically, T-mobile’s HSPA+ network is really 3.5G. However, phonescoop did a comparison of T-mobile’s HSPA+ network and compared it to Sprinit’s WiMAX and the two are comparable(see the graph below).

Honestly, AppleGirl should be happy that HSPA+ speeds are so good because it’s rumored that Apple will not adapt to LTE (4G) technology until sometime in 2012.  However, according to gigaom AT&T may not purse HSPA+ and deploy LTE directly. If that is true, does that mean the iPhone will have slower speeds as compared to the myTouch 4G :)?

AppleGirl, How’s the best of both worlds looking now? Maybe you should stick to your FaceTime over WiFi 🙂

Source: phonescoop, gigaom



GoogleChic, I was calling T-Mobile bullish for comparing Qik with Facetime. If they didn’t have their brains wrapped around the buzz words (FaceTime, 4G, high speed) and were smart enough, they would have compared the same video chat software on the two networks!

Now that you have raised the HSPA+ vs 4G talk, I think T-Mobile is writing rules to its favor, and so are all the other carriers. The network may be quite fast, but it’s the ITU who decides what a 4G network is. And ITU’s definitions for a true 4G technology are LTE –Advanced (Release 10) and 802.16m or Wi-Max Release 2. And when we say 4G we are talking downlink rates of 100 Mbps (not the meager theoretical 29Mbps that T-Mobile is bragging about) That said, I think AT&T, Verizon (who are pushing to LTE) and Sprint (already on Wi-Max but not on Release 2) are closer to the ubiquitous superfast 4G network than T-Mobile is.

At the end of the day, all you should really care about is if you can get those speeds where you live, work and hang out and not if T-Mobile is giving you an extra 200 Kbps speed (compared to Sprint)! So if I were you, I would first check if your  area is covered with HSPA+ network. If T-Mobile says that it plans to cover your area after a year,  then the purpose is lost.

GoogleChic, here’s a picture of a rumored LTE iPhone. Imagine FaceTime on Wi-fi, except that I don’t have to be on Wi-fi 😉

November 4, 2010

T-mobile takes a jab at AT&T!


The new T-mobile myTouch 4G commercial is just to funny to pass up. I’ve been saying this ALL along! Who wants to FaceTime on Wifi “from the aiport”. Reality check, you can video chat with the myTouch 4G on T-mobile’s 4G network.  Forget AT&T and the iPhone :)! By the way, Wirefly is offering the phone for only $79.99!


What’s with these mudslinging ads these days? T-Mobile claims 4G speeds on a HSPA+ network, but AT&T calls them out for claiming 4G speeds (according to them, HSPA isn’t really 4G (LTE, WiMaX)).  With the definition of 4G up in the air, what’s funny is that the brawl went down on Facebook. Sprint did not want to be the quiet dog in the room. So Sprint President Matt Carter claimed saying“Halloween is over–it’s time for T-Mobile to stop dressing up like their favorite super hero–Sprint 4G.”

GoogleChic, I hope you noticed the real culprit here. Yes! They are actually fighting over the iPhone and the customer base that it comes with. Not T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G or Sprint’s Evo 4G 🙂

GoogleChic, doesn’t MyTouch 4G use Qik to make video calls? Here’s your reality check: Qik is available on the iPhone as well. So there you go, iPhone has the seamless, awesome user experience Facetime to use on Wifi and Qik/Fring to use over 3G. If you still have any doubts about the best phone for video calling, you should leave those behind. Because iPhone has the best of both worlds.

November 2, 2010

T-mobile Comet, super affordable device!


This is why I LOVE Android. There’s a device out there for everyone! T-mobile is releasing the Comet (Huawei Ideos) on November 3rd, all for a whopping price of $9.99 (yes you read that right) with a 2 year contract of course. In addition, they are offering a 200MB data plan for $10.

The Comet sports a 2.8 inch screen and a Qualcomm 528 MHz processor. It supports a 7.2 Mbps HSPA connection and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). I’ll also throw this one in there just for AppleGirl’s sake. The Comet comes with Swype already pre-loaded 🙂 (we all know how AppleGirl likes Swype). Honestly, for a phone with this screen size, Swype can be really useful.

Overall, not too shabby for a $9.99 phone and a data plan that will run you $10/month. This is a perfect phone for people that would not typically choose a smart phone. Think about it, you’ll have the power of Android at your finger tips. What’s not to love?

Source: engadget


Finally a ($9.99) hardware that Android deserves 😉 Looks like Huawei/T-Mobile were just hit with an awesome idea. Accept defeat against the iPhone and go after the lower end market (dominated by Nokia)!

New smart phone users will be wooed by Comet’s price, but I’m sure the rookies will soon learn that there are better and smarter phones out there and that’s when they meet the iPhone 😀

Jokes aside, the best part of TMobile’s announcement is the cheaper data plan. Looks like the dam is cracking and the price of data is coming down. Woot! Let’s celebrate 😀

October 8, 2010

Antennagate, now glassgate?


Just a couple of months ago, Steve Jobs had to deal with the whole Antennagate fiasco. Job’s solution to the whole antennagate problem was to slap a case on the iPhone and  problem solved! Now, ironically there are reports in which slide-on cases can trap dirt that causes scratches on the back panel, which in it of itself isn’t a huge deal. However, the scratches can lead to cracks and in worse case scenarios cracking of the back panel all together. Supposedly, Apple has pulled some of these cases and started a testing program to determine if  there really is an issue.

AppleGirl, I sure hope you got the bumper for your iPhone. Wouldn’t want that pretty phone of yours to get shattered 😉

Source: engadget


GooleChic, let me count the number of months it’s been since the iPhone  4 was released.


How many customers have complained about the so called “glassgate”?


Your story purports to come from a blogger who got the news from “sources both inside and outside Apple”.  Are we all so dumb to believe one person’s unwarranted claim?

Design flaws are born out of customer issues. Go ahead, search the web and find me a customer complaint about this. Lets look for real issues (like loose hinges on T-Mobile’s G2 and yes, that’s what you call a customer issue) instead of smacktalk.

Suck it up Androids, it’s time to accept it that your Android phones will never match up to the iPhone. 😉 GoogleChic, I know you are jealous of the sheer glass edgy look of the iPhone and its retina display. You cannot deny that using sliding cases and dirt traps.


October 3, 2010

T-Mobile’s G2


A new addition to the Android smart phone gang is T-Mobile’s G2. T-Mobile just added this new brick (yeah literally a brick!) into the Android wall. It comes pre-loaded with Android 2.2. If you are one of those “ I am too old fashioned, I can’t use a multi touch display” types, then you will like the hefty keyboard you can pull out on the G2.

The phone doesn’t have AMOLED display like the Samsung Galaxy S, doesn’t have a front facing camera, and not even a 1GHz processor (comes with 800MHz).  Let alone outdoing the iPhone, G2 seems to be struggling to get past the Samsung Galaxy S. Engadget reports users complaining of loose hinges and some G2’s were shipped with only 2GB of memory (half the 4GB of promised storage)!

The only thing that stands out to me is that the G2 comes with HSPA+ support, which can handle upto 14.4Mbps.  Hopefully you live in one of those cities in which T-Mobile supports HSPA to actually make use of the high network speed. GoogleChic, the phone lacks tethering capabilities. Are you just about ready to give T-Mobile a piece of your mind? 🙂

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I would love to say that the G2 superiorly surpasses the G1, but I’m throughly disappointed! The G2 does look 10 times slicker than the G1, but it actually weights more than the G1 which is a shocker (no wonder AppleGirl called it a brick). The G2 weights 6.3 oz (180 g) compared to the G1 at 5.6 oz (158 g). If you compare the G2 to the Samsung Epic 4G it weights a lot more, the Epic weights 4.5 oz only and it has a full QWERTY keyboard. Not to mention the Epic 4G has a 4inch display as compared to the 3.2 on the G2.

Honestly, all you keyboard lovers out there I say you get to practicing on the virtual keyboard. Practice make perfect and you can opt for the upcoming new T-mobile myTouch instead.

The myTouch supports HSPA like the G2 but it also has a front facing camera as well. You can now use Qik with your EVO friends over HSPA 🙂 (yes, you’re not locked down to WiFi, hmm what does that sound like?)

As for T-mobile striping the tethering capabilities on the G2, I’m not too worried about that. There are tethering apps on the Market so just go download one 🙂

September 18, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab- take your pick!


It looks like it’s going to be a full house  again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via  all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).

Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.

One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.

Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.

Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?


Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?

GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring  Dell Streak here).  Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉

Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.

As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby  and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.

Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for  a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G  Apple iPad.  Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂

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