Details emerge on T-mobile's plans for the remainder of 2008, and we like em!

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Users that have been getting antsy about the T-mobile phone selection have been told that we are experiencing the quiet before the storm. Well as we get nearer to October, the storm is approaching and the news is rolling in. First and foremost, a follow up on this article we posted on July 5th is in order. Over the next few days, after the rumors passed around the internet, we got a slew of confirmations on the October 1st release of T-mobile 3G in the nations top 25 markets. Not only that, but we’ve gotten a number of tips that the first Android device to be on the market, the 3G-enabled HTC Dream, will be launching on T-mobile on the same day. We also know that the Sony Ericsson Bella will launch with 3G either on October 1st, or a short while after. Oh you thought we were done huh? Definitely not. Also coming before the year ends is MyFaves 2.0, which in addition to other cool new features, users will have 10 Faves instead of 5. My Fave10 just doesn’t have the ring to it My Fave5 did. Either way, we doubt anyone will complain about the number of their MyFaves doubling. Also in store for 2008: A complete upgrade to FlexPay 2.0. We’re sure T-mobile employees will be thrilled better Flexpay systems, and less complaints. Anywyas, with a new Sidekick, the Shadow II, Motorola ZN5, Blackberry 9100 on OS 4.6, Nokia 7510, Nokia E-series device, mysterious higher-end Motorola and Samsung phones, and much much more, the remainder of 2008 is looking to be quite exciting for T-mobile customers. We hope your as excited for all of this as we are. Check the countdown to the right to see how much longer T-mobile customers will be able to complain about lack of 3G, and poor phone selection. From the looks of it, that is all about to change. We have more exciting news that will be posted in the following weeks. To see all of T-mobile’s upcoming phones, click here. Enjoy!

  • Ben

    The color scheme used for this web page is a poor one. The text is too light; the only worse choice you could’ve made would’ve been white-on-white ;)

  • Dave

    still no good touchscreen Windows Mobile devices. I for one am leaving as soon as ATT release their new WM lineup. T-mobile is just too slow.

  • mingkee

    E71 AWS finally…..

  • denngir

    Now if we can only get a picture of the HTC Dream….

  • MobilePaddy

    No Xperia X1 or touch diamond pro. Hooray, another year using the wing.

  • Jeff

    good luck with AT&T, worse network in my opinion, coolest phones, horrible network

  • iPhone isn’t coming

    I just started my service with Sprint. Leaving T-Mobile after 4 years. I couldn’t wait any longer for a nice high end device. My MDA is on it’s last leg and the Wing is hardly an upgrade. Switched to SERO – for $30 got 500 minutes, N&W, unlimited text, unlimited HS data. Picked up the HTC Touch for $99 (Rev A, GPS, WM 6.1). Hard to beat.

    I’m sad because T-Mobile has been good to us. But their awful data network and poor high end phone offering forced this migration. For those that can wait it out this does appear to be very good news for the future. Nice phones + 3G will be a huge upgrade over the current state of things.

  • mingkee

    actually, T-Mobile has very good 3G network, if it’s not better than att
    after upgrade to 3G, I never look back
    not only 1Mbps, the page loads as fast as home DSL

  • Steven I

    If all of this information is true, I wish we would start to see some actual shots of the htc dream, and the full spec sheet on it. There is only two and a half months till october 1st, so information should start to flow soon.

  • GAOB

    Why are people getting on hear complaining? Who cares about you leaving T-Mobile this is a comment spot for discussing the article above. If you left be happy , and don’t come on a website For T-mobile news bashing the service.

    With that being said, I cant wait for all this to come. I have been keeping a look out for the Android software phone. I think people who left T-Mobile for AT&T(for the Iphone) will be very disappointed. Like all phone they get old and something better comes along. I just really glad we are going to be one of the first. I have been with T-mobile for years, now I work for them, so no matter what I support any choice they make if it will make things better in time.

  • Jay

    Come on T-Mobile… bring out the Nokia E71!!!!

  • anoinet

    anybody know for sure if the e series being talked about is the e71

  • 10 Faves, Yay!!! I kind of wanted the new Sidekick. But, I guess its a bit too femininish for me. The next Sidekick should be able to do zoom, clearer pictures. VGA Video recording, A real Flash, louder speakerphone, oh yeah, and that camera should be 2.0 megapixels. I really love my T-Mobile.

  • nick

    i can confirm the motorola ZN5 as being launched in Oct. WITH UMA! Our motorola rep spilled the beans during his visit today.

  • I’m with T-Mobile and it’s a shame they waited so freaking long to release the cool stuff. By the end of October, I’ll be leaving Florida and living in Egypt for good.

    Oh well…

  • MaxAndre

    finally, i can assume by october i’ll be having the most wonderful browsing esperience.Do u guys have any leaked pics?

  • Maurice Sylvers

    I’m on AT&T right now but I plan on switching to T-mobile. My contract ends Oct7, 2008 so hopefully they will have a new sidekick out then. I was considering the gekko but the Lx had a way better screen. What should I do? Wait to see what comes out in Oct, or cancel my AT&T and buy the LX? I need help deciding!!!!

  • Dave

    GAOB. Let me get this straight. We shouldnt complain about T-mobile capabilities?? Android is certainly nice but you do realize that T-mobile 3g network is UMTS, not HSDPA so once again it will be on the level of Verizon circa 2004. Granted it will be better than edge but its basically 3glite.. Oh and regarding t-mobile having better coverage for voice, I dont buy it one bit. I have been to several social events just 10 miles outside of the city where my colleagues all had service and I was dead on T-mobile. Believe you me I hate to be negagtive like this because I will miss t-mobile but they are not going to keep their smartphone crowd.

  • RS

    i agree and disagree with some people leaving T-mobile. I’m hanging in there with T-mobile only because they do 1yr contracts and have cheaper prices for their service. I have a crackberry (jk) with Tmo & I pay 1000min/unlimited blah blah blah for $59.99 and my bill is always aroung $65. I dont think any other company can beat that right now other than regional companies such as cricket, or metropc which are not national. While I agree AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Alltel have better looking phones, their service is expensive!! With Tmobile, I can keep the service, and always be able to buy an unlocked phone from ebay/craglist for dirt cheap. My friends used the unlocked iphone, unlocked tilt, even found an activated sidekick lx for $80 on ebay and and used tmo service with flawless coverage. In the end, I’m going to stick with Tmobile for now because I know wireless service, price, and customer service is very important to me. If by next yr, my financial status gets better and I can actually afford to pay for At&t/verizon/sprint, i may switch but right now its really not a necessecity and i pay $40 less every month for the same type of wireless service as At&t provides. If you have ever looked at At&t voice and data plan service, it really adds up for a smartphone, thats a rip off. So I cant wait until October when Tmobile gets innovative. But to some extent I do wish tmobile gets more smartphones. I would like to see when the Gekko is released, if that is any good.

  • mingkee

    Dave
    the 3G is truly HSDPA
    I spent hundreds dollars to buy stuffs from Stelera Wireless, which is compatible with T-Mobile 3G, it has HSPA support, and the indicator shows HSDPA when active

  • Ryan

    How can you even mention that great times are ahead when there are absolutely no mentions of any TRUE smartphone coming in the future (in other words, a WINDOWS MOBILE smartphone, not unproven Android crap)? It’s ridiculous that the newest Windows Mobile Smartphone that T-Mobile has is almost 2 years old now. The “Shadow II” doesn’t count. We need a freaking Touch Pro, AT&T Tilt, HTC Diamond competitor.

  • money69

    Tmobile 3G IS HSDPA. Its been proven on here and other forums. Tmobile currently only offers UMTS devices on the AWS band but if you get your own datacard you can use the HSDPA part. This will all change once Oct 1st rolls around and theres a real launch.

    On a side note has the staff from tmonews.com heard anything about the Bold coming to Tmobile on 3g?

  • jmts80

    After years of waiting for T-mobile to come out with more high end phones (at least more aesthetically pleasing ones) I just went and got an unlocked silver LG Prada it works great! I will not leave T-Mobile ever their coverage is great and service is also great! Cant wait for 3G!

  • Nina

    HOLY CRAP!!
    motorola zn5!!!!
    i hope to god t-mobile is badgering samsung to make the G810,G800 or G600 AWS capable please t-mobile!!

  • mingkee

    #17
    SK LX has incredible screen as it’s manufactured by Sharp
    only T-Mobile in USA carries Sharp products
    TM150
    SK III
    SK LX
    SKiD
    SK 08
    wish there’ll have 3G SK though

  • David

    Hi RS, sorry to ask but you mentioned unlocking phones which really interested me. I can buy a ATT 8525 smartphone off craigslist and unlock it to t-mobile. do you know of any website that is reliable to give you the codes?

  • mingkee

    #26
    you can use it unlocked with T-Mobile, but limited to 2G, as 3G band is different

  • Nina

    gramatical error.
    “…Android device to on be the market…”
    should be “…Android device to be on the market…”
    =)

  • SaDudE

    I personally very happy to hear this great news. I guess I never really care if Tmobile gets a good smart phone. I know I will buy the latest and great e-series nokia device. I currently have the E61i and have the E61 previously and love the tmobile service. Customer service is great and service coverage is phenomenal. Also it doesn’t hurt that tzones is $6 and gives me all the internet I need

    Waiting for the october to roll around boys!!!!!

  • T1 connect

    from what i keep reading the shadow III supposed to be the touch diamond so they might as a matter of fact they have to have a windows mobile device for tmobile. everyone else has one

  • I wish the HTC Touch Diamond was coming to T-Mobile. I prefer it over the HTC Dream. Will the HTC Touch Diamond ever come to T-Mobile?

  • T1 Connect

    in january i was talking to a tmo rep before the diamond and touch pro was announced he told me they would have two more variations of the shadow including a touch screen version and weve all seen the shadow II, so the shadow III has to be the touch diamond i just never caught on because when he told me that, the diamond wasn’t announced yet

  • Dont forget about the SunCom/T-Mobile merger! THATS what I for one am excited about!

  • Ok, T1 r u sure? Cause I hope u r? Cause I kind of would really want a touch phone, and the HTC Touch Diamond would be a really nice phone.

  • TH3 GAM3

    I really hope this is true.

  • T1 Connect

    i cant be 100% sure as everyone else can but from the info that ive been given from multiple sources from tmobile including one that didn’t know jack he said it out of his mouth touch diamond and also remember the android it will also be touch screen and a new platform for us to play wid cant freakin wait gotta go now watching the last episode of avatar the last airbender

  • drivethruboy168

    Well… I’ve been with T-Mobile for Quite some time now ( 2003- present) I’ve pretty much been with every other carry besides “The New AT&T” it was Cingular at the time. Well I can say as a guy that loves the newest and coolest devices out. T-Mobile USA, since I’ve been apart of them, has always had great stuff under there sleeves, as well as bad phones, ( sony erricson) but now i’ve been working with the company for about a year and checking out all these sites and checking with some sources of mine. T-Mobile USA plans on catching up with there subsidary company, T-Mobile DT , in the near future. With T-Mobile U.K being the fastest in Data transfer with HSPA flowing through the there wonder beautiful 3G cell towers, my sources say T-Mobile will be there in the near future. From people I Know in New York, HSDPA is working on there handsets. Which have been Nokia N95’s, Sony Erricsons ( Not to mention when T-Mobile USA first tested there 3G, it was on an HSDPA Sony Erricson) and they are loving. I heard the only reason T-Mobile USA has been waiting such a long time to launch 3G service to the other 25 markets is that when they flip that on switch, things are going to run very smoothly. With New York up and going and learning from that area of 3G, they already know what to tweak and switch out. So when the switches are flipped, T-Mobile will rise to the top. And believe it or not, T-Mobile USA has a great line up of PDA Devices, from Blackberry, to HTC to Nokia and Sony Erricson believe it or not some LG. So expect many GREAT things to come from the wonderful company and has just been growing and blosseming and when it’s done, people who are canceling contracts and talking crazy crap with a company that’s been playing it safe for it’s customers/ loyal family, they will be regreting there switch, wishing they never switched campanys and will probably be paying a few ETF’s ( Early Termination Fees) to come back to such a great company with great front line employees, and wonderful customer service reps, with the best service you’ll ever find… ALL AROUND!!! T-Mobile is taking over the WORLD!!!! MUAH HA HA HA… Okay that’s just a figure of speech. But you windows mobile lovers stuck on the Wing, MDA, Dash and Shadow, please do not under estimate this android device/ platform. IT’S GOING TO BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF!!! Remember HTC is a phone manufacture, I’ve never met a European person to talk bad about HTC/ Windows Mobile devices. HTC makes some pretty darn good devices.

  • drivethruboy168

    Well… I’ve been with T-Mobile for Quite some time now ( 2003- present) I’ve pretty much been with every other carry besides “The New AT&T” it was Cingular at the time. Well I can say as a guy that loves the newest and coolest devices out. T-Mobile USA, since I’ve been apart of them, has always had great stuff under there sleeves, as well as bad phones, ( sony erricson) but now i’ve been working with the company for about a year and checking out all these sites and checking with some sources of mine. T-Mobile USA plans on catching up with there subsidary company, T-Mobile DT , in the near future. With T-Mobile U.K being the fastest in Data transfer with HSPA flowing through the there wonder beautiful 3G cell towers, my sources say T-Mobile will be there in the near future. From people I Know in New York, HSDPA is working on there handsets. Which have been Nokia N95’s, Sony Erricsons ( Not to mention when T-Mobile USA first tested there 3G, it was on an HSDPA Sony Erricson) and they are loving. I heard the only reason T-Mobile USA has been waiting such a long time to launch 3G service to the other 25 markets is that when they flip that on switch, things are going to run very smoothly. With New York up and going and learning from that area of 3G, they already know what to tweak and switch out. So when the switches are flipped, T-Mobile will rise to the top. And believe it or not, T-Mobile USA has a great line up of PDA Devices, from Blackberry, to HTC to Nokia and Sony Erricson believe it or not some LG. So expect many GREAT things to come from the wonderful company and has just been growing and blosseming and when it’s done, people who are canceling contracts and talking crazy crap with a company that’s been playing it safe for it’s customers/ loyal family, they will be regreting there switch, wishing they never switched campanys and will probably be paying a few ETF’s ( Early Termination Fees) to come back to such a great company with great front line employees, and wonderful customer service reps, with the best service you’ll ever find… ALL AROUND!!! T-Mobile is taking over the WORLD!!!! MUAH HA HA HA… Okay that’s just a figure of speech. But you windows mobile lovers stuck on the Wing, MDA, Dash and Shadow, please do not under estimate this android device/ platform. IT’S GOING TO BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF!!! Remember HTC is a phone manufacture, I’ve never met a European person to talk bad about HTC/ Windows Mobile devices. HTC makes some pretty darn good devices. And a 3G Sidkick? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

  • mingkee

    I personally would perfer LG over Samsung
    earpiece on LG is way better than Samsung (sound is like microcassette recorder)
    I have CU500 on att, and it works well

  • T1 Connect

    drivethruboy168 im in ny using a 3555b as a modem for teathering my laptop for the internet freakin sweet the 3g is in ny, freakin sweet

  • LTG4LIFE

    I have worked for tmobile coming up on five years now, these types of handset market impacts come and go (the churn created from the iphone for instance)..what does tmo do about it you ask? tmobile has a thing for focusing on what matters most to its current customers, not just attracting new ones with fancy devices. our current customers have told us that handsets are only 19% of why they choose to stay with us. the other 81% is composed of network stability, customer service, and value for the dollar. while, other providers are busy asking “why cant we reduce our churn and increase the loyalty of our customers?” tmobile listens to the voice of its customers and employees by investing right back into the infrastructure of its service. so you see an opportunity right? 19% is a pretty big chunk, is tmobile not interested in growth? heck ya we are! but only if we can satisfy the needs of our current customers while doing it.the iphone, great phone, wish we carried it but i must say it has been fun to sit back and learn from all the mistakes, mishaps, network congestion, and service flaws. another thing to consider– who backs tmobile usa? (hint-the sleeping giant) as long as the usa sub continues to be the highest grossing investment for d.t. the more those germans will back us. so while other carriers are focusing on aquiring the churn base of cell phone users tmobile is safe focusing on the loyal ones that care about the other 81%. there will ALWAYS be a tug-of-war between carriers, there will ALWAYS be the group that switches carriers based on handsets, but with the market saturation in the wireless industry the focus on handsets will never make or break any carrier. I know we made the right decision by sticking together with our current customers requests to improve our current services. now that we’ve done that it appears that we are going to have some fun in October! how did you get WIND (like in a storm hint hint..cause its comin)of all this anyway?! one last thought for ya, lets look at one of the most important business concepts of our time, loyalty, when you ask yourself what creates loyalty amongst friends, family, or coworkers it usually starts with a common bond..are you going to be a great friend to some one that keeps you connected with those that matter most to you or are you going to be loyal to the carrier that has the coolest handset (if that last question feels like a trick question, its cause it is-you cant call your self loyal if you are running to every carrier when they have the new stuff) technology changes daily anymore, look at how many people bought the first iphone only to have a inferior product a few months later. lesson learned, stay with the carrier that listens to more than “market trend analysis”. tmobile believes in its customers, employees, and its service, cant ask for much more!

  • RS

    #33, I cant wait for the suncome merger either. I’m told its on on August 1st!!!!

  • LTG4LIFE, ur completely right. I love T-Mobile cause they value their customers, and have one of the best networks, and valued service. I am so happy that we will have 10 faves soon, now they have H@H even thou I will probably never have that since I have a Sidekick, 3G soon, and I can’t wait to get mobile2mobile cause alot of my friends have T-Mobile now, or soon are gonna have them. All I need from T-Mobile is a 3G Sidekick with 2.0 Megapixel camera, a better flash, and overall improved camera quality, and i’ll be completely happy, H@H would be a nice throw in feature too. T-Mobile is the BEST!!!

  • mingkee

    this is pretty funny…
    thanks to iPhone 3G, T-Mobile 3G performs a lot better than att, fast like DSL

  • Pythagoras

    i want a new phone.

    i hope the E71 has T-MO 3G!

  • David

    LTG4LIFE, I agree with almost everything you said and it confirms the reason why certain T-mobile customers would leave. They are listening to their customers and frankly the Smartphone/PPC customers they have are not their priority.
    T-mobile is focused on wifi at home, good cell plans with descent coverage area within metro areas, and good/friendly customer service. As for customers that are interested in a fast reliable data network and utilize their devices more for web and exchange support, Verizon and ATT are much further ahead. 25 cities in October is a good start but T-mobile competion are live in 350+ locations and upgrading their 3g by doubling speeds this year. Verizon and ATT are more geared now towards customers that want to use their devices for everything. So in essence they are trying to do it all but there is a cost for doing business this way. Certainly, it will cost more to be an ATT/Verizon customer and that would not make sense unless you value the additional services they offer. For voice and texting, there is no reason at all not to select T-mobile.

    Like I said, I think T-mobile is a very good company and I have been with them for 4+ years. I think they are satifying the needs of the majority of their customers and they should be congratulated for this.

  • mingkee

    after 3G iPhone launch, att 3G becomes laughing stock, that indicates how weak att 3G is
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1399868
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1384360
    then we have to see how T-Mobile 3G will be

  • Sebastian

    I have been with T-Mobile since they acquired Voice Stream, well over 10 years ago. Their rate plans have always been one of the best, if not the best, in the cell phone industry. However, as technology has advanced and high tech phones began to emerge, along with 3G, T-Mobile seems to have been asleep at the gate. Unless they have 3g and some phones that compare favorably with AT&T and Verizon (iPhone and Voyager), I will leave T-Mobile when my contract is up in December of this year (2008). T-Mobile seems to move slower than a constipated cow. I am tired of waiting for them to catch up with the rest of the industry.

  • Lil B

    People have to understand that 25 markets is not just 25 cities! There are many cities under each market, therefore, say a Dallas market will probably cover a much huger part of Texas than just Dallas the city.

  • I talked with a rep last night when correcting a billing glitch, he was under NDA/Embargo but said for me to wait until the fall before getting upset with DT. Especially considering my high tech requirements, WinMo, Touch Screen, UMA, and 3G.

  • That was all regarding new phones not the billing glitch which they fixed.

  • drivethruboy168

    Well I have some friends in NY and jailbroke the new iPhone 3G becuase AT&T’s 3G was … No Bueno… well they have told me that T-Mobile’s 3G is pretty much everywhere they go in NY which they are super stoked about. but they are pretty mad because there battery on there iPhone 3G dies super fast! so they have to sgot off the 3G radios in there phone if they need there phone all day. HAHAHA!!!!! Sooo about T-Mobiles 3G… I don’t think it’s going to be upsetting… cough cough… AT&T… from the sounds of it, people are enjoying what they have in NY! I can’t wait for 3G to come come around L.A!!

  • Jeff

    I called T-mobile in NY today and asked when the bold was coming out, he told me another carrier has it exclusively for 3 months, which means T-mobile wont gt it until Dec or jan 09 he said, if he is right, he did tell me that the htc diamond is coming to t-mobile soon, and we may get the blackberry javelin, so come october will be Judgment day for T-mobile in my opinion, and I feel they will suprise a lot of people, i am tired of AT&T fan boys saying how far behind T-mobile is, I truly believe t-mobile is heading in the right direction and has better coverage then Apple, I mean AT&T

  • David

    Jeff,

    We all like T-mobile alot but to point out the obvious doesn’t make people fanboys of ATT or any other vendor. T-mobile is heading the right direction but several years late. Regarding coverage, I am usually the only one in my office that needs to step outside to get a “G” signal when we travel only 10 miles outside of the city. Everyone else I work with has ATT or Verizon and is up and running. This is reality but like I said earlier for most of the customers they support, they are on target. I will guarantee you T-mobile will have new HTC smartphones soon but I was shocked that the Diamond is coming over as cmda enabled phone through verizon and sprint this year. If this is the case, the diamond will not be offered for a while to T-mobile or ATT.

  • miguel

    ok so does this mean that tmo is not getting the blackberry bold? cause if they aint i will like kill myself, i been waiting 2 years for that phone and it better come out on 3g too

  • David

    Miguel, T-mobile will be getting the bold. They just may need to wait 3 months. Although there is no guarantee but they will.

  • Derrci

    sorry. There is nothing interesting here. The hottest phones are the HTC Touch Pro, HTC Diamond, and the Sony Xperia and there’s nothing. I’m at the point many are and that’s soooo ready to ditch Tmobile.

    OCTOBER? Seriously we’ve been waiting for years now for a decent phone. Wait till October for what? Not for these phones.

  • Marc

    So the bella is the flagship 3G phone, please tell me that’s a joke. Like comment Derrci says, I may just leave (I DON’T WANT TO). I don’t see any interesting phones here, please tell me the Bella is not the flagship 3G phone.

  • Lame

    LTG’s spin is just that: SPIN.

    A good company would focus on balance. He (or she) is telling us that T-mobile tipped the scale and focused on service over hardware.

    Well what good is a 3G network when you have no 3G phones that anyone gives 2 craps about?

    I have a new slogan for T-mo: “Keep Waiting”, cause that’s all I ever hear from T-mo.

    Then you start breaking down your customers in percentages… ok, how about taking it a step further and breaking down those customers by age demographic? If that 81% you boast are freaking kiddie Sidekick users… well gee, then I really am on the wrong network.

    And when all those kiddies grow up and want a phone with real communciation abilities… are they gonna find it at T-mo? Looking at your phones now, I’d say no.

  • SlateTheGreat

    By the way, HTC Dream pics are at engadget.com and all over the place.