Archive | May, 2015

T-Mobile clear to launch 700MHz band 12 LTE in New York City

On Periscope, last night, John Legere confirmed that New York City should start to see some Band 12 LTE action at long last. As in many markets, one of the big obstructions to getting the 700MHz network live in New York has been TV broadcast channel 51 interference. In the often mentioned map by DanRant from Reddit, the areas affected and blocked by interference are indicated using the red circles (as seen in … [read full article]

BlackBerry Leap Review – A solid, productivity tool with no keyboard

You may not be able to buy it from T-Mobile, but the BlackBerry Leap might be worth your consideration if you’re one of the few people who actually likes BB OS10 on an all-touch device. It’s compatible with T-Mo’s band 2 and 4 LTE networks and you can buy it unlocked from ShopBlackBerry.com for $275 in dark grey or white. I’ve reviewed it for PhoneDog, and you can see that review in the video embedded … [read full article]

List: All current T-Mobile 700MHz band 12 LTE compatible smartphones

It’s been over a year since T-Mobile acquired its first 700MHz spectrum from Verizon. Since then, it’s been picking up airwaves across the country from a number of smaller independent companies. More importantly, we now officially have a handful of markets where the network is alive and kicking. For those who still might not know what all the fuss over band 12 is … [read full article]

Reuters: FCC unlikely to side with T-Mobile over 600MHz spectrum auction terms

With every spectrum auction comes the potential for T-Mobile to add more much-needed airwaves to its portfolio. Sadly, it also comes with months of lobbying, petitions and various other forms of general coaxing by different companies trying to make sure they get the best terms possible. In T-Mobile’s case, that’s never been truer than with the 600MHz incentive auction due to begin next year. Our favorite carrier has been trying to [read full article]

Android M announced by Google, coming later this year with several improvements

At its I/O developer conference in San Francisco just a short while ago, Google announced details about its updates and improvements for 2015. They included new features for virtually all of its major products and services, but the one of most significance for us phone addicts was Android M. Unlike last year, this software update seems to be much more about adding features to improve the performance and usability and not a major … [read full article]

Is truly unlimited data going to disappear?

Looking at the U.S. wireless industry over the past couple of years seems to be indicating one thing to me: At some point in the future, truly unlimited data plans will die. Speaking at the Re/code conference yesterday, Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure stated that – although unlimited works really well for Sprint now – at some point, it will stop offering unlimited data plans. As the carrier partners to offer more content to … [read full article]

Xperia Z1s Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software update rolling out

We’ve been informed by a handful of our readers that T-Mobile is finally rolling out Android Lollipop software updates for the Sony Xperia Z1S. Although T-Mobile’s software updates page still indicates that it is in “T-Mobile Testing”, the device’s own individual page does contain details of the update. Specifically, it’s Android 5.0.2 and weighs in at over 640MB in size. It also comes with Group messaging support. From today, you should be notified … [read full article]