Archive | January, 2017

Some T-Mobile customers getting RCS support in Google Messenger app

UPDATE: T-Mobile responded to me and said “T-Mobile was the first U.S. operator to launch RCS with our Advanced Messaging in July 2015. We don’t currently support Google’s RCS offering.” 9to5Google found that the supposed sources of this report turned out to be one person.   ORIGINAL: Some T-Mobile customers are getting a new messaging feature to play with today. RCS, which stands for Rich Communication Services, appears to have gone live in Google Messenger for … [read full article]

T-Mobile to cover the sales tax on any new smartphone with prepaid card

After making the monthly bill more straightforward, T-Mobile is now aiming to do the same with phone pricing. Starting February 1, T-Mobile will cover the cost of sales tax on any new smartphone you buy. Specifically, T-Mo will give you 11.2 percent (11.55 percent in Puerto Rico) of your phone’s price on a prepaid MasterCard card. This offer includes ever smartphone that T-Mobile sells. T-Mobile’s new deal will be available to both new and existing … [read full article]

T-Mobile customer says support rep changed name on his account to ‘IDIOT’

A new situation appears to have surfaced involving a T-Mobile customer that’s frustrated about not getting bill credits that he’s entitled to and a customer service rep that dealt with him. T-Mobile customer Luke says that a T-Mo rep changed the nickname on his bill to “IDIOT IDIOT.” Luke, who goes by the Reddit user name “ldskywalker,” explains that he took advantage of T-Mobile’s free iPhone 7 offer and waited to get his bill credits, … [read full article]

T-Mobile ZTE ZMAX Pro software update now rolling out

ZTE ZMAX Pro owners, a new software update is coming your way. T-Mobile has announced a new update that bumps the ZTE ZMAX Pro to version TMO_Z981V1.0.0B09. The update, which began rolling out on January 27, includes bug fixes and the December Google security updates. This ZMAX Pro update is around 380MB in size, and you’ll need approximately 500MB of free storage on your phone to download and install it. Once you’ve got that storage available, you … [read full article]

T-Mobile LG G4 receiving security update

Last week, the LG V20 and LG G5 both began receiving software updates. Now it’s the LG G4’s turn to be updated. T-Mobile has announced an LG G4 update to version H81120r. This is a smaller update, weighing in at just 88.8MB, and it includes Google monthly security enhancements. This update is now rolling out, and TmoNews reader Weilei Wang received it today. If you haven’t gotten the update on your G4 yet, you … [read full article]

T-Mobile Tuesdays to offer free food and $20 off at Fanatics next week

T-Mobile has revealed what it’s got in store for the January 31 edition of T-Mobile Tuesdays. Next week, T-Mobile customers will receive a $20 discount at Fanatics, online retailer of sports gear for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and more. T-Mo customers will also receive a free order of Firecracker Chicken at Panda Express (at participating locations while supplies last) and a free movie rental at FandangoNOW (up to $5). As with last … [read full article]

Samsung Galaxy S8 shows itself in new photo leak as spec details revealed, too

Days after an image of the LG G6 leaked, a new photo of another upcoming Android flagship has surfaced. A new photo claims to show off both the front and back of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Specifically, this is the larger of the two models, says VentureBeat. This GS8 is said to include a 6.2-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and curved edges, as well as a 3500mAh battery. … [read full article]

T-Mobile deploys permanent LTE network upgrades in Houston ahead of Super Bowl LI

After permanently beefing up its coverage in Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration, T-Mobile today revealed that it’s done something similar for Houston, Texas. T-Mobile has rolled out upgrades to its 4G LTE network in Houston ahead of Super Bowl LI on February 5. T-Mo touts that its LTE capacity has grown nearly 20 times in and around NRG Stadium, where the Super Bowl will be played, as well as 10 times at airports and … [read full article]

BLU Vivo XL2 launches with 5.5-inch display and $149.99 price tag

BLU today introduced its latest affordable Android smartphone, the Vivo XL2. The unlocked BLU Vivo XL2 features a 5.5-inch 1280×720 display and 8-megapixel camera on its face, and a 13-megapixel camera with flash on its backside. Inside the Vivo XL2 lives a quad-core MediaTek 6736T processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, dual SIM slots, and a 3150mAh battery with quick charging support. When it comes to cellular connectivity, the Vivo XL2 … [read full article]

T-Mobile sweetens AT&T switcher deal with free year of Hulu service

UPDATE: T-Mobile tells me that today (January 25) is the last day for AT&T customers to get free DirecTV Now and Hulu for switching to T-Mo.   Last month, T-Mobile launched an offer that gave customers switching from AT&T to T-Mo a free year of DirecTV Now, AT&T’s new streaming video service. DirecTV Now has criticized for having service issues since its launch, though, so now T-Mo is going to “make things right” for those switchers. All … [read full article]