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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 – An awesome budget and T-Mobile friendly smartphone [review]

It was back in March at MWC where I got my first hands-on experience with the new Alcatel OneTouch smartphone. And – for the first time – I was impressed by an Alcatel phone. In the past, the company has perhaps built the wrong kind of reputation for making cheap phones with far too many compromises. But the Idol 3 is the manufacturer’s attempt at making its own flagship at an affordable price. And I have to … [read full article]

Android 5.0 update for T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge now available

T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge users, your Android 5.0 Lollipop update has arrived. The carrier started the software update rollout this morning and – so far – a handful of customers have already emailed and tweeted us to let us know that they have the new firmware installed. If you’re yet to update, however, you should not that it’s not a small update by any means. After all, this is Samsung we’re talking about … [read full article]

LG Optimus L90 on T-Mobile gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

Those of you with yet-to-be updated flagship smartphones, look away now! T-Mobile has pushed the Android 5.0 update for LG’s Optimus L90. The device’s support page notes that the update started its rollout two days ago beginning April 28th and should be available over-the-air and via manual pulldown. As with the previous LG Lollipop updates, it’s a staggered rollout, and will be made available randomly to all L90 users. We had a couple … [read full article]

At least one T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge user has Android 5.1.1 update

According to one XDA-Developers forum member, T-Mobile has started its rollout of Android 5.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. And by “rollout” we mean, one person has it so far, as far as we know. This strikes us as strange for a couple of reasons, primarily because T-Mobile devices generally don’t get software updates that quickly. Especially not skinned Samsung devices. (Galaxy Note 4, anyone?) Exactly how, then, this … [read full article]

Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro lands on T-Mobile – 4.5-inch smartphone for $149

A few days ago we were sent some information on an upcoming budget smartphone by Alcatel OneTouch. We had virtually all the specifications of the device, but no price. Today, Alcatel OneTouch has officially announced its latest affordable device and it costs a tad more than I’d initially predicted. Key features of the POP Astro include: 4.5-inch qHD TFT display – 960×540 pixels … [read full article]

T-Mobile set to launch new budget Alcatel smartphone [Rumor]

T-Mobile and Alcatel OneTouch have worked together on a number of budget-friendly smartphones and tablets. That relationship, it seems, is set to continue. We’ve been sent a cheat-sheet detailing a new, cheap handset on its way to T-Mobile soon. The Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro – spec wise – fits somewhere in between the Evolve 2 and Fierce 2. It has a 4.5-inch qHD (960×540) display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM … [read full article]

Lollipop update rollout for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 starting next week

Stop the presses! We have the most important breaking news story of the day. Forget Apple Watch, Des Smith (T-Mo’s product guru) tweeted a short while ago that the long-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop software update for the Note 4 is very close to happening. In fact, some customers could see the update land on their devices as soon as next week. Is that just the best news, ever or what? I mean, I … [read full article]

Sony Xperia Z3 re-appears on T-Mobile online store with cheaper price

We were somewhat surprised a couple of weeks back when the Sony Xperia Z3 vanished from T-Mobile’s online store. Although it clearly hasn’t been a best-seller, the Z3 is one of the best performing handsets on the Android market. And perhaps one of the most attractive too. Still, just 16 days ago, it seemed T-Mobile had given up on the device. Now, it’s back. And it’s … [read full article]