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HTC To Scale Back 2012 Smartphone Production, Focus On “Hero” Phones

HTC’s lead UK representative Phil Roberson has provided a little insight into the company’s 2012 plans. Roberson recently spoke with Mobile Magazine and admitted that 2012 would see HTC trimming back on the number of new devices introduced to better focus on “hero” devices. We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we … [read full article]

Recent Price Change Raises Full Invoice Price On Samsung Galaxy S II

A quick little note on some recent price changes that took place yesterday involving the Samsung Galaxy S II and Nokia Lumia 710. With regards to the Nokia Lumia 710, the Value Plan pricing has changed a little allowing for a $30 mail-in rebate bringing your initial net down payment to just $19.99. The Samsung Galaxy S II sees a price bump on its full invoice price from $529.99 to $599.99. … [read full article]

T-Mobile Tells FCC To Revamp Spectrum Auctions, Level Playing Field

T-Mobile is coming out swinging as it begins its hunt for more spectrum, telling the Federal Communications Commission and Congress to overhaul potential spectrum auction rules that could see smaller carriers squeezed out by larger rivals. Kathleen Ham, T-Mobile’s Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs stated this week that “Legislation pending in Congress would effectively preclude the FCC from considering existing spectrum holdings in determining the qualifications for participation in auctions,” and went … [read full article]

Rumor Alert: Samsung Will NOT Announce The Galaxy S III Next Month At Mobile World Congress?

Roh oh, the boys over at The Verge are hearing a disappointing rumor, if this rumor does indeed turn out to be fact. According to their intel, Samsung had initially planned to announce their 2012 Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later next month and will now delay their announcement. There is no indication as to when or where an announcement for the Galaxy S III will take place, … [read full article]

An update on the Untethered Podcast

Hello, all! First things first. I’m here to extend an apology to you all. As you all probably know, we haven’t held an Untethered Podcast since December 29th. Sorry about that. Personally, I was moving across the state and trying to pack and prep for CES within a matter of two days. The next week, David and I were both at CES and constantly in search of a working Internet connection and … [read full article]

What Upcoming T-Mobile Smartphone Goes By Model Number SGH-T999? The Galaxy S Blaze 4G

Oh how we do love hidden treasures and that’s exactly what we’re finding inside this user agent string. It looks like Magenta is set to receive a Samsung model, number SGH-T999 with an ARM11 processor and a 1280x720p HD display. So what do we think it is? At first glance we suspected it could be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but then we recognized T-Mobile doesn’t need a specific model when a HSPA+ compatible … [read full article]

T-Mobile Cities Receiving $1 Billion In AT&T Spectrum Revealed, Is Your City on The List?

With AT&T’s official transfer application now on the Federal Communications Website, we can finally discover which specific licenses T-Mobile will gain. Thanks to the folks at GigaOM who prepared this pretty pink map with a city by city breakdown of areas T-Mobile will gain new airwaves. T-Mobile didn’t receive nationwide spectrum but it did receive valuable spectrum in some key cities. Furthermore, AT&T had to fork over all of its AWS holdings … [read full article]

Updated: T-Mobile’s Internal Document Highlights “Poor” Unlocked iPhone Experience On Network

Update: Some of you have noted that the 3G/4G moniker refers only to the generation of the phone as manufactured by Apple. We could argue that is incorrect as the first model was the iPhone 2G, the second model was the 3G, the third model was the 3GS etc. I think it could be argued that Apple chose a naming convention based on the speed of the hardware, not the model generation. First of all, … [read full article]

AT&T, T-Mobile File For FCC Approval Of Spectrum Transfer

T-Mobile USA and AT&T have filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission for approval of the $1 billion in wireless spectrum AT&T now owes T-Mobile as part of the break-up free due to the failure of AT&T’s T-Mobile takeover. AT&T promised to turn over the spectrum, along with $3 billion cash if the deal fell through. “This additional spectrum will help meet the growing demand for wireless broadband services,” said Tom … [read full article]

Samsung Ranks As Most Preferred Android Brand In The United States

There is little question that at 47% of the smartphone market in the United States, Android is easily the most popular platform. It should come as little surprise then as we break down 47% of the market that Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world as of Q3 2011, scores highest in brand preference. Following Samsung are Motorola, HTC and LG, along with Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE. The latter companies stay … [read full article]