Last week, shortly after Google announced a new monthly update schedule of security patches for Nexus devices, the search giant posted factory images that contained Stagefright patches. The initial set of patches dropped in as Android build LMY48I, which was the proper build almost all of the Nexus devices outside of non-T-Mobile and non-Project Fi Nexus 6s. Last night, Google posted the specific factory image for the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile as build LYZ28J. (more…)
Samsung continues to dominate in pushing out Stagefright patches before any other Android OEM. After handing out updates to a variety of its devices through Sprint and AT&T at the end of last week, they added the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 and AT&T Galaxy S6/S6 Edge to the list late this morning, along with the Verizon Note Edge and Note 4. (more…)
After reporting another somewhat disappointing quarter, Samsung said that we could see price cuts to its flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Either the T-Mobile version is the first in line to receive those cuts or T-Mobile just feels like giving you and I solid discounts on a phone that is the best you can buy.
Last night, T-Mobile slashed $100 off the 32GB and 64GB models of both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but took it a step further when they dropped $200 off the 128GB models. So you can buy a regular Galaxy S6 with 32GB of storage for as little as $579 or go bonkers on storage and grab 128GB for $659. The S6 Edge now starts at $679 for 32GB models and goes up to $759 for the 128GB model. Skip the 64GB, folks, the better deal is with 128GB.
We’ll monitor the other carriers and let you know if they follow suit. (more…)
During today’s live press event from Motorola, the company announced that its new Moto X Pure Edition was an unlocked phone that worked on all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. People were excited at the thought of buying a phone for $399 that could be taken to any carrier of choice. That excitement died quickly, though, when Motorola posted official specs for the phone and left out any mention of Verizon’s CDMA bands or its LTE band 13. (more…)
T-Mobile is pushing updates to its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants this morning, both of which appear to be bug fixers after the 5.1.1 update that arrived a couple of weeks back. And actually, each is listed as including “battery improvements” along with other various fixes. The S6 Edge is also getting a “cocktailbar error fix.” (more…)
T-Mobile announced Advanced Messaging today, built on the Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard. Moving forward, phones on the T-Mo network that have this feature enabled, which is doable on older phones via a software update, gain richer features through text messaging. For example, better group messaging with real-time chat, delivery and read receipts, plus the ability to share larger files. (more…)
We get asked often to breakdown the costs associated with each major US wireless carrier in some form of a comparison. The task is not exactly simple, since each carrier uses its own tricks, sets of fees, data packages, and random charges to come up with a monthly bill that pads their pocket. It’s not all that straight forward, which is probably exactly how the carriers prefer it to be. They probably don’t want someone like us (or you) finding ways to quickly compare their plans to the competition and then making an educated decision on which is the best for you. Still, we gave it a shot. Well, we at least tried to break it all down into a simple comparison, one that is going to include more asterisks than you will probably know what to do with. (more…)
You know that report about Samsung moving up the launch date of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to give them some breathing room ahead of Apple’s next iPhone unveiling? I wouldn’t be shocked at this point if Samsung really has decided to release these two new phones earlier than originally anticipated. Yesterday, a Samsung phone under model number SM-N920 showed up at the FCC for almost every single major US carrier. We’ve got listing for T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, just not Sprint (UPDATE: Sprint is live). If that wasn’t enough, we are also seeing listings for another model number of SM-G928 that is largely thought to be the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a bigger version of the original S6 Edge. (more…)