Google Wallet Will Come Pre-Installed on Android Devices at AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile

It’s official. Google has acquired “some exciting technology and intellectual property” from Softcard, the carrier-owned mobile payment system that for years, was the reason Google Wallet couldn’t exist on your Android phone. Oh how the times have changed.

Thanks to this acquisition of tech, along with a new partnership through Softcard’s founders (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile), Google Wallet will now come pre-installed on Android phones sold by these carriers later this year. Google didn’t specify if this meant all Android phones moving forward or not, but I would imagine that is the case. Google did note that phones will need to run KitKat or higher.  (more…)

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 Receiving Lollipop Update Now (Updated)

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 owners, your Android 5.0 “Lollipop” update has arrived. At least according to a handful of our readers. The update starting pushing within the last couple of hours and weighs in at around 939MB. Neither Samsung or T-Mobile have updated their support sites to confirm the update on their end, so we don’t have an official changelog to share with you. With that said, you know exactly what you are getting.  (more…)

T-Mobile Service Struggling in Northeast at the Moment (Updated)

Folks with T-Mobile service in the northeast corner of the US are reporting service issues at the moment. Not only is our Twitter timeline filled up with readers who are experiencing data drops, lack of LTE, and hit or miss connections, but Down Detector is also quickly filling up with reports.

If you are experiencing issues, feel free to let us know what you are seeing and where you are located.

We reached out to T-Mobile and will report back if we can pass along any info. Also, continue to check back as we will update this post.  (more…)

Phone Unlocking is Now, Like, Super Legal Starting Today

Over a year ago, the FCC and the CTIA (organization who represents all of the big wireless carriers) reached an agreement on how each of the big wireless carriers in the US should approach phone unlocking and unlocking requests from their customers. We are bringing up the subject again today, because February 11 was the date set for all participating parties to be ready for every single one of you to flood your carrier with a wave of unlock requests, or something. OK, not really, but today is the day that carriers needed to to be in full compliance with that previously mentioned agreement, an agreement that included six bullet points for handling the unlocking of the phones (“Six Standards on Unlocking”). You will hear people toss around things like, “It’s now legal to unlock your phone starting today!” (Just like I did in that click-baity title.) But that’s not really the case. It has been legal for a long, long time, it’s just that today, carriers have to be more friendly about it all.

Let’s talk a bit about it.  (more…)

Verizon Once Again Dominates RootMetrics’ Latest Carrier Report, T-Mobile Falls to Sprint

RootMetrics, a company who takes network performance serious enough to “distill” thousands of “independent, consumer-focused” tests to measure and rank them, published their 2nd Half 2014 US carrier network report yesterday afternoon. The results, well, aren’t all that different from their first half results, other than the fact that T-Mobile dropped to fourth place behind Sprint for overall performance. On top, we still have Verizon, just like we did back in August.  (more…)

Lollipop Update for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile Rolling Out Now

Owners of the HTC One (M8) through T-Mobile, your Android 5.0.1 “Lollipop” is now available. Originally scheduled for release yesterday, the update was pushed one day to today, which you likely didn’t even realize. On that note – even though HTC technically missed their 90-day HTC Advantage update window, they certainly didn’t miss it by much with some of these carrier variants.   (more…)