T-Mobile VoLTE has Gone Live in Seattle

Begun, the VoLTE wars have. A few days after Verizon announced its VoLTE intentions and AT&T flipped the switch on VoLTE in a few cities, T-Mobile has made an advancement of its own. Starting today, T-Mobile customers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or LG G Flex can take advantage of VoLTE in Seattle, Washington.

VoLTE dramatically improves the quality of voice during phone calls. It also has the added benefit of letting you use LTE data while on call. Plus, T-Mobile says, call setup times are almost twice as fast as non-VoLTE calls (for whatever that’s worth).  (more…)

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and LG Flex Get Updates That Turn on VoLTE

T-Mobile just announced that they are turning on VoLTE in Seattle. To make sure that they have phones which can take advantage of the new Voice-over-LTE feature, they are issuing updates to both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G Flex.

The updates appear to be minor, with each only listing that they are flipping the switch on VoLTE for Seattle.

The G Flex’s new software version will be D95920m. The Galaxy Note 3 will be on N900TUVUDNE6 following the update.  (more…)

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 Receiving Update to Fix SMS/MMS Failure Issue

T-Mobile’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving a new update starting today, to address an issue that was causing SMS/MMS messages to fail. The new update brings the phone to build G900TUVU1ANE5.

The exact wording for the update is “Intermittently incoming SMS/MMS failure.” If you were experiencing texting issues on your GS5 through T-Mobile, you will want to grab this update as soon as possible. (more…)

Gold Galaxy S5 Coming to All Carriers May 30, Not Just T-Mobile

Earlier today, Samsung put out a press release for all of the “tastemakers” out there. If you tastemakers were jealous that T-Mobile was the only one getting the Band-Aid Gold Galaxy S5, today is your lucky day. Samsung announced the new colorway will be available to more people on more carriers around the globe.

On May 30, T-Mobile will not be the exclusive carrier to offer the phone. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon (through select indirect retailers), and even U.S. Cellular will be offering up the Gold Galaxy S5 option for its customers.  (more…)

T-Mobile Adds “Limited Edition” Gold Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) to Line-up

T-Mobile announced this morning that they have added the gold version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 to their line-up of phones, along with the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) tablet. The Note 10.1 (2014) is up for pre-order starting today for $99 down, with in-store availability beginning June 4. The gold Galaxy S5 will arrive May 30 for a “limited” time at select retail stores and online.  (more…)

T-Mobile and Walmart Team Up to Provide Affordable 4G Tablets

When Android tablets first launched, we clamored for versions that did not require us to tie into expensive data plans. Most of us ended up choosing WiFi-only tablets because of the premium price tag attached to 4G or LTE-ready slates. Doug Chartier, senior VP at T-Mobile, says this has lead us to become trapped in the “WiFi zone” and is looking to give more people the affordable option of picking up a data-enabled tablet. He and T-Mobile are turning to Walmart for help.  (more…)

ZTE Announces Budget-friendly Concord II, Bound for T-Mobile and Metro PCS

Need proof that the mid-range smartphone market is booming? If Motorola’s announcement wasn’t evidence enough, ZTE’s new Concord II handset might convince you.

The Concord II’s specifications are anything but impressive, but that is not very surprising for a budget smartphone. It has a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5 MP camera, 1,820mAh battery, and no LTE.  (more…)