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5 years ago

T-Mobile Bringing Back Upgrade Fees

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Rats. It looks like T-Mobile is bringing back upgrade fees. This is a bit of a downer since it comes off the rather good news of T-Mobile changing some rate plans and also reverses the news we reported back in December about upgrade fees being gone forever.

Though the $18 upgrade fee isn't necessarily a dealbreaker for those looking to upgrade their handsets, it's certainly annoying to have to shell out money for no tangible reason. It's as if the carriers just decided that they could charge, so they charge. Sigh.

Boo to the upgrade fee.

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

Elan Micro Demos Multitouch on Android

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Elan Microelectronics, a small Taiwanese outfit that recently made news for suing Apple for copyright infringement over their multi-touch technology, recently release the above video demonstrating multi-touch on an Android device. Multi-touch, with the ability to "pinch" and zoom with finger gestures, is particularly useful when reading web pages and looking at photos. Hopefully this is a feature that will come to the Android platform for all Android devices. How important is it to you that you can pinch and zoom?

[androidauthority]

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5 years ago

HTC Is Developing an Android Device Called the Fiesta

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Want more news of a "planned" Android device with little to no details? Well you got it! The Bluetooth SIG group have registered the HTC Fiesta which is a handheld phone (predictably) that is going to run Android! The details are so sparse that we can only tell you that it'll run Android, it'll be released in Asia, Europe, and North America and oh yeah, it'll have Bluetooth.

There was no mention of the HTC Fiesta in HTC's 2009 leaked product line so maybe we'll see this device in 2010? Or is HTC keeping this one heavily under wraps? Only time will tell. In the meantime...FIESTA!

[via bgr]

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5 years ago

Is The T-Mobile Private NYC Launch Event Not Related to Android ??

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Ugh. Remember that T-Mobile Private Launch Party in NYC we told you guys about? Signs are pointing away from a launch of the T-Mobile G2 and instead pointing towards...Blackberry. How we hate you so.

Why do we think it's going to be Blackberry-focused? Well, T-Mobile is co-hosting an event in London the same exact day WITH Blackberry, so unless their releasing two different devices on the same day...it looks like the G2 talks were a little premature.

We'll keep our eyes peeled (and our fingers crossed!) for any news regarding Android but don't be saddened if you get a new Blackberry device instead of a G2. Yeah, either way, we're already preparing ourselves for the worst.

Do you guys still have hopes to see the G2 on April 21st?

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Makes Changes to Rate Plans

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We can all agree that T-Mobile is a pretty good carrier in terms of pricing and customer service, right? Well if you don't agree you've probably never paid Verizon's rates and never experienced AT&T's customer service! Anyways, there was a big hoopla about T-Mobile changing their rate plans and we've got a list of what will change:

Individual Plans

  • We’re adding unlimited mobile to mobile on all single line plans at $49.99 and higher, at no additional cost.

Family Plans

  • New promotional myFaves plan for $89.99 that includes 1800 minutes, unlimited nights and weekends, unlimited mobile to mobile and my Faves.
  • Adding 500 additional minutes to the $99.99 and $129.99 FamilyTime Plans at no extra cost.
  • For the $119.99 and $149.99 myFaves for families plans, we are adding 500 minutes, and we are lowering their prices by $10.

Family Allowance change

  • The introductory period for Family Allowances is now ending, and we are now changing the price to $4.99 per month per account for new customers.  

What do you guys think about the changes? Awesome? Meh? Wanted more? Tell us in the comments!

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 21 April 2009

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Do you have post-CTIA-syndrome? Feel like all the hot new smartphone news happened two weeks ago and not much has happened since? Wondering if you have the strength to make it through another day without a pithy overview of everything that happened in the smartphone world last week? Easter feast have you feeling too lazy to do anything but peruse enough smartphone news to fill out a short novella?

Fret not, our best of SPE news roundup has you covered. Get clicking!

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5 years ago

Enhanced Gmail and Calendar Web App for Android

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Have you had a chance to check out Google's web app for Gmail and Calendar on your Android device lately? Google is touting it as "a new and improved experience when you access Gmail and Calendar through the browser" of your Android device. Improvements include things like the user interface to make messaging on the go even easier, along with a "Floaty Bar" that makes common actions, like archive and delete, just one click away.

The reasons given for using the web app model are good ones: Google can introduce new upgrades and iterations of the product far more quickly, not requiring a whole new download for you, the user, each time there is a change. This should also equate to more frequent improvements. Also, Google can much more efficiently share code across multiple platforms, like in the case of a 90%+ code share between Android and iPhone.

If you haven't tried it already, what are you waiting for? Watch the video above, then give it a go on your Android phone. Then, let us know what you think!

[googleblog.blogspot.com]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Private Launch Event Set for April 21st in NYC, New Android Phone !?

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Oh boy! T-Mobile just sent out invitations for a private launch event in New York City on April 21st.  Remember the last time we had a T-Mobile private launch event in New York City? Yep, that was the launch of the T-Mobile G1. What could this event be for? The T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Magic? Cupcake? It absolutely has to be Android related, right? Save the date, because it's going to be big.

What do you guys think?

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5 years ago

Sadly, the Huawei G7000 Is A Sleek, NON-Android Phone

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Demonstrating that the old adage "beauty is only skin deep" is true, we've learned that the sleek, full touchscreen Huawei G7000 is running a propriety OS rather than Google's Android. This beauty is launching inside China and may never see the world outside of the Great Wall. Strikingly similar to a certain phone that sounds like "eye-fone", it's a shame that we won't see the little green 'droid bounding happily across it's full touchscreen. Huawei, if you're listening, feel free to consider an Android device. We just may wants it!

[engadgetmobile]

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5 years ago

Lenovo's Sexy Ophone Gets a Video Hands-On

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 We've detailed the Lenovo Ophone before on Android Central and damn, if it ain't sexy. We've been drooling over the images of the Ophone since it was first leaked but now we get to see it in action, in hands-on video glory. We get a few run throughs of the UI which looks admittedly iPhone-esque. If it looks nothing like Android, don't be surprised, we think it's kind of the point.  However, you'll surely recognize some of the Android apps. The cube metaphor for swiping screens is pretty nifty and we actually get to see some widgets be put to use. Overall, we're pretty impressed by this and hopefully we can see this type of innovation trickle down to future Android builds. If we could even remotely understand Chinese, we'd definitely be interested in using this! What do you guys think? [via modmygphone]

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