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4 years ago

T-Mobile used your Speedtest app data to back its claim of 'fastest' network

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T-Mobile used your Speedtest app data to back its claim of 'fastest' network

T-Mobile and AT&T agree — faster is better

One of T-Mobile's big talking points during their CES presentation was about the speed of their data network. They made it a point to show how their network was substantially faster than AT&Ts or Verizon's, and went as far as joking about Sprint's network performance with one-liners any Internet commenter would be proud of. They pulled no punches.

They briefly mentioned it during the presentation, but a recent press release answers the questions of just how they got the data to make this claim — from Ookla, the folks behind the popular cross-platform Speedtest.net app. They gathered test results from over 1 million users — we presume it was done anonymously — and the analysis shows that their LTE network is the fastest in the country.

They also make it a point to mention how others do their network speed analysis, using "highly paid industry consultants" and data from drive tests. To T-Mobile, real-life data from folks like you and me paints a more accurate picture of the situation. While test results and slides on stage in Las Vegas won't tell the story in your neighborhood, we like the idea of using real customer data like this. 

You can read what T-Mobile has to say about this and some more tidbits about their network plans in the press release after the break.

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4 years ago

PowerbyProxi talks better ways to charge your devices #CESlive

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PowerbyProxi talks better ways to charge your devices #CESlive

Ditch the cables and charge wirelessly

John and Rene talk to Fady Mishriki from PowerbyProxi about better ways to charge your mobile devices. Utilizing intelligent wireless charging pads PowerbyProxi is able to charge your devices just as fast as your wired charger, but allow you to move into the world of wireless charging.

PowerbyProxi hopes you will ditch your charging cables in favor of their wireless technology. Be sure to check out what Fady has to say to John and Rene in the 12 minute demo above.

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4 years ago

Carbon for Twitter finally runs into the token wall

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Carbon for Twitter finally runs into the token wall

Well, it's finally happening. Carbon for Twitter, long one of our favorite Android Twitter apps, is finally running up against the token limit Twitter implemented some time ago. Developer M.Saleh Esmaeili dropped the bad news on Google+, meaning the app won't be able to accept new users once the last token is used up. 

That's the same issue just about every major third-party Twitter app has run into, including Falcon Pro and Tweet Lanes. Esmaeili says he won't muck about with API workarounds, so what we've got is what we've got. Esmaeili is looking ahead to his next projects, though. 

Unfortunately, for Carbon, however, we all knew this was coming.

Source: +M.Saleh Esmaeili

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4 years ago

LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop hands-on

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LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop hands-on

The company's first attempt at Chrome OS is also the first ever all-in-one device with Google's operating system

We've seen Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes, but LG has partnered with Google this time around to launch the world's first Chromebase, a Chrome OS all-in-one desktop. Other than the larger screen, this really isn't a big departure from what we've seen with Chrome OS devices of the past. We're looking at simple hardware — both in design and internals — running an unedited version of Google's software that's generally being targeted at a lower end of the market.

Although we don't know the exact pricing or availability for LG's first shot at Chrome OS hardware, given what's here we can't expect it to cost all that much. You're getting a 21.5-inch display at 1920 x 1080 resolution, powered by what you find in modern Chromebooks — an Intel Celeron dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an assortment of standard ports. You'll get a standard keyboard and mouse thrown in — color matched to the either white or black system you buy — but aside from that this is a no frills affair.

One interesting aspect of the Chromebase is its ability to act as an external monitor for another device with an HDMI input on the back, which could really open up possibilities for this device. Considering the solid quality of the display (from our time with it), this could be a nice choice to run Chrome OS some of the time and then simply turn into a dumb display for another computer with the flip of a switch.

We can easily see the Chromebase carving out a niche market in education, libraries and homes with simpler computing needs. Particularly if the price is right.

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4 years ago

AT&T's new Sponsored Data plans are a very bad thing

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AT&T's new Sponsored Data plans are a very bad thing

At CES this year, AT&T made an announcement that is designed to make things easier on your wallet. The single biggest cost in any cellular contract these days is data, and AT&T's new Sponsored Data is being touted as a way to take some of the load off of your data plan and transfer that burden to person whose data you're downloading.

It's called Sponsored Data, and it's designed to break the internet.

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4 years ago

LG G Flex QuickWindow and Vest cases

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LG G Flex QuickWindow and Vest cases

Two cases with distinct functional differences

Accessory support for the recently-announced G Flex is a little light at the moment, but LG is at least showing off early versions of two cases for the bendy behemoth. The QuickWindow and Vest, as they're called, are similar in styling and materials but serve to distinctly different purposes.

The QuickWindow, on one hand, is much the same as we've seen for previous LG devices like the Optimus G Pro and completely covers the front and back of the G Flex. You're getting a hard outer shell with an interesting faux metal pattern on it, a nice stitched material where the front hinges on and a cutout in the screen cover portion to show you bits of information when closed.

With the Vest case, you're getting something a bit more minimalist. The basic idea is to simply protect all four corners of the G Flex against occasional bumps and scratches, while leaving most of the sides and back open to the air. Made of the same material and color as the QuickWindow, it gives a bit more visual flair with interesting cutouts along the edges and a solid portion down the middle of the back plate.

Be sure to take a closer look at the cases with our photo gallery after the break.

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4 years ago

Watch this: The blatant BlackBerry ripoff

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Watch this: The blatant BlackBerry ripoff

Our pal CrackBerry Kevin takes a look at the Typo keyboard, which at this point is as famous for its IP infringement (erm, alleged) as it is its celebrity funder, Ryan "Don't call me Gosling" Seacrest.

Typo fits atop the iPhone and looks suspiciously like a BlackBerry keyboard. Or exactly like a BlackBerry keyboard. 

Just part of the fun that is CES.

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4 years ago

Send your carrier a 'break-up letter' with T-Mobile's new tool

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Send your carrier a 'break-up letter' with T-Mobile's new tool

Click a few buttons to remind your carrier why you left

T-Mobile thinks it has made some big moves towards bringing more customers to its network. The only thing left to do, according to the Uncarrier, is send your current carrier a break up letter. With a small Facebook page — found at the link below — you can click a few buttons to make a form letter explaining to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or another carrier why you're done putting up with their policies.

You'll explain why you're leaving, why the carrier's views don't match up with your own and finally sign the letter with "your happy ex," and your name. If you're so inclined, you can even follow it up with a link directly to the letter that you can send the carrier, or just share directly to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ — you can even download the letter and mail it in if you want to go all-out.

It's a neat bit of viral marketing from T-Mobile, and we bet there are more than a few people who plan to send these in when they switch carriers.

Source: T-Mobile (Facebook)

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4 years ago

T-Mobile offering all phones for $0 down

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T-Mobile offering all phones for $0 down

No money out of your pocket to get a new device today

T-Mobile is going all out today at their CES press conference, and starting today they have just announced that all of their devices will qualify for $0 down. Having just announced their new plans to pay ETF fees for those looking to change carriers, they will also be making the choice much easier with requiring no money down on the new devices.

Whether you are looking for a brand new Nexus 5, or a Samsung Galaxy S4, or even the LG G2, you can walk out of a T-Mobile store with $0 down on any device. While many of these new ideas from T-Mobile seem to be a bit crazy, they have been paying off as the company has seen huge increases in the subscriber base.

Of course even though you walk out of the store with $0 down, the price of the device is divided and billed monthly, but for those who don't have the money today to get a new phone, this is still a great option. Will you be ditching your current smartphone for a brand new one from T-Mobile?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile details its plan to pay your ETF from another carrier

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T-Mobile details its plan to pay your ETF from another carrier

T-Mobile aims to end the "contracts in perpetuity" trickery

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere hates the "stupid, broken, arrogant industry" that is the current status quo in the US when it comes to how you pay for use of your mobile devices. We know he hates it, because he tells us at every opportunity — today's CES event being a great example. An announcement today shows how they aim to fix it all.

With what they called their "Get Out of Jail" program in today's Uncarrier 4.0 press release, T-Mobile will pay you up to $650 to get out of your current contract and come to their network. Of course, there has to be fine print for an offer like this, and we're all filled with questions, and T-Mobile has a web site up and running to try and help answer them.

The overview is simple enough. Bring your final bill and T-mobile will pay up to $350 to pay off your existing ETF from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. If you have an eligible phone, they will also give you some cash for it. Up to $300 cash. 

I'm sure we'll find out other details once people start actually using this one, but for now I'd advise everyone considering it to head to T-Mobile's site (see the link below) and do some reading. 

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces preliminary Q4 2013 customer results

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T-Mobile announces preliminary Q4 2013 customer results

1,645,000 total customers added in the quarter; best figures in 8 years

We're live from T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 event at CES in Las Vegas where CEO John Legere has just announced preliminary Q4 2013 results for the carrier. We're of course not talking financial results, but rather customer acquisition and general network information. Here are the high points:

  • Total customer acquisition of 1.645 million
  • Branded net customer additions of 981,000
  • 869,000 postpaid net customer additions, 69,000 of which were tablets
  • 112,000 prepaid net customer additions
  • Overall customer churn of just 1.7 percent

These numbers lead to the best quarter for T-Mobile in eight years. Legere claims that over 4.4 million customers moved to T-Mobile in 2013, of course helped greatly by those amazing Q4 results but also by Q2 and Q3 additions. In the previous two quarters, T-Mobile added more customers than all other carriers combined.

More: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 announcements

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T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 announcements

T-Mobile CEO John Legere and company are live on stage at CES, and they have sent out the official announcement about Uncarrier v. 4.0. We've got three major components:

Get out of Jail Free — T-Mo will pay your ETF if you want to switch from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. If you have an eligible phone to trade in, you could get as much as $650.

The fastest 4G network in the US — T-Mo's 4G now reaches 209 million people in 273 markets. According to real-time speed tests, it's also the fastest network in the USA. It's going to get even better, as they add spectrum and deploy their Wideband LTE (20+20) which begins in Dallas.

Three new Wideband LTE-capable devices — The LG Flex, the Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch, and the Xperia Z1s will all be able to take full advantage of the new Wideband LTE network. We'll be sure to give each of them a workout.

Of course, Mr. Legere always has plenty to say so stay tuned! The press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Live from T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 event with @JohnLegere

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Live from T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 event with @JohnLegere

Event (and our liveblog) kicks off around 12:30 p.m. PST from Las Vegas

T-Mobile CEO John Legere already has made quite the splash here at CES in Las Vegas — and the company hasn't even had its big day yet. The ever-outspoken (and far from publicity-shy) Legere already crash (and got kicked out of) AT&T's opening party. He put coal in his competitors stockings. He called AT&T's offer of up to $450 for switching from T-Mobile "desperate."

Today T-Mobile unveils its latest "Uncarrier" initiative in Las Vegas. By all accounts (including any number of leaks) we should see a move to pay early termination fees if you switch to T-Mobile. That's not really a new thing — carriers have been offering that incentive off and on for years. But chances are T-Mobile will add some sort of twist to it.

And we'll be there to bring it to you, live. Join us after the break for our liveblog. Doors open at noon PST — that's 3 p.m. on the East Coast and 8 p.m. in London, and we'll kick things off thereabouts.

This should be good.

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4 years ago

Samsung talks new tablets at #CESlive

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Samsung talks new tablets at #CESlive

All your pixels are belong to Samsung

That's what Ryan Biden from Samsung had to say early into this one, as he sat down with John P. and Rene to talk about the new Galaxy Pro gear they brought to CES 2014. We think he's right, as even the 8.4-inch version packs a mind-blowing 2560 x 1600 resolution LCD.

Of course there is more to the new tablets than just the screen, and Ryan goes over the new Magazine UI, reasons why 12.2-inches makes sense for the big Tab and Note Pro, and takes a few minutes to show how to customize the screens to get any look you want.

And you know they just had go over the hardware details as well, and with features like USB 3.0 and LAN support (via an adapter) there is plenty to talk about. 

If you're interested in Samsung's new Pro tablets for 2014, this one is a must-watch.

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4 years ago

Hisense announces 2 new Android-powered 4K smart televisions

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Hisense announces 2 new Android-powered 4K smart televisions

UHD resolution and Android get together in Hisense's new SmartTV line

Hisense is bringing two 4K big screens to market, and both are powered by Android. The H8c series will come in 50-inch, 55-inch and 60-inch models, while the H9 3D series will be 75 and 85-inches. Both series will be powered by Android (4.2 Jellybean) with Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Chrome, Pandora and YouTube installed natively. Full support from Google Play rounds out the software. Both models are scheduled to be available in Q3 2014.

Physical specs include local dimming, UHD HDMI inputs. USB 3 support, AirBridge player and receiver ability, built in Wifi, and smart mouse and input controls.

The H9 comes with Bluetooth 3D glasses, NFC and a smart remote that has voice and gesture controls built-in.

We're going to swing by and have a look at what Hisense has to offer, and see if this is the "new" Android TV we've been waiting to see. In the meantime, the press release if after the break.

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