BlackBerry 10 coming to all four major U.S. carriers

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Jan 132013
 
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A number of Canadian carriers have now announced that they will carry BlackBerry 10 devices when they launch. The same happened this week in the U.S. where all four major carriers made similar announcements. First, a report by Reuters indicated that AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon would all carry the upcoming devices. Then came confirmation from Sprint that it would also offer at least one device in 2013.

At least two carrier executives expressed cautious optimism about their upcoming launches and the devices themselves:

  • T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere: “We’re extremely optimistic that it’s going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it.”
  • Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam: “We’re hopeful its going to be a good device,” adding, “We’ll carry it.”

AT&T Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher confirmed that they would support the platform and handset executive Jeff Bradley added, “It’s logical to expect our current (BlackBerry) customers will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from in the future.”

For its part, Sprint only indicated that it “plans to bring BlackBerry 10 to our customers later this year. We will share more details soon.”

Research In Motion is now working with more than 150 carriers across the world and many have now confirmed that they will offer BlackBerry 10 smartphones shortly after their launch.

Read more: Reuters and BGR

Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 begin shipping

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Oct 302012
 

Nokia Lumia 920Nokia yesterday confirmed that both the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 have begun shipping. Both will be available in France and the UK this week but the honour of first carrier to offer the Lumia 920 looks to be going to Rogers. The Canadian carrier yesterday announced that it would begin selling the Lumia 920 today in “select stores,” starting at CA$99.99 with a three-year contract.

“After seeing the enthusiastic response to the incredible innovation in the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, we’re eager for people to start experiencing the phones for themselves,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices. “We are focusing our efforts on working with partners who recognize the value of that innovation, and who are committed to helping Lumia and the Windows Phone platform break through in key markets around the world.”

Nokia’s new Lumia devices will launch in the U.S. in November although specific dates are still not available. AT&T will launch the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Verizon will offer the Nokia Lumia 822 while T-Mobile will offer the Lumia 810.

Pricing and exact availability will be announced by individual carriers.

Update: Rogers has also confirmed that it shipped “a limited supply of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones in black” to some customers who reserved one through its Rogers Reservation System.

Read more: Nokia and Rogers RedBoard

T-Mobile USA and Nokia introduce Nokia Lumia 810

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Oct 082012
 

Nokia Lumia 810T-Mobile USA and Nokia today unveiled the Nokia Lumia 810, a new Windows Phone 8 smartphone for which T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. carrier. Very similar to the Lumia 820, it adds a 1.2MP wide-angle Skype HD certified front-facing camera, a larger 1,800mAh battery, and a number of “optimizations to make it screaming fast on T-Mobile’s 4G network.” It will also support exchangeable shells including some offering wireless charging.

“We’re providing our customers with a unique Windows Phone 8 experience by offering an exclusive device paired with our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan and a comprehensive set of enhanced features,” said Andrew Morrison, vice president of product management, T-Mobile USA. “The Nokia Lumia 810 gives customers speedy, 4G access to T-Mobile’s nationwide network and the content and features they want, whenever they need it. From navigation tools to an enhanced camera, the Lumia 810 provides a great value and a high-quality experience.”

The Nokia Lumia 810 will come pre-loaded with City Lens, an augmented reality app, Nokia Transit, Nokia Drive, and the free Nokia Music service.

The Nokia Lumia 810 will be “available in the coming weeks.” Specific pricing and availability details will be revealed closer to the launch.

Nokia last month announced the Lumia 920 which will be carried exlusively by AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada as well as the Nokia Lumia 820.

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T-Mobile USA to merge with MetroPCS

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Oct 032012
 

T-Mobile USADeutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s parent company, today announced that it has signed an agreement to merge T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS, a smaller pre-paid U.S. carrier. The combined company will continue to operate under the T-Mobile brand name and led by new T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this transaction with MetroPCS, which enhances Deutsche Telekom’s position in the expanding U.S. wireless market,” said René Obermann, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom. “The T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands are a great strategic fit – both operationally and culturally. The new company will be the value leader in wireless with the scale, spectrum and financial and other resources to expand its geographic coverage, broaden choice among all types of customers and continue to innovate, especially around the next-generation LTE network. We are committed to creating a sustainable and financially viable national challenger in the U.S., and we believe this combination helps us deliver on that commitment.”

Deutsche Telekom will pay MetroPCS shareholders US$1.5 billion for a 26% share of the combined company with Deutsche Telekom retaining the other 74%.

The announcement is expected to allow T-Mobile to better compete against the larger AT&T and Verizon Wireless and help it move forward with its LTE deployment.

The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2013, pending the usual approvals and closing conditions.

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John Legere named new T-Mobile USA CEO

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Sep 192012
 

T-Mobile USADeutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s parent company, today announced the appointment of John Legere as its U.S. carrier’s new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Jim Alling, who has served as interim CEO since June when former CEO Phillip Hume resigned.

“John is a talented and proven executive who brings a successful track record of leading and operating consumer- and business-focused telecommunications and technology companies,” said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “As T-Mobile moves forward with its strategic initiatives to improve its market position, including expanding its network coverage and initiating LTE service, John has obviously the right skillset to lead the business into the future. John’s experience in the telecommunication and technology industries at Global Crossing and Dell will enhance T-Mobile’s ability to deliver superior mobile experiences for our customers as the Company continues to strengthen its business. I am delighted to welcome John to T-Mobile and look forward to working with him to make T-Mobile a stronger competitor.”

T-Mobile USA is the only major U.S. carrier not to have launched LTE yet.

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Rumour: AWS-compatible HTC One X+ headed to T-Mobile USA

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Jul 252012
 

HTCA new HTC One smartphone appears to be headed to T-Mobile USA later this year. First revealed on a leaked roadmap as the HTC Era 42, TMoNews has learned that the device will launch as the HTC One X+ possibly in September. The ‘+’ suggests that it will be an upgraded version of the HTC One X first announced at MWC 2012.

The ‘+’ may in fact be a reference to NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 Plus processor. If so, the T-Mobile HTC One X+ could sport a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. As for the ‘Era 42’ name, it may be a reference to 42Mbps HSPA+.

If T-Mobile does launch an AWS-compatible version of the HTC One X, there is a chance that it will make its way up here to Canada to Mobilicity, Vidéotron, WIND Mobile, or even all three.

Assuming all these rumours are correct, T-Mobile will launch the HTC One X+ on September 26th. Pricing information is not yet known.

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HTC confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades for some HTC One devices

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Jul 202012
 

HTCOn the heels of Australia’s Telstra effectively confirming that HTC would upgrade its HTC One lineup to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, HTC has issued a statement confirming that nearly the entire HTC One lineup will be upgraded:

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

Lacking from the list is the HTC One V. It remains to be seen if HTC is still evaluating that upgrade or has already decided not to offer it.

Engadget has also confirmed that the AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Rogers Wireless versions of both the HTC One X and One S will also receive the upgrade. There is no word on updates for other Canadian carriers but I suspect that they will also see the upgrade.

There is no word yet on whether HTC will also offer the update to older devices.

Read more: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Note coming soon to T-Mobile USA

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Jul 172012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteT-Mobile USA today confirmed that it would soon offer the original “phablet,” the Samsung Galaxy Note and promising “an innovative, all-in-one experience that is perfect for work, play and everything in between.”

Consumers are demanding larger smartphone screen sizes. In fact, a recent T-Mobile survey showed 77 percent of consumers prefer a device with a 4.5-inch or larger display rather than a smaller screen. The Galaxy Note speaks directly to that demand with a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touch screen — the largest screen on a T-Mobile smartphone. The device is elegantly designed to handle both business and home tasks with ease.

The T-Mobile version will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed along with Samsung’s Premium Suite software.

T-Mobile has not announced specific pricing or availability details, promising only that it will be available in “the coming weeks.” It looks like it will launch just as Samsung is set to announce its successor, the Galaxy Note 2, at IFA 2012 on August 30th.

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Nokia 808 PureView coming to U.S.

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Jun 182012
 

Nokia 808 PureViewAs expected, Nokia today announced that it will launch the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone in the United States. Nokia had originally indicated that it had no plans to bring the Symbian-powered device to North America but it appears that “consumer interest” has helped change its mind. It will be sold unlocked through Amazon.com.

The highlight of the Nokia 808 PureView is its 41MP camera sensor with Carl Zeiss optics. By default, it captures 5MP images that promise reduced noise and improved image quality due to the oversampling used. It also supports HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom.

Specification-wise, it appears to be the same device that it announced back at MWC 2012. Nokia notes that it will work with a compatible SIM card from AT&T. You could also use it with a T-Mobile SIM but only at 2G speeds due to the radio configuration.

Amazon.com will offer the Nokia 808 PureView unlocked and unsubsidized for US$699. Pre-orders will begin later this week. Nokia has also set up a page where you can register to be notified when the Nokia PureView 808 goes on sale.

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Rumour: T-Mobile USA to acquire MetroPCS

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May 102012
 

T-Mobile USAThe last time T-Mobile was the subject of an acquisition, it was going to be the acquiree until the deal fell apart last December. It now appears that it could be doing the acquiring this time. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reports that Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company, is in discussion with MetroPCS about a possible merger.

Such a merger would not be without its challenges. For example, T-Mobile uses HSPA while MetroPCS runs on CDMA.

One option is a stock-swap transaction that would give Deutsche Telekom control over the merged company which would stay publicly listed. Deutsche Telekom is also considering an outright sale of the carrier or an initial public offering.

T-Mobile USA is the U.S.’s the fourth-largest wireless provider with 33.4 million subscribers at the end of 2012’s first quarter. It has struggled against its larger competitors. Since the failed AT&T merger, it has cut jobs even as it has increased investment into a faster network in a bid to retain its customers. This deal would grow T-Mobile’s customer base by 9.5 million.

Both companies are also in discussions with other parties.

Read more: Bloomberg

Samsung outlines U.S. carrier Android 4.0 Galaxy upgrade plans

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Apr 242012
 

SamsungSamsung has posted new details about its Android 4.0 upgrade plans for devices offered by U.S. carriers. The list does not provide specific timelines and Samsung warns that “this list may be altered as updates are confirmed or released.”

AT&T leads the pack with six devices, including the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, and Nexus S, scheduled for updates. Sprint and Verizon both have two devices up for updates. Samsung and T-Mobile USA are still “in close communication” to determine which devices will be updated.

The following Wi-Fi-only devices are also scheduled for updates: the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi.

It should come as no surprise that both the original Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab are not listed. Despite an outcry about its decision, Samsung has yet to reverse its stand on providing updates for these devices.

Only one update is currently available. It is for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G (SPH-d720).

Read more: Samsung (Source: Ubergizmo)

T-Mobile USA to launch HTC One S on April 25th

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Apr 182012
 

HTC One ST-Mobile USA today announced that it will launch the HTC One S on April 25th. It will be the carrier’s first Android 4.0 device.

“The HTC One series is a revolutionary device portfolio and we’re proud to be the first carrier to introduce the HTC One S to the U.S. market,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With a stunningly thin design that doesn’t compromise performance, the HTC One S is a sleek 4G smartphone with beauty and brains that our customers will be proud to show off.”

Unlike the HTC One X that AT&T is launching in May, it will not support LTE but will support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network.

T-Mobile USA will offer the HTC One S for US$199.99 after a US$50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year contract.

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T-Mobile USA holding HTC One S event on April 18th

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Apr 112012
 

The T-Mobile USA launch of the HTC One S must be getting close. The carrier has just sent out press invitations to “be amongst the first to experience the HTC One S.” The event will take place on April 18th in New York City.

T-Mobile USA HTC One S press event

When HTC announced its HTC One lineup, it announced that T-Mobile would be the launch partner for the HTC One S while AT&T would carry the HTC One X. Sprint is also getting an HTC One of its own, the HTC Evo 4G LTE.

T-Mobile has yet to announce specific availability and pricing details. We will hopefully have them next week.

Rumour: AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 exclusive only good for 45 days?

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Jan 152012
 

Nokia Lumia 900If you have been eyeing the new Nokia Lumia 900 but not willing to sign up with AT&T, there may be some good news for you. A rumour now suggests that the carrier’s exclusive will only last 45 days. After that, other U.S. carriers could ask to carry it as well. The single “source at a rival wireless carrier” adds that T-Mobile appears quite interested with Verizon and Sprint somewhat more undecided (and waiting to see how well it sells at AT&T first). A launch at any of these carriers could occur as early as sometime in Q3 2012.

The source adds that versions of the Lumia 900 released by these other carriers may also be improved to sport a 12MP camera rather than the 8MP one.

WinSuperSite‘s Paul Thurrott warns that has not validated this rumour with other sourecs and warns to take it “with the necessary grain of salt.”

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Upcoming HTC Ville headed to T-Mobile?

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Jan 152012
 

The only device HTC unveiled at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show was the HTC Titan II, the first LTE Windows Phone smartphone to be headed to AT&T. More announcements are expected at next month’s Mobile World Congress. Among these is likely to be the HTC Ville. PocketNow has learned that it is likely headed to T-Mobile where it could launch as early as this spring.

Earlier rumours suggest that the HTC Ville will be quite slim (under 8mm). It looks like it will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 along with HTC Sense 4.0. It could also pack a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display and an 8MP camera.

Rumoured HTC Ville

PocketNow also expects HTC to unveil HTC Family, a new service that will allow family members to leave other messages and coordinate family events. Geolocation support would also make it easier for family members to know where each is.

HTC is also rumoured to unveil one other smartphone and a quad-core tablet at MWC. The second rumoured smartphone may also be powered by a quad-core processor. Could it be the HTC Edge?

Read more: PocketNow