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Not ready for prime time
Wednesday, 7:53 AM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Expands to More Android Handsets forum

Loaded on the phone I use daily for media streaming and GPS in my car. Immediately after loading, Google Maps stopped working (dies with an exception on startup). Turn commands are incomplete compared with Google Maps. Directions to my office called for me to get back on the highway (the building borders the highway but is accessed from a nearby street). Will be uninstalled immediately.

Re: Price...
Oct 19, 2014, 8:53 AM
in the Article: Google Shows Off Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet forum

I agree with your comments about previous Nexus phones. But the N6 suffers some of the same issues compared to its competitors: - Camera is 13MP (Galaxy Note 4 is 16MP, LG G3 is also 13MP). - No removable battery. The N4 was the perfect T-Mobile phone (once you loaded the LTE compatible radio), and the N5 is great except for battery life. At the same entry point ($700), I'd take the Galaxy Note 4 over the Nexus 6 in a heartbeat. ...

Oct 16, 2014, 7:15 AM
in the Article: Google Shows Off Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet forum

... makes the Nexus 6 a non-starter for me. The advantage of the previous Nexus phones (the N4 and N5 in particular) was that they has top tier specifications at a reasonable price and came unlocked. With a $650 price tag, there is little to distinguish the Nexus 6 from the Galaxy Note 4 or LG G3, besides the "pure Android" experience (which I can get by loading the Google Now launcher). I was looking to upgrade my N5-- I ...

International roaming is a rip-off on most carriers
Oct 13, 2014, 11:05 AM
in the Article: AT&T Improves International Plans forum

If you have a roaming capable phone, it is much less expensive to have your phone unlocked and use a local carriers SIM card and service. T-Mobile is the only US carrier who has this right-- they offer prices competitive to local carriers for roaming and calling home, and even throw in data (albeit 2G).

Re: whew
Sep 25, 2014, 7:33 AM
in the Article: Apple Explains How to Revert to iOS 8.0 forum

its a good thing I didn't buy an iPhone ;) Mind you, I have Android phones and run Cyanogenmod, so I really shouldn't talk.

A day late...
Sep 18, 2014, 2:19 PM
in the Article: Samsung Note 4 Available Oct. 17, Preorders Start Sept. 19 forum

... I need a new phone for an event I'm working out of town starting October 16th. (sigh)

Not really...
Sep 15, 2014, 11:26 AM
in the Apple iPhone 6 Plus forum

... you can get content from Amazon and Google with their platform-specific apps.

Sep 11, 2014, 7:50 AM
in the Apple iPhone 6 Plus forum

And they're only a year behind LG (G3) and Samsung (Note 3). The only advantage I can see with the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus is that we will finally see traction on NFC payment support-- something my other phones have had for over two years.

I'd be disappointed if they bought dumb things...
Aug 15, 2014, 2:59 PM
in the Article: Samsung to Buy SmartThings forum

... just saying ;)

When is the mode device coming out?
Aug 11, 2014, 12:29 PM
in the Article: HTC One (M8) to Add MirrorLink Support for Cars forum


Jun 19, 2014, 10:12 AM
in the Article: Amazon Intros Fire Phone forum

Android, with their custom skin on top.

Re: Anyone heard if you can use it on Tmobile
Jun 15, 2014, 7:32 PM
in the Asus PadFone X forum

The PadPhone X is not a good choice for T-Mobile-- it does not support their WCDMA frequency (WCDMA 1700). If you are in an area where they support LTE 1700 great, but if not...

No 4G Data
Dec 23, 2013, 10:58 AM
in the Article: GoSmart to Offer Free Mobile Facebook Access forum

The issue with most MVNOs on T-Mobile and AT&T is that they do not allow access to the carriers 4G networks, or if they do they throttle down to 3G speeds. I'd prefer to pay more to the carriers to get the data speed.

I always thought it was odd...
Dec 19, 2013, 9:07 AM
in the Article: Verizon and T-Mobile to Swap Spectrum forum

... that Verizon was purchasing AWS licenses when it was obvious they were not planning on deploying service in that spectrum.

I was just thinking of this...
Dec 13, 2013, 9:18 AM
in the Article: Pebble Updated with Do Not Disturb Mode forum

... as I heard my Pebble vibrate from incoming mail and SMS messages all bloody night (grin).

People seem to forget...
Dec 12, 2013, 5:28 PM
in the Article: FCC Says Inflight Calls a Go, But DoT Says No forum

... that once upon a time, you could make phone calls on a plane. The service was Airfone, a division of Verizon (at the time). It was prohibitively expensive (up to $5/min) but I remember using it at least once when I was travelling (to relay changes in my itinerary to my family). I think that the technical decision should be separated from the etiquette decision. Both the FCC and DoT are technical bodies, and should define their roles as ...

Why do I suddenly hear Queen...
Nov 20, 2013, 1:38 PM
in the Article: Google Dumps Currents, Touts Play Newsstand Instead forum

Another one bites the dust.

Re: Wow.
Nov 20, 2013, 8:50 AM
in the Article: FreedomPop Expands Compatibility to More Sprint Phones forum

$99 for a phone, plus: - 200 voice minutes a month - 500gb 4G data (including hotspot access) a month - Unlimited SMS every month for as long as FreedomPop partners with Sprint and the WiMax network is operational-- which will probably be a few years. This is an ideal plan for people with limited use-- the elderly looking for a phone to carry for emergencies, a first phone for a child or teenager. It's cheaper than the best prepaid plan (which is T-Mobile-- ...

Re: Gsm
Nov 14, 2013, 1:58 PM
in the LG G2 (Sprint) forum

Gb239 said: Is it GSM ? Yes, but as another poster stated that might not be the question you need to ask. The phone by default will support Sprint's CDMA and LTE networks, but may not support GSM out of the box (and if it does, it may be restricted to European frequencies). You would need to contact Sprint to ask about unlocking the phone if you want to use it on GSM networks. And, to be honest, this model would not be ...

Re: Gsm
Nov 14, 2013, 1:49 PM
in the LG G2 (Sprint) forum

It supports GSM, CDMA, WCDMA and LTE. So, yes, it does support GSM.

Re: Perhaps they should produce phones for other firms
Oct 24, 2013, 11:08 AM
in the Article: HTC Might Outsource Smartphone Production forum

They did for a number of years-- most carrier branded phones were made by HTC, and they made phones for HP as well.

It's not there now...
Oct 18, 2013, 7:12 AM
in the Article: Nexus 5 Appears in Google Play Store for $349 forum


Only 2G Data is free...
Oct 10, 2013, 8:02 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Offering Free Overseas Data and Messaging forum

... according to the T-Mobile website. (sigh) So close, and yet so far.

Re: Whose network is used
Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Offering Free Overseas Data and Messaging forum

It appears to be all of T-Mobile's roaming partners, not just their native networks.

Re: Not to be rude, but this is flat out false
Oct 10, 2013, 7:52 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Says LTE Available Nationwide forum

I do not believe the press release is flat out false, but it is as true as any other carriers claims. My personal experience is that T-Mobile high speed coverage is spotty at best, even in large metropolitan areas like NYC. Integration with MetroPCS helps, but only if your in a covered area (and have a SIM with the MetroPCS networks enabled). I get LTE in my office and at the theater I volunteer at regularly But at my house I ...

Re: Disappointing
Sep 10, 2013, 1:19 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the iPhone 5S with Fingerprint Sensor forum

With a smaller screen, fewer processors, non-expandable memory and a non-replaceable battery. Pretty much every high-end Android manufacturer has better, more versatile and expandable hardware. The only feature they're lacking that the 5S has is a 64bit processor (cool but not necessary) and fingerprint security (very cool but again not necessary).

Re: Should be $99 with a contract
Aug 5, 2013, 8:11 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: MOTO X forum

Actually, it should be $99 off contract :p I was surprised at the specs, which are nearly identical to the N4 (which has been out for almost a year). If Moto had S4 / HTC One specs on this device, it would have been worth the hype. Now, not so much...

Jun 14, 2013, 3:42 PM
in the Article: MetroPCS Accepting Unlocked GSM Phones in Some Markets forum

I respectfully request that you provide supporting information. I agree that a wiki can be incorrect, but I read on several reliable business websites that: - MetroPCS stake in the company is less than 33% - Only two of the 11 board members are from MetroPCS. I will provide links if requested.

Jun 12, 2013, 3:01 PM
in the Article: MetroPCS Accepting Unlocked GSM Phones in Some Markets forum with_T-Mobile_USA "MetroPCS shareholders would hold a 26% stake in the merged company." Although the term "merger" assumes a more or less equal arrangement, MetroPCS has a minority stake of the company. In addition, the majority of the new T-Mobile management is from T-Mobile. Only two board members came in from MetroPCS, compared to nine from T-Mobile.

I have to agree...
Jan 11, 2013, 8:48 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Moving Quickly To Launch LTE forum

... with the previous two posters. T-Mobile is honest about how phone subsidies work, and if you have the ability to pay up front for your phone you can save a significant amount of money over the lifetime of a contract (or potentially go contract free for a similar price point). Insurance is not bundled with other carriers-- if I did not pay for insurance on my AT&T or Sprint phone I'm in the same boat as a T-Mobile customer. And ...

Re: Blazing
Jan 10, 2013, 10:35 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Moving Quickly To Launch LTE forum

I was a long time T-Mobile customer who switched to AT&T a number of years ago. T-Mobile had surprisingly solid 2G coverage throughout Connecticut, with the only dead spots being areas of the Litchfield hills.I cannot comment on their HSPA+ network because my current phones do not support AWS. It should be noted that as of today T-Mobile has not refarmed any of their HSPA+ network to the cellular / PCS bands in CT, the first step to having LTE ...

Re: Still no LTE in Hartford
Dec 3, 2012, 1:33 PM
in the Article: Three More Markets Gain AT&T LTE Coverage forum

I've never had issues with Sprint, but then again I have a SERO plan that is pretty sweet-- AND they have decent 4G coverage in the areas I travel (NYC, Boston and most of Connecticut). The only thing that is keeping me from cancelling the Sprint line is AT&Ts lack of 4G where I live and work. FWIW I tested AT&Ts 4G in NYC and New Haven and I was getting better data rates from Sprint 4G. When I was in ...

Re: Still no LTE in Hartford
Dec 3, 2012, 1:30 PM
in the Article: Three More Markets Gain AT&T LTE Coverage forum

That is true, but it's disappointing that there is LTE service in five of the six largest cities in Connecticut but not the largest one.

Still no LTE in Hartford
Dec 3, 2012, 9:08 AM
in the Article: Three More Markets Gain AT&T LTE Coverage forum

You would think with the number of insurance companies based in the capital city, they would have deployed here already. Sorry, just venting my frustration that pretty much every carrier EXCEPT AT&T has 4G service where I live and work. Even Sprint (mind you, it's WiMax, but still).

Data speeds
Nov 19, 2012, 9:09 AM
in the Article: AT&T's LTE Covers 150 Million POPs in 103 Markets forum

Has anyone compared data speeds on the LTE network (compared to the HSPA+ network). I was in Boston and New Haven CT over the summer and had phenomenal speeds, but last week down in New York City I was getting speeds slower than HSPA+ (and yes, both times the LTE icon was displayed on the phone).

Re: HSPA+ on all bands?
Jun 29, 2012, 7:10 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile) forum

From the T-Mobile website: UMTS: Band I (2100);UMTS: Band IV (AWS);UMTS: Band V (850) cell-phone-detail.aspx?cell-phone=Samsung-Gal axy-S-III-Pebble-Blue-16GB

Re: Planned availability
Jun 29, 2012, 7:07 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T) forum

Now it's when hell freezes over. Sorry, just frustrated that AT&T / Samsung missed two delivery dates in a row. But the local T-Mobile stores have it, maybe it's time to change carriers.

Re: Planned availability
Jun 25, 2012, 3:00 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T) forum

Now it's June 28th,

Re: HSPA+ on all bands?
Jun 25, 2012, 1:55 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile) forum

Bad news... the specs are wrong: UMTS 850 / AWS / 2100 So if you're in an AT&T area with HSPA+ in the PCS band you're SOL.

HSPA+ on all bands?
Jun 20, 2012, 9:45 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile) forum

Does anyone know if HSPA+ is available on all bands? I am considering buying this phone full price from T-Mobile, unlocking it and using it on AT&T until I can get off-contract.

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