T-Mobile Courting iPhone Users Anew By Offering 3G
Updated: added link to T-Mobile blog post
T-Mobile USA plans to more aggressively target users of the Apple iPhone, even though T-Mobile itself does not sell the device. Starting this week, T-Mobile will have the iPhone 4/4S in its retail stores to be used for demonstration purposes (not for sale). T-Mobile hopes to sell SIM cards and cellular service to owners of unlocked iPhones. T-Mobile also revealed that it has shut down 2G GSM/EDGE services across 80% of its 1900MHz PCS spectrum and has migrated its 3G network from its AWS spectrum to its PCS spectrum in parts of Seattle, New York, and Las Vegas. This means T-Mobile iPhone subscribers in those areas will have access to 3G speeds in some neighborhoods. According to T-Mobile USA CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile is seeing iPhone 4S data speeds that are 70% faster than those offered by rival AT&T on its HSPA+ network. T-Mobile is in the process of refarming its 1900MHz spectrum from 2G to 3G, in part so that it supports the 3G bands used by the iPhone. Ray said that it will have a "material" HSPA+ 3G footprint in the 1900MHz band by the end of the year. T-Mobile will use its freed up 1700MHz AWS spectrum to deploy LTE 4G starting in the second half of 2013.
Alcatel's A30 Plus Bumps Up the Screen, Processor, Camera and Battery
Alcatel today announced the A30 Plus, an improved version of the A30 we saw earlier this year. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen (up from 5.0 inches) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (up from 1.1 GHz) with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Nokia 6 to Be Available from Amazon Next Month
HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia-branded handsets, today said it will sell the Nokia 6 smartphone in the U.S. via Amazon.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Alcatel's Modular A50 Parties with Light Up LED Accessory
Alcatel today followed through on its promise to bring the A5 LED to the U.S., though it has changed the phone's name to simply the Alcatel A50. The phone, first revealed in February, is compatible with a handful of modular accessories, the most significant of which features an LED-covere panel that can blink a few dozen LEDs with color.
T-Mobile Talks Up Coverage Improvements, iPhone Deals
T-Mobile said it has doubled the number of square miles covered by its LTE network over the last year, according to a blog post written by CEO John Legere. T-Mobile is on track to blanket another 600,000 square miles of area with LTE by the end of the year.