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T-Mobile Strips Universal Search from Samsung GS3

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Jun 17, 2012, 9:34 AM
over in the "Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)" discussion:

Anyone notice...

The various battery times for each carrier's model of the GS III?

T-Mobile and AT&T are showing 8 hours. Verizon is showing 15 hours. Sprint and US Cellular are showing 9.2 hours.

Some seriously oddball battery times.
There are some technology differences. LTE vs. HSPA+, for example.

However, I think most of what you're seeing is simply different ways of measuring battery life. Unfortunately, the industry has yet to adopt a standard for measuring such things. So...

Aug 15, 2012, 8:31 AM
over in the "Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)" discussion:

Mobile Hotspot Question

I currently have the MyTouch 4G. I use the mobile hotspot on my phone to provide internet for my laptop. I've never had to pay the $20 fee (or however much it is) to use the hotspot...and I have been using it just like this for almsot 2 years now and I use right aroud 5G's of data a month. Can I do this on this phone....or when I go to "turn on the hotspot feature" will it not allow me because I don't have the "paid hotspot" feature on my account?

Can someone test this or that already as knowledge let me know!

I can't state as far as the Samung Galaxy S III is concerned, although I would think they would require the mobile hotspot feature for the phone.

But I also have the Mytouch 4G and was using the mobile hotspot feature for about a year, and never wa...

Aug 20, 2012, 3:38 AM

Search removal not described on the T-Mobile website

But at least they don't list it as required, as they did with the Exhibit.

It's bad enough that T-Mobile phones are infected with T-Mobile spamware, but now they are remotely vandalizing our phones.

Clearly they want to impress Apple, which loves that sort of thing.
Not sure about 'impressing' Apple, but they sure as heck don't want to get sued. Not sure if T-Mobile or Samsung would be held responsible for their particular variation of the device. Not that Apple would sue T-Mobile while its neck-deep its Samsun...

Jun 20, 2012, 9:45 AM
over in the "Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)" discussion:

HSPA+ on all bands?

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.
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.
The FCC approval is quite clear that the phone was designed and approved for WCDMA/HSPA+ in the 850, 1700, and 1900 bands. Unless T-Mobile has weirdly disabled one - and there's no good reason they would - it should work well on all three of those ban...

Jun 27, 2012, 11:29 PM
over in the "Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)" discussion:


Does anyone have any information on how the MirrorLink on this phone works? I'm looking into buying this phone with a Sony XAV 601BT (in-car MirrorLink system). I'd like to get some information how that connection actually happens. I understand that I will have to connect it to a MHL cable, but I don't know anything beyond that.

How does it interface? Is it controlled by software on the phone? Is there something that needs to be downloaded into the phone? Is it all controlled remotely through the in-dash unit? Any information that anyone has on MirrorLink specifically with the Galaxy S3 is appreciated.


Jun 15, 2012, 2:54 PM
over in the "Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)" discussion:

This phone has a Barometer ?

Wow. I bet if you search through the menu, you'll find a kitchen sink too.

What the hell does a phone need to use a barometer for? Is my phone going to predict the incoming weather patterns or something ?
It measures altitude, which makes location readings more accurate.

If you have a handful of inputs from GPS and Wi-Fi networks, each GPS satellite and Wi-Fi access point is one distance reading, in a three-dimensional space. You need at least three...
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