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Re: What about existing customers?
Aug 21, 2014, 3:58 PM
in the Article: Sprint Intros $60 Unlimited Plan with Hardware Hitch forum

If you're okay with buying phones that have subsidies below $480 over two years, you'll come out at least even by switching to the new plan. Existing customers can make the switch. So that means that you're better off staying with your current plan if you want an iPhone, which gets discounted by $550 these days it seems. But if you're okay with something lower-end, or with keeping your existing phones a bit longer, you win by switching.

Effectively a $10/mo discount
Aug 21, 2014, 12:34 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Offers Its Customers a Bounty for Converts forum

The unlimited + 5GB tethering plan is $80/mo. 5GB including that much tethering is $70/mo, but that becomes unlimited with the referral bit. Or you can just get unlimited and get a $10/mo discount...same thing. Though the math gets better if you don't need 5GB of tethering, since at that point you could get the $50/mo plan and still have unlimited data, with 1GB of tethering in case you need that.

Re: Nice, but hoping for better
Aug 21, 2014, 12:32 PM
in the Article: Sprint Intros $60 Unlimited Plan with Hardware Hitch forum

It's also not an apples-to-apples comparison with T-Mobile like Sprint would like you to believe. That extra $20/mo on TMo gets you 5GB of tethering. Heck, if you're okay with going with metroPCS rather than T-Mobile proper, you can get $60 for unlimited everything right now, matching Sprint's offer (including the whole no tethering thing). And Sprint's tethering prices don't take this disparity into account; the $20 difference between TMo and Sprint is erased when you add 2GB of tethering ...

Re: 69 plan sucks!
Nov 30, 2012, 2:57 PM
in the Article: Page Plus Cellular Debuts $69 Unlimited Plan forum

Lemme guess. The other prepaid is running on T-Mobile.

Re: This plan is not Unlimited
Nov 30, 2012, 2:57 PM
in the Article: Page Plus Cellular Debuts $69 Unlimited Plan forum

If you're comparing it to Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T MVNOs, you're comparing apples to oranges. Verizon's network is more expansive than everyone except maybe AT&T, and they charge higher prices to MVNOs as a result. Of course, if you want a cheaper unlimited plan on Verizon you could go with Straight Talk, but you'll be limited in your phone selection and probably won't be able to use anywhere near 5GB before you get cut off for over-using your "unlimited" data.

Looks awful
Nov 27, 2012, 2:39 PM
in the Article: Microsoft Releases Outlook.com Email App for Android forum

I just installed the app, then uninstalled it. Microsoft could have made the app look like its webmail client, at least a little bit, but didn't. Granted, they want people buying Windows phones, but they should put at least a little bit of effort into designing an app that doesn't look like it was built three years ago in four hours by some novice coders.

...except it does
Nov 26, 2012, 4:12 PM
in the Article: LG Says LTE on Nexus 4 Due to Combo-Chip from Qualcomm forum

The N4 supports LTE on AWS, regardless of what LG says. Of course, the only carrier that has both a GSM/HSPA network and (future) LTE in AWS in the US is T-Mobile. But the phone will connect at LTE speeds in that band. I guess the big question is whether the phone can receive dual spatial streams (2 receive antennas on at once), since technically you need that to be up to spec on LTE. So far, results are inconclusive ...

Re: Seriously?
Nov 15, 2012, 4:53 PM
in the Article: Consumer Watchdog Calls on FTC to Break Up Google forum

You aren't missing anything. Verizon tried bundling Bing with Android devices...do they still do that anymore? Their success wasn't great I think, but it wasn't because Google had monopoly power over the (open) Android platform. It was because Google tends to have a superior product. I'm trying to think of analogies, but they all have higher switching costs for the user than for Google -> someone else. I mean, you can't put Windows Phone on a Motorola phone, but that's Microsoft's ...

This is Dumb
Nov 15, 2012, 4:48 PM
in the Article: Consumer Watchdog Calls on FTC to Break Up Google forum

Google is in a competitive marketplace on everything that it offers. Bing is a click away from Google search. Facebook is a click away from G+. Vimeo is a click away from YouTube. Time Warner Cable and AT&T compete with Google Fiber. iOS and WIndows Phone compete with Android. HTC, Samsung, Apple, etc. compete with Motorola Mobility. Google Play competes with Amazon's portfolio of services on the Android platform, and iTunes + the App Store on iOS. Plus, Google's system ...

Re: Looking forward to the upgrade
Jun 27, 2012, 4:18 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S III (CDMA) forum

As a fan of black (or, hey, gunmetal grey works too) phones, I understand your questioning about Samsung's color choices. That said, the blue SIII does look very nice, to the point that I'm not missing having a black phone. The shade of blue is dark enough that the phone looks good in it, versus some lighter, chintzier tint.

Re: Preorders have their phones already
Jun 27, 2012, 4:12 PM
in the Article: Sprint Says Samsung Galaxy S III Available July 1 forum

UPS shipped mine. You may be able to defer delivery (or something like that) via their My Choice service. Also, my phone was shipped overnight. Not sure if they'll do that for phones arriving 7/1, but they might.

Preorders have their phones already
Jun 27, 2012, 2:16 PM
in the Article: Sprint Says Samsung Galaxy S III Available July 1 forum

I got my 32GB SIII in the mail today. I think most people got their 16GB models in last Thursday, the day the phone was supposed to be released at retail. I'm a bit surprised that the 32GB model won't be sold in stores, since the low price difference between 16GB and 32GB models should be an easy sell. But I guess Samsung just isn't making enough of them at this point.

AT&T vs. T-Mobile
Jun 22, 2012, 8:49 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy S III forum

My bet, as far as voice quality is concerned on the AT&T vs. T-Mobile comparison, is that the reviewer was seeing limitations of AT&T's network rather than of the phone itself. You see, AT&T has for quite awhile chosen to use AMR-HR (Half Rate) as its vocoder, at least on its GSM network, and I wouldn't be surprised if that carried over onto HSPA. In contrast, T-Mobile uses AMR-FR. Double the bits means MUCH better audio quality on T-Mobile than ...

Already live in Gainesville
Jun 7, 2012, 12:30 PM
in the Article: Verizon Planning Massive LTE Expansion June 21 forum

I was in Gainesville at a hotel 5/31-6/1. I got LTE on my iPad; speeds were comparable to anywhere else I've used LTE. Now it could be that Verizon doesn't have the entire city lit yet, but my bet is that the market is very close to complete already. In any case, I like it when, over a 1250-mile trip between Fredericksburg, TX and Fort Pierce, FL, I spent a ridiculously high percentage of the car ride on LTE. Not ...

AT&T are a bunch of control freaks
May 5, 2011, 4:02 PM
in the Article: AT&T Reveals Upcoming Smartphone Plans forum

If their network wasn't so fragile then they'd be able to handle people installing apps other than Market ones on their devices. Not like you can't anyway...it's just a little harder. Funny thing is, off-market apps don't tend to be bandwidth-suckers, unless you're talking about Wireless Tether :p

Re: Variable in different cities
Dec 15, 2010, 7:45 PM
in the Article: The Fastest Networks forum

My experience matches yours, though my estimate is that T-Mo has all of their towers in a given area loaded with HSPA+ firmware, but some of them are still backhauled with T1s and thus are bandwidth-constrained.

Re: Getro PCS
Dec 15, 2010, 7:43 PM
in the Article: The Fastest Networks forum

They're using 1.4 MHz channels for LTE right? Trying to conserve spectrum because they only have a slice of 1900 or 1700 to deploy both CDMA 1x and LTE (and possibly EvDO) on...

Re: Verizon's network
Dec 15, 2010, 7:42 PM
in the Article: The Fastest Networks forum

Verizon has about 20% of the spectrum that Sprint/Clear have for 4G. Put differently, Verizon's network will slow down as more users are loaded on. Sprint's will as well, but the reason won't be spectrum...

Denver is a bit different...
Dec 15, 2010, 7:40 PM
in the Article: The Fastest Networks forum

Haven't tested VZW LTE but I have checked out WiMAX from Sprint (not quite launched yet but still online), as well as HSPA+ from T-Mobile and AT&T (both appear to have HSPA+ networks live here)... T-Mobile has by far the lowest latency out of anyone, with 45-70ms to locations local to Denver. They also "feel" faster than the other providers in terms of page load speed and general mobile broadband experience, though in a few locations they'll fall back to ...

Re: Then hurry up already.
Dec 7, 2010, 1:14 PM
in the Article: Sprint Cautions Users Against Leaked Android Software forum

Here`s the thing: the leaked build IS official and it runs great on my Epic. Not going back to 2.1 after this, though the software seems to be a little slow on the benchmark.

This is good
Dec 4, 2010, 3:19 AM
in the Article: Google Acquires Phonetic Arts to Improve Spoken Word forum

Now maybe GMaps Nav won't sound positively ugly when compared with TeleNav.

Re: Question
Nov 24, 2010, 2:09 PM
in the Huawei Ascend forum

I use aRing to make ringtones on my Android phone (now the Ascend but I'm sure it would work). You can make a clip out of any format the phone supports, which includes mp3 and AAC. For Twitter, the "standard" name-brand Twitter app works fine. If you want something different, I'd go for Seesmic for Android.

Nov 22, 2010, 1:44 PM
in the Article: MetroPCS Lanches LG Optimus M as First Android Phone forum

MetroPCS is being awfully quiet about the data capabilities of this device. My guess is that it doesn't include LTE, which means that data speeds will be slow. But hey, you can always hope for an Optimus M4, right?

Not available here
Nov 17, 2010, 12:06 PM
in the Article: AT&T Says 80% of Its Network Now Upgraded to HSPA+ forum

HSPA+ is not available in the Denver area. Just tested with an unlocked T-Mobile webConnect, which supports HSPA+ on both AT&T's and T-Mobile's frequencies. But you now who does support HSPA+ in the area? T-Mobile...

AT&T has been mighty quiet about its HSPA+ network...
Nov 3, 2010, 3:14 PM
in the Article: AT&T Says T-Mobile's '4G' Numbers Are Wrong forum

AT&T has been quiet about its HSPA+ footprint until now. You can't blame anyone for not knowing that AT&T even has HSPA+ live. Curious as to what speeds you can see on AT&T's HSPA+ network at this point. Also, the fact that AT&T's flagship handset (the iPhone...despite the multiple Android devices running on the network now and WP7 phones coming soon) doesn't support HSPA+ is...a bit of a problem, where T-Mobile has had HSPA+ long enough to release not one but ...

Betcha it gets hacked onto the G1 anyway
May 20, 2010, 9:42 PM
in the Article: No Froyo for G1 forum

There are some enterprising devs out there...my HTC Touch Pro can run Eclair, for instance...

This could beat WiMAX
Dec 19, 2009, 9:42 PM
in the Article: Ericsson Speeds HSPA Evolution Up to 42Mbps forum

For downloads at least. To my knowledge HSUPA is still limited to 5.76 Mbps per cell at this point, but 42 Mbps means that, in real-world conditions, 20-25 Mbps should be very doable, assuming there's 40+ Mbps going to the tower. The downside? Uploads will probably be in the same 2 Mbps range that they are right now with the current HSPA tech. So we're looking at a DOCSIS channel's worth of download capacity and half a DOCSIS 1.1 channel ...

Oct 2, 2008, 3:24 AM
in the Article: AT&T: LTE 'Significantly Available' In 5 Years forum

So basically AT&T is trying to divert attention from: 1) The fact that their 3G network is few and far between, and that speeds on it are cookin' if they match EvDO... 2) ...let alone WiMAX. 'nuff said. Sprint is rolling out 4G (live with it) tech now and AT&T isn't. It's that simple. 3) The problem of LTE still eing vaporware, and continuing to be that way for awhile yet. Plenty of WiMAX deployments, zero LTE. 4) Their HSPA network needs to ...

I have the iPhone...
Jun 18, 2008, 11:42 AM
in the Article: Sprint's Instinct to Cost $129 forum

...and the HTC Mogul. I use the Mogul more because of SERO...dnd the fact that I have a full keyboard, full 3G everywhere I need it, WiFi I can use to share my connection, a web browser that's better than the iPhone's (Skyfire), GPS that works great with Google Maps (free) or TeleNav (cheap), etc. THe only thing I find lacking is battery life and Direct Connect. Also, look at the economics of this thing: for $129 you get a phone ...

Re: Too Bad..
May 2, 2008, 11:34 AM
in the Article: Slash Slips Into Virgin Mobile forum

The phone will sell for $79.99. They had it for sale on their website awhile back, but all orders (including mine) were cancelled. And contract guys, you've got sweet Samsung sliders too...

Mar 5, 2008, 5:54 PM
in the Article: Patent Case Targets Four Carriers forum

If someone could take a shotgun to all these patent trolls...by golly...this one is gonna be shot down by prior art I'm sure.

Dude, it's like a direct refill man
May 5, 2007, 6:16 PM
in the Amp'd Mobile forum

Sorry, I'm tired, but BabbleBug.com just introduced PINless refilling (look for their Direct Topups link) for Amp'd Mobile. Which means you just put in your Amp'd phone number, pick a refill value, pay for the refill and it's added to your phone, which is nice if your phone battery si dead or something like that. Shaves a few minutes off the refilling process, too. Just thought someone might be interested...

Direct Reboost
May 5, 2007, 6:14 PM
in the Boost Mobile forum

BabbleBug.com just came out with a Boost refill that is really good compared with the other refills. No discount, but you can buy however much (or little; you can go as low as $10) airtime you want and it gets applied directly to the phone. No PIN required. Just thought it's a pretty neat development, and so far only BabbleBug has it.

(INPulse + EasyPay) * Direct Topup = Better VZW Prepaid
May 5, 2007, 6:12 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

Okay, enough with the lame math joke, but seriously BabbleBug.com just got the ability to direct-refill both Verizon Wireless prepaids. As in look ma, no PINs. Also, you pick your refill value, whatever you want it to be. So if you want a month of INPulse service without normal calling, you make a refill for $29.70. Dunno, but that's nicer than having 30 cents left over...just something interesting...

Re: another crappy phone from a mediocre company
Feb 17, 2007, 9:40 AM
in the Kyocera Marbl / K132 / Velvet forum

Dunno about things stopping working on this phone, but I have to agree that it's a total piece of junk. I had it for less than 24 hourss (on Pocket service, ww.pocket.com) before I drove 40 miles to upgrade to an Audiovox 8910, which has been fine for me. But yeah, while the phone looks okay, it's a total piece of junk UI-wise and that's a bad thing to have problems with on your only entry level phone (PLEASE ...

Jan 15, 2007, 10:12 PM
in the Rumor Mill forum

Ech. See, I too know what you're talking about. Not Pocket PC but the local central TX unlimited PCS carrier (quite similar in features to MetroPCS, except no web and a bit cheaper per month). I now know five people who have Pocket, compared with most people at my school\who I deal with that use Sprint. The people who have Pocket are very happy with the service, though where I am (Fredericksburg) coverage ends not too far outside of town. ...

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