With WWDC just around the corner, it is time for the iPhone rumors to kick into high gear and get a little international flavor. First stop is Vodafone, where an email sent to the retail staff reveals that the 16GB iPhone has been categorized as “End of Life” by well-known mobile phone supplier Brightpoint. In a different part of the world, a placeholder for an “iPhone 32 GB” has appeared and then disappeared from T-Mobile’s Austrian website, mimicking a similar brief appearance of the iPhone on T-Mobile’s German website last year. Sounds like the old is making way for the new, no?
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We scooped it like Houston’s spinach dip back in April and right on schedule, the Samsung T349 is now available from T-Mobile. No, it’s not quite as exciting as some of the other handsets due to drop over the next few weeks and months but the T349 definitely has its place in T-Mobile’s lineup as an affordable messaging phone for tweens. Key features:
- T-Mobile myFavesÃ‚Â® enabled
- Messaging services
- Text messaging (XT9 Predictive Text Technology)
- Instant Messaging (AIMÃ‚Â®, Windows LiveTM Messenger, Yahoo!Ã‚Â® Messenger)
- Picture Messaging
- Support for web2goSM
- 1.3-megapixel Camera
- 1280Ãƒâ€”1024 resolution
- 4x digital zoom
- MP3 Player: supports MP3, AAC, AAC+
- Stereo BluetoothÃ‚Â® Wireless Technology
- MicroSD Card Slot – up to 4GB
- Personal organizer (alarm, calendar, calculator, notes, world time, converter, timer, stopwatch)
- EDGE & GPRS Class: 10; 850/1800/1900 MHz
- Dimensions: 4.49Ã¢â‚¬Â³ x 1.97Ã¢â‚¬Â³ x 0.53Ã¢â‚¬Â³; 3.2 ounces
- Display: 2.2Ã¢â‚¬Â³, 176 x 220 Pixels, 262K TFT Color
- Standard Lithium Ion Battery: up to 7 hours talk time; up to 300 hours standby time
With a SureType-like 20-key keypad and a remarkably affordable $14.99 price point on a 2-year contract, expect to see this puppy popping up in malls across the country faster than you can say Abercrombie.
Oh no they didn’t. We hope T-Mobile locations around the US are currently in the process of riot-proofing their facilities — you read that title right folks, no Android update in May. Ok, so we’re exaggerating a teeny tiny bit… After all, the update roll out has only been pushed back by a week. At the same time, G1 users have been dying to get their hands on an official release of Android 1.5 for what seems like a decade by now. Well Android fans, while you continue to wait for T-Mobile to get the 1.5 OTA update out the door, why not sit back and enjoy some hot Donut action. We hear it should be rolled out to American G1 handsets by 2013.
Ahhhh class action lawsuits; where would we be without them? Joking aside, it seems like every carrier in the US has to deal with a few subscriber-initiated lawsuits every so often and next in line for the ever-popular Early Termination Fee (ETF) class action treatment is T-Mobile. You know the drill: the carrier was charging a flat ETF, the carrier gets sued, the carrier settles and has to refund a bunch of money to a bunch of people after making the lawyers involved a whole lot richer. The proposed refund for those affected by T-Mobile’s flat ETF is $125 or T-Mobile HotSpot access if they choose, on a case by case basis of course, to forgo a cash benefit. The settlement is currently pending final approval but if you bailed on T-Mobile on or before February 19th of this year and handed over an ETF on your way out the door, hit the read link to try to get in on the action. You have until August 23rd 2009 to do so.
There has been quite a bit of movement recently as far as T-Mobile’s plans are concerned and if you haven’t been keeping your eye on the ball, you probably missed something. For the most part, T-Mo has added plans and options that are pretty favorable for subscribers but word just came in from one of our ninjas regarding a few more upcoming changes some might not be happy about. The first concerns smartphone users: We know that all you BGR fans out there obviously have data plans but there are plenty of people who enjoy the enhanced functionality of a smartphone who haven’t yet embraced mobile data services. Unfortunately, those people are in for a bit of a disappointment — some time in June T-Mobile will begin requiring that all smartphones (new activations / upgrades) have a data plan. This new requirement will not apply to the BlackBerry Pearl, BlackBerry Pearl Flip, Samsung Behold or Samsung Memoir. Next up, messaging addicts: Also beginning some time in June, T-Mobile’s Unlimited Domestic Messages for Families will jump from $19.95 per month to $24.99 per month. It’s still a pretty sweet deal of course, just not quite as sweet as it used to be.
You read that right! We just got a tip that basically more or less confirmed the phone we posted a couple days is going to be manufactured by Motorola for T-Mobile. Why isn’t HTC in the picture on this one? We have no idea. We’ve checked with a second source who also confirmed that this was going to be the case. Plus, look at the image real closely… Look at the keyboard font and the buttons on the front of the device — there’s stuff HTC just wouldn’t do — they’re totally crazy wild Moto style. Our question of the day is, does anyone care what I just wrote?
Thanks, Kevin and our other anonymous ninja!
Picture via CrackBerry.com
Here’s the deal — we’ve heard now from two independent sources that T-Mobile will be launching a 3G-enabled 8900-style BlackBerry around September. This looks to be the much-rumored BlackBerry Driftwood. One of our sources said it was Onyx, one said Driftwood. We’re going with Driftwood only because of our other intel here (Driftwood was the only device with UMA support) but who knows. Here’s a recap of the specs:
- AWS 1700MHz + 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA
- 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera
- QWERTY keyboard
- Optical trackpad
- 480×360 screen
- Carbon fiber-esque back battery cover (the whole back is a carbon fiber pattern apparently)
- Much sexier than the BlackBerry 8900
We don’t have pricing or anything like that, but we couldn’t imagine this going for more than $199 on a 2-year when September rolls around. This will be T-Mobile’s first 3G BlackBerry device and definitely not their last. 8520, your move.
UPDATE: CrackBerry got some more shots of the Onyx and we’ve got some more information… We just heard that the device will launch as part of the 96XX-series. So, we could be looking at the BlackBerry 9600! And, let me reiterate that the device will have an optical trackpad at launch.
It’s been quite an interesting afternoon wouldn’t you say? We started things off with a brand new launch date for the BlackBerry 8520, flipped it up and saw the T-Mobile G1 v2 for the first time, said hey, hey, hey to this Sony Ericcson CS8 cameraphone, and moseyed on over to the T-Mobile G2. There’s other interesting things like the Sony Ericsson Elle launching in October for free, and an odd looking Samsung QWERTY clamshell called or codenamed the XO launching in August for $38. Here’s all the stuff we unveiled earlier:
T-MobileÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Walmart roadmap: BlackBerry 8520 launching in July?
T-MobileÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G1 v2
T-MobileÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Walmart roadmap: Sony Ericsson CS8 hitting in September
T-MobileÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Walmart roadmap: T-Mobile G2 with a surprise
Pictures of the slides as well as the new stuff are after the break. Have a good weekend folks! There’s a BGR writer meetup and you’re not invited. Sorry!
You thought T-Mobile would go ahead and launch the same identical HTC Sapphire hardware as those other carriers, didn’t you? Well, it looks like good old T-mo US might have a surprise up its sleeve — at least it did. You’ll be pleased as punch to know that besides the rumored color options (which this photo does confirm to a certain extent), the T-Mobile G2 (if that is the actual name) will apparently feature a 5 megapixel camera instead of a 3.2 megapixel one. Who says your buddies at BGR don’t come through with the goods? We’re looking at a July release from Walmart and a $179 price tag with a 2-year contract. McDonald’s Supersized image after the jump (throwback edition)!
It sure seems as if T-Mobile really loves high-resolution camera phones because in addition to launching the Samsung Memoir, they’re going to be rocking out with the Sony Ericsson CS8 come September. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 8.1 megapixel camera, UMTS — what’s not to love? The price for one. It’ll run you around $148 with a two year agreement straight from Wally World.