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Monday, October 17, 2011

T-Mobile Pulling HD7 from Store Shelves?

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:30 PM

I just stopped in to my local T-Mobile in Chicago, and to my surprise there was no sign of Windows Phone anywhere in the store. When I asked the employee where it was, she mentioned that T-Mobile was really not focused on Windows Phone because there was a "very specific market" for those devices (whatever that meant). I then asked her about the HTC Radar, and she confirmed they were getting it, but didn't have any information to share. It strikes me as surprising and sad to see that Windows Phone has been overlooked in this way. I'd be really interested in hearing from our readers about their experiences. Is this a sign of things to come from T-Mobile?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

T-Mobile To Offer HTC Radar

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM,

"T-Mobile on Tuesday announced that it will soon offer the HTC Radar 4G, the carrier's first Windows Phone-based smartphone with 4G speeds...The Radar 4G will run the most recent version of Windows Phone, known as Mango, which was released today."

The Radar doesn't quite meet the Titan's uber-specs, but I daresay the more svelte chassis and usability means that the Radar will probably be the more popular of HTC's new Mango handsets. The Radar offers a 1GHz processor, %MP camera, an aluminium unibody frame and a 3.8" screen. Exact availability is not known, but T-Mobile says it will be in stores before the holidays (press release here).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why Does T-Mobile Hate Microsoft? Or is it Vice Versa?

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:00 PM

I’ve always been a Microsoft fan. Years ago, I worked for a consulting firm that was a Microsoft Partner, so I spent a lot of my time implementing various Microsoft technologies. A good portion of my salary was derived from the success of the Redmond company.

A few years ago, Microsoft released the Zune, and I jumped on board. It, of course, has become somewhat of a disappointment. I love the Zune Pass service, but the Zune music player device has already died. When Microsoft released their plans for a new Windows phone last year, I was excited. When I saw the early demos of the interface, I was thrilled. I thought that finally, Microsoft could put a dent in the iPhone universe. Read more...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

T-Mobile Update For HD7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

"According to AtomicAgeZombie, who tipped us on this, the updates deal with firmware and radio software. The old firmware (2250.09.12001.531) is updated to version 2250.21.30102.531. The old radio version ( is updated to the new radio version"

While this is certainly not a major update, T-Mobile HD7 users are reporting an update for firmware and radio software is out and is working. You should be notified automatically about the release, but you can also use your Zune Desktop to check for it.

Tags: update, t-mobile, hd7

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Won't Get Fooled Again...

Posted by Todd Allcock in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 01:30 PM

Last month, AT&T filed a statement with the Federal Communications Commission "supporting its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA and responding to critics. The filing demonstrates the overarching imperative that drives this transaction: giving AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers the network capacity they need to enjoy the full promise of the mobile broadband revolution."

I don't doubt for a moment that an acquisition of T-Mobile would help AT&T increase capacity. I'm just not certain it's the only way to do it, or the best way for consumers. To hear AT&T tell it, providing expansive LTE services without this merger will be difficult, if not impossible. Read more...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

T-Mobile Begins Roll-out of Nodo

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 PM

http://Hooray! T-Mobile Windows Phone enthusiasts will have to think of another reason to be angry with Microsoft as the Nodo update is indeed being delivered to handsets as we speak. Users around the web have confirmed that not only did they recei

Hooray! T-Mobile Windows Phone enthusiasts will have to think of another reason to be angry with Microsoft as the Nodo update is indeed being delivered to handsets as we speak. Users around the web have confirmed that not only did they receive the pre-Nodo update, they also received the Nodo update complete with copy-and-paste, and all the other great features previously covered. This will hopefully put some pressure (I doubt it) on AT&T to quickly finish testing and schedule the update for their WP7 users as well.

Monday, March 28, 2011

T-Mobile to Update HD7 Tomorrow?

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 PM

Rumor has it that T-Mobile USA will begin a roll-out of NoDo tomorrow (March 29th). T-Mo News is behind the rumor, having obtained a screenshot of an internal document that provides the date. After the up-roar that this updating process has caused, it will be good to see this come to an end. Drop in and let us know if you receive the update!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nokia's Symbian and T-Mobile to Launch New Smartphone, Awkward Times

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 AM

"So, perhaps it is only fitting that the two parties gathered in Orlando for what has to be one of the more awkward press conferences I've attended in a decade and a half of covering tech. Drawing reporters to the Crave family restaurant on the outskirts of a suburban mall, the Finnish cell phone maker announced plans with T-Mobile to start selling the Astound, a rebranded version of the company's Symbian-based C7 smartphone."

The make quite a pair, don't they? This must have been a very uncomfortable press conference, knowing that the dying Symbian and the soon to be reallocated T-Mobile spectrum would have almost no chance at success. But they seem pretty confident that users will enjoy one final stint of Symbain and T-Mobile. Of course there is much to be seen still with T-Mobile's future. The FCC may kill the AT&T deal. And maybe Nokia can make Symbian co-exist with their Microsoft plans. Who knows, but in light of recent events, it makes you wonder how they can justify the release of this phone.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:05 PM

"AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies."

Earlier in the week, there were rumors of merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile making them a stronger competitor to AT&T and Verizon. It looks like the rumor stage is as far as that will ever go. Engadget has just reported AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. Once the purchase is approved by government regulators and the transaction completed, AT&T will be the only cell provider that uses the GSM standard.

How does this make those of you who have HD7s or Venue Pros feel? Are you looking forward to or dreading the merger?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

T-Mobile Giveaway!

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 06:30 PM

"T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a Valentine's offer to fall in love with. On Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12, all T-Mobile phones, even the fastest 4G smartphones running on America's largest 4G network, will be offered for free at T-Mobile retail stores with qualifying plan on two-year contract."

Oh me, oh my! It's hard to see a downside to this deal, since you'd have to sign a contract to get a carrier based phone anyway. If this comes off, the only thing I think might turn people off is network congestion from the potntial flood of new users, much like what happened to AT&T when the iPhone first came out. What with Verizon getting the iPhone 4, this is a great riposte from T-Mobile - though I can't imagine how the shareholders might feel about such a hefty potential layout. But that hardly matters to consumers, right? Let us know if you're planning on grabbing one - and how big or small the crowds are.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

T-Mobile Satisfied with Windows Phone 7 Sales

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 AM

It seems that recently the press has really enjoyed trying to understand the impact (or lack thereof) that Windows Phone has had on the marketplace. Yahoo Finance recently published an article asking "Why Aren't Crowds Flocking to Windows Phones?" LG has come out and said they are slightly disappointed with sales, even while Deutsche Telekom and now T-Mobile US have come out and said that WP7 is "doing well". So I guess the point is that we really won't know for a while whether or not WP7 will be able to make a real stand against Android and iOS. Regardless, 2011 will be an interesting year for mobile.

Tags: sales, t-mobile

Sunday, January 30, 2011

HTC Mozart Landing On T-Mobile Soon

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 PM

"Remember the HTC Mozart? Yeah, the handset we've been calling since July of 2010. Well, according to our ninjas the handset is coming really soon...Our sources tell us that Magenta may offer the handset in two versions, an 8GB version and a 16GB version, but don't marry to that."

It's been rumoured for ages but if the Mozart is the WP7 device you're waiting for, it's finally - fingers crossed - on the way. Personally I prefer the bigger screen of the HD7, but the size of that one sometimes makes handling it a juggling exercise. The Mozart is in that Goldilocks sweetspot - not too little, not too big, but just right. That 8MP camera and aluminum body are kinda nice too.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Matt Miller Investigates Windows Phone 7 Data Issues

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

I read a couple of reports from Engadget and the BBC that some Windows Phone 7 devices seem to be consuming data at an extraordinary rate. I have been using Windows Phone 7 devices since last July and find this reported anomaly hasn't affected me with the HTC HD7 or Samsung test WP7 device.

Matt Miller over at ZDNET has been looking into the reports of rogue data usage by Windows Phone 7. He has had zero issues while using both the HD7 and the Samsung Taylor on the T-Mobile 3G network. I have also been using the HD7 on T-Mobile and have had zero issues with data, so this could be isolated to AT&T. Have any of our readers encountered any issues with extreme data usage? Microsoft is investigating the issue but whether this is an AT&T issue or caused by a rogue app only time will tell.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Windows Phone 7 + Azure + T-Mobile + Developer = Family Room

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 06:00 PM

"T-Mobile USA, a leading provider of wireless services, wanted to create new mobile software to simplify communications for families. The company needed to implement the application and its server infrastructure while facing a tight deadline. T-Mobile decided to build the solution with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional and base it on Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Azure platform. By taking advantage of an integrated development environment and cloud services, the company completed the project in just six weeks. Using a cloud platform instead of maintaining physical servers has also simplified management. As a result, developers have more time available to focus on enhancing the application. Customers will benefit from a streamlined, reliable communications solution with strong security, and T-Mobile is already designing new features for users to enjoy."

What happens when you put Windows Azure, Windows Phone 7, T-Mobile, and a creative development company together? An interesting application dubbed "Family Room" - think micro-social networking. I think it's a brilliant concept, because although it's yet "another" venue for communication, the fact that it's so focused can make it quite useful to the right groups of people.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

T-Mobile Performance Impressive

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"2010 was a banner year for T-Mobile's network expansion," said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile USA. "We have deployed fiber backhaul to our cell sites to deliver an industry leading mobile data experience on the latest T-Mobile smartphones and broadband devices. Today, we are delivering the fastest data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets on average, and it's only going to get faster as we upgrade our network to offer 42Mbps capability in 2011."

Based on results from a third-party research firm and concluding from tests run from June to November 2010 using laptop data sticks, T-Mobile is offering the best performance (in data performance terms) in 100 US markets. The firm also concluded that T-Mobile’s overall network outperformed all other nationwide networks tested. With improved data performance expected in 2011, this should put a big smile on many T-Mobile handset owner's faces.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Leckness Launches Super Smartphone Showdown: MyTouch 4G or HD7!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 04:30 AM

"Without a doubt, the myTouch 4G would be my choice if I actually had to choose between the two. I don't have to choose though. I intend to use them both. I want to watch how Windows Phone 7 progresses and need to have a Windows Phone 7 device to be able to follow along with the progress. I am going to retire my Zune 120 and use the HD7 as my Zune...I am going to use the myTouch 4G as my daily driver."

Chris Leckness over at Gotta Be Mobile has an interesting piece up discussing the battle for his SIM card - pitting two of the hottest phones out right now against each other. In the end he finds a nice compromise in this very comprehensive piece discussing both phones. Check it out and see what you'd want.

As for me... Well, I'm thinking maybe a T-Mobile G2 and a MyTouch 4G might have to join my HTC HD7 just so I can fully compare all 3 of them!

Monday, October 25, 2010 Now Offering T-Mobile HTC HD7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:30 AM

Are you a T-Mobile customer, or someone who's interested in switching? has the HTC HD7 listed for purchase on their site now, so if you've been waiting for this moment, here it is. Pricing starts at $169 USD with the phone upgrade discount. Purchasing this phone via the link above helps support Windows Phone Thoughts. Thanks! [Affiliate]

Monday, October 11, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC HD7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:24 PM

"The HTC HD7 offers high-fidelity surround sound and a large 4.3" screen to provide great experiences with music, video and gaming."

Look familiar? Yeah, this is basically the HTC HD2 with a few tweaks; that's not a bad thing, mind you, because the HD2 was a hell of a Windows Phone - the best one I've ever used in fact. I really like the kickstand concept, because a 4.3 inch screen is pretty good for watching a movie on a plane. The 720p HD video capture is also a nice perk! The HD7 will be available exclusively in the USA from T-Mobile.

  • 4.3", 800 x 480 touchscreen
  • 4.8" x 2.68" x 0.44"162g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB 16 GB internal storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 320 min/Standby: 320 hrs GSM - Talk time: 380 min/Standby: 310 hrs
  • 5MP camera with flash
  • HD 720p video
  • Kick stand
  • Widescreen phone with Surround Sound

UPDATE: Incredibly, Microsoft's Press page had incorrect data. The HTC HD7 will come with 16 GB in the USA and the UK; in some other European countries it may have 8 GB.

More photos after the break.

T-Mobile USA Introduces HTC HD7

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 06:43 AM

"With the new HTC HD7, customers can access their favorite movies, TV shows, games, music and more on a large 4.3-inch screen."

A funny thing happened on the way to the Windows Phone 7 launch - T-mobile tweeted, just shortly after 9:30, a teaser introduction to the HTC HD7, linking to Facebook. Looking good T-Mo!

Tags: t-mobile, htc, hd7

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UK Carriers Support Windows Phone 7 Release

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:00 PM

Alex Reeve, Director, Mobile Business Group, Microsoft UK, said: “Following our announcement at Mobile World Congress that Orange will be our lead partner, it is wonderful now to have all of the UK’s network operators supporting the launch of Windows Phone 7. This means we can provide network choice and also a range of phones across networks for customers to choose from, all with the power of Windows Phone 7. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with these major industry players.”

The news regarding Windows Phone 7 is starting to come at an increasing pace. Recently, news of the semi-official release date for Windows Phone 7 in Europe and the US have come to light. We've also heard that Microsoft will not be supporting CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint in the US. However, in the UK all major carriers (Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Three) will be offering Windows Phone 7 devices when it launches. This is great news for UK consumers. As a US consumer, I can only hope that Microsoft will be able to bring CDMA support as soon as posssible. It will take support from carriers around the world to help Microsoft gain ground on their rivals.

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