Thursday, September 27, 2012

AT&T’s faster 4G LTE network now available in Metro Detroit

AT&T has turned on its 4G LTE network in Metro Detroit, bringing customers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties the latest generation of wireless network technology.

-- Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
-- Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you've sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
-- More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

"21st century jobs require 21st century infrastructure and that means advanced technology and fast connections," said Lt. Governor Brian Calley.  "High tech investment from great partners like AT&T is helping make Michigan's economic comeback possible.  Thanks to investments like these, local job makers are staying connected better and faster than ever before, helping Michigan compete in the global economy."

"We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Metro Detroit responds to what customers want from their mobile experience - more, faster, on the best devices," said Jim Murray, president, AT&T Michigan.

AT&T's 4G LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, as well as multiple innovations that optimize the network for performance. Our network's radio components are placed close to the antenna at most cell sites, instead of inside the base station, which helps minimize power loss between the base station and antenna and, in turn, improves the performance of our 4G LTE network. The network also is designed with its core elements distributed across the country, which helps reduce latency, or the delay when using the Internet, because your request isn't traveling as far.
Customers to benefit from ultra-fast mobile Internet on the latest LTE devices.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Verizon stores across Michigan will open at 8 a.m. Friday for iPhone 5 customers

Verizon Wireless company-owned retail stores across Michigan will open early at 8 a.m. Friday for customers interested in purchasing the iPhone 5. Online pre-orders for the device have been filled and only in-store stock remains. Supplies are limited per store and additional employees will be on site at all locations to assist with customer sales.
Here are additional consumer tips for buyers of the first iPhone device that will work on Verizon’s 4G LTE network:
  1. Don’t cancel a current service provider if you’re switching phones. It needs to remain active until the transaction can be completed in a new purchase.
  2. Keep your contacts in your current phone for easy transfer. There are applications and programs to make this simple.
  3. An old phone can also be donated at a Verizon Wireless store or turned into a gift card with the company’s trade-in program.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Verizon, AT&T offering online pre-orders of iPhone 5 starting today; Phone coming September 21

Verizon Wireless is offering pre-orders of the iPhone 5 on its 4G LTE network onlinebeginning today (Friday, Sept. 14) at 3 a.m.(EDT) at
iPhone 5 will be available starting at $199.99 for the 16 GB model, $299.99 for the 32 GB model and $399.99 for the 64 GB model with a new two-year customer agreement.

“Customers come to Verizon Wireless for a premier wireless experience, and iPhone 5 combined with our 4G LTE network is an outstanding combination,” said Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless CEO. “The availability of our 4G LTE network means customers get the reliability they value and the technology they need, regardless of where they roam on our network.”

Customers purchasing iPhone 5 can also purchase a Share Everything Plan beginning at $40 monthly access and $50 monthly account access that includes unlimited voice, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and a data plan that can be shared with up to 10 devices on a single account. And, customers wanting to use FaceTime on their iPhone 5 can do so using any Verizon Wireless data plan allowance.

Verizon Wireless iPhone 5 customers can stay connected in over 220 countries for voice and over 205 for data. Global service at Verizon Wireless carries 24-hour customer service from trained Verizon Wireless U.S. based employees. More information on Verizon Wireless Global Plans is available at

iPhone 5 will be available at Verizon stores nationwide andonline at beginning Fri., Sept. 21. Additional details will be available at
For more information on iPhone 5, please visit


AT&T also is offering pre-orders of the iPhone 5 online beginning today (Friday, Sept. 14) at iPhone 5 will be available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model, and $399.99 for the 64GB model.

"We are thrilled to offer iPhone 5 on the nation's largest 4G network. We've worked with Apple since the original in 2007 and this is hands-down their best phone yet," said Ralph de la Vega, president & CEO, AT&T Mobility. "We offer customers the flexibility to keep the iPhone data plans they already have or choose any of our individual or new Mobile Share plans. We're proud that more customers choose AT&T for iPhone than any other U.S. carrier and look forward to making iPhone 5 the newest addition to our lineup."

New and qualifying existing customers can choose a shared or individual data plan. Details on rate plan options can be found at AT&T's newest Mobile Share data plans are ideal for data-centric users or families who want to share data among multiple smartphones, tablets and more. And all Mobile Share plans include tethering-or mobile hot spot-capability.
For more information on AT&T’s iPhone 5, please visit:

First official NASCAR app For iPhone and iPod Touch announced

NASCAR, Sprint and Turner Sports announced today the launch of the sport’s first official app for iPhone and iPod Touch. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile App allows fans to follow their favorite drivers and stay on top of all the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race action, including access to race day content, schedules, standings, breaking news and more.

iPhone customers with a Sprint Unlimited Data Plan will have access to extra features, including:
— Live MRN and PRN race radio broadcasts
— Live in-car audio for all 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers
— Live RaceBuddy in-car video and track camera views
— Live NASCAR on SPEED broadcasts including live Qualifying, Practice and favorite trackside shows such as NASCAR RaceDay
— Live in-race highlights and alerts
— Live post-race press conferences
— Real-time leaderboards and Pit Pass telemetry data

“Fan engagement during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is significantly elevated each and every season as the championship battle unfolds and ultimately culminates at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November,” said Marc Jenkins, NASCAR vice president of digital media. “With NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile now available for the iPhone for the first time ever, fans will get a customized experience, bringing them closer to the racing action than ever before.”

NASCAR’s digital rights including NASCAR.COM, the official online destination of NASCAR which provides racing enthusiasts with an all-inclusive offering of engaging content including fantasy games, video highlights, social elements and in-depth editorial content, are currently managed by Turner Sports. As part of a restructured partnership announced earlier this year, Turner Sports remains the exclusive sales agent across the NASCAR Digital Media platform through 2016 while NASCAR assumes operational control on Jan. 1, 2013 of its interactive, digital and social media rights and all related platforms.

As part of that two-year digital partnership extension, Turner Sports remains the exclusive sales agent across the NASCAR Digital Media Platform through 2016.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod Touch or at

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Verizon launches three new Motorola Droid Razr 4G smartphones

DROID RAZR M: The Full-Screen Phone

DROID RAZR M is a compact smartphone that features an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch Super AMOLED
Advanced display. The DROID RAZR M’s design is significantly shorter and narrower than the original DROID RAZR, yet includes the same size display, making it the most compact 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphone.DROID RAZR M also features powerful Web browsing capabilities by combining Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network with the speeds of Chrome for Android mobile browser. The DROID RAZR M’s SMARTACTIONS feature maximizes battery efficiency with every charge, allowing customers to browse the Web and watch videos without worrying about draining their device’s battery.

DROID RAZR HD: Performance and Power

Building on the DROID RAZR legacy, the new DROID RAZR HD expands the innovation with a new 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display that allows movies, photos, magazines and even websites to appear with vivid clarity.
DROID RAZR HD provides customers with 78 percent more pixels for a more vibrant display and features 40 percent greater battery capacity than the original DROID RAZR.

The viewdini app
is at its best with the HD display and 4G LTE speeds to watch movies, television shows and other video content. Viewdini brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popularvideo sources. The viewdini app can be downloaded from Google Play.

DROID RAZR MAXX HD: Long Live the Battery

Packed with the same leading features as DROID RAZR HD, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD raises the industry standard for battery life with 32 hours of normal use.
The DROID RAZR MAXX HD is remarkably thin, yet packs sufficient battery power for 13 hours of straight video playback, enough to watch a movie trilogy without needing a charge. Customers also have enough battery life to talk the day away with up to 21 hours of continuous talk time or browse the Web on 4G LTE for up to a full eight hours.

A Trilogy of Premium Design, Speed and Features:
4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas.
Interactive Circles Widget allows quick access to notifications, weather, time and more
Quick Settings can be accessed directly from the home screen so customers can easily manage their volume profile, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and more
Enhanced Help Guides provide interactive tutorials, help topics and tips to become a DROID RAZR expert
Global Ready so customers can have voice and data service in more than 205 countries
Business ready with enterprise grade security and data encryption, remote wipe, complex password support, IPsec multi-headed VPN client and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support
1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
Mobile Hotspot – Share a 4G LTE connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording
Front-facing camera for video chatting
NFC-enabled so customers can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam
Corning Gorilla Glass display, DuPont KEVLAR® fiber and water-repellent nanocoating
microSD card slot with support for up to 32 G

The new DROID RAZRs run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by end of 2012) and come with the best of Google Mobile Services, including:
Chrome for Android, giving a personalized Web experience
Google Play, apps and games, millions of books and songs, thousands of movies and TV shows
Google Maps for Android (Beta) for voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
Voice Actions for Android, letting customers control their phones with their voice
Google+, which can automatically upload photos to a private album online
YouTube, watch videos in stunning HD, Preload subscribed channels or individual videos and the YouTube app will automatically download videos over Wi-Fi while the phone is charging – making them ready to watch in an instant
Pricing and Availability:
DROID RAZR M is available now from Verizon for the introductory price of $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. The DROID RAZR M will be available either Black or White.
DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available before the holidays. The DROID RAZR HD will be available in either Black orWhite and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available in Black.
Customers who purchase a DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD or DROID RAZR MAXX HD will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless data plan. Share Everything Plans allow customers to add smartphones to their account for $40 monthly access. For additional information, customers should go to

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network expanding to Jackson County

Verizon Wireless is expanding its 4G LTE service to much of Jackson County in the coming weeks, allowing businesses and residents to tap into the nation’s fastest wireless network that now covers 75 percent of the U.S. population in 371 markets.

The soon-to-be-expanded coverage area includes: Jackson, Springport, Parma Township, Concord, Spring Arbor, Sandstone, Pleasant Lake, Rives Township, Blackman Township, Michigan Center, Leoni Township, South Jackson, Clarklake, Napoleon and Brooklyn.
Within Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE service area, Verizon customers with 4G LTE-enabled devices can stream video, share music and photos, surf the Web and download files at speeds up to 10 times faster than customers on 3G networks. For businesses using the network, theincreasing spread of broadband connectivity provides the most sophisticatedwireless capabilities for economic advancement.

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE customers in the coverage area should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits (Mbps) per second on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

“People across Michigan are increasingly relying on tablets, smartphones and apps to stay organized, connected and entertained,” said John Granby, president–Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “Our investment in Michigan has kept us ahead of these consumer trends and underscores our belief that 4G LTE delivers the best value to customers by maximizing the performance of theirwireless devices.”

When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area in Michigan or elsewhere, the devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.

For more information about Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please visit

AT&T 4G LTE coming to Detroit in 2012

AT&T plans to roll out 4G LTE in Detroit by the end of the year, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology and faster mobile Internet speeds.

"21st century jobs require 21st century infrastructure and that means advanced technology and fast connections," said Lt. Governor Brian Calley.

"High tech investment from great partners like AT&T is helping make Michigan's economic comeback possible. Thanks to investments like these, local job makers are staying connected better and faster than ever before, helping Michigan compete in the global economy."

LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers will be able to stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before on the latest LTE-compatible smartphones, tablets and devices.

"Detroit enjoys AT&T's fast 4G speeds today as part of the nation's largest 4G network, and our teams will be working hard across the city toward our upcoming 4G LTE launch," said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. "AT&T customers in Detroit can look forward to even faster speeds this year, on our leading lineup of smartphones, tablets and other devices."

Subaru debuts new EyeSight driver assistance system WITH VIDEO

Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the debut of its EyeSight driver assistance system. The suite of safety and driver assist technologies will debut at the New York International Auto Show on 2013 Legacy and Outback models.

EyeSight will subsequently appear on other products in the Subaru line-up. EyeSight integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning. The new technology, which can also detect obstacles in front of a parked car and limit potential damage in an impact, will become available later this year.
Combining safety and convenience features, the Subaru EyeSight system will be one of the most affordable such technologies available in the United States market. EyeSight uses two charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras developed by Subaru. EyeSight is mounted inside the car on the upper edge of the windshield, thus reducing the potential for damage that could occur in bumper-mounted systems, such as radar. The EyeSight system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes and other items.
The video information is relayed to the EyeSight computer, which is also networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control. Below speeds of approximately 19mph, EyeSight is capable of detecting pedestrians in the vehicle’s path and can activate in order to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under certain circumstances, Eyesight is able to bring the car to a complete stop, thus avoiding a collision.

Pre-Collision Braking Control and Collision Mitigation
At relative speeds under approximately 19 mph, EyeSight’s Pre-Collision Braking System can detect obstacles in the car’s path and, if the driver has not applied the brakes in time, the system can do so to slow the vehicle or bring it to a full stop to help avoid the potential collision. Pre-Collision Braking is always on in the background to act like a second set of eyes for the driver. It can also be turned off temporarily for off-road or rough road travel.
At relative speeds above approximately 19 mph, EyeSight can apply the brakes when an object is detected, and will attempt to brake if the driver takes no evasive action, or does not brake appropriately. In this way it will mitigate potential damage from a collision. The system, which can recognize programmed objects such as vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, can help mitigate collision damage.

Lane Departure and Sway Warning
By monitoring traffic lane markers and lines, the Subaru EyeSight system can detect if the car begins to wander outside the intended lane without a turn signal being used, or if the car begins to sway within the travel lane. Using the turn signal cancels the warning.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Intended for freeway use, Eyesight’s Adaptive Cruise Control system can maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, braking and/or accelerating the car as needed to maintain the driver-selected target speed and traveling distance. Adaptive Cruise Control is operational from 1-87 mph and can fully brake the vehicle to a stop if the system “locks on” to a vehicle ahead.
As an added convenience, Adaptive Cruise Control assists the driver in heavy “stop and go” freeway traffic by maintaining distance from the vehicle ahead. This feature can help reduce driver fatigue, which can therefore help keep the driver alert.

Additional EyeSight Benefits
In heavy traffic conditions, EyeSight will also alert the driver when the vehicle ahead has moved if he or she doesn’t react within several seconds. The technology can also help reduce collision damages by cutting the throttle when it senses an obstacle in front, but the accelerator pedal continues to be pushed. The system is also effective when a driver shifts into ‘Drive’ inadvertently instead of ‘Reverse’ when backing out of a parking space. The stereo camera design of EyeSight provides a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.

EyeSight is not designed as a substitute for due care and attention to the road. The system may not react in every situation. There are certain operational limitations, such as when weather conditions obscure the view of the cameras. Finally, even with the advanced technology used, a driver with good vision and who is paying attention will always be the best safety system.

Verizon launches Samsung Galaxy Stellar smartphone

Verizon Wireless and Samsung have announced they will now offer the exclusive Samsung Galaxy Stellar in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at

The 4G LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Stellar is designed to be compact so it fits easily in a customer’s hand and makes the first-time smartphone experience simple. The Stellar features a dual interface option so customers can choose between Starter Mode or Standard Mode. Starter Mode features a simplified home screen display with preset widgets such as Favorite Apps, Favorite Contacts and Favorite Settings for quick and easy access to frequently used apps and settings. Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen. Standard Mode provides customers with a more conventional layout and gives customers the traditional Android experience. The Stellar also includes a Help app that features guided tours and tips for changing settings and more, so customers can master their devices.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar customers can take advantage of fast 4G LTE connectivity to access an array of convenient and multimedia rich apps. A suite of Amazon apps is included that offers customers easy ways to discover content such as watching movie trailers on the IMDB app, downloading audio books with the Audible app, and one-click ordering with the Amazon shoppingapp. The Stellar also offers a variety of premium TV and film content for rent or purchase through the Samsung Media Hub.

The Galaxy Stellar is a SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) approved device featuring on-device AES 256-bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions to make working on the go secure.
Additional features:
— 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas
— 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480)
— Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich – support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps and access to more than 600,000 apps available to download from Google Play
— Suite of Amazon apps includes Kindle, Shopping, MP3, Zappos, IMDB and Audible
— 1.2 dual-core GHz Snapdragon application processor
— Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat and 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus
— Backup Assistant Plus – media management and online storage service designed to help customers store and access media content such as music, videos, pictures, documents and contacts.
— Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
— microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB

Business features:
Samsung's SAFE enterprise mobility solutions provide flexibility and connectivity formobile workforces, ensuring that users are able to operate more efficiently while on–the-move.
— Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) – communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server enabling push email, calendar and contacts
— Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) Support from Industry-Leading Solutions Providers – supports industry-standard VPN protocols to help users efficiently tap into VPN networks and MDM capabilities that allow IT departments to effectively safeguard employees’ mobile devices and corporate data.
— On Device Encryption – SAFE helps prevent unauthorized access to mobile data by leveraging the AES 256-bit encryptionstandard, encrypting all data, including app-specific internal data and internal/external memory.

Pricing and availability:
— The Samsung Galaxy Stellar is in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at starting for free after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debitcards are accepted.
— Customers purchasing the Galaxy Stellar will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless data plan. Share Everything Plans allow customers to add the Stellar to their account for $40 monthly access. For additional information, customers should go to
— For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

My take on gadget makers' holiday offerings — From Apple to Blackberry to Microsoft, Motorola and more

All the gadget makers are coming out with new products this fall as the holiday buying season kicks in. Here's my quick takes.

iPhone 5: Announced Wednesday, this will obviously be a big hit. The iPhone always is. But when you look at the upgrades, Apple is once again just catching up to its Android competition (bigger screen, thinner phone, panorama camera shots, etc.). It's hardly innovative, and soon the Android competition will be better than it. Still, Apple fans will come out in droves and buy the new iPhone, and in the end it mostly comes down to your choice of operating systems. Some folks prefer Android, others like Apple's iOS.

A smaller iPad; This is rumored to be coming -- a 7-inch iPad to compete with the Kindle Fire and other smaller tablets that are starting to eat away at Apple's tablet domination (which is still dominating, but not as much so as in the past). This might prove popular, and it's probably a smart business move for competition's sake, but I don't see this being a huge seller. I've tried many 7-inch tablets, and usually I'm not very impressed. I'm pretty sure this will fall in that same boat.

New Kindle Fire lineup: Speaking of small tablets, the key is to the have the right price. Amazon's Kindle Fire is more affordable than most of its competition, so it is more popular. That should continue this year, and it should sell better than most 7-inch tablets -- though an Apple offering could gum up the works a little bit -- how much so would depend on its price.

NEW RAZR PHONES: Motorola is upgrading its Razr lineup on Verizon, and as in the past these Android phones will be big sellers, I can say with confidence.

MICROSOFT TABLET: The Surface tablet from Microsoft debuts in October.
A couple words on this: Too late. Microsoft will not do well with this, I can safely say. With so many tablets already on the market, it will be very hard for them to make a dent with the Surface, especially since the price won't be far off from the iPad's. No name recognition = no sales.

NEW BLACKBERRY PHONES: No need to explain. They're done for. Have been for a while. New phones won't measure up to offerings by Apple, Samsung and others, and I wouldn't be surprised if Blackberry maker RIM is absorbed by another company within the next year. They can't sustain their current business model, as people have moved on from their products. Period.

T-Mobile USA celebrates 10 years with launch of unlimited nationwide 4G data plans

T-Mobile USA marked the 10th anniversary of its T-Mobile brand in the United States by making its new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan available in stores. The plan underscores T-Mobile’s longstanding focus on delivering customer value and service excellence through constant innovation.

“Since our inception, we’ve always strived to shake up the industry with plans, network capabilities, and innovative products and services for our customers,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “Today’s release of our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan continues our tradition of bold moves that enhance the customer experience and change the way wireless is done.”

T-Mobile USA established its nationwide brand in September 2002 and has been quietly innovating ever since, beginning with Sidekick, the first all-in-one wireless device with an unlimited data plan for consumers. The company is now one of the largest employers and best-kept secrets in the Seattle area, built on a legacy of wireless industry firsts, including these:
— First Personal Coverage Check (2005) – Provided consumers with transparent view of network coverage where they live and work
— First Wi-Fi Calling Service in U.S. (2007) – Allowed voice calling over Wi-Fi
— First Android phone – T-Mobile G1 with Google (2008) – Kicked off wave of subsequent Android offerings
— First U.S. carrier to launch an HSPA+ network (2009) – Today, T-Mobile’s fast and dependable nationwide 4G network is available in 229 markets, reaching well over 220 million people
— First to break from Subsidy Model (2009) – T-Mobile’s Even More plans and later Value Plans allow customers to pay for their devices over time or to bring their own devices to T-Mobile

The Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan is available at T-Mobile retail stores, on, and through select dealers and national retail stores.
To help customers quickly take full advantage of all the cool things smartphones can do — without limits or overages — T-Mobile customers who activate a new two-year contract on an

Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be able to benefit from a sale on select 4G smartphones, including the HTC One S with $0.00 down payment, after $50 mail-in rebate card.1
For more information on the Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan and accompanying device sale, visit

Another huge phone/tablet option emerges — The LG Intuition

Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics USA have announced the Intuition by LG, a next-generation device that offers the full functionality of a smartphone and a tablet all in one slim, pocket friendly device.
The Intuition by LG, exclusively for Verizon Wireless, is available online at and in Verizon stores for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Customers will have access to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, which covers more than 75 percent of the U.S. population and will soon be available in more than 400 markets nationwide.
LG’s 5-inch display with high-definition detail gives customers a premium viewing experience with exceptionally sharp detail, and the 4:3 aspect ratio makes it ideal for reading e-books, watching videos, Web browsing and reviewing presentations. The Intuition features the Polaris Office app, allowing customers to view, create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations right on the Intuition’s large display and can even organize files by category or folder.
The QuickMemo app can be used with a single press of a button and allows customers to draw or write messages with the included Rubberdium pen or with their finger on just about any screen. Add a personalized handwritten note to pictures, maps, websites and easily share with friends through text messages, social media, email and more. Customers can even pick different colors and pen types to help further customize their notes.
The Intuition also features the LG Tag+ app and two reprogrammable NFC (Near Field Communications) stickers that can be used to create and switch between different phone modes with a single tap. For example, the stickers can be posted onto an office door or bedroom nightstand and customers simply tap the NFC sticker with their phone to activate a mode and tap it again to return to their original settings. The different modes are customizable and include Car Mode, Office Mode, Sleep Mode and User Mode. Settings like Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and more can be turned on or off by tapping the back of the Intuition on an LG Tag+ sticker.
Additional Features:
— 5-inch display with high-definition detail
— 4:3 aspect ratio to fully use the screen size and eliminate dead space
— 650 NIT display provides excellent legibility and sharp details even in direct sunlight
— The Notebook app turns the Intuition into a virtual notepad for creating documents which, can include text, drawings, images, annotations, video and voice clips
— Business ready with enterprise grade security, corporate data encryption with Data-at-Rest Encryption (DARE), secure multi-headed VPN for corporate network connections, remote wipe capability and more
— Suite of Amazon apps includes Kindle, Shopping, MP3, Zappos, IMDB and Audible so customers can watch movie trailers, download audio books, shopping and more
— 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording
— 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
— Enhanced camera features include voice commands to take a picture, continuous shot to take 6 shots with one tap and panorama shot to merge horizontal shots.
— Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
— 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
— Mobile Hotspot – Share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
— Bluetooth Version 3.0 + HS
— SmartShare – Share media wirelessly to DLNA-enabled devices

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

T-Mobile expands Samsung Galaxy lineup with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

T-Mobile USA has announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G smartphone.

T-Mobile USA and Samsung have announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S® Relay™ 4G — a T-Mobile exclusive and the newest smartphone to join T-Mobile’s popular Galaxy S portfolio. Powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy S Relay 4G has access to T-Mobile’s fast 4G (HSPA+ 42) network.

The Galaxy S Relay 4G is also a SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise)-designated device that offers a full portfolio of enterprise-ready features and capabilities. Samsung SAFE offers comprehensive IT Policy support for top-tier mobile device management (MDM) solutions, on-device AES-256 bit encryption, and enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, as well as integrated support for a range of virtual private network solutions. The Galaxy S Relay 4G also boasts a full 5-row QWERTY keyboard and 1.5-GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor that enables business customers to accurately and quickly view and edit documents and share files instantly. The smartphone also features Wi-Fi Calling and support for Smartphone Mobile HotSpot for up to five devices with a qualifying rate plan.

“Consumers are increasingly looking for a powerful device that makes it easy to integrate their busy work and personal lives,” said Andrew Morrison, vice president of product management, T-Mobile USA. “The Galaxy S Relay 4G is the perfect addition to T-Mobile’s popular Galaxy smartphone lineup, providing our customers with a reliable and business-centric Android experience — and the easy access to entertainment for which Galaxy devices are known.”

The Galaxy S Relay 4G features a 4-inch, Super AMOLED screen for your viewing purposes. The phone includes a number of features, such as T-Mobile TV in mobile HD2 for watching live TV programming, Samsung Media Hub for renting and buying the latest movies and TV shows, and Google Play Music for streaming and purchasing music. Capture photos and HD videos a breeze with a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 720p HD camcorder (1280x720) resolution.

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select national retailers and dealers, and online via in the coming weeks. For more information, visit