T-Mobile won’t be selling BlackBerrys after April 25th

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T-Mobile won’t be selling BlackBerrys after April 25th

T-Mobile won’t be selling BlackBerrys after April 25th

T-Mobile and BlackBerry didn’t get along in recent months. The spat between the two companies started when Magenta carrier was pitching BlackBerry users to switch to other phones, the move which wasn’t liked by the Canadian company.

And now they’re officially breaking up with BlackBerry issuing a press release to announce that it will not renew the T Mobile license to sell BlackBerry products when it expires on April 25, 2014. BlackBerry will continue to support existing customers on T-Mobile’s network, and will undoubtedly be suggesting other [than T-Mobile] networks, instead.

“BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers. We hope to work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned,” said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair, John Chen. “We are deeply grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers and will do everything in our power to provide continued support with your existing carrier or ensure a smooth transition to our other carrier partners.”

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AT&T to Carry Samsung Galaxy S 5 Gear 2 and Gear Fit

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Samsung Galaxy S 5

Samsung Galaxy S 5

AT&T today confirmed that it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit this year. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. The Galaxy S 5’s 16 megapixel rear-facing camera will capture images that can be edited in the onboard camera studio. Camera studio can add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery. The Galaxy S 5 also captures crisp HD video, which can be saved to the 16 GBs of internal storage.

Additional key features for the Galaxy S 5 include:

·        A 5.1 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, wide viewing angles and Multi Window capability.

·        A newly integrated S Health platform that enables nutrition, fitness and wellness tracking.

·        Users can access health info, track and map workouts, receive wellness coaching and select healthier eating choices and track progress right on the Galaxy S 5.

·        The Galaxy S 5 has a built-in heart rate monitor (HRM), which provides real-time data before and after exercise, simply place a finger on the sensor located by the rear-facing camera.

·       The Samsung Galaxy S 5 also has a built-in fingerprint sensor making it easier to unlock the phone – in one simple touch.

AT&T will expand its wearables lineup with Gear 2 and Gear Fit.

The Gear 2 has a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED display with a 2 megapixel camera that has been moved from the strap to the face of the device for a more sleek design. Interchangeable straps, compatible with standard 22mm pin watch bands enable consumers to wear their favorite strap. With the Gear 2 consumers can also make voice calls and send text messages right from their wrist.

With a 1.84 inch curved Super AMOLED display and interchangeable band, Gear Fit has an athletic design that’s functional whether active or asleep. The Gear Fit tracks your steps, monitors your heart rate on-the-go, and provides notifications for incoming calls, texts and emails.

T-Mobile Announces New eSIM, Eliminates International Travel Costs for Machines

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T-Mobile today announced eSIM, a first-of-its-kind approach to international wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. With today’s announcement, T-Mobile eliminates roaming costs for M2M communication in the U.S. and Canada giving its customers local data rates when located in each respective country. The M2M market, also referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), is exploding. ABI Research estimates that the number of independently connected wireless devices will grow from 10 billion in 2013 to 30 billion by 2020 with ever more powerful and ubiquitous cellular networks contributing to that growth.

How does it work?

T-Mobile is making it easy for innovative companies to embrace the M2M revolution. T-Mobile M2M enables always-on connectivity for products and services through T-Mobile’s nationwide network and international partners. Companies can build eSIM into an assortment of connected product categories including connected car and navigation, mobile health and wearables, among others. Think of a cloud-connected smart watch or fitness band that’s no longer restrained by borders.

The potential cost-savings of eSIM are enormous. Consider a trucking company that travels frequently between the U.S. and Canada as an example. Between mapping services, video monitoring, email, fleet tracking software and vehicle diagnostics, a single truck might easily use 100MB of data per month while traveling in Canada. The roaming cost for that single truck alone could be as much as $200 per month or nearly $2,400 per year1.

Starting today, eSIM is available for businesses in the connected device market to integrate into their M2M solutions. eSIM ships fully configured out-of-the-box for use with multiple international carriers and can be easily pre-built into virtually any connected product — simplifying inventory management, removing the need for SIM swapping and best of all providing local data rates.

T-Mobile will continue to announce additional countries of support throughout 2014.

Sprint Makes Push-to-Talk Possible on More of its Phones with Downloadable Application

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Sprint Push to Talk

Sprint Push to Talk

Sprint, the industry’s push-to-talk pioneer, today announced it has added more Sprint Direct Connect-capable handsets to its push-to-talk portfolio. On the new phones, push-to-talk service can be installed quickly by accessing the Google Play store and downloading the free “Sprint Direct Connect Now” application. Sprint Direct Connect service is included for no additional charge on many service plans or available for an additional $5 per month for other plans. The new phones that can be made push-to-talk ready with the Sprint Direct Connect Now application today:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Flex
  • LG Optimus F3
  • Kyocera Hydro Edge

Coming soon:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark

Sprint Direct Connect Now features:

  • Sprint Direct Connect on 4G LTE capable devices
  • New enhanced user experience
  • Interoperable with Sprint Direct Connect devices
  • Convenient touchscreen controls
  • TeamDC and Opt-In TeamDC closed group calling
  • Call alerts to notify others you want to talk without interrupting
  • Displays contact image for speaker
  • Synchronizes contacts with device’s address book
  • Create favorites for most contacted Direct Connect contacts

Sprint Direct Connect Now marks another milestone for the Sprint push-to-talk franchise. Today, Sprint Direct Connect has matured into a service featuring:

  • Sprint Direct Connect platform upgrades to support push-to-talk on Sprint’s 4G LTE Network.
  • Triple the square miles of coverage compared to the former Nextel National Network.
  • Instant call setup time on domestic push-to-talk calls.
  • International coverage to Latin American countries that most frequently use push-to-talk service (SDC Now international capability coming in future update).

For more information on Sprint Direct Connect Now or to see Sprint Direct Connect handsets, go to www.sprint.com/sprintdirectconnect.