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doubleTwist Partners With T-Mobile, Now Bundled On Some Android Phones January 25, 2010

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Big news for doubleTwist, the iTunes alternative that allows you to manage media for hundreds of devices, including Android phones, the Palm Pre, and BlackBerry. Tomorrow, the company will announce that it has forged a partnership with T-Mobile, which is now promoting it as the supported way to sync media to its line of Android phones. As part of the deal, T-Mobile will begin displaying doubleTwist banners in their retail stores and on T-Mobile.com. And perhaps most important, doubleTwist will come pre-installed on some Android devices, including the new Fender/Eric Clapton myTouch 3G handset. […]

via Who Needs iTunes? doubleTwist Partners With T-Mobile, Now Bundled On Some Android Phones

T-Mobile adds new payment options for Android Market purchases – Android and Me December 11, 2009

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T-Mobile told us carrier billing for Android apps was coming and we speculated it could arrive by December 11. They surprised us by quietly pushing the update out last night. Beginning December 9, T-Mobile and Google began rolling out a new Android Market update which should be complete by December 30.

We have no word if rooted phones can receive this update, but my guess is no. It is also interesting that this particular update is being pushed out invisible.

If you have receive this update, please let us know. I’m working to get my hands on some actual screens right now.

Details of the update include:

  • The Market application update will be invisible to you.  No steps are necessary to receive the update!
  • To ensure that the update is received by all users T-Mobile and Google will stagger the update.  You should expect to have the Market update by 12/30/2009.
  • Once you receive the update you will be able to purchase paid applications using your credit card or your T-Mobile account.
  • Reminder: Any applications uninstalled within 24 hours will NOT be charged to your T-Mobile account or credit card.

via T-Mobile adds new payment options for Android Market purchases – Android and Me.

T-Mobile USA Will Add Its Own Channel And Carrier Billing to Android Market November 5, 2009

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T-Mobile USA is increasing its investment in the Google Android platform even more, by improving the application experience, according to a keynote given by CTO Cole Brodman said this morning at Open Mobile Summit this morning in San Francisco.

The company said that in time for Thanksgiving, T-Mobile will introduce a T-Mobile Channel, which will provide recommended content for the Google Android devices. Already, T-Mobile is providing a so-called “AppPack,” which suggests 34 free and paid apps. The bigger announcement today is that T-Mobile will soon enable carrier billing, which will allow customers to buy apps using their monthly bill, rather than having to use Google Checkout. […]

Here’s what T-Mobile has witnessed in terms of myTouch consumer behavior:

  • About half myTouch users visit the Android Market at least once per day.
  • 80% of myTouch users browse the web at least once per day, and 2/3 say several times per day.
  • Nearly half of myTouch users say they have “completely customized” their myTouch.
  • More than 40% of myTouch users access social networking sites multiple times per day.

via Updated: T-Mobile USA Will Add Its Own Channel And Carrier Billing to Android Market | mocoNews

T-Mobile Sidekick Out(r)age: Your Data’s Probably Gone Forever – t-mobile sidekick – Gizmodo October 12, 2009

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T-Mobile Sidekick users have been holding out hope that their data might be recovered after T-Mo issued an optimistic message of hope. But the carrier just updated users and admitted the truth: Your shit’s gone. Sorry, guys.

It’s been more than two weeks without data for Sidekick users, and T-Mobile finally bit the bullet and announced that it probably isn’t coming back. The quote:

Regrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger’s latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos – that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger. That said, our teams continue to work around-the-clock in hopes of discovering some way to recover this information. However, the likelihood of a successful outcome is extremely low.

via T-Mobile Sidekick Out(r)age: Your Data’s Probably Gone Forever – t-mobile sidekick – Gizmodo.

T-Mobile Germany raises price for new iPhones August 12, 2009

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T-Mobile Germany has announced to raise their pricing for new iPhone customers starting on August 15th by up to 120 € for the entry level tariff in combination with an iPhone 3GS!

heise.de has assembled a price comparison table for a better overview:

Modell iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS (16 GB) iPhone 3GS (32 GB)
former price / Tariff Complete XS 60 € 130 € 250 €
new price / Tariff Complete XS 160 € 250 € 340 €
former price / Tariff Complete 60 1 € 130 € 250 €
new price / Tariff Complete 60 100 € 190 € 280 €

I’m really interested if this will have any impact on the iPhone sales number here in Germany as T-Mobile is the only distributor. Maybe this even gives Android sales a small boost?

via heise online – 11.08.09 – T-Mobile verteuert iPhone-Einstieg

No Internet, No Fun – Android USB Tethering July 10, 2009

Posted by andre in Internet & Communities, Mobile & Gadgets.
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Over at my private blog android.rabold.org I have posted a small comparison of Android tethering applications (using your phone as a modem to surf the Internet with your desktop PC). Due to a broken DSL modem I had to grab my T-Mobile G1, started googling the web for a solution, and came up with PdaNet and azilink:

PdaNet was the first to try: Installation is pretty straight forward. No separate packages and downloads needed. Just double click the executable, follow the instructions and you’re done. You’ll get a background application, a special USB driver for the Android phone and a modem driver – plus a new app on your Android phone. What I instantly liked about it – besides the installation process – is the tray icon. I know that a lot of people hate applications which put themselves into the tray but in this case it’s really the easiest in terms of usability. A click on the icon opens a context menu where you simply select “Connect” and you’re done! It’s such easy… At least in theory because it seems there is an issue with PdaNet and my Vista system. It crashed immediately 😦 I played around and had a quick search in the Internet (via my mobile again) but haven’t found an immediate solution for the problem. So I turned to the next tethering software candidate…

Check out the full article over at android.rabold.org

How The Different Mobile Data Syncing Services Stack Up June 9, 2009

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As the phones in our pockets become our second computers, it will become increasingly important to sync data between the two. Not just emails, but contacts, calendars, photos, music, apps, browser bookmarks, files, and more. Nearly every Web phone out there comes with at least some sort of rudimentary syncing app. Apple has MobileMe, Nokia has Ovi, Palm has Synergy, Blackberry has Internet Services, and Microsoft has My Phone.

An open-source competitor to all of these is Funambol. The startup evaluated all of the syncing services and scored them based on criteria such as how many kinds of data each one supports, cost, usability, and number of supported devices. (Full study embedded at bottom of post). It came up with a score for each out of a maximum of 40. Naturally enough, Funambol scored the highest, but if you throw that out you end up with the list below (with accompanying scores) […]

  • Nokia Ovi – 28
  • Apple MobileMe – 27
  • Palm Synergy – 26
  • Microsoft My Phone – 26
  • Vodafone Zyb – 26
  • Google Sync – 23
  • BlackBerry IS – 21
  • Yahoo! Mobile – 21
  • AT&T – 19
  • T-Mobile – 19
  • Verizon – 19

via How The Different Mobile Data Syncing Services Stack Up.

T-Mobile to Use Google Software in Devices for Home April 6, 2009

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SAN FRANCISCO — T-Mobile is planning an aggressive push deep into the home with a variety of communications devices that will use Google’s new Android operating software that already runs one of its cellphones.

T-Mobile plans to sell a home phone early next year and soon after a tablet computer, both running Android, according to confidential documents obtained from one of the company’s partners. The phone will plug into a docking station and come with another device that handles data synchronization as it recharges the phone’s battery. […]

T-Mobile’s use of Android to advance its ambitions also shows just how blurry the line has become between phones and computers. Its tablet-size phone device resembles a small laptop without a keyboard and has a seven-inch touch screen. It would handle basic computing jobs like checking the weather or managing data across a variety of devices in the home.

“All of the carriers are going to be supporting these mobile Internet devices that range from laptops to smartphones”

said Greg Sterling, an analyst with Opus Research, which monitors the mobile industry. […]

via T-Mobile to Use Google Software in Devices for Home – NYTimes.com