File this under old news but good news but T-Mobile is pleased as punch with the companies selection of Windows Phone. Since adding the HTC Radar 4G and Nokia Lumia 710, T-Mobile has seen sales of Windows Phone double in the past eight months.
Brad Duea, Senior Vice President of Product Development at T-Mobile, comments,
"We continue to see strong sales and adoption of the platform with the Nokia Lumia 710 consistently being one of our top five selling smartphones since it launched in January 2012. Not only that but, as expected, we’ve seen a large number of first-time smartphone users select a Windows Phone as their device of choice with 55% of all upgrades to the Lumia 710 coming from a messaging or feature phone."
According to T-Mobile the Lumia 710 has some of the highest handset satisfaction scores and feedback from customers has been very positive on Windows Phone software. With regards to the future of Windows Phones at T-Mobile Duea notes,
"We’re bullish on the future of Windows Phone. In fact, IDC’s report out earlier this month predicts Windows Phone will surpass iOS by 2016 – and we expect Windows Phone to continue to play a prominent role in our product portfolio and marketing efforts."
T-Mobile is slated to be a launch partner for Windows Phone 8 later this fall. Maybe we'll see more of Carly carrying a Windows Phone in the future.
T-Mobile is running a an awesome 2-day Fathers Day sale that includes a couple Windows Phones.
Today and tomorrow, you can snag a slew of 4G phones, tablets and hotspots for free with a new 2-year contract. Amongst the myriad devices is HTC's Radar 4G and Nokia's Lumia 710, which is available in both black and white. All devices are free after rebate and are available both online and in brick and mortar stores.
So if you're looking to avoid one of those "Cats in the Cradle" situations, head over to T-Mobile June 15-16 and get the old man some 4G goodness.
More details for the upcoming T-Mobile Magenta Deal Days have come to light at TMONews. The deal will see customers who sign a 2-year contract renewal or are active on any voice plan with a qualifying 2GB or higher data cap or mobile broadband plan, be eligible for the handset offers. Classic plan customers must have passed 22 months in their contract to qualify.
The Lumia 710 and Radar 4G are both included in this deal, which starts May 18th. The offer is a BOGO (Buy One Get One), with purchases on selected handsets being accompanied by a free second choice - after mail-in rebate. You could purchase the HTC Radar 4G (should you qualify for the offer, of course) and then pick up a Lumia 710 for free ($50 mail-in rebate).
The offers will be reportedly open to all customers, including those who are looking at new activations, qualifying upgrades, family and individual plans, and add-a-lines. We'll let you guys know when the deals kick off with more information.
If you own a T-Mobile HTC Radar 4G, check your phone for updates. We are getting reports that T-Mobile has begun distribution of the Windows Phone 8107 update today.
The 8107 update will improve the proximity sensor and Gmail contact sync as well as correct problems with visual voicemail, Microsoft security and the Arizona time zone.
You should receive a pop-up message alerting you of the update or you can connect to your Zune desktop client and check for the update under the phone's settings. The update will bump your software version to v7.10.8107.79. Let us know in the comments if you've gotten the update and any additional tweaks it may hold.
We've heaped praise on the HTC Radar 4G (review) for awhile now--yes, it's a "mid-range" Windows Phone but it's a darn good mid-range phone, one that we use daily. So it's nice to see we're not alone as the Radar, a relatively new phone on the TMo network, is the second highest rated phone on their site. With 76 reviews in it averages at a nice 4.7 average rating (out of 5), only following the myTouch Q (which has a 4.9 average but only 14 reviews).
Unfortunately, that has not turned into sales as the phone is not even in the top ten. But one thing that is clear, the Radar 4G has some dedicated users who felt strong enough to rate it that high--that's a good sign and hopefully it will translate into more users adopting the phone.
Source: T-Mobile; Thanks, Jonathan D., for the tip!
It seems clear that HTC is moving to a 2.x bootloader and 2.x firmware for both the Titan and Radar, meaning the AT&T Titan could very well get a refresh soon too.
The update took about 20 minutes and we even gained a teeny amount of space back (see above) which was kind of nice. There's no word either on what this addresses, but presumably its for performance and fixes--some of which we hope to find in the next few days (lets us know if you notice any).
Also, the international version of the HTC Radar, at least on T-Mo in the Netherlands, received a software refresh yesterday too:
Beginning tomorrow, T-Mobile will be pushing out an update for their HTC Radar and HD7 phones. The update adds a boost in performance and will resolve an error that occurs when some users try to activate Visual Voicemail. While the Radar will also get the ability to download and customize ringtones, the real winner is the HD7, which will now connect to hidden WiFi networks and gain WiFi tethering. Some folks, however, claim that they were able to tether after the previous update.
The patch will start making its way out into the ether tomorrow and must be installed via the Zune software to a USB-connected handset.
T-Mobile is offering the HTC Radar 4G for free today but that's not the only place the Windows Phone was being given away. The Ellen Degeneres Show is having a 12 Days of Giveaways event where audience members get a free gift or gifts. Twenty-five viewers are also selected from on-line registrations and will also receive the gifts.
Day one and two appeared to be dominated by gift cards but Day Three was heavily sponsored by Microsoft. The giveaway landed an Xbox Live with Kinect, an Acer laptop, a Beats headset, a Go Pro video camera, an HTC Radar and six months of service through T-Mobile (check around the 2:38 mark).
All in all the gift package was valued over $2,700 and made a lot of studio audience members happy. It is also pretty good exposure for Microsoft. No clue as to what the remaining nine days of giveaways will bring but if you're feeling lucky you can register here at the show's website.
While we consider the AT&T HTC Titan an excellent Windows Phone (here's our review) it has a quirky graphics lag or stutter at times. The stutter occurs more often with apps that have heavy graphics (Fruit Ninja is a good example) but it doesn't happen constantly throughout the game. Just enough to be noticeable.
WPCentral reader ElecktroDragon has discovered a temporary work around that eliminates the lag time and may identify the problem as being related to the Sound Enhancer Setting. If you go into the Titan's Settings and turn off the SRS Enhancement in the Sound Enchancer setting, the lag goes away. Based on the forums discussion, sound quality is just fine for the games without the SRS turned on.
While this seems to do the trick, it also means that for the time being you'll need to go back into settings to turn back on the SRS Enhancements when watching videos or listening to music to enjoy the sound enhancement. We're still hoping that HTC can resolve this issue with a software update but in the meantime, at least we have a temporary fix.
Edit: This fix/workaround also applies to the HTC Radar/Radar 4G
Thanks goes out to ioannisgk for pointing this out.
So T-Mobile is having a one-day sale, called Magenta Day, where they will be offering pretty much all of their smartphones for $49.99. And since the new HTC Radar 4G falls into that category, it too is getting a temporary reduction from its usual $99 asking price.
Of course you still have their lame $50 rebate to get through first, meaning you'll be paying $100 upfront. But if you're into buying from T-Mobile direct, then this is your chance. Personally, we much prefer the Wirefly offer where you just pay $50 now and anytime with no rebates, but that's us. Either way, the $59.99 a month Unlimited Plus Value plan (unlimited minutes & text, plus 2 GB of data, 4G) is a pretty killer offer--just sayin'.
The sale is occurring this Saturday, November 19th. So head on down to your local store if you're interested.
T-Mobile released the HTC Radar just a few days ago and we've gotten our grubby little hands on a review unit. First impressions? This Windows Phone is nice.
The HTC Radar is deceptively large with its rounded edges and feels really good in the hand. If I had to compare the Radar's feel to another Windows Phone it would be closest to the Focus but with a smoother and lighter feel to it. The 3.8" WVGA screen is nice in both appearance and responsiveness.
Not sure if many will like the small storage capacity (with preloaded stuff only 6.12GB free) and the white/silver color pattern does take some getting used to. Personally and at no fault of the Radar, I don't like the color pattern. I would much rather have seen this phone in gun metal, black or even light gray.
Color preference asides, the HTC Radar makes a very nice impression. The new Windows Phone feels good in the hand, is solidly built, and zips along rather nicely. We've got the review unit for a few days, will take it out for a test drive and get a full review up shortly. If there's anything in particular you would like us to take note of, feel free to let us know in the comments. If it's possible, we'll add it to the review.
Tonight, Microsoft and T-Mobile held another Inner Circle event and kicked off the launch of the HTC Radar 4G (review coming up soon, we have a few in the house now). And as if by actual planning, T-Mobile actually has a real live TV commercial to show off the slick little device.
That's the good news. The bad news is it is just the same Radar commercial that is airing in the UK but re-dubbed. It's not really a bad thing though, after all outside of you and us who's gonna notice? Plus the commercial, while not focusing on the brand Windows Phone, does do a decent job of showing off the phone.
Yeah yeah, we know T-Mobile still needs an HD7 replacement. But lets allow the Radar 4G to have its moment in the sun, it deserves it. And our OS needs the attention too.
If you wanted the new HTC Radar 4G on T-Mobile (and it is a pretty sweet phone, we have one in our hands as we speak), you'll want to take a look at getting it through Wirefly. They have it for the low-low price of $49.99 for either new service, new line or your upgrade, should you have one waiting.
To put that price in perspective, T-Mobile-direct advertises the device as $99 with a new contract, but alas, it's actually $150 with a $50 mail-in-rebate. We say "boo" to those and would rather just pay $50 direct to Wirefly and call it a day.
We'll have a review up of the Radar 4G in a few days, but so far we're impressed with the device--solid build, beautiful screen and fast. Shame about that 8GB of storage though.
We understand some folks on T-Mobile are a little miffed about not getting the Titan and instead have to "settle" for the Radar 4G. We disagree a little bit, having handled the Radar and knowing what a svelte device it is. We also know that these second generation devices have better internal hardware, a faster CPU, newer more powerful GPU and better screens to name a few differences.
In this case, WP7.com.pl has put the HD7 next to the Radar for a side-by-side speed test. While it should be of no surprise that the Radar wins easily, it's still certainly interesting to see the margin of difference. Needless to say, a lot of us will enjoy that extra speed boost that the Radar gives, even if it still only has a 1GHz CPU (but newer build).
Well, consider this your clarification. The HTC Radar 4G is set to launch on T-Mobile on Wednesday, November 2nd--just under 30 days from now. Price is a sane and expected $199 on contract.
Of course, we have a feeling that a lot of you will be griping about the lack of a proper HD7 successor--notably the Titan missing from the lineup. Sadly, this launch lineup adds nothing to that disappointment, although we have to admit, the Radar 4G is a very nice phone. In fact, we're going to advise a lot of you to at least play with it in the store/get a hands on before you outright dismiss it, because its screen and build quality are some of the best we've ever seen--no joke.
Here's a hands-on video of the HTC Radar 4G that is headed to T-Mobile. Technobuffalo got their hands on one during a dinner party hosted by T-Mobile and was impressed with the phones' build quality and all the goodness of Windows Phone 7.5.
Technobuffalo wasn't a fan of the double-chin bottom that gives the phone an appearance of being thicker than it actually is. Still, the first impressions were good and unfortunately, T-Mobile wouldn't tip their hat on a release date beyond "in time for the holidays".
There's no word if one of these demo units were left at the bar of the restaurant but we'll keep an eye on Ebay just in case. Still not sure if the white body works or not. What do you guys and gals think? Will T-Mobile customers be happy?
We saw pictures of the HTC Radar in the wild with T-Mobile branding last week and now T-Mobile makes it official. T-Mobile's next Windows Phone will be the HTC Radar 4G.
Just to recap the HTC Radar 4G has an aluminum unibody design, 3.8" screen, 5mp rear camera and a 1.3mp front facing camera. T-Mobile didn't share any pricing or release information beyond, "The HTC Radar 4G is expected to be available at T-Mobile, in the U.S., in time for the holidays".
You can find the full press release from T-Mobile here and naturally, we'll keep an eye on things and once we know more, we'll pass it on.
Good news for those on T-Mobile wanting the HTC Radar 4G--the device has successfully cleared the FCC, meaning it's in T-Mobile's hands now to approve it on their network and get it stocked for shipping.
The 3.8" screen, "4G" speeds and slick front and rear cameras make this is a solid middle of the road offering on T-Mo, especially with that white eye-catching color. The only other interesting info from the FCC docs that we can see is the model number: P106110. So if you see that number anywhere else, you know what phone its referring to.
Hopefully with those Mango updates coming this week, T-Mobile will get this phone out the door sooner than later. AT&T has the Focus S FCC cleared as well, so it looks like these two are aiming for the same time frame.
There's not too much else to know: it's a 3.8" screen device with a metal unibody design, 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing one for video. While the Euro version is just 3G, those in the U.S. will be getting 4G as seen in the shot above. No word on release date or pricing, but obviously this thing is close--TmoNews is hearing "October/early November". This is the only confirmed Mango device for T-Mobile so far, but perhaps there is room for a Titan as well?
While looking at Elbert Perez's stats for his collection of 13 games, we can at least verify that the HTC Radar 4G pops up there as well, lending more credence to the idea that this device is real. Once again, it's not too difficult to imagine such a device--just pop in a new Qualcomm chipset for the 4G and you're good to go. And since Mango supports 4G, this is a no brainer for US markets.
The big question of course is who is this for: T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon? We're now thinking T-Mobile as we remembered this post.