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T-Mobile rolls out February security patch to Galaxy S4 before Galaxy S5, S6 and S7

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Tab 3 are now receiving February’s Android security updates on T-Mobile.

This rollout is notable for several reasons. Firstly, neither device has received a great deal of support on T-Mobile in the past, as both still sit on Android 4.4 KitKat — despite the fact they were upgraded to Lollipop on other carriers. Secondly, this is the first update the S4 has received since December 2015, and the first for the Tab 3 since that August — why T-Mobile has suddenly decided to rollout a security update to them is anybody’s guess.

Most strange, however, is that the S4 has been prioritized ahead of almost every other Samsung Galaxy phone on T-Mobile.

The Galaxy S6 on T-Mobile was recently updated with December/January’s security patches, while the Galaxy S7 was last updated to November’s security level. The S5, meanwhile, has December’s security patches. Though T-Mo doesn’t list the exact security level the S4 and Tab 3 are being upgraded to on its site, a customer service rep confirmed the update version (after some confusion) in a tweet.

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It’s a strange move from T-Mobile, practically working in reverse chronological order. The patch has arrived out of nowhere and I’d still be sour that the S4 was never upgraded to Lollipop — one of the biggest overhauls of the Android software to date — when it really should have been (it launched with Android Jelly Bean). If anything, this will likely only serve to stir up bitter feelings in S4 owners and further irritate those with more recent devices.

The update should begin to arrive over-the-air in the coming days. Let us know your thoughts on T-Mobile’s update process in the comments.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

OpenSignal is back with another yearly investigation into the state of the major mobile networks in the US. The data looks at the 3G and 4G data speeds offed by the big four – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon – along with latency data and network availability. If you’re keen to know which is the best and most reliable network to pick for your next contract, here’s the information you need to see.

Data speeds

According to the research, it’s a tie between Verizon and T-Mobile for the fastest 4G LTE network in the US, with 16.89Mbps and 16.65Mbps average speeds respectively (as seen by users). AT&T is not far behind on 13.68Mbps, but Sprint is considerably slower on average at just 9Mbps.

It's a tie between Verizon and T-Mobile for the fastest 4G LTE network in the US, with 16.89Mbps and 16.65Mbps average speeds respectively

Although it’s a closely-run race for 4G, T-Mobile retains its title as the fastest 3G network in the US, with 4Mbps typical, followed by AT&T on 3Mbps. Verizon and Sprint both clock in below 1Mbps, meaning a much slower experience on average when roaming out of 4G range. Although we should note that 3G speeds are becoming increasingly irrelevant, as the time spent on these connections is barely registering anymore in OpenSignal‘s research.

The graph below compares the average download speeds achieved by customers on their 4G LTE connections, 3G connections, and a typical usage result that shows the average speed seen by users when moving between 4G and 3G across a carrier’s network.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

T-Mobile and Verizon offer the best 4G and typical download speeds, but T-Mobile has the country’s fastest 3G network.

OpenSignal

This situation tells a different story to just a few months ago. Back in August, OpenSignal‘s look at the US carrier market revealed that T-Mobile was edging ahead with 4G LTE data speeds. At the time, T-Mobile’s LTE speeds were clocked at 16.3 Mbps, just ahead of Verizon’s 15.9 Mbps. While both are a little faster today, it appears that Verizon has managed to successfully close the gap.

Looking back even further to March 2016, US customers will probably have noticed an improvement to their 4G LTE and 3G speeds, regardless of which carrier they are on. Back in 2016, T-Mobile led the way with 12.26Mbps, followed by Verizon on 11.98Mbps, AT&T on 7.93Mbps, and Sprint on 6.56Mbps.

While all carriers have improved their 4G LTE speeds, its AT&T that has seen the biggest boost, up a whopping 75 percent compared with last year.

While all carriers have improved their 4G LTE speeds, its AT&T that has seen the biggest boost, up a whopping 75 percent compared with last year. The other three major carriers have all improved their 4G LTE speeds by between 35 and 41 percent. AT&T has also seen the biggest improvements in its 3G speeds, showing almost a 50 percent improvement from 2.22Mbps to around 3Mbps.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

All carriers have improved their 4G LTE data speeds over the past year, and it’s AT&T that has boosted speeds the most.

This notable boost to 4G LTE data speeds has come following a number of LTE-Advanced activations up and down the country. In August last year, Verizon announced it was implementing its LTE-A upgrade across its 4G network, T-Mobile has been upgrading its network with similar technologies for a while already and is planning further boosts, and Sprint has just switched on its three-carrier aggregation technology too.

These 4G-LTE rollouts have seen major speed boosts in certain cities, with Verizon’s New York coverage hopping from 17.4Mbps to 22Mbps last summer. Speaking of cities, Verizon ranked highest in speed in 14 of the 36 cities analyzed, compared to four cities for T-Mobile, and one for AT&T. Seven other metro areas results in a speed tie for Verizon and T-Mobile.

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Latency

Before we leave data speeds behind, we should take a little look at latency. Latency is an important factor in the overall experience, as fast data speeds don’t provide a snappy website response if there’s a large delay between data transfer points. The is particularly important for things like online gaming, video calls, and voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Sprint led the way with latency last year, but it’s now virtually a neck and neck affair across all networks. Verizon edges out ahead with a 59.8ms typical 4G latency, followed by Sprint on 61.3, T-Mobile on 61.6, and AT&T on 65.6, which are all pretty indistinguishable from each other.

3G shows a wider variety of results, with T-Mobile leading on 115.8ms, followed by AT&T’s 129.5, Sprint on 153.5, and Verizon with 173.3ms. T-Mobile and AT&T are notablly ahead here, but, as we said before, 3G is becoming less important as 4G LTE network coverage continues to strengthen.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

Network Coverage

Network coverage is just as important as speed, and the report suggests further improvements in 4G network coverage for many consumers over the past year. Verizon is still narrowly out in front, with customers able to connect to a 4G network 88.2 percent of the time on average.

Verizon customers are able to connect to a 4G network 88.2 percent of the time on average.

T-Mobile is right behind on 86.6 percent, followed by AT&T with 82.2 while Sprint is in last place with 76.8. Based on figures from last year, it seems that T-Mobile has been able to close its few percentage points gap with Verizon, bringing it essentially neck and neck.

Although still offering the least regular access to 4G overall, Sprint has done a considerable job of improving access over the past year and is finally starting to close the gap with the competition. Sprint customers are now seeing 4G LTE data an extra 6.8 percent of the time. T-Mobile has shown similar improvements with a 5.4 percent boost to time with a 4G connection, and has now surpassed AT&T for coverage time.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

Sprint and T-Mobile have improve their access to 4G data the most over the past year.

It’s worth pointing out that this data doesn’t actually tell us about area covered across the US. Instead, it simply tells us how regularly customers were able to connect to 4G on their respective networks, and contains no information about 3G availability. Therefore, this make it more of an indication of population coverage rather than overall area, but this is arguably what counts the most.

Wrap Up

Overall, OpenSignal finds that there’s a tie between T-Mobile and Verizon for the best network in the US, both in terms of coverage offered to consumers and their average 4G data speeds. While T-Mobile held speeds steady in the past 6 months, Verizon has closed a 1Mbps gap, and over the past year both have seen a major boost to data speeds. Just as Verizon has been expanding its LTE capacity, T-Mobile has been closing its coverage gap on its biggest competitor, making the two both very compelling options.

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On a global scale, the US is still quite far behind other countries. All four of the major operators are still slightly behind the 17.4 Mbps global average speed offered by 4G networks, although this gap is narrowing. That said, a number of carriers are able to beat these speeds in a number of cities and continued investments into LTE-A rollouts should see speeds continue to increase over the coming year.

Be sure to check out OpenSignal’s full report for a breakdown of the numbers and the researchers’ take on the state of US networks.

Naughty T-Mobile ads feature weed & BDSM… and they are way fun!

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John Legere is known for shaking the mobile industry and not giving a single… thought to his choice of words. Needless to say T-Mobile has become a bit more naughty in recent years, but the company’s twists can also be considered fun and welcoming. It’s not only their casual nature that is turning heads. Consumers are getting a hell of a deal, so we suppose they are allowed to get a bit raunchy.

Super Bowl Sunday is here and we are waiting for some awesome commercials to hit our screens. If T-Mobile is to be part of the advertising craze, we would be willing to bet they are using these to put a smile on your face.

The first commercial features Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart. These characters are so different they compliment each other… if you know what I mean. Martha begins telling Snoop T-Mobile is awesome, to which he answers it is “all that and a bag of _____”. Stewart interrupts with weed references that happen to be quite comic.

Then we have popular comedian Kristen Schaal taken into a seductive and possibly dangerous room similar to that featured in Fifty Shades of Grey. There is definitely pain in this video, only it is another type – the one involving carriers and overages.

I certainly hope I get to see these during half time! But what do you think? Do you like these ads, or is it too much?

T-Mobile offering a year of Netflix with Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge purchase

When the Galaxy S7 and its curved sibling launched almost a year ago, T-Mobile offered a year of Netflix for free to those who pre-ordered. Well, that offer is now back for a very limited amount of time, so if you were thinking of getting a S7 device with the magenta Un-carrier, you might want to do it now.

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With the Galaxy S8 set to be unveiled in a month or so, T-Mobile is doing a final push to sell as many S7 units as possible before they are replaced by their shinier successors. If you purchase or lease a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge – any color and any configuration – from T-Mobile, you can register to get a year of free Netflix subscription. But this is only for a limited time, from 1st of February through the 7th of February, so hurry before it ends!

But this is only for a limited time, from 1st of February through the 7th of February, so hurry before it ends!

If you’re curious about the details, here is the official offer explained by T-Mobile:

  1. From 2/1/17 to 2/7/17, purchase or lease a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or Galaxy S7.
  2. Pay sales tax and any applicable down payment.
    Register with Samsung atsamsungpromotions.com/WinterNetflix by 2/21/17 and enter your device information and upload your receipt.
  3. You will receive a single-use code for entry atcom/SpecialOffers
  4. Redeem your year of Netflix by 3/31/17.

Just as a quick refresher, the Galaxy S7 duo launched in two sizes: a flat-screen version that with a 5.1-inch display, and a dual-curved version that’s 5.5 inches. The regular S7 packs a 3,000 mAh battery whereas the  bigger S7 Edge has 3,600 mAh. Other than that, however, the internals are the same: Snapdragon 820, 4GM of RAM, a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera, and an IP68 rating.

With the S7 duo slated to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update some time soon, this might not be such a bad deal. If you’re interested, you can head on over to T-Mobile’s website or visit the nearest store near you to take advantage of this offer.

T-Mobile could be rolling out RCS support to subscribers

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T-Mobile subscribers posting on Reddit and Google+ indicate that the carrier could be in the early stages of its Rich Communication Services (RCS) rollout.

Though most users report that they don’t yet have the functionality, an uploaded screenshot suggests it’s live for some users, and that it could be linked to T-Mobiles Digits service.

The RCS features available include optional message read receipts (like the blue ticks in WhatsApp), typing indicators — so that you know when somebody is writing a message to you — and the chance to let Wi-Fi or data take over messaging when available.

T-Mobile could be rolling out RCS support to subscribers

RCS is a messaging standard that succeeds SMS and MMS, providing network-messaging options that the current standards can’t offer. While this includes text and multimedia messages, it also allows for up to 10 MB picture messaging (i.e. higher quality picture messaging), group chats, location sharing — even video calls — as well as the enhancements above that some T-Mobile users have access to.

Carriers Sprint and AT&T have already adopted RCS messaging, while Verizon is yet to make any moves on the service.

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It’s interesting but with generous data plans and mobile apps which can achieve much the same, how successful RCS is going to be is up for debate. In other words, even with those features, why would I not just message with WhatsApp?

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T-Mobile strikes again: it wants to give back your smartphone sales tax

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‘Tis the season, and no, I’m not talking about some festive holiday sadly; it’s time to file your taxes! Well, if tax season’s got you down, T-Mobile has a special offer for you. Existing and new customers with T-Mobile’s unlimited data can get back 11.2 percent of their smartphone’s price. That’s actually more than the sales tax of your phone (in most cases anyway), and depending on what kind of smartphone you have, you could be getting more than $100!

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The magenta network’s “revolution” started quite some time ago, and America’s “Un-carrier” has been introducing all sorts of deals and promotions, which brought some much-needed changes to the US telecommunication world. The Un-carrier recently introduced plans with taxes and monthly fees all included (take note, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint), and it’s offering $150 for each line you switch to T-Mobile ONE up to 12 lines for a limited time. And it looks like T-Mobile isn’t quite done yet.

For every T-Mobile ONE and Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE customers, T-Mobile is offering a prepaid MasterCard with 11.2 percent of your phone’s price.

This tax season, T-Mobile is giving back more than what you paid in sales tax on your smartphone. For every T-Mobile ONE and Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE customers, T-Mobile is offering a prepaid MasterCard with 11.2 percent of your phone’s price. This applies to up to 12 lines, and every single smartphone with one of the aforementioned plans is eligible. T-Mobile explains how this all works:

  1. Go to a T-Mobile store or t-mobile.com and get your new smartphone on an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). Don’t forget the rest of the family – or your small business! You can get money back on every new smartphone –with every T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE line up to 12.
  2. Submit your info online, and you’ll get a prepaid MasterCard® with 11.2% of your phone’s price* within 60 days.  That’s more than the sales tax on your phone … and could be over $100 per device! Cha-ching.
  3. Use all that money anywhere you want.  We recommend buying something magenta.

And they want you to know that if you are in Puerto Rico, it’s actually 11.55 percent. Even better.

I remember the days when T-Mobile’s coverage couldn’t even give me 3G in my area, but within four years or so, there’s LTE, and it’s significantly cheaper and more straightforward than other carriers. While Verizon wants to convince you that you don’t need unlimited data, T-Mobile seems to be heading in the right direction. After all, Verizon: who are you to tell me that I don’t need more than 5GB of data?!

Are you using T-Mobile? How’s the Un-carrier working out for you? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

T-Mobile slams both AT&T and DirecTV Now with new free Hulu offer

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In late 2016, AT&T officially launched its DirecTV Now internet TV service. At the time, T-Mobile decided to throw a carrot over to AT&T users, offering them a free year of DirecTV Now (kind of) if they switched over to the “Un-carrier”. Today, T-Mobile launched a new promotion for those same customers, while at the same time slamming AT&T over issues with the launch of DirecTV Now.

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The new offer will give ex-AT&T customers a free year of Hulu, in addition to the free year of DirecTV Now. T-Mobile’s press release notes many of the media’s reviews of AT&T’s streaming TV service since it launched, with reports of buggy and slow performance from reviewers and many users. John Legere, the always-quotable president and CEO of T-Mobile, stated, “Even I can’t believe AT&T spent $67 billion on DIRECTV and still couldn’t roll out a streaming service that worked!”

If you had already switched over from AT&T to T-Mobile to get the free DirecTV Now service, the carrier says it will be sending out a code sometime in the next few weeks that will give you that free year of Hulu as well. Keep in mind that this code is for the “Limited Commercials” tier of Hulu that normally costs $7.99 a month; the version of the service with no ads costs more at $11.99 a month.

AT&T subscribers who have yet to jump ship to T-Mobile can still get their free year of DirecTV Now, along with the new Hulu promotion.  Those customers have to activate two lines of service on the carrier’s T-Mobile ONE plan and then they will get a $35 bill credit each month for a year, which is the equivalent to paying for DirecTV Now’s service every month. More info on this promotion can be found on T-Mobile’s support page.

Nougat-powered LG Aristo arriving at MetroPCS for just $59 on January 23

In this day and age where new phones are still being released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s great to hear about new, budget-friendly handsets that are running the latest version of Android out of the box. In this case, MetroPCS will be selling such a phone, the LG Aristo, for just $59 starting on Monday, January 23. That price comes after a $70 instant rebate.

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The 5-inch phone has a display resolution of 1280 x 720. Inside, the LG Aristo will have a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, along with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, and a microSD card slot that can increase that storage by up to 32GB. It also has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, and a removable 2,410mAh battery. It also sports a rear-mounted fingerprint reader below the camera..

Obviously, the hardware specs on the LG Aristo are on the lower end, but this phone might be good to get for a secondary device, and it does have the latest Android OS version pre-installed, which is definitely a plus.

If you don’t want to mess with buying a phone from MetroPCS, its parent company, T-Mobile, will sell the same device on January 25. It will cost $144 for its full retail price, or you can get it $0 down and just $6 per month for 24 months.

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

T-Mobile is the carrier everyone else is watching out for. They’re currently the third biggest mobile service provider in the United States, and they’re growing very quickly. Thanks to T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” plan of action, they’ve been changing industry standards for the better over the recent years. On top of all of the changes they’re making, they have one of the widest varieties of smartphones available on any carrier. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn.

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Since T-Mobile has done away with two-year contracts, you’ll notice the phones listed here are at full retail price. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy them from Amazon, so we’ve done our best to find you the best deals available. Also, if you don’t want to purchase your phone for full price, T-Mobile will let you pay in monthly installments. You can find out more info by visiting T-Mobile.com. Without anymore delay, let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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LG V20

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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LG G5

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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If you don’t mind buying your next smartphone through another retailer, you should absolutely go for Google’s new Pixel or Pixel XL. When you buy one of these phones through the Google Store, you’ll be able to activate it on T-Mobile’s network. Plus, if you don’t feel like spending $650+ outright, Google also has some decent financing options.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, these phones don’t have the most durable build ever, so you may want to buy a case if you’re prone to dropping phones. 

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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Buy now from the Google Store

How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below! And if you’re looking for a great T-Mobile phone that’s a little cheaper, be sure to check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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T-Mobile wants no more bill surprises, moves to one unlimited plan

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T-Mobile is making even more changes to its wireless plans including making a promise to always charge the advertised bill amount rather throwing in surprise surcharges and taxes. The company and its bombastic CEO John Legere made these announcements today at CES 2017.

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Starting on Jan. 22, the carrier will only be selling its T-Mobile ONE unlimited plan to new customers (existing customers can still stick with their current plans if they want). T-Mobile also promises that if they advertise a $40 a month plan, it will cost customers $40 a month, with all taxes and surcharges included in the advertised price.

Even if you don’t really need unlimited data, the new T-Mobile ONE plan will also offer those customers something called KickBack. If a customer uses 2 GB of data or less in a month, they will get up to $10 in credit in the next bill cycle. These changes are supposed to simplify bill payment at T-Mobile.

Of course, all of this sounds good, but you can bet that if customers do see an odd surcharge on their next bill under this new setup, it will look like T-Mobile is just hyping up something that doesn’t really exist. Hopefully, Legere will make good on these claims.