Android Overload: T-Mobile Loses 802,000 Customers – No LTE Til 2013, TI OMAP5 Bests Nvidia Tegra 3 On Video and More


Because we believe well informed readers are the best kinds of readers, we placed all of the news stories that didn’t get featured on our front page here — in the Android Overload. This is Android/mobile news purgatory and where you can come to further catch up on all the day’s events. Find some of interest? Be sure to let us know in the comments. Night!

  • Google Books for Android gets minor bug fixing update. [Market Link]
  • Google Street View comes to Russia. Next? The Great Barrier Reef.
  • NEC shows off a trio of Android 4.0 LTE handsets. One that looks like a reverse Sony Tablet P. [TheVerge]
  • Texas Instruments’ OMAP5 shown off on YouTube. Runs circles around Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. [YouTube]
  • Samsung files for Awaken, Axiom, Heir and Rite trademarks. [Electronista]
  • SonyMobile.com goes live. Features support forums for handsets too.
  • Samsung Galaxy S II sales hit 20 million worldwide. [SammyHub]
  • GetJar begins offering virtual currency to help boost app downloads. [GigaOM]
  • T-Mobile loses 802,000 customers. Wont launch LTE until 2013. [AllThingsD]


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Thank you Mr.Chavez as always for your red eye posts. respect

    1. what is a red eye post? O.o

      1. google. Seriously, people need to start finding out information for themselves instead of asking to be fed it. Be proactive bro.. proactive.

        1. isn’t that what the comment section is for? 

        2. Turn advice toward self and rather explain what red eye post is. Be proactive bro.. proactive.

      2. red eye normally refers to late night…

      3. I’m guessing it’s when you open your eyes all wide and the veins be all showing. Lyk in the cartoons. Something lyk this:


      4. A post typed out while extremely high O_o

  2. Probably because they haven’t had any significant phones release in the past 6 months. Not to mention the merger situation that ended up not working out (thankfully). Google really just needs to step it up a notch and buy T-Mobile USA.

    1. This is where android got its roots(beginnings)  and google should help t mobile succeed  with better exclusive phones and quicker updates 

    2. I left because they tried to merge with att. I had been questioning whether to stay or not but that sealed the deal for me. Failed merger or not, no thank you for trying.

    3. if anything google would buy sprint. well, SHOULD buy sprint. any other carrier would be a waste of time.

  3. T-Mobile just lost one more customer

    1. i used to love t-mobile, but they have lost their charm. a mistake to on their part to my account led to many headaches. they put my street name as my first name and said i could not do anything to my account unless i had the non existent person with me. i would find huge pockets of 2g everywhere in major cities making my phone useless. i lots voice mail access so called tech support and all they could say is restart the phone. i went into a store the manager was really helpful but he even had trouble with tech support being idiots. one would think a store manager would get more respect from the company than a random caller when he stated who he was but no. i moved to verizon. i pay alot more but, have had no complaints about customer service and i get good 4g coverage and may see a pocket of 3g here and there, but 3g is tolerable.

      1. ok i just looked at tmobiles plans for new customers for a similar plan i only pay $20 more but i get 2gb more data than tmobile offers. that $20 is worth the better customer service and network.

  4. prolly because the impending merger i know i was ready to jump ship also
    and for some reason no good phones since the amaze which is amazing but still 

  5. Question is, which will happen first: (a) T-Mobile brings back something like the now defunct Web DayPass, and/or allows the plans used for mobile broadband devices to also be added to prepaid phones which support tethering, or (b) ting.com gets a device with just the right combination of features and prices to make me jump to their better (cost-effective yet flexible) plans. The answer to that question will correlate with whether I will jump ship.

    1. They may be cheaper for an individual plan but t-mobile for my family and it’s 5 phones is a much better deal.  I buy my phones out of contract and pay about $50/month less than the next best deal.  About $70 less a month than Verizon, ATT, or Sprint.

      1. With ting you pay $6 per device per month, and beyond that everyone in the family contributes to the same data, text, and minutes numbers, making the per-minute rate cheaper than if they would be separate accounts. Whether it’s a good deal for you probably depends on how heavily you use the service. They have a nice calculator to do the math for you.

        I use just barely enough minutes to be worthwhile on T-Mobile’s $30/month plan, and my wife doesn’t. On T-Mobile prepaid she pays $50 every 9 months. But since they canned the Web DayPass, she can’t use any data. Usually she is near wifi, so it’s mostly a minor inconvenience. We will not save much money on ting, but the flexibility sounds much friendlier. And they allow tethering– T-Mobile only allows it for unlimited plans which are too expensive for our usage patterns.

        1. I like the concept. It’s actually about $15- $20 more for Ting for my family.  Just because of 3 kids texting like crazy and I use my phone for work.  But a few years when I was using Trac this would have been a great deal.

          1. Actually if they all had android phones and used google voice for texting I could get it down to the same price as my T-Mobile plan. 

  6. T-Mobile Loses 802,000 Customers

    So how many new customers did they gain in the same time period? As usual, Phandroid fails to tell the whole story in order to make the headline sound more sensational.

    1. TMobile had a net loss of 802,000 customers. Yes, that may be misleading due to not say what they actually lost and gain from new subscribers, but the loss is correct. 802,000 loss of customers is the bottom line and what actually matters when it comes to a business and revenue.

      1. You sir are WRONG, thanks for spreading lies

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