100 minutes, Unlimited text, Unlimited Data = $30 with T-Mobile

I wish I could keep under 100 minutes…

You can switch over to the $30 plan you’re mentioning even if already have a plan with T-Mobile, and keep your number. Here is what I did (originally I had a $60/mo prepaid plan):

1) Buy a T-Mobile SIM (or “activation kit”) online for $1

2) When the SIM arrives, go online to t-mobile.com and activate it with the $30 100min/unlim/5GB prepaid plan. You’ll get a new T-Mobile number.

3) Call T-Mo customer service and ask them to transfer the phone number you have with your $60/mo plan to your $30/mo plan (you’ll need to give them both numbers and possibly SIM #s). Also ask them to cancel your $60 plan once the transfer is complete.

4) Wait a little… usually no more than 24 hrs, typically it takes much less. You should get a text notification on your $30/mo SIM/phone that your new service is activated, mentioning your old number.

5) You’re done! Enjoy your $30/mo savings 🙂

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/10dy9u/ im_in_london_for_work_and_paying_24_for_300/c6cuvd6

Comes down to making money

“Right now, Google will never admit to this reality. To be honest, I’m not sure most people on the Android team even realize this reality. But at the end of the day, this comes down to making money. Microsoft is currently making more money off of Android than Google is. iOS is providing more mobile revenue when it comes to Google searches. The model is already broken and it runs the risk of cracking wide open unless there’s a product that can keep it together.”

http://parislemon.com/post/32313479175/the-second-coming-of-the-google-phone

Android usage share 9/4/2012

Android usage share of the different versions as of September 4, 2012. Most Android devices to date still run the older OS version 2.3.x Gingerbread that was released on December 6, 2010.

Just interesting to me.

Version Release date API level Distribution (September 4, 2012)
4.1.x Jelly Bean July 9, 2012 16 1.2%
4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich October 19, 2011 14-15 20.9%
3.x.x Honeycomb February 22, 2011 11-13 2.1%
2.3.x Gingerbread December 6, 2010 9-10 57.5%
2.2 Froyo May 20, 2010 8 14%
2.0, 2.1 Eclair October 26, 2009 7 3.7%
1.6 Donut September 15, 2009 4 0.4%
1.5 Cupcake April 30, 2009 3 0.2%

 

From http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html:

Three different models of the iPhone 5

I’m tired of explaining this to people. If you’re reading this now, it’s probably because I linked you here.

“Apple has finally made its latest iPhone compatible with LTE networks. But it’s not all good news for the company’s customers. Due to 4G LTE fragmentation, Apple has had to make three different models of the iPhone 5.” Seeeeee http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

I’m making a switch to T-Mobile in January 2013, but will be stuck on GSM/Edge speeds until their 4G network upgrade. See the last two paragraphs…

 

http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

  • GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
  • GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)

 

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/09/iphone5-lte-model/

“The GSM A1428 model appears to be made specifically for AT&T, which is the only carrier that uses both LTE Bands 4 and 17. It will also support T-Mobile’s U.S. LTE network as well as several Canadian networks. But don’t expect any LTE service outside of North America — currently no carriers in other countries use Bands 4 or 17. Even though GSM networks are more common worldwide, this particular iPhone 5 model is not a global phone when it comes to LTE support. Instead, Apple has opted to make a second GSM model for other countries. Model A1429 supports the three more common LTE Bands in places like Asia and Europe, but none for North America use.

The CDMA phone, however, is more of a global device. It supports the same three LTE bands as the non-U.S. GSM phone, as well as the two main bands used by U.S. carriers Verizon and Sprint. Another benefit to the CDMA phone is that it supports GSM/EDGE radio frequencies, while the GSM phones do not support CDMA frequencies. Unfortunately, that GSM support is limited to international use for stateside customers. What is oddly missing from all three phones is LTE support for a large portion of Western Europe, which uses LTE Band 7.”

 

http://gigaom.com/apple/iphone-5-is-ripe-for-t-mobile-once-it-finishes-network-overhaul/

“T-Mobile once again missed out on the newest release of the iPhone to the disappointment of many of its customers. But T-Mo and Apple’s mutual fans do have some reason to celebrate: The configuration of the iPhone 5 matches up perfectly with T-Mobile’s planned 3G and 4G network bands – the carrier only needs to complete its network retrofit to support it.

Apple is releasing three different versions of the iPhone to handle the huge number of LTE bands globally. One of them is tuned to the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum over which T-Mobile will launch its LTE network next year. So if you want to buy an iPhone 5 and bring it over to T-Mo in the future, buy the AT&T/Canadian version.”

Drop tests: iPhone 5 vs Samsung GS3

Uno:

First iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 drop test – Samsung fans, it’s not looking pretty:

“Well, as much as we hate to admit it, the iPhone 5 did amazingly well in our drop test, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out in pretty bad shape. It’s the cold hard truth that we can’t hide and we can’t ignore.”

Dos:

iPhone 5 (vs Samsung Galaxy S3) Drop Tests Show Very Durable Device and Screen

“The iPhone 5 survived all the falls until they finally threw the device screen down. They describe the device as the ‘most durable iPhone’ they’ve seen.”

Tres:

Excellent news.