T-Mobile Unleashes the HTC Amaze 4G

Today, T-Mobile unveiled the HTC Amaze 4G along with the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S II. These two phones look to be the flagship handsets going forward for T-Mobile. Since this is a blog about HTC products we will focus on the Amaze 4G.

Sporting a 4.3″ qHD screen, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and dedicated camera button, this phone looks like a very nice offering from T-Mobile. As the branding hints to, the HTC Amaze is compatible with T-Mo’s HSPA+ network that boasts peak speeds of up to 20 megabits per second.

The Amaze 4G will ship with Android 2.3.4 wrapped with the Sense UI.  Check out the Press Release below for more details and let us know what you think in the comments.

T-Mobile Unveils Its Fastest Smartphones: HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile USA CMO Cole Brodman details consumer adoption of 4G technology and unveils next-generation 4G devices

SAN FRANCISCO and BELLEVUE, Wash. – Sept. 26, 2011 – Today at GigaOm Mobilize 2011, T-Mobile USA Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman outlined the company’s ongoing efforts to fuel consumer adoption of mobile data through increased speeds of America’s Largest 4G Network®, rate plans that make mobile data more affordable, and new devices that take advantage of the company’s faster 4G network and value.

Unveiled during the T-Mobile keynote address at Mobilize 2011, the HTC AmazeTM 4G and Samsung Galaxy STM II will be T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones and the first smartphones to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) network technology. The new smartphones will allow customers to browse the Web faster than on the average home Internet and are showing average download speeds approaching 8 Mbps with peak speeds around 20 Mbps on T-Mobile’s 4G network1. Both smartpthones are expected to be available next month.

In addition, T-Mobile today announced the T-Mobile® SonicTM 4G Mobile HotSpot, the company’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42) mobile hotspot, providing customers with access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G speeds on up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. America’s Largest 4G Network, which is now faster than ever with the 4G technology of HSPA+ 42, reaches more than 170 million Americans in more than 150 markets throughout the United States.

“These new products unlock the full potential of our faster 4G network and deliver the best experience yet for watching video, surfing the Web, and creating and sharing content on the go,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “A 4G connection delivers a much improved experience, which entices consumers to do more with the devices they carry. We’ve seen that first hand; customers with 4G devices on our network consume roughly three times as much data compared as those with 3G devices. Smartphone buyers are increasingly looking for built-in 4G capability, and we’re offering what we believe is the best 4G product portfolio in the industry.”

HTC Amaze 4G
Exclusively available from T-Mobile, the HTC Amaze 4G features the most advanced camera experience of any smartphone and is the latest in T-Mobile’s family of advanced camera smartphones. The HTC Amaze 4G is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recorder, a backside illuminated sensor for improved low light performance, zero shutter lag and a dual LED flash, as well as advanced digital camera features, including:

- SmartShot, which captures five photos and creates the best shot using clear faces with smiles and no blinking.

- PerfectPics, which is a separate album in the gallery created by scoring and filtering the best photos to the surface. PerfectPics prioritizes photos by using criteria such as important calendar events, the presence of faces, and overall picture quality.

- Additional innovative camera features first introduced on the T-Mobile myTouch® 4G Slide such as SweepShotTM, ClearShot HDRTM and BurstShotTM.

The HTC Amaze 4G also enables high quality video recording with a full HD 1080p camcorder and an embedded video editor. Customers can instantly capture quality photos and videos with a dedicated camera button and T-Mobile’s first direct-to-camcorder button. Sharing photos is easy with one-touch access to post to Facebook®, Picasa® or Flickr® – all at 4G speeds.
The device runs on AndroidTM 2.3.4, features a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM S3 Processor with a 1.5 GHz dual core CPUs, and offers the HTC Sense user experience. With support for T-Mobile TV, HTC Watch and additional apps and services, the HTC Amaze 4G is excellent at keeping customers informed, connected and entertained using its gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD super LCD multi-touch display. The powerful handset will also include NFC capabilities for wireless searching, information sharing and, in the future, mobile payments.

Samsung Galaxy S II
T-Mobile today also revealed additional details about the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Processor with 1.5 GHz dual CPUs, running on Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and NFC enabled, the Galaxy S II will offer T-Mobile customers speedy access to their favorite movies, TV shows, websites, games, applications and more.

The smartphone also acts as a mobile entertainment center with quick and easy access to thousands of premium movies and TV shows through Netflix®, T-Mobile TV in Mobile HD2, Samsung Media Hub and YouTube®. The Galaxy S II rich entertainment features and experience are further enhanced with a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen -the largest screen available on a T-Mobile smartphone. With DLNA compatibility and HDMI out, this media powerhouse also offers the ability to view content on a compatible HD TV.

T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot
The Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is T-Mobile’s fastest mobile hotspot, providing access to T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+ 42) network for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices including iPads, music players, gaming consoles, laptops, cameras and eReaders, among other devices, all from virtually anywhere. Manufactured by Huawei, this sleek and ultra-portable on-the-go network hub weighs just 3.88 ounces, making it easy to slip into a pocket, backpack or purse. Whether staying connected on the go with colleagues and clients or providing a family Internet hub at a vacation spot or in the car, the T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is a device that uniquely complements the company’s existing lineup of mobile broadband devices on America’s Largest 4G network.
As an added benefit, the Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot comes equipped with an SD card slot that accommodates up to 32GB of expandable memory, enabling customers to share and save photos, documents, videos and more with their family and friends also connected to the Mobile HotSpot. The Sonic 4G also features an OLED display to show signal strength, number of devices connected, number of unread text messages, connectivity to the internet, battery level and network connection type.

Availability
The HTC Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II are expected to be available in an exclusive online pre-sale via www.T-Mobile.com beginning Oct. 10 and are expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers nationwide starting Oct. 12. The HTC Amaze 4G is expected to cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. The Galaxy S II is expected to cost $229.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.
The T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is expected to be available in October at T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-Mobile.com.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network, including increased speeds, not available everywhere. See coverage details at http://www.t-mobile.com.

1 Based on average download speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ 42 Mbps network in four major markets.
2 Mobile HD TV can deliver a bit rate of 800kbps and 16:9 resolution; the bit rate and resolution you experience will vary based on many factors, e.g., programming, network connection, and device.

About T-Mobile USA:
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2011, approximately 128 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group – 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA – all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor- relations.

For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

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HTC Sensation and Evo 3D get Hulu Plus

The HTC Sensation and EVO 3D finally received a little Hulu Plus love. After months of being in the sandbox, the Evo 3D and Sensation are finally in the cool phone club. We dropped a link to the app below, so what are you wating for? Get your Evo 3D or Sensation with the program already.

Start Your Hulu Plus™ Free Trial Now!

Hulu Plus

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Quickfire In the Wild

As we reported last night, the AT&T Quickfire is being sold early in a small rural market. Our ninja decided she would take a shot of the new UTStarcom device being displayed in an AT&T store. Drum roll please…

Find the best  HTC Evo 3D Deals and Free HTC Phones

 

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HTC Evo 3D Deals

The HTC Evo 3D smartphone is one of the most popular Android handsets on the market. FreeHTC.com has researched and compiled the best deals on this amazing smartphone. This post will be updated weekly with the hottest deals. Below you will find offers for both contract and no-contract specials on the Evo 3d.

Some of the specials are priced so far below retail that we are not allowed to print them on our site. Because of the insane deals, you may actually need to add the phone to your cart to see the price from these retailers. We have took care to ensure you get the best possible deal, so taking a couple of seconds to add the phone to your cart is well worth it.  Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below and happy shopping.
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HTC Sense 3.5 with 5 GBs of Dropbox Space

HTC has teamed up with Dropbox to offer an exclusive deal. New HTC owners that purchase a device running Sense 3.5 will be greeted with 3 extra gigs of Dropbox space, that makes for a total of 5 GBs in total.

As of this post, the HTC Sense 3.5 interface is only available on the HTC Rhyme, a new device aimed at female users. There is no word yet wether or not HTC plans to update older Sense devices with the new ROM.

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How to Turn that HTC Sensation into a Sensation XE

The upcoming HTC Sensation XE has been making noise in the HTC Fanboy Geekosphere. The new device has upgraded to a 1.5 GHz processor and the famous “Beats By Dre” technology to sprinkle your eardrums with even better sounding tunes. If you already have a Sensation and wish you too could enjoy the enhanced audio experience, we have some great news.

One of the most highly acclaimed developers on the famous XdA forums has cooked up some fresh Android goodies for all of you HTC Sensation owners. Mike1986, has just released a new rom based on the Sensation XE and it includes the “Beats Audio Technology” and is also overclocked to 1.5 GHz right out of the oven.

Of course you will need to permanently root your HTC Sensation, but we already provided a step by step guide for that.

The rom provides several other enhancements to help give you better battery life, faster performance and several other desirable tweaks. After running the ROM for a full day, I can honestly say that it feels super responsive (better than stock) and the battery life is amazing.

Head on over to the XDA Forums for the files and enjoy your XE.

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Root the HTC Sensation – Tutorial with Videos

Want to make your HTC Sensation 4G perform faster? Would you like to change the look and feel of the phone? If you answered yes to any of those questions, your best bet is to root your phone.
Rooting the HTC Sensation isn’t that hard thanks to the Revolutionary: S-OFF & Recovery Tool software. However, rooting your smartphone isn’t for the faint of heart. There is a chance you could brick your phone if you don’t follow the instructions. FREEHTC.com is not responsible for any damage done to your phone while using this tutorial. Well, enough of the legal jargon, lets get started.

This is a great video tutorial I found on you tube. You may want to watch this overview first and then follow the step by step instructions below the video.

Doesn’t the guy in this video sound like the MMA legend GSP?

OK, Let’s get started!

First you will need to download these files and save them to your computer:
•    Revolutionary: S-OFF & Recovery Tool (Download Here)
•    HTC fastboot drivers. Download the drivers and install them on your computer.
•    ClockworkMod Recovery 4 (Get it)
•    su-2.3.6.3-ef-signed.zip

Turning Security Off (S-OFF)

First you will need to unlock your bootloader, this is most easily accomplished by using the Revolutionary: S-OFF & Recovery Tool. Once this is installed on your phone, you will be able to easily get root (root your HTC Sensation). Check out the steps below to enable S-OFF.
(you may need to disable any antivirus software. Also, disable fast boot on your phone by going to settings from your homescreen > Power > FastBoot)

1.  Write down your device’s serial number. Just pull the battery out of the back of your Sensation. Take out the battery and the serial number will be under where your batter was. Check out the video below if you have trouble.


2.  Get your HBOOT version number by turning off your phone and holding down the volume down button and the power button at the same time until it boots into a white screen. You will see some system information including your HBOOT version number. Make sure you take note of that.

3. Visit the Revolutionary: S-OFF and Recovery Tool site and download the package for your computers operating system. You’ll be directed to a “Beta Key” form on the website. Fill in the form with your Sensations Serial number and HBOOT version number. Click the “Generate Key” button and it should give you a beta key if you entered information correctly. Make sure to take not of the beta key, your going to need it soon.

4. Find the zip file for the Revolutionary tool on your computer and unzip it to a folder on your computer.

5. Enable “USB Debugging” from the Settings > Applications > Development screen on your Sensation.

6. Connect your phone to the computer via USB. Choose “HTC Sync” for your connection type and ignore any warnings saying that it could not find HTC Sync.

8. Launch the Revolutionary tool.  A command prompt window will pop up and ask for your Beta Key. Type in the key, but make sure you get it right, it is case-sensitive. Now press enter.

9. Wait for the process to complete and when it is done you will have S-OFf and the rewritable NAND on your Sensation.

ClockWorkMod Recovery should now be installed on your Unlocked HTC Sensation. However, you need to permanently root your device. Not to worry, we have you covered. Just follow the steps below.

How to Root your HTC Sensation Permanently

1. Reboot your phone into ClockWorkRecoveryMod by powering down and holding down the power button and volume down button at the same time (just like before).

2. You will be brought to the white screen, go ahead and create a backup. Just navigate to Backup & Restore > backup. Wait for it to complete and move on.

3. Select the “Install zip from sdcard” option > “Choose zip from sdcard”.

4. Click on su-2.3.6.3-ef-signed.zip and then choose “Yes – install su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip” to install it.

5. Back out and reboot your phone installation has completed.

Congratulations, you now have a rooted your HTC Sensation and you are ready to start installing the hottest ROMs for your phone. The next step would be to head on over to the XDA Forum, find your device and start installing the goodies.  Have fun!

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Could the HTC Vigor be Hitting Verizon as Incredible HD?

Could the device code named HTC Vigor be headed to Verizon Wireless as the Incredible HD? According to the document you see above, the device listed as launching on October 13th (right around my birthday) has about the same specs. Of course this could be a fake, but who knows.

One big question I have is the fact that there isn’t a Verizon logo anywhere on the thing. Although, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fake. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think?

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AT&T Offers Free Overnight Shipping and Waived Activation

For the next three days only AT&T is offering new customers free overnight shipping and waived activation on all new customers and add a line AT&T wireless orders. To take advantage of this great deal just click the link below.

Click here to get the deal. Valid 09.16.2011 to 09.19.2011. Restrictions apply.

Each purchase made using the above link helps support this site.

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Introducing the HTC Sensation XE (video) – First Beats By Dre Smartphone from HTC

Just under a month after HTC’s 51% investment in Beats Electronics, HTC has unveiled the first device sporting the technology. The HTC Sensation XE is a special edition of the wildly popular Sensation Android handset. Sporting a new red trim and the official Beats logo along with some improved hardware, this phone should be a hit with audio enthusiasts. Check the bullet points below to see what has changed.

HTC Sensation XE Specs:

  • Dimension: 126mm high x 65.4 mm x 11.4 mm thick
  • GSM / Quad Band | GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSPA + 14.4 Mbit / s
  • Qualcomm MSM8260 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • OS 2.3.4 with Android HTC Sense UI 3.0
  • SLCDisplay with 4.3-inch QHD resolution
  • 8-megapixel camera with 2 LED (primary)
  • VGA camera (secondary)
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 768MB RAM
  • 16GB memory card is supplied from the factory
  • 1730 mAh Battery
  • WLAN 802.11 b / g / n
  • Beats by Dr. Dre In-Ear Headphones

As you can see, the HTC Sensation XE sports 16GB of external memory and has improved to a 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm processor. The phone will also come with Beats by Dre ear-buds. This looks like another solid offering from HTC so be on the lookout for this monster soon.

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