T-Mobile’s BOGO Offer For Black Friday Includes HD7, Galaxy Tab, G2, And Others

Let’s say this is Black Friday buying advice. T-Mobile just sent me another friendly presser, talking about their upcoming buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO, for short) program when buying a family plan with a two-year agreement. Smartphones included in the offer are the Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7, BlackBerry Bold 9780 (don’t give this for Christmas), T-Mobile G2, and myTouch 4G. The deal runs through Nov. 26 through Jan.18, but try and get one a little early, because you might encounter long lines, and sold-out handsets.

[Thanks, Richter!]

Apple Puts The iPad In The Game By Upgrading It To iOS 4.2

Apple has taken the iPad, turned it into a an extremely successful device, but left out AirPlay (over-the-air content sharing), AirPrint (wireless printing), multitasking, GameCenter, and a ton of other essential features found in the iPhone and iPod Touch. Starting today, iOS 4.2 is available for download on all the aforementioned iOS devices. In the meantime, get your iTunes 10.1 client started, plug in your iPad, and get the update now. Via: Apple PR

Verizon Prepares For 4G LTE Launch In December

Verizon so far is the only major CDMA network in the United States not yet rolling out 4G LTE on a daily basis, but with a recent TV video advert, embedded for your viewing after the break, they claim 4G LTE is coming “December 2010”. Devices that use 4G LTE are deemed to launch in 2011 with the rest of the LTE network rolling out ads and the service as quickly as possible with the new devices (hint: one of the handsets mught be this big guy).

TV spot featuring LTE and a massive lightning bolt after the cut.

Exclusive: Sprint “4G” Turned On In Miami, But Very Spotty

This turns out to be quite a surprise on my end. As a few of you may know (mainly because I hardly ever spoke about this) but when at the Samsung Continuum launch event, I had the chance to meet quite a few prominent bloggers, get some contacts, and meet my Samsung agents. After at least a month, I’ll be returning the Epic 4G review unit they loaned me, but not without using 4G a bit more. We agreed, and now it’s my turn to return the device (next week).

But here’s the interesting part: Sprint 4G is due in Miami sometimes this year, but I just was using it for the last 30 minutes, seen above as the first two tests, reaching speeds of 6MBps and up downloads. This I definitely didn’t expect, and Sprint hasn’t been talking about 4G in Miami anytime soon this week, but “later this year”.

While I did run 2 tests (which are seen above), the “4G” offered by WiMAX is extremely spotty, with connections appearing a few feet from each other, but when connected, are extremely fast. I’ve contacted Sprint to ask them if they’re about to roll the 4G outwards right now, since it’s completely operational on my end. One more photo of Sprint 4G running in Miami on an Epic 4G is after the break.

Windows Phone 7 To Go CDMA For The Holidays Instead Of 2011

When Microsoft clearly stated that no CDMA Windows Phone 7 devices would be sold be either on Verizon or Sprint, it turns out that Verizon is stating otherwise, and that in fact, they’ll be “rolling into stores this holiday season and more in early 2011.” We’re not sure exactly what this means, because obviously, I’m writing a gift guide because it’s already the holidays, so that’ll have to get sorted out. And which WP7 “devices” are we talking about Verizon? Something new and shiny? Or CDMA-converted “devices”, thus becoming a little disappointing if you ask me.

Via: Windows Phone (Twitter)

Verizon Lists Original DROID 2 As Having A 1.2GHz Processor?

As previous DROID 2 units only had a 1GHz processor, Verizon felt the need to upgrade the Droid 2 Global to 1.2GHz (because obviously, Motorola can do the overclocking). Through a bit of navigating, you can visit the “via” link below to see that the original CDMA Droid 2 has a 1.2GHz processor, which you can see in the image above. I’ve emailed Verizon and Motorola to get a response on this, and to see if this isn’t a mistake made by some employee who wanted a 1.2 GHz processor in their old Droid 2.

Via: Verizon

I’ve Bought Myself A DROID X. And I Don’t Know Why.

See, I’ve gotten myself a DROID X from AmazonWireless, for one penny on a 2-year agreement. According to Amazon, it should be on its way next week without issue (it’d better). And honestly, I don’t know why I did it. You could argue it’s “slow news day” and I have nothing to post (which in fact, is absolutely true) but I think it may just be because I wanted a beast of an Android device.

Only for it to become superseded in a matter of weeks.

At least Gingerbread should be coming on it soon — hopefully. I’ll be posting an unboxing and review when it gets here.

And then laugh at my Motorola contact who’s never been able to loan me one for review.

LaptopMemo Gift Guide 2010: Smartphones

Last year they were called smartphones, I think I’ll call them superphones, even if the phrase will go down in blasphemy, it’s pretty cool. But to save you from the confusion, I’ve titled this guide “smartphones”, so let’s continue. The phones seen below on all four major carriers in the United States are what I think were the best of this year, and deserve to be presents for the holidays. Let’s continue, shall we?