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Samsung Behold II owners consider legal action over lack of Android 2.x upgrade

T-Mobile launched the Samsung Behold II with Android 1.5, but led customers to believe the phone would eventually be upgraded to Android 2.0 in 2010. This claim came from a promotional YouTube video which has since been pulled.

Now it looks like Samsung might have reversed course as customers are reporting they were told the Behold II “will never qualify for the Android 2X update”. This information supposedly came from Samsung technical support, but T-Mobile has the final say about firmware upgrades for their phones.

We reached out to T-Mobile to see if they had any new information regarding Android upgrades and they responded the new myTouch 3G Slide includes Android 2.1 and they would let us know when they have more details to share about existing phones.

Behold II owners are understandably upset and some are considering legal action if something is not done. Customers are also demanding an upgrade on the official T-Mobile forums and have started an online petition.

If you are a Behold II owner, I would suggest patiently waiting a little longer and see what action T-Mobile takes. There is no need taking your anger out on Samsung Mobile because they will only develop and release an upgrade when T-Mobile makes the request. For all we know, this could have been done months ago and T-Mobile could be waiting till after the Slide launches (June 2nd) before upgrading older Android phones.

At the same time, this doesn’t bode well for Samsung’s reputation. It might be the carriers responsibility to upgrade their phones, but other Samsung Android phones (like the original Galaxy) are also stuck on Android 1.5.

We can’t say for sure who produced the promotion video, but it clearly features the Samsung Mobile logo at the beginning and fits the wacky style of other campaigns for the Behold II. Just the fact that the video got pulled gives the appearance that someone was trying to scrub this evidence offline. A copy of the original video is included below for your viewing pleasure.

“The SGH-T939 will never qualify for the Android 2X update. Your continued interest in Samsung products is appreciated.”Samsung Technical Support

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myTouch 3G Slide Getting Android 2.2 Shortly after Launch?


AndroidSPIN is reporting that they have confirmed a rumor that the myTouch 3G Slide will be receiving an update to Android 2.2 as early as next week. The update will first be sent out to T-Mobile employee phones for testing, with it making its way to the average Joe’s slide at a yet unknown date. This jives with a statement made last week by HTC naming the Slide as one of the phones that should be getting the update before the end of the year.

Considering that Google is just getting the Froyo code out to OEMs and that an update proper hasn’t even occurred for the Nexus One, I’m a bit skeptical that the update will make it to the end-user anytime soon. If anything, this at least confirms the update to Android 2.2 can be expected if you plan on purchasing the Slide next week.

[via AndroidSPIN]

Samsung Gravity T & Samsung “Smile” Also Confirmed For June 23rd

Not diggin’ the Gravity 3 form factor? Well T-Mobile has got plenty of choices for you heavy texters. Pictured above, the Samsung T669 aka the “Gravity T” will also be available beginning June 23rd sporting a resistive touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard with onboard Dolphin browser, 3G capability, and a 2.0 megapixel camera. The Gravity T seems like a handset for users that aren’t ready for a smartphone but want something more than the average dumbphone. We hear that this phone with also have an “optimized” version of Samsung’s Touchwiz interface.

Next up is the Samsung T359, which Magenta oddly enough is calling the Samsung :) (we’re going to take a stab in the dark and assume that stands for the word “smile”). The T359 will be replacing the T349 and will house a 1.3 megapixel camera, full HTML browsing and oddly added in, active sync exchange mail support. The handset will also be launching June 23rd. So you will have not one, not two, but THREE choices. If only we could get as many high-end smartphones as we do dumbphones. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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BlackBerry Pearl 3G With AWS Passes Through The FCC

BlackBerry Pearl 3G With AWS Passes Through The FCC

We’ve already seen the BlackBerry Pearl 3G pass through the FCC once. The first time around it was caught carrying standard 3G bands which are standard for that of AT&T, Rogers, Bell and TELUS. This time however, Engadget has caught it passing through with 1700mHz which is designed for carriers such as T-Mobile and WIND (deja vu?). We reported on the rumours that T-Mobile was taking a pass on the sexy new Pearl but after that some more information has indeed come about. That being that T-Mobile actually has the device floating around their internal systems and is being identified as “T-Mo P3G 148”, so we’ll see how it all plays out. As it stands, the FCC passed both the 14 and 20 key configurations with flying colors.

Source: Engadget‘s feed sponsored by BlackBerry Pearl 3G With AWS Passes Through The FCC

AT&T Says T-Mobile Is “Misleading Customers” By Suggesting HSPA+ Is 4G 4G

While T-Mobile’s customers may be thrilled with the company’s ever-expanding HSPA+ coverage, their competitors are not. AT&T, who is also rolling out HSPA+ this year, says that T-Mobile is “misleading customers” by insinuating that HSPA+ is a 4G technology. More »

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T-Mobile expands HSPA+ data service in Northeast

t-mobileg1-sm.jpgT-Mobile has announced ongoing expansion of its HSPA+ network which brings faster 3G data speeds for subscribers. The company’s HSPA+ network has been broadened in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island, along with other New York Cities such as Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse….

HTC Wildfire to hit T-Mobile UK on June 14. Nokia C5 coming this month

Although Virgin Mobile was the first to announce it’s bringing the HTC Wildfire to the UK, it looks like the first UK carrier to actually launch the smartphone will be T-Mobile.The Wildfire is now featured on T-Mobile UK’s website, in the coming soon section, and the carrier says on Twitterthat customers will be able to buy the handset starting June 14. Last time I checked, June was in the second quarter of the year, so this might be a mistake, since HTC officially saidthe Wildfire (which runs Android 2.1) would only be out in the third quarter.T-Mobile UK didn’t disclose the price of the HTC Wildfire, but “free on select plans” sounds like a safe guess. Android aside, T-Mobile UK is also getting ready to launchthe Symbian-based Nokia C5, which should be available this month (May), coming with free navigation and a 3.2MP camera.Via EuroDroid imagebutton.gif? Posts: UnwiredView?d=yIl2AUoC8zA UnwiredView?d=dnMXMwOfBR0 UnwiredView?i=A7hTFogITBk:lKTrS0VSw1M:JEwB19i1-c4 UnwiredView?i=A7hTFogITBk:lKTrS0VSw1M:wF9xT3WuBAs UnwiredView?d=7Q72WNTAKBA UnwiredView?i=A7hTFogITBk:lKTrS0VSw1M:V_sGLiPBpWU UnwiredView?d=ByNYXvuKCJE UnwiredView?d=ACf-c_HutVcA7hTFogITBk Mobi Insider on Twitter