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Just Give Me The Updates T-Mobile

I am an over ten year customer of T-Mobile and I have a rant about their service. This is making me consider moving to Cricket in the near future. When you promote an update for one of the carrier devices you have you should make it possible for the customer to be able to install it.

Recently LG released an update for the G4 that was released on August 31st and countless others are still blocked from installing it even though your website and countless blogs are mentioning it because it has some vital updates in improving messaging security from the Stagefright exploit. I have had kittens waiting for other updates such as the Sony Xperia Z1S update last year and even the Z3 update. I felt that T-Mobile barely supports Sony phones so that is why I went with the LG G4, but it seems like if we want any respect we have to go with an iPhone in the near future.

I should not have to do a factory reset to get my update. I recently did a factory reset and I did not get the N update that was advertised.

I do feel that we will get Marshmallow (Android 6) on the G4 in a timely matter, but these faux pas incidents just sour me time after time.

Technology Review Sony Xperia Z3

Since I am paying money for the T-Mobile JUMP program which allows me to trade in a phone I have not yet paid off for a newer phone after six months (newer program requires 50% to be paid), I decided to splurge on the Sony Xperia Z3 last month after realizing my paid off Z1S in 2016 would basically have no resale value.

I am in the in between time between the newer devices that would be announced around March, but I did not feel like waiting for them to be released around April or May.

I am a previous owner of a Sony device having used the previous incarnation the Z1S. The Z3 has many of the features that make Sony phones different from the competition from the water resistance features and the PlayStation interactivity where you can use your Sony phone as a portable device to play the games from your PlayStation 4 remotely.

What is different in the Xperia Z3 that would make someone want to switch devices? There is modest processor speed bump from 2.2ghz to 2.5ghz and an increase in memory from 2gb to 3gb. It makes the device run more smoothly. Instead of a square shaped device, there is rounded edges which helps the device to have a better feel.

Some of the things I do not like in the device is the new carrier bloat such as T-Mobile Name ID, there should be a bundle deal where you get voicemail to text and Name ID for a slight discount. That is the only peril of getting a carrier branded device where you do not have the flexibility to uninstall certain programs off your device. 32gb storage not including the micro sd storage helps out where there is still plenty of room for your new applications, photos and music.

Should you get this device? If you are already a Sony user, I would recommend this. If you are looking for an Android device not made by Samsung or HTC this is the device to consider. If you are not able to wait for the Galaxy S6 or the HTC M9 the Xperia Z3 is the device for you. $630 is a bit high for the device, wish it was knocked down to $549 and I think more people will jump aboard to the Sony train.

Why Bother Paying Extra For More Data

T-Mobile closed the loophole where people were able to tether their phones to use the data on their tablets or laptops for free with the newest version of the Android operating system. Unless you want to be technologically savvy and root your phone to tether without any charges you are stuck to the walled garden of the provider.

I basically only use around 1gb of traffic, It might benefit me where I could save ten bucks a month on my data charges if I only end up being a casual user of the data services on my phone. If tethering is not doable on my phone, I would rather just pay less.

I am honestly confused where they are saying you need to pay for a 14.99 tethering plan, but they said they were throwing in tethering if you pay 5 bucks more in the 30.00 5gb plan. What is the right story?

I am going to try to be a data hog on my phone this month and find out if I really was throwing away $120 all for nothing.

Perhaps I will need to write a feature to encourage people to use up as much data as they paid for so they can get their value. As long as customers are not going hog wild on their data who cares what they do with the data unless they are downloading pirated software.

Returning to T-Mobile

I decided to go for broke by extending my T-Mobile contract until March 30, 2009. I was pondering switching to Sprint for the Motorola Q, but realizing they were going to jack up their data plan price the next month from 15 to 25 dollars. I decided to come back home.

Fnding out that I could keep my existing phone plan eased my worries about replacing my Motorola V180 phone I had since December 2004.

I finally got one thing I have been eagerly awaiting in a mobile phone. A camera. I have worked on practicing my photography and I hope to share some photos on my personal photo gallery website and this blog included.

Since my phone is new I decided to outfit it with some extras. I wanted ring tones from my favorite musical acts, but T-Mobile’s selection was limited. I had to run Audacity and edit a 15 second segment of a tune for my special ring tone that I would have to pay $2.49 for.

If I needed to buy something off T-mobile to make further use of my new Razr V3T Id more likely buy a game of Pac-Man. The included games that were offered in the phone were severely lacking. I know phone makers are talking about convergence, but that is probably a few years away. I will still be carrying a Nintendo DS and a IPOD for a long time.