Well folks, Tuesday, September 10 is finally here -- in a few short hours (depending upon when you're reading this), the latest iPhone beans will be spilled all over Apple's Cupertino headquarters, and we'll have a final close-up of iOS 7, presumably with a few final goodies the company has been holding back. The only bad part is, then the iPhone 6 rumors will start anew… (groan)
Earlier today, TmoNews reported (via MacRumors) that T-Mobile announced vacation blackout days for its employees between September 20 and 22. Why's that news for us? Because it all but confirms that the new iPhones will be available on September 20, the date previously put forward in numerous rumors, most notably by Japanese business publication Nikkei.
If you've been dragging your feet about taking advantage of T-Mobile's "no money down" plan for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, you'd better act now. At the close of business tomorrow, the carrier will end its practice of letting new iPhone users pay for the device in installments of $27 per month with no money down.
T-Mobile USA's been much more aggressive in its marketing and promotion lately, and based on the numbers relayed during the earnings call this morning, it's working. Indeed, the last quarter was its best in recent memory, complete with 1.1 million new customers. But according to CEO John Legere in a statement to AllThingsD, it's "the company’s message, not the arrival of the iPhone, that is behind a recent surge in new customers."
Yahoo! certainly kicked off the week in grand style Monday with news of its Tumblr acquisition, but it had one more trick up its sleeve that we'll get to in a moment, along with Apple going on the offensive over government accusations that the company isn't paying its full share of taxes on income generated overseas. But first, there's a whole batch of updates, tweaks and elaborations to enjoy, which includes some analysis on how T-Mobile US could one day leapfrog Sprint for third place!
Texting while driving has become such a big problem that all four major U.S. cell phone carriers have chosen to come together to educate consumers on the dangers, with an extension of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.
Determined to claw its way back to the top, Nokia today introduced the latest Windows Phone 8 handset in its Lumia lineup, which updates the polycarbonate shell used in previous models with an aluminum frame.
Lots of cool stuff to report on for this mid-month Tuesday, but the lead story won't be good news for those of you who have been vacillating about grabbing an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile US -- the handset will now cost you an extra 50 bucks compared to last week, proving once again that you snooze, you lose. The rest of our Monday recap is better news, with the exception of AT&T and HTC, who appear to have a loser on their hands with Facebook Home...
It's been a busy weekend for tech news, with rumors of a new AT&T prepaid service on the way, Facebook retaliating against Path's API access for reasons unknown and Google Glass rumored to soon gain an iPhone app. If you were too busy out and about for the last couple days, feel free to kick back and soak in all the news in bite-sized morsels as part of our Monday morning recap.