Google Glass Overhaul; New T-Mobile Prepaid Plans; Xiaomi Phablet

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Google Glass Overhaul; New T-Mobile Prepaid Plans; Xiaomi Phablet.

The headset will be removed from Google X and put it under the control of Nest Labs founder Tony Fadell. The “uncarrier” revolution continues at T-Mobile as the nation’s fourth-largest carrier looks to continue luring customers from Verizon, AT&T and — especially — Sprint.

Late last year, T-Mobile said it was going to change up their prepaid sector with something called “” but didn’t really give a date for the new plans or a whole lot of information so I didn’t really report on it. The search giant will also stop selling the Google Glass Explorer Edition to consumers on Jan. 19 (businesses and developers can still get hold of it) as it works on the second-gen headset. Well, yesterday T-Mobile finally announced the plans, availability date, and set up a snazzy page talking about how much greater it’s going to be, etc. The carrier is said to have overtaken the latter and aims to widen the gap even further with the launch of its new plans that customers can get their hands on starting on Jan. 25. The same unlimited data and talk and text are offered for the monthly plans of $50 and $60 except for the fact that one offers up to 3GB of 4G LTE while the other includes up to 5GB of 4G LTE.

The 5.7-inch handset comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and curved glass front and back, plus a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor and 3,000mAh high-capacity battery. Prepaid customers won’t get access to some of the perks of T-Mobile’s normal subscribers — namely, the program that exempts any data used by streaming music services from counting against your monthly quota. Over the summer, T-Mobile chief executive John Legere predicted that it would happen by the end of 2014 — a challenge that he softened in an end-of-year letter with predictions for 2015. Supreme Court Sides With T-Mobile in Cell Phone Tower Dispute: A Georgia town should have provided T-Mobile with details about a cell phone tower rejection.

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In that way, T-Mobile is mirroring moves from companies in other sectors that are responding to the fact millennials aren’t huge fans of contracts but still want to get premium goods and services. It has long been known how T-Mobile is determined to unseat Sprint as the third largest carrier, which “Un-carrier” advocate, CEO John Legere of T-Mobile, just might achieve in the not-so-distant future. “There’s a reason the Un-carrier continues to be #1 in prepaid, and it starts with our willingness to break the rules and give customers better choices,” said Legere. “We will never stop eliminating customer pain points.

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