Jan 30 AT 8:57 AM Nick Gray 28 Comments

T-Mobile puts six Android phones on the chopping block


T-Mobile has started spring cleaning a little early this year. TmoNews has unveiled a snapshot of T-Mobile’s inventory system which shows six Android powered phones which have been designated as “Nearing EOL.” The list features phones from LG and HTC which include the HTC myTouch 4G Slide, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Amaze 4G, LG Doubleplay, LG myTouch and the LG myTouch Q.

Since every carrier deals with their end-of-life devices in different ways, it’s hard to say exactly what this designation truly means. For all we know, T-Mobile has enough inventory in stock for all of these devices to keep orders flowing and store shelves stocked for months. We know that all phones eventually get phased out, but it’s truly surprising to see T-Mobile shifting its focus away from these six phones since most of them have only been on the market since last summer. To put that into perspective, Sprint has only recently retired the HTC EVO 4G which  hit the market more than 18 months ago.

The LG phones listed for retirements were not really anything special, but the HTC Sensation, myTouch 4G Slide and Amaze are still considered flagship phones on T-Mobile’s network. The hope is that T-Mobile will have new flagship devices ready to ship before their current supply of devices is completely depleted.

Do you think there’s a good chance we’ll see the HTC Ville or Edge show up in T-Mobile stores this spring?

Source: TmoNews

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • spazby

    T mobile better do something to differentiate themselves as they are falling way behind… Maybe sell themselves to google?

    • josegb2011

      Highly impossible because one they have to negotiate with the guys in europe first than get approved by the u.s. …it will create a monopoly in many peoples eyes so

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      With the opposition in Europe over the Google/Motorola deal, it’s very doubtful that Google would ever get approval to buy a large carrier like T-Mobile. If Google does want to get into the carrier business, they would have a lot more luck if they targeted a regional carrier.

      • Nick

        Then, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bought Cincinnati Bell.

  • YMS123

    Sensation and Amaze? Those are recent models… I doubt they are near EOL less than a year on the market…

    • SGB101

      sensation, is falling flat, at least here in Europe, the battery heat/reboot loop issue is killing it, and in some reports it is happening in over 20% of sensation,

      cheaper to kill it that all the a warranty claims

      on the plus side my lad got a Sensation EX for £50 (about $80) of ebay, with the issue, and sent it to HTC and. the fixed it under warranty. so he got a bargain.

  • BigCiX

    Didn’t the Amaze just come out about 6 months ago?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Actually, the HTC Amaze has only been on the market for a little over 3 months (launched on October 12, 2011). My only guess is that T-Mobile has a few hundred thousand devices an a warehouse somewhere and will simply not be ordering new devices from HTC.

  • juanito

    Well, T-Mobile EOL the G2X, the first dual core handset within about 8 months, so no surprise that they would do so again. But to do so to that many handsets at once is surprising.

  • Roy

    Gotta love T-Mobile. Removing phones from the lineup before they add anything new. After seeing all the news phones every carrier is receiving except T-Mobile, I might just switch.

    • WlfHart

      I’m still holding out hope that this means they’ve been holding their cards and will be announcing a slew of new flagships soon.

  • cvette83

    I’m surprised about the HTC Amaze. Like others have noted, it hasn’t been out that long and along with the GSII, its the best phone they have to offer. Nothing has really been announced in the way of new phones coming to TMobile. Hoping they have something nice lined up that we don’t know about…

  • Mark

    This is a sinking ship. Time to jump is coming by.

  • SGB101

    it may just be because of the AT&T / Tmobile merger, Tmob may have thought it would go though, and with the uncertanty over the last few months, they have not been able to negotiate US deals on new devices.

    here n the UK Tmobile has a great line up.


    maybe they are preparing to announce some new beast phones and are simply clearing stock for them… I know I know, cant a guy wish..?!

    • Jeff Pan

      That could be a reason. But still six month old Sensation a d 4 month Amaze?

      Now I have to say my sensation is being retired in the next few weeks!

  • SGB101

    in the US, can you take contracts out via a third party?

    as here in the UK, you can get a tmobile/o2/3/vodaphone/orange, contract from the lkes of ‘Carphone Warehouse’ or ‘Phones4U’ and choose any phone any network (carrier), for no extra cost from going direct with network (carrier)

    a typical 24 month deal hear is, ‘galaxy nexus’ or ‘iphone4s’ or ‘any top end device’, 1000mins unlimited text 5gb data (all 3g we dont yet have 4g) for about £40pm ($63 as at time of writing) on all our 5 major carriers.

    so to some up, it doesnt matter here, what carrier gets what phone as you can just walk (usually) next door to phones4u and mix and match. another plus is phones are open in 3rd parties and have no bloat on them.

    • SGB101

      i for got to add, in he typical deal, we dont pay a subsidy, so at point of sale the phone is free. the exception is iphones, at launch they will charge between £50 and £100s for a few months.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      This would be possible if all four major carriers used the same technology or radio frequencies. Verizon and Sprint use CDMA while AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM. You can technically swap T-Mobile and AT&T phones, but they will only work on 2G connections since both companies use different frequencies for their 3G connections.

      Things are a lot harder on Verizon and Sprint since you don’t have a SIM card to simply swap out. To activate a phone on either carrier you have to take it to the store or call in, but the issue is that they only activate phones which are sold my them.

      • William

        There are some exceptions on swapping. For example, the Galaxy Nexus (GSM) is a pentaband phone and supports HSPA+ and 3G on both AT&T and T-Mobile.

        • haz

          But with the move to LTE by all major carriers it could be possible if I’m not mistaken? William mentioned a pentaband phone… What would be the implications of equipping a phone with all frequencies? I think it would be better, that way, OEM’s could focus more on the phone and less on differentiating by loading on various bloatware

  • Nathan D.

    well they better replace them with better phones that all I’m saying

  • tarwinia

    I seriously hope this doesn’t affect their firmware updates. Those HTC phones should definitely be getting ICS. But with updates in the US being carrier dependent I might just have to root and flash…

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Update plans for the two phones shouldn’t change, T-Mobile and other carriers have pushed out updates to phones which they no longer sell. The Sensation and Amaze 4G are tow of the devices with confirmed Android 4.0 updates. I doubt HTC will want to disappoint anyone after telling them that the update was coming.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Wow htc amaze since Oct and Sensation June. Tmo better have something MAJOR coming by March/April…

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Those smartphones are just a craze anyway, just like the internet. It too shall pass. All anyone needs is the original Motorola RAZR at best.

    …and 64K of RAM.

  • aude66

    They have already retired the G2, less than a year after it became available, and the Dell Streak 7, after about 6 months, so it is not hard to believe…

    • CTown

      But still, the Amaze and the two MyTouch phones listed just came out! Not only that but the Sensation isn’t even that old… What could they be planning?