On October 24, 2012, T-Mobile announced that it has joined forces with the mobile security firm Lookout in order to provide protection from malware attacks for its cellphone and tablet customers. As a result of this joining of forces, T-Mobile customers with select T-Mobile devices will be offered Automatic Application Security starting in 2013. The service will be free and will offer customers a worry-free way to protect their devices, once again showing T-Mobile’s commitment to providing excellent service.
When Chris Pirillo, our leader here at LockerGnome, posted this tidbit of information, I immediately jumped on it. My reasoning was quite simple. I am an avid T-Mobile user and had already found Lookout to be my application of choice to protect both of my Android-powered smartphones. So is T-Mobile, equipped with the Lookout security application, the answer for everyone? Of course not. But for many of us, T-Mobile offers an excellent option to higher priced competitors as well as offering us the security of an application like Lookout, which makes it a no-brainer for Android users.
However, I must admit that my association with T-Mobile began by chance. It was not actually a contender on my original list of cellphone providers. In fact, I had previously been happy with the services of Straight Talk, using the Verizon cell towers and a dumb phone with unlimited services. However, believing that I was already late to the party, I decided that I wanted to join the smartphone revolution so that I could enjoy the benefits of email, Internet, and other smartphone benefits. With this in mind, I began looking for a carrier that could provide me with the best deal.
At first I tried staying with Straight Talk and opted to purchase an Android smartphone using the Sprint network — since it was the only option. The services provided worked terrific all around town and in the outlying areas. In fact, the only issue I had was that I could not send or receive phone calls from inside of my own home. I won’t bore you with everything I tried, including mobile VoIP, but I was not successful and finally opted out of Straight Talk with Sprint service. This meant that I had to find another carrier and this is when I came upon a prepaid plan being offered by T-Mobile in conjunction with Walmart.
The plan I chose through Walmart and T-Mobile was for 100 minutes of talk time, unlimited text, and unlimited 4G service with a 5 GB a month cap. After the 5 GB cap, the service reverted over to Edge (which I believe is rated at 2G or less). I compared the lower speed and coverage to that which I recently received while inside of the Atlanta airport terminal. It was so frustrating, since my phone provides a 4G signal. However, outside of this one problematic issue in Atlanta, the service provided by T-Mobile has been stellar and I am extremely pleased with its data speed and voice services.
As far as Lookout is concerned, I started using it for my primary Android security protection about six months ago. I chose the Lookout service because it provided what I believe is the best possible security protection as well as additional benefits. A couple of these benefits include the ability to back up and restore installed applications and the ability to locate a cellphone if it is lost or stolen. My favorite feature of this application, however, is that it will emit a loud scream if your phone or tablet is misplaced, making it easy for you to find. Best of all is that all of this is offered for free to any Android user. Yes, I said any Android user; you don’t have to belong to T-Mobile to use it. So, while I commend T-Mobile and Lookout for their forward thinking, I would highly recommend Lookout even if you don’t choose to use the T-Mobile network.
If you have used the T-Mobile network, please share your experiences with us. We would love to hear your experiences with the network and/or your experiences using the Lookout security application.
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