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We’ve been hearing rumors of Google’s intention to step into the wireless carrier market as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Google’s Nick Fox is helming the project, which is codenamed Nova. None other than Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, has now confirmed what was previously just a rumor. But before you start envisioning the prospects of Google doing for wireless what it has done for home Internet connections (a la Google Fiber), you might want to tamper your expectations just a bit. During a live talk at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain,... Read more...
Google may have been one of the first to bring a wireless, mobile payment system to modern smartphones using NFC technology, but it was Apple that made the technology surprisingly easy-to-use and widespread courtesy of Apple Pay and Touch ID. When it comes to contactless payment made using American Express, MasterCard, and Visa accounts, Apple Pay currently captures two out of every three dollars spent. “Apple Pay is off to a very strong start, and the feedback that we're getting from both individuals and institutions is extremely positive,” bragged Apple CEO Tim Cook during his company’s most... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been relentless in his quest to displace Sprint as America’s third-place wireless carrier. The boys in magenta were able to add 2.1 million customers during Q4 and a total of 8.3 for calendar year 2014. T-Mobile’s Un-carrier initiatives have taken the wind out of its competitors’ sails, with Sprint being the biggest loser. However, Sprint isn’t just gonna roll over and let Legere pelt it with insults on a regular basis; the company is fighting back with a new data plan aimed at retaining its current customers and drawing in new ones. Sprint is introducing a $90, 12GB... Read more...
There's good news today for those of you rocking a Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile's network. The spunky wireless carrier has begun pushing out an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 5.0 Lollipop , which is also available through Samsung Kies. That means you no longer have to give your Verizon brethren the stink-eye, who have been running Lollipop for a couple of weeks now.It's a roughly 900MB package, so do yourself a solid and make sure you're on a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection (having a charging cable handy wouldn't be a bad idea, either). If you're not seeing the update, you can try forcing... Read more...
Verizon may not offer the best pricing promotions, but out of the four major wireless carriers in the United States, Big Red sits on top, according to RootMertics. Verizon was ranked as America's top carrier with an overall "Rootscore" of 93.9 out of 100, beating out AT&T (91.7), Sprint (86.6), and T-Mobile (84.0) for the honor.The rating is for the second half of 2014. During that time, Rootmetrics traveled 288,165 miles conducting over 5.7 million tests, including ones from 6,215 indoor locations. The goal is to evaluate each of the wireless carriers' mobile network performance from a consumer's... Read more...
Thanks to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its Chairman Tom Wheeler, you shouldn't have too much trouble unlocking your cellphone post contract and taking it to another carrier. It's certainly legal, which was a bit of a gray area two years ago. But Wheeler and all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. came to an agreement that effective today, allows mobile phones to be unlocked upon request. If for some reason they can't, then they must "provide the necessary information to unlock their devices for their customers and former customers in good standing... Read more...
The wait for Android 5.0 will soon be over for T-Mobile customers that have HTC’s flagship One M8. HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, reported via Twitter that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update would be pushed out over-the-air (OTA) starting tomorrow (February 9). HTC One (M8) T-Mobile owners! Lollipop OS Technical Approval has been received! OTA to start on Monday. #HTCAdvantage— Mo (@moversi) February 7, 2015 Lollipop updates have been dropping at a furious pace in recent days. Just in the past week, Verizon released the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5, while Sprint has sent... Read more...
In what's been described as "by far the highest-earning spectrum auction the United States has ever seen" by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, AT&T led the way by spending a whopping $18.2 billion on wireless licenses. Combined with its acquisition of DirecTV last year, some are wondering if AT&T is being a bit careless. AT&T spent nearly $49 billion last year buying DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider in the U.S. with 20 million customers. Along with a pair of smaller acquisitions and the wireless spectrum licenses it just bought, AT&T will see... Read more...
We first brought you news of Google’s efforts to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) last week. According to sources for The Information, Google has plans to partner with both Sprint and T-Mobile (America’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers respectively) to provide voice and data service. Google’s Nick Fox is reportedly leading the development of the MVNO, which is currently operating under the codename Nova. A new report from The Wall Street Journal is shedding some more light on the service, which is expected to be available nationwide as early as the first half of 2015.... Read more...
T-Mobile is at it once again, and this time the company has unveiled its new SCORE! program which will cost its customers $5 per month and launches today. What does that $5 get you? Well, I’m glad you asked. T-Mobile says that after 6 months (and $30 into the program), you’ll be able to nab a “budget” smartphone for free. Once you’ve been in the program for 12 months, you’ll be able to receive a steeper discount on any 4G LTE smartphone in T-Mobile’s arsenal. “SCORE! is a radically new Un-carrier approach to locking in lower costs on your next smartphone,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. “And,... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has made it a point to attack industry heavyweights like AT&T and Verizon on a regular basis, often with profanity and inflammatory language. T-Mobile’s various “Uncarrier” initiatives have been designed to siphon off customers from its larger rivals, and 2014 proved to be especially fruitful, as the company was able to add 8.4 million customers. More recently, Legere has made it a point to go directly after Sprint’s third place position in the U.S. wireless market. While T-Mobile fell short of securing the third place spot during 2014, it is starting off 2015 with... Read more...
T-Mobile shocked the tech community when it announced its Data Stash program that not only allows customers to rollover unused data month-to-month for up to a year, but also starts you off with 10GB “just because.” Not one to be left in the dust, AT&T countered with its own, inferior program that allows Mobile Share Value customers to rollover data for up to one month. When AT&T jumped onboard with rollover data, we assumed that Verizon Wireless wouldn’t be too far behind. Well, we couldn’t have been more wrong — Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo confirmed today in an interview... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere made it his mission last year to knock Sprint of its perch as America’s third-largest wireless carrier. Legere made his proclamation at the beginning of August and despite a huge 2014 for T-Mobile, with over 8 million customers adds during the year, it wasn’t enough to overtake Sprint. However, Legere and company are looking once again to kneecap Sprint during 2015, and a new, rather unorthodox promotion just may be the ticker to secure customers that might have otherwise passed T-Mobile by when looking for a wireless carrier. According to Legere, 63 percent of Americans... Read more...
MetroPCS, the flagship prepaid brand owned by T-Mobile, is offering its customers a chance to upgrade to an unlimited 4G LTE data plan for just $50 per month. It's a limited time offer that's available until April 5, 2015, and if you sign up by the deadline, MetroPCS says you'll get unlimited LTE with no pre-planned end date "MetroPCS has a solid track record of giving customers the best value in prepaid wireless and schooling the competition at the same time," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "MetroPCS is at it again today with 4G LTE Unlimited for just $50 bucks, the best value... Read more...
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