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It appears that T-Mobile has only recently squashed a rather serious bug that affected one of the company's subdomains used by staff. In this case, promotool.t-mobile.com was not password protected, allowing anyone that stumbled across it to access stored data. According to ZDNet, which first reported on the website bug, anyone could add a T-Mobile customer’s phone number to the end or the website address after which they would gain access to a treasure trove of information. Personal customer details such as full name, address, account number, account PIN and tax identification number (in certain instances) were all made visible. Most wireless carriers allow you set a PIN for your... Read more...
It looks though the third time was a charm for T-Mobile and Sprint. After two previous attempts at tying the knot, T-Mobile and Sprint today officially announced that they have agreed to merge in an effort to create a powerhouse wireless company delivering 5G internet the masses.  The move is no doubt an attempt to better compete with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, America's first- and second-place wireless carriers respectively. T-Mobile is currently a distant third place when it comes to wireless subscribers, while Sprint sits in fourth place. The combined company will be called T-Mobile, and it will be led by the T-Mobile's current executive team to spread more Un-carrier goodness.... Read more...
For what feels like the millionth time, T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly once again in talks about a possible merger, and this time it sounds like they're actually making progress. It's said the two wireless carriers might even come to terms on a deal as early as next week, though we have learned that it when comes to these two companies, merger talks can fall apart at any moment, as they've done in the past. Nevertheless, negotiations are ongoing. Should T-Mobile and Sprint ultimately decide to join forces, they would create a wireless juggernaut with 127 million customers. That would still put the company behind Verizon and AT&T, which have an estimated 150 million and 141 million customers,... Read more...
Will they, or won't they? T-Mobile and Sprint have tried on two previous occasions to tie the knot in an effort to create a powerhouse wireless carrier to better compete with Verizon and AT&T. However, those two previous deals both crashed and burned leaving T-Mobile and Sprint to fend for themselves. Now, both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal are confirming that T-Mobile and Sprint have restarted merger talks. It is not known who was the initiating party this time around, but Sprint is seemingly in dire straight these days as its bleeds customers and attempts to raise capital to build out its nationwide wireless network. T-Mobile CEO John Legere (L), Sprint... Read more...
Back in January, OpenSignal released a mobile speed report that showed T-Mobile beating the competition in overall network connectivity in the US. The self proclaimed 'uncarrier' took the lead in five of the six categories, including 4G LTE download speeds and availability, though Verizon was not far behind. Now two months later, OpenSignal has published another report that takes a closer look at the battle for 4G supremacy between T-Mobile and Verizon. "In our national report, released in January, we saw T-Mobile win our 4G availability award by just a hair: while its users were able to access 4G connections an average 93.1 percent of the time, Verizon was close on its heels with scores of 92.7... Read more...
If everything goes according to plan, we will begin seeing the first 5G wireless services and devices capable of taking advantage of the bandwidth later this year. According to both AT&T and Verizon Wireless, initial commercial 5G deployments will begin later this year. However, the first devices that America's two largest wireless carrier will market will not be smartphone. Instead, they will be mobile 5G hotspots that can connect to your smartphone, tablet, or notebook computer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson conceded this point in late January, stating that his company would be offering Wi-Fi "pucks" to customers to coincide with lighting up its 5G network. "It's not going to be a handset,... Read more...
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered a resident in Brooklyn, New York to cease his Bitcoin mining operation after it was discovered that the hardware he was using to mine Bitcoin was causing interference with 4G LTE signals on T-Mobile's wireless network. If that is truly the case, this incident adds a new wrinkle to the already controversial world of cryptocurrency. In a letter to the person responsible, the FCC said it used "direction finding techniques" to locate the source of the offending hardware, in this case an Antminer s5 Bitcoin miner, a popular mining ASIC that is purpose built for Bitcoin mining. These units sell for several hundred dollars and are capable of mining... Read more...
If you are a T-Mobile customer and you received a weird text recently that seemed a bit sketchy, it turns out that text from T-Mobile was legitimate. The text warned customers that the third-place wireless carrier had identified an industry-wide phone number port-out scam. In the message, T-Mobile called on customers to add more security to their account. Since the message looked a bit suspect and anyone with a bit of security sense knows to not click on links in sketchy looking emails and texts, many probably ignored the message. T-Mobile told Motherboard that it was messaging its "entire post-paid customer base" to warn them. It did say that messaging its entire customer base takes time and... Read more...
Mobile networks are not all created equal, despite the fact that if you look at coverage maps they often boast nearly identical coverage in many areas. Each year OpenSignal issues a report that looks at all the mobile carriers in the U.S. and compares the speed and performance offered to help consumers look through all the hype and marketing and see which carrier really is the fastest. According to the latest report, both Verizon and AT&T have stopped the declining performance on their networks that were attributed to the return of unlimited data plans. Both networks have returned to their pre-unlimited plan speeds as of the end of 2017. However, that doesn't mean either of the networks is... Read more...
It's the start of a new year, and T-Mobile with the latest iteration of its Buy One, Get One (BOGO) Free offer on some of the hottest flagship smartphones on the planet. This time around, there is at least one newcomer to the fold when it comes to smartphones that qualify for the offer. The promotion requires that you purchase both smartphones with an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), and you must port at least one number over on a T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited plan. On top of that, you must trade in a smartphone in order to qualify for the promotion. If you want a "true" BOGO bargain, here are the following phones that you can choose from: iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 8 (64GB) Galaxy... Read more...
Motorola announced a few months ago that it was planning to roll out the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo, to several of its handsets. Making good on that promise, some Moto Z2 Force owners on T-Mobile have received the over-the-air update, joining their Moto Z2 Force brethren on Verizon, who recently began receiving the tasty upgrade. A user on the XDA Developers forum uploaded a handful of screenshots showing the update. It is labeled as build number OCX27 and clocks in at nearly a 1GB (937.5MB, to be precise), so keep that in mind if you are on a data restriction of any sort. The Oreo update also comes bundled with all of the Android security fixes for the... Read more...
If you're looking to score a couple of today's hottest flagship smartphones, T-Mobile just might have an offer right up your alley. The company is running a massive Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) campaign, which is kicking off tomorrow, November 17th. The third-place wireless carrier in the United States has some of best, newly-released smartphones available if you don't mind dealing with a rebate. Under T-Mobile's new promotion, you have to purchase both smartphones using an Equipment Installment Plan (you also have to add at least one new line), and you will receive the price of the second smartphone (of equal or lesser value) in the form of a rebate. T-Mobile isn't discriminating against its... Read more...
T-Mobile has been at the forefront of rolling out faster mobile networks with a big push for LTE Advanced. The Un-carrier has now announced that it has rolled out LTE Advanced networks in over 920 markets passing every other national wireless company. T-Mobile's network uses a combination of three speed-boosting technologies including carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, and 256 QAM. Those three features are live in 430 of the markets with the LTE Advanced networks in place, providing Gigabit-class speeds. Download speeds compared to previous networks are doubled when using LTE Advanced according to T-Mobile. When carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, and 256 QAM are added, the download speeds double again... Read more...
T-Mobile is trying a new tactic to win over customers, and it does not revolve around snarky Twitter posts this time (you gotta love T-Mobile boss John Legere, right?). The wireless carrier is hoping to attract customers by getting into the connected home security game. It has partnered with Google to offer a Nest security pack, launching tomorrow at T-Mobile stores across the nation, with a monthly fee. For $240 down and $10 per month for 24 months on T-Mobiles Equipment Installment Plan (total comes to $480), customers who opt for the Nest security bundle receive the necessary hardware, including the Nest Guard base with keypad, motion detector, alarm, and alarm; two Nest Detect motion and... Read more...
Samsung's long-running Galaxy Active series of smartphones have long been exclusive to AT&T. The most recent entry in the series, the Galaxy S8 Active, launched on AT&T's network back in early August. However, AT&T's Kung Fu Grip on the Galaxy S8 Active has loosened, with both T-Mobile and Sprint announcing that they will now carry the smartphone. On T-Mobile's network, the Galaxy S8 Active supports the third-place wireless carrier's 600 MHz spectrum (Band 71). This slice of spectrum will be a boon to expending T-Mobile's coverage in rural areas that are typically underserved. It was first reported back in late September that T-Mobile would be receiving the Galaxy S8 Active. “The... Read more...
Almost as fast as the rumors began, talks of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile have been officially called off. T-Mobile has announced that discussions on a potential merger, rumors of which surfaced first in September, of the Uncarrier and Sprint have ended because the two companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms. Even if the two mobile carriers had been able to come to agreeable terms, they certainly would have needed regulatory approval. Historically, regulators have been unwilling to approve a merger that limits competition in the mobile market and with the "duopoly" already firmly in place, as TMo CEO John Legere likes to refer to his primary competition, another consolidation... Read more...
One of the things that helped T-Mobile to grow so fast was the reintroduction of unlimited data plans. We all know that "unlimited" really isn't unlimited though and when the T-Mobile One plan debuted it had a cap of 32GB of use per month before data prioritization.  That cap was raised to 50GB in September. Customers on that unlimited plan and many of T-Mobile's other plans had access to data in other countries baked in if they needed it.That roaming data was specifically for Mexico and Canada. T-Mobile has now stepped in and is limiting the amount of roaming data available to people in those countries starting on November 12. T-Mobile wrote, "Starting November 12, 2017 customers... Read more...
Until recently, a bug on a T-Mobile website gave hackers access to personal details relating to wireless subscriber accounts. What's really surprising about this particular attack vector is that hackers only needed a T-Mobile customer's phone number to gain access to private account details. Karan Saini, a researcher from Secure7, first discovered and reported on the exploit noting that a script could be run to siphon data including email addresses, customer names, billing account numbers and even a phone's ISMI number. Because of the nature of the exploit, all of T-Mobile's 76 million customers could have been susceptible. "That would effectively be classified as a very critical data breach,... Read more...
T-Mobile never misses an opportunity to throw shade at the competition, and it especially likes to pick on Verizon. It is not always talk, however—putting action behind words, T-Mobile has an offer for anyone who is interested in buying a fancy new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL handset. If you are willing to jump ship and port your number over to T-Mobile, the so-called Un-carrier will give you $325 back on a new generation Pixel phone. With the Pixel 2 starting at $649 (64GB model), that works out to up to a 50 percent discount. To qualify, you have to trade in a phone and switch at least one voice line. You also have to purchase an unlocked Pixel device on your own, since Google firm chose Verizon... Read more...
Choice is a good thing, though anyone who has ever wanted a rugged version of Samsung's Galaxy phones (dubbed "Active") would have to receive wireless service from AT&T. That is because Samsung's rugged variants have always been exclusive to AT&T (save for the Galaxy S5 Sport in 2014, essentially a rebranded Galaxy S5 Active for Sprint). That includes the newest Galaxy S8 Active, though perhaps not for long—T-Mobile may be getting its wireless claws on it.Marketing materials that have not yet been released suggest that T-Mobile will carry a Galaxy S8 Active phone with the model number SM-G892T. AT&T's model is nearly the same, except it has an "A" at the end (SM-G892TA). T-Mobile's... Read more...
T-Mobile boss John Legere is in full celebration mode over the recent announcement that its One unlimited data plans now come with free access to Netflix, the online streaming juggernaut, but give it some time and we imagine he will be tweeting about the least broadband test results from Speedtest as well. Why is that? According to Speedtest, T-Mobile is the fastest mobile carrier in the nation. The finding is based on Speetest intelligence data captured during the first half of 2017. In that time, nearly 3 million unique mobile devices were used to perform over 14 million cellular network tests by consumers, giving Speedtest a relatively large sample size to analyze. As a whole, the data revealed... Read more...
T-Mobile isn't messing around, it wants to be the biggest carrier in the U.S. and it is working hard to make that a reality. The third-place wireless carrier has promised to roll out a nationwide 5G network by 2020, and positively cleaned up at the FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction held earlier this year. T-Mobile dropped $8 billion in its spectrum bid to buy 45 percent of all available 600 MHz spectrum that the FCC was selling off, giving it the largest chunk of spectrum sold at auction by far. The catch for now is that in some urban areas around the country that spectrum is still in use by television broadcasts. For now, T-Mobile is starting the rollout of its 600 MHz network in rural America where... Read more...
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