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T-Mobile likes to call itself the "Uncarrier," a self-imposed nickname that references its propensity to do things differently than other wireless carriers. And to T-Mobile's credit, it does march to the beat of its own drum. Where the complaints come into play is with network coverage and speed. That is something T-Mobile has been working on—just two months ago it acquired the largest chunk of 600MHz spectrum with a $7.99 billion bid, and now T-Mobile is pounding its chest over being the first national wireless provider to make LTE-U available to customers. LTE-U, or LTE-Unlicensed, is essentially a faster version of 4G LTE. It uses publicly available 5GHz airwaves—the same that are typically... Read more...
The new G6 from LG is a really good Android phone in its own right, but if you were on the fence, T-Mobile and LG have a pair of offers that you might find too good to refuse. Starting with T-Mobile, the spunky "uncarrier," as it likes to call itself, is offering the LG 6 for $20 per month for 24 months, plus a $20 down payment. That breaks down to $500, versus the phone's $650 MSRP. So right off the bat you're set to save $150 on the G6. To sweeten the pot, T-Mobile is throwing in a free LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet, which it normally sells for $240 ($10 per month for 24 months). Tablets are not as popular as they once were, but it is still a nice inclusion at no extra cost. If nothing else, you could... Read more...
T-Mobile boss John Legere has turned the hype dial to 11 after the wireless carrier won 45 percent of the low-band 600MHz spectrum the FCC put up for auction. Legere called it "possibly the biggest news ever" for T-Mobile, which invested $7.99 billion acquiring the spectrum, its largest investment to date. No other wireless carrier walked away with a larger chunk of 600MHz spectrum than T-Mobile. "These auction results are a win for everyone, especially consumers, and generated BILLIONS for broadcasters and U.S. taxpayers. Congratulations to the FCC!," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "This spectrum sets us up to bring the Un-carrier—and REAL competition—to wireless customers... Read more...
T-Mobile just changed the amount of data its customers are allowed to consume before they face potential throttling, depending on network usage. The limit now sits at 30 gigabytes per billing cycle, whereas previously T-Mobile's network management policy listed the ceiling at 28GB. Obviously that is not a ginormous change, and it still underscores the funny way that wireless carriers have of defining "unlimited." According to Merriam-Webster, the word unlimited has three definitions: lacking any controls: unrestricted / unlimited access boundless, infinite / unlimited possibilities not bounded by exceptions: undefined / the unlimited and unconditional surrender of the enemy—Sir Winston Churchill... Read more...
There are certain uncomfortable moments that trigger an awkward feeling in your belly. One of them is walking in on your parents when they're doing the horizontal mambo. While perhaps not quite on that level, it feels a little weird watching two wireless carriers go back and forth on Twitter in a feud over the erotic foreplay known as BDSM. At this point, we wish T-Mobile and Verizon would get a room already. It all started with a T-Mobile ad during the Super Bowl. The commercial is a spoof of 50 Shades of Grey featuring actress and comedian Kristen Schaal (from The Last Man On Earth and Bob's Burgers). She gets aroused while standing in front of several Verizon phones in chains while a man in... Read more...
What do you do when you are having a bad day? Do you go for a long run? Do you eat an entire carton of ice cream? How about smashing your car into a building? One Florida T-Mobile customer recently smashed their SUV through the front of a Palm Springs store because they were having a “bad day”. Shinobia Montoria Wright has been charged with aggravated battery, battery, burglary, criminal mischief over $1,000 and reckless driving. She is currently hospitalized at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis after undergoing surgery on her arms for damages she received during the crash. She has also been taken for a mental health evaluation under the Baker Act. Wright was unable to show up to her court date... Read more...
T-Mobile recently signaled the end of data plans as you know them with the introduction of a singular option (with add-ons, of course), taking jabs at Verizon in the process, and now it's claiming bragging rights over its biggest rival in network performance. Make that more bragging rights—T-Mobile says its 4G LTE network is already the fastest, and now it's even speedier thanks to the roll out of 4x4 MIMO. "Verizon loves to scream about the massive amounts of money they’ve spent on their network over the last decade. It is a staggering, mind-blowing sum of money. But, here’s something even more mind-blowing: Verizon has spent billions on their network, and it is still slower than T-Mobile, and... Read more...
T-Mobile earlier this month dealt what it hoped would be a major blow to Verizon and AT&T, the two top dogs in wireless, by eliminating data plans altogether and introducing T-Mobile One, an unlimited everything plan for one low monthly price. It generated a lot of buzz, and now T-Mobile is amping things up with faster mobile hotspot data and a One Plus, a premium connectivity add-on. To start with, T-Mobile is quadrupling the speed for mobile hotspot data on its One plan to 3G, which effectively bumps up the transfer rate from 128kbps to 512kbps. It's still unlimited, so you don't need to keep track of how much data you're consuming, it's just no longer dog slow, it's only regular slow (by... Read more...
Flowers and candy are nice sentiments for mom on Mother's Day, but once the roses wither away and the candy is consumed, what's left? T-Mobile has another idea, one that might help you atone for the guilt of not calling your mother enough, as you're reminded whenever you visit. Instead of flowers, get mom an LG G5 and score yourself a prepaid card for a free LG Gpad F 8.0 tablet. Maybe you want to keep the phone for yourself and hope your mom will appreciate a tablet. Not so sure? Then consider buying two LG G5 handsets and quit stressing over it. T-Mobile softens the financial blow by not only giving a prepaid card for a Gpad F 8.0 tablet when you purchase an LG G5 handset, it's also offering... Read more...
Following the terrorist bombings in Brussels on Tuesday that killed over 30 people and left many others injured, all four major wireless carriers in the United States—AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon— are offering customers free phone calling and text messaging services to Belgium for various periods of time. As it stands right now, Sprint is offering the longest period of free calls and texting. The wireless carrier said it will lift fees for calls and texts made from the U.S. to Belgium up through March 31. In addition, calling and texting charges for customers internationally roaming in Belgium will be waived. This applies to Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile USA, and Sprint Prepaid... Read more...
Have you ever wondered what it would to operate without a filter and just say whatever the heck it is that's on your mind? Most of us aren't afforded that luxury—bosses don't take kindly to being told their haircut looks it was done by a blind beaver—but we can live vicariously through T-Mobile CEO John Legere. If there was any lingering doubt that he's allowed to do and say pretty much whatever he wants, when it wants, it was removed when he turned his competitors' earning calls into drinking games. It started with Verizon. Just ahead of Big Red's earnings call last month, Legere brought attention to it by announcing a drinking game, one that encouraged listeners to take a swig of their beverage... Read more...
The Federal Communications Commission is looking into various wireless plans with so called zero-rating services to see if they run afoul of net neutrality legislation, including T-Mobile's popular Binge On program. In case the FCC is need of any advice on the matter, T-Mobile has a message for the agency—"tread lightly.""The commission has to tread lightly," said Kathleen Ham, Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs at T-Mobile. "And certainly more lightly than for the wired world in the wireless space — when there is so much experimentation happening, so much differentiation happening. And a lot of it customers responding to. We do have to be transparent about it. We have to make sure... Read more...
T-Mobile has been relatively quiet about its Binge On unlimited video streaming service ever since CEO John Legere stuck his foot in his mouth by dropping the F-bomb on the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Now that the dust has settled on that unsavory incident, T-Mobile is back at it again with some changes to the way Binge On can be enabled/disabled, and added some new streaming partners. Binge On allows T-Mobile customers to stream unlimited video at 480p resolution without tapping into their monthly data allotment. However, T-Mobile came under fire for making Binge On opt-out instead of opt-in. While Binge On is still unfortunately opt-out, T-Mobile is at least making it easier for customers... Read more...
All the hoopla surrounding T-Mobile's controversial Binge On program has the company's outspoken boss, John Legere, in the limelight more than usual. Drawn to defend the benefits of Binge On, both in social media and to news outlets alike, Legere is prone to lose his cool at times, and he regrets recent comments he made to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit digital rights group. EFF stands as one of the critics of Binge On. Those who oppose to the program primarily take issue with T-Mobile's wholesale downgrading of video streams to 480P or greater, which they say is throttling. Legere has repeatedly stated reasons why he believes otherwise, and in part, it's become a war... Read more...
If you're a fan of online drama, grab a bucket of popcorn and get cozy, the show has already begun. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it a showdown involving T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere versus everyone who doesn't agree with the wireless carrier's Binge On program, particularly the EFF. In case you haven't been following, T-Mobile recently rolled out a program called Binge On that allows customers who are signed up to a qualifying Simple Choice plan to download unlimited video streams without it counting against their data caps. Binge On debuted with two dozen video partners, including big names like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go, and recently announced that a bunch more... Read more...
Several Internet service providers (ISPs) have drawn the attention of the Federal Communications Commission with so-called "zero-rating" offerings, which is the practice of exempting certain services from counting against a customer's data cap. What FCC chairman Tom Wheeler wants to figure out is whether or not zero-rating services run afoul of net neutrality rules. This is a relatively new thing on the part of mobile operators. T-Mobile made waves when it introduced Binge On, which allows customers to stream an unlimited amount of video from over 20 services, including Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Crackle, and many others. The video streams are optimized to deliver DVD quality (480p) or better and... Read more...
T-Mobile, now the third largest wireless carrier in the United States (behind Verizon and AT&T), is planning a series of special promotions for the holiday season. It's called Un-carrier Unwrapped and for the next month, T-Mobile will introduce a "special gift" for customers each week, starting with three full months of unlimited high-speed 4G LTE data. The three free months of data applies to all active Simple Choice postpaid customers, including business customers. Once a qualified user blows past his or her monthly data allotment and Data Stash, they can keep going without incurring any additional fees. As for how many customers realistically will benefit from this, T-Mobile didn't provide... Read more...
T-Mobile's been on a mission to disrupt the wireless market, hence why it calls itself the un-carrier. One of the more recent and controversial initiatives to come from T-Mobile is Binge On, a program that allows that allows customers to access certain streaming services without it counting against their data caps. On the surface, that sounds like a net neutrality violation, though Federal Communication Commission Tom Wheeler says there's nothing wrong with what T-Mobile's doing.Just the opposite, Mr. Wheeler praised the program as "innovative" when a reporter asked if it raises any net neutrality red flags."It's clear in the Open Internet Order that we said we are pro-competition and pro innovation.... Read more...
T-Mobile's flagship prepaid brand, MetroPCS, is rolling out a few new updates that will help customers stay under their data cap. One of those updates is a new Music Unlimited initiative that allows customers on qualifying plans to stream all the music they want from any of 33 streaming services without it counting against their data allotment. Among the list of participants is a combination of big and lesser known services, everything from Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and Google Music to Digitally Imported, Saavn, BandCamp, and Tidal Music, to name just a few of the nearly three dozen available services. The second way MetroPCS is planning to help customers make the most of their data plans... Read more...
Satellite TV provider Dish Network is reportedly in talks with T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S., about merging. While nothing is yet imminent, the two sides have already agreed on a power structure that would have Dish chief Charlie Ergen becoming chairman and T-Mobile boss John Legere taking the reins as CEO.The bigger challenge is figuring out how much to value the deal and then breaking down the purchase price in a mix of cash and stock. T-Mobile's market capitalization sits at around $31 billion, while Dish Network, the second largest satellite TV provider in the U.S., is worth about $33 billion. It's not clear which company would be buying the other.Both T-Mobile... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a bit of an acquired taste. Think of beer -- most people either love a good bottle of suds or find it repulsive. So it goes with Legere, though no matter which side of the fence you fall on, credit the outspoken chief with shaking up the wireless industry. His latest antic? Shaming competing carriers into eliminating the practice of overage fees. More than just lip service, T-Mobile practiced what it's currently preaching a year ago when Legere announced the end of overage fees on his own network, and then followed suit with a Change.org petition to get other carriers to follow his company's lead. "Overage fees are flat out wrong," Legere stated in the petition. "Agree... Read more...
T-Mobile isn't finished disrupting the wireless industry, not by a long shot. The wireless carrier's latest trick involves coverage maps. Typically when you view a wireless carrier's coverage map, you look at the ink blots denoting 4G LTE coverage and cross your fingers the company is telling the truth. Rather than go on faith, however, T-Mobile just rolled out a next generation network map that's based on customer data. It's the industry's first crowdsourced, customer-verified network coverage map. Rather than "stubbornly" hold onto "old maps based on imperfect methods and dated technologies" like T-Mobile claims its rivals do, the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier instead is tapping... Read more...
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