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Have you been on the ropes about trying third-place wireless carrier T-Mobile's wireless network, but didn't want to go through the hassle of switching phones, changing numbers, or signing a new contract? Well, T-Mobile has relaunched an initiative that will let you dip your toes into magenta waters with a 30-day "Test Drive". T-Mobile is trying to show off its new 600MHz low-band spectrum, and as a result, you can sign up to receive a 4G LTE hotspot free of charge to use for up to 30 days. With 600MHz spectrum, T-Mobile says that signals travel twice as far compared to mid-range alternatives, while coverage in buildings provides up to a 4x uplift. According to T-Mobile, its customers in... Read more...
We all know that wireless carriers throttle data. After all, throttling has been commonplace ever since carriers moved from their "buckets" of data in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB sizes, for example. Once carriers started fully embracing unlimited data, they started implementing policies where they would throttle data once customers reached a certain threshold (usually around 20GB) if cell towers are overloaded. But now new research shows that carriers are throttling video streams even when customers have not reached the carrier-set threshold or when "data congestion" isn’t a serious problem on the network. This information comes from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts Amhert,... Read more...
Hot on the heels of news earlier this week that the U.S. Department of Justice was on the verge of approving the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, the news was confirmed this morning. The merger is valued at $26 billion, and will create a strengthened third-place wireless carrier to better compete with #1 Verizon and #2 AT&T. However, there are number of concessions that had to be made for the merger to obtain the DOJ's blessing. For starters, Sprint is divesting its prepaid business including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile to Dish Network, which is creating its own wireless service. Dish Network will also gain 800MHz spectrum totaling $5 billion from T-Mobile and Sprint along with... Read more...
Sprint and T-Mobile announced that they intended to merge with T-Mobile CEO John Legere leading the newly merged company last year. Today, a report is going around that the U.S. Department of Justice plans to approve the $26 billion merger between the two cellular carriers on Thursday. However, the deal will have some conditions attached to it. The big condition is that certain wireless assets must be sold to Dish. CNBC cites sources close to the matter as saying that the DOJ is requiring T-Mobile to sell its pre-paid mobile division to Dish with the satellite TV provider paying $1.4 billion in return. Dish will also pay $3.6 billion over time for spectrum assets. The sources claim that the merged... Read more...
T-Mobile is fashionably late to the 5G party, not that it really matters this early in the game. AT&T was the first to light up its mobile 5G network, and was followed closely by Verizon Wireless. Sprint joined the fray last month, and T-Mobile is now saying that it will make available its first 5G-compatible smartphone on June 28th(Friday). Like the other three major U.S. wireless carriers before it, T-Mobile will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which will be priced at a staggering $1,299 upfront. However, you can always use T-Mobile's equipment installment plan (EIP) and get the smartphone for $31.25 per month after forking over a down payment of $549.99. T-Mobile's 5G... Read more...
Amazon as a wireless carrier? It seems like an outrageous idea, but it's a move that could be in the cards according to a new report. T-Mobile and Sprint -- the third- and fourth-place U.S. wireless carriers respectively -- are looking to complete a merger that has seen some pushback from the U.S. Government. As part of the merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to offload Sprint's Boost prepaid brand; a divestiture that could bring in as much as $3 billion. Boost currently has between 7 to 8 million customers according to recent estimates. According to Reuters, Amazon reportedly wants in on the action and is looking to purchase Boost to grow its empire.... Read more...
Sprint and T-Mobile announced a little over a year ago that they would be merging into one company. However, the United States Department of Justice has a few things to say about this union before the companies can ride off into the sunset. The Department of Justice has reportedly told Sprint and T-Mobile that the government will not allow the deal to be completed as it currently stands. Last spring, Sprint and T-Mobile announced that they would merge together to provide the best 5G network possible. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure noted, “Going from 4G to 5G is like going from black and white to color TV...It’s a seismic shift-- one that only the combined company can unlock nationwide... Read more...
Samsung dazzled tech enthusiasts when it first unveiled the production version of the Galaxy Fold in late February, and now we’re getting a firm launch date for the smartphone in the United States. Third-place U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile announced this morning that the Galaxy Fold will be available on its network later this month. Interestingly, the company isn’t talking at all about pricing, trade-in deals or any other special promotions that are applicable to the Galaxy Fold, which is somewhat odd. T-Mobile is often quick to point towards its pricing advantage compared to other carriers. And given that the Galaxy Fold carries a suggested MSRP of $1,980, there’s... Read more...
Hidden fees, inconsistent pricing, abysmal customer service, and limited content have all become hallmarks of the satellite television providers. T-Mobile hopes to change this and is reportedly “one step closer to taking on Big Cable later this year”. T-Mobile plans to launch its own cable television solution, TVision Home.  TVision Home is “an upgraded, rebranded version of Layer3 TV”, which T-Mobile acquired in 2017. Layer3 TV was an internet-based TV platform and it offered 275 HD channels, DVR support with the ability to record 8 shows at once, and access to over 25,000 on demand titles. TVision Home will offer more than 150 channels, 35,000 On Demand movies,... Read more...
T-Mobile has announced something, and it's anyone's guess if it's an elaborate April Fool's prank kicking off a bit early or if it's just a hardcore troll of AT&T's 5G E service. At any rate, it's natural to be dubious of this but the T-Mobile Phone BoothE is also sort of plausible so here is what T-Mobile has to say about it. The T-Mobile Phone BoothE is "the next evolution in telecom" and will launch in New York City, Washington D.C., and in Seattle with more locations to come. The BoothE is a "vertical vestibule" that anyone around long enough to remember the days of public phone booths will recognize. Here's hoping that the BoothE aren't frequented by the sort of folks who can't... Read more...
Federal regulators are big on keeping healthy competition in the wireless marketplace and have in the past blocked mergers of major wireless carriers from happening. Last April, T-Mobile and Sprint announced that they intended to merge with T-Mobile CEO John Legere leading the combined companies. The two carriers claim that when combined they would be better able to compete against Verizon and AT&T and accelerate the rollout of 5G. The two companies have attempted twice in the past two join forces. A third attempt likely surprised some considering the previous deals were never successful. Reports claim that even if the Justice Department approves the merger this time around, states... Read more...
LG announced its new G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone back at MWC 2019, but it was largely overshadowed by its perennial South Korean rival, Samsung, which unveiled the Galaxy S10 family. With that being said, the G8 ThinQ is an incredibly powerful device that is equally deserving of your attention if you’re in the market for a flagship Android device. LG announced today that the G8 ThinQ will arrive in the United States starting on April 11th, and it will be available from all four major wireless carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. While the MSRP for the G8 ThinQ is $819.99, Verizon and Sprint will be selling the device for $840. AT&T comes in a tad bit lower... Read more...
 AT&T is already embroiled in lawsuits over its “5G Evolution” service, or 5G E, which the company claims enables speeds up to 2x faster than traditional 4G LTE on compatible devices. Competitors, however, have taken AT&T to task over this claim, and allege that 5G E is nothing more than a misleading marketing tactic designed to deceive consumers and gain a leg-up as true, next-generation 5G networks begin rolling out. A study that was just released by Opensignal seems to jibe with what AT&T's competitors have to say. AT&T’s 5G Evolution service is enabled by a handful of key upgrades to the company’s existing 4G LTE network: carrier aggregation, 4x4... Read more...
T-Mobile is doing everything in its power to ensure that its merger with Sprint passes muster with the U.S. government. The company has already announced that the two combined companies would be able to accelerate 5G network rollouts and has committed to not raise prices for three years and to keep 5G plans the same price as its current 4G LTE plans. Today, T-Mobile has announced an extremely limited pilot program that will be available to eligible U.S. households. T-Mobile Home Internet will be offered – at least initially – to 50,000 households and provides fixed, 4G LTE data to customers at speeds of up to 50Mbps. More importantly, T-Mobile says that it will offers these... Read more...
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