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It's been a rather eventful year for T-Mobile with the departure of its highly-excitable former CEO John Legere and the acquisition of 4th place wireless carrier Sprint. T-Mobile is now claiming that it is the #2 wireless carrier in the United States. This declaration comes after T-Mobile completed its acquisition of Sprint in April, and added those wireless subscribers to its tally. The additions from Sprint had the biggest impact on T-Mobile's Q2 2020 performance, but the company also claims it experienced strong consumer growth as well to drive its numbers upward. In the end, T-Mobile closed out the quarter with 98.3 million customers versus AT&T's claimed 92.9 million customers... Read more...
T-Mobile, America’s third-largest wireless carrier, is flexing its muscles when it comes to 5G connectivity. Last month, the company announced its latest Un-carrier initiative which gets customers 4 lines of unlimited 5G data for a reasonable $100 per month. Today, T-Mobile is doubling down with the announcement that it has launched the world’s first nationwide standalone 5G network. Now, we all know that there are numerous 5G networks that are already up and running around the globe, including from T-Mobile’s domestic rivals AT&T and Verizon.  So, what’s up with T-Mobile’s latest 5G claim? Well, with the rest of the nationwide 5G... Read more...
T-Mobile has confirmed that beginning in January 2021, it will require all devices on its network to be VoLTE capable. T-Mobile issued a statement that it's trying to reduce the impact of the change to new customers and won't be activating new devices on its network after August 4 that lack VoLTE compatibility. It still puzzling, however, that T-Mobile would confirm that the devices won't work with its network within six months and continue to activate those devices. T-Mobile isn't currently selling devices that lack VoLTE support to new customers and this policy refers to users who bring their own paid-for devices to its network. The carrier says that the change will benefit customers by... Read more...
T-Mobile is going for the jugular in the wireless market as the newly-invigorated third-place U.S. wireless carrier (thanks to its acquisition of Sprint). To further turn up the heat on Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the company has announced its latest Un-carrier initiative, which it says will help save customers $1,000 or more pear year compared to its rivals. Starting Friday, T-Mobile will be offering four lines of unlimited service at $25/month ($100) with the T-Mobile Essentials plan. If you need more than four lines, you can add up to two additional at $20 each per month. To get the discounted pricing, you'll of course have to sign up for AutoPay, which seems like a no-brainer... Read more...
Having completed its merger with Sprint just a couple of months ago, T-Mobile is looking ahead to bigger and better things as it continues to challenge front runners Verizon and AT&T. Sometimes there are bumps in the road. T-Mobile ran into one this week when it experienced a nationwide outage, which prompted "hundreds of engineers" to work "tirelessly alongside vendors and partners" to resolve the issue. So, what happened? T-Mobile president Neville Ray offered up a partial explanation in the aftermath of the outage, blaming the incident on a third-party "fiber circuit failure." There are redundancies in place to prevent network issues like the ones many T-Mobile customers experienced, but... Read more...
The first thing that anyone wanting a new smartphone looks for is deals and discounts. No one wants to pay full price for phones as expensive as flagship devices are these days. The good news is most flagship smartphones are available at various carriers with discounts. Samsung's Galaxy S20 5G smartphone family (our full GS20 Ultra review) is discounted at several retailers, including T-Mobile. T-Mobile has announced that it is giving discounts of up to $500 on the Galaxy S20 5G line, including the Galaxy S20 5G, S20 5G+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G when customers switch carriers. The rules to qualify for the $500 discount are straightforward and include joining T-Mobile with an eligible... Read more...
OnePlus announced its new 8-Series smartphones earlier this month, and they look quite compelling from the images we’ve seen and the specs on paper. Although you'll have to wait for our full review for overall impressions on the devices, those that want to jump feet first into the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro can do so starting on Wednesday morning. T-Mobile in particular has announced a rather hot deal on the OnePlus 8, which has an MSRP of $699 for an 8GB/128GB configuration, or $799 for the 12GB/256GB configuration. The wireless carrier will sell the OnePlus 8 for half-off ($349) if you add a line or trade in an eligible smartphone. What’s even better is that T-Mobile... Read more...
After a few false starts over the years, T-Mobile has finally completed its merger with Sprint. Sprint was the fourth place U.S. wireless carrier, with T-Mobile sitting in the third-place position. As a combined company -- which will simply be called T-Mobile -- it will remain in third place behind Verizon Wireless and AT&T in total subscriber numbers. With the announcement that the merger has been completed, enthusiastic (and often times foul-mouthed) CEO John Legere is stepping down. This executive change was first announced last year, so we knew it was coming. What was unexpected, however, was that the transition would happen a month early. It was previously stated that... Read more...
2020 is shaping up to be the year of the 5G smartphone. Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, nearly every flagship smartphone launching this year with have 5G capabilities. Even new mid-range smartphones have the opportunity for some 5G lovin' thanks to the Snapdragon 765/765G. With this in mind, T-Mobile is rolling out a new low-cost 5G plan for smartphones that will surely get your attention due to its price. T-Mobile Connect, which is launching this week earlier than T-Mobile had previously announced, will cost just $15 per month. For that price, you'll receive unlimited talk and text and just 2GB of high-speed 5G data. The paltry 2GB data cap is giving us a bit... Read more...
While 5G coverage certainly isn't widely available from major carriers around the United States today, many people looking to upgrade to a new smartphone want one that is 5G compatible. One of the most recent 5G-compatible smartphones that has been announced is the LG V60 ThinQ 5G with dual screens. This isn't a folding screen smartphone like the Galaxy Fold or Motorola Razer. Instead, it has two separate screens on each side of a smartphone that opens like a book (when using the Dual Screen accessory). Three of the four major carriers have announced that they will be selling the LG V60 ThinQ 5G. On AT&T, the device will be available starting on March 20, and will be offered for... Read more...
T-Mobile has announced its plans for dealing with the coronavirus for communities across the country. The mobile carrier says that it understands customers rely on its network to stay connected with family, loved ones, and service providers. The carrier says that keeping its customers connected and employees safe and healthy are its highest priorities. T-Mobile says that its network is currently fully operational and functioning at 100 percent reliability. It has Network Operations Centers that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week monitoring network traffic, including 911 calls. It also has a "widespread technician workforce" that can rapidly respond to issues. T-Mobile says that the vast... Read more...
T-Mobile is giving away five free Samsung Galaxy S20 5G smartphones via a promotional contest that it's running starting on March 10th and ending on March 16th. To participate in the contest doesn't require users to make a purchase, but entrants do have to have internet access, a valid email address, and a valid phone number. While the contest is part of the T-Mobile Tuesdays, entrants don't have to have the app for T-Mobile Tuesdays installed. Participants can enter the contest using the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, or by visiting the T-Mobile Tuesdays website if you are a T-Mobile customer. Those who aren't T-Mobile customers can participate in sweepstakes but must use what T-Mobile calls the AMOE... Read more...
A little over a week ago, Samsung went official at its Unpacked event with the Galaxy S20 range of smartphones. Samsung also promised at the time that preorders would kick off on February 21, which is today. Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T are all talking about some of their special deals offered to lure customers into buying the smartphones on their service. For Galaxy S20 fans who prefer T-Mobile as their carrier, it is offering up to $500 back with a qualifying trade-in on the purchase price of Samsung's latest smartphones. Buyers will be able to get that full $500 trade-in if their trade device is an Apple iPhone down to the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 or newer, Google Pixel 3 family or 4... Read more...
Sprint and T-Mobile have been trying to merge on and off for years. The latest effort kicked off in 2019 and some states have been fighting against the merger in court. Today, U.S. District court Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of allowing Sprint and T-Mobile to merge despite objections by state attorneys general from California, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Opponents of the merger -- which was initially approved by the Department of Justice in July 2019 -- argued that the merger would lead to higher prices, particularly for those who use prepaid... Read more...
The 5G revolution has begun, and America's big wireless carriers are all jockeying for position to tout their initial efforts. T-Mobile is hoping to get a leg-up on the competition with today's announcement that its nationwide 5G network is now operational a few days ahead of schedule. While AT&T and Verizon are both using mmWave technology, which only provides spotty coverage outdoors when close to a transmitter, T-Mobile is using its 600MHz spectrum to deliver 5G coverage. As a result, T-Mobile can cover more people at greater distances. T-Mobile's 5G speeds at this point, however, are closer to that of 4G LTE than the 1Gbps transfers that you can see in optimal conditions... Read more...
John Legere and T-Mobile seem almost inseparable. While Legere was an AT&T exec prior to his arrival at T-Mobile to take over the CEO role, he has made a lasting impression on the industry during his time with Big Magenta. Now, Legere's time at the helm of T-Mobile will come to an end next year according to a press release issued this morning. Legere's contract ends on April 30th, 2020, and it will not be renewed. As a result, current Chief Operating Officer Mike Sievert will take on the role as CEO starting on May 1st, 2020. “John taught everyone at T-Mobile that if you listen to customers and empower employees, you can change a culture – and by doing so – change a company... Read more...
T-Mobile has announced it will launch its nationwide 5G network, which it will use to "do good" around the country. The big announcement is that T-Mobile will light up its 5G nationwide network on December 6, laying the foundation for the massive network that will have the capacity to deliver what it calls "breakthrough connectivity" to millions. That last bit relies on the closing of its merger with Sprint as planned in 2020. T-Mobile says that the combined T-Mobile and Sprint will be a "supercharged Un-carrier" that is bigger and better with plans to use 5G for good. The merged Sprint and T-Mobile is being called the New T-Mobile, and it is outlining three new initiatives focused on using 5G... Read more...
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all teamed up on a new cross-platform messaging initiative called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI). CCMI is a next-gen messaging service that will be available to consumers and businesses. It's based on GSMA's Rich Communications Service (RCS) industry standard and will allow an "engaging" way for people to interact with businesses and each other. The wireless carriers note the CCMI joint venture is working to develop and deploy the standards-based, interoperable messaging service starting with Android. The service is expected to deploy with Android devices in 2020, and CCMI promises to: Drive a robust business-to-consumer messaging ecosystem... Read more...
T-Mobile has some good news for fans of the OnePlus line of smartphones. The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren is coming to the United States as a T-Mobile exclusive and will take advantage of the carrier’s 5G network. T-Mobile promises that its 5G network will cover 200 million people around the nation this year, and the rollout of the 5G network is ahead of schedule according to the Un-carrier. The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren is one of two phones launching on the network that will be able to tap into the 5G on 600 MHz spectrum. The launch for the smartphone on the T-Mobile network is a surprise, ad it wasn't expected to come Stateside when it was announced earlier this month. The specifications... Read more...
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...
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