Check out our picks for the best T-Mobile phones to get the most out of T-Mobile’s 4G service. Number four U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile is attempting to shake off the dust of the abandoned takeover effort from AT&T, announcing a revamped “Challenger Strategy” that is intended to make the carrier more competitive against the likes of Sprint, AT&T, and the top U.S. mobile operator, Verizon Wireless. Of course, being competitive in the mobile market these days means moving towards 4G LTE technology — and that’s exactly what T-Mobile says it’s going to do, announcing plans to begin deploying LTE services in 2013. Furthermore, T-Mobile is going to re-jigger its network, drastically cutting back services for its 2G/EDGE customers in order to boost its HSPA+ high-speed broadband offerings — and, in so doing, make its network more interoperable with AT&T. That, in turn, could pave the way toward T-Mobile eventually being able to offer … [Read more...] about T-Mobile LTE: How is that going to work?
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T-Mobile’s Smartphone Equality policy may sound like used car salesman talk, but according to CEO John Legere, it will allow millions of people to get the same great deals on smartphones that everyone with good credit gets. Now, any customer who pays their bill on time for 12 months will be eligible for all the best device price promotions T-Mobile offers.Every time carriers offer a deal like $0 with 24 monthly payments of a certain amount each month, they check the customer’s credit before the purchase can go through. Customers who have great credit scores easily get the promotions and walk out the door with a heavily discounted device in their hands. Meanwhile, those who don’t have the best credit miss out on the deals and often have to pay more money up front, or the full price.“So 1 out of every 2 people walks into a store only to find they don’t qualify, because they’re not ‘well qualified.’ How insulting is that?” Legere asks … [Read more...] about Pay your bill on time for a year, and T-Mobile will forget about the credit check
T-Mobile U.S. ended its third quarter of 2013 with roughly a million more customers than it had at the end of the preceding quarter, it announced in an earnings report on Tuesday.Included among those new customers were 648,000 branded postpaid net customers for the quarter. T-Mobile now counts 45 million people as its customer base.The carrier also reported that total revenues increased by 7.4 percent quarter-over-quarter, an increase in large part due to the inclusion of MetroPCS results for the full quarter and higher equipment revenues."T-Mobile's un-carrier approach is resonating with consumers," said John Legere, T-Mobile's president and CEO. "We added more than 1 million customers and led the industry with 643,000 branded postpaid phone additions because we are fixing the things that drive customers crazy."T-Mobile's un-carrier initiative is a series of steps the company has put in place this year, starting with an unlimited "Simple Choice" service plan that has no annual … [Read more...] about T-Mobile’s ‘Un-Carrier’ Strategy Pays Off
Come on, T-Mobile, did you really think no one would notice? CEO John Legere and his telecommunications company are known for throwing shade at competitors like Verizon and AT&T, but this time, they might have to take a taste of their own medicine. In true magician style, T-Mobile distracted customers with promises of video-streaming exemptions from data counts and doubling data offerings, all while surreptitiously raising prices. They haven’t said anything, but based on a new pricing scheme that will go live on Sunday, unlimited data plans on T-Mobile will now cost $95 a month, a pretty hefty increase of $15 over the previous price of $80 a month.If it’s a lie, it’s a lie of omission to be sure, but it does seem pretty suspect that Legere hammered home the $2.4 billion non-T-Mobile customers have paid in overages this year, as well as the $45 billion of unused data others have bought, all while staying suspiciously quiet on his own … [Read more...] about T-Mobile just raised its prices without telling anyone about it
Check out our picks for the best T-Mobile phones. Last week it was just speculation, this week it’s true: T-Mobile has launched low-cost data plans and tethering services for folks looking for value in their mobile data capabilities. T-Mobile customers now have two options for wireless data: with a two-year agreement, users can get up to 200 MB of data a month for $10, or pay-as-the-go without a contract for $15 a month for the same 200MB. An unlimited plan is still available for $30 per month.“We’re heading into this holiday season with [..] low-cost data service plans and even easier ways to give T-Mobile products as gifts, and we believe families will make the move to smartphones—enriching how they communicate in the new year,” said T-Mobile USA chief marketing officer Cole Brodman, in a statement.In addition to dat plans, T-Mobile is also offering a new tethering service plan that enables Wi-Fi devices to use a T-Mobile 3G device for Internet access. … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Debuts Low-Cost Data Plans
T-Mobile USA on Wednesday launched Mobile Money, a money management application for smartphones that is meant to be used in conjunction with a reloadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card. This card offers reduced fees and free services for registered T-Mobile wireless customers.There is no charge for activation, monthly maintenance, in-network ATM withdrawals, or for replacing lost or stolen cards. There are also no minimum balance requirements.The service supports direct deposit for paychecks and the ability to deposit checks using smartphone cameras. Consumers can use it to make retail purchases, pay bills and withdraw cash from more than 42,000 ATMs nationwide.T-Mobile clearly is addressing consumers' disgust with high banking fees with this offer."Millions of Americans pay outrageous fees to check cashers, payday lenders and other predatory businesses -- just for the right to use their own money," said John Legere, president and chief executive officer of T-Mobile.The company estimates … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Gives Customers No-fee Checking
John Chen, BlackBerry's new chief executive, lashed out at T-Mobile after it sent an email to BlackBerry users imploring them to ditch their current devices and switch to an iPhone.BlackBerry was not notified about T-Mobile's email blast beforehand, causing Chen to become "outraged" over what he dubbed a "clearly inappropriate and ill-conceived marketing promotion."Many a BlackBerry user subsequently asked if T-Mobile was halting its sale and support of BlackBerry. These questions prompted T-Mobile CEO John Legere to tweet, "BlackBerry users, I'm hearing you loud and clear. Let me work with the team and get back with you."He later tweeted that T-Mobile was indeed continuing its BlackBerry service. T-Mobile followed that with an announcement that it would be offering expedited shipping of BlackBerry devices.[Sources: BlackBerry, the Los Angeles Times] Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief and spokesperson for secret-spilling website WikiLeaks, has called on the White House to investigate … [Read more...] about TECH TREK BlackBerry CEO Miffed With T-Mobile
I chuckled when I first heard of AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile. Just days before, I had written that AT&T's movement toward phasing out unlimited data plans for the iPhone and its broadband Internet offerings was a sign that the telecommunications services that have become such an integral part of our daily lives were about to get a lot more expensive.When I wrote that, literally one week ago, I assumed it would take a while -- maybe a year or three -- before the entire industry turned to metered plans and started forcing us to make hard choices about how we consume data. But if AT&T actually does take over T-Mobile, the day when you'll want to become intimately familiar with the "check my account" feature on your smartphone may be approaching even faster than I imagined.By the way, you T-Mobile Android users, there's a free app in the Android Market that gives you an easy-to-read running tally of all of your voice and data usage. I'm a T-Mobile customer, and I currently use … [Read more...] about OPINION AT&T’s T-Mobile Plans: Who’s Looking Out for Consumers?
T-Mobile last week announced Smartphone Equality, a new credit program aimed at existing T-mobile customers with less-than-sterling credit who have paid their wireless bill on time for 12 straight months. Under the new plan, this group qualifies for the best pricing and offers on devices and tablets available to T-Mobile customers -- including those with the best credit ratings.T-Mobile positioned the offer as a pushback against the industry practice of basing such offers on the consumer's credit score."Last year, the carriers spent billions advertising deals and plans that half of Americans can't get when signing up for wireless service. That's complete BS," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "Beginning now, your relationship with us counts more than your credit score, which means absolutely everyone can get the hottest smartphones at the best prices." There is a certain logic to what T-Mobile is doing with this move, despite the apparent risk of giving expensive … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Courts Credit-Challenged Customers
T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday.OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed.T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE download speeds in the country, overtaking Verizon by a slight edge. Its expanded LTE coverage is almost identical to AT&T's coverage and is closing the gap with Verizon's coverage, according to the "State of Mobile Networks: USA" report, which was based on speed tests conducted from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31."We think the story around the OpenSignal report is just as much about our LTE coverage gains, if not more so, as our being able to remain America's fastest 4G LTE network," said Viet Nguyen, senior communications manager for corporate communications at T-Mobile.T-Mobile doubled its LTE footprint last year, adding nearly 1 million square miles of LTE and covering nearly 97 percent of … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests