If you’re ordering an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus online for the coming holiday season, you really shouldn’t order it through your wireless carrier, especially if that carrier is T-Mobile. Business Insider’s Steve Kovach learned this lesson the hard way when he ordered an iPhone 6 Plus through the “Un-carrier” and got a notice over the weekend informing him that the device might not ship until December 28th, or around two months after he placed his order. More →
T-Mobile may be one the first U.S. mobile operators to carry the Nexus 6, as the company is supposed to launch the handset later this week, according to recent reports. However, Android Police reveals that initial inventory will be limited, on par with the initial Google Play Store and Motorola launches, and customers might not be able to find a Nexus 6 to test, and potentially buy, in certain T-Mobile locations. More →
T-Mobile’s extravagant and highly boisterous CEO John Legere on Monday made an appearance on stage during Re/code‘s Code/Mobile conference, where he talked about various T-Mobile-related things including the carrier’s financial results for the last quarter, the “Uncarrier” strategy and how competitors deal with it, but also the iPhone, and specifically the iPhone 6. More →
As we’ve said before, more intense competition in the wireless world is great for consumers but not-so-great for carriers’ bottom lines. T-Mobile, which has been at the forefront of America’s newly competitive wireless market, reported adding 1.38 million postpaid subscribers and 410,000 prepaid subscribers, which easily topped the 785,000 postpaid subscribers that AT&T added over the same quarter but was slightly behind the 1.5 million postpaid subscribers that Verizon added. The company also raised its projected for total postpaid subscribers added this year from 4.3 million to 4.7 million. More →
T-Mobile has done a lot to improve its network over the past couple of years, but even the scrappy “Un-carrier” has admitted that it would not be able to match the network quality of AT&T and Verizon unless it gets access to more low-frequency spectrum, which propagates better than high-frequency spectrum and more easily penetrates buildings. Because of this, both T-Mobile and Sprint must be disheartened to learn that the Federal Communications Commission has delayed a key spectrum auction that could have given both carriers a major shot in the arm. More →
The sudden success of T-Mobile has been impressive. With an energetic CEO and some of the most competitive pricing in the industry, the “Un-carrier” has made a big splash, convincing thousands of smartphone owners to drop their plans and make the switch. There’s only one problem: T-Mobile’s coverage still doesn’t match up with that of Verizon and AT&T.
John Legere might literally be the first — and likely last — American telecom CEO to have his own personality cult. Research firm Comlinkdata has analyzed 2.7 million of social media messages posted on Twitter for the past three years of people who said that they were switching to a rival carrier and found that “John Legere” was one of the more commonly cited reasons for people switching from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. More →
Is the “Un-carrier” unsellable? Bloomberg reports that French carrier Illiad has now given up its bid to buy T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom, thus making it the second carrier to fail at acquiring the scrappy mobile operator this year. Apparently Illiad decided to withdraw its bid after upping its offer to $36 per share to acquire 67% of the company, which was a boost from the $33 per share it offered to acquire 56.6% of the company this past summer. Despite this higher offer, Deutsche Telekom apparently remained uninterested in the proposal. More →
Surprise: T-Mobile CEO John Legere doesn’t want to give you reasons to not buy an iPhone 6 Plus on his network. Per CNET, Legere told the GeekWire Summit over the weekend that claims about the iPhone 6 Plus bending easily were complete “horse s—” and added that customers could happily buy the iPhone 6 Plus without worrying about it getting deformed. More →
What if, with a comparatively minuscule investment, a wireless carrier could increase its network coverage dramatically without building a single new cell tower or working out any new licensing deals? It might sound impossible, but T-Mobile did exactly that last week when it announced plans to “unleash” Wi-Fi.
The company’s “Un-carrier 7.0” event was quite entertaining, as all events led by T-Mobile CEO John Legere are. But this is about much more than entertainment. In an industry dominated by risk-averse giants that are perceived as anything but consumer friendly, T-Mobile is forcing change that, for the most part, benefits subscribers as much as it benefits the company’s bottom line.
And T-Mobile’s latest big Un-carrier move fits that mold perfectly. More →
The seventh chapter of T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” story is unfolding live right now in San Francisco, where CEO John Legere is hosting a press conference to discuss the carrier’s next big disruption. This time around, T-Mobile’s big announcement is a three-pronged attack on stragglers who still think its network is inferior and refuse to take an iPhone 5s for a free test drive. And in doing so, T-Mobile is once again offering its subscribers several benefits that rival carriers simply can’t match.