T-Mobile One Plus

After killing data plans just 2 weeks ago, T-Mobile already introduced a new data plan

By on August 29, 2016 at 8:51 AM.

After killing data plans just 2 weeks ago, T-Mobile already introduced a new data plan

There’s absolutely no question that T-Mobile has singlehandedly reshaped the wireless landscape in the United States over the past few years. Led by its outspoken CEO John Legere, the scrappy carrier has introduced a string of new initiatives that have left its larger rivals chasing it to compete. Is it working? T-Mobile is outgrowing all of its rivals, having even blown past Sprint recently to become the third-largest wireless carrier in America.

Of course, there have been a few bumps along the road for T-Mobile, and its most recent one came just under two weeks ago when the carrier announced that it was killing off data plans by offering all users unlimited data with the new T-Mobile One plan. While the new plan is certainly a great deal for some subscribers, others complained that it would make their service far more expensive. What’s more, many were troubled by missing features and pricey add-ons.

So, despite having killed off data plans just two weeks ago, T-Mobile on Monday introduced a brand new data plan called T-Mobile One Plus. More →

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Sprint's Unlimited Plan

Sprint proves it doesn’t understand what ‘unlimited’ means

By on August 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Sprint proves it doesn’t understand what ‘unlimited’ means

Sprint and T-Mobile both recently released unlimited data plans that aren’t actually unlimited — you can use a whole bunch of data, but you are limited to streaming SD-quality video and slow speeds for gaming. As part of a new plan that Sprint is offering you can now pay $20 a month more to stream video in full HD and game faster.

This plan is called Unlimited Freedom Premium, which pretty much goes to show that Sprint didn’t understand the meaning of the word “Unlimited” in the first place.

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Sprint and T-Mobile's Unlimited Data Plan

Watch Sprint’s CEO try to carefully avoid saying ‘we throttle video’

By on August 19, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Watch Sprint’s CEO try to carefully avoid saying ‘we throttle video’

Yesterday, T-Mobile launched a brand-new set of unlimited* data plans. At right about the same time, Sprint also announced a set of very similar data plans, and claimed that T-Mobile had “basically copied” Sprint’s plans.

Because this is business in the era of Trump, both CEOs then went on a mission to trash-talk each other. This resulted in Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure doing a spot on CNBC where he addressed T-Mobile’s claims. But as part of the segment, Claure also answered questions about the limits on Sprint’s data plans. What you’re about to see is some of the most creative use of technical buzzwords to basically lie that I’ve seen in a while.

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 12

T-Mobile kills data plans and goes all in on unlimited data

By on August 18, 2016 at 9:08 AM.

T-Mobile kills data plans and goes all in on unlimited data

T-Mobile sent notices to the media on Wednesday letting us know that a big announcement was coming on Thursday morning, and the buildup continued all day as T-Mobile executives teased a “big secret” that would be “huge.” T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere have a tendency to make every upcoming announcement sound as though it’s going to be a game-changer, though to the company’s credit, several of its past “Un-carrier” initiatives have indeed been game-changers.

Thursday’s news comes just one day after AT&T announced a shakeup that would see it do away with service overages on its new plans. Not having to worry about overages will be a weight off of many people’s chests, though there is a downside: Instead of being changed for excess data, AT&T will now throttle subscribers to 2G speeds when they’ve hit their data limit in a billing period.

Can T-Mobile top AT&T’s big news from Wednesday? It’s time to find out. More →

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HTC 10 T-Mobile

It’s getting pretty embarrassing to not be Apple and Samsung

By on August 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM.

It’s getting pretty embarrassing to not be Apple and Samsung

If your company isn’t named Samsung or Apple, the smartphone market is a difficult place to be in the United States. The two companies combine to own more than half of the US smartphone market. More importantly, they pull in just about all of the industry’s profit. LG has done the best job in the recent past of competing with Apple and Samsung in the US, but no other company has managed to build market share that even reaches into the double digits. And the saddest story likely continues to be HTC, which briefly sat atop the US smartphone market at one point but has since struggled to stay afloat thanks to competition from Apple and Samsung at the top, and China-based smartphone makers at the bottom.

HTC has been struggling for years, but the company’s most embarrassing moment wouldn’t come until this week. More →

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Best Cell Phone Service 2016

T-Mobile isn’t the best wireless network, according to the people

By on July 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

T-Mobile isn’t the best wireless network, according to the people

T-Mobile has the cheapest prices and best perks in the industry, and certainly the most sweary executive. But for one of the things that matters most to customers — good customer care — AT&T actually pips the “Uncarrier” to the flag.

The latest edition of the J.D. Power satisfaction survey ranks AT&T as the network with the best overall customer care experience. T-Mobile finishes second, with Verizon and Sprint rounding out the best of the rest.

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T-Mobile Binge On List

T-Mobile is adding Apple Music, ABC and Dish to its unlimited Binge On service

By on July 26, 2016 at 2:55 PM.

T-Mobile is adding Apple Music, ABC and Dish to its unlimited Binge On service

T-Mobile’s Binge On is a convenient loophole that lets customers stream music and video from a long list of providers without it counting against their 4G data limit. The more services that participate in Binge On, the better, so the news that Apple Music, ABC, Disney and a host of other providers are joining today is particularly good.

The announcement today brings the list of participating services up to 100. It’s gone from being a select group of video and music services to a who’s who of online video and music.

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T-Mobile Free Data for Brazil

T-Mobile is giving free data and calls to customers in Brazil for the Olympics

By on July 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

T-Mobile is giving free data and calls to customers in Brazil for the Olympics

Downside of going to Rio for the Olympics: you might get Zika. Plus side of going to Rio (at least if you’re a T-Mobile customer): free data for the duration of the games.

The carrier-that-isn’t-a-carrier announced on Thursday that any customers heading to Rio for the Olympics will get free data, free calls back to the US, and free worldwide texting. Given that you can pick up a pre-paid SIM for less than my monthly plan, might be worth buying if you’re heading to Rio this August.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 Deal

It looks like T-Mobile will be the best place to buy a Galaxy Note 7

By on July 20, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

It looks like T-Mobile will be the best place to buy a Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 is almost upon us, with preorders rumored to start immediately after the phone’s August 2nd announcement. While carriers are yet to reveal their Galaxy Note 7 pricing, obviously, a new rumor says that T-Mobile will have a hot offer on hand: A buy-one-get-one promotion for Samsung’s upcoming flagship phablet. More →

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T-Mobile Tuesdays: Free Data

T-Mobile is giving free unlimited data for Pokemon Go

By on July 14, 2016 at 3:47 PM.

T-Mobile is giving free unlimited data for Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is addictive fun, but a downside to wandering around with your smartphone out is that it can run through your data plan quite quickly. In a masterpiece of marketing, T-Mobile is fixing the problem by giving all customers free, unlimited data for Pokemon Go for the next year.

The free data comes as part of a special T-Mobile Tuesday, which will see the network giving away a bunch of free stuff to its customer, including Lyft rides, cheap battery packs and a Frosty.

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T-Mobile Binge On Study

T-Mobile’s Binge On is misleading users, study finds

By on June 21, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

T-Mobile’s Binge On is misleading users, study finds

For the past few years, T-Mobile has been making waves with its ‘Un-carrier’ campaign, successfully separating itself from other carriers while shaking up the entire industry in the process.

Quite possibly the biggest Un-carrier move to date was the debut of Binge On, which allows users to stream videos from certain services over their mobile devices, without it counting toward their monthly data allotment.

Unfortunately, despite the appearance of a great offer, Binge On has struggled with bad publicity since its inception, and now a new study from Northeastern University is bringing to light even more issues with the incentive.

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T-Mobile Tuesdays Dominos

T-Mobile gave away so much free pizza it broke Domino’s

By on June 16, 2016 at 1:06 PM.

T-Mobile gave away so much free pizza it broke Domino’s

T-Mobile Tuesdays is a brand-new freebie program that the company unveiled last week amid much fanfare and swearing. It’s a simple idea: every week, T-Mobile customers get freebies, like free movie tickets or a free pizza.

Only, it appears that so many people wanted free Domino’s — even on a Tuesday night — that it overwhelmed the world’s largest pizza chain. Oops.

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T-Mobile Tuesdays Rewards

T-Mobile is giving away tons of free stuff, here’s how to get it

By on June 6, 2016 at 1:40 PM.

T-Mobile is giving away tons of free stuff, here’s how to get it

T-Mobile is known for doing things a little differently to other carriers, and its rewards program is much the same. T-Mobile CEO John Legere just announced that the company will give all customers a weekly gift, one share of stock, and free in-flight Wi-Fi.

Life looks pretty good on the Uncarrier train right now.

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