Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen both AT&T and Verizon get into hot water for slowing down customers’ data speeds despite the fact that they had signed up for “unlimited” data plans. However, it looks like T-Mobile is now also slowing down its own customers who have “unlimited” LTE data plans in some situations, although the carrier insists that what it’s doing is different from straight-up throttling.
There is no doubt that T-Mobile has had an incredible run of success over the last year and a half. However, there’s some real question about who T-Mobile’s success has been hurting the most — for while the “Uncarrier” loves to portray itself as the scourge of Verizon and AT&T, those two mega-carriers have not been losing subscribers or hemorrhaging money. Instead, it seems that T-Mobile’s gains have come at the expense of smaller prepaid wireless carriers. More →
T-Mobile kept its word and started shipping Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge units earlier than competitors, offering customers who preordered the handsets the chance of using them way ahead of the April 10th official release date. However, many T-Mobile subscribers revealed on xda-developers forums that the Galaxy S6 edge units they received had various quality issues related to the display. More →
T-Mobile’s network has made some big improvements over the past couple of years but there are still a lot of places where its coverage is subpar. That said, the “Un-carrier” seems confident enough that it will keep improving that it’s letting users access a new coverage map that offers detailed information about where its network is strong and where it’s still weak. More →
After teasing its special Netflix offer for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers the other day, T-Mobile on Thursday revealed pricing details for the two new Samsung handsets. In typical “uncarrier” fashion, T-Mobile says that “will not only send you the new Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge before it launches,” but it will “even cover every penny of your old phone payments and your ETFs when you switch to the Un-carrier.” More →
T-Mobile has spent the last couple of years laying siege to AT&T and Verizon’s hold on the wireless industry and the results speak for themselves. Since 2012, T-Mobile has gone from having 33 million wireless customers to having 55 million wireless customers. Even more importantly, it’s blazed a trail of new initiatives such as early smartphone upgrade options and rollover data plans that competitors have quickly scrambled to emulate. On Wednesday, T-Mobile revealed its ambitious plan to beat Verizon and AT&T in the business world with a new program targeted right at small business users. More →
T-Mobile made waves when it first began pushing its “Un-carrier” initiatives, and its outspoken CEO helped get the carrier tons of publicity. Beyond the constant jabs at rival carriers, foul language and showmanship, however, T-Mobile’s new moves actually were doing a good job of addressing pain points among wireless subscribers in the United States. As a result, the carrier has enjoyed phenomenal subscriber growth in recent quarters.
Now, it’s time to see what T-Mobile has in store for us next. More →
T-Mobile’s mobile network — and in particular its coverage in non-urban areas — remains its biggest weakness. That said, T-Mobile’s strategy right now seems to be to concentrate on improving its mobile data network in urban areas where it’s shown huge improvements over the past couple of years. T-Mobile’s aggressive “Un-carrier” moves have also forced rivals to play defense by making similar moves of their own and new analysis from BTIG Research suggests that this is taking a particularly big toll on AT&T. More →
It appears that Samsung isn’t the only company eager to launch the next-gen Galaxy S models, even though the South Korean Android device maker keeps teasing the new Galaxy S6 smartphones in video teasers and blog posts. One of Samsung’s carrier partners has decided to put up an official Galaxy S6 page on its website and show the handset, or at least part of it, in a press image that’s much more clear than any previous teaser. More →
One of the more pernicious ideas that’s popped up in recent years is that spectrum auctions’ main goal should be to maximize revenue for the government, which inevitably means selling off our airwaves to whoever shells out the most cash. This gets it completely backward, however: The point of spectrum auctions should be to maximize the public good. More →
After teasing us with a preliminary earnings estimate in January, T-Mobile on Thursday released its final earnings report on the fourth quarter of 2014 that also contained its full-year earnings for all of 2014. The “Un-carrier” had a blowout year last year and added subscribers at an astonishing pace. Below we’ve posted the most important numbers from T-Mobile’s final 2014 earnings report. More →
Last week, legislation from the U.S. government requiring carriers to unlock their customers’ phones went into effect. There are still some restrictions, but unlocking your phone should be easier than ever before. Unfortunately, only one of the four major carriers is actually abiding by all of the requirements a week after the new rules were set in place. More →