T-Mobile previously revealed that it plans to offer HTC’s latest flagship smartphone later this year, however it is the only U.S. carrier that has yet to announce a launch date. The HTC One will be available from AT&T and Sprint for $199 on April 19th, and while earlier rumors suggested that T-Mobile’s version would be released on the same day, a new leak hints otherwise. According to internal documents published by TmoNews, the HTC One will reportedly arrive in select stores on April 24th. Similar to the initial release of the Galaxy S III, it would appear that not all T-Mobile stores will be carrying the HTC One. The company previously announced that it will price high-end smartphone such as the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5 and HTC One for $99 down and $20 per mont for 24 months. The leaked images follow below. More →
Good things have come to T-Mobile customers who have had to wait for the iPhone to finally arrive at their favorite carrier. Per AllThingsD, T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert claims that the carrier had a “gangbusters” first day of iPhone 5 sales with “lines out the door… at nearly all of our almost 3,000 stores nationwide.” Sievert went on to say that the lines outside T-Mobile stores show that consumers “want the iPhone 5, and they are voting with their feet that they want it from T-Mobile.” T-Mobile is expected to get a boost from finally getting the iPhone on its network this year, with one analyst projecting that the carrier will sell around 3.4 million iPhones in 2013.
Dish Network’s (DISH) Chairman Charlie Ergen is said to have “informally approached” T-Mobile’s parent company about a possible merger deal, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company is said to be interested in a deal with the carrier so it can bundle wireless service with its satellite TV offerings. Dish’s proposal reportedly came at around the same time Deutsche Telekom was looking to sweeten its offer for MetroPCS. Deutsche Telekom is said to be considering the merger, though only after the deal with MetroPCS is complete and after verifying that Dish won’t subsequently pursue a similar deal with Sprint (S).
Deutsche Telekom’s latest effort to sweeten its offer to MetroPCS (PCS) shareholders has apparently done the trick as Bloomberg reports that MetroPCS’s biggest shareholder has now tentatively come out in favor of its merger with T-Mobile. Paulson & Co., the hedge fund founded by famous investor John Paulson, said on Thursday that it “intends to vote for the merger as restructured” now that Deutsche Telekom has upped its offer, although the firm said it still needs “to review the revised proxy statement before making a final decision.” With Paulson likely to drop opposition to the acquisition, though, it seems that the final hurdle to MetroPCS and T-Mobile merging is about to be cleared.
T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom is reportedly preparing an improved bid for MetroPCS in order to help ensure that the merger proposed earlier this year is approved by shareholders, The Wall Street Journal reports. MetroPCS shareholders were recently advised to vote against the original offer by Institutional Shareholder Services, and DT’s improved bid would be a response to that and other opposition. The initial deal offered approximately $4 per share and a 26% stake in the merged company, and the revised offer could reportedly be announced as soon as Wednesday.
Watch out, rival carriers: T-Mobile has its eyes on your iPhone subscribers. The so-called “un-carrier” on Wednesday announced that it would give new customers an iPhone 5 for $0 down if they trade in their iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models. The iPhone 5 won’t be completely free, however, because customers will still have to pay monthly charges over a two-year period to pay off the cost of the device. That said, iPhone users who switch from other carriers will still be getting an iPhone 5 for $99 less than current T-Mobile subscribers who want to buy the device and for $199 less than what they’d pay on other carriers. T-Mobile’s full press release is posted below. More →
T-Mobile on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of the budget-friendly Nokia (NOK) Lumia 521 smartphone. The low-end device is equipped with a 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The handset also includes 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity and the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The Lumia 521 is scheduled to be released in May and will be available in Walmart (WMT), T-Mobile and Microsoft (MSFT) retail stores. Pricing information was not announced, although Nokia previously said that the device will cost around $180 without carrier subsidies.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s attempted populist revolt against the major wireless carriers has apparently sparked some consumer interest. In an interview with CNET, T-Mobile executive David Carey claims that “traffic was up in all of the stores he visited after the carrier made its switch [to ditching wireless contracts] late last month and announced the changes during a high-profile event in New York.” T-Mobile in March announced that it was abandoning contracts for its wireless plans and would give customers the option to either buy new smartphones at full price or to buy them for $99 up front followed by a series of $20 payments over the span of two years. Early estimates have shown that the carrier’s new plans could be big money savers for individual subscribers.
T-Mobile made its customers who use unlocked iPhone 5s happy today by rolling out a new carrier update that gives their devices access to T-Mobile’s LTE network. Per TmoNews, the new update promises to improve battery life on unlocked iPhones while also delivering Visual Voicemail, a 4G network indicator, access to T-Mobile’s AWS LTE network band and access to HD Voice services. While LTE access for unlocked iPhone 5 customers is certainly welcome, they should know that T-Mobile’s LTE network is only live in seven markets right now, so they’ll still likely have to rely on the carrier’s HSPA+ services even after installing the new update.
It took nearly six years but T-Mobile has finally managed to add Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone to its smartphone lineup. Beginning on Friday, T-Mobile subscribers can preorder the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 on T-Mobile’s website. With the carrier’s new no-contract policy, the iPhone 5 starts at $579.99 for the 16GB model, which can be paid up front or as a $99 down payment plus 24 monthly installments of $20. The iPhone 4S can be had for $69.99 up front and 24 payments of $20 per month, and the iPhone 4 costs $14.99 up front plus $15 per month for 24 months. T-Mobile notes that the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are only available in select markets, while the iPhone 5 is available nationwide.
T-Mobile on Thursday reported its subscriber figures for the first quarter of 2013, when it managed to grow its branded subscriber base for the first time in four years. The nation’s No.4 carrier added 579,000 net new customers in Q1, 3,000 of which were branded customers. In the same quarter last year, T-Mobile lost 349,000 net subscribers. The carrier’s postpaid subscriber count still dropped by 199,000 last quarter, though that figure represents a significant improvement compared to the 510,000 net postpaid customers T-Mobile shed in the first quarter last year. The carrier’s full press release follows below. More →
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has shown he can trash-talk, but he may soon have to show that he can sweet-talk as well. Per Bloomberg, New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin says that T-Mobile and MetroPCS (PCS) right now “don’t have enough votes” among MetroPCS shareholders to get their proposed merger approved. The merger’s prospects are apparently so bad right now that Chaplin says T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom “would be crazy to let it go to a vote” and that it will have to “sweeten” its offer if it hopes to win shareholder approval. MetroPCS shareholders are scheduled to vote on the proposed merger at a special meeting on April 12th.
If you’re a T-Mobile subscriber who’s been accessing the carrier’s HSPA+ network with an unlocked iPhone 5, don’t worry about having to buy a whole new device to use its recently launched LTE network. TmoNews reports that T-Mobile will push out an update to its unlocked iPhone 5 subscribers on April 5th that will give the device access to the AWS spectrum bands used for T-Mobile’s LTE services. Of course, since T-Mobile’s LTE network is only live in seven markets right now, you’ll probably still be relying on HSPA+ connectivity even after installing the update this week. TmoNews also says that the update will also give unlocked iPhone 5 users access to Visual Voicemail “among other features.”