T-Mobile waited until Friday afternoon last week to announce its latest “Uncarrier” move, and now it looks like we know why: Hundreds or even thousands of T-Mobile subscribers have taken to Twitter, Reddit and other online forums to voice their frustrations as T-Mobile puts an end to a program that was saving thousands of customers a substantial amount of money on their wireless bills. More →
In addition to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile will also offer subscribers the new HTC One (M8) smartphone, although they’ll have to wait until April 11th to pick up their unit from a selected store or to order it online. The company announced that it’ll sell the “stunning all-new HTC One as only the Un-carrier can,” revealing that the phone will be available for $0 down followed by 24 monthly installments of $26.50 each, amounting to a total of $636.
“Uncarrier” fans who are interested in Samsung’s latest flagship phone will now be able to preorder it for $0 down starting on March 24th. Of course, just because you’ll get the device for $0 down doesn’t mean it’s free: You’ll have to pay T-Mobile an extra $27.50 a month for the device for the next two years as part of its JUMP early upgrade plan, in addition to the standard monthly $10 JUMP fee. All the same, that’s not a bad deal considering that T-Mobile’s monthly voice and data plans are cheaper than both AT&T and Verizon’s. T-Mobile has already seen exceptional customer interest in the Galaxy S5, as it’s already received more than 500,000 pre-registrations for the device so far. The carrier’s full press release follows below.
Just over a year ago, T-Mobile looked like a dead carrier walking — after its plan to merge with AT&T fell through, it kept shedding subscribers and looked doomed to wither and die. What a difference a year of “Uncarrier” initiatives makes: Business Insider flags a new report from UBS that charts T-Mobile’s extraordinary comeback over the last year that has seen its service revenue growth go from -9.6% in Q4 2012 to -1.1% in Q4 2013. While T-Mobile would probably prefer to post positive and not negative quarterly service revenue growth, that’s still an impressive turnaround for a carrier that looked like it was on death’s door at the end of 2012. More →
T-Mobile has been locked in a heated battle with AT&T for years, but now that the once-struggling carrier finally has a foothold in the market, it might be time to take on No. 1. CNET reports that T-Mobile will be adding 4G LTE to its 2G network this year as it prepares to increase its coverage even further with the recently purchased wireless spectrum from Verizon. More →
Sprint is openly interested in buying T-Mobile and has been trying to convince regulators that a merger will increase its ability to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint may be fighting a losing battle, even as its chairman, Masayoshi Son, continues his charm offensive. Analysts skeptical of the merger compare the merger to AT&T’s attempted purchase of T-Mobile in 2011. The government shut that down, and according to Fierce Wireless, AT&T CFO John Stephens doesn’t think the government will change its mind with Sprint. More →
It seems like there’s a different headline every week covering new cell phone service plans that offer subscribers more value for less money. AT&T and T-Mobile have been particularly aggressive in this regard, with each carrier having recently lowered the cost of various service plans several times in the past few months. But are subscribers actually benefiting from all these price cuts? More →
Even though T-Mobile openly bashes Sprint on a regular basis, it knows that it’s probably going to wind up merging with them anyway. Reuters reports that T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said this week that a merger with Sprint is “is not a question of if” but “is a question of when.” In his remarks Carter said that the government either needed to let T-Mobile merge with Sprint or it needed to come up with a fairer way of distributing spectrum so that all the prime real estate doesn’t get gobbled up by Verizon and AT&T in spectrum auctions. More →
The two leading wireless carriers in the United States built up huge smartphone user bases while luring customers in with unlimited data plans. The writing was on the wall years ago, however, and as mobile data usage exploded, Verizon Wireless and AT&T both dumped their unlimited plans in favor of tiered data offerings that slam users with overage charges if they use too much data in a billing period. Sprint and T-Mobile continue to use unlimited data plans as a point of differentiation with their larger rivals but as one analysis pointed out this week, the days of unlimited data at Sprint and T-Mobile are numbered. More →
AT&T and T-Mobile’s mutual contempt for one another is producing better deals for many wireless customers. AT&T this weekend announced that it’s cut the price of its 2GB Mobile Share Value to $65, or $15 less than the original price. Although the plan only offers 2GB of data, it does give you unlimited voice and text, “as well as unlimited international messaging from the U.S. to select countries,” so it could definitely be a sweet deal for anyone who doesn’t gorge themselves on LTE data every month. More →
T-Mobile CEO John Legere loves to talk trash about his rivals’ networks but recent studies have indicated that T-Mobile has some work to do if it wants to match the network quality of Verizon and AT&T. Thankfully for Legere, he has a sugar daddy in the form of parent company Deutsche Telekom that for the time being is willing to lay down the cash necessary to back up Legere’s boasts. More →
Surprise, surprise: A lot of people are interested in buying Samsung’s Galaxy S5. SamMobile notices that T-Mobile senior product manager Desmond Smith has tweeted out that his company has now received 300,000 pre-registrations for the Galaxy S5, which is particularly impressive since it was just over a week ago that T-Mobile announced it had already received 100,000 pre-registrations. Pre-registrations aren’t the same as pre-orders, of course, since they aren’t commitments to buy a device and are only sign ups to be alerted it when it becomes available. Nonetheless, getting 300,000 pre-registers in just a week and a half is definitely indicative of high interest in the Galaxy S5, although it will have a tough act to follow since the Galaxy S4 last year became the fastest-selling Android phone of all-time with 10 million shipments in just one month.