The latest Kantar smartphone report had many interesting tidbits about Windows Phone and iOS market share trends, but perhaps the biggest bombshell was buried in the section about U.S. mobile carriers. T-Mobile’s share of U.S. smartphone sales has collapsed to 9.5% from 12.7% in just a year. At the same time, Sprint’s share has climbed to 12.3% from 11.0% over the same time period. This means that in 1Q 2012, T-Mobile still held a narrow lead over Sprint when it came to smartphone sales in America; by 1Q 2013, Sprint had surged to lead T-Mobile by nearly three points. More →
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Thursday ordered UNcarrier T-Mobile to correct “deceptive advertising that promised consumers no annual contracts while carrying hidden charges for early termination of phone plans.” T-Mobile, which recently did away with standard cell phone service contracts and typical smartphone subsidies, is accused of misleading consumers by advertising no-contract wireless plans despite requiring that customers sign an agreement that makes them responsible for the full cost of their handsets should they cancel service prematurely. More →
T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that preorders for the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will begin later next week. BlackBerry’s latest handset comes with a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The device also includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, LTE connectivity, NFC, a microSD slot and a 2100 mAh battery. Earlier reports suggested that T-Mobile would launch the BlackBerry Q10 in May. While exact pricing and a release date were not revealed, the company said business customers can preorder the smartphone beginning on April 29th. BGR reviewed the BlackBerry Q10 earlier this week and found it to be a decent option for those users who still require a physical keyboard.
MetroPCS shareholders have voted in favor of the proposed merger deal with T-Mobile USA, Reuters reported. The approval comes only after Deutsche Telekom was forced to sweetened its offer for the wireless carrier after shareholders were advised to vote against the original proposal. Federal regulators at the FCC and Justice Department voiced their support for the merger in March, and the MetroPCS board unanimously approved the deal earlier this month. The merger will help T-Mobile expand its 4G LTE network to cover more than 200 million customers in the United States by the end of 2013. The deal is expected to close later this year.
T-Mobile tried as hard as it could to get a leg up on the competition and launch Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 a few days before any of its rivals, but the nation’s No.4 carrier was apparently a bit overeager. In a short note to the media on Tuesday night, T-Mobile said that it will delay its Galaxy S4 launch due to an “unexpected delay with inventory deliveries.” Rather than releasing the phone on Wednesday as planned, the S4 will now become available on Monday, April 29th — two days after rivals AT&T and Sprint launch the phone on April 27th. BGR reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Wednesday and said that it is better than its predecessor in every way. T-Mobile’s full note follows below. More →
Images said reveal an upcoming Nokia Lumia smartphone appeared on the popular Chinese social network Sina Weibo earlier this week. The images, which have been confirmed as authentic by WPCentral, show an improved design with an aluminum case, a shift away from the traditional polycarbonate cases of past Lumias. The upcoming handset is said to be equipped with a 4.5-inch display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and an 8.7-megapixel rear camera. Other specs are rumored to include 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a 2,000 mAh battery. The smartphone will reportedly be announced on May 15th for a late June release date on T-Mobile. A second image follows below. More →
The merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS is very close to getting official now that Deutsche Telekom’s revised offer has led some major shareholders to drop their objections to the deal. MetroPCS announced on Monday that its board of directors had unanimously approved the new merger terms and said that the revised deal “significantly improves the value of the proposed combination for MetroPCS stockholders” while adding that the proposed merger “is in the best interest of all MetroPCS stockholders.” The MetroPCS merger is the linchpin of T-Mobile’s strategy to expand its operations in the United States since the prepaid wireless carrier already offers LTE services in several major metropolitan markets. MetroPCS shareholders are scheduled to vote to approve or reject the merger on April 24th.
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 →