Are you in the market for a flagship smartphone — or, more specifically, for two flagship smartphones? If so, then T-Mobile has an offer you may be interested in. Starting today, you can buy select flagship phones from the “Un-carrier” and then get 50% off a second version of the same phone. The Android phones that are eligible for the deal include the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 edge, the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+, the LG G4 and the LG V10. The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are also all available as part of the deal. More →
I’ve personally been very critical of T-Mobile’s Binge On initiative, as I think it needlessly puts T-Mobile in between consumers and the content they want to watch. Basically, I’m uncomfortable with T-Mobile degrading all videos that go over its network — even videos from apps that aren’t part of the Binge On program — when Binge On is switched on. But while I still think Binge On has the potential to blow up in T-Mobile’s face, there are some reasons to think that it is nonetheless a brilliant business move on T-Mobile’s part that is worth the risks. More →
T-Mobile subscribers who are already hooked on the carrier’s Binge On unlimited video streaming perk are probably familiar with the current controversy over the service. The EFF recently confirmed that T-Mobile is throttling all video traffic, or “optimizing” as the company calls it, regardless of whether or not the content is being streamed by a Binge On partner. That means you can’t enjoy high-quality videos on your mobile device as long as Binge On is enabled — and T-Mobile has enabled Binge On for all relevant subscribers by default.
However, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere explained recently, Binge On can easily be disabled by subscribers who don’t want their video quality degraded; we showed you how to disable Binge On in a recent post. Hunting for the settings is rather annoying though, so now we’ve found a much easier way to do it. More →
The controversy over T-Mobile’s free-to-binge Binge On data program is not over, and CEO John Legere felt on Monday that he had more explaining to do, especially after blasting the EFF last week while talking to consumers on Twitter. Legere apologized for attacking the EFF, but he did not apologize for Binge On, or his language – in fact, he continued to explain in his lengthy post on T-Mobile’s blog how Binge On is pro net neutrality. More →
There’s an old adage in politics that if you have to spend time explaining yourself, it likely means you’re losing. T-Mobile, which for the past couple of years has been aggressively and relentlessly playing offense against its rival carriers, now finds itself in the unfamiliar situation of having to explain itself thanks to the controversy surrounding its Binge On initiative. More →
T-Mobile’s Binge On program that lets you watch unlimited video from certain content providers sounds like the best thing that could ever happen to your data plan – and it might be, especially if you like to watch videos on your phone. Who cares that the video you watch isn’t the best possible quality, right?
Even so, the Un-carrier is running into some problems with the program, as it’s facing intense criticism from Google and others. The search giant discovered that YouTube videos get throttled – something that T-Mobile calls optimization – even though YouTube isn’t included in the list of Binge On partners. Furthermore, the EFF found out that T-Mobile’s throttling applies automatically and indiscriminately to all video, which doesn’t sound very good since Binge On is an opt-out service, meaning it’s turned on by default on your data plan. It can be disabled easily, though — just follow these steps.
Facing all that criticism, T-Mobile execs including the company’s outspoken CEO John Legere came out guns blazing in defense on Bing On, arguing that special interests are at play for critics of the service. More →
T-Mobile can deny it all the company wants, and it can argue over semantics until its blue in the face. The bottom line is this: T-Mobile’s “Binge On” service isn’t just a slap in the face to net neutrality, it also involves throttling subscribers’ video streams whether they like it or not. The EFF even proved it… T-Mobile is throttling video traffic.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer who is angry that your video quality is being diminished, don’t worry — we’ll tell you how to stop the carrier from throttling your movies, TV shows and any other videos you stream. More →
T-Mobile’s Binge On product might be a great way to conserve mobile data while still watching plenty of videos over a cellular connection, but many criticize the program and suggest that it breaks net neutrality rules. Binge On covers only certain content providers that inked deals with T-Mobile, at least in theory. However, the carrier has recently accused of throttling video content from other sources as well, including Google’s YouTube.
T-Mobile’s Binge On program is yet another move from the “Un-carrier” that’s supposed to help it steal more customers from the competition. With Binge On turned on – a default setting on all T-Mobile devices – video traffic from certain mobile apps isn’t counted towards a users’ monthly cap. That’s great, in theory, though it might not sit well with net neutrality supporters. More →
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has never been humble about anything, so it’s not surprising to see that when he looks back over the past year, he sees one victory after another. That said, only the most delusional PR person from Verizon or AT&T would deny that T-Mobile has really changed the competitive landscape of the wireless industry over the past couple of years, so Legere’s bragging does have some real justification. In a blog post recapping the year T-Mobile had in 2015, Legere boasted about how right he’d been about predictions he made at this time last year about the rest of the mobile industry scrambling to keep up with T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” moves. More →
Even though T-Mobile’s Binge On program is the least objectionable of all carrier plans I’ve seen to exempt certain content from its own data caps, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have problems. In fact, I’m on the record as saying Binge On could very well blow up in T-Mobile’s face and now we’re seeing the first evidence that Binge On may be more of a hassle than the “Un-carrier” bargained for. More →
If you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber, you clearly don’t mind paying a premium for the comfort of knowing your carrier offers coverage just about everywhere in the country you could possibly want to go. After all, Verizon customers’ average cell phone bills are higher than they are at any other carrier in the United States. But in the back of your mind, you know that rival carriers have much better coverage than they did a few years ago, and every now and then you wonder if you should switch and save some money.
T-Mobile has turned the U.S. wireless industry on its head over the past few years, forcing larger rivals to respond to its every move. With innovative “Un-carrier” initiatives intended to directly address wireless subscribers’ major pain points, T-Mobile went from a distant No. 4 among top nationwide carriers to No. 3, surpassing Sprint and continuing to grow rapidly each quarter.
The carrier’s outspoken CEO is known for making bold claims during press conferences, on Twitter and in interviews, but it’s T-Mobile’s advertising that now has it in hot water. Following complaints from multiple consumer advocacy groups, the New York Attorney General has launched an investigation. More →