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 →
Everyone hates the 16GB iPhone 6s. Even people who buy it hate it. It’s not that the phone doesn’t perform as well as other iPhone models, it’s simply the principle of the matter. When Apple released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014, it doubled each of the mid-range and top-level memory tiers without charging customers any more money. So users were able to purchase a 64GB iPhone 6 for the same price as a 32GB iPhone 5s from the prior year, and a 128GB iPhone was the same price as a 64GB iPhone 5s. The entry-level model stayed at 16GB, though. This is still the case with the iPhone 6s and people are not happy.
The move was a great one for Apple’s bottom line, obviously, because it encourages more people to buy a mid-range model instead of the entry-level iPhone. Not everyone wants to spend $750 or $850 on a smartphone though, and now you don’t have to. T-Mobile has just made another big announcement and smartphone shoppers this holiday season are going to love it almost as much as AT&T hates it. More →
Sprint wants to reduce T-Mobile customers’ rates by 50%. T-Mobile, on the other hand, wants to just give Sprint customers $200. T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced on Twitter that T-Mobile is going to give Sprint customers $200 for every line they switch over to the “Un-carrier.” More →
The “Un-carrier” is about to give subscribers an early gift ahead of Black Friday 2015. T-Mobile announced on Monday that for the next three months, all of its Simple Choice subscribers will get unlimited LTE data on their phones for the next three months. That means that if you have an uncapped data plan, you can use your phone’s data as much as you want without having your connection throttled after exceeding a certain threshold. More →