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.”
T-Mobile CEO John Legere may come to regret publicly slamming the “greedy hedge funds” opposed to his company’s merger with MetroPCS (PCS). The Wall Street Journal reports that the influential Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is advising MetroPCS shareholders to vote down the proposed T-Mobile merger at their meeting on April 12th. ISS, which the Journal says “advises big shareholders how to vote in corporate elections,” claims that MetroPCS shareholders will not get fair value in the proposed merger and believes that MetroPCS still has the potential “to continue to thrive as a stand-alone company.” T-Mobile and MetroPCS received full regulatory approval from the United States government for their merger earlier this month and now must only gain approval of MetroPCS shareholders to make the deal official.
T-Mobile announced earlier this week that it will offer the iPhone 5 for the first time ever next month. The company revealed that the 16GB model will cost $99 down and $20 a month for 24 months for a grand total of $579, compared to Apple’s (AAPL) price of $649. T-Mobile said that it would offer a full line up of iPhone devices, however the company did not disclose additional pricing information at its press event on Tuesday. More →
T-Mobile will be the last of the big four wireless carriers in the United States to offer the iPhone when it launches in the next month. The company’s new “UNcarrier” initiative could make it an appealing choice for consumers looking for a contract-free plan. Horace Dediu of Asymco estimates that T-Mobile could sell about 3.4 million iPhones in 2013, totaling 10% of its subscriber base. The analyst’s sales numbers are based off trends from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S), along with the percentage of total subscribers that each operator has been activating. Dediu notes that the sales patterns are consistent across all carriers and that the longer the iPhone is is available, the higher the activation rate. He estimates that iPhone sales across all four major carriers will reach 53 million in 2013, accounting for 17% of 320 million subscribers, an increase from 14% in 2012.
Itching to get an iPhone 5 for T-Mobile but unwilling to wait for Apple (AAPL) to release unlocked iPhone hardware compatible with T-Mobile’s 1700MHz AWS LTE band? Then you may want to check out a new jailbreak tweak that purportedly lets you latch onto T-Mobile’s recently launched LTE network using your AT&T (T) iPhone 5. LeiMobile has posted instructions that it claims allow you to “load a custom carrier file onto your iPhone and enable LTE” on T-Mobile’s network by using either ”an unlocked AT&T model A1428 or an officially unlocked model A1428.” More →
This was such a T-Mobile thing to do. Raising expectations for something revolutionary, trying to whip up feverish anticipation… and then delivering another $50 per month package deal. This is the same operator that has been vacillating between a value brand and a cutting edge alternative for years. The same operator who thinks that having a model who is a lookalike to a 47-year old Welsh star of musical theatre is a great way to connect with hip, young consumers. More →
Whatever you think of T-Mobile’s coverage and overall network quality, it seems that their new “UNcarrier” smartphone plans will definitely be significant money savers for individual subscribers. 9to5Mac points us to a new estimate from mobile accessory retailer Zagg showing that T-Mobile’s new individual plans will save users an average of around $290 per year compared to what they’d pay on comparable plans on AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). More →
T-Mobile CEO John Legere strikes a rather populist tone compared to your typical businessperson and now he’s going after “greedy hedge funds” who are allegedly trying to block his company’s merger with MetroPCS (PCS). Per Bloomberg, Legere this week expressed confidence that MetroPCS shareholders would vote in favor of merging with T-Mobile “despite the greedy hedge funds that are trying to take a double-dip out of that process.” Legere went onto explain that big hedge funds who own large stakes in companies typically make a lot of noise during acquisitions because they want “to get more money” through empty sabre rattling. Legere also made headlines this week when he described rival carrier AT&T’s (T) mobile plans as “the biggest crock of s—” he’s ever seen.
T-Mobile on Tuesday launched its new 4G LTE network in seven markets, including Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington DC, with plans to cover more than 100 million people by the middle of 2013 and 200 million customers by the end of the year. The company’s president and CEO, John Legere, also revealed that the high-speed network will go live in New York City “by early summer,” however we were allowed an early hands-on look during the company’s press event. Read on to see how T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network performs. More →
Just as you should always be especially wary of politicians who run for office by claiming that they aren’t politicians, so too should you be wary of profit-seeking companies who claim that they’re not only after your wallet. I mention this particular public relations technique because it happens to be the same strategy that T-Mobile is employing with its “UNcarrier” initiative, a clever attempt to rebrand the company as a consumer-friendly alternative to the twin evil empires of Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). More →
T-Mobile formally declared war on rival carriers with the announcement of its new “UNcarrier” initiative at a press event in New York City on Tuesday. John Legere, the company’s president and CEO, called out every major player in the mobile industry but spent extra time bashing AT&T (T). The executive repeatedly pointed out the carrier’s “misleading pricing model” and network quality, claiming customers will save more than $1,000 over the course of two years on T-Mobile, which he also said could handle 50% more bandwidth than AT&T’s network. The carrier was not phased, however. More →
T-Mobile is still handing out goodies to its customers and has announced that it will begin selling Samsung’s (005930) highly anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone starting on May 1st for just $99 up front along with subsequent payments of $20 per month over a 24-month period. The aggressive up-front pricing for high-end smartphones such as the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 is part of T-Mobile’s campaign to eliminate service contracts and brand itself as the less restrictive “un-carrier.” In addition to the Galaxy S4, T-Mobile also said it would be selling the Galaxy Note II, the HTC (2498) One and the BlackBerry (BBRY) Z10 for $99 up front and 20 months of $20 monthly payments.
T-Mobile fans haven’t just had to wait longer for the iPhone — they’ve had to wait longer for LTE service as well. T-Mobile on Tuesday began to rectify this, however, by officially launching its LTE network in Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington, D.C. The carrier says that its “advanced 4G LTE network is expected to reach 100 million Americans by midyear and 200 million by the end of 2013.” T-Mobile’s efforts to bring its LTE services throughout the United States will get an even bigger boost next month if shareholders for MetroPCS (PCS) sign off on a merger between the two carriers that will give T-Mobile significantly more LTE coverage. T-Mobile’s press release on the LTE launch is posted below. More →