Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are Verizon exclusives in the US for the time being when it comes to carrier sales, but T-Mobile won’t let that slide. The “Uncarrier” on Thursday announced a Pixel promotion that targets Verizon customers specifically. If you purchased a Google phone from Big Red, just bring it over to T-Mobile and the carrier will give you half of the purchase price back.
Earlier today, the FCC reached a $48 million settlement with T-Mobile over its abuse of the word “unlimited.” The FCC found that T-Mobile was throttling data users on unlimited plans without properly warning or communicating with them.
As a result, T-Mobile is having to give away $35 million of “consumer benefit,” which really means free data and discounted accessories for all.
The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that T-Mobile will pay out $48 million to settle a dispute over “unlimited” data plans that aren’t so unlimited. $7.5 million of that will be paid as a fine to the FCC, while the rest will be “consumer benefits” offered to T-Mobile customers with unlimited plans. $5 million is also being kicked in as equipment for American schools.
The complaints are specifically related to T-Mobile’s practice of “de-prioritizing” — a nice way of saying “throttling” — heavy data users during times of network congestion. According to the FCC, T-Mobile didn’t do enough to inform people that they’d be throttled if they used over 17GB of data a month, presumably because telling people there’s a data limit kinda goes against the whole “unlimited” thing.
The Galaxy Note 7 is not cancelled, at least not yet. Samsung decided to suspend production to investigate new explosion reports further, but there’s no official decision to terminate the smartphone. However, US carriers confirmed they will not continue to sell the phone in stores, or offer “safe” replacements to customers for the time being. Galaxy Note 7 buyers can still exchange their phones, whether they’re faulty or “safe,” for a different device of their choosing.
First came the rumors, then photos, and then the recall. Now we’ve got a second round of explosions, this time from at least one device labelled “safe.” So if you want to cut and run from your Galaxy Note 7 experience, I don’t really blame you.
Luckily, most networks are working with customers to get them other, less explosive devices for free. Here’s everything you need to know.
The rollout of iOS 10 is going relatively quickly for Apple, but that doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing. The update has already caused some people’s devices to be bricked, and now T-Mobile is warning that installing it can cause connectivity problems for some users.
I can’t remember exactly what I was doing with my spare time as a 17-year-old teenager, but it sure wasn’t finding flaws in T-Mobile’s system. But I guess that’s why I had to actually put up with a data cap.
For Jacob Ajit, not so much of a problem. He discovered a flaw in T-Mobile’s filters that allowed him to use the network’s data, even when he hadn’t paid for anything.
Buying a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus this week? Then you should know T-Mobile already has a hot deal for customers looking to preorder the handset ahead of its release next Friday. The carrier is offering you a free* iPhone 7 — and yes, there’s an asterisk because the phone isn’t actually free at all.
Samsung’s unprecedented decision to recall all Galaxy Note 7 handsets sold to date, and to stop sales in various markets around the world, is definitely in your favor. Who wants to run around with a mobile device that might catch on fire while charging? We already told you everything you need to know about Samsung’s decision, but there is a pretty big question that the company still hasn’t answered: What are you supposed to do right now if you own a Galaxy Note 7? More →
There’s absolutely no question that T-Mobile has singlehandedly reshaped the wireless landscape in the United States over the past few years. Led by its outspoken CEO John Legere, the scrappy carrier has introduced a string of new initiatives that have left its larger rivals chasing it to compete. Is it working? T-Mobile is outgrowing all of its rivals, having even blown past Sprint recently to become the third-largest wireless carrier in America.
Of course, there have been a few bumps along the road for T-Mobile, and its most recent one came just under two weeks ago when the carrier announced that it was killing off data plans by offering all users unlimited data with the new T-Mobile One plan. While the new plan is certainly a great deal for some subscribers, others complained that it would make their service far more expensive. What’s more, many were troubled by missing features and pricey add-ons.
So, despite having killed off data plans just two weeks ago, T-Mobile on Monday introduced a brand new data plan called T-Mobile One Plus. More →
Sprint and T-Mobile both recently released unlimited data plans that aren’t actually unlimited — you can use a whole bunch of data, but you are limited to streaming SD-quality video and slow speeds for gaming. As part of a new plan that Sprint is offering you can now pay $20 a month more to stream video in full HD and game faster.
This plan is called Unlimited Freedom Premium, which pretty much goes to show that Sprint didn’t understand the meaning of the word “Unlimited” in the first place.
Yesterday, T-Mobile launched a brand-new set of unlimited* data plans. At right about the same time, Sprint also announced a set of very similar data plans, and claimed that T-Mobile had “basically copied” Sprint’s plans.
Because this is business in the era of Trump, both CEOs then went on a mission to trash-talk each other. This resulted in Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure doing a spot on CNBC where he addressed T-Mobile’s claims. But as part of the segment, Claure also answered questions about the limits on Sprint’s data plans. What you’re about to see is some of the most creative use of technical buzzwords to basically lie that I’ve seen in a while.
T-Mobile sent notices to the media on Wednesday letting us know that a big announcement was coming on Thursday morning, and the buildup continued all day as T-Mobile executives teased a “big secret” that would be “huge.” T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere have a tendency to make every upcoming announcement sound as though it’s going to be a game-changer, though to the company’s credit, several of its past “Un-carrier” initiatives have indeed been game-changers.
Thursday’s news comes just one day after AT&T announced a shakeup that would see it do away with service overages on its new plans. Not having to worry about overages will be a weight off of many people’s chests, though there is a downside: Instead of being changed for excess data, AT&T will now throttle subscribers to 2G speeds when they’ve hit their data limit in a billing period.
Can T-Mobile top AT&T’s big news from Wednesday? It’s time to find out. More →