All Sprint devices released after February 11, 2015 to be unlockable

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2014

As much as carriers would want to keep devices locked to their network to make switching service impossible, this is fortunately just a pipe dream. Last December, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was able to successfully pressure major U.S. wireless companies to agree to unlock their devices for use on other domestic networks.

The US House in February passed a device unlocking bill and now the nation’s third-largest wireless operator Sprint has responded by announcing it will make all of its devices released after February 11, 2015 unlockable for use on competitors’ wireless networks without repercussions… Read More

 

Starting in May, T-Mobile dropping all domestic overage charges on its plans

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

T-Mobile is abolishing consumer overages! Arriving as part three of its Uncarrier announcements, the development seeks to dropping domestic overage charges on all wireless service plans from the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier.

This much-needed change now gives T-Mobile’s customers a piece of mind knowing they can safely consume data on the go without worrying about being slapped with exorbitant overage fees for exceeding their monthly data allowance.

If history is an indication, rival carriers should reluctantly follow suit or risk getting left behind. Again, no more overage fees on any of your wireless service plans with T-Mobile, not just the carrier’s popular Simple Starter plan that was announced last week… Read More

 

T-Mobile’s Operation Tablet Freedom: 4G LTE iPads at Wi-Fi prices, free data through 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

It is no secret that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is not one to mince words or back down from competition. Thus far, he’s delivered. The Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier, the fourth largest in the United States, has taken aim at rivals once again by unleashing the latest three-phase initiative that solves another customer pain point.

The new Uncarrier moves started yesterday with the announcement of a new Simple Starter Plan that includes unlimited talk and text with 500MB of 4G LTE data with no overage fees, for just $40 per month.

Thursday, T-Mobile made another huge announcement. For a limited time only, the carrier is offering 4G LTE tablets at Wi-Fi-only prices, with its interest-free financing that requires no downpayment and spreads the retail price of the device across 24 monthly installments.

Knowing Apple’s cellular-capable iPads cost $130 more versus their comparable Wi-Fi-only models, that’s a not-to-be-missed $130 savings right off the bat. Also, if you add a tablet to your voice plan, T-Mobile will treat you to up to sixteen gigabytes of free high-speed 4G LTE data through the end of the year… Read More

 

T-Mobile launches new $40 Simple Starter Plan

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile, the fourth-largest carrier in the United States, is continuing on its mission to pressure the whole industry to focus on what consumers want. Wednesday morning, the carrier announced a brand new wireless service plan with unlimited talk and text and 500MB of 4G LTE data with tethering for $40 a month.

As the aggressively priced Simple Starter Plan is capped rather than unlimited, you’ll have to purchase additional data once you spend your monthly allotment of 500 megabytes, but don’t worry – the company won’t slap you with overage fees in case you hit the monthly cap.

Jump past the fold for the fine print… Read More

 

China Mobile sells one million iPhones in February

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2014

China Mobile with its 776 million customers is the world’s largest wireless carrier by subscribers and it’s been selling Apple’s iPhone for two months now. So how many iPhone units did the carrier move?

According to media reports Wednesday, China Mobile’s CEO Li Yue has confirmed that his company has managed to add one million new iPhone users last month since offering the device in mid-January.

To give you some context, that’s a nice 75 percent share of the 1.34 million 4G-capable smartphones the carrier moved in February… Read More

 

AT&T discounts single-line data plans, 2GB now $65 per month

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2014

AT&T, the nation’s #2 wireless carrier, said yesterday that its customers can take advantage of cheaper single-line data plans. Starting today, two gigabytes of high-speed 4G data will set you back $65 per month, which represents a $15 savings compared to the cost of the previous plan. The plan includes fifty gigabytes of cloud storage as well as unlimited international messaging and calling.

An additional line can be added for $25 per month. A month ago, the carrier slashed the prices of its Mobile Share family plans… Read More

 

AT&T flips the switch on LTE in dozen new markets

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2014

The United States wireless carrier AT&T has lit up its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in twelve new municipalities around the country. The expansion brings AT&T’s LTE to an additional 300,000 people, including the 65,000 residents of Bismark, North Dakota.

With this expansion, nearly 280 million people are covered by AT&T’s LTE network in more than 500 U.S. markets. More than half of the carrier’s postpaid smartphone customers now use a 4G LTE device. The carrier expects its LTE build out to be “essentially complete” by this summer. The full list of AT&T’s new LTE coverage follows right after the break… Read More

 

AT&T launches international LTE roaming in 13 additional countries

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2014

AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, last December started offering international LTE roaming to customers traveling abroad. The deal initially launched in partnership with Canada’s Rogers Communications and later expanded to UK’s EE.

Today, the company announced an expansion of LTE roaming agreements in partnership with an additional thirteen carriers around the world, including Australia, France, Japan, Spain and Singapore… Read More

 

Verizon completes purchase of Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2014

Verizon last September announced that it has reached an agreement with Vodafone to buyout its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless in one of the largest corporate acquisitions in history.

In December, the Big Red carrier won necessary approvals from the Federal Communications Commission and today the company announced that the acquisition has been completed - Verizon now owns 100 percent of the “industry-leading U.S. wireless carrier”Read More

 

BlackBerry diehards pan T-Mobile over iPhone offer

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2014

After T-Mobile CEO John Legere recently advised BlackBerry fans to switch to Apple’s iPhone 5s, all hell broke loose as diehard fans deemed the offer insulting and took to social media to express their distaste for T-Mobile’s sleezy direct marketing tactics.

The carrier invited customers via email to switch to an iPhone 5s for $0 down as a “great offer for BlackBerry customers” because the Apple handset has the right tools “to do more”.

Judging by the amount and the intensity of backlash, it wasn’t T-Mobile’s finest moment: after all, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the struggling Canadian smartphone maker owns one of the most loyal and ardent following out there, the types of people who are especially sensitive to anything related to Apple… Read More

 

Responding to pricing pressure, Verizon launches new MORE Everything plan

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2014

Caving in to competitive pressure, the nation’s top carrier Verizon Wireless today launched a more competitive shared data family plan which comes with unlimited international messaging, double the monthly data allowance, a complimentary 25GB of cloud storage and more.

Unimaginatively dubbed MORE Everything, the new plan doubles the monthly cap from 500MB to 1GB for Verizon’s $40 a month plan. The $50 plan has gone from 1GB to 2GB and the $60 plan doubles your monthly data cap from 2GB to 3GB.

But that’s not all as Verizon has decided to introduce line discounts for customers enrolled in its Edge early upgrade program. If you’re using up to eight gigabytes of data per month, Verizon will treat you to a line discount of $10, or $20 in the case of plans that include ten or more gigabytes of data per month… Read More

 

Verizon brings same-day delivery service to ten more U.S. cities

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2014

Verizon Wireless, the nation’s top wireless carrier by subscribers and revenue, announced Wednesday its same-day delivery service is now available in an additional ten cities in the United States. The expansion comes on top of the five launch markets.

In July 2013, Verizon became the first wireless carrier to offer this service with a pilot program in Philadelphia, which was then expanded in October to include New York City, Dallas, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The Big Red carrier charges $19.99 to get your mobile device delivered the same day, with delivery guaranteed by 7pm local time… Read More

 

AT&T offering $100 per-line bill credit to new and existing customers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

Apparently in response to T-Mobile’s ongoing Un-carrier initiative, the second-largest U.S. carrier, AT&T, on Wednesday announced a new time-limited promotion that incenitivizes both existing and new subscribers with a $100 credit.

Customers are invited to activate a qualifying wireless line for any smartphone, feature phone, tablet, wireless home phone, MiFi puck or other connected device to claim their $100 bill credit per each line… Read More

 

T-Mobile steps up rhetoric with newspaper ad likening AT&T to Death Star

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

T-Mobile persists in its anti-AT&T rhetoric and today marks a new chapter in AT&T trash-talking as the nation’s fourth-largest wireless company puts out a press release ridiculing AT&T’s $450 incentive for T-Mobile subscribers to switch.

Conveniently timed on the same day that AT&T released its Christmas quarter earnings report, the press release argues that AT&T’s offer makes T-Mobile’s own incentive to pay ETFs to switch a no-brainer because AT&T customers can now go to T-Mobile and then come back at no cost.

Seriously, if a customer takes advantage of T-Mobile’s ETF offer and later decides he or she dislikes it for whatever reason, AT&T will pay $450 to take them back so they don’t really lose anything. The Deutsche Telekom-owned operator has also revealed advertisements that should appear in print newspapers today to communicate this message nationwide… Read More

 

Despite T-Mobile’s Un-carrier, AT&T adds 809,000 new subscribers in Christmas quarter

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

The nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, AT&T, yesterday reported its Christmas quarter earnings revealing steady growth, despite T-Mobile’s taunts and its Un-carrier initiative. Although AT&T (and Verizon) stopped divulging iPhone activations, the carrier confirmed selling 7.9 million smartphones in the quarter, a decline from the 10.2 million smartphones it activated a year ago.

They added a cool 1.2 million new subscribers and upgrades by old subscribers. Of that number, 809,000 connections were new subscribers and 566,000 were postpaid wireless customers with a contract. Go past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More

 

Russia’s second-largest carrier now resuming iPhone sales after 3-year hiatus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2014

Good news for Apple fans in Russia: the country’s second-largest wireless carrier has now resumed iPhone sales in the 143 million people market. MegaFon stopped selling the iconic smartphone three years ago, in 2010, citing Apple’s rather stringent sales policy and volume requirements.

The company hadn’t offered the device for three years. Fortunately, the two sides have now come to senses as Apple appears to have softened its stance after seeing its smartphone share in Russia drop to single-digits… Read More

 

T-Mobile to expand ETF offer to switchers from U.S. Cellular and regional carriers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2014

The nation’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile, is just getting started. After its swearing CEO John Legere said at CES that his company will eliminate another customer pain point by paying off switchers’ early termination fees, now comes word that the initiative will expand to U.S. Cellular and some regional carriers in the United States.

This means that subscribers flocking to T-Mobile from U.S. Cellular and a dozen other small regional carriers that lock subscribers into long-term contracts will also receive the same ETF treatment as defectors from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint currently enjoy… Read More

 

Tim Cook goes on television to hype ‘watershed’ iPhone deal with China Mobile

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2014

Adamant to tell the world about his company’s landmark iPhone deal with the world’s top carrier, China Mobile, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a rare move Wednesday by sitting down with CNBC to talk the specifics of the agreement in a high-profile television appearance.

Even better, Cook shared the spotlight with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua, who revealed that the carrier had netted 1.2 million total preorders for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c as of January 13, ahead of the impending launch this coming Friday. That’s 60,000 iPhones per day on average since December 25, 2013.

Your video follows right after the jump… Read More

 

T-Mobile buys airwaves from Verizon, John Legere crashes AT&T’s CES 2014 party

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2014

As first hinted back in November, Deutsche Telekom-owned Un-carrier, T-Mobile USA, just bought $3.3 billion worth of spectrum from Verizon Wireless, the nation’s top wireless carrier announced yesterday. The newly gained 700MHz spectrum licenses from Verizon should allow T-Mobile to take advantage of the low-band airwaves in nine of the top ten U.S. markets and 21 of the top 30.

What’s in it for you? Think better 4G coverage in rural areas and inside buildings. T-Mobile paid $2.36 billion in cash and $950 million worth of spectrum, by the way.

Oh, and T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere trolled AT&T’s CES 2014 party like a boss and got thrown out in the process. More on that right below… Read More

 

AT&T luring T-Mobile customers to jump ship with up to $450 credit

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2014

T-Mobile’s upcoming Uncarrier 4.0 initiative must have instilled the fear of God into AT&T because the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier just announced it will offer up to $450 worth of credit to T-Mobile customers who jump ship.

The limited-time offer is in direct response to T-Mobile’s upcoming Uncarrier 4.0 moves, set to be revealed at next week’s CES in Las Vegas.

The carrier is hoping to poach T-Mobile customers by partly offering a gift card worth up to $250 for trading in their old phone, with the difference made up in the form of a credit rebate. The full reveal is after the break… Read More

 
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