AT&T delays public release of Wi-Fi Calling

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

As reported by Fierce Wireless, U.S. carrier AT&T is delaying a public release of the Wi-Fi Calling feature over the decision to wait for a waiver by The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would temporarily relieve the company of having to support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Attempting to enable the feature on iPhones running iOS 9.0 or later by flipping the Wi-Fi Calling switch in Settings → Phone to the ON position yields a “Wi-Fi Calling is not yet available. It will be coming soon” message. Read More


T-Mobile: trade in your old iPhone 6 and get iPhone 6s for as low as $5 per month

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2015

T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO John Legere confirmed today on Twitter that his company will be offering an iPhone 6s beginning Friday for as low as $5, $10 or $15 per month, depending on the model being purchased and older iPhone traded in, through its JUMP! On Demand device upgrade program. The lowest $5 per month pricing entails an iPhone 6 trade in, while buying a new iPhone 6s for $10 per month requires trading in your iPhone 5s.

Customers can take advantage of this offer even if they have already pre-ordered their device with a trade-in. Leggier conformed  in another tweet that pre-orders of new iPhones at T-Mobile are up thirty percent versus the previous year. Read More


Verizon to start field-testing 5G wireless within 12 months, commercial deployment in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2015

Verizon Wireless, the leading U.S. wireless operator, will be kicking off field trials of a fifth-generation network which promises to bring some rather insane download speeds.

With these trials, the big red carrier should become the world’s first carrier to seriously move into 5G.

As reported by CNET, field trials on 5G wireless technology are set to kick off within the next 12 months, with Verizon’s chief information and technology architect Roger Gurnani confirming that “some level of commercial deployment” should begin in 2017. Read More


T-Mobile starts punishing data-hungry customers who conceal their tethering

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

T-Mobile announced today that it will throttle LTE data and speeds for users on unlimited plans who illegally use more data than they bought by concealing their tethering.

A small percentage of T-Mobile customers on unlimited 4G LTE plans have been discovered to be gaming the system in order to make their tethering look like smartphone usage.

T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans offer a set amount of mobile hotspot data (up to seven gigabytes) and include tethering at no extra charge. Making tethering look like smartphone usage allows data-hungry customers to use significantly more 4G LTE tethering than their plan includes, with some people consuming up to two terabytes a month.

Their activities have a “disproportionately negative impact” on other users as these rule-breakers “can compromise the network experience for other T-Mobile customers.” The carrier will now clamp down on those people by starting to throttle their data speeds, especially if the carrier determines that they’re misusing their data to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Read More


Sprint’s brand new ‘iPhone Forever’ plan lets you pick up a new iPhone anytime you want

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2015

U.S. carrier Sprint on Monday announced a new plan which allows those who don’t own one of the latest iPhones on their contract to upgrade at any time.

Aptly named ‘iPhone Forever,’ the new plan will set you back $22 per month and is available starting today to both new and existing Sprint users.

Here’s how iPhone Forever compares to similar early-upgrade offerings by rival carriers. Read More


AT&T cutting prices of shared data plans and unveiling new ones tomorrow

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2015

U.S. wireless carrier AT&T announced this morning a few notable changes coming to its shared-data plans beginning tomorrow. For starters, customers on existing Mobile Share Value Plans with fifteen and twenty gigabytes of cellular data will now pay less for their high-speed 4G LTE data: the 15GB plan will drop from $130 to $100 per month while the 20GB tier will go from $150 down to $140 per month. Read More


Deutsche Telekom opens online reservations for upcoming iPhones ahead of September’s unveiling

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2015

German wireless carrier and one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, Deutsche Telekom, has opened an online reservations system for customers looking to buy unreleased next-generation iPhones, likely to be marketed under the ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ monikers.

German blog, which first reported on the news Thursday morning, said customers can register their interest with the carrier promising to expedite delivery as soon as the new iPhones become available, on a first come first served basis. Read More


Verizon eliminating smartphone subsidies for new customers beginning August 13

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

In the market for a new iPhone on Verizon? If so, please be advised that the big red carrier is killing device subsidies beginning next Thursday, August 13, in favor of all-new month-to-month service plans.

The company revealed four new incoming plans with varying amounts of 4G LTE data, from the basic $30 per month plan with one gigabyte of shareable data to the $80 per month plan with twelve gigabytes of cellular data. Read More


Apple shoots down report saying it plans to become an MVNO carrier

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2015

Twenty-four hours after Business Insider claimed knowledge that Apple has been in talks to launch a mobile virtual network service (MVNO) in the United States and Europe, a company representative has refuted the claim in an official statement given to Reuters.

The company has not discussed such plans and is in fact not planning an MVNO cellular service, contrary to the reports it was planning on doing that. Read More


Apple to become a carrier by 2020, report claims

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2015

You might be able to replace your dreaded carrier with Apple by 2020 as the company is reportedly in talks to launch its own virtual network service in the United States and Europe, Business Insider reports.

A mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, leases mobile network capacity rather than own spectrum or run expensive wireless network infrastructure.

According to Business Insider’s sources in the know, carriers would auction capacity to Apple so it could run the service itself. The Cupertino firm “is privately trialling” an MVNO service in the United States, the story goes, and is negotiating with wireless carriers in Europe about bringing the service to that continent. Read More


T-Mobile will let those who buy an iPhone 6 this summer upgrade to upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ for free

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Did you purchase your current iPhone 6 for $15 per month through T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand trade-in program? If so, you’ll be automatically eligible for a free upgrade to Apple’s ‘iPhone 6s’—or whatever it will be called when it’s released this fall.

In addition to permitting its Simple Choice customers to listen to their favorite songs on Apple Music without taking a byte of their monthly 4G LTE data, carrier T-Mobile today announced that iPhone customers participating in said upgrade plan will be able to get their hands on Apple’s next-gen handset without paying anything to upgrade or increasing their monthly JUMP! On Demand payment. Read More


T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

T-Mobile has added Apple Music to the list of supported streaming services for Music Freedom, an initiative which allows subscribers to stream their favorite songs through services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and more, over T-Mobile’s cellular network and without burning their 4G LTE data.

Hailed as T-Mobile’s “last Un-Carrier Amped move of the summer,” Simple Choice customers can now enjoy Apple’s streaming music service without worrying about Apple Music cellular data usage counting against their monthly 4G LTE allowance. Read More


AT&T jacking up activation fees beginning August 1

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

U.S. carrier AT&T is going to increase activation fee for both contract subscribers and new Next customers, Droid-Life reported Wednesday. Upgrade fee will rise to $45 for those signing up for a one or two-year contract versus the previous $40 activation fee, the publication has learned from sources. As if that weren’t enough, the carrier will impose an all-new $15 activation fee on Next and Bring-Your-Own-Phone customers beginning August 1. Read More


T-Mobile unveils 10GB per person family plan

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

T-Mobile’s Un-Carrier Amped initiative continues unabated with Tuesday’s announcement of a brand new plan which offers families of four a cool ten gigabytes of high-speed 4G LTE data each, in exchange for an average monthly fee of $30 per person.

The way it works is this: two lines get ten gigabytes of data per line for a total of $100 per month ($50 per line), with a third line getting the same 10GB allowance in exchange for $20 per month and a fourth line being offered at no additional charge.

If you do the math quickly in your head, that’s a total of $120 per month for four lines, each with 10GB data allowance. Read More


T-Mobile rolls out unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data in Canada and Mexico

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Deutsche-Telekom owned T-Mobile on Thursday announced another Un-Carrier move in the form of a brand new service, called ‘Mobile Without Borders’ and available starting July 15 in select Canadian and Mexican markets.

T-Mobile’s U.S. business and individual customers with Simple Choice postpaid and prepaid plans will be able send and receive unlimited phone calls, text messages and use 4G LTE data, to and from Mexico and Canada, at no additional cost. Read More


T-Mobile launches JUMP! On Demand letting you upgrade to a new phone three times per year

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2015

T-Mobile is once again looking to upend the “hopelessly broken wireless industry” with the announcement of a brand new initiative designed to give customers the freedom to upgrade to a brand spanking new handset whenever they like, up to three times a year, with no waiting period or upgrade fees and in exchange for one low monthly phone payment.

The new service, dubbed JUMP! On Demand, was announced during T-Mobile’s Un-Carrier Amped event on Thursday.

Customers can trade in their existing phone for a select new device up to three times a year with no waiting period, in return for 18 monthly payments alongside the standard cost of a service plan. JUMP! On Demand launches in select stores beginning this Sunday, June 28. Read More


T-Mobile enforces 21GB soft cap on Simple Choice plans ahead of tomorrow’s Un-Carrier Amped event

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2015

As reported by the TMoNews blog, Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, has introduced a soft cap on data usage for its Simple Choice customers in the form of 21 gigabytes of high-speed 4G LTE cellular data. Exceeding this monthly allotment won’t incur additional charges, but your speed may be throttled during periods of network congestion.

Previously, T-Mobile would specifically throttle only the three percent of its top data-hungry subscribers. With today’s change, other users may see their speeds temporarily dropped after exceeding 21 GB of data usage during a billing period. Read More