Sprint now offering up to $650 for new ‘Framily’ subscribers

By Cody Lee on Apr 5, 2014

Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile, Sprint announced this week that it is now offering up to $650 in equipment trade-in and early termination fee credits to new subscribers. The goal of the promo is to entice customers to switch over from their current carriers.

Folks looking to cash in on the ‘Framily Switching Bonus’ offer must port their existing phone numbers from another company to Sprint. They must also trade-in their previous handsets for new smartphones, and subscribe to one of the carrier’s new Framily rate plans… Read More

 

Hacked T-Mobile carrier update for iPhone offers several features and improvements

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014

Folks with an iPhone on T-Mobile might be interested to hear that there’s a new hacked carrier update available that promises a number of enhancements. It was created by the same folks who brought us that slew of carrier update hacks for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T iPhone models last summer.

This time around, the developers say that the modded update includes a variety of things like boosted data speeds and signal reception (depending on your location). It also adds several native T-Mobile features to your iPhone like the ability to view account balance, texts sent and other usage info… Read More

 

FCC approves AT&T’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

Last summer, AT&T announced that it had reached an acquisition deal with Leap Wireless. The company said that it would be buying out the provider, which owns and operates the popular prepaid carrier Cricket, for $15 per share—equal to $1.3 billion. All it needed was approval from the FCC.

And it just got it. Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission gave AT&T’s acquisition proposal a thumbs up, ruling that “the public interest benefits of the proposed transaction outweigh the likelihood of significant public interest harms.” So what does this mean for everybody involved? Read More

 

T-Mobile plans to have most of its 2G network upgraded to LTE by mid-2015

By Cody Lee on Mar 13, 2014

T-Mobile announced today that it has plans to upgrade its entire 2G/EDGE network to 4G LTE. The carrier, which is the fourth largest in the US, says it hopes to be halfway complete with the upgrade by the end of 2014 and expects to be substantially complete by the middle of next year.

The promise to quickly bring its network up to speed with its competitors should help appease customers, who complain of lower speeds in rural and suburban areas. While T-Mobile currently has LTE in many major US cities, a lot of its coverage map is still made up of EDGE and HSPA… Read More

 

T-Mobile tweaks Simple Choice plans with more data, international texting

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2014

T-Mobile announced this weekend that it would be making some changes to its existing Simple Choice plans. All of the plan options will now include more data and unlimited international texting from the US, in addition to unlimited domestic talk, text and data.

Pricing tiers still start at $50 per month, except now you get a full 1GB of LTE data at this price, instead of just 500MB. And it goes on from there. You now get 3GB of unthrottled LTE data for $60 per month, instead of 2.5GB, and you get  5GB for $70 per month… Read More

 

AT&T’s LTE-Advanced network now live in Chicago

By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2014

Folks living in and around Chicago will be happy to hear that AT&T has souped up its network in the Windy City. Using an LTE-Advanced technology called ‘carrier aggregation,’ the company has bonded two 4G networks together in the area resulting in a big boost in performance.

So essentially, AT&T is taking two, single one-way highways and merging them into one, single two-way highway, allowing for more bandwidth and theoretical download speeds of up to 110 Mbps. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of devices that support the beefier network… Read More

 

AT&T adds free international messaging to Mobile Share plans

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2014

Following T-Mobile’s lead, AT&T announced today that it is adding unlimited international text messaging to all of its Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans. The free package will allow subscribers to send text and multimedia messages from the US to over 100 countries.

Additionally, the carrier introduced a new World Connect Value package for international calling. With it, post-paid AT&T customers can make one cent -per minute calls from the US to more than 35 countries, including Canada, Mexico and the Virgin Islands, for $5 per month… Read More

 

AT&T tops Verizon in customer service survey, T-Mobile most improved

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2014

J.D. Power and Associates published its bi-annual report on wireless customer care performance this week, ranking the top 4 US carriers based on various stats related to customer service.

The marketing research firm asked more than 7,000 subscribers how satisfied they were with the customer service they received from their cell phone provider, and here is how they scored… Read More

 

AT&T launches new family plans with ‘best-ever’ prices

By Cody Lee on Feb 1, 2014

In an effort to fend off T-Mobile’s ‘Un-carrier’ attack, and stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T announced a new set of family plans this afternoon. The plans include unlimited talk and text and then a bucket of 10GB of data that can be shared by all of the accompanying devices.

But the big news here is the pricing. AT&T is saying that these new plans come with the best-ever prices, and at first glance, they do look appealing. For instance, the entry-level option costs just $130 per month with unlimited talk, text and then 10GB of data for 2 smartphones… Read More

 

T-Mobile ventures into personal banking with new Mobile Money service

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2014

Over the past 9 months or so, T-Mobile has been calling itself the “Uncarrier.” It’s a marketing strategy, for sure, buts it’s certainly been living up to the moniker by dropping contracts, offering free international data, and waving early termination fees for new customers.

But this morning the company announced its most un-carrier move to date: Mobile Money. That’s right, T-Mobile is getting into the personal banking business with a new service that combines a branded prepaid Visa card, a smartphone app, and a no-fee checking account… Read More

 

FCC chairman talks AT&T’s controversial ‘Sponsored Data’ program at CES

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2014

AT&T raised more than a few eyebrows on Monday when it announced a new ‘Sponsored Data’ program. The goal of the program is essentially to offer a way for companies to pick up the tab for 4G data usage whenever specific products or services are being used.

Initial feedback to the announcement has been a mix of “what an interesting idea” and complaints from net neutrality advocates. And today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler chimed in, using his time at CES to discuss his off-the-cuff thoughts on AT&T’s proposition… Read More

 

T-Mobile drops another bombshell: we’ll pay your ETFs to switch

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2014

Last month, T-Mobile’s John Legere hinted that his company was planning another ‘uncarrier’ event. The outspoken CEO sent out a tweet saying something like “time to eliminate another customer pain point? Time for Uncarrier 4?”

Well three weeks have gone by and we haven’t really heard anything else from Legere on the matter, until just a few minutes ago when he took the stage at T-Mobile’s CES event. As promised, he dropped another ‘uncarrier’ bombshell…

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AT&T announces new sponsored data service for mobile devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2014

Today at CES, AT&T announced an interesting new service called Sponsored Data. The goal of the new service is essentially to offer a way for companies to pick up the tab for 4G data usage whenever specific products or services are being used.

How does it work? Well the carrier says that if the service is in effect, users will see a “sponsored” symbol in the status bar on the screen of their device. And this will indicate that all data charges are being redirected to the sponsoring company… Read More

 

T-Mobile CEO teases ‘Uncarrier 4′ event, promises to eliminate a customer pain point

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2013

Get ready US carriers and subscribers, it looks like T-Mobile is about to introduce another game-changer. The company’s outspoken CEO John Legere tweeted out this morning that it’s time for them to ‘eliminate another customer paint point.’

He followed the comment by teasing ‘Uncarrier4,’ which is believed to be an upcoming media event T-Mobile is planning to make some sort of announcement. In the past, the carrier has held ‘Uncarrier’ events to unveil things like its Jump planRead More

 

Sprint’s LTE network is now live in 300 cities

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2013

Good news for Sprint users with LTE-enabled devices today. The carrier announced this morning that it has flipped out the 4G tech for a handful of major new markets including San Diego and St. Louis, and several smaller ones.

Today’s rollout pushes Sprint’s LTE network into over 300 US cities, covering close to 200 million people—a significant milestone for the company, although it’s still well behind its much larger competitors Verizon and AT&T… Read More

 

WSJ: Sprint looking to acquire T-Mobile USA

By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2013

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Sprint is working on a potential T-Mobile USA purchase. The carrier is said to be looking into regulatory concerns right now, and a bid in upwards of $20 billion could come in early 2014.

A merger of these two wireless providers would be significant for a few reasons. For one, it would leave just 3 major competing carriers in the US. And two, Sprint and T-Mobile have a combined subscriber base close to that of AT&T and Verizon… Read More

 

iPhone 5s is best-selling smartphone at US carriers, 5c is third best

By Cody Lee on Dec 12, 2013

According to research by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley, the iPhone 5s has been the top-selling smartphone at the four major US carriers for the past 3 months. That’s not too surprising, considering new iPhones usually fair well right after launch.

But what did surprise me was the fact that the iPhone 5c has also been in the top 3 selling smartphones at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile since September. You know, the same handset that Apple has reportedly been cutting production for due to poor sales…

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FCC and carriers finally agree on cell phone unlocking

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2013

Threatening regulatory action, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was able to drive U.S. wireless carriers into a corner concerning their stance on cell phone unlocking. As much as carriers would want to lock phones to their network to make switching service that much harder, the FCC and major U.S. wireless companies have reached an agreement which will make it easier for people to unlock their devices and switch from one carrier to another.

The wireless association called CTIA, which represents U.S. carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular, released a statement on Thursday confirming that all named carriers have agreed to the new cell phone unlocking principles put forth by the government… Read More

 

AT&T CEO says carriers can’t afford to continue offering major device subsidies

By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2013

It would seem that T-Mobile was onto something when it announced that it was doing away with device subsidies earlier this year, because that appears to be where the whole industry is headed. Carriers simply can’t afford to continue heavily subsidizing phones and tablets.

That’s what AT&T’s Randall Stephenson thinks anyway. Speaking at an investor conference this week, the CEO said that the current model is not economically viable. More customers are upgrading to smartphones now than ever before, and they’re upgrading more frequently… Read More

 

T-Mobile using MetroPCS spectrum to bolster its LTE network

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2013

Good news this weekend for T-Mobile customers. The carrier is finally taking advantage of its recent MetroPCS merger, and has begun rolling out higher-speed LTE service by tapping the airwaves it acquired as part of the acquisition.

According to a report from AllThingsD, T-Mobile quietly turned on the faster service in parts of North Dallas just before Thanksgiving. The higher speeds come by combining the spectrum from both T-Mobile’s and MetroPCS’ networks… Read More

 
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