BlackBerry ends partnership with T-Mobile following iPhone promo feud

By Cody Lee on Apr 2, 2014

In a rare, but perhaps not-so-surprising move, BlackBerry announced late last night that it will not renew the T-Mobile (US) license to sell its products when it expires later this month, effectively ending the 10 year (or longer) partnership between the two companies.

The announcement comes after a spat broke out between the sides following the carrier’s iPhone offer that suggested BlackBerry users trade-in their phones for Apple handsets. T-Mobile tried to reconcile the matter with the Canadian firm, but it obviously didn’t work…. 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

 

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

 

T-Mobile offering upgrading BlackBerry users $250 following backlash

By Cody Lee on Feb 20, 2014

BlackBerry users on T-Mobile who want to upgrade to a new device will now receive $250 towards the purchase of any BlackBerry phone, or $200 toward any other smartphone. The deal follows backlash from both BB loyalists and CEO John Chen regarding a recent promo offer.

For those that missed it, T-Mobile sent out an email to its BlackBerry-using customers suggesting they switch to an iPhone 5s. Loyal BB users took to Twitter to voice their outrage at the insulting offer and BlackBerry’s Chen penned a blog post calling the whole thing “inappropriate.”

And here’s how T-Mobile has decided to respond… Read More

 

BlackBerry CEO ‘outraged’ over T-Mobile’s iPhone offer

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2014

It looks like T-Mobile’s targeted iPhone offer didn’t just upset BlackBerry fans. The Canadian handset-maker’s CEO John Chen says that he and his team are also outraged, especially since their long-time business partner didn’t contact them beforehand.

For those that missed it, T-Mobile has been sending out iPhone promos with the text “great offer for BlackBerry users,” and it caused quite the backlash on Twitter and other social networks from loyal fans. Here’s what Chen had to say about the ordeal… Read More

 

T-Mobile making changes to its ‘Jump’ upgrade program this month

By Cody Lee on Feb 16, 2014

TmoNews is reporting that T-Mobile plans to make some changes to its early upgrade program ‘Jump’ in the near future. The site says that the carrier will soon get rid of the 6 month waiting period, essentially allowing customers to upgrade their devices as often as they want.

But don’t get too excited yet. In addition to eliminating its equipment upgrade waiting periods, T-Mobile is also going to raise the amount that customers have to pay off before they can trade in their device for a new one to 50%, or half of their old handset’s full retail price… 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

 

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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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

 

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

 

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

 

T-Mobile announces new iPhone pricing: $0 down for 5c, $99 down for 5s

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2013

Folks hoping to score one of Apple’s new iPhones on the cheap may want to check out T-Mobile. The carrier has announced its pricing for the smartphones, which will allow customers to get an iPhone 5c for as little as $0 down, and the iPhone 5s for as little as $99 down.

Of course, those are just the up front costs. You’ll have to pay off the rest of the device via monthly payments. The 16GB iPhone 5c, for example, will cost you $22 per month for 24 months, and the 16GB iPhone 5s will require you to make 24 monthly payments of $22.91… Read More

 

T-Mobile ending ‘no money down’ promotion for iPhone 4S,5

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2013

If you were planning to pickup an iPhone 4S or 5 on T-Mobile anytime soon, you better act fast. According to a new report, the carrier is ending its popular ‘$0 down’ promotion on the two handsets that it just started in late July.

The deal, which is said to be ending tomorrow for the aforementioned models, allowed new T-Mobile subscribers to purchase an iPhone with no downpayment, and monthly payments of around $25 until the phone was paid for… Read More

 

T-Mobile sold 900K iPhones, 600K Galaxy S4s last quarter

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013

Last night, T-Mobile announced its financials for its second quarter, and the numbers were fantastic. The carrier added more than 1 million new subscribers, and sold over 4 million smartphones during the 3-month period.

In the press release, the company wouldn’t say how many of those 4 million phones were iPhones, only that the handset made up about 29% of their sales. During the conference call, though, it was much more forthcoming… Read More

 

T-Mobile posted its strongest customer growth in four years during Q2

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013

T-Mobile US announced its financials for its second quarter last night, and the results are very impressive. Chock it up to finally landing the iPhone, the new ‘Un-carrier’ strategy—whatever it’s doing, it’s working. The carrier posted its strongest customer growth in 4 years.

In fact, believe it or not, T-Mobile led the US wireless industry in the second quarter, adding 685,000 branded postpaid phones and 1.1 million customers altogether. It also sold 4.3 million smartphones during the 3-month period, a year-over-year increase of 71 percent… Read More

 

T-Mobile calls out AT&T for being ‘sneaky and underhanded’

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2013

It seems like it’s ‘pick on AT&T week,’ because shortly after a report surfaced that Verizon was running an ad in The Wall Street Journal calling the carrier out for its ‘most reliable network’ claims, comes word that T-Mobile is going to run a similar print spot.

In a new print ad, set to run in today’s issue of USA Today, T-Mobile bashes AT&T’s Next program, calling it ‘sneaky and ‘underhanded.’ The copy also quotes a Verge article, saying “AT&T’s reaction to T-Mobile’s transparency is to be more deceptive than ever.” Read More

 

Apple closes gap with Android in May, thanks to T-Mobile

By Ed Sutherland on Jul 8, 2013

Apple may want to thank its newest U.S. carrier partner, T-Mobile USA, for helping narrow the gap between iOS and Google’s leading Android smartphone software. According to a newly-released market survey, Android had 52 percent of the domestic market in May 2013 while Apple scored 41.9 percent, a 3.5 percent gain over the same end of May period in 2012.

The figures are slightly encouraging to Apple, which held 39 percent of the U.S. smartphone market according to another research firm in June. Remarkable about today’s numbers is how the iPhone accounted for more than half of T-Mobile smartphone sales, enticing a higher-than-average percent of feature phone owners to upgrade to the Apple handset… Read More

 

New nationwide test shows AT&T LTE network is fastest, Verizon is most reliable

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2013

Here in the US, we’re fortunate to have a wide selection of wireless providers with LTE networks. Where many countries have none, or just one, all four of our top carriers, and several regional carriers have deployed the technology nationwide.

But with choice comes decisions—you have to decide which LTE provider to go with. Luckily, the folks over at PC Mag have driven over 20,000 miles across the United States testing the country’s top four carriers to help you make that decision… Read More

 

Hacked T-Mobile carrier update brings HD Voice to the iPhone 4S

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2013

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 you hacks for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.

This time around, the developers say that the modded update is good for more than just speed improvements. For iPhone 5 users, it adds a 4G toggle so you can switch it off to conserve battery life. And for 4S users, it adds HD Voice support… Read More

 
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