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

 

T-Mobile overtakes Sprint to become third largest US carrier

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2015

It’s official. T-Mobile has overtaken Sprint to become the third largest carrier in the United States. During its earnings call on Tuesday, Sprint told investors that it ended its most recent quarter, which ended in June, with 56.8 million customers.

That falls just shy of the 58.9 million subscribers T-Mobile finished with in its most recent quarter, which also ended in June, officially moving the Magenta-colored company into the third largest US carrier spot, behind AT&T and Verizon Wireless. 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

 

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

 

Cellular Continuity allows for phone calls on iPads even when your iPhone is off

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 15, 2015

Last week, it was reported that cellular Continuity would be making its way to iOS 9. The first carrier to support cellular Continuity is T-Mobile, which is unsurprising; it was the first to adopt Wi-Fi calling on iPhone as well.

Cellular Continuity allows you to use the Continuity features that debuted with iOS 8, features such as the ability to answer phone calls destined for your iPhone on Macs and iPads, without needing the involved devices to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

That means that you’ll be able to leave your iPhone at home, and still receive phone calls on your iPad or other valid device while away from home and connected to the Internet via cellular or Wi-Fi.

But it goes deeper than that. After testing out this new feature on the iOS 9 beta, the Continuity features appear to be truly bound at the cellular network level. In fact, I could receive phone calls on my iPad while my iPhone was completely turned off. Watch our video demonstration for more insight. Read More

 

T-Mobile taking over $100 off all iPads for Mother’s Day

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

Folks still scrambling to find a Mother’s Day gift before Sunday may be interested to know that T-Mobile is currently running a promotion on iPads. For a limited time, the carrier is taking more than $100 off all iPad models including the Air 2, mini 3, and second-gen mini.

As always, there are a few stipulations. You can’t just buy the tablet outright and receive the $100+ credit—you have to purchase it on an Equipment Installment Plan, and you must keep a 1GB+ Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan active and in good standing for 24 months. Read More

 

T-Mobile and Blackberry agree to forgive and forget

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2015

BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced on Thursday that the handset-maker has resumed its partnership with T-Mobile. You’ll recall that the two companies decided to part ways last year following a smartphone promotion where the carrier targeted BlackBerry users with an iPhone 5s offer.

Chen says the new agreement won’t result in him wearing magenta shirts, but he concedes that it’s the right move for both customers and shareholders. “Expanding availability of BlackBerry’s products and services to T-Mobile’s tens of millions of U.S. customers is an important step for us.” Read More

 

T-Mobile again offering free MLB At Bat Premium subscription to customers

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2015

Football season has long been over and basketball is getting there, but baseball season is just getting started. And for fans of the sport who are either on T-Mobile, or thinking about it, you’ll be interested to know that the carrier is once again offering MLB At Bat Premium to customers.

As noted by Droid-Life, the promotion is season-long, beginning May 1 and running through the end of September. To qualify, customers must download the MLB At Bat app on Android or iOS while on T-Mobile’s network—you will not get the discount if you are on Wi-Fi or roaming. Read More

 

Google wants you to have free international roaming with its new network

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

Google wants US subscribers of its upcoming mobile phone service to be able to roam the globe and see no extra charges. Specifically, The Telegraph reports Google is in talks with Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the mobile operator Three and soon O2 in the UK. Read More

 

T-Mobile’s new coverage map uses crowdsourcing for near ‘real-time’ results

By Jake Smith on Mar 30, 2015

T-Mobile is trying to once again shake things up in the mobile industry with the announcement of a new, real-time coverage map for prospective customers.

Boasting itself as “the industry’s first and only crowdsourced, customer-verified network coverage map”, T-Mobile is aiming to show new data bi-monthly to help you decide if it’s worth making the switch. Read More

 

T-Mobile brings Uncarrier plans to businesses, announces ‘Un-contract’

By Jake Smith on Mar 18, 2015

T-Mobile has announced its Uncarrier plans will now extend to small business accounts, as it looks to take on larger carriers AT&T and Verizon, who cover most of the business wireless accounts across the US.

With a Red Bull and f-bombs aplenty, non-traditional T-Mobile CEO John Legere just announced at an event in New York its business plans are up to 40 percent cheaper than rival offerings from AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Read More

 

T-Mobile extends Data Stash to prepaid customers, 10GB of free LTE data included

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2015

Back in November, carrier T-Mobile USA unveiled Data Stash, a much welcomed deal for subscribers that rolled all unused data over to the next month, for up to a year, while stocking each Data Stash with ten gigabytes of free data.

Monday, the wireless company extended Data Stash to prepaid customers. Just like Data Stash for subscribers, prepaid customers will also get ten gigabytes of free 4G LTE data.

The promotion kicks off March 22. It’s the same deal postpaid customers have been enjoying: any unused data gets automatically put in the virtual Data Stash, where it can be used anytime during that year. Read More

 

Sprint will pay what it costs for you to switch carriers

By Jake Smith on Mar 15, 2015

Sprint really wants your business. Not only will it cut your bill in half, but now the nation’s fourth-largest carrier will pay the early termination fee and any remaining payments at its competitors for you to come over to its network.

The early termination fee is why many customers don’t make the switch from one carrier to another. In many cases, the fee is required to be paid to end the two-year contract carriers like to lock you into. Read More

 

T-Mobile claims it’s third largest US carrier over Sprint

By Jake Smith on Feb 19, 2015

T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims that his Uncarrier is now the third largest carrier in the United States, overtaking Sprint for the spot behind AT&T and Verizon. Legere had been predicting the overtaking of Sprint for sometime, and he finally made the claim it’s happened during T-Mobile’s earnings call Thursday afternoon. Read More

 

Kim Kardashian mocks herself in T-Mobile’s Super Bowl advertisement

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

In an effort to continue boosting its subscriber numbers, T-Mobile will be airing an advertisement in the Super Bowl this Sunday, with none-other than Kim Kardashian. And in typical T-Mobile fashion, it’s a hilarious ad spot that should garner some attention. #KimsDataStash Read More

 

Google’s wireless service will reportedly switch between carriers for best connection

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports Google’s upcoming and rumored wireless service won’t rely on one single carrier, and instead will switch between networks to give customers the best wireless signal.

The service will feature new technology that would hunt through cellular connections provided by Sprint and T-Mobile and Wi-Fi hotspots, picking whichever offers the best signal to route calls, texts and data, the newspaper’s sources said.  Read More

 
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