T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile offering free year of unlimited LTE data for referrals and switchers

Now that the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is off, it looks like the race is on for the definitive third place spot in the ranks of US carriers. Sprint fired the first shot with its new ‘Family Share Pack’ plan, and today, T-Mobile responded.

The magenta carrier announced today a new promotion that will benefit both current and new customers. Starting next week, the company will start giving away one free year of unlimited LTE data for referrals and switchers…

T-Mobile to begin throttling select unlimited LTE customers too

It looks like Verizon isn’t the only carrier planning to throttle select unlimited LTE customers in the near future. A leaked internal memo surfaced today, confirming that T-Mobile will also begin slowing down the connections of some of its subscribers later this month.

According to the memo, throttling will only apply to heavy data users that are using their connection for peer-to-peer file sharing and unapproved tethering. Like Verizon, the carrier claims the move is part of a larger effort to improve its overall network performance…

Sprint no longer trying to acquire T-Mobile

The Wall Street Journal just announced that Sprint Corp. is terminating its attempts to purchase T-Mobile US Inc, due to regulatory issues. Over the past several months, we’ve seen several reports that Sprint was in talks with T-Mobile over a buyout deal, and even that the deal was close to finalizing.

If the buyout had taken place, the results would be a decrease in competition and very likely an increase in cellular plan pricing. According to WSJ…

French carrier Iliad makes $15 billion bid for T-Mobile

It appears that Sprint may have some new competition in the T-Mobile suitors club. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that French telecom Iliad has offered to buy T-Mobile U.S., putting in a bid of $15 billion cash for a majority 56.6% stake in the carrier.

Like T-Mobile in the United States, Iliad is the fourth largest wireless provider in France. Founded by billionaire French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, the company has climbed its way to the top by offering better pricing and customer service than the competition…

T-Mobile announces accessory payment plans coming July 20th

As expected, T-Mobile has announced that it plans to begin offering accessories under its equipment installment plan. The program, which initially launched last year, allows customers to  purchase mobile devices [and now accessories] for $0 and small monthly payments spread out over two years.

The plan does not require a downpayment for qualified customers, and applies to all accessories priced between $69 and $250. Customers must be a T-Mobile subscriber, with a Simple Choice plan, and if the service is ever terminated, they’ll be required to pay the remaining monthly payments in full…

iOS 8 beta 3 enables Wi-Fi Calling for T-Mobile iPhones

Last month, T-Mobile confirmed that it will support iOS 8’s new Wi-Fi calling feature when the update officially launches this fall. And today, the feature went live for developers with T-Mobile iPhones in the just-released iOS 8 beta 3.

For those unfamiliar with Wi-Fi calling, it allows users to place phone calls [natively] from their device over a Wi-Fi network, instead of their cellular network. Benefits of the feature include better call quality and improved battery life…

T-Mobile to begin offering accessories on installment plans this month

According to a new report, T-Mobile is set to begin allowing the purchase of accessories on EIPs (or equipment installment plans) later this month. Citing a leaked internal memo from the carrier, TmoNews says that the new option will be available on July 20th.

The move will enable  customers to pick up their favorite accessories, such as Beats headphones or Bluetooth speakers, without having to pay a large sum of cash up front. As it does with smartphones, T-Mobile will split up the price into small, monthly payments…

FTC accuses T-Mobile of placing unauthorized charges on phone bills for years [updated with note from the CEO]

T-Mobile has been aggressively marketing its Uncarrier initiatives to prove that it cares about customers, but the Federal Trade Commission has published a new complaint that accuses the carrier of knowingly cramming bogus charges onto customers’ phone bills for years. The FTC claims that T-Mobile made hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly placing charges for “premium” SMS subscriptions that, most often, were not authorized by customers…

Rhapsody updated with TrackMatch and support for T-Mobile’s new unRadio service

Rhapsody has updated its iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a few new features and improvements, but more importantly it adds support for the new unRadio service—Rhapsody’s joint venture with T-Mobile announced last night.

Among the new features is a song identification tool called TrackMatch, which allows users to identify and tag songs that are currently playing with a single tap. Rhapsody has also added Live Radio, enabling users to listen to live radio stations from around the world…

T-Mobile announces new ‘Test Drive’ program at latest Uncarrier event

T-Mobile has kicked off a press event in Seattle, Washington tonight that it is calling ‘Uncarrier 5.0.’ The provider has used similar uncarrier events in the past to announce industry-changing initiatives like ‘Jump’ and ‘No ETF fees,’ so that should tell you what we could see tonight.
John Legere has been on stage for a few minutes now, and has already made a number of announcements. Perhaps the biggest one we’ve heard thus far is a new program called ‘Test Drive,’ which will allow customers to borrow an iPhone 5s free for a week to test out T-Mobile’s network…

Bloomberg: T-Mobile and Sprint close to finalizing buyout deal

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that Sprint and T-Mobile are getting very close to reaching a deal for acquisition. The outlet says that the purchase, if agreed upon, will be made in about 50% stock and 50% cash, but there’s no word yet on price.

Sprint has been rumored to be interested in T-Mobile for months now. The carrier, which was recently taken over by Japan’s SoftBank, has been impressed with the ‘uncarrier’ movement, and a buyout will make it more of a threat to AT&T and Verizon…

T-Mobile announces Uncarrier 5.0 event slated for June 18

Somewhere during the craziness of Apple confirming the Beats acquisition deal yesterday, T-Mobile announced that it will be hosting a media event next month. The carrier sent out invitations for an Uncarrier 5.0 event, to be held in Los Angeles on June 18.
The invite, posted above, reads ‘we don’t play it safe and sound,’ but offers few clues on what T-Mobile is going to announce. In previous ‘Uncarrier’ events, however, the company has addressed various parts of the wireless business that most annoy consumers…