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T-Mobile To Launch First Narrowband-IoT Network Next Month




T-Mobile plans to initially deploy a Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Las Vegas next month with the goal of completing the deployment across the country by 2018 as a part of an effort to advance its IoT push. Along with the NB-IoT network deployment, T-Mobile also announced that it will roll out support for the Cat-M IoT standard for voice services in 2018. To help the manufacturers and developers of connected devices release their product to the market, the Un-carrier confirmed the availability of the first NB-IoT modules from Sierra Wireless, Telit and u-blox in 2018, with initial testing on those modules being conducted in T-Mobile’s labs. Once the testing phase is completed, connected device makers will be able to bring their products online on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network.


Field tests for the NB-IoT kicked off earlier this year in partnership with giant chipmaker Qualcomm and Ericsson. The testing process was completed in July of this year, making T-Mobile the first carrier in the country to have done so using 200KHz of its AWS spectrum, which is typically applied to high-bandwidth LTE connections. The same spectrum is also expected to support part of T-Mobile’s 5G rollout in the future. According to T-Mobile, the NB-IoT standard provides a more efficient way of fueling IoT applications because it can transmit data on a small spectrum. That means an NB-IoT network will be able to reach far-flung areas as it has longer battery life and faster speed to help organizations connect to as many devices as they can with a stable data stream without spending large amounts of money.



In addition to expanding its network to meet the connectivity requirements of customers, T-Mobile has also launched a new set of IoT solutions called SyncUP FLEET that is built to help businesses manage and reduce the cost of fuel and minimize maintenance issues of their vehicles. The cloud-based IoT solution features connected hardware and several management tools that are accessible via any mobile device or desktop computers. In order to use the SyncUP FLEET device, users need to plug it into their vehicle’s standard on-board diagnostics port. The solution is set for rollout in the fall for $3 per month, with a $15 monthly charge per vehicle for unlimited mobile data plan.
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T-Mobile’s “Unlimited” plans have something called the “fair usage threshold.” This is basically a fancy term for throttling after you reach a certain point. That point was previously 32GB, but now the company is slated to raise it to 50GB.
A leaked document claims T-Mobile will raise the threshold on September 20th. They already raised it from 23GB earlier this year. While the plans are still technically unlimited, being throttled sucks. However, 50GB should be really hard for someone to hit.
Are you on T-Mobile’s ONE plan? Do you ever get close to reaching the threshold? How does it feel to get throttled?
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A Merger May Propel T-Mobile Stock Over $90: Analyst




A merger with Sprint could bring the shares of T-Mobile north of $90, Mike McCormack of Jefferies Equity Research Americas estimated as part of his Tuesday research note. The stock of the third largest wireless carrier in the United States is presently trading at over $63, up almost 35 percent year-on-year, and T-Mobile is expected to increase its valuation even further by a significant degree if it manages to agree on a consolidation with Sprint on its own terms. While the two have been unofficially exploring the idea of a merger for many years now, SoftBank’s initial approach was essentially shot down by the former Obama administration in its infancy and the current state of affairs would make T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom more likely to be the buyer instead of the selling party in a hypothetical tie-in scenario.
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The German telecom giant supposedly proposed a stock-for-stock deal to Sprint which its Japanese parent may be close to accepting, consequently yielding some of its voting rights in a merged entity in exchange for making the deal happen in accordance with the current market value. Such a turn of events would presumably leave Deutsche Telekom with control of the consolidated company and further propel the current value of T-Mobile stock given that additional leverage, Mr. McCormack believes, citing numerous analyses ran by Jefferies Equity Research Americas. Like many other industry watchers, Mr. McCormack believes that the biggest obstacle to a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile are regulators, i.e. numerous antitrust reviews such a proposal would prompt. The transaction would at the very least have to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice, all three of which could require significant concessions from the two mobile service providers or refuse to sanction the deal altogether.


Some more recent reports indicate that the current political climate in the United States could see the deal be approved sooner than expected and that both T-Mobile and Sprint should be pushing for it right now at all costs, with other industry watchers speculating that the likes of Comcast and Dish could play a major role in any competition reviews of such a proposal by demanding concessions from both firms under the threat of antitrust lawsuits. Mr. McCormack acknowledged the potential role of wireless newcomers in that scenario but didn’t go as far as to predict that their approach to the situation would be so aggressive.
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T-Mobile's New 600MHz Band 71: What You Need to Know

The LG V30 on T-Mobile taps into the carrier's Band 71 network. Here's what that means.

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The LG V30 is coming to T-Mobile on Oct. 13, and it will be the first phone that runs on the carrier's new 600MHz network, also known as LTE Band 71.
T-Mobile bought a nationwide swath of this spectrum earlier this year for $8 billion, and has already begun building it out. The idea is to fill in the final gaps in T-Mobile's rural coverage.
Where did Band 71 come from?





Remember UHF TV? This was channels 38-51.
What phones use Band 71?

At the moment, the LG V30%displayPrice% at %seller% is the only phone supporting Band 71; T-Mobile promises a Samsung phone by the end of the year. The Pixel 2 won't have it, nor will the iPhone X. We'll see more phones with it next year, and it'll be on all new T-Mobile phones by the end of next year, except maybe the iPhone. Apple follows its own rules.
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So, does that mean I shouldn't buy an iPhone?

Not if you already have decent T-Mobile coverage, and you tend to go places with T-Mobile coverage. Band 71 is about covering rural areas where T-Mobile doesn't have coverage yet.
Will band 71 make T-Mobile viable in rural areas?

T-Mobile is already viable in a lot of rural areas. If you haven't checked out its coverage in the past year, it's expanded a lot. Take a look at our story, A Peek into T-Mobile's Massive LTE Growth, for more. Especially between 2015 and mid-2017, T-Mobile's rural coverage massively changed. Band 71 will help further.
Where is T-Mobile installing Band 71?

Right now, it's in Cheyenne, WY, and Scarborough, ME. Those towns already have T-Mobile coverage; the point is for T-Mobile to be able to test its Band 71 equipment in a real-world context without making too much of a splash.



Before the end of 2017, T-Mobile has promised to install Band 71 in parts of Wyoming, Northeast and Southwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, additional areas of Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia, and Eastern Washington.
T-Mobile sent us two maps for its end-of-2017 coverage: one with Band 71 and one without. Comparing the maps, it looks like northern Wisconsin and Michigan; the Dakotas; and rural Missouri and Kansas will initially get the Band 71-only treatment.


What could hold it up?

Existing TV stations are relocating out of the band in 10 phases between now and July 2020. T-Mobile has to wait for the TV stations to vamoose to build out the new network. Many stations are evacuating ahead of their deadlines, though.



Also, if T-Mobile merges with Sprint and disappears up its own rear end figuring out how to reconcile the two businesses, all timelines are off.
How fast is Band 71?

In most of the country, T-Mobile has either 15+15 or 20+20 MHz of spectrum, which should deliver good speeds, but it depends on how far apart T-Mobile puts the towers. We think 10-20Mbps will be the norm. Band 71 can't yet be "aggregated" with other bands to provide super-fast connectivity, but that will come on new phones next year.
What's the Band 71 experience like now?

Pretty low-key. Almost everyone in Cheyenne and Scarborough will be on T-Mobile's faster Band 2 and 4 networks. It might extend T-Mobile into some buildings and cellars in those areas, but the real "green field" rollout hasn't happened yet.
In areas with existing coverage, "customers will see benefits similar to our 700MHz Extended Range deployments, like coverage that travels twice as far and works four times better in buildings," T-Mobile says.
Is all of T-Mobile's new coverage Band 71?

Not until the end of this year. T-Mobile is still building out Band 12 in "a few remaining areas" between now and December, the carrier tells us. Band 12, which T-Mobile calls "extended range LTE," has similar characteristics to Band 71, but it's supported on almost all phones sold right now, including iPhones.



Taking two examples, T-Mobile has Band 12 licenses it hasn't built out in far upstate New York and in Montana. (It relies on roaming partners in both areas.) If it builds out new coverage in either of those places, it might be band 12, not band 71, so you might not need a new phone. But if your area doesn't have Band 12 by the end of the year, you'll probably need a Band 71 phone for any new coverage, if I understand correctly what they're telling me.
What else is happening coverage-wise?

We've been waiting all year for T-Mobile to close a big deal with U.S. Cellular, which could greatly improve T-Mobile's LTE coverage in the Midwest. That wouldn't help people who live there and want to subscribe to T-Mobile—it's a roaming agreement—but it'll improve service for T-Mobile subscribers traveling through. We've heard it's stuck on technical integration involving voice-over-LTE systems, but they're working it out.
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Analysts Expect T-Mobile’s Growth To Accelerate Through 2019




BTIG Research is now predicting that T-Mobile will see accelerated growth in both subscribers and revenues over at least the next two years. More specifically, the research analysts expect that T-Mobile will see $3.8 billion in free-cash-flow for 2018, while that number increases significantly to around $6 billion for 2019. Meanwhile, it is expected that T-Mobile will add around 3 million users in both 2018 and 2019. The improvements to its standings, according to BTIG, are expected to be primarily impacted by the carrier’s expansion into new suburban and rural markets. That’s in addition to its increasing market share in the enterprise space and with consumers in the 55+ age bracket. Moreover, the new estimates take the level of free-cash-flow the company has built up over the past several years into account, in conjunction with its ever-increasing stock prices.



The growth in users also follows the current growth rate of the mobile provider, which is on track to add 2.8 million postpaid subscribers for the 2017 fiscal year. BTIG also says that number was actually down from where it could have been, thanks to lack of excitement for new devices and the fact that the company’s Digits subscribers are not included in growth figures. It goes without saying, however, that the new assessment of T-Mobile’s standings is not without its associated risks. BTIG puts forward that the network could effectively outgrow itself. If the carrier’s rate of growth outstrips that of its infrastructure, the overall performance of its network could degrade. That would almost certainly result in a higher churn rate for T-Mobile, which would, in turn, negatively impact T-mobile’s free-cash-flow and other figures. Beyond that, an increase to the ferocity of competition, in terms of pricing, could stifle the service provider’s current rate of growth.



Bearing all of that in mind, T-Mobile and Sprint are also currently reported to be in talks to negotiate a merger between the two carriers. There’s no guarantee that even if the two agree to terms that the merger will be allowed to happen by regulators, but any such merger would definitely have some impact on T-Mobile’s standings. Whether or not that would be a positive or a negative impact, remains to be seen, but many predict the merger would benefit both companies due to T-Mobile’s growth potential and Sprint’s network spectrum holdings.
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T-Mobile Now Requires Down Payment For Devices $900 & Up




T-Mobile has altered the upfront cost of mobile devices that are worth more than $900 under the Un-carrier’s JUMP! On-Demand program beginning on October 23. That means some JUMP! On-Demand customers will now have to pay an additional amount upfront if they wish to purchase a handset with a high price point. Accordingly, the move is in keeping with the rising costs of high-end mobile devices, though the mobile telecommunication company says it is offering various options for customers who otherwise want to opt for a $0 down payment.


The policy change means that super expensive phones like the Galaxy Note 8, which costs upward of $900 depending on individual carriers, will be extra costly. However, it appears that the new upfront costs for $900+ devices do not apply to all JUMP! On-Demand subscribers. That is because only customers who do not fulfill the credit requirements for $900+ devices are required to pay a down payment, according to a document that provides some details about the policy overhaul. On the other hand, customers who wish to upgrade their devices on the JUMP! On-Demand plan and who belong to credit categories A, B, W, or 4 with at least three years of contract duration with T-Mobile are eligible for the $0 down payment for phones costing more than $900. Earlier in August, T-Mobile has updated its JUMP! On-Demand plan to let customers upgrade their devices every month, a major change from the previous policy that only allowed subscribers to upgrade their handsets not more than three times a year. Furthermore, customers who are in the credit class J with any contract tenure can also avail of devices with that price point with no upfront cost.


T-Mobile announced JUMP! On-Demand in June 2015 to let users upgrade to a new device anytime without paying $10 per month as in the case with the JUMP plan. T-Mobile’s change of upfront costs for $900+ handsets might have been triggered by the rapidly increasing price points of flagship phones, and it remains to be seen how this move by the Uncarrier will affect the sale of its high price point devices.
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T-Mobile Offers Nest Secure Pack + Nest Cam Combo With Cellular Backups



T-Mobile announced this morning that it has teamed up with Nest to offer a cellular-equipped version of its new Nest Secure product. With this partnership, you’ll be able to get Nest Secure that has additional cellular backup and notification capabilities powered by T-Mobile’s network.
According to T-Mobile, their offer includes a Nest Secure system (Nest Guard keypad, 2 Nest Detect motion sensors, and 2 Nest Tags) plus a Nest Cam Indoor for a total price of $480. To pay for it, you’ll put down $240 upfront, followed by $10 monthly payments for 24 months to finish out the full cost. For those keeping track, that’s essentially a $20 discount off the Nest Secure, plus a free Nest Cam Indoor ($199 value). That’s not a bad price!
Keep in mind that T-Mobile does require a $10 per month service plan (after $5 credit) on top of the equipment plan, so for the first 2 years with Nest Secure, it’ll cost you $240 upfront, followed by $20 per month in fees (equipment plan + service fee). The $10 cellular service plan covers unlimited cellular backups for Nest Secure, as well as Nest Aware for 10 days worth of recordings on the Nest Cam Indoor that is included.
How does this Nest Secure differ from the one you can by from Nest? Again, it’s all about the cellular capabilities, which are built right in. With backups also happening via cellular T-Mobile connection, you’ll have access to them at any time, even if the power goes out or your WiFi is down. Additionally, with WiFi down or power out, you’ll still get notifications from Nest Secure, thanks to the network connection.
For those curious, the Nest Guard in this special Nest Secure has a Cat 1 LTE module inside that connects to LTE bands 2, 4, and 12.
Nest Secure with T-Mobile arrives November 10. More info can be found here.
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T-Mobile is deploying gigabit LTE technology to fight Verizon and AT&T







T-Mobile has made remarkable strides in the last three years. Back in 2014, its network languished almost depressingly far behind Verizon and AT&T, and consumers had to choose between cheap and bad, or expensive and good.
Jump forwards to late 2017, and it’s a very different picture. T-Mobile has built out conventional towers across the country, bought and deployed new low-band spectrum from Verizon, and is in the midst of rolling out a brand-new LTE network that should enhance coverage in buildings and rural areas.




But network coverage isn’t the be-all end-all it once was. An increasing number of devices on networks, coupled with new trends in mobile video streaming, are putting a new kind of stress on mobile networks. Congestion became a big problem for networks this year: All networks now employ some kind of traffic-management (usually a restriction in the quality of video they’ll allow to be streamed), and global LTE speeds are down.
Combating this problem isn’t a matter of building more cell towers. Networks are employing new LTE technologies that make better use of existing spectrum and hyper-local “small-cell” sites, and T-Mobile is taking that mission to heart.
At an event in San Jose today, Qualcomm and T-Mobile demonstrated new gigabit LTE technologies in the wild. Gigabit LTE is a catch-all for a series of new LTE technologies that, on paper, can mean gigabit download speeds over LTE. More significantly, they can also increase capacity on a network, helping mitigate congestion and meaning that everyone can still enjoy a workable LTE connection.
There are three technologies which, when combined, deliver impressive speed and capacity upgrades. Carrier aggregation is the first, a technology that’s not really new to the scene. All four carriers have been using some form of CA for years; it combines multiple chunks of LTE spectrum across different frequencies to allow handsets to download data from multiple LTE bands simultaneously. 2CA, aggregating two carriers together, is already in widespread use, but modern phones (especially Android flagships using Qualcomm’s X16 modem) are capable of using four carriers at the same time.
Carrier aggregation will be taken to the next level with the help of another new tech being rolled out. LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) combines the usual LTE frequencies with unlicenses 5GHz spectrum, the same frequency that your Wi-Fi network uses. 5GHz signals are subject to more intereference and travel shorter distances, but are capable of much higher transfer speeds.
Multiple input multiple output (MIMO) is another new-but-rare technology T-Mobile is pushing out at speed. It increases the overall bitrate available by combining data streams from multiple antennas, and partners well with carrier aggregation. If carrier aggregation is like adding extra lanes to a highway, MIMO is like stacking a whole new highway on top.
The final piece of the puzzle is 256 QAM. Quadrature Amplitude Modulation is the means by which a carrier signal can transfer data, and the 256 means 256 distinct symbols that can be used to encode data. In this instance, more is better.
T-Mobile’s big announcement today was that these technologies are now available in 430 markets nationwide, with LAA support to be rolled out within the next two months. T-Mobile isn’t the first network to use these technologies, but the speed at which it’s deploying is remarkable. AT&T, by comparison, has said that 20 sites will be live by the end of this year.
Verizon has also been working feverishly to deploy LTE-Advanced across its network, with significant success. It has carrier aggregation deployed across 2,000 markets, and all three LTE-A technologies across 560 markets.
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Unread 2017-11-14, 04:13 PM   #259
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T-Mobile’s REVVL Plus Features 6″ Display, Awesome Paint Job, and $200 Price



T-Mobile announced the REVVL smartphone back in August, but today, the carrier announced the REVVL Plus.
The phone differs from the original REVVL in a few ways. First, it has a pretty awesome black and magenta paint job, plus a bigger 6″ FHD display and octa-core processor. Other specs include a dual camera on the backside (13MP + 5MP), 2GB RAM, rear-facing fingerprint reader, expandable storage, and Android Nougat.
The phone is priced at $0 down and only $9/month with an 18 month JUMP! on Demand lease or $8 down and $8/month for 24 months on a Equipment Installment Plan. Full retail price is $200.


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Here’s the full list of specs.
Specs
  • Camera: 13MP & 5MP RFC/8MP FFC
  • Battery: 3,380 mAh
  • Color: Special edition black with magenta accents
  • OS: Android N
  • Screen: 6” FHD IPS display
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: 32GB and expandable to 128GB
  • Bands: CAT 4 LTE Bands 2,4,5,12 & 66
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.25 x .35 in
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Octa-Core
The REVVL Plus arrives November 17, in-store and online.
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