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T-Mobile now gives you even more data before throttling compared to other US carriers








T-Mobile has a policy of throttling its unlimited data plan subscribers after amassing 28GB of traffic – comparatively generous, considering the average US carrier threshold for throttling unlimited data is about 22GB. With this in mind, T-Mo has quietly raised the threshold to 30GB within a single billing cycle. We got to learn that from a change inside an entry on the company's "About" page, which is as official as it gets unless the carrier issues a press release.

Mind you, hitting the 30GB limit doesn't mean that T-Mobile will instantly lower your data speed. Rather, you will simply be more likely to get lower speeds during peak times and events of network congestion, because your connection is being deprioritized. Once normal activity resumes, or you enter a less-congested area, your connection will return to the expected level.
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T-Mobile spends $8 billion as big winner of FCC auction

T-Mobile, Dish Network and Comcast are the three big winners of the FCC's latest spectrum auction, which officially ended Thursday. Verizon did not bid.














The FCC announced the results of its incentive wireless spectrum auction, the most complicated auction that agency has run to date.
James Martin/CNET T-Mobile, Dish Network and cable giant Comcast emerged as the big winners in the government's wireless spectrum auction.
The Federal Communications Commission announced the winners of its $19.8 billion spectrum auction Thursday. T-Mobile spent $8 billion in the auction and won the biggest number of licenses, according to the FCC. Dish Network was in second, committing $6.2 billion, and Comcast spent a total of $1.7 billion. Verizon, which had committed ahead of time to participating in the auction, did not bid, the FCC said.
The broadcast incentive spectrum auction has been one of the agency's most complex and ambitious auctions to date. The auction, which began last year, was conducted over two major stages. A so-called backwards auction took place last year in which TV broadcasters agreed to give up wireless spectrum that the government later sold in a so-called forward auction to wireless providers.
The FCC said that it will pay TV broadcasters a total of $10.5 billion for 84 MHz of wireless spectrum.
Companies that bought the spectrum plan to use it to build out to their existing wireless networks. Spectrum is the range of radio frequencies used to transmit sound, data and video to TVs or smartphones. More spectrum means faster and more-reliable wireless service. Spectrum is a limited resource and it's controlled, for the most part, by the US government.
The 600MHz band, which was the spectrum up for grabs in this auction, has traditionally been used to transmit TV signals. This low-frequency spectrum works reliably indoors and across great distances, and it can help the carriers keep up with ever-increasing customer demands for coverage.
AT&T and Verizon, which were the big winners in the last auction of low-band spectrum in 2008, have built the foundation of their 4G LTE networks on low-band 700MHz spectrum, another sliver of spectrum that was once used to broadcast TV.





T-Mobile, the nation's third-largest wireless provider, has been trying to assemble a similar set of assets for its own network. But for the most part, T-Mobile lacks significant amounts of low-band spectrum.
A total of 62 bidders participated in the FCC's auction, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Dish Network, and T-Mobile.
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Exclusive: T-Mobile wants to redefine the way you buy phones













While AT&T and Verizon are all focusing on supplying you with a range of services – as opposed to just wireless communications – chief rival T-Mobile is snapping up all the wireless subscribers it can. Having reinvented the contract and what unlimited really means, T-Mobile’s next Uncarrier move looks set to take on the way you pay for your phone.
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According to marketing material for T-Mobile’s next big move that was shared with Android Authority, Magenta is set to offer its own device as well as redefine how you pay for your device plan each month. While we don’t have a lot of information about the device itself, we know its going to be a value-based proposition, designed to offer the hot new features of a $650-$850 flagship phone at a much more affordable price.


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What’s the next Uncarrier plan all about we hear you ask? We’re not able to reveal everything about this plan but it’s likely to be commitment free with lifetime warranty and insurance included. So if you’ve broken your phone, want a new one or have had enough and just want to return it, T-Mobile’s plan will have you covered.











As of right now, it’s unknown when T-Mobile plans to launch its new plan and the associated device(s), but it’s likely to be in Q3 based on the information we’ve seen.

Do you think a hassle free program to buy, trade in or return your phone without any fuss is something you’d be interested in? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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Report: T-Mobile to Offer Its Own Commitment Free Smartphone


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According to a new report, T-Mobile may soon enter the smartphone game, with the effort suggested to kick off in Q3 of 2017.
Few details were provided in the report, which is based on supposed marketing materials, but the gist is that T-Mobile will offer an affordable phone that could have a few high-end features, then couple that device with zero commitment on the buyer’s part.
Reportedly paired with an unannounced plan, buyers will be covered by a lifetime warranty on the device, meaning if you drop and break the phone, it’s covered. The no commitment aspect would mean if you get tired of the phone, you simply return it with no repercussions (fees, etc.). Essentially, it comes off as a rental program, where you pay for usage of the device each month, but can then return it whenever you’re ready to.
From the outside, this does seem like a very Uncarrier thing for T-Mobile do to. However, you’d hope the phone is actually pretty decent, unless you don’t mind spending money on some type of Android burner. We got a ways to go before Q3 comes around, and still, none of this information has been confirmed.
If T-Mobile offered you a phone with a lifetime warranty and no commitment, would you consider it?
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T-Mobile is about to make its most exciting new service free for all subscribers







It might’ve taken a little longer than the company had hoped, but T-Mobile is finally ready to unleash its new “Digits” product. First teased all the way back in October 2015 when a T-Mobile executive fired shots at AT&T’s just-announced NumberSync, T-Mobile eventually introduced Digits as a beta this past December. That beta has now hosted tens of thousands of participants according to Evan Feldman, T-Mobile’s director of product marketing, and the company is ready to make it available more widely.
In fact, T-Mobile is announcing on Thursday that Digits will be made available to everyone beginning May 31st, and every single subscriber will have his or her phone number transformed into a Digits number for free.


So, what exactly is a Digits number?
In a nutshell, Digits is a nifty service that combines the best features of services like Google Voice and AT&T NumberSync into a single product. It allows one phone number to work on multiple devices, and it also allows one device to support multiple phone numbers.
The first part — one phone number that works on multiple devices — means that users can have their phone number function across any phone, tablet, wearable, or PC. For example, you can start a text chat on your phone and then pick up right where you left off on your PC when you sit down at your desk (just like Apple’s iMessage). Then, if you move over to the couch, you can chat on your tablet.
Another great use case is having one Digits number that rings a subscriber’s cell phone, his office phone, his wife’s phone, her office phone, and the couple’s home phone. That Digits number can then be given to a child’s school to ensure that someone will always pick up when the school calls.
The other main piece of the Digits puzzle is the ability to have multiple Digits numbers on one device. Again, there are a plenty of use cases here, but the obvious one is people who carry two different phones for work and personal use. More than 30 million Americans carry multiple phones, according to T-Mobile’s data, but Digits allows them to carry one phone that can support both numbers and pull double duty.
Another good example is creating a “burner” number you can give out when you sell something on Craigslist. Once the sale is completed, you can deactivate the number and not worry about getting calls from random people or from telemarketing companies that might have scraped the site.
Beginning next week on May 31st, every single T-Mobile phone number becomes a Digits number. That means in addition to your main smartphone, you can also use it for voice calling and text messaging on any Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, wearable, or computer. This applies to all subscribers on all T-Mobile plans, postpaid and prepaid alike.
Subscribers on a T-Mobile One Plus plan will get a second Digits number free of charge. Note that this won’t happen automatically, however — you’ll need to call customer care or go to a T-Mobile retail store in order to activate your second Digits number for free, and this offer is only available for a limited time.
For everyone else, or for One Plus plan holders who want more than two Digits numbers, each additional number costs $10 per month. More information can be found on T-Mobile’s website.
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T-Mobile’s Digits service is coming to the US next week (Update: available now)







Update (5/31): The Uncarrier has just announced that all current T-Mobile numbers will be upgraded to Digits starting today. You can also now add additional lines to the Digits program for $10. However, T-Mobile One Plus customers will be able to score an extra Digit line at no extra cost for a limited time.


Original post (5/25): If you’ve ever wanted to use your primary phone number on your tablet or computer, you’d know there isn’t really an easy way to make that happen. Well, until now.

Back in December 2016, T-Mobile announced a new service that would allow users to sync their phone numbers across multiple devices for a low monthly fee. It’s been in beta testing since then, and T-Mobile today announced that it’s finally ready for prime time. T-Mobile Digits will launch in the United States next Wednesday, May 31.
You can use a single phone number on multiple devices including another phone, tablet, wearable, or computer
So what’s the big deal? Why should you use Digits? There are a few interesting use cases for the service. For starters, you can use a single phone number on multiple devices including another phone, tablet, wearable, or computer. It also supports a few advanced call forwarding features that allow you to use more than one phone number on the same device, including temporary phone numbers. This is perfect for those who want both personal and business phone numbers on the same phone.

The best part? Digits can even work on phones connected to Verizon, AT&T, and other networks. All you need to do is install the Digits app on that phone.


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T-Mobile Celebrating First Anniversary of T-Mobile Tuesdays Tomorrow, Lots of Goodies Planned


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T-Mobile is set to celebrate the first anniversary of T-Mobile Tuesdays this week, planning a major celebration that should leave many T-Mobile customers with lots of cool stuff.
Starting tomorrow (June 6), everyone will have an opportunity to win epic prizes like free gas for a year and a free year of movie tickets, but let’s be real, you probably won’t win anything like that. Instead, for basically all T-Mobile customers, T-Mobile is handing out $4 movie tickets on four separate occasions, each for a major blockbuster planned this year. If you checked last week, they gave out $4 tickets to Wonder Woman.
In addition to cheap movie tickets, on one of the four weeks in June, T-Mobile will also be providing free Baskin-Robbins ice cream vouchers, good for up to $4 at any BR location. And tomorrow, one day only, everyone will have a chance to win a year’s supply of Baskin-Robbins.
Other prizes set for this month include free T-Mobile trucker hats, $0.25 off each gallon at Shell stations, free Redbox game or movie rentals, and much more. Needless to say, if you are on T-Mobile and not taking advantage of this, you’re doing this whole consumer thing very wrong.
In other news, using stats from all of its previous T-Mobile Tuesdays, the Uncarrier made this handy dandy infographic. Y’all ate a lot of free pizza.
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T-Mobile’s Shiny New 600MHz Spectrum Goes Into Testing Very Soon





Back in April, T-Mobile purchased what it called the “mother lode” of 600MHz low-band spectrum, the type of spectrum that should greatly improve its network and help it expand into new markets. Today, the wireless carrier announced that it will begin testing portions of it as early as this summer, which is ahead of their initial schedule. That could mean commercial operations before the end of the year.
With this new spectrum up and running, T-Mobile customers will see better connections while in buildings, but there should also be better range from a tower. T-Mobile expects more than 1 million square miles to be covered by 600MHz spectrum in 2017.
Of course, a shiny new network isn’t worth much if nothing can run on it, so T-Mobile is preparing for the arrival of compatible phones before the end of the year. They specifically called out Samsung in today’s announcement, but there could be additional devices. For those who have been following the industry for some time, I think you know which phone from Samsung they are talking about. It’s gotta be the Galaxy Note 8, right?
This really is a chance for T-Mobile to stop suggesting it’s network is up there with Verizon’s and actually prove it.
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T-Mobile's LTE-U network is rolling out in select cities



Back in February, T-Mobile announced that it would begin using unassigned portions of the 5GHz spectrum to offer more bandwidth and coverage to its customers. The company called this 'LTE-U,' and said that it would start rolling out to customers in the spring. Well, it's a bit past spring, but we're now starting to see LTE-U go live in select cities.
T-Mobile says LTE-U is working in parts of Bellevue, WA; Brooklyn, NY; Dearborn, MI; Las Vegas, NV; Richardson, TX; and Simi Valley, CA. The feature will arrive in more locations, "later this year." Of course, you'll need a phone with the required hardware and software to utilize LTE-U, and right now only the Galaxy S8/S8+ is compatible.
In addition, T-Mobile announced that it had completed the first test of License Assisted Access (LAA) in Los Angeles. LAA combines the 5GHz unlicensed band (that LTE-U uses) and licensed spectrum to deliver a performance boost for users. T-Mobile says that the test resulted in a download speed of 741 Mbps, but the company isn't ready to roll that out just yet.
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T-Mobile will quietly hike prices to Verizon levels







According to a post on Redditand T-Mobile retail employees who talked to BGR, T-Mobile is planning on increasing the price of the One Plus add-on this week. One Plus currently costs $5 a month, and T-Mobile’s planning on bumping that up to $10.
The add-on buys T-Mobile customers a bunch of features that are already standard on Verizon’s base unlimited plan, including 10GB of tethering hotspot data, HD video streaming, better international roaming speeds, and free Wi-Fi on planes.



The hotspot data and HD video streaming are both perks that you get with Verizon’s base plan, and are arguably necessities for heavy users. Without the One Plus perk, T-Mobile’s plan is significantly cheaper than Verizon’s: The T-Mobile One plan is $70 a month for one line, whereas Verizon is $80. Four lines on T-Mobile is $160, whereas Verizon is $180. But add $10 per line for the One Plus promo, and T-Mobile is the same price for one line, and $20 a month more expensive for a family of four.
Sure, T-Mobile’s plan also includes taxes and fees, which can be as much as $10 per line on Verizon, depending where you live. But having the same price isn’t great for T-Mobile: Verizon’s network is more reliable and has demonstrably better coverage than T-Mobile’s, so anyone who travels to rural areas (or lives there!) is going to get a better network for the same price by going with Verizon.
This price hike, which could be coming as soon as tomorrow, is the latest in a string of tiny but noticeable changes to T-Mobile’s pricing strategy in the last year. The company has quietly increased rates for calling overseas, started charging for dialing in to conference call lines, and even ramped up the SIM activation fee, the very existence of which T-Mobile CEO John Legere once described as “bullshit.”
All in all, T-Mobile is looking less and less like an Uncarrier, and more like the companies it was once waging war on. What could make things much worse is a rumored merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, which would kill off the cheapest network in the country (Sprint) and remove any incentive for T-Mobile to even pretend to compete with Verizon and AT&T on price.
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T-mobile is utter junk this morning, and taking a beating on twitter for it.
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Outage somewhere? ..I didn't notice a difference anywhere on my drive
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Outage somewhere? ..I didn't notice a difference anywhere on my drive
I had zero service until about 10 min ago, seems like it hit the east coast more than the rest of the US, there were a lot of angry people on twitter about it.
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Yeah I checked the Tmobile outage page..and twitter
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T-Mobile’s Coverage Map Sure is Looking a Hell of a Lot Better These Days




T-Mobile is pretty proud of their network these days, and they probably should be! After all, they are investing heavily in it, looking to the future by buying billions of dollars worth of spectrum to help them expand, upgrading it with (or at least activating) new technologies, and caring about your performance on it. They spent an entire blog post today talking about a lot of this stuff, including how fast their LTE is, according to Ookla (lol?), while also shaming Sprint off the charts. It’s typical executive cheerleading fluff, but the bit of info that stood out to me and that you probably care about is the ever-expanding T-Mobile coverage map. You can see the evolution of it below over the years in a GIF they shared, starting in 2014.
Now, this is important because for years the biggest complaint about T-Mobile has been their lack of coverage outside of major cities. As someone who has been using T-Mobile primarily for the past few years, I can tell you that if Portland and Oregon are any sort of indicator of the improvements, this map isn’t lying.
For example, I spent a weekend on the Oregon coast recently and brought three phones with me, all with different SIM cards (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile). When I arrived at my rental house, I needed to access my VRBO listing for the code to get in the house and pulled out both Verizon and AT&T phones, assuming one of these with their large networks would be able to get me that info. Neither could catch a signal in Netarts, OR at the house’s location. I then dug into my bag for the phone with the T-Mobile SIM as a last resort, hoping to get lucky, since I had left it off because I figured there was no chance T-Mo would have service over those other two. Long-story short, it was the only phone to get me a decent enough connection to get that code for the house.
I’d also point out that when T-Mobile bought all of that spectrum a couple of months ago, they said they’d be expanding into new markets. As someone who grew up in Montana (a state that T-Mobile has avoided forever) and visits regularly, I can tell you that they weren’t joking. A friend of mine who has worked in the wireless industry for a good decade in Montana told me last week that T-Mobile is hiring like crazy and preparing to open stores all over the state. I’d imagine that’s the case in many places across the US in places T-Mobile had not previously been.
Thanks to a huge network investment, we've opened our first @TMobile Montana store in Missoula! Love Montana!! pic.twitter.com/cCbvKetCGO
— Jon Freier (@JonFreier) December 16, 2016
Sure, T-Mobile’s Ookla (😂😂&#128514 speedtest scores are impressive if you care about such things, but the big takeaway of their cheerleading should always come back to coverage for now. I know that many of you have avoided even testing out T-Mobile because of the stigma over their supposedly lacking network. I can tell you first hand that it’s probably time to revisit, not because T-Mobile is the best choice for everyone or the cheapest, but for the fact that they can be added to your list of choices, finally.
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T-Mobile can’t stop making money







T-Mobile, the little magenta phone company that could, isn’t so little any more. On Wednesday, it posted yet another stellar set of quarterly results, blowing away analyst estimates on the financial side. But far more importantly, it showed a record-low rate of customer attrition — in other words, customers are staying loyal and staying with T-Mobile.
In today’s cut-throat mobile world, loyal customers are worth their weight in gold, and T-Mobile’s stellar earnings shows why.





On two key metrics, T-Mobile smashed the analyst estimate. T-Mobile added 786,000 phone subscribers on postpaid plans in the second quarter, which ended June 30th. In the same quarter last year, T-Mobile added 646,000, meaning it increased customer growth by over 30,000 customers per month year-on-year.
Even better, the “churn” in customers was 1.1%, a record low for T-Mobile and a massive result considering the current state of the wireless industry. Over the last few months, T-Mobile’s competitors have rolled out their best-priced plans in years: Verizon has a reasonable Unlimited plan, AT&T is more aggressive on the low-end plans, and even Sprint is offering a year of free Unlimited service.
In the face of all that, T-Mobile’s net income rose to $581 million from $225 million a year earlier. That meant that earnings per share were 67 cents, compared to 25 cents per share a year earlier. Even analysts were only expecting 38 cents per share.
In light of all that, T-Mobile seems to be somewhat reconsidering the need to merge with another company in order to cash out. Rumors have been swirling for years that T-Mobile and Sprint will merge, but that plan seems to be slowing down a little. On the earnings call, T-Mobile CEO John Legere acknowledged the merger talk, but suggested that growth could come from within the company, rather than from a merger.
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OpenSignal Mobile Networks Report is Out and T-Mobile Cleaned House










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You are probably going to hear a lot from T-Mobile today, thanks to good news out of the latest OpenSignal “State of the Mobile Networks” report for August 2017. The Uncarrier managed to sweep the awards that are handed out for categories like download speed over 4G, 4G latency, and 4G availability. The report talks a lot about T-Mobile’s growth, but also the slowdown that Verizon and AT&T have seen since launching unlimited plans in recent months.
OpenSignal’s report measured over 5 billion data points from 170K+ devices (OpenSignal users) from the end of March to the end of June. They took all of that data to measure some of those items I mentioned above, but also broke it down to the city level, aka the 32 largest US markets to see how carriers faired there as well. Again, T-Mobile pretty much cleaned house in those areas as well.
Surprised? Let’s look at some of the big takeaways.
For one, the re-introduction of unlimited data by AT&T and Verizon certainly helped T-Mobile get to this point. As T-Mobile has suggested for months, those other networks may not be built for excessive load of a bunch of customers with unlimited data. OpenSignal’s data shows that since their last report, Verizon’s 4G and overall speeds dropped by 12%. AT&T dropped less than that, but still dropped. T-Mobile and Sprint both saw increases during that time, and keep in mind that T-Mobile is constantly adding customers while that increase is happening.
One of the better stats I saw was the 4G availability metric, which OpenSignal says “measures the proportion of time a user can connect to a particular network.” So they are saying that T-Mobile customers were able to connect to 4G more than any other carrier (90% of the time). Verizon was right behind it at 89.8%. Do understand that they aren’t saying that in rural Montana you are going to be connecting to T-Mobile 4G more than you would be Verizon. They are saying that T-Mobile customers, who are in T-Mobile covered areas, were connecting to 4G more often. That make sense? Still, that’s good news for T-Mobile.
And finally, in the city-by-city analysis, OpenSignal says that it’s a 2-way battle between Verizon and T-Mobile. Their numbers show that these two essentially match each other for performance (both 4G download speed and availability) in the biggest markets. In the 32 markets they examined, T-Mobile or Verizon either ranked highest or tied for first place. Poor Sprint and AT&T.
So what should you take away? Well, T-Mobile, as we talked about just a few weeks ago, has an ever-improving network that should be grabbing your attention at this point. It’s faster than the others, performs better in cities, and should only get stronger as T-Mobile lights up all that new spectrum over the next couple of years. Let’s just hope they stay the Uncarrier and don’t take these successes only to become another carrier.
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T-Mobile Thinks 600MHz Will Help It Compete with Verizon & AT&T




T-Mobile is a strong believer of its recently acquired 600MHz spectrum being the great equalizer to closing the gap between its network and those of its close rivals, AT&T and Verizon. Both AT&T and Verizon have the best networks in the US – depending on the metric, one is above the other but not in every metric – and that is largely due to its low-band spectrum that both carriers have. Between the two, nearly three-quarters of the US’ low-band spectrum belonged to those two companies, before the Incentive auction which ended earlier this year.
A few years ago, T-Mobile picked up some 700MHz spectrum from Verizon and had been grabbing more from other regional carriers to extend that 700MHz footprint. Prior to this, T-Mobile did not have any low-band spectrum (this was mostly due to its parent company, Deutsche Telekom not taking part in those auctions). Since T-Mobile started building out its 700MHz network, its network has gotten much stronger, and surpassed Sprint, and many reports show that it is faster than Verizon and AT&T now. The only real issue left for T-Mobile, keeping it from being the best is its coverage. Verizon and AT&T cover more of the US than T-Mobile or Sprint. And that’s where 600MHz comes into play.



During the Incentive Auction, T-Mobile picked up a ton of 600MHz spectrum, it picked up more than everyone else combined. And it is already building out this spectrum, as you’d expect. The 600MHz spectrum is going to help T-Mobile improve its coverage, especially indoors. As low band spectrum is better at offering more coverage with less towers, but the bandwidth is smaller. Meanwhile high-band doesn’t cover much, but has a ton of bandwidth. Which is why it’s important for 5G. An analyst, Nils Paellmann stated at a conference in Boston this week that with 5G coming, a lot of the LTE radios made for 600MHz will work with 5G through a simple software update on the device. Meaning that these 600MHz compatible devices coming later this year and next year will be perfect for 5G in the next few years. Which is the next step for T-Mobile and it could help it accelerate its 5G efforts.
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T-Mobile Enables its First 600MHz Network Sites in the United States

T-Mobile has struggled to compete with other wireless carriers in the United States when it comes to overall coverage. The service is typically great when you get signal, but their high frequency network has been known to struggle when you’re inside an office building, down in a basement/parking garage, or sometimes just in your own house. This is why the 600MHz spectrum auction held by the FCC earlier this year was so important for them to stay competitive.
The company did well too with around $8 billion spent to acquire 45% of the 600Mhz frequency spectrum that was up for auction. Wireless carriers have been known to take a long time roll out new spectrum support but T-Mobile has been aggressive as they know how important it is for them and their future customers. Sadly, with this being a new frequency it means that current smartphones do not have the capabilities to utilize it at this time.
But we learned that Qualcomm was making a hardware revision to the Snapdragon 835 SoC that would add support for the 600MHz frequency in their X16 modem. This is only half of the pie though as T-Mobile also has to install new antennas so they can beam service to their customers. This is what the company has announced today in Cheyenne, Wyoming with some Nokia equipment. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is the first step in a much bigger rollout that’s planned.
Along with this first 600MHz network site going live, T-Mobile has also announced additional locations which are planned for the future. This includes Wyoming, Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia and Eastern Washington. We aren’t told exactly when these new network sites will go up, but we’re told it will increase T-Mobile’s LTE coverage from 315 million Americans today to 321 million by the end of the year.
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T-Mobile’s plan is working: Customers actually like the network







T-Mobile has made a big deal these past few years of being the “Un-Carrier.” Led by outspoken CEO John Legere, it simplified plans, removed extra taxes and overage fees, and shifted away from the old buy-a-subsidized-device-on-two-year-contract plan.
Underlying all of the efforts was the need to change how customers perceive their carriers. Telecoms companies, including wireless, are generally hated by customers, and T-Mobile figured that if it could change that, a lot of other things would fall into place.


Well, it’s working. A new survey conducted for Business Insider says that T-Mobile’s customers are way more loyal than subscribers on the other networks. 23% of T-Mobile’s customers wouldn’t switch networks “for anything,” compared to about 15% for AT&T and Verizon. Sprint customers are desperate for a change: Only 7% of them wouldn’t change.
Measuring satisfaction with a mobile network is notoriously difficult, but the simple question about what it would take to get you to switch is telling. It’s possibly the thing that wireless companies care about most: postpaid “churn,” or the percentage of customers switching every quarter, is a metric that analysts rely on heavily to predict future earnings. T-Mobile posted a record-low churn in Q1 this year, so the numbers add up with BI‘s survey.
The customer loyalty is even more important for T-Mobile in the current marketplace. Thanks largely to T-Mobile’s own push to simplify plans and offer unlimited data, the wireless industry right now is more competitive than it’s ever been. All four wireless carriers offer relatively cheap unlimited data plans with no contract, which makes it easy to jump ship from one provider to the other.
T-Mobile’s financial success is good for the network long-term, as well. With enough subscribers onboard, T-Mobile has the money and motivation to bring its network up to scratch compared to Verizon and AT&T. That’s exactly what it’s doing: it paid $8 billion for valuable new spectrum earlier this year, and is moving crazy fast to build out a 600MHz LTE network that should offer coverage comparable to Verizon. It’s also investing in LTE-Advanced technologies and building thousands of small cell sites to help with capacity on the network.
It can do all this because of the faith that there’s going to be customers at the end who’ll want to pay for the network. Sprint, by comparison, has oodles of spectrum sitting around, but no money, which is why its network sucks. It’s essentially a circle of poverty: the network is bad, so no-one signs up, which means Sprint can’t reinvest anything in making its network better.
Now, everything is rosy at the moment, but we can’t put up a “job well done” sign and move on to fixing broadband quite yet. The Uncarrier, for all its customer-friendly moves, still pulls old tricks like adding unnecessary fees for new lines, uses questionable sales tactics to sell customers things they don’t need, and pushes two-year phone “Equipment Installment Plans” as a replacement for the old two-year contracts.
There’s also the problem of Sprint. Right now, Sprint plays a vital role in the marketplace of keeping downwards pricing pressure on the other carriers, thanks to its dirt-cheap unlimited plan. But Sprint’s owner wants to sell or merge the company, and there’s a danger that it could merge with T-Mobile, or be absorbed by an ISP like Charter or Comcast. If that happens, Sprint’s price pressure will be gone, and there’ll be nothing stopping the remaining three carriers from slowly raising prices to over $100 per line.
In short: competition is doing exactly what it should be doing to make T-Mobile better, and customers are rewarding it with some serious loyalty. But don’t be fooled into thinking T-Mobile is doing this out of some sense of corporate benevolence. It’s just good business practice, and that won’t last forever.
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T-Mobile's next big move will be announced on September 6th at Un-carrier Next






Love him or hate him, John Legere has done a lot for T-Mobile since he took the reins in late 2012. The company's latest announcement, entitled Un-carrier Next, has been set for September 6th, and from the video T-Mobile uploaded onto its YouTube channel, it looks like it'll be something big.

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The 26-second long video features a team rushing to get something shot. Someone knocks on and opens the door to Legere's room, where he is looking through a script entitled "UN-CARRIER NEXT." Legere then comes out, picks a jacket, answers a crew member's "Are you ready for this?" with an enthusiastic "Oh hell yeah," and walks in front of the camera. A clapperboard is clapped, and the video ends, leaving us to wonder what exactly the announcement could contain.
In the YouTube video's comments, some people are making guesses, while others are openly wondering what it could be. Some guesses include a re-announcement of 600MHz and a stop to de-prioritization. It looks like we'll just have to wait until September 6th at 8am PT (11am ET), at which point the announcement will be broadcast here.
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T-Mobile’s Un-Carrier Next Brings Free Netflix For Family Plans




T-Mobile’s big Un-Carrier Next announcement was today, which was a pretty simple move for T-Mobile. It is adding Netflix to all of its family plans on T-Mobile ONE. This is available for all those with two lines or more on T-Mobile ONE. Which can be as low as $40/month if you have four lines (on T-Mobile’s $160 promo plan). T-Mobile is touting that it is giving customers something they want, with Netflix being added to their unlimited plans.



Now to get Netflix from T-Mobile for free, it’s quite simple. Beginning Tuesday, September 12th, users will be able to add the subscription online, visiting their local store or calling T-Mobile’s customer service to have it added to their plan. Those that may already have a Netflix account will be covered as well. This basically means that you’ll be spending $10/month less on entertainment. Now it’s important to note here that you will need to be on T-Mobile ONE with taxes and fees included. If you are on another plan from T-Mobile, you’ll need to switch to T-Mobile ONE to be eligible for this promo. Those with two lines on any plan, can switch to T-Mobile ONE and you’re good to go, you won’t need to add any new lines to your plan either.



T-Mobile says that it is able to do this because its network is better than the competition, even with unlimited data. T-Mobile has optimized video data on its network, so that it doesn’t take as much of a hit as those on other networks would. T-Mobile does actually have the fastest speeds right now out of the four major networks in the US. And with Netflix being such a big deal in the US already – there are already 50 million customers for Netflix in the US alone. This deal is an exclusive deal for Netflix and T-Mobile at this point. That may change in the future, but for now, only Netflix is doing this with T-Mobile, not other carriers. And of course this will help Netflix expand its footprint and get in front of even more eyes than it already does.
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Ookla Issues Latest Speedtest Report, Crowns T-Mobile Fastest Network







After announcing free Netflix for T-Mobile ONE customers yesterday, T-Mobile has additional news to celebrate this morning. Ookla, the makers of the Speedtest.net app you probably use to check internet speeds on your phone and computer, through their latest Speedtest report, crowned T-Mobile the fastest wireless carrier nationwide for the first half of 2017, topping Verizon.
This latest report from Ookla covers speedtests from Q1 and Q2 of this year and shows that overall speeds in the US have increased from 2016 to 2017 by 19.2%. The average download speed throughout the country now sits at 22.69Mbps. Unfortunately, upload speeds haven’t changed much, which should shock no one who subscribers to home internet service that isn’t Fiber.
Outside of the nationwide numbers, you probably just care about the individual carrier stuff we mentioned in the opening. And yes, T-Mobile came out on top followed by Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, in that order. You can see the average download speeds below for each carrier, showing T-Mobile posting speeds almost 8Mbps faster than Sprint, who sits in last place. They eclipsed Verizon by 2Mbps.
According to Ookla, they figure the win for T-Mobile amounts to their “tightly-spaced cell site grid and a smaller subscriber base” than Big Red or AT&T, but that their expansion into new markets, while refarming other spectrum to LTE has helped as well.
T-Mobile’s CTO, Neville Ray, had this to say about the win:
“Millions of wireless customers across the US have spoken – AGAIN — and they’ve shown that T-Mobile is the master of all things unlimited, while Verizon is the master of none,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “This is the reason we’re able to do things like Netflix On Us. Maybe now the carriers will finally start listening to their customers … stranger things have happened.”
That actually says nothing about why they won and is a promo for their new promo, but OK.
As for Verizon in second place, Ookla notes that Verizon has done a lot of work around “network densification” in order to “maintain solid performance” in high traffic areas. They do specifically point out that Verizon’s performance has taken a hit since relaunching unlimited data plans, something T-Mobile often jokes about.
In response to Ookla’s report, Verizon issued us the following statement from Mike Haberman, the VP of Verizon Wireless network operations:
“Our network has never been stronger. Our network philosophy is simple: provide the largest coverage, the most reliable service and the most consistently fast speeds. This makes up the customer experience.
“These tests confirm that we have phenomenal coverage across the country, the largest LTE network — roughly 750,000 square miles more coverage than T-Mobile — and great speeds. While these crowd sourced tests don’t show how reliable a network is, other scientific studies do – and Verizon is the clear leader.
“A better measure of the best network is who does well across all types of testing, and Verizon does very well in all three.”
Cool.
Ookla also noted that AT&T’s performance has suffered from their unlimited data plans, though they have seen an uptick in performance recently, thanks to LTE deployment in the 2300MHz band. For Sprint, even with the 4th place ranking, Ookla sees “significant improvements” compared to last year and should see things only improve further going forward.
As for other bits of info from this report, T-Mobile took the win in speed scores taken from Cellular Market Areas (CMAs), which are the top 100 most popular areas in the country. Of the 100, T-Mobile posted the highest average score in 40 markets, Verizon took the crown in 35, AT&T in 20, and Sprint with just 5.
Here are the average download speeds from those big 100 markets.
In the end, this latest report from Ookla shows a lot of what we’ve seen over the past two years – T-Mobile getting better in a hurry while the others seem to be standing still. That’s not to say that Verizon or AT&T have a terribly run networks, they just jumped out to such an early LTE lead that T-Mobile’s catch-up is so noticeable. For us, we can only hope that Verizon and AT&T get sick of T-Mobile topping charts and bragging up the joint, and start getting back to improving things too.
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They still need to improve coverage outside of metro areas. I was at providence medical performance center and had zero signal. Iowa and Nebraska are laughable at best for coverage. I'm happy with the service outside of that.
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