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T-Mobile’s iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network now covers 100 million people





T-Mobile announced expanded coverage on Thursday of its iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network in five metro areas, including Chicago, Reno, Fresno, Sacramento and Southern California. The company’s improved network is now available in 23 markets across the country and covers 100 million people. T-Mobile notes that because the network operates on the 1900MHz frequency, it encourages AT&T (T) customers to switch over and use their unlocked smartphones, including the iPhone, with the carrier. The company also said that due to overall “network advancements” in areas such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Diego, customers in these areas should already be experiencing improved coverage when using unlocked devices.
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T-Mobile CES 2013 Preview, What Will We See?

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about to get underway and T-Mobile may be one of the few carriers to have some major announcements. As companies cut their dependency on CES launches and plan their own events throughout the year, we still expect T-Mobile to take advantage of having the worlds greatest tech audience all in one place. I’m saddened that for the first time in five years I’m not on my way to Las Vegas, but alas we’ll still have someone on the ground providing hands-on coverage for al of T-Mobile CES news.
So what do we want to hear about? Well, I think it goes without saying that this would be a great time for T-Mobile to show off their upcoming LTE network. Las Vegas is generally one of the first cities to go “live” with advanced T-Mobile services because of the high-profile nature of events like CES. Just as T-Mobile demonstrated HSPA+ 42Mbps at a previous CES, we expect a little preview of LTE this week as well. We’ll likely hear more about network modernization and its progress, perhaps even the first new market announcements of the year.
I can only assume that any T-Mobile press event will have to touch on their upcoming deal with MetroPCS. While there doesn’t seem to be anything new to speak of, they make take an opportunity to discuss the benefits of the pending deal yet again. Along with MetroPCS news, we could hear more about T-Mobile’s plan to move to a Value Plan only rate plan environment. Any discussion on that this week would hopefully include a timetable as well as how they plan to market such offers.
I expect that hardware announcements will be slim, if non-existent at all and that appears to be the case for most of the national players at CES. Announcements for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are expected to be moderate, if notable at all. Nor I don’t anticipate any news on T-Mobile’s upcoming “Apple Products” launch as smart money has that kind of news having a more specific event or press release closer to launch.
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T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says 100,000 New iPhone Activations Every Month








I’m listening in on a live conference happening at the Citi Global Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference in Las Vegas right now where T-Mobile CEO John Legere just dropped some interesting stats on the iPhone. With the numbers Legere mentioned, it’s easy to imagine that T-Mobile is eager to get their “Apple Product” deal rolled out as soon as possible. Legere further mentioned that the company currently serves 1.9 million iPhone devices and is adding 100k new devices every month. Mind you, it was back on December 6th that T-Mobile mentioned they were currently serving 1.7 million iPhone devices. That’s a 200k jump in 30 days.
Yup, no demand for the iPhone at all.
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T-Mobile confirms $70 contract-free plan with unlimited data, offers $200 Optimus L9 as a lure



It was increasingly probable T-Mobile would expand its truly unlimited data to no-contract plans, and it's using CES to get a little more attention now that it's official. Starting January 9th, Monthly4G fans can pay $70 a month to get throttling-free internet access as well as unfettered calling and voice. They just need to have bought a supporting device outright to qualify. T-Mobile knows that might not be enough for those used to subsidized device prices: to sweeten the pot, it's cutting the off-contract price of an LG Optimus L9 to $200 for the foreseeable future. Although we'd naturally opt for slightly more powerful hardware, we could easily see more than a few converts when both the plan and the phone cost that much less than usual.
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T-Mobile CEO says iPhone to launch within 3-4 months





T-Mobile CEO John Legere confirmed on Tuesday evening that the nation’s No.4 carrier will finally launch Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone in the next three to four months. Speaking with Reuters, Legere declined to provide a firm launch date for the iPhone. When asked about the timeframe for releasing Apple’s smartphone and doing away with handset subsidies, however, the executive did offer some guidance. ”They’re all, I would call them, in three to four months as opposed to six to nine months,” Legere told Reuters. T-Mobile confirmed last month that it would finally begin selling Apple products in 2013, though the carrier did not clarify when launches will occur or which specific devices it will be sold.
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T-Mobile Will Offer An LTE Version of the Galaxy S III; “update” Galaxy Note II


T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is pretty good, right? It’s really speedy and all that but, you know what’s better than HSPA+? LTE. While HSPA+ right now might be good enough for a lot of people, where you can get it, a long-term strategy to roll out a truly 4G network to bring T-Mo’s offerings up to speed with that of Ma Bell and Big Red is what the company should have done last year, let alone this year. At this year’s CES, the carrier took to the stage to let the world know that they are very much on track for launching their LTE network and it could very well switch on any week now. For T-Mobile fans this is perhaps exciting news but, the problem with LTE -well, the problem swapping to LTE from outdated HSPA+ – is that current phones aren’t compatible with the new network. Leaving T-Mobile with a line-up of devices that won’t be able to tap into the new infrastructure when it goes live.
The Magenta carrier of course know this and at CES they’ve let word out that the first device to run on their new 4G network is going to be a refreshed version of the Galaxy S III. Presumably, new hardware is needed to be rolled out due to radio requirements and. T-Mobile’s version does feature the same Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 as the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon models out there but it doesn’t look like there is support for LTE frequencies onboard. We can’t say that the situation of having to buy a new device to enjoy true 4G is an ideal one but, if you’re in an area with good HSPA+ coverage then it’s not as if you’ll be desperate to get away from poor 3G speeds. Like you would be if you were on Sprint.
There is, of course, another device on T-Mobile’s network that supports LTE and this time around, it’ll be easier to tap into the new network. T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note II will be able to run on the new LTE network with what T-Mobile are calling a “small” software update. Certainly an easier situation than that of the Galaxy S III. Both of these Samsung devices have proven to be extremely popular and it’d be no surprise to us if a lot of users were to switch to an LTE-enabled model of the S III and that Note II that cost you more than any other carrier is perhaps looking like a good investment right about now.
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T-Mobile teases LTE, plans to cover 200 million subscribers by end of year




T-Mobile will be the last of the four major US carrier to deploy LTE, but they plan to bring their game face in 2013. On a post to their Facebook account, the wireless provider teased its upcoming 4G deployment, asking customers if they are “ready to go faster.”
TMo plans to cover 200 million customers with LTE airwaves by the end of the year. We’d call that a good start for the carrier. Plans to upgrade their network were more or less halted as the company awaited the finalization of an AT&T buyout that never came to fruition, which put T-Mobile back a step. Customers have been getting along just fine with HSPA+ 42, a network technology delivering comparable speeds to LTE in most areas.
Look for more big developments in LTE this year, including the beginnings of a transition to pure 4G service. Voice-over-LTE is the next step in weaning users off of 3G.
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First Signs of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Appear in Kansas City



T-Mobile said they would eventually be moving towards a 4G LTE future and away from their HSPA+ network. Today, we have seen the first signs of this promise. XDA user, RunsWithWood noticed this morning that his unlocked Galaxy Note magically had LTE service in the Kansas City area.
The speeds were nothing to get excited over, the screenshots only boast 10Mbps down and 5Mbps up at the highest, but T-Mobile seems to be testing things ahead of their launch. It’s going to be a long while before T-Mo gets their LTE network up to the size of AT&T, let alone Verizon, but this is a good sign nonetheless.
Are you planning your escape from Verizon once T-Mobile builds out their network further?
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T-Mobile’s 4G LTE device train to start March 27th with Galaxy S3 in tow?



Our friends at TmoNews have received new evidence suggesting T-Mobile would be bringing its first LTE devices in less than two months. Specifically, an LTE-enabled mobile hotspot device and T-Mobile’s LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy S3 are said to be coming starting March 27th (though the latter could launch a week after that).

T-Mobile has already launched LTE in limited capacity over in Las Vegas, and testing is said to be underway in Kansas. We’re sure other markets are being tested right now, but without any devices to take advantage of the network it’s not that big of a concern for many of you yet. The timing sounds just right, though, as T-Mobile looks to begin an aggressive rollout that should cover much of its current 3G network with LTE by the end of this year.
It sounds like T-Mobile could also be shipping prepaid and postpaid versions of the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit on March 27th, though whether or not these two devices will have LTE is unclear. We’d doubt it for the time being, but they’re worthy to note anyway. The Blackberry Z10 rounds out the March 27th festivities for T-Mobile.
The carrier is looking to end that particular month with a bang, but keep in mind that this is only a rumor, and even if these dates are swirling around the offices of Magenta they’re subject to change at any time. We hope that’s not the case, obviously, unless any of these devices happen to launch sooner than we expect.
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Details on T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” Approach; Will it Change the Wireless Industry for the Better?



Before we get started, remember this story is full of rumors, so they may or may not be true. Be sure to take this information with a heavy grain of salt. Later this month T-Mobile is making their move to be the “uncarrier” in the US wireless industry. Meaning they getting rid of contracts, subsidies and more. According to new information coming from TmoNews today, T-Mobile is looking to kick their uncarrier efforts off on March 24th. And an announcement is expected as early as March 4th. As with any change, this uncarrier move is bringing a bunch of new changes to the T-Mobile network:
  • For starters, kiss contracts goodbye as T-Mobile moves to a no-contract world. Existing customers will finish out their current contract or upgrade to a new device without a new contract, whichever comes first. New customers won’t have to suffer with any long-term commitments. Contract wise that is.
  • Early termination fees will be a thing of the past as well, which makes complete sense when announced with the removal of contracts.
  • Expect the introduction of a new equipment installment plan tier, likely in the $25 – 30 dollar range as T-Mobile moves to make all its smartphones $99 or less as down payments. A $30 tier makes sense if you consider the retail value of the device is $699 = $30 x 20 monthly payments.
So no contracts, no early termination fee’s, and a new equipment installment plan tier. Well all this we kind of expected to see with T-Mobile’s move to be an uncarrier. Now of course that’s not all the changes that T-Mobile is going through.

According to TmoNews, they are hearing that T-Mobile is planning to fine tune their branding in a post LTE, Metro PCS world. This could entail a new store redesign and a brand new marketing campaign, but that’s a bit down the road at this point. You’re also going to want to watch for the term “Dual 4G” which sounds like it’s going to play off of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ and LTE dual networks launching later this year. What will be interesting is how T-Mobile portrays their dual 4G networks. Especially since their LTE fallback is already competitive with LTE speeds from both Verizon and AT&T. The real question is how will T-Mobile market their LTE network that will be about as fast as their HSPA+ network, perhaps a bit faster as well.
In the meantime, you can say Adios to the “Stick Together” tagline along with Carly’s Ducati. Both will be retired with their move to the uncarrier. TmoNews has no idea what will be replacing those two yet. There’s also word that T-Mobile’s brand staples including the logo and color palette will not be changing. The rebrand is going to be focusin mainly on the “uncarrier” approach and not necessarily the company’s easily identifiable logos and colors.
The uncarrier is a pretty bold move and reinvention by the fourth largest US carrier. We’re just hoping that it pays off in the end for T-Mobile. What do you think of all these changes coming to T-Mobile in the next month or so? Hit up the comments below and let us know.
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> Breaking Down T-Mobile’s New Uncarrier, No-Contract, One Rate Plan Fits All Approach Breaking Down T-Mobile’s New Uncarrier, No-Contract, One Rate Plan Fits All Approach







On the heels of our latest report comes a complete breakdown of T-Mobile’s new UNcarrier approach, set to be formally announced later today. It appears that our report from last Friday has panned out completely and T-Mobile will in fact cut contracts for Value Plan postpaid customers. Along with Value Plan contract customers, Mobile Broadband Customers will also find a no annual contract solution awaiting their next purchase. “No annual contract mobile broadband (MBB) is another way that T-Mobile is putting customers first and providing great customer service. T-Mobile is the only national carrier to offer all the benefits of MBB service, without requiring a restrictive contract.”
That’s not all as T-Mobile is introducing a whole new rate plan with Unlimited Talk, Text and 500MB of web included automatically. But wait, you want more data? Well, T-Mobile can help with that. For each line, you can add 2GB of data for $10 per 2GB of data each month OR you can add the $20 unlimited data plan to each line. You got that right, that’s one rate plan for the entire company, no more choosing between Value and Classic plans, it’s one rate — all the time.
So let’s break that down:
A single line will cost $50 for unlimited talk, text and 500MB of web included automatically. To add unlimited data would be an additional $20 per month totaling $70. What if you don’t want unlimited data you ask? Each month you can use as much data as you see fit and T-Mobile will bill you $10 for each 2GB of data consumed. No need to call in and ask for a certain bucket, just use the data and receive a bill. You can go up to 12GB of data per line on every postpaid account, which is perfect for the time you travel and consume more data than usual. There is no mention of caps or overages, which begs the question for how T-Mobile will handle the pay per 2GB rate plan once you hit the 12GB cap.
So how about family plans? Well, the same deal applies. Two lines will cost $80 which allows for unlimited talk, text and 500MB of web data included. Each added line will cost $10 per month and will also include 500MB of data along with unlimited talk and text. The same data rates then apply for each line: $10 per additional 2GB per line and $20 for unlimited data per line.
*Postpaid Unlimited data feature can add one of these SMHS add-ons; (capped once allotment reached); 500MB $0, 2.5GB $10 and 4.5GB $20.
Every rate plan with unlimited data includes Smartphone Mobile HotSpot, with postpaid offering lower out-of-pocket costs using the equipment installment plan. No more overages, no more surprise bills, no more activations fees and one single rate plan for the carrier. As for Mobile BroadBand, with a voice plan it’s $10 and for standalone pricing it’s $20 per month. Each MBB plan includes 500MB of data, with each additional 2GB of data costing an additional $10 up to 12 total GB. So, a standalone customer using T-Mobile’s MBB plan with 6GB of data will pay $20 + $30 ($10 per 2GB) for a total of $50.
As for that equipment installment tier we mentioned last Friday, T-Mobile will introduce a new $25 EIP tier which is likely geared toward the future launches of the Galaxy S IV, iPhone and HTC One.
So there you have it, one rate plan, less confusion, no activation fees, mobile hotspot included, T-Mobile – the uncarrier. Current intel has us looking at a March 24th date for all of these changes becoming the law of T-Mobile land. Stay tuned.
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That T-Mobile plan looks slick. Hopefully they will finally add VMail fowarding to the mix on pre-paid plans (currently post paid only). But I really like the concept of just opting in to the minimum data and getting a $10 charge IF you use the next tier. That gets closer to competing with Straight Talk.
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T-Mobile ad: “If AT&T thought our network wasn’t great, why did they try to buy it?”



AT&T dealt a very big, very direct blow t0 T-Mobile in a major advertising campaign being run in America’s biggest newspapers and magazines. AT&T saw fit to remind people, whether it’s accurate or not, that T-Mobile had twice as many dropped calls and twice as many failed calls as AT&T, and that AT&T’s data network was twice as fast. We called AT&T out on the irony of the campaign considering the situation these two companies were in just last year, but it seems T-Mobile doesn’t need our help.

Magenta decided to strike back rather quickly, asking ”If AT&T thought our network wasn’t great, why did they try to buy it?” Fair point, though the rabbit whole is much deeper and complex than that would make it seem. Regardless, T-Mobile knows most of the ad’s viewers won’t be looking into why, exactly, AT&T wanted to buy them, and it makes them look even better in the process.
T-Mobile continued “If you have seen AT&T’s recent advertising campaign, someone is obviously worried. What’s most surprising to us is the disparaging tone of these ads given AT&T’s failed attempt to buy us in 2011. Well don’t take their word for it about our network quality. See the facts for yourself at t-mobile.com/coverage.”
T-Mobile also ran a couple of more ads, asking if we could see the beads of sweat in AT&T’s ad, and pondering why T-Mobile keeps AT&T up at night. Like we said in the article regarding AT&T’s run, the wireless industry is among the fiercest when it comes to head-to-head advertising, and a very interesting can of worms has been opened up here. BRB, need more popcorn.

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Leaked Graphics Show Updated Trade-In Program For T-Mobile Customers







Chances are pretty high that you have heard of T-Mobile’s new ‘UNcarrier’ marketing strategy by now. It’s been covered a lot lately. In case you haven’t, I encourage you to check out our previous coverage for more details.
Essentially, T-Mobile is doing away with contracts and that includes all fees and associated costs to go along with them. T-Mobile customers will no longer be subject to a binding contract, and early termination fees will never be incurred. Unfortunately, there is one significant drawback with T-Mobile’s new marketing plan. Customers will always have to pay full price for new devices. Subsidized pricing for expensive handsets will no longer exist, at least through T-Mobile. Instead, customers can either pay the full price for a handset up front, or tack it on as an additional monthly fee with a down payment.
Luckily, the T-Mobile trade-in program is rumored to get an update, which will essentially help customers out with the cost of those full price handsets. The following image supposedly comes from a trusted source close to T-Mobile, and it depicts the new trade-in program by showing off just how it will work.

As you can see from the images, the new trade-in program will allow customers an instant discount on a new device, after trading in an old one. Obviously, the value of the discount is going to depend on the device traded in. Undoubtedly, as with most trade-in programs, you won’t get much for your old devices but at least the program is there if you need it.
There’s even an option to use the discount for your old device immediately, and then mail it in two weeks later. This will be perfect for those awkward situations where you have to use your old device while waiting for the new one to arrive.

Since T-Mobile is doing away with subsidized pricing for their handsets, this new trade-in program is going to end up being beneficial to lots of folks I guess. Still, it’s hard to resist the urge to point out the fact that you would be better suited to sell the old device and use the money earned to buy a new one. In most cases, you will get a lot more money from selling an old device traditionally than you will by trading it in.
This photo clearly seems to be lifted from training material for T-Mobile employees, which means the program is probably going to launch sometime soon. As of right now, there’s been no official word on the program changes, but we’ll notify you accordingly as soon as more information is available.
All in all, I would genuinely like to hear what the community thinks about this whole ‘UNcarrier’ business. Furthermore, do you think this trade-in program seems reasonable, and will it help out any T-Mobile customers?
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Why T-Mobile’s 4G Network Could Kick Everybody’s Ass




A lot of people wrote T-Mobile off when its big merger with AT&T fell through last year. The pink carrier had no iPhone, no 4G. But with today's announcement of the company's official LTE rollout, it may have just put itself in a position to offer something no one else can.

For the past few years T-Mobile has been focusing its efforts on its HSPA+ network, which has data speeds up to 42Mbps. Now, that isn't as high as LTE's theoretical maximum, but in practice we've found that HSPA+ speeds are almost as fast as LTE speed. When testing the Nexus 4 on T-Mo, for instance, we got download speeds of 16Mbps and 2Mbps uploads. Not bad at all.
Why does that matter? Because T-Mobile's isn't replacing its lightning quick HSPA+ network with LTE. It's just building it out in addition. That's going to make a huge difference.
Say you're on Verizon, enjoying your wicked fast 4G data thanks to its girthful LTE network. Hit a low or no-coverage spot, though, and you get bounced over to its 3G network. That is a major dropoff in speed—typically going from 20Mbps to 1 or 2Mbps. Suddenly, it'll be hard to stream music, and web browsing will crawl by comparison. Even AT&T's HSPA network (HSPA 21Mbps) is only about half the speed of T-Mobile's (HSPA 42Mbps). In other words, T-Mobile's backup is fast enough that you probably won't even notice that you're on the backup, which is pretty awesome. (For a look at how LTE works, check this out.) T-Mobile will offer guaranteed uninterrupted zip, something no other carrier can.
We're not there yet, though, unfortunately; T-Mobile's LTE won't be live in until the end of March, it will take the company until the end of the year to cover 100 million people. Your LTE choice is also limited; the only LTE device T-Mobile currently has is the Galaxy Note II, which will have LTE enabled through an OTA update coming this week. Hope is coming, though; the BlackBerry Z10 will launch with LTE, and we expect that the Galaxy S IV and the HTC One will as well.
T-Mobile still has a lot to prove but if it can successfully deliver everything it's promising, it will be offering something the other networks can't. Whether that's enough enough to make you switch, of course, is another question entirely.
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T-Mobile UNcarrier plans revealed?



Much noise has been made about possible forthcoming changes to T-Mobile’s rate plans, also known as the UNcarrier movement, but we’ve had little to go on until just recently. It seems we might have a clearer idea of what to expect if recent leaks by TmoNews are to be believed. According to them, all UNcarrier plans will unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of high-speed data included.

Beyond that, users can pay $10 for every 2GB of high-speed data they use, and this also includes free tethering. Another option for unlimited data exists on both the individual and family levels, but you will lose the option to tether for free. Tethering options for the unlimited plan include 500MB of free tethering, $10 for 2.5GB after that, or $20 for 4.5GB after that.
The kicker is that these plans are said to be in place for third-party authorized retailers only, meaning folks like RadioShack, Best Buy, Walmart and those pesky mall kiosks will get these plans. Meanwhile, T-Mobile will maintain the same value plans it’s are offering right now in its own corporate stores. It sounds like users won’t be forced in either direction, but details regarding grandfathered plans and upgrade conditions have yet to come to the forefront.
With that, this UNcarrier business is still a tad confusing, but rumors suggest T-Mobile will be officially unveiling these new options at the end of this month so it shouldn’t be long before it’s all cleared up. Take a look at the graphics above and below to get the full breakdown of new plans that will be available.
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I might go back to T-Mobile from ST for that 500mb plan if its really structured that you can sign up for the 500MB plan and if you go over $10 gets you the next two gigs AND they have conditional call forwarding enabled on pre-paid. That is the one thing I miss from post-paid and would be willing to pay $5 to get my Google Voice voicemail working again.
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It was rumored a few days ago that T-Mobile would finally be launching its LTE network in the US this month. If that’s the case, then they’re running out of days, but the company announced that they’ll be hosting an event on March 26 where they could officially launch the new service. In the meantime, eight cities have been detected of running T-Mobile’s LTE.


OpenSignal, a crowd-sourced Android app for identifying wireless coverage, is reporting that eight cities in the US are equipped with T-Mobile’s LTE network: Denver, Las Vegas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, San Jose, and Seattle, as well as a few spots in Oakland near San Francisco. Furthermore, OpenSignal suggests that T-Mobile will be offering LTE versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and GALAXY S 4 at some point.
From the looks of it, T-Mobile isn’t hitting all the big cities at first, but they are tackling a few large markets, including New York. Usually when carriers first roll out their LTE network, they test it out on smaller markets before rolling it out to larger cities, but it seems T-Mobile is going all-in the first time around.
However, speed tests seem pretty comparable to what we’re used to. OpenSignal reports averaging around 25 Mbps download speeds and 8 Mbps upload speed, with a 40ms ping on average. T-Mobile would be the last major carrier to launch LTE in the US, but it said that they would be covering 100 million people by the middle of this year, and 200 million by the end of 2013, which seems like an ambitious goal.
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T-Mobile takes its UnCarrier plans live earlier than expected

T-Mobile must not want to wait for a special event to lure customers through its doors: it just launched its revamped, decidedly UnCarrier-like plans a couple of days early. As became clearer this weekend, unlimited voice, text and basic data are now things you can take for granted on Magenta's network. It's only the cap on throttle-free data that determines how much you pay: rates sold through T-Mobile itself start at $50 for a basic 500MB of online use and climb in steady 2GB increments that each cost an extra $10 per month, up to a total of 12.5GB for $110. You can still get truly unlimited service if you want, for $70 -- although you'll have to bolt on a separate hotspot plan that the capped tiers get for free. Costs at resellers are expected to run slightly higher, but it's still clear that T-Mobile is aggressively courting those of us who see internet access as the very reason to have a smartphone in the first place.

Been kicking around switching to them but that would mean no service at work for 8 hours a day........
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T-Mobile Unveils New “Uncarrier” Contract-Free Data Plans Ahead of Next iPhone

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T-Mobile’s new mantra.

We’ve known that T-Mobile was doing away with two-year phone contracts for quite some time, but exact details haven’t been revealed until today. Unlike the other big U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon and Sprint), T-Mobile isn’t doing subsidized, two-year contracts for smartphones anymore. Instead, you pay as you go—and the monthly rates look very good.
T-Mobile is holding a big press event in two days to officially take the wraps off what it’s calling the “Uncarrier” strategy. While unsubsidized plans will give subscribers more flexibility, the tradeoff will likely be higher upfront prices for new smartphone purchases.
Here’s the breakdown of T-Mobile’s no-contract pricing. Each plan comes with unlimited talk, text, and tethering:
  • 500MB for $50
  • 2.5GB for $60
  • Unlimited with only 500MB of included tethering for $70
  • 4.5GB for $70
  • 6.5GB for $80
  • 8.5GB for $90
  • 10.5GB for $100
  • 12.5GB for $110
The $70 unlimited plan is particularly attractive when you consider that there’s no two-year contract. Data will be throttled when you surpass the threshold for whatever plan you choose, but there won’t be any overage fees.
T-Mobile’s biggest downside is its lack of LTE coverage, but the carrier is working to add a lot of cities this year.
Back in December, T-Mobile announced that it had finally inked a partnership with Apple to sell the iPhone in 2013. Since the iPhone 5 hasn’t been made available yet, it looks like T-Mobile is waiting for Apple to unveil the iPhone 5S later this year.
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Curious if it will be like Tmobile here in Germany.

Different plans get you a different subsidized rate on the phone, you can pay full price and get a cheaper plan with no contract. Or a contract with a medium sized plan gets another price and a high plan with a contract makes the phone virtually free.

Or will these be the ONLY plans available?

Over here, I paid 1euro for my iPhone 5 and my plan has a contract and is 99 euros a month with 4gb of LTE and unlimited talk and text to all networks.
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How to use an AT&T iPhone on T-Mobile's no-contract network

If you own an AT&T iPhone and T-Mobile's cheaper, no-contract plans are calling you, follow this guide to make the switch.

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T-Mobile has finally done away with contracts, offering single-line monthly plans with unlimited talk for as little as $50 per month.
The shakeup is good for everyone, but if you own an AT&T iPhone and are ready to switch carriers, T-Mo's new bargain plans are looking you straight in the eye.
A $50 no-contract plan sounds too good to be true, but the company's formula is simple: instead of subsidizing a phone upfront and shifting the cost to the monthly fee, new customers will pay the full -- or in some cases, slightly discounted -- price of the phone and enjoy a lower monthly.
But if you already have an AT&T iPhone and you aren't locked into a contract, you can easily use that phone on T-Mobile's network. The process is simple, but requires a little setup, and for some, sacrifice.
Step 1: Read the fine print
Before you jump for joy, beware that using an AT&T iPhone on T-Mobile isn't always a positive experience. Yes, AT&T and T-Mo both use GSM (SIM cards), making them a good match, but a problem lies in the network.
Different networks run on different bands (like frequencies). While T-Mobile's 3G and 3.5G networks run on the AWS 1700 bands, AT&T's iPhones run on the AWS 1900 band, which T-Mobile doesn't entirely support. According to its site, the company is building out support for the AWS 1900 band, but you'll have to contact T-Mobile to find out if the network has been updated in your area.
If you find out that your area is not supported, you can still use your iPhone on T-Mobile's network...but it'll run at 2G (EDGE) speeds so agonizingly slow you might be willing to continue paying AT&T's premium until T-Mobile adds support in your area.
What about LTE? Right now, T-Mobile is the only carrier in the U.S. that doesn't support LTE, but that is fully expected to change during an announcement at its "Uncarrier" press event tomorrow. But even if T-Mobile launches LTE support, AT&T iPhone 5s may still not function on its network due to band incompatibilities.
Step 2: Unlock your iPhone
Once you get past the fine print, it's time to unlock your iPhone. (Without an unlock, an AT&T iPhone will reject a T-Mobile SIM card.)

According to this help article, AT&T will unlock iPhones for eligible customers in good standing. Meaning:
  • You own the phone, or can identify the person who owned it
  • The phone hasn't been reported as lost or stolen
  • You are no longer tied to a contract (either because of expiry, or you've paid the early termination fee to cancel it)
  • Your account is in good standing and you have no unpaid balances
Finally, AT&T will grant no more than five unlocks per customer.
If you meet these requirements, you're eligible to request a phone unlock. Before you do, though, be sure to back up your iPhone in iTunes -- your phone will be completely erased during the unlocking process.
When the backup is complete, fill out this form to request the unlock.
Once you've been approved by AT&T, you'll be asked to sit tight during a "wait period" of up to seven days. In many cases, this wait period will be much shorter, but if you'd rather not take the chance, you can instead call AT&T directly, and speak to a representative who may grant an unlock immediately.
If you're still subscribed to AT&T, do not cancel your contract yet, as you'll lose your phone number. Instead, wait until the very end, when your phone is up an running on T-Mobile (more on that in a bit).

Step 3: Visit T-Mobile and complete the setup
During the wait period, visit T-Mobile (online or in-person) to sign up for a monthly, no-contract service plan. At this time, you'll need to request a SIM card for your iPhone. If you're still an AT&T subscriber, you'll also want to ask T-Mobile to transfer your AT&T phone number to the new SIM card.
For reference, the iPhone 5s uses a nano-SIM, iPhone 4/4S uses a micro-SIM, and all earlier models use a regular SIM card.
If the waiting period is over and you have your T-Mobile SIM card in-hand, you'll need to complete the unlocking process. Depending on how you approached the unlock (on the phone or through the Web), you'll be provided with the instructions to complete the process.
Once the unlock is complete, use iTunes to restore your iPhone from backup. At this point, you can cancel your AT&T service plan.
Step 4: Tweak a couple iPhone settings
The one side effect of switching carriers is that a little extra setup is required to get the Web and MMS (picture messaging) functioning again. Follow this help article on T-Mobile's site to restore these features.
After completing this process, you're set! Just remember that if you travel to an area where T-Mobile's iPhone support has not yet been rolled out, you'll experience slow data connections.
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T-Mobile makes new service plans official, launches 4G LTE network




Today T-Mobile took a bold step forward with their service offerings, making official their Simple Choice service plan while simultaneously launching their 4G LTE network in seven major metropolitan regions. The carrier also unveiled a lineup of new 4G devices and a new ad campaign to spread public awareness of the changes going on at T-Mobile.
All part of T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” concept, the Simple Choice plan, which went live over the weekend, allows subscribers a simplified experience when choosing a service plan. T-Mobile now offers one base plan featuring unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of data for $50. Unlimited 4G data is and additional $20, among other optional fees to add lines and features to the plan.
Along with the new plans, T-Mobile is doing away two-year commitments and device subsidies, instead opting to sell devices on interest-free monthly payment plans. It’s a big departure from what customers are used to, but it could kick off a new era in the wireless industry if it catches on.
But perhaps the bigger news is the launch of TMo’s 4G LTE network in Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington D.C.. To accompany the new network are a series of LTE devices including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and a 4G hotspot.
Look for some “wild west” themed commercials to debut in the coming weeks to push all the changes at T-Mobile. We’ll see if other carriers follow their footsteps into the new frontier.
T-Mobile Makes Bold “Un-carrier” Moves
Announces radically simple unlimited plan; axes contracts, unbundles cost of plan and device with lowest upfront costs, lights up 4G LTE network
NEW YORK — March 26, 2013 — T-Mobile has been talking the talk; now it’s walking the walk. The company, known for its “Un-carrier” attitude, today announced a series of moves to address consumer frustration with the unnecessary cost and complexity of wireless.
The moves include radically simplifying its lineup of consumer rate plans to one incredibly affordable plan for unlimited talk, text and Web; ensuring that customers never have to sign another annual service contract through T-Mobile retail outlets; and enabling customers to get the most popular smartphones whenever they want for the lowest upfront cost. T-Mobile also debuted its blazing fast 4G LTE network service in seven major metropolitan areas.
“These bold moves serve notice that T-Mobile is canceling its membership in the out-of-touch wireless club,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile USA, Inc. “This is an industry filled with ridiculously confusing contracts, limits on how much data you can use or when you can upgrade, and monthly bills that make little sense. As America’s Un-carrier, we are changing all of that and bringing common sense to wireless.”
Un-Restricted, Un-Limited
Central to today’s announcement is a radically simple approach to consumer rate plans — the Simple Choice Plan. A break from industry norms, the Simple Choice Plan eliminates restrictive annual contracts, taking pain and confusion out of the wireless experience.
What could be simpler than one consumer rate plan?
Simple Choice asks customers two basic questions: How many lines do you need, and how much high-speed data would you like? Customers start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with 500MB of high-speed data. Customers can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. They can also add 2 GB of high-speed data for $10 per month more per line. Unlimited 4G data is only $20 more per month per line. No caps. No overages. Just simple value.
Also, because T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless company to stop requiring consumers to sign annual service contracts, customers have far more flexibility with how they buy and use wireless devices. Traditionally, getting a good deal on a new phone has meant agreeing to an expensive service for two years. Upgrades typically weren’t allowed (without significant upfront costs) until contracts expired, and it was often difficult to ascertain the true value of a device offer because it was tied to a long-term annual contract.
With T-Mobile’s un-restricted approach, customers can purchase great devices, pay for them in affordable, interest-free monthly installments, and upgrade anytime they like — not just when their carrier says it’s okay. Customers can even use their own unlocked device. Monthly statements are easy to understand since the price stays constant from month to month, and the device cost is clear and unmistakable.
Customers can find more information about T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan at nationwide T-Mobile retail stores, on http://www.T-Mobile.com, and through select dealers and national retail stores.
Un-Beatable Prices on LTE Devices
In tandem with the debut of its 4G LTE network service, T-Mobile also announced today that it will have several 4G LTE-capable devices available, including Samsung Galaxy S 4, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
  • Samsung Galaxy S® 4 is the next generation of Samsung’s popular Galaxy line of smartphones. Exact pricing and timing of availability have not been announced, but the Galaxy S 4 will be available in the second quarter of this year.
  • BlackBerry® Z10 is T-Mobile’s first 4G LTE touchscreen smartphone featuring the redesigned, re-engineered BlackBerry® 10 platform, which continuously adapts to users’ needs. Starting today, the fastest and most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet is available for qualifying customers for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $18 for well-qualified buyers OAC. The BlackBerry Z10 is available through all T-Mobile channels. For more information about T-Mobile’s Z10, please visit Media Kit.
  • HTC One® is the first T-Mobile 4G LTE smartphone featuring new HTC Sense™ innovations, including HTC BlinkFeed,™ HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™. Wrapped in a sleek full metal body, the HTC One will be available later this spring in all T-Mobile channels. For more information about HTC One, please visit Media Kit.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note® II. Current users of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note II can now take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network via an over-the-air software update. For more information about this update and for complete download instructions, customers can visit T-Mobile’s support page at http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4962. For more information about the Samsung Galaxy Note II, please visit Media Kit.
  • T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE is the first 4G LTE mobile hotspot from T-Mobile, providing simple and affordable on-the-go access to the Internet for up to eight devices. The T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE is available for $29.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $5 for well-qualified buyers OAC beginning today. It will be sold through all T-Mobile channels. For more information about the mobile hotspot, please visit Media Kit.
Un-Congested 4G Network
T-Mobile is moving at breakneck speed to expand the capabilities of its network.
Today, T-Mobile launched its state-of-the-art 4G LTE network in seven major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The advanced 4G LTE network is expected to reach 100 million Americans by midyear and 200 million by the end of 2013.
T-Mobile is deploying the latest LTE technology, paving the way to LTE Advanced. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE deployment will complement its existing nationwide 4G network — which third-party tests show rivals or beats existing LTE networks — creating what T-Mobile expects to be the fastest 4G combination in the United States. T-Mobile 4G LTE devices will automatically and seamlessly transition to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G where LTE has not yet launched.
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier with Wild West Commercial
To underscore its Un-carrier attitude, T-Mobile today unveiled a new tagline, “T-Mobile un-leash.” In tandem, the company will roll out a new nationwide advertising campaign, beginning with a television commercial tomorrow that plays off the Western film genre. The new commercial features a group of four cowboys in black hats riding into a dusty town to the terror of its residents. As three of the cowboys tell town folk they’re going to have to “do what we say,” the fourth, representing T-Mobile, switches to a magenta-colored hat and rides in another direction, saying he “just doesn’t want to do this anymore.” The 60-second ad spot closes with one cowboy musing “I’m gonna miss the guy” while our hero simply states “Oh, I’ll be around.”
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Apple's iPhone 5 debuts on T-Mobile April 12 with $99 upfront payment plan


Customers of T-Mobile, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., will get long awaited access to Apple's iPhone when the iPhone 5 launches on the carrier's network April 12.

The announcement was made Tuesday by T-Mobile as part of the company's "Uncarrier" branding, which seeks to differentiate the carrier from competing providers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint — all of which already carry the iPhone.




In standing out from the others, T-Mobile is offering a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5 for $99 up front, with 20 additional monthly payments of $20. With an April 12 sale date in T-Mobile's retail stores, preorders will begin April 5.

Joining the iPhone 5 will be the remainder of Apple's current smartphone lineup: the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4. As with other carriers, only the iPhone 5 will be compatible with T-Mobile's new 4G LTE high-speed data network.

T-Mobile officially announced its new LTE network at Tuesday's event as well, available in a total of seven U.S. markets: Kansas City, Kan., Houston, Tex., Las Vegas, Nev., Phoenix, Ariz., San Jose, Calif., and Washington D.C.




T-Mobile's new data plans include 500 megabytes of high-speed online data and unlimited calls and texts for $50. For an extra $10 per month, users get 2.5 gigabytes of high-speed data, while unlimited 4G access runs $70 per month. In addition, users are simply throttled, not penalized, when they go over their data cap.

Bringing Apple's iPhone to T-Mobile with full support has been no small task. While the carrier counts some two million iPhone customers among its base — with about 100,000 added per month — T-Mobile's reliance on the 1700MHz frequency for its 3G HSPA+ network proved an obstacle for T-Mobile with regard to Apple's bestselling smartphone.





The 1700MHz frequency, branded as 4G but not LTE, is unique to T-Mobile among carriers, and allows iPhone users only very slow 2G connectivity. Given T-Mobile's relatively small customer base, Apple never moved to support T-Mobile's standard. Instead, T-Mobile has been working to switch much of its network to 1900MHz in order to allow iPhone connectivity. The company will be repurposing its 1700MHz band for 4G LTE.

T-Mobile last year announced a deal with Apple to begin selling Apple products in 2013. Executives from the carrier said in January of this year that customers could expect Apple products on T-Mobile sooner rather than later, floating the possibility of "three to four months" rather than "six to nine."
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