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Samsung Galaxy S4 comes to T-Mobile May 1

T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to officially announce its plans to release Samsung's new flagship phone.




T-Mobile will carry the Samsung Galaxy S4 beginning May 1, the company announced this morning at an event in New York.
The newly prepaid-only carrier is the first to officially announce Samsung's upcoming marquee phone, but others are expected to follow. It isn't clear yet how much the Galaxy S4 will cost on T-Mobile's newly-unsubsidized plans, but it will likely be in the same range as the Galaxy S3 is now, about $600.
T-Mobile will likely offer the option to buy the Galaxy S4 for a down payment of around $100, with a $20 charge per month for the next 24 months of ownership.
We'll continue to update this story as it develops, so stay tuned.
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T-Mobile's new contractless data plan explained (FAQ)


Are you confused about T-Mobile's new contractless smartphone plans? CNET offers this FAQ to help decipher the details.




T-Mobile USA is taking a bold step forward with a new contractless plan for smartphone subscribers.
The company posted the new changes to its plans, which made their first appearance last January at CES, on its Web site on Sunday. The new contractless plans may attract customers looking for a value. But figuring out the ins and outs of the new plans is a bit confusing. To help readers better understand what it all means and if they can actually save some cash with these new plans, CNET has put together this FAQ.
What changes did T-Mobile make to its service plans on Sunday?
T-Mobile announced on Sunday that it is changing its service plans. Customers can get unlimited voice and text messaging service, and on top of that they are able to choose from a variety of data packages. A plan for 500MB of unlimited data costs $50 a month. A plan for 2GB of high-speed data is $60 a month. And users can get a completely unlimited data plan for $70.
But the biggest change that T-Mobile announced is that it will no longer require customers to sign a contract for service.
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That sounds too good to be true. Is there a catch?
Yes, we guess in a sense you could say that there is a catch. T-Mobile is no longer "subsidizing" cell phones for service.
What does that mean exactly?
Smartphones are expensive. Some of the newer models cost between $600 and $700 at full retail price. Traditionally, wireless subscribers in the U.S. have asked customers to pay a fraction of that cost. Typically, the price is about $200. The carrier pays the rest of the cost of the phone. In exchange for this "deal," consumers agree to a two-year service contract. And if they leave the service early, they must pay an early termination fee.

T-Mobile is getting rid of the contract and the subsidy. This means that customers will have to pay the full price for their phones.
What if I can't afford the cost of a new phone?
T-Mobile is offering a financing plan. For example, T-Mobile is offering the 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 for $549.99 if you pay at once. But if you can't afford that, you can put $69.99 down and pay an additional $20 per month on top of your service plan every month for 24 months. At the end of the 24 months, you own the phone outright.
This kind of sounds a lot like a contract/subsidy plan. What's the difference?
The big difference is that after you pay off the phone, your overall monthly bill goes down. It's just like when you finish paying off a car or the mortgage on your home. Once the loan is paid off, you own the device outright and you can continue to use it. And because it's paid off, your monthly bill will go down by up to $20 a month.

This is different than the contract/subsidy model, because under that model the carrier doesn't break out the additional cost of the device in your monthly bill. The price of that subsidy is bundled into the cost of the service you subscribe to each month. At the end of a two-year contract, the phone is likely paid for in full. And you are no longer bound to an early termination fee. But your monthly service is not reduced to reflect that the cost of the phone has been paid. Instead, you could continue to keep your old phone and still pay the same monthly service fee you were paying before it was paid for.
How do the new service plans work?
For individuals, plans start at $50 per month, which will deliver unlimited talk, text, and data. This basic plan, though, only entitles you to 500MB of high-speed data (more on this in a minute). For up to 2GB per month of high-speed data, you'll need to shell an extra $10 a month (for a total of $60). And if you want truly unlimited high-speed data, that will cost you $70 per month.
Family plans are similar, but with higher pricing. The base plan for two lines brings the same unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of high-speed data for $80 per month. Adding high-speed data, however, will increase your bill $20 per tier (for 2GB or truly unlimited). The remaining family plan options work as follows:
  • Three lines: Basic plan is $90 per month with $30 per upgrade tier
  • Four lines: Basic plan is $100 per month with $40 per upgrade tier
  • Five lines: Basic plan is $110 per month with $50 per upgrade tier
Remember that for any plan you select, you will not have to commit to using the service for a set length of time. So, provided that you've paid off any new device that you buy (see below), you can end your service at any time without penalty. Also, all plans include the carrier's Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature for device tethering.
If I get a family plan, can I share the data among my entire family?
No, T-Mobile does not offer subscribers the option to share data across a family plan. This means that multiple people on the same family plan can't share data. And it means that multiple devices using the same account via Wi-Fi do not share the entire bucket of data. Each person on the plan is given 500MB of data per month bundled with the cost of the service to use for connecting other devices via the Wi-Fi hot-spot capability built into the smartphone.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere first announce the carriers move to no-contract plans at CES 2013.
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Are the new plans unlimited?
Yes, but there is fine print to consider. For talk and text, at least, "unlimited" really means just that. T-Mobile will not differentiate between weekday, weekend, and night calls. What's more, all domestic sent and received messages (text, photo, and video) will be included. Data is unlimited as well, but not all of that data will come at the same speed.
As mentioned above, the base plan brings 500MB of "high-speed" data on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. Though not 4G by the technology's strictest definition, HSPA+ can rival the speeds you'll see on the LTE networks from AT&T and Verizon Wireless. This year, T-Mobile is at last developing LTE, which will go even faster. We should hear about T-Mobile's LTE plans at its "Uncarrier event" tomorrow, March 26. CNET will be there to live blog the show, so check back with us in the morning.
Once you go past 500MB, you can still use as much data as you'd like, but your speeds will slow to 2G. Indeed, if you've grown accustomed to HSPA+ or even 3G, that will be a big, and admittedly painful, change. So if you're a big data user, it's probably worth paying the extra fees to upgrade. Agreeing to 2GB of data should satisfy most users. We'd recommend going truly unlimited only if you do all of your computing on smartphone and rarely use Wi-Fi.
There are pros and cons to using such a model. On the upside, you won't have to worry about any bill shock from going over a set data amount (as you would on AT&T and Verizon). On the downside, unless you opt for the most expensive plan, you still have to keep track of how much data you're using.
What are the options for buying a phone?
As we said earlier, you can do one of two things. You can either pay full price for the phone up front or you can "finance" your handset by paying monthly installments for two years. These installments depend on the ultimate cost of the phone, but they range from $2 per month for a basic model like the Samsung SGH-T159 to $20 per month for the Galaxy S3. High-priced devices like the Galaxy S3 may also require a non-nonrefundable deposit when you buy the phone. Those range from $9.99 for the HTC One S to $199.99 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Will I end up paying more for the device if I "finance" it?
No. When you add up the deposit, plus any installments, it equals the price of the phone if you were to pay full price at the time of purchase. Whether you can find a cheaper unlocked version of the same handset is another matter, but we'll explore that at more detail tomorrow.
What happens after you've finished paying off your phone?
The price of your plan will drop to include only the price of your rate plan and the services you use.
Of all the changes T-Mobile is making here, this is the biggest win for customers. Again, remember that under traditional contract-based plans where you bought a phone with a heavy subsidy, the cost of that subsidy was built into your monthly plan price. Sound fair? Sure. But, when you reached the end of your contract and the point at which you were no longer subject to an early termination fee, the monthly price of your plan didn't change. So even though you had essentially paid for your phone in full, you didn't get a break on your monthly fee. T-Mobile's new model, however, finally adjusts your plan as you're entitled.

What happens if you walk away from T-Mobile before your phone is paid off?
Though you can end your service plan at any time, you're still required to pay off your phone if you walk away before the installment period is over.
How is that different than an early termination fee?
Honestly, it's not that different. The basic concept is the same.
What if I choose to upgrade when I'm still paying for a device?
T-Mobile isn't answering our questions until after tomorrow's event, unfortunately. But according to language on its site, you'll continue to pay the installment for your old device even as you're paying installments for the new one. That's how we see it right now, so check back tomorrow when we know more. Of course, T-Mobile may offer specials for certain high-profile phone releases (like the upcoming Galaxy S4) where you could trade in your old phone for a discount.

In addition to service new plans, there's a good chance that the iPhone also will come to T-Mobile.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Can I sign up for a plan and bring my own phone?
Yes, just make sure the device will support T-Mobile's network. That takes us to our next question.
If I bring an unlocked AT&T phone to T-Mobile, will it work on T-Mobile's LTE network?
For the most part, you should be able to get some service. You'll be able to make calls and send messages, but you may not get the same speed of service that you would on AT&T's network.

Here's why:
Up until recently, T-Mobile used its 1,700MHz spectrum for its 3G and HSPA+ service, which it has called 4G. It used its 1,900MHz PCS spectrum for its slower 2G and 2.5G services.
Meanwhile, AT&T built its 3G and HSPA+ network on the 1,900MHz spectrum. This meant that devices like the iPhone, which were designed for AT&T's 3G network, could operate on T-Mobile, but only at the slower 2G speeds.
T-Mobile is in the middle of a massive network upgrade. It's now moving its 3G and HSPA+ services to the 1,900MHz spectrum band. This means that AT&T devices designed for 3G and HSPA+ will operate at those speeds in markets where T-Mobile has made the network transition. The good news is that in the future, more of AT&T's 3G and HSPA+ devices will operate on T-Mobile's 3G and HSPA+ network.
The other bit of good news is that there is a good chance that some devices made for AT&T will also operate on T-Mobile's 4G LTE network. Now that T-Mobile has freed up the 1,700MHz spectrum, it plans to use some of that spectrum for the faster LTE services. AT&T primarily uses 700MHz for LTE. But the carrier has a few markets where it is using the 1,700MHz spectrum. This means that its 4G LTE devices likely have radios that also support this frequency. And that will mean that those devices will be able to operate on T-Mobile's LTE network.
T-Mobile is expected to offer more details about its LTE network very soon. So stay tuned.
When will T-Mobile's LTE network be coming to my market?
T-Mobile hasn't announced any markets yet, so we don't know. Once we learn specifics, we'll post them on CNET.

Is T-Mobile's plan less expensive than its competitors' plans?
Yes, T-Mobile's pricing does seem to beat the big guys'. But when you are pricing out these plans, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Remember that AT&T and Verizon offer shared data plans now that include unlimited voice, text messaging, and mobile hot-spot capability. Neither carrier offers unlimited data.

Sprint and T-Mobile structure their plans differently than AT&T and Verizon. Sometimes unlimited voice, data, and text messaging are included. And sometimes you can get a plan that offers unlimited of one thing but not the other. Also, data is not shared among users or devices, so sometimes you have to pay extra to use the mobile hot-spot feature on your smartphone.
Here's a quick look to compare:
T-Mobile's plans start at $50 for unlimited voice and text messaging service. And at that price you get 500MB of data at full 3G/4G speeds. If you exceed 500MB of data in a month, you aren't charged an overage but your service is slowed down until the beginning of the next billing cycle. You can increase the amount of data you get with this plan. For example, the next tier is $60 a month for 2GB of data at full speed. And then the unlimited service is $70 a month.
But T-Mobile's service only includes 500MB of mobile hot-spot service. And the data cannot be shared among multiple people on a plan or even among multiple devices. If you want more data to attach other devices to your plan via Wi-Fi, you have to pay extra. If you want an additional 2GB of data for a hotspot service, you pay $10. If you pay $20 a month you can get an additional 4GB of data per month for mobile hotspot.
Under T-Mobile's new plans you'll pay $360 for the Nokia Lumia 810.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
The total cost from T-Mobile if you want an additional 2GB of data is as follows: You'd pay $50 for unlimited voice and text messaging and 500MG of data for your smartphone and 500MB of data to use mobile hot-spot services. If you want to add data for your smartphone, you'd pay another $10 for 2GB for a total of 2.5GB of data for your smartphone only. If you want more data so you can attach Wi-Fi enabled devices via your phone, you'd pay another $10 for 2GB of hot-spot data, giving you 2.5GB of data to use for the mobile hot spot.
Your total bill would be $70. If you wanted to finance a new phone, depending on the model you buy, it might be about $90 per month.
Comparable services from AT&T and Verizon Wireless are about $20 more expensive per month. With AT&T you can get 4GB of data, unlimited voice and text messaging, plus mobile hot spot, which uses your entire pool of data, for $110 a month. Verizon's plan also costs $110 a month for 4GB of data.
Sprint offers an unlimited-everything plan for $110 a month. Some plans include unlimited text messaging and some do not. The rest of the plans offer voice in buckets of minutes. Mobile hot-spot capability is priced separately.
The bottom line is that when you are looking at T-Mobile's new plans compared with these other services, they are a good value. And depending on what your usage is like and whether you have a device or are financing a device, you can save some money. And remember that you can expect to pay even less each month when your device is paid off, or if you bring your own device to the network.
To see how T-Mobile's plan compares with some prepaid offerings, check out Jessica Dolcourt's updated post.
Could I still get any of T-Mobile's prepaid plans or is this new plan the only thing the company offers now?
T-Mobile isn't saying much other than what has been posted on the company Web site. From what we can tell, these new plans are the plans T-Mobile will be pushing. The company is still offering a very basic prepaid offering that seems to be geared toward voice-only customers. And you can still get service by the day. But the company is trying to steer its customers toward these new plans. T-Mobile has also started a new prepaid-only brand that it is calling GoSmart. And it looks like that is the brand it will use to promote prepaid offers.
Can existing T-Mo contract customers switch over to this new plan without penalties?
According to a T-Mobile customer service rep who we spoke with online, current customers with a contract-based plan can switch after being in their current plan for 18 months.
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Aren't pre-paid phone plans still cheaper? What advantage is to be gained by this? Straight Talk, T Mobile prepaid are both cheaper than $70 a month plus offer "unlimited data"
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Aren't pre-paid phone plans still cheaper? What advantage is to be gained by this? Straight Talk, T Mobile prepaid are both cheaper than $70 a month plus offer "unlimited data"
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T-Mobile plans: By the numbers

Video: T-Mobile announced its new plans March 26 at a news conference in New York. Bridget Carey, Senior Editor at CNET.com, discusses T-Mobile's decision to scrap two-year contracts for selling the iPhone on an installment plan while charging a monthly fee for unlimited calling, text and data.

T-Mobile is taking a new approach to wireless billing by charging separately for devices and data and doing away with the traditional two-year contract. In a major media event Tuesday, T-Mobile chief executive John Legere said that the new T-Mobile plans could save consumers a whole lot of money compared to other carrier plans. But how does that claim match up?
It can be a little difficult to do an apples-to-apples comparison — features such as hotspot capabilities or unlimited talk and text differ from carrier to carrier — but T-Mobile’s math does work out in some cases.

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John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile USA, talks about the company’s plan to start selling Apple’s iPhone 5 and T-Mobile’s service plans. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Price-comparison site WhistleOut ran its own numbers, and found that T-Mobile’s plans were consistently cheaper than Sprint, Verizon and AT&T for light, medium and heavy smartphone usage, comparing low, mid-tier and premium plans from each carrier. The site also found, however, that T-Mobile was often still more expensive than smaller, often pre-paid carriers such as Cricket, Virgin Mobile and Boost — or even the company with which T-Mobile wants to merge, MetroPCS.


For comparison’s sake, let’s look at the middle-of-the-road plans for all the carriers.
Say you’re a smartphone user looking at the new T-Mobile iPhone 5. The carrier is offering that phone for a down payment of about $100 and a two-year installment plan of $20 per month. All the T-Mobile plans come with unlimited talk and text, but T-Mobile charges an additional $60 per month for 2.5 GB of data per month. The main perk of the T-Mobile plan is that users’ phone bills go down after they pay for the device, and that there’s no two-year service contract — meaning you can upgrade your phone more easily and leave T-Mobile’s service even if you’re still paying off your phone.
Total cost: Over two years, you’re paying $80 per month plus the original $100 down payment, coming to a total of $2,020.
On Verizon, a 2GB data plan costs $60 per month — but also has a $40 per month access fee for smartphones. That plan comes with unlimited talk and text as well, and the phone itself will cost you $200. Going with Verizon also gets you what’s currently the nation’s most extensive and stable 4G LTE network — a serious consideration for smartphone users.
Total cost: With a monthly $100 bill plus the iPhone cost, that comes out to about $2,600 for one phone; adding additional devices costs $40 per month for smartphones and $10 per month for tablets. Verizon, it should be noted, also has a $35 activation fee, which it waives in certain circumstances.
AT&T’s pricing is similar, though it’s hard to find a good plan to compare against T-Mobile’s 2.5 GB, unlimited text and talk offering. For an individual plan with unlimited minutes ($70 per month) , messaging ($20 per month) and 3GB of data ($30 per month), AT&T’s monthly bill rings up to $120 per month; an unlimited talk and text 4GB mobile share plan costs $110 per month. AT&T’s 4G LTE isn’t as comprehensive as Verizon’s, but AT&T does offer 4G speeds even in places where it has yet to deploy LTE.
Total cost: With the iPhone at $200, that brings AT&T’s range between $2,840 and $3,080. AT&T also charges a $36 activation fee, which it sometimes waives in promotions.
Finally, Sprint offers unlimited data plans with either unlimited talk, 900 minutes or 450 minutes, though these plans don’t include hotspot tethering — the ability to use your phone as a WiFi point. Sprint’s network, right now, is a weak spot for the company and makes the promise of unlimited data a little less appealing. That said, not worrying about overage charges or throttling has its advantages as well.
Total cost: Again, because Sprint chooses to differentiate its options based on talk time rather than data use, it’s little hard to run a direct comparison to T-Mobile’s 2.5 GB unlimited talk and text plan. If we looked at the middle-of-the-road Sprint plan with 900 minutes and unlimited data, it would shake out to $100 per month plus the $200 iPhone for about $2,600 over two years. With 2GB of hotspot capability at a cost of $19.99 per month, that total rises to $3,080.
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With T-Mobile’s LTE market already live in seven cities and plenty of factory unlocked or AT&T unlocked iPhone 5s already in the wild, enabling LTE is as easy as being jailbroken. If you aren’t jailbroken on your iPhone 5, not to worry as an official method for supporting LTE should come from T-Mobile or Apple very soon. A quick reminder that these steps will not work with iPhone 5 models unlocked from Verizon. We’ve got a complete look at why that is in yesterdays iPhone 5 model breakdown.
Now all that’s left is following the instructions below thanks to Lei Mobile and hopefully residing in one of the seven live LTE cities. If not, who knows — maybe you’ll find some pockets of LTE in your area as work continues.
This is the guide to enabling LTE on your iPhone 5 model A1428 for T-Mobile.
1. Open Cydia
2. Tap “Manage” and then tap “Sources”
3. Tap “Edit” then tap “Add” and put the following URL into the text box: http://v.backspace.jp/repo
4. Once the URL is entered in tap “Add Source” and allow for it to download all of the repo’s info and packages.
5. After your iPhone has refreshed, tap the v.backspace.jp/repo field or go to the search bar and find the package CommCenter* patch…
6. Once you have found it, install it and then reboot your iPhone once completed.
7. After the iPhone has restarted, open Cydia once again.
8. Search for iFile. The free version includes basic features. You will want to purchase it to take advantage of all of the features.
9. Once you have found it, install it. No reboot is required, though you can do it just to be on the safe side.
10. Once iFile has been installed, close Cydia and click on this file from your iPhone and click “Open in iFile”
11. Once you’re in iFile tap “Unarchiver” and 3 files will show up above T-Mobile LTE.zip
12. At the top, tap “edit”and tap the dots with a check mark next to carrier.plist, overrides_N41_N42.plist, and overrides_N41_N42.pri
13. Tap the clipboard icon at the bottom and tap “cut”
14. Now tap “done” at the top and tap the house icon at the bottom then tap Library, then tap Carrier Bundle.bundle (the one in blue), and then tap edit at the top again and tap the clipboard icon. Tap “paste” and it will auto inject the carrier files into the carrier folder overwriting the other files.
15. After the files have been placed, exit iFile and restart iPhone. After the iPhone restarts, allow it to acquire signal and display the T-Mobile logo then go to where you edit the APN settings (Settings –>General–>Cellular) Once that is done, enable the LTE toggle and you’re good to go.
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T-Mobile USA agrees to come clean about 'uncarrier' service plans




T-Mobile USA's "radical" service plans promising no annual contracts aren't quite as radical as consumers might think, and the mobile operator will change its advertising and offer refunds in a settlement with the state of Washington.
On March 26, the fourth-largest U.S. carrier introduced a series of new service offerings, including no-contract monthly plans and a program that let customers pay for a new phone over the course of 24 months. In unveiling the plans, T-Mobile thumbed its nose at rival mobile operators, calling the new offerings "uncarrier" plans that would free the company and its customers from the constraints of conventional service agreements.
"This kind of simple, straightforward approach is core to the new company we are building." —T-Mobile Now the company has agreed to clarify a few things in that pitch after an investigation by the Washington Attorney General's Office. Specifically, T-Mobile didn't tell potential customers who bought phones on time that they would have to keep T-Mobile service for 24 months or pay off the rest of the phone's full price when they canceled the service, said Paula Sellis, an attorney who handled the case in the Attorney General's Office. The fine-print disclosures that T-Mobile did offer were hard to understand, she said.
"You had to dig very deeply to understand what the terms of the program were, and you had to put two and two together," Sellis said on a conference call on Thursday.
T-Mobile ads that promised "no restrictions," "no annual contract", and no requirement to "serve a two-year sentence" actually only covered plans with no phone included, the Attorney General's Office said. To get those plans, consumers would have to bring their own phone or pay full price at the time of purchase.
"In our view, those advertisements were quite deceptive," Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
In a statement on Thursday, T-Mobile stood by its ads.
"As America's Un-carrier, our goal is to increase transparency with our customers, unleashing them from restrictive long-term service contracts -- this kind of simple, straightforward approach is core to the new company we are building. While we believe our advertising was truthful and appropriate, we voluntarily agreed to this arrangement with the Washington AG in this spirit," T-Mobile said.
Most U.S. mobile operators directly subsidize the cost of the handsets they sell, charging a one-time purchase price that's well below the true cost of the phone, if the buyer agrees to a two-year service contract. To cancel those contracts early, customers have to pay an early termination fee.
One difference between T-Mobile's term-purchase program and conventional contracts is that after making hardware payments for 24 months, T-Mobile customers can pay less per month if they keep using the same phone. However, for customers who want to cancel service early, the "balloon" payment for the rest of the phone's cost may be even higher than a conventional early termination fee, Sellis said.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has said it's time to "stop the bullshit" in wireless plans. Ferguson's office proactively investigated T-Mobile's claims after seeing the ads, without receiving any complaints from consumers that they had been deceived, Sellis said.
Because T-Mobile USA is based in Bellevue, Washington, the state's attorney general can regulate its advertising practices nationwide, she said.
In the settlement, T-Mobile agreed to not misrepresent the terms of its contracts, to make clear the consequences of canceling a plan, to more clearly state the true cost of the equipment it sells and to train its customer service representatives to make full disclosures. Staff have to be trained within 21 days. The carrier also agreed to pay US$26,046.40 in costs and attorney's fees.
Consumers who bought a T-Mobile phone and service under these plans between March 26 and April 25 can cancel their service and get a full refund. T-Mobile will notify those customers by email and follow up with a postcard if the email bounces back, Sellis said. Once they're notified, customers will have 30 days to return their phones, at T-Mobile's expense.
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Hackers release modified T-Mobile carrier update file to amplify iPhone 5 cellular speeds (jailbreak unnecessary)


Just prior to the official launch of the iPhone, T-Mobile issued a carrier update to enable LTE, improve battery performance and add Visual Voicemail support . The only problem is that some users were reporting slower speeds after the update. TmoNews reports that two well known cellular programmers, @joe012594 & @cooldayr2, have successfully modified the carrier update to “increase the amount of bandwidth allowing for better throughput of data and data connection.” That means you should be able to download apps quicker, browse the web faster and have a better overall experience on your T-Mobile iPhone after applying the patched carrier update.
Before and after speed comparison (via TmoNews):

The update does not require your iPhone to be jailbroken, preface by the coders and instructions for the hack are below. As always, please be sure to do a full backup of your iPhone prior to modding it in any way.


Since many unlocked iPhone 5 users report weakened signal on the refarmed 4G HSPA+ and many iPhone users (unlocked or official T-Mobile versions) report slower data speeds, I have done many hours for many days doing research on what could be done to fix the issue. After partnering with @cooldayr2, we both have come up with the best possible solution to this issue. Below is a fix we have provided for all iPhone 5 users on the T-Mobile network. This will not take away any features added by the official carrier update nor does it require a jailbreak, however, we have made user friendly for both jailbroken and non-jailbroken users. If you have any issue, please tell Joe at twitter.com/joe012594. Thanks!
Non-jailbroken users:
1. Plug your iPhone 5 into iTunes and backup the device so you won’t lose anything.
2. In the device itself, tap the “Settings” app and navigate to “General > Reset > Erase all content and Settings”
3. Once you have done that, the iPhone will auto reboot.
4. Download the hacked carrier update here:http://dc372.4shared.com/download/WF...14618-1518f967
5. Once downloaded, your iPhone will boot up into iTunes. Before you do ANYTHING, make sure to decline any and all prompts to update carrier settings. Just choose to “Restore from backup” and let it run.
6. Once your iPhone has booted up once again, it will place all of your personal content back into the Phone. While it’s doing this we’re going to go ahead and enable iTunes to except custom carrier bundles, if it’s not already.
7. Windows users, you will need to open command prompt and type the following and enter it in:
64 bit:cd “C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes” then type: iTunes.exe /setPrefInt carrier testing 1
32 bit:cd “C:\Program Files\iTunes” then type: iTunes.exe /setPrefInt carrier testing 1
Mac users you will need to open terminal and type the following and enter it in:
Mac:defaults write com.apple.itunes carrier-testing -bool true
8. After this has successfully been entered in, click on the tab for your iPhone 5 and click “Update” or “Check For Update” while holding down the Alt / Optionkey for Mac users and the Shift key for Windows users. Navigate to where you downloaded the hacked carrier update file named “TMobile_US_iPhone.ipcc,” and select it then click Open.
9. The carrier update should now successfully be installed. Restart your iPhone 5 for any changes to take effect.
10. If you encounter any problems or wish to revert back just download the file below and repeat the above steps only with the default file instead.
Default File:http://dc372.4shared.com/download/M3...14357-883dcc09
Jailbroken Users:
1. Download the file to your device through iFile here:http://dc372.4shared.com/download/WF...14618-1518f967
2. Unarchive the files and copy the file name “overrides_N41_N42.pri” then navigate to var/mobile/Library/Carrier Bundles/TMobile_US.bundle and paste it into the folder replacing the original .pri file.
3. Reboot your device for changes to take effect.
4. If you encounter any problems or wish to revert back just download the file below and repeat the above steps only with the default file instead.
Default File:http://dc372.4shared.com/download/M3...14357-883dcc09
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Phase 2 of T-Mobile’s UNcarrier plans aimed at July 14th, for Now




Little do us little peons know that T-Mobiles whole UNcarrier plans go beyond what you see today. There are phase 2 and phase 3 plans in the works that will help push the whole new image a bit further. Phase 2 is rumored to bring a new postpaid plan to the carrier that wouldn’t have a credit check requirement. Basically prepaid service without the option for EIP on devices. To break it down even further, that means you would pay full price for the device. Not surprising for a prepaid service. In real world situations, this isn’t that bad of an idea. Every time you run your credit, you take a hit. If you already know your credit score is well below any acceptable level, then taking another few points off of it isn’t the smartest idea. I should know, I am like 500. I can’t even get an Old Navy card.
Other details of the Phase 2 plans are aimed to coincide with a launch internally known as “Apollo 15. No, not a space shuttle. Apollo 15 is paired up with MetroPCS and their launch of 15 new markets. The news of 15 new markets with MetroPCS isn’t new news. It has been confirmed by MetroPCS and T-Mobile in the past.
Things are on the rise for T-Mobile. It is nice to see options and see them continue to be different then the other major 3 carriers in the U.S.
How are guys feeling about T-Mobile lately? Has their new approached afforded you better options and lower bills? Did you make the switch after they made all these changes?
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T-Mobile USA set to buy $308 million worth of spectrum from US Cellular




T-Mobile just acquired MetroPCS to expand its network, but this does not mean Magenta is done investing. The #4 carrier has just announced that it is planning to acquire $308 million worth of spectrum from US Cellular to expand its 4G LTE network.
The spectrum covers 29 markets, serving 32 million users. It is no small deal, guys. It will help enhance both T-Mobile and MetroPCS’ 4G LTE in the Mississippi valley, where all of this spectrum is located.
The biggest markets at hand are St. Louis, Nashville, Kansas City, Memphis, Lexington, Little Rock-North Little Rock, Birmingham, New Orleans and Louisville. So if you live in one of these cities (or close to them), you might be getting a nice network bump in the near-future.
I say “might” because the deal is not completely done yet and has to be reviewed by the FCC and Department of Justice. We all know how those things can go!
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T-Mobile ad pokes fun at AT&T’s lengthened upgrade period, hints counter-punch for Wednesday announcement



In case you’ve forgotten, T-Mobile is supposed to be in New York City this Wednesday (that’s tomorrow, folks) to announce some of their “boldest moves yet.” We weren’t sure what that meant when invites were first being issued, but some newly-leaked print ads the company is planning to publish give us an early hint of what we can expect to see them focus on.

For starters, the carrier is going right back after ex-lover AT&T’s throats in response to the latter’s move of extending upgrade periods from 20 months into the contract to a full 24 months.
AT&T’s big news: now you get to wait even longer. Wait, what?
This Wednesday, see how your long wait can end.
Interesting. We don’t want to assume too much just yet, but it sounds like T-Mobile could be gearing up to offer incentives for anyone not satisfied with their contract with rival carriers. Offering bill credits to take care of leaving another carrier isn’t a new practice, but that usually happens few and far between, and for very limited amounts of time. It sounds like whatever T-Mobile is cooking up could be a permanent change.or
Another theory is that T-Mobile could be giving customers an easier way to upgrade faster without having to pay the full cost of their old phone at the time of getting the new one. I could definitely see Magenta allowing customers to simply tack on the monthly installments of their new phone and allow customers to continue paying for both phones’ installments simultaneously.
Of course, I could be completely off the mark and it could be something totally different. Regardless, T-Mobile’s big, bad and bold demeanor as of late gives us reason to believe that there will be nothing to sneeze at. We’ll be covering their announcements live so don’t forget to make your way back here to find out what, exactly, T-Mobile has up its sleeve.
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T-Mobile announces JUMP upgrade program, LTE in over 200 markets, & new family plan option




T-Mobile was in New York City today to announce a few new things for the future of their network. The biggest is T-Mobile JUMP, a new upgrade track for those who like upgrading their phones often. T-Mobile will allow users to upgrade their phones twice-per-year if they enroll in a new $10-per-month program.
Beginning July 14th, users can “upgrade to a new phone, financed through T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Program (EIP), twice every 12 months after they’ve been in the JUMP! program for six months.” It requires you trading in an eligible T-Mobile smartphone, which we imagine will be the smartphone you’re looking to replace. T-Mobile says any remaining EIP payments will be eliminated for that old phone, and you will begin paying on the new one right away.
That wasn’t all T-Mobile had to announce this morning. The company revealed that it would be bringing 4G LTE to more than 200 markets by the end of this year, which is an impressively aggressive rollout pace. They have a lot of catching up to do, but this should put them in the upper-echelon of carriers with expansive 4G LTE coverage.
T-mobile has also announced new options for family plans. Launching July 14th, the company’s new Simple Choice Family Plan gives families up to four lines with unlimited talk, text, web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for just $100 per month following a one-time deposit. The plan requires no contracts or credit checks, just like all of T-Mobile’s individual plans now feature.
The event is still going on, with T-Mobile also announcing pricing and availability details for the waterproof Sony Xperia Z. You can find more details on that here. There are still a couple of cool surprises coming our way (more on that in a bit), so stay tuned for everything coming out of New York City this glorious afternoon.
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Is T-Mobile’s Next UnCarrier Move to Give You a “Data Passport” and Free Global Data in 100 Countries? (Updated)


T-Mobile and Shakira have a third UnCarrier announcement to reveal this evening in NYC, but thanks to a Facebook fansite for the artist, we may already know the plan. As seen in the image above that was captured by one of our readers, it looks like free global data is the next step. The image doesn’t provide many details, but does reference your T-Mobile data plan as now having a “passport.” The next line states that global data coverage in over 100 countries will now be included at no extra charge.
The fansite that posted the image also included a link to a virtual autograph with Shakira, which redirects to a “coming soon” page. The site appears to be on hand for Shakira’s concert tonight in NYC, with all sorts of access to nearby staging areas. That doesn’t necessarily mean the image above is 100% legit, but it certainly helps the idea that it could be.
The international tie-in matches the partnership of T-Mobile and an international star like Shakira. With that said, this is all still unconfirmed until T-Mobile makes an announcement. We should know it all by this evening.
Update: T-Mobile’s website confirms that free global data is coming this month. The rest of the details have not surfaced yet.
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T-Mobile Is Killing Grandfathered Plans



Following several unconfirmed rumors, Engadget has confirmed that T-Mobile is doing away with old data plans and forcing customers to choose from one of its current Simple Choice plans. According to a statement from the company a "vast majority" of customers will get "similar or better features at a comparable price."
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T-Mobile takes stance against fraudulent premium SMS charges





Customers continue to have the option of requesting refunds for false charges

T-Mobile published a support FAQ today indicating that the carrier will take a stronger stance against bogus premium SMS charges as soon as possible. Following a realization that large-scale actions by the entire wireless industry were not completely effective, T-Mobile has decided to cease all billing for premium SMS other than charitable and political donations.
Premium SMS, while having its legitimate purposes, is seemingly primarily used as a tool for scamming wireless customers into paying outrageous SMS rates to unwanted companies. Realizing that few cases of premium SMS — outside of charitable and political donations — were actually being used for legitimate reasons, T-Mobile has already halted business dealings with one of the largest premium SMS service providers.
Going forward, the carrier plans to stop all non-charitable and political premium SMS, and reiterates that customers will continue to have the option of requesting refunds for fraudulent premium SMS charges
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T-Mobile CEO John Legere teases UnCarrier 4.0 on Twitter; what’s in store this time?








UnCarrier has been the absolute most interesting string of carrier news to follow in the past year. T-Mobile has made tons of great blockbuster announcements, from unlimited international roaming totheir early upgrade program dubbed T-Mobile Jump. Now, a new wave of announcements is set to take place at some point in the near future, according to their own CEO.

John Legere posted the following Tweet on his personal account this morning:
Everything about this Tweet is interesting. The Happy New Year wish seems to indicate the announcement — being billed as UnCarrier 4 — will happen at some point right after the calendar turns. CES, perhaps? One can only hope so.
And what’s with the #Randall hashtag there at the end? Is he calling out AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson with that one? Or are the two going to be working together for the first time since T-Mobile and AT&T’s acquisition deal was blocked by the US government? The possibilities are endless, and endlessly exciting. You can bet Magenta will have our attention in the weeks to come.
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Rumor: T-Mobile Uncarrier 4.0 to award subscribers that switch carriers up to $350 credit for their ETF






T-Mobile will soon announce a new step in its Uncarrier initiative – dubbed as Uncarrier 4.0 – maybe as soon as CES 2014, which may be offering cash to subscribers that ditch their current mobile operator in order for them to make up for their Early Termination Fees.
The news is not confirmed yet, as we’re simply looking at an unconfirmed report from TMoNews, which received an interesting tip on the matter. Apparently T-Mobile would give users up to $350 in credit when switching over. Here’s what the anonymous tipster said about project “Houdini”:
…he’s teasing a project code named “houdini” which will give switchers up to $350 in credit when they switch to TMO… Emphasis will be on families switching up to 5 lines regardless of contract end dates…
New customers will receive instant credit when they trade in a smartphone, then get a credit for the ETF charged by their old carrier when they submit the final bill to TMO.
Will this be profitable for T-Mobile, even if it’s a scheme that should help the carrier get more subscribers? TMoNews says that for single lines it may not be a great offer for the carrier, which may end up losing money on the deal if the customer decides to leave T-Mobile as well. But family plans that switch over may be a lucrative deal for T-Mobile:
Let’s use a “typical” 4 person family: Dad, mom, brother, sister. Dad has 12 months left on his line, mom has 4, brother has 8, sister is due an upgrade. In that situation, the endless cycle would normally continue as the daughter starts looking around for upgrades. Switching isn’t an option, since the rest of the 4-person family are nowhere near an end. Using Verizon as an example, the early termination fee for smartphone users is $350 minus $10 for each month they’ve had the contract. So, Dad is $350-$120 = $230. Mom is $350-$200 = $150. Brother is $350-$160=$190. Sister is $0. In total, that’s $570, a total which T-Mobile could potentially pay off if they trade in their old phones (to pay the down payments on new ones) and get their final bills covered by this “Houdini” scheme. Switching and sorting the finances isn’t hassle-free, but it’s not going to be expensive.
That said, nothing is official just yet, so we’ll look forward to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 announcement for more details. However, including a different approach for ETFs in its uncarrier plans makes sense, at least for the consumer. And yes, that could mean that “Houdini” could make your ETFs disappear.
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Report: Softbank in Final Stages of Talks to Acquire T-Mobile US




We’ve been hearing about this for quite a while now. But Softbank, who is the majority owner of Sprint, is looking to purchase T-Mobile, and we could see a deal made in early 2014. On this fine Christmas Eve, we’re getting reports out of Reuters that Softbank is reportedly in the final stages of talks with T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom about acquiring T-Mobile US. Of course T-Mobile US won’t be cheap. It’ll cost Softbank about $20 billion to acquire the fourth largest US carrier. This is after Softbank paid a little over $20 billion for Sprint earlier this year. Giving them about a 78% stake in the company.
Which is going to be a problem for Softbank. They are already looking at banks right now to finance the deal. Reportedly there’s about 5 banks to finance the deal, Softbank has openly said that they are not willing to accept the risk of paying billions compensation if the deal goes south. Which, if the AT&T/T-Mobile merger is a sign, it could definitely fall through. Remember, just because Deutsche Telekom does accept the deal, doesn’t mean that the deal will go through. You’ve got all the FCC requirements and such. Which is what kept AT&T from buying T-Mobile a couple years ago.
We’ve already talked about why we don’t want T-Mobile and Sprint to merge. Even if you’re a Sprint fan or customer, you shouldn’t want this deal. The big reason is because T-Mobile is really shaking up the network, and getting the big guys on their toes. T-Mobile has been making some crazy moves this year and it’s scaring AT&T and Verizon, and it appears to be scaring Sprint as well.
I know from past articles about T-Mobile here at Android Headlines, that many of you are T-Mobile fans and subscribers like myself. I am really hoping this is just a rumor and that it doesn’t go through. Not because I’m a T-Mobile subscriber (I’ve actually been thinking about leaving T-Mobile and jumping on Aio’s prepaid on AT&T’s network), but because I want to see what T-Mobile is going to do next, and if Sprint buys them AT&T and Verizon will be able to relax and keep doing what they’ve been doing prior to 2013.
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T-Mobile CEO hints at family plan disruption in 2014

T-Mobile USA may soon offer family plan consumers an incentive to ditch their current providers for T-Mobile as part of its "UnCarrier 4.0" strategy, according to a tweet from CEO John Legere.




T-Mobile's CEO John Legere shared his New Year's resolution on the company's blog.
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T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere gave his Twitter followers a hint of what to expect from the company's next phase of its "UnCarrier" strategy in a post about New Year's resolutions.
In a picture he tweeted on New Year's day, Legere showed his New Year resolutions for 2013 and 2014 and offered a glimpse into what people can expect from the carrier in 2014.
In his 2013 list, he ticked off the carrier's many accomplishments, such as eliminating contracts, introducing an early upgrade program, giving away tablet data for free, expanding its 4G LTE network, and eliminating roaming charges for international travelers.
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As for the 2014 resolutions, Legere didn't offer specific details. He reiterated the company's mantra of shaking up the wireless industry by eliminating "customer pain points." He joked about letting up on his jibes against AT&T. And he noted that the company will continue to push forward with its 4G LTE network.
He also offered a small hint as to the next phase of the UnCarrier strategy. Specifically, Legere listed "unschackling families from the other guys."
There's already been some speculation that the so-called UnCarrier 4.0 plan, which Legere teased in another tweet just before the holidays, could be focused more on families. Perhaps, T-Mobile will offer to defray or even pay the cost of early termination fees for customers on family plans who are looking to ditch their current providers.
Switching multiple people on the same plan from one operator to another is a big headache for families who often have different end dates for their contracts. Offering customers a way to pay off their early termination fee penalty to start a family plan with T-Mobile could entice many new, high-value customers to jump ship for T-Mobile.
T-Mobile is expected to make its UnCarrier 4.0 announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. And the industry will be looking closely at T-Mobile's plans.
T-Mobile shook up the wireless industry
The company did indeed stir up the industry in 2013 through its aggressive initiatives. AT&T and Verizon Wireless followed T-Mobile's lead with the introduction of new early upgrade programs. And AT&T revised its pricing to give customers buying their own devices a discount on their monthly service.
It seems that T-Mobile's strategy is working well for the carrier. In the third quarter of 2013, the company reported it had signed up a total of 1 million new customers. About 648,000 of these customers were highly valuable, so-called postpaid customers, who tend to have stronger credit history and are willing to pay more each month. In total, T-Mobile ended the quarter with 45 million customers.
The company's executives have said again and again that the company is not yet finished.
But the one thing that Legere didn't mention in his New Year's resolutions is a potential takeover bid from rival Sprint. In the last month of the year, rumors of a potential $19 billion offer to buy T-Mobile circulated throughout the industry. While it makes sense why the fledgling Sprint would be interested in T-Mobile, it's hard to see why T-Mobile, which has been gaining customers and winning rave reviews for its initiatives, would want to be acquired by Sprint, especially at a price tag that is more than half of what AT&T offered in its bid two years ago.
That said, T-Mobile is owned by the German phone company Deutsche Telekom, which has made no bones about its hope to exit the US market. Still, many analysts believe a deal between T-Mobile and Sprint is a long shot from a regulatory standpoint. Regulators already rejected one takeover bid for the company. And recent comments from top officials at the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department suggest that regulators would like to see T-Mobile continue to compete as an independent company rather than be gobbled up by a competitor.
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T-Mobile CEO John Legere says AT&T will be ‘toast’ following CES announcement


Here we go again. Curious what T-Mobile thought of AT&T’s move this morning? You weren’t alone. In the wake of AT&T offering up to $450 to customers who moved to their service, T-Mobile CEO John Legere may have the last laugh. Calling the move “desperate”, he said AT&T would be “toast” after their CES announcement.


He also took time to jab AT&T for their failed bid to acquire T-Mobile, saying they took the $4 billion AT&T was forced to pay them and built a better network. They also used that leverage to implement their popular Uncarrier approach to mobile. “We used AT&T’s cash to build a far superior network and added ‘un-carrier’ moves to take tons of their customers – and now they want to bribe them back” said Legere.
“Consumers won’t be fooled… nothing has changed, customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for. Just wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!” Legere boasted in his email response to Re/Code. Of course, we still don’t know what T-Mobile has planned for CES, but they’re clearly under the impression it will burn AT&T. Like toast.
Or, maybe Legere was just hungry. Or, maybe he really gets it. T-Mobile does have that Steve Jobs thing going on, where they give us stuff we didn’t know we wanted until they told us about it. It works, too. Worldwide data coverage, free tethering — we wanted all those things! We’ll be eagerly anticipating T-Mobile’s CES announcement, and we’ll be on the ground at CES to let you know about it straight away.
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T-Mobile promises better coverage after spending $2.4 billion on spectrum from Verizon



T-Mobile has just made a big move to improve its coverage by purchasing a large swath of 700MHz A-Block spectrum from Verizon for nearly $2.4 billion in cash. The UnCarrier -- which has been in a buying mood lately -- said the deal will will help improve its coverage for 158 million people in 21 of the top 30 US markets, including New York, LA, Atlanta and Dallas. It added that the low-band spectrum (which has a greater range than high-band frequencies) will be particularly useful in city suburbs. As part of the deal, it'll also transfer $950 million worth of spectrum to Verizon in several markets, mostly in northern California and Atlanta. Don't get excited about having better 4G coverage just yet, though -- the deal's still subject to approval from the FCC and DoJ, which move at their own speed.
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T-Mobile has best quarter in 8 years, added 1.6 million net customers in Q4



In the last quarter of 2012, things were looking down for T-Mobile. The network lost over 500,000 postpaid customers, and had lost well over 2 million customers for the year overall. Now, things are starting to turn around: at CES the company revealed that Q4 2013 was its best quarter in over eight years, and it grew by more than 1.6 million new customers in that time period. According to CEO John Legere, most of the new customers came from Sprint and AT&T, with the fewest number of ports coming from former Verizon users.
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T-Mobile Makes It Official: Will Pay Early Termination Fees for Families to Bring Service Over





We are still sitting in the T-Mobile UnCarrier 4.0 press event, and some of the news is already official. T-Mobile is indeed going to pay Early Termination Fees (ETF) for families who transfer service from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
They will pay up to $350 per line.
More details coming. Press release below.





T-Mobile Delivers Contract Freedom for Families By Paying Off Early Termination Fees
Company marks 1st anniversary of Un-carrier revolution by offering to reimburse entire amount of customers’ early termination fees when they switch from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 8, 2014 – One year ago at International CES, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) threw down the gauntlet, promising relief for customers fed up with a broken, arrogant wireless industry. Since then, the company has delivered on its promise with a relentless barrage of Un-carrier industry innovations.
In its latest move, T-Mobile is eliminating one of the last remaining obstacles for individuals and families wanting to switch from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon to the Un-carrier by offering to pay off their early termination fees. With an eligible phone trade-in, the total value of the offer to switch to T-Mobile could be as high as $650 per line.
“We’re giving families a ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card,’ said John Legere, president and chief executive officer of T-Mobile. “Carriers have counted on staggered contract end dates and hefty early termination fees to keep people bound to them forever. But now families can switch to T-Mobile without paying a single red cent to leave them behind.”
Customers have been flocking to T-Mobile for its no annual service contract Simple Choice Plan, industry-leading JUMP!(TM) upgrade program, unlimited global data at no extra charge in 100-plus countries, and most recently for Free Data for Life on every tablet – up to 200 MB of free 4G LTE data every month for as long as they own their tablet and use the registered device with T-Mobile. But Nielsen research suggests up to 40 percent[i] of families hold back from switching because of high early termination fees (ETFs), and a recent online poll conducted by GigaOM suggests that 78 percent[ii] would switch to T-Mobile if their ETF was paid. ETFs can cost as much as $350 per line. Multiply that two, three or four times for a family, and switching becomes an extremely expensive proposition.
“Carriers like to make you think you’re just signing up for two years with their family plans, but with staggered expiration dates and early termination fees, they’re really locking you in forever,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile. “Now, families are free to switch without worrying about early termination fees. And by switching to T-Mobile, a family of four can save $1,880 over two years compared to an AT&T shared family plan[iii].”
Here’s how T-Mobile’s offer to pay off these fees works:
Starting tomorrow, customers from the three major national carriers who hand in their eligible devices at any participating T-Mobile location and switch to a postpaid Simple Choice Plan can receive an instant credit, based on the value of their phone, of up to $300. They then purchase any eligible device, including T-Mobile’s most popular smartphones, now priced at $0 down (plus 24 monthly device payments, for well-qualified customers). After customers get the final bill from their old carrier (showing their early termination fees), they either mail it to T-Mobile or upload it to www.switch2tmobile.com. T-Mobile then sends an additional payment equal to those fees, up to $350 per line. Trade-in of their old phone, purchase of a new T-Mobile phone and porting of their phone number to T-Mobile are required to qualify.
This offer to pay early termination fees provides families with a quick way to escape carrier contracts that have deterred them from pursuing a better and more affordable wireless experience with T-Mobile.
T-Mobile is also making it easier for its longtime customers to migrate to Simple Choice plans as well without incurring any migration fees. To qualify for this option a current customer under contract trades in their current device and purchases a new T-Mobile device and switches to Simple Choice. In addition to waiving the migration fee, T-Mobile will also eliminate the existing annual service contract for that customer’s line.
With a Simple Choice Plan from T-Mobile, families start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with up to 500 MB of 4G LTE data. They can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. In short, a family could get four lines for just $100 per month (plus taxes and fees). The potential savings are so significant that if every single AT&T, Sprint and Verizon customer switched to a Simple Choice Plan, T-Mobile estimates they would save up to $20 billion [iv] collectively each year.
In addition to great family plan savings, individuals and families can also enjoy an incredible wireless experience thanks to T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding nationwide 4G LTE network- now the fastest[v] in the United States. For more information, visit the T-Mobile newsroom.
About T-Mobile US, Inc.:
As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: “TMUS”) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The company’s advanced nationwide 4G and expanding 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences for customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.
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T-Mobile: Customer Data Proves We Have the Fastest 4G LTE Network in the U.S.





During T-Mobile’s UnCarrier 4.0 event that wrapped earlier this afternoon, T-Mobile made a bold new claim: they now have the fastest 4G LTE network in the land. Don’t worry (or maybe you should) though, they didn’t use an outside firm or “highly paid industry consultants” to collect their data. No sir, they used data straight from consumers and testing through the ever-popular Ookla Speedtest app.
According to their “independent analysis of the NetMetrics Reports provided by Speedtest.net,” T-Mobile speeds averaged out to 17.8Mbps, which was ahead of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Their tests also show AT&T averaging 14.7Mbps and Verizon at 14.3Mbps. Sprint dropped in at around 7Mpbs, well below the others.
Call it official or their own take on it, T-Mobile is standing by this idea. CEO John Legere joked (at least I think it was a joke) on stage during their announcement that he was going to send AT&T a Cease & Desist letter to make them take down all of their advertisements that suggest they are the faster network. Should be fun to see that playout.
In related news, T-Mobile mentioned that their LTE network now covers more than 209 million people and is in 43 of the top 50 markets. Well, that would be there 10+10 LTE network. What they really wanted to talk about was upgrading their network 20+20 LTE. They currently have North Dallas launched as their first 20+20 LTE market, with plans for expansion.
The 20+20 LTE network is capable of measured download speeds of 147Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 40Mbps, according to T-Mobile’s test. In even better news, all of their current devices will have access to this network once it reaches them. That’s not the case for Verizon who is currently upgrading their LTE network by utilizing AWS spectrum on band 4. Only some of Verizon’s new phones are AWS-ready.
And there you have it, T-Mobile’s big news from today.
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T-Mobile Will Help You Send a “Break Up Letter” When You Leave Your Current Carrier





T-Mobile has made it clear – they aren’t going to hold back any time in the near future. They are going to be brash, bold, and say whatever the hell is on their mind when it comes to their competitors. And since you all seem to be joining in on their party – their preliminary Q4 2013 report shows 1.6 million new net adds – they want to invite you to be vocal with them. They want you to send a “break up” letter.
Launched today, with their latest UnCarrier movement that will pay ETF fees for customers who sign-up for T-Mobile service, the growing carrier has created an app to help you send a “break up” letter to your former carrier. An example can be seen above in the image I took from the press event, but it could vary depending on how you answer a series of questions.
The letter could bring up “Dumpsville,” say that “we’re over,” or tell them how much you hated being “used for your money.”
Silly, but silly is good most of the time. To send yours, visit their app on Facebook.
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T-Mobile: 80,000 people have posted breakup letters [updated]




T-Mobile and its boisterous CEO John Legere love talking the talk, but they have also shown repeatedly in recent months that they can walk the walk. The scrappy nationwide wireless carrier added a jaw-dropping 4.4 million net new subscribers in 2013, including 869,000 net postpaid additions in the fourth quarter alone, and as a result it has larger rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T chasing its various new initiatives. In the latest example that illustrates just how well Legere & Company’s various antics are working, the carrier said on Thursday that more than 80,000 people have participated in its recent “breakup letter” stunt.
“This is not just a promotion,” T-Mobile marketing boss Mike Sievert told Re/code. “What we are trying to do is bring an end to unfair one-way onerous contracts in this country.”
Following a recent press conference T-Mobile launched a new campaign that asks consumers to dump their various carriers and switch to T-Mobile, and to post a photo of themselves holding a breakup letter addressed to their old carrier. It also sweetened the pot with its “Uncarrier 4.0″ offering, which pays early contract termination fees imposed by other carriers. According to Sievert, more than 80,000 such photos like the two above have been posted on various social networks thus far.
In light of the success the campaign has had thus far, T-Mobile said is is now widening its scope to include more than a dozen regional carriers customers can now switch from and qualify for a reimbursement of their early termination fees.
More breakup letters can be seen on T-Mobile’s breakup letter page, which is linked below in our source section.
UPDATE: It looks like there was a bit of confusion. Re/Code’s article states that more than 80,000 breakup letter photos have been posted online “by customers who have left rivals for T-Mobile,” but that is not the case. BGR has confirmed with T-Mobile that Sievert’s 80,000 figure refers to the number of breakup letter photos posted across various social media sites, but it does not correlate with the number of people who left their carriers and switched to T-Mobile. This article has been updated to reflect that clarification.
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