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New LTE study shows T-Mobile is best overall carrier for data in US





LTE has quickly become the standard by which we measure our carriers. If we’re not on an LTE signal, we just aren’t happy. A new report from Open Signal (who measure their findings via metadata collected from their awesome mobile app) shows just how much we rely on LTE across the globe. Perhaps more importantly, their findings also give us a clue on which carrier is the best when it comes to LTE. What we find is that T-Mobile is absolutely schooling their competition.

When it comes to LTE availability, South Korea has the best option of joining a strong cellular connection. The United States is sixth, where Open Signal finds we have LTE about 77% of the time. Of carriers stateside, Verizon has the best LTE availability, with their customers having access to an LTE signal about 86% of the time. AT&T customers have LTE roughly 78% of the time, while T-Mobile customers have LTE about 76% of the time. Sprint is a distant last — their customers have an LTE signal under 60% of the time.


When it comes to download speed, the US leaves a lot to be desired. Our 7Mbps download pales in comparison to Spain’s leading 18Mbps download speed. If you’re wondering why we’ve got such slow data speeds stateside, don’t blame T-Mobile — theirs is the fastest network by far.
Open Signal found the average download speed for T-Mobile subscribers was 9.98Mbps. The closest to them was Verizon, where users average 6.54Mbps download speeds. AT&T checked in at 6.5Mbps, and Sprint is just embarrassing themselves with 4.04Mbps average download speeds.

On Open Signal’s chart of carrier performance, it can be argued that T-Mobile is the best we’ve got stateside. On the idealistic slope toward good coverage and fast speed, T-Mobile trends higher than their competition. They may not have the widest coverage, but they’re close to AT&T, and really only trailing Verizon in that regard. T-Mobile’s lightning quick network just blows the competition away -- even Verizon. The uncarrier just has unreal data speeds on a very reliable network, plain and simple.
Update: Corrected to correct LTE availability percentages worldwide.
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I'm just going to comment that TMobile has ZERO coverage in the entire state of Wyoming. They'll show coverage from a contracted carrier, but it won't do shit. Zero data even though it shows full 4g. What a junk network.
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I'm just going to comment that TMobile has ZERO coverage in the entire state of Wyoming. They'll show coverage from a contracted carrier, but it won't do shit. Zero data even though it shows full 4g. What a junk network.
I will say there are still some dead spots. Nebraska is the same way. At least with Sprint you can get crappy 3g.

For the price and where I live and travel T Mobile has been fine. Down at tablerock lake I got full LTE even on the lake. In Kansas on the way to Wichita I lost signal quite a few times. But overall I have been happy with it.
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T-Mobile is looking to change the game again with its announcement of Uncarrier 12. The company announced its new T-Mobile ONE plans a few weeks ago which bring unlimited data back to the users without worrying about incurring any overage fees. However, T-Mobile ONE doesn’t didn’t solve all the problems that users have with cell phone plans and carriers such as HD video steaming or high-speed tethering.
We’ve ended data buckets, gone unlimited and now we’re amping up T-Mobile ONE to make it even better. Listening to customers is at the core of the Un-carrier. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the best way to run your company is to shut up, listen to your customers, and then do what they say! That simple formula has made T-Mobile the fastest growing wireless company in the US for three years running.
John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile
Today, T-Mobile announced a few tweaks to the new plans, as well as T-Mobile ONE Plus. The tweaks to T-Mobile ONE include faster mobile hotspots speeds and HD day passes. When announced, T-Mobile ONE included unlimited 2G tethering, but now users will be able to tether via 3G speeds (from 128kbps to 512kbps).
The company also drew much criticism for its inability for users to stream HD quality videos on devices that feature gorgeous displays. But is adding HD Day passes which will let customers stream HD videos for 24 hours after purchasing a pass which costs just $3.
Additionally, the carrier is introducing T-Mobile ONE Plus which is an add-on that fixes most of the complaints that have arisen after the announcement of T-Mobile ONE.
What’s new:
  • Unlimited High-speed 4G LTE mobile hotspot data. Now, customers don’t have to count gigs when connecting another device to their phone or tablet on T-Mobile’s network. While T-Mobile ONE is designed primarily for use directly on smartphones and tablets, some customers use these devices as hotspots and now they can browse the web, snap, gram, post and stream a movie to a laptop or the big screen at high-speeds, without fear of exceeding a data bucket.
  • Unlimited HD Day Passes. Want to stream HD video? Toggle it on for 24 hours whenever you want. Every day, once a week or once a month – it’s up to you! All the HD video you want, whenever you want it, to binge watch your favorite series, have a movie night with the family or just watch unlimited pet videos from YouTube.
  • 2x faster speeds abroad. Already, T-Mobile ONE comes with Simple Global – which includes free data roaming in 140+ countries and destinations. Customers with the new T-Mobile One Plus will get the same awesome global connection at twice the speed, up to 3G speeds wherever available.
Subscribers will be able to take advantage of T-Mobile ONE Plus for an extra $25 per month, and will make Big Magenta the first carrier to offer unlimited high-speed mobile hotspots and an unlimited LTE tablet plan. Finally, T-Mobile is pushing up the release of its new plans, as they were to be available starting on September 6th, users can now choose the new T-Mobile ONE plans starting on September 1st.
Are these changes enough to persuade you to move to T-Mobile? Let us know in the comments below what you think about T-Mobile’s new plans.
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T-Mobile is boosting its LTE speeds to 400 Mbps very soon





T-Mobile has its share of issues, but there’s no denying it has some of the best data coverage in the country — and its about to get much better.


The company is getting ready to boost its maximum theoretical internet speeds top become the faster carrier in the US by a wide margin. The network will soon supports theoretical speeds up to 400 mbps – nearly half the speed of Google Fiber.






There’s a two-pronged approach to the upgrade. First is incorporating 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology, which will supposedly double the speeed from the current 7-40 Mbps customers tend to experience with T-Mobile (about the same as Verizon with LTE-A).


This upgrade is available now in 319 cities, although it’s a moot point because only the S7 and S7 Edge will be able to use the tech via a software update “later this month.” The Note 7 is curiously omitted – perhaps because of the unprecedented recall – but T-Mobile says more phones can take advantage of the tech ‘soon.’


In October, the company will roll out 256 QAM support to the S7 and S7 Edge (and again, more phones later), which increases the amount of bits per transmission. T-Mobile says this will lead to theoretical maximum speeds of 400 Mbps.
Of course, those are theoretical numbers that depends highly on network conditions, but an impressive figure nonetheless.


In continued T-Mobile braggadocio, the company says it now covers 99.7 percent of the people Verizon does, virtually eliminating the latter’s advantage. It’s not clear whether it means just for high speed data or overall, but it’s an impressive figure compared with where the company was a few years ago.


Update: We contacted T-Mobile to ask what kind of real-world speeds you could get after the upgrade The company says “customers can expect to see real world peak speeds of 190 Mbps.” Far off from 400 Mbps, but also over four times current peak speeds, and faster than most home broadband connections. Here’s to hoping that remains true.
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Less Than 0.8% of T-Mobile’s Customers Turn Off Binge On





When T-Mobile launched Binge On last year, it had some pretty big issues. Many customers were not happy that they were being forced to watch lower-resolution video on their smartphones, in exchange for that video not counting against their data cap. Shortly after it launched, T-Mobile made it easier for users to opt out of the service, however, as the company’s CTO Neville Ray mentioned today, very few have actually turned off the service.
Ray was speaking at the Mobile Future Forward conference today, and stated that less than 0.8% of T-Mobile’s customers have actually turned off Binge One since it was launched last November. The ability to turn off Binge One became a big topic shortly after the service was announced last year. Many were concerned that it violated the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, which the FCC ultimately said that it doesn’t, and that’s due to the fact that any service could be part of Binge On, and that it wasn’t limited to just Netflix or Hulu. Now, all video is automatically part of Binge On, meaning it’s definitely not violating Net Neutrality.

Binge On has been such a huge success, even though the company is kind of steering away from it now with their new T-Mobile One plan, that even international carriers are calling up Ray to find out how they were able to accomplish this. He stated that he has received calls from no less than a dozen international operators asking about Binge On service, as well as their approach to video usage in general. Now, Ray didn’t say which operators specifically contacted him, nor whether they were looking to launch their own service similar to Binge On, but there’s definitely interest there. Launching Binge On has definitely changed the network data traffic on T-Mobile, it has been significantly reduced. Ray noted that data traffic is now much flatter, and in some cases it’s reduced from the same period a year ago.

The way that Binge On reduces the amount of data on T-Mobile’s network is downgrading high resolution streams to 480p. So instead of watching a 1080p or even a 4K video on YouTube and using a lot more data, you are watching a 480p version using much less data and for the most part customers don’t notice a difference. Binge On was just one of many Un-carrier moves that the magenta carrier has carried out since John Legere took over the company in 2012. All of which have been designed to solve customer pain points, and have brought in more and more customers, each and every quarter.
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T-Mobile to pay $7.5 million fine and other penalties to the FCC for 'unlimited data' disclosure problems


There's no such thing as real unlimited anymore. T-Mobile's "unlimited data" marketing isn't all that quick to point out that it comes with some built-in limits - specifically, throttling the top three percent of unlimited data users along with more general users who exceeded 17GB a month. The Federal Communications Commission took exception to some of those commercials and advertisements after several consumer complaints. T-Mobile's settlement with the Commission means they'll have to pay up, to the tune of several million dollars.

The FCC is taking a direct $7.5 million fine, but that's actually a pretty tiny slice of the penalty. T-Mobile will also have to return $35.5 million in "consumer benefits" to T-Mo and MetroPCS unlimited data customers, in the form of bonus data for metered plans, extra tablet plans, and discounted accessories. Eligible customers will be alerted in December. T-Mobile will also be paying $5 million in services and equipment to US schools to "bridge the homework gap," digital access problems for students in low-income areas. The carrier will be compelled to include all relevant restrictions including the top 3% rule in future disclosures, as well as informing customers when they're approaching that threshold.
“Consumers should not have to guess whether so-called ‘unlimited’ data plans contain key restrictions, like speed constraints, data caps, and other material limitations,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc.
This isn't the first time the FCC has taken a carrier to task over its not-quite-unlimited service. The Commission fined AT&T a whopping $100 million for similar misleading ads last year, under the same Open Internet Transparency Rules from 2010. Sprint stopped throttling its unlimited users to comply with the new net neutrality provisions around the same time.
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T-Mobile Details “Un-Relenting” Network Improvements





Ever since T-Mobile started their Un-Carrier initiative, they’ve been changing up the wireless industry with change after change that other carriers couldn’t help but adopt, lest they start losing customers to Magenta. The mission of the Un-Carrier is crystallized in the Un-Carrier Manifesto, and the end of the Manifesto reads, “We are the Un-carrier. And we will be un-relenting.” As part of that promise, T-Mobile has not only continued to brute-force innovation and customer-first actions in the wireless industry, they’ve also ruthlessly chased down the competition on all fronts, including network improvements. A new press release from T-Mobile’s chief technology officer, Neville Ray, goes over just a few of the ways in which T-Mobile has been working to keep their network relevant.
T-Mobile’s 4G LTE now handles about 90% of their total data traffic, with Voice Over LTE handling roughly 61% of the Un-Carrier’s voice traffic on their network. In total, about 231 million people are covered with T-Mobile’s ultra high-speed Wideband LTE network. Extended Range LTE, on the other hand, brings better coverage and building penetration to 225 million people. Ray went on to point out that T-Mobile was the first to roll out 4×4 MIMO on their network, along with 256 and 64 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation. This means that compatible handsets can see speeds up to 400 megabits per second. On the 5G side of things, T-Mobile has hit 12 gigabits per second in field tests alongside 5G hardware partner Ericsson, and they’ve managed to secure a large amount of 700 MHz spectrum, which can be used to build out a far-reaching, high-speed network.

After touting the Un-Carrier’s own network improvements, Ray reaffirmed that T-Mobile has been the network speed champion for 11 consecutive quarters. Along with an infographic bearing Ookla speedtest aggregated results over October of 2016, and used the chart to systematically slam everybody else. After a quick primer on why upload speeds are important with all of the media creation that everybody does on mobile networks these days, Ray immediately ripped into Verizon and their recent boast of a 50% overall network improvement, as well as Sprint’s claims that they are within 1% of the network quality and reliability of their competition. He even went as far as to call Sprint out on slashing their network capex while sitting at the bottom of the chart. Ookla’s Speedtest app doesn’t always tell the full story, so Ray backed up those claims by saying that the FCC and OpenSignal rank T-Mobile as the fastest overall US cellular network. Ray ends the letter on a high note, telling users that the Un-Carrier has no plans to slow down any time soon.
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I'm digging the T-Mobile Tuesdays. Can't hate on the free movie rentals from Vudu and the free photo prints.

Just wish they would do the vudu credit more frequently.
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I signed up but always forget to check the app
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Celeste and I both do it. I think the vudu credits have been every other week or every 3 weeks. I can't remember, but 5.50 each toward a movie is pretty solid. Cut my torrenting down some, I just wish Vudu would discount the price of a purchased movie if you rented it first.
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Report: T-Mobile Likely To Be Top Takeover Target In The US





Earlier this week, the US wireless carrier AT&T announced it’s acquiring Time Warner for more than $85 billion. The move came as a bit of a surprise but it definitely makes sense considering the increasingly saturated mobile market in the US which led wireless carriers to look for alternative revenue streams. Merging a major wireless, broadband, and pay-TV provider such as AT&T with an enormous media and entertainment conglomerate like Time Warner, can certainly lead to new business opportunities. To put that in simpler terms, a content distributor purchased a content maker in order to diversify its portfolio and likely join their services together. In the long-term, that move will probably pay off.
Now, the US government has yet to approve this deal taking place but as AT&T argues that Time Warner isn’t its direct competitor and describes this as a vertical merger, it’s more likely that the purchase gets approved than not. After all, AT&T also managed to convince the Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Justice to approve its acquisition of DIRECTV last year. So, provided this actually ends up happening, AT&T’s competitors certainly won’t be too happy because the second largest US wireless carrier will soon start offering an even more diversified lineup of products and services and potentially take over some additional market share.

That’s basically why the merger of AT&T and Time Warner could easily prompt more major acquisitions in the US as other content providers and distributors will be looking for an edge to compete with the upcoming conglomerate. As Reuters reports, many see T-Mobile as that competitive edge. The third largest wireless carrier in the country has been doing rather well in recent years and even managed to overtake Sprint. Industry experts claim that Dish, Comcast, and America Movil are some of the most likely suitors while Reuters cites T-Mobile’s COO Mike Sievert who just asserted that the wireless carrier is “very interested” in exploring new strategic opportunities, hinting at a potential merger with some content suppliers.

In other words, if approved, AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner could easily set a precedent for this type of merger which means that a new era of the so-called quad-play services may be on the horizon in the US. That would consequently have major implications when it comes to regulating zero-rating practices in the country. Whether AT&T’s latest acquisition actually prompts someone to purchase T-Mobile remains to be seen, but one thing is certain – the US government could soon instigate major industry changes if it ends up approving the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
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T-Mobile will give $325 in bill credit to customers who bring a Pixel and sign up for T-Mobile ONE


Verizon exclusive? Ha! After CEO John Legere teased some sort of Pixel offer yesterday, T-Mobile has taken the wraps off an offer for the new Google Pixel; if you bring a Pixel to T-Mo, you can get $325 in bill credits back. If you've been on the fence about either T-Mobile or the Pixel, this may sway your decision.

So here's the deal: buy a Pixel, sign up for a T-Mobile plan (post-paid only), show proof of purchase through T-Mo's promo site, and voila! You'll receive $13.55 in bill credit every month, which over two years, will add up to $325.20. Seems simple enough, right?
Well, not really. Since T-Mobile requires proof of purchase from the Google Store or other retailers, people who buy their Pixels second-hand may experience some trouble signing up. In addition, since the Bellevue-based carrier is only offering this promo with its controversial ONE "unlimited" plan, you'll have to deal with that. That being said, since T-Mobile doesn't sell the Pixel themselves, it can't tie the discount to a device payment plan (like they did with their recent iPhone trade-in promo). To see all the details, hit the source links.
All things considered, I'd say this is only a solid deal for those of you who were already considering switching to T-Mobile (despite their terrible new plans) and were on the fence about purchasing the Pixel. For everyone else, waiting for a Pixel discount is probably a wiser choice.
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T-Mobile offering one year of DirecTV Now for free to AT&T switchers






When AT&T launched its DirecTV Now streaming service last month, John Legere took some shots at AT&T for its new service. Now Legere and T-Mobile are taking things a step further.
Starting tomorrow, December 16, T-Mobile will offer one year of DirecTV Now for free to AT&T customers that switch to T-Mo. To qualify, AT&T customers will need to switch from AT&T and add two lines to a T-Mobile One.
After switching, T-Mobile will give former AT&T customers a $35 bill credit for 12 months. Normally that’d be good for the base DirecTV Now offering that includes around 60 channels, thought DirecTV Now is offering a limited time promo that’ll get you the 100 channel package for $35 per month, too.
In the fine print of the offer, T-Mobile does note that this offer isn’t combinable with some of its other offers, like Carrier Freedom.
T-Mobile also points out that for Simple Choice customers, DirecTV Now has been added to Binge On. So while Simple Choice subscribers aren’t getting free DirecTV Now, they can stream the service without touching their high-speed data.
For any AT&T customers that are interested in jumping ship, this looks like a pretty nice deal. The service streams free on T-Mobile One like it does on AT&T, and they can get one year of it for free by making the jump to T-Mo. There’s no word on exactly how long this offer will last, though, so AT&T customers thinking about taking advantage may want to act soon.
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T-Mobile Breaks ONE Plus Plan Into Two Price Tiers: One With Unlimited High-Speed Hotspot, One Without





T-Mobile announced changes to its T-Mobile ONE Plus plan today that makes it a 2-tier option where some may actually save $10 per month, assuming they don’t need the ability to hotspot with high speeds. The upgrades to the $70 ONE plan now come as either the ONE Plus or ONE Plus International.
What’s the difference? There are three differences that standout. For one, T-Mobile ONE Plus is now a $15 add-on to the T-Mobile ONE plan, but you should you need more, you can instead upgrade to the ONE Plus International option for an extra $25 per month. The second and third differences lie within the feature set, which boils down to the International option including unlimited high-speed hotspot and a new Stateside International Talk add-on on top of the benefits to the basic ONE Plus plan.
Let’s back up, though. The T-Mobile ONE Plus plan will now cost you $15 extra per month and includes the following:
  • 2x Faster Global Data: already, T-Mobile ONE customers get free data roaming in 140+ countries and destinations; now, they’ll get twice the speed, up to 3G speeds, wherever available;
  • Unlimited HD Day Passes: get all the HD video you want, whenever you want it;
  • Unlimited Gogo: unlimited monthly Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on your smartphone for the entire flight;
  • Voicemail to Text: transcribes voicemails to text or email for those moments when you can’t listen;
  • Name ID: gives you superior caller ID, text ID, and the power to block unwanted calls and texts.
See, no high-speed hotspot is mentioned in that list that I pulled directly from T-Mobile’s site.
If you need the high-speed hotspot action, you can upgrade to the T-Mobile ONE Plus International option for $25 extra that includes the following on top of everything above:
  • Unlimited high-speed smartphone mobile hotspot data: turn your phone into a hotspot and connect your laptop or tablet to get unlimited high-speed data on those devices, too;
  • Stateside International Talk (a $15 value) for unlimited calling from the U.S to landlines in 70+ countries and mobile numbers in 30+ countries along with discounted calling to 200+ countries.
What unlimited high-speed tethering has to do with “international” is beyond me, but that’s what T-Mobile is offering here.
For current ONE Plus customers who are paying the extra $25 per month, T-Mobile will simply leave you where you are, but will automatically include the Stateside International Talk option. In other words, they are basically turning your plan into the ONE Plus International, which is probably fine because you aren’t paying more yet are receiving another bonus. With that said, if you don’t need the high-speed tethering, you can drop down to the regular $15/month ONE Plus option by calling or visiting a T-Mobile store.
The new plans are already live.
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With more and more people buying smartphones, wireless carriers continue to try to out-promote each other with claims of faster download speeds on their networks in order to get new customers. Today, T-Mobile released its annual update on its own coverage, which included a video that showed the company getting nearly 1Gbps of download speeds on its current network.


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The post about the network update was written by T-Mobile’s chief technology officer Neville Ray. He said the video shown above was taken in the company’s labs with an unrevealed, and currently unreleased, smartphone. The company was able to get download speeds to that phone as high as 979 Mbps on its current LTE network, through the use of three carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation). Ray claimed that T-Mobile will be the first carrier in the US to offer 1Gbps speeds to its customers, and added that even more improvements are coming in the future.
Ray also offered T-Mobile’s thoughts on future 5G networks. He admits that it will still be “several more years” before those kinds of networks are widely available to smartphone owners. However, he did state that the company has already been testing for that future with “mobile speeds of 1.8 Gbps, fixed speeds of 12 Gbps with latency under 2 milliseconds, 8×8 MIMO and four simultaneous 4K video streams.” In the video shown above, T-Mobile offers a possible future based on 5G network speeds, with mobile augmented reality apps that will allow customers to have instant voice translations with people with other languages, a better way to shop for clothes and much more.
Ray also revealed that T-Mobile’s LTE network now reaches 313 million people in the US, which he says is close to Verizon Wireless’ network reach of 314 million people. In addition, Ray added that the company’s Extended Range LTE support is now available for over 250 million people to access in more than 500 metro areas. Finally, he said that 64 percent of all calls on the network use its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support, compared to just 40 percent at the end of 2015.


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T-Mobile’s next big announcement is coming next week, as the company plans to reveal yet another “Un-carrier” feature, or more, on Thursday, January 5 at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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T-Mobile will 'kill' taxes, fees on your phone bill

The company will also eliminate all plans except its T-Mobile One unlimited data plan on January 22.










T-Mobile is giving you a tax break.
As part of its Un-carrier Next press conference at CES, the nation's third-largest carrier said on Thursday that it would simplify the pricing of its T-Mobile One plan. The $70 plan for an individual, for instance, will cost exactly $70 after taxes and fees. Typically, consumers pay more than the advertised rate on their wireless plan because of local and federal taxes and other fees.
T-Mobile is following the example of prepaid carriers MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless, which adopted this approach years ago (T-Mobile now owns MetroPCS, while AT&T owns Cricket). This is the first time a major carrier is handling pricing this way.
T-Mobile also confirmed that on January 22, it will kill off all other plans and just go with the T-Mobile One unlimited plan.
T-Mobile's move to clarify the pricing of its T-Mobile One unlimited data plan further fuels its narrative that the company is upending the industry status quo with a consumer-friendly strategy. But the move also serves to address the backlash the T-Mobile One plan faced because it meant the carrier would eliminate more-affordable options. T-Mobile initially said it would phase out all other plans (hence the "One" part), but it delayed doing so after the negative feedback.






T-Mobile isn't magically making the taxes and fees disappear. The company is actually lowering the rate so those extra charges are absorbed into the total. If the taxes change or go up, the carrier will lower the rate to ensure you keep your advertised price.
The plans range from $70 for a single line to $140 for four lines and $20 for additional lines.


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T-Mobile ONE, With Included Taxes and Fees Rolled Into Price, Goes Live





At CES, T-Mobile said it was going all-in on T-Mobile ONE plans. That meant they would only offer T-Mobile ONE plans starting January 22, which was yesterday. To confirm that they followed through on that promise, the wireless carrier sent out a press release this morning to remind us of the date.
By going all-in, T-Mobile ONE plans have some changes. For one, all of the taxes and fees are rolled into a flat rate price going forward. That means if you sign-up to pay $40 per month on T-Mobile ONE, that’s what your bill total actually should say, rather than $40 plus $6.47 in taxes and fees or something along those lines. In the long run, this should actually save you some cash and make your bill much cleaner.
I should point out that you need to sign-up for autopay in order to get this flat rate pricing with the taxes and fees rolled in. I’m not sure what T-Mobile is charging you without autopay, but they make it clear in the fine print that it is a requirement.
Additionally, T-Mobile ONE plans include “KickBack,” which is a way for customers to get up to $10 back per line that uses 2GB or less data per month.
If you are on another plan, like a legacy Simple Choice plan, you can still keep your plan. However, if you come in as a new customer, T-Mobile ONE plans are your only choice now.
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TMobile & Verizon Tied for Data Speeds in OpenSignal Report

February 8, 2017 - Written By Daniel Fuller


OpenSignal releases a report every now and then that shows the state of the four national US carriers’ networks, and they’ve recently released the report for the fourth quarter of 2016. T-Mobile and Verizon are basically tied for overall best network, with Verizon ruling the roost for 4G metrics, while T-Mobile wins 3G speed and latency by a pretty big margin. T-Mobile and Verizon each took home four awards, and got a draw on 4G and overall download speeds. AT&T and Sprint each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but neither manages to net awards or even bypass T-Mobile or Verizon at any point in the charts.
T-Mobile won out in 3G download speed and 3G latency, which means that their fallback in areas where 4G is unavailable will be the fastest. AT&T was a somewhat close competitor, and everybody else’s 3G networks pale in comparison. Verizon, meanwhile, won out in 4G availability and latency, with T-Mobile extremely close behind in both measures. 4G latency and availability were the only metrics where AT&T and Sprint came even close to matching the two rulers of the chats, with Sprint tying up with T-Mobile in 4G latency, and AT&T being closest behind T-Mobile in 4G availability. Regional network metrics, as measured on a per-metro basis, were all over the place, with Verizon netting top per-region scores most often, and T-Mobile predictably following. AT&T and Sprint found themselves on the regional charts in some major metro areas, but were overall unable to keep up with T-Mobile and Verizon.

It should be noted, on the regional breakdown, that there are no major metro areas where T-Mobile rules alone across the board, always finding itself hand in hand with at least one other carrier. Verizon, on the other hand, manages to handily take many a metro, such as the Tampa Bay, Florida area, New York City, and Houston, Texas. These metrics were taken over the course of the fourth quarter of 2016, which means that they don’t take some Super Bowl improvements into account, and any network improvements that happened after January 1, 2017 are not on the charts. Still, this is a pretty decent measurement of where the various networks stand, and should give consumers a more educated viewpoint in regards to choosing a carrier or whether to stick with their current option.
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T-Mobile is cheap and Verizon is good. That’s the logic that’s guided people’s choice of cellphone carriers for years, but according to the biggest test of networks in the US, it’s no longer true.


OpenSignal has published its newest “State of Mobile Networks: USA” report, and the results will make bad reading for Verizon’s execs. T-Mobile and Verizon are now tied for first place in network speed, and within spitting distance of each other on every other metric. In every way that can be measured, T-Mobile’s network is just as good as Verizon.
The report uses crowd-sourced data to test all the networks nationwide. OpenSignal gets users to download its app — 170,000 of them were using the app for this report — and then continuously runs network speed tests to gather data on speed, latency and regional availability.
The approach is different to most other network tests, which uses “road-testing” to check speeds and availability in a number of pre-set locations. OpenSignal’s methodology is less repeatable, but by using millions of data points rather than thousands, it builds a better picture of national availability.
According to the data in the report, Verizon still has the edge in availability, with users able to get an LTE signal 88.17% of the time, instead of 86.60% on T-Mobile. That’s a tiny difference, and the only time when Verizon beats out T-Mobile. Both carriers have identical overall download speeds, and a nearly-identical ping.
So, what about AT&T and Sprint? They’re in third and fourth place respectively, but Sprint continues to be the only network that’s particularly bad. It’s the only network with availability below 80%, and the overall download speed of 7Mbps is pathetic compared to T-Mobile and Verizon’s 14Mbps.
What does all this mean for you when you’re trying to choose a mobile plan? Basically, there’s no reason not to go with T-Mobile. The speed and coverage you get will be the best you can buy, but T-Mobile’s single plan offers quasi-unlimited everything for $70 per month, with additional lines costing far less. Verizon, on the other hand, doesn’t even offer an unlimited plan.


Now yes: T-Mobile has had problems with salespeople cramming bills with unwanted charges, and that unlimited plan isn’t really unlimited. But the limitations on the unlimited plan won’t be an issue for the vast majority of people. What it comes down to is that T-Mobile offers service that’s just as good as Verizon, but much cheaper. That’s why it’s adding users while Verizon is hemorrhaging them, and why most people in the country would be better off to switch.
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T-Mobile Matches Verizon’s Unlimited With New Promo Pricing

February 13, 2017 - Written By Daniel Fuller


T-Mobile has announced a few improvements to their T-Mobile ONE unlimited plan, as well as a special pricing promotion for that same plan, in direct response to Verizon reviving their unlimited plan. Released on Twitter by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, the new tweaks to the T-Mobile ONE plan all but supplant the upgraded T-Mobile ONE Plus option by offering free HD video streaming, and upping the 3 gigabytes of tethering offered to the same 10 gigabytes on offer with Verizon’s more expensive plan. T-Mobile has also knocked the price of 2 lines on T-Mobile ONE to $100 from $120, though the pricing for other plans is not affected. Magenta also put out an infographic showing their plan prices and specs against Big Red’s. The newly revamped T-Mobile ONE plan will become available on Friday, which is also when existing customers on T-Mobile ONE plans will see the changes go live for them.
In their infographic, T-Mobile goes over their prices for their T-Mobile ONE plans, showing how people who want a large family plan and individuals will both pay less on the Un-Carrier, with taxes and fees included. They go on to compare the features of the plans, showing that customers get the same amount of tethering data on both sides of the fence, while T-Mobile customers actually get more data in Mexico and Canada while roaming, and showing off the fact that T-Mobile give customers a free hour of GoGo In-Flight Wi-Fi with unlimited texting. As a side note, while Verizon customers have to pay with cash, a debit card, or a checking account, T-Mobile customers have the option of using a credit card.

This entire development started, according to Legere, with Verizon losing their advantage over T-Mobile in OpenSignal’s recent network report, which Verizon directly responded to. Legere asserts that T-mobile’s network parity and better prices, as well as unlimited data, forced Verizon to compete in the feature arena, and thus bring back unlimited data. In the press release regarding the changes to T-Mobile ONE, Legere said that T-Mobile has made of a habit of bringing other carriers around “kicking and screaming” to embrace the trends that they set in the wireless industry. On that note, Legere promised that the next industry-wide trend will be the abolition of separate taxes and fees on customers’ bills.
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T-Mobile promises big LTE boost from 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies

T-Mobile deploys LTE-U tech that shares unlicensed spectrum with Wi-Fi.



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T-Mobile USA is ready to deploy a new LTE technology over the same 5GHz frequencies used by Wi-Fi following US government approval of the first "LTE-U" devices.
The Federal Communications Commission today authorized the first LTE-U (LTE for unlicensed spectrum) devices after a controversial process designed to ensure that cellular network use of the 5GHz band won't interfere with Wi-Fi networks.
"With LTE-U, starting this spring, T-Mobile customers will be able to tap into the first 20MHz of underutilized unlicensed spectrum on the 5GHz band and use it for additional LTE capacity," T-Mobile said immediately after the FCC decision. T-Mobile is deploying LTE-U technology from Ericsson and Nokia, who had their equipment certified by the FCC today.
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LTE-U will help T-Mobile achieve its goal of offering gigabit LTE speeds, the carrier said.
Verizon Wireless is also planning to use LTE-U. The company said in September that it is "eager to deploy" the technology and developed an equipment testing plan, but it's not clear when a Verizon deployment will happen.
Cellular carriers in the US generally hold exclusive licenses to spectrum, while Wi-Fi operates in unlicensed frequencies. Anyone can operate in unlicensed spectrum without an FCC license as long as they use certified radio equipment and comply with power limits and other technical requirements.
“LTE-U allows wireless providers to deliver mobile data traffic using unlicensed spectrum while sharing the road, so to speak, with Wi-Fi," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement today.
The plan to bring LTE to unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum set off an industry fight. LTE-U deployment plans drew opposition in 2015 from cable companies and the Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group that certifies equipment to make sure it doesn't interfere with other Wi-Fi equipment. Industry groups worked together to develop a "Coexistence Test Plan" to prevent interference, and the Wi-Fi Alliance said it's satisfied with the result even though the new testing is voluntary rather than required by the FCC.
Pai said that FCC staff "certified that the LTE-U devices being approved today are in compliance with FCC rules. And voluntary industry testing has demonstrated that both these devices and Wi-Fi operations can co-exist in the 5GHz band. This heralds a technical breakthrough in the many shared uses of this spectrum."
T-Mobile has been discussing its LTE over 5GHz plans since late 2014, and it likely would have deployed LTE-U earlier if not for the controversy over potential interference.
"LTE-U devices and equipment intelligently tap into and share underutilized unlicensed spectrum without affecting other users on the same band, including those using conventional Wi-Fi," T-Mobile said today. "LTE-U constantly seeks the least utilized channels to maximize efficiency and performance for everyone. As demand on the Wi-Fi network increases, LTE-U backs off, and as Wi-Fi demand wanes, customers can tap into that unused capacity for LTE."
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T-Mobile throws in an extra line in latest freebie

First it was free pizza. Now T-Mobile is giving away an extra line if you are already paying for at least two.

















T-Mobile CEO John Legere is trying to undercut his competitors again.
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T-Mobile customers with at least two lines of service can get an additional line for free, the company said Monday.
Starting Wednesday, new customers or current subscribers with a T-Mobile One or Simple Choice plan are eligible for the extra line if they sign up for automatic payments. T-Mobile is currently offering a deal with two lines for $100 or three lines for $140, with taxes and fees included in that price. The new offer, which can be combined with the current one, can save customers $40 a month if they have a third line. Each line has unlimited calls, texts and LTE data, though a line is subject to reduced speeds if data use tops 28 gigabytes in a month. The company didn't say how long it will offer the deal but did say that once someone signs up, there's no cutoff date.
"Today, I'm thanking customers by giving them one of the things they want the most -- a way to connect more of their family or more of their devices all the time," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement.
The extra line isn't limited to phones and can be used on smartwatches and tablets, too.
The offer comes as T-Mobile continues its battle against Verizon. The two telecommunications giants are competing on every front, including who has the best network in the US. RootMetrics last week declared Verizon the top network for the seventh time in a row.
T-Mobile's push to add an extra line for free sticks to the company's theme of smothering customers with freebies. It launched T-Mobile Tuesdays in 2016, dishing out free items like pizza and movie tickets each week to people using its app.
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T-Mobile CTO Wants To Sunset 2G, 3G In 2019





T-Mobile is one of the last carriers to have traditional GSM networks up and running for mobile device users, but Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said at MWC that he wants to change that by around 2019. During an Ericsson presentation, Ray ended up on stage talking about uses for traditional 2G and 3G networks. While mobile users on T-Mobile can still use them, their primary use at this point is in smaller, device-to-device operations, such as with parking meters. Because of this, Ray says that it would be entirely feasible to sunset most of their 2G and 3G networks, netting valuable 5G spectrum in the process, if T-Mobile can just get the “last 30 percent” of users making voice calls to jump to voice-over-LTE capable devices. Ray is confident that by 2019,
Ray talked about a highly efficient method that T-Mobile had zeroed in on to keep enough of the 2G and 3G networks running to serve these device to device customers, while being able to sunset and refarm the rest of the 2G and 3G networks’ spectrum. The primary uses of this spectrum right now are voice calls on older devices, and fallback data for customers who wander out of LTE coverage or go beyond their data limit on older, tiered data plans. Both of these use cases could easily be covered by LTE, with just a bit of network expansion, if customers are willing to collectively buy into newer devices.

AT&T recently shut down their own 2G network, including device to device users. Most of these displaced users reportedly went over to T-Mobile, which is why the Un-Carrier is not announcing plans to completely sunset its 2G network at this time. With 4.9G and 5G shaping up to be great for the Internet of Things, however, it’s possible that these devices may end up being updated and brought into the IoT world, which would spell complete obsolescence for 2G networks, allowing all carriers, including T-Mobile, to throw the switch and shut them down once and for all. T-Mobile is a great example of a carrier whose potential 5G spectrum is currently being eaten up by other uses, and getting rid of those other uses would spell a faster, cheaper, more robust 5G buildout.
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