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




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


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



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




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


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

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

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





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

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So, does that mean I shouldn't buy an iPhone?

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

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

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



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


What could hold it up?

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



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

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

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

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



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

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




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



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



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




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


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


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



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







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




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



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


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Here’s the full list of specs.
Specs
  • Camera: 13MP & 5MP RFC/8MP FFC
  • Battery: 3,380 mAh
  • Color: Special edition black with magenta accents
  • OS: Android N
  • Screen: 6” FHD IPS display
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: 32GB and expandable to 128GB
  • Bands: CAT 4 LTE Bands 2,4,5,12 & 66
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.25 x .35 in
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Octa-Core
The REVVL Plus arrives November 17, in-store and online.
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T-Mobile & Ericsson Break 1Gbps LTE Barrier In LAA Test





Major carrier T-Mobile and network giant Ericsson have teamed up for a special lab test using 12-layer License Assisted Access technology to reach mobile data speeds around 1.1 gigabits per second on a commercial LTE network. The test took place in T-Mobile’s own test lab in Bellevue, Washington. LAA technology was used across 12 layers, including spectrum licensed from three carriers, and unlicensed spectrum normally used by two carriers. The test took 12-layer LAA technology and laid it atop T-Mobile’s existing highest-end LTE technology, consisting of 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and three-channel carrier aggregation, along with the basic LTE technologies.

The test utilized the Ericsson Radio 2205 on the receiving end to make use of unlicensed LTE in tandem with licensed spectrum, rather than parallel to it. This allowed combination of connections, resulting in a wider band, so to speak, and thus higher total throughput. Previous tests of LAA on LTE had gotten speeds up to a gigabit per second through the use of 10 layers, or different sources of spectrum, but adding in unlicensed providers brought that number up to 12, allowing the test to break the gigabit barrier. This test was able to go beyond gigabit speeds on an existing commercial network with no special temporary backhaul equipment. Still, it’s worth noting that this was a test in a lab environment and used special equipment from Cobham Wireless.
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While the test was run on T-Mobile’s existing LTE network, customers experience the network using conventional equipment like smartphones and tablets, and with much more congestion. In the press release about the test, T-Mobile says that rolling out this technology will not push customers above the gigabit mark quite yet, but it will give near-gigabit speeds to a wider swath of its customer base, and improve the connection’s capacity and stability. Many markets in T-Mobile’s purview are still awaiting full deployment of the LTE technologies that the test was based upon, and recreating the unlicensed spectrum use that led to these results was made possible by the Ericsson Radio 2205. Presumably, that radio or a technological equivalent would have to be available in consumer devices for consumers to use unlicensed spectrum in the same way it was used in the test. This likely means that customers have a decent time to wait before they can see the benefits of the technologies in today’s test, even in T-Mobile’s prime markets.
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T-Mobile CCO And “Un-Carrier” Creator Leaves The Company





Carrier T-Mobile’s Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Sherrard has suddenly parted ways with the company after 14 years of service. The news comes from an internal email obtained by GeekWire, penned by Chief Operating Officer Mike Sievert. The email simply stated that Sherrard was leaving and that Sievert was grateful for his service over the years. As of this writing, neither T-Mobile nor Sherrard have clarified the matter, leaving Sherrard’s motivation for leaving the firm a mystery. Sherrard’s LinkedIn profile has not yet been updated, and still shows him as a T-Mobile employee. It’s currently unclear whether the wireless carrier’s top management already has a replacement in mind and when one will be appointed, though the vacancy should be addressed no later than January when T-Mobile is to publish its Q4 2017 results.

Sherrard was responsible for co-creating the Un-Carrier brand image and many of the initiatives that came with it, working closely with other higher-ups to craft an ideal brand image that would help the company claw its way out of the bottom of the US wireless scene after the appointment of John Legere as CEO. During his time at T-Mobile, Sherrard held a variety of positions, all related to marketing. He began his run as the Chief Commercial Officer back in August but had served as a Senior VP in many marketing-related capacities as far back as 2010. He came to the company as the Director of Marketing in 2003, arriving before both the company’s fall from consumer favor and the sharp turnaround experienced when former AT&T exec John Legere took the helm.





Before coming to T-Mobile, Sherrard had served in the US Army from 1991 to 1995, then spent some time with E & J Gallo Winery as its Assistant, having later been promoted to Associate Marketing Manager. He became the Marketing Manager for Clorox in 1997 and kept that position until 2003 when he left for a similar position at T-Mobile. This long resume gives Sherrard over 20 years of total marketing experience and given his track record in the wireless segment, he’s likely to be a top candidate for various vacancies at other mobile service providers, though it’s still unclear whether he’s planning on remaining in the industry.
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T-Mobile tops JD Power wireless customer care rankings, Sprint a distant fourth place


T-Mobile has un-carried itself back to the top of J.D. Power's customers care rankings for full-service wireless carriers. The latest survey, which evaluates consumers' satisfaction with their carriers' customer service, shows Verizon and AT&T taking spots two and three respectively, and Sprint...well, someone needs to do something about Sprint.
J.D. Power surveyed 15,668 wireless customers who had contacted their carriers' customer service through various channels (such as phone support, online chat, forums, and so on) within the past three months. The companies were then rated on a 1000-point scale.
T-Mobile's rating of 828 placed it at number one in customer service, while number two Verizon scored 822, number three AT&T had 811, and Sprint staggered in with a mere 755. (One wonders what's going on over there. Are they physically attacking customers?) When J.D. Power released results on this same subject in July, the top three carriers all scored about the same, with only a two-point difference between first-place Verizon (797) and third-place T-Mobile (795).
T-Mobile says this is the fifteenth time it has topped these rankings since 2004, and being T-Mobile, it was not humble about its latest victory. In a press release, CEO John Legere attributed their ranking to the company's un-carrier-ness, declaring, "We’re primed to go totally next level in 2018!"—whatever that means.
J.D. Power pointed out that customers seem to prefer their interactions over social media channels over more traditional methods of customer service. Also worth noting is the importance of video in customer care, for when customers looking for answers to a question came across a carrier's video, that question got resolved 92% of the time. Customers also became more likely to say they "definitely will not" switch to a different carrier in the next year if they had seen a video (34%) versus those that went through an automated phone system (21%).
Among non-contract full-service carriers, MetroPCS (which is owned by T-Mobile) comfortably earned the top spot with a rating of 828, followed by Cricket (814), Boost Mobile (804), and Virgin Mobile (763). For non-contract value carriers, Consumer Cellular was far and away the most highly rated with 880, with StraightTalk (770), Net10 (760), and TracFone (741) well behind.
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700mhz/ band 12 has been a great improvement in areas we often visit.

I'm looking forward to seeing what is in our neighborhood for the 600mhz spectrum after this summer.

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Want to Go Hunt Down T-Mobile LAA Towers After Seeing These Speeds






Before we get to a world filled with 5G, there is a good chance we’ll see one big Gigabit LTE push from carriers that is fueled by a technology we’ve referenced pretty frequently in recent months, called License Assisted Access (LAA). LAA provides a boost to your LTE connection by using the 5GHz WiFi band to allow your download speeds to go bonkers. We’re talking theoretic gigabit speeds, although in a real world setting, they could hover around 500Mbps. Who wants to complain about that, though? Anyone?
The folks at PCMag teamed up with Ookla (the Speedtest guys) this week, as they discovered a T-Mobile cell site in New York City that was outfitted with LAA and happened to be live. They ran some speed tests and averaged 503Mbps down and 42.27Mbps up. AVERAGED.
T-Mobile announced back in November that they were going to start setting up LAA small cells throughout the year. This is in addition to other Gigabit LTE technologies they’ve begun to deploy (like carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256 QAM) in hundreds of markets. The LAA stuff is where we might really see the huge download speeds, though, assuming you can find a cell site and stay close to it.
With License Assisted Access, you’ve got a cell site that combines use of the 5GHz unlicensed WiFi band and licensed spectrum from a carrier (T-Mobile’s Band 4 here). LAA treats that 5GHz band like an LTE band, so don’t think of this as you needing to connect to a WiFi network in order to utilize its benefits. Unfortunately, these small cells don’t reach far (a few blocks), so we may only see them in densely populated areas that are in need of a boost, like in NYC. Still, those damn speeds are what I need.
Of course, you’ll need a phone that is compatible with LAA, but there is a good chance you have one. Samsung’s newest phones (S8 line, S9 line, and Note, as well as LG’s V30 are all ready for LAA. The Moto Z2 Force should be compatible too.
T-Mobile isn’t the only one deploying LAA, in case you were curious. AT&T has started pushing LAA cell sites. Verizon has talked enough about it that I’m sure they are too.
Who wants to go hunt LAA towers with me?
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T-Mobile is launching RCS Messaging in Q2


Google and some of the world’s top standards setters have been working to spread RCS messaging as far and wide as possible. In case you don’t know, RCS is a rich communication protocol that would enable a far more advanced messaging experience than traditional SMS and MMS have been able to.
To put it simply, the rich features you in enjoy in messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or even iMessage on the iPhone side of things would be possible through standard carrier messaging plans.



And the best part of it all is that this technology is interoperable, so folks on one carrier can message those on another with the same set of capabilities, features, and enhancements.
It’s been a slow crawl to date, but the ball is definitely rolling. Google worked with Sprint to get RCS off the ground last year, and T-Mobile has announced their intention to do so in Q2 of this year. With AT&T promising they’ll eventually get around to it and Verizon likely to follow suit once they see the other big boys playing, it’s only a matter of time before we can enjoy pleasantries that are often closed behind proprietary apps and, in the case of iMessage, devices.
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T-Mobile Increases Base Station Capacity With Mid-Band LTE



The American carrier T-Mobile has recently announced that it has increased the capacity of hundreds of base stations across the United States through the deployment of additional mid-band LTE spectrum. Neville Ray, the chief technology officer of the network operator, noted in his tweet that the upgrades were completed in a span of two weeks, and he also included a video that details the locations where the upgrades were made. Some of the areas where the carrier upgraded its cell sites are located in Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennesee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The company executive also noted in his tweet that the carrier will continue improving its services across the country, despite already being recognized by third-party firms as the fastest LTE network in the United States.

With the deployment of additional mid-band LTE spectrum, subscribers of T-Mobile will likely see improvements in the data speeds that they experience on the network. The increase in data speeds is attributed to the ability of the carrier’s network to support more connections in the area at the same time.
T-Mobile has been actively involved in the deployment of new network technologies and additional spectrum in an effort to improve its LTE network. Aside from upgrading its cell sites with additional mid-band LTE spectrum, the network operator has also been deploying additional low-band LTE frequencies on its base stations. The key advantage of utilizing low-band spectrum for LTE is that it offers wider coverage and better indoor penetration compared to other frequencies, although lower LTE frequencies offer considerably lower data speeds. T-Mobile is also rolling out the 600MHz frequency across the United States, and the carrier is planning to utilize the spectrum not only for its 4G LTE network but also for its 5G network. T-Mobile’s 5G network is going to be available in 30 cities by the end of the year. Some of the cities where the carrier is expected to first deploy its 5G network include New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
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T-Mobile is rolling out more low- and mid-band LTE to hundreds of locations across the US



T-Mobile has just rolled out improved LTE coverage to literally hundreds of new locations across the United States, including cities such as Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and many others. The upgrade affects T-Mobile's low- and mid-band LTE capacity, which are the parts of the spectrum best suited for in-building penetration and long-range coverage.
Our network team added lowband LTE to 100s of sites in just two weeks, which means more and better coverage. And #WeWontStop!! @TMobile @MetroPCS #AcrossTheGrid pic.twitter.com/hrXAtgZvQM
— Neville (@NevilleRay) April 18, 2018
The rollout has been taking place over the past two weeks and includes PCS, AWS, 600MHz, and 700MHz frequencies, among others. According to CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile will be adding more 600MHz coverage to other locations soon, which it plans to use for 5G later this year. The increased coverage should affect all wireless customers that use T-Mobile's network, even those who don't pay their bill directly to T-Mobile. That would include MVNOs such as T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS, as well as others like MintSim and Project Fi.
100s of sites were upgraded with more midband capacity in just the last two weeks and #WeWontStop! This is why we’ve had the fastest LTE network for 4 years!! @TMobile @MetroPCS #Amped pic.twitter.com/dPSaDiGZCJ
— Neville (@NevilleRay) April 21, 2018
I've personally already noticed improved indoor reception where I live. Check out the lists below to see if your area has received any coverage upgrade. The following is the list of places which should be seeing improved mid-band LTE:

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Phenix City, AL
Mobile, AL
Tuskegee, AL
Gadsden, AL
Danville, AL
Stamford, CT
Westport, CT
New Canaan, CT
Greenwich, CT
Fairfield, CT
Danbury, CT
Brookfield, CT
Trumbull, CT
Westbrook, CT
Shelton, CT
Portland, CT
Newtown, CT
Monroe, CT
Wethersfield, CT
Windsor, CT
Bloomfield, CT
Avon, CT
Washington, DC
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Newark, DE
Naples, FL
Frostproof, FL
Lakeland, FL
Clearwater Beach, FL
Saint Petersburg, FL
Tampa, FL
Boca Raton, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
Homestead, FL
Pembroke Pines, FL
Hallandale, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Arlington, GA
Atlanta, GA
Conyers, GA
Michigan City, IN
Hebron, IN
Indianapolis, IN
Elizabethtown, KY
Russell Springs, KY
Raccoon, KY
West Liberty, KY
Russell, KY
Cynthiana, KY
Wilmore, KY
Hagerstown, MD
Essex, MD
Baltimore, MD
Pikesville, MD
Towson, MD
White Marsh, MD
Owings Mills, MD
Joppa, MD
Columbia, MD
Cockeysville, MD
Bel Air, MD
Silver Spring, MD
Gaithersburg, MD
Bethesda, MD
Jessup, MD
Hyattsville, MD
Oxon Hill, MD
Bowie, MD
North Beach, MD
North Dartmouth, MA
Fall River, MA
Needham, MA
Belmont, MA
Arlington, MA
Watertown, MA
Brookline, MA
Randolph, MA
South Weymouth, MA
Weymouth, MA
Melrose, MA
Medford, MA
Cambridge, MA
West Roxbury, MA
Jamaica Plain, MA
Boston, MA
Stoughton, MA
Woburn, MA
Woburn, MA
West Springfield, MA
Gulfport, MS
Hattiesburg, MS
Salem, NH
Phillipsburg, NJ
Edison, NJ
Florence, NJ
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Pleasantville, NJ
Riverside, NJ
Burlington, NJ
Bernardsville, NJ
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Morganville, NJ
Monmouth Beach, NJ
Middletown, NJ
Keansburg, NJ
Hazlet, NJ
Red Bank, NJ
Saddle Brook, NJ
Hillsdale, NJ
Bergenfield, NJ
Hackensack, NJ
Little Falls, NJ
Elizabeth, NJ
Newark, NJ
Union, NJ
Plainfield, NJ
Warren, NJ
Verona, NJ
Millburn, NJ
Maplewood, NJ
Livingston, NJ
Linden, NJ
North Arlington, NJ
Fort Lee, NJ
Clifton, NJ
Rochester, NY
Buffalo, NY
New Berlin, NY
Waterloo, NY
Cincinnatus, NY
Red Hook, NY
Patterson, NY
West Islip, NY
Hauppauge, NY
Massapequa, NY
Jericho, NY
Melville, NY
Bay Shore, NY
Woodmere, NY
Valley Stream, NY
Merrick, NY
Ridgewood, NY
Woodside, NY
Forest Hills, NY
Elmhurst, NY
Jackson Heights, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Long Island City, NY
Middletown, NY
Bronxville, NY
Scarsdale, NY
North Salem, NY
Bronx, NY
Staten Island, NY
New York, NY
Jacksonville, NC
Charlotte, NC
Mooresville, NC
Forest City, NC
Cornelius, NC
Winston Salem, NC
Vincent, OH
South Point, OH
Ironton, OH
Gallipolis, OH
Dayton, OH
Brookville, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Barberton, OH
Bedford, OH
Strongsville, OH
Independence, OH
Cleveland, OH
Eastlake, OH
Willoughby, OH
Mentor, OH
Chagrin Falls, OH
Berea, OH
Columbus, OH
Westerville, OH
Blacklick, OH
Phoenixville, PA
Downingtown, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Levittown, PA
Bensalem, PA
Moosic, PA
Clarion, PA
Pittsburg, PA
Allison Park, PA
Carolina, PR
Guaynabo, PR
Bayamon, PR
Toa Alta, PR
Toa Baja, PR
San Juan, PR
Juncos, PR
Luquillo, PR
Coamo, PR
Fajardo, PR
Cayey, PR
Caguas, PR
Naranjito, PR
Ponce, PR
Yauco, PR
San German, PR
Mayaguez, PR
Manati, PR
Lajas, PR
Hatillo, PR
Utuado, PR
Barceloneta, PR
Arecibo, PR
Cranston, RI
West Greenwich, RI
Taylors, SC
Greenwood, SC
Greenville, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC
Conway, SC
Summerville, SC
Sullivans Island, SC
Ladson, SC
Columbia, SC
Nashville, TN
Woodbury, TN
Madison, TN
Liberty, TN
Franklin, TN
Lynchburg, VA
Bland, VA
Roanoke, VA
Portsmouth, VA
Hampton, VA
Norfolk, VA
Virginia Beach, VA
Suffolk, VA
Richmond, VA
Mechanicsville, VA
Midlothian, VA
Glen Allen, VA
Fredericksburg, VA
Vienna, VA
Triangle, VA
Sterling, VA
Weston, WV
Salem, WV
Waverly, WV
Maben, WV
Lyburn, WV
Chapmanville, WV
Charleston, WV
Spencer, WV
Cottageville, WV
Fraziers Bottom, WV
Danville, WV
Amma, WV
Oceana, WV

The list of places with increased low-band LTE coverage is given below:

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Danville, AL
Tuscumbia, AL
Hazel Green, AL
Newton, AL
Glendale, AZ
Sells, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Grand Canyon, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Seligman, AZ
Kingman, AZ
Bullhead City, AZ
Jacksonville, AR
Jonesboro, AR
Fayettesville, AR
Huntsville, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Lynwood, CA
Cerritos, CA
Sylmar, CA
South El Monte, CA
Pomona, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Cardiff By the Sea, CA
San Diego, CA
Indian Wells, CA
Blythe, CA
La Quinta, CA
Twin Peaks, CA
Moreno Valley, CA
Goleta, CA
McFarland, CA
Visalia, CA
Palmdale, CA
Sanger, CA
Salinas, CA
Redwood City, CA
Sunnyvale, CA
San Francisco, CA
Oakland, CA
Stockton, CA
Coulterville, CA
Delhi, CA
Merced, CA
Wheatland, CA
Antelope, CA
Avon, CO
Bethel, CT
Westport, CT
Washington, DC
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Sanderson, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Alford, FL
Hallandale, FL
Tampa, FL
Saint Petersburg, FL
Lakeland, FL
North Fort Meyers, FL
Conyers, GA
Lincolnton, GA
Thomson, GA
Monticello, GA
Waycross, GA
Folkston, GA
Manor, GA
Du Pont, GA
Naylor, GA
Thomasville, GA
Hamilton, GA
Coleman, GA
Kailua Kona, HI
Maunaloa, HI
Blue Island, IL
Braidwood, IL
Naperville, IL
Chicago, IL
Indianapolis, IN
Leavenworth, KS
Kansas City, KS
Topeka, KS
Wichita, KS
Wakefield, KS
Nicholasville, KY
Wilmore, KY
Cynthiana, KY
Raccoon, KY
Russell Springs, KY
Elizabethtown, KY
Houma, LA
Covington, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
Freeport, ME
Scarborough, ME
Springvale, ME
Portland, ME
Augusta, ME
Brewer, ME
Hampden, ME
Orrington, ME
Waterville, ME
Oxen Hill, MD
Hyattsville, MD
Bethesda, MD
Olney, MD
Gaithersburg, MD
Cockeysville, MD
Baltimore, MD
Essex, MD
Catonsville, MD
Hagerstown, MD
Berlin, MD
Springfield, MA
Peabody, MA
New Baltimore, MI
Port Huron, MI
Grand Blanc, MI
Okemos, MI
Jackson, MI
Owatonna, MN
Andover, MN
Kasnas City, MO
Columbia, MO
Madison, MO
Missoula, MT
Las Vegas, NV
Salem, NH
Newark, NJ
Hackensack, NJ
Basking Ridge, NJ
Pleasantville, NJ
Monmouth Junction, NJ
Santa Fe, NM
Roswell, NM
Carlsbad, NM
Loving, NM
New York, NY
Bronx, NY
North Salem, NY
Purchase, NY
Middletown, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Jackson Heights, NY
Elmhurst, NY
Jamaica, NY
Kingston, NY
Patterson, NY
Cincinnatus, NY
Fayetteville, NY
Waterloo, NY
Syracuse, NY
Buffalo, NY
Rochester, NY
Walnut Cove, NC
Avon, NC
Columbus, OH
Chagrin Falls, OH
Cleveland, OH
Barberton, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Dayton, OH
Granite, OK
Klamath Falls, OR
Wallowa, OR
Glenshaw, PA
Snow Shoe, PA
Tamaqua, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Downingtown, PA
Batesburg, SC
Ladson, SC
Summerville, SC
Conway, SC
Nichols, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC
North Augusta, SC
Eagle Butte, SD
Liberty, TN
Woodbury, TN
Nashville, TN
Coppell, TX
Dallas, TX
Cumby, TX
Rusk, TX
Grapevine, TX
Springtown, TX
Denton, TX
Killeen, TX
Riesel, TX
Houston, TX
Magnolia, TX
Cypress, TX
Pasadena, TX
Fresno, TX
Nederland, TX
Orange, TX
Port Arthur, TX
New Braunfels, TX
San Antonio, TX
Sandy, UT
South Jordan, UT
Ferron, UT
South Burlington, VT
Triangle, VA
Alexandria, VA
Mechanicsville, VA
Pamplin, VA
Roanoke, VA
Aldie, VA
Mercer Island, WA
Bellingham, WA
Tacoma, WA
Hoquiam, WA
Wenatchee, WA
Ephrata, WA
Mesa, WA
Othello, WA
Upper Tract, WV
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5G May Initially Be Only 25% Faster Than 4G LTE: T-Mobile




The initial implementation of the fifth generation of mobile networks may result in speeds that are only between 25- and 50-percent faster than what 4G LTE is already offering, according to Karri Kuoppamaki, T-Mobile Vice President of Technology Development and Strategy. While speaking at yesterday’s Brooklyn 5G Summit, Mr. Kuoppamaki downplayed the expectations surrounding 5G, thus echoing the sentiments previously expressed by his colleague and T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray. 5G won’t make “one iota of difference” next year, Mr. Neville said in February, having asserted the technology is a smart long-term investment but not something that will revolutionize the wireless industry overnight.



The difference between T-Mobile’s initial expectations and those laid out by Verizon and AT&T, both of whom are expecting multi-gigabit speeds in the near future, may come down to the fact that T-Mobile first 5G network will be based on its vast 600MHz spectrum holdings which will allow it to conduct swifter deployment given how the frequency in question is suitable for traveling over long distances on its own and hence isn’t particularly reliant on the existence of ultra-dense networks filled with small cells. On the other hand, the data transfer rates enabled by such spectrum are also lower compared to millimeter-wave alternatives which are presently being pursued by other carriers in the country, though T-Mobile itself is also looking into those technologies, at least superficially.






Mr. Kuoppamaki claims mmWave 5G requires a small cell site every 900 feet, with his estimate being less than half of what Verizon previously said can be accomplished with such solutions, having touted gigabit speeds at up to 2,000 feet from a small cell station. “It’s kind of irrelevant” what speeds will 5G be able to deliver from the moment it launches, but the long-term implications of the technology are far-reaching and will eventually enable significantly improved data transfer rates, capacities, and latencies, Mr. Kuoppamaki said. Both Verizon and AT&T are planning to start limited commercial 5G deployment in the second half of the year, though only the latter is targeting truly mobile solutions, while Verizon will first be focusing on fixed wireless access technologies. Sprint and T-Mobile will follow suit early next year, with all four of the largest network operators in the United States promising national 5G coverage by 2020.
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T-Mobile launches wireless plan for military: $100 for four lines




On the battlefield where all four major U.S. wireless providers go at one another awfully hard, T-Mobile is reaching out to servicemen and women and their families with the most aggressive pricing plan in its history.

That would be the T-Mobile One Military family plan announced Wednesday and commencing April 22.

The first line under this new monthly offering will cost $55, or $15 off the $70 consumers normally pay under the regular T-Mobile One plan. A second line goes for $25 per month. And lines three through six cost $10 each. Thus, a family of six would pay all in $120 each month, or a family of four $100.

As with other T-Mobile One plans, all taxes and fees are covered, and customers get other benefits, including a free standard Netflix subscription, and unlimited text and data roaming and low flat-rate calling in more than 140 countries and destinations.

To qualify for T-Mobile One Military at the lowest price, the main account holder must sign up for auto pay, and provide proof of service. (You pay $5 more for each line without auto pay). The plan is open to active duty military, Reserve, National Guard, veterans, Gold Star families and the small businesses they own with up to 12 voice lines.

T-Mobile certainly has a lot of ground to make up. The nation's third largest carrier says it has only about 8% of the military market compared to about 75% combined for Verizon and AT&T.

Indeed, members of the military have long been afforded discounts on cellular phone service. T-Mobile’s discount is more generous than the 15% off select plans that AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless each advertise on the web for military-eligible customers, (with additional discounts on certain accessories), especially when you factor in the fact that T-Mobile will cover those taxes and fees.


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T-Mobile has been growing faster than any other major wireless carrier. (Photo: T-Mobile)


T-Mobile stresses that the T-Mobile One Military plan is not a temporary promotion, but one that will last indefinitely.

But T-Mobile is also running a short-term promotion through the end of May, that will let military members, vets and their families purchase a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ or S8 Active for half off. You’ll get that discount via 24 monthly bill credits, for up to three phones per account.

As part of its outreach to the men and women in uniform, T-Mobile also says it will invest more than $500 million in 2018, to expand its LTE coverage and make sure domestic military bases and the surrounding areas will be among the first to receive next-generation “5G” wireless network coverage.

All four U.S. carriers have been designated among the “Top 100 Military Friendly Employers,” and with the T-Mobile One announcement, T-Mobile also said it would double its commitment to hire more vets and military spouses. Its latest pledge is to recruit more than 10,000 of these people within five years.

For all the efforts made by the major wireless providers, not every recent effort aimed at the military market has panned out.


Defense Mobile says its about 30% to 40% cheaper on
Defense Mobile says its about 30% to 40% cheaper on average than other wireless services (Photo: Defense Mobile)

Consider Defense Mobile. In the spring of 2015, this Stamford, Conn., startup emerged from beta with a promise to deliver to active-duty service members, veterans and their immediate families, 4G LTE no-contract wholesale wireless service rates that were around 30% to 40% less than they'd pay elsewhere.

Defense Mobile’s executive team included two Navy SEALS, five flag officers, Medal of Honor recipients, a former chief marketing officer of the Army, a former assistant Air Force secretary, and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

No matter. Within about a year the financially troubled, so-called MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) piggybacking off other carrier networks, stopped taking new customers, and was soon apparently out of business. Its website and support numbers have since gone AWOL
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T-Mobile gained 1.4 million customers in Q1 2018


Following T-Mobile and Sprint finally agreeing on a merger, the 'un-carrier' has released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2018. T-Mobile has been reporting consistent growth for years at this point, so it should come as no surprise that the carrier gained 1.4 million subscribers in Q1. This marks the 20th quarter in a row that T-Mobile reported a net growth of over one million customers.
One million of those new subscribers were post-paid, with T-Mobile citing "strength in wearables" (likely referring to the new Apple Watch with LTE) as a factor. The rest consisted of branded postpaid (617k) and branded prepaid (199k) customers. Revenue reached $7.8 billion, but net income was down 4% to $671 million.
As far as the network itself, T-Mobile reports that 322 million people are now covered by LTE, with the company targeting 325 million by the end of 2018. The carrier is continuing to deploy LTE on the 600MHz spectrum it purchased last year. You can read the full report below.
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T-Mobile Continues Rapid Low-Band LTE Expansion, CTO Says




T-Mobile is continuing its rapid 4G LTE expansion in the United States, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said Friday, adding that the wireless carrier managed to bring the technology to hundreds of new locations across the country over the last two weeks. The announcement is virtually identical to the one Mr. Ray made in mid-April, with the official now asserting that T-Mobile is planning to continue pursuing rapid low-band LTE rollouts for the foreseeable future. According to the Bellevue, Washington-based telecom giant, every market which received low-band LTE support benefits from wider coverage and faster wireless Internet speeds, with the technology itself leveraging T-Mobile’s 700MHz and 600MHz holdings.


The company has been placing a large emphasis on low-band frequencies ever since acquiring significant 600MHz holdings last year as part of a spectrum auction held by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Besides touting the technology as an ideal method for swiftly distributing 4G LTE improvements, T-Mobile also sees low-band spectrum as a crucial component of its 5G plans. If the firm’s proposed merger with Sprint valued at some $26.5 billion is approved, it intends to join its 600MHz holdings with Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum in order to deliver a next-generation wireless solution that not only boasts massive performance improvements across the board but is also relatively cost-effective to deploy and allows for speedy buildouts, T-Mobile Chief Executive Officer John Legere said last Sunday.




Some industry watchers remain skeptical of T-Mobile’s claims that it’s the only U.S. telecom that can bring “real” 5G connectivity in a timely manner by joining forces with Sprint, especially as the firm has been relatively quiet on the 5G front until it announced its attempt to consolidate with its smaller rival late last week, unlike its larger competitors — Verizon and Sprint — both of whom will already be offering consumer-ready 5G solutions in select cities later this year. T-Mobile and Sprint are hoping their merger will be approved and concluded by the end of the first half of 2019, a timeline that many analysts deem optimistic given Washington’s growing opposition to any kind of wireless tie-ups, including AT&T’s proposed merger with Time Warner that’s less anti-competitive in theory as it doesn’t directly reduce competition in any industry, unlike the deal that the two smaller national carriers are now proposing.
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Deutsche Telekom Says First 5G Antennas Are Up




Deutsche Telekom says that its first 5G Antennas are up where it operates in Europe and that it’s on track to fully deploy its 5G network for use by customers by sometime in 2020. Though no exact dates have been mentioned by Deutsche Telekom as to when the 5G network would be up and running and devices would be taking advantage of the improvements, 2020 seems to be slightly ahead of schedule for the German-based wireless carrier, and it also puts DT in the lead as far as 5G in Europe goes when compared to other carriers.


DT-owned T-Mobile is trying to echo the same sentiments, working towards getting its own 5G up and running ahead of the other carriers in the U.S. so it can lead the charge in not only U.S.-based 5G networks but hopefully on a global stage as well, which is part of the argument for the merger between it and Sprint. For Deutsche Telekom the 5G antennas that are now up and running are spread across six different cell sites in Berlin, Germany, and are helping the carrier make some headway in 5G testing.






Beyond the six cell sites that already have these 5G antennas up, Deutsche Telekom plans to deploy more 5G antennas across 20 more sites. What’s more is that it plans to do this by the Summer and by that time it will have rolled out an additional 70 antennas on top of the ones it has just deployed. Deutsche Telekom like many carriers and companies across the world are heavily invested in launching 5G networks, with DT stating that it’s “deeply engaged” with the technology and making it a successful one is a top priority. 5G will bring many advancements for smartphones and other smart connected devices, so it should be no surprise to see companies that are so reliant on mobile technology giving best efforts to deploy 5G networks as quickly as they can. That said, Deutsche Telekom is still doing its due diligence with testing every aspect of 5G before rolling out the network completely as it wants to make sure that it lives up to the promise of improvements.
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T-Mobile Will Donate At Least $1M To Support Veterans

Major carrier T-Mobile is launching a new promotion called #HatsOff4Heroes wherein the company will donate at least $1 million to veteran-backed nonprofit Team Rubicon. The Un-Carrier will donate $1 million as a minimum, but every Tweet or Instagram post with the hashtag #HatsOff4Heroes is another dollar toward exceeding that. T-Mobile has not announced a cap for this promotion, so theoretically, enough interest could spell a very large payout for Team Rubicon. The promotion applies to any Tweets and Instagram posts bearing the hashtag, including those from people who aren’t T-Mobile customers, and the promotion runs through the regular MLB season, which means that it ends on September 30. July 16 is the date set for the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on ESPN, and particularly worthy or creative content posted with the hashtag could be featured during that engagement.


T-Mobile is doing this as part of a larger commitment to the nation’s veterans, which so far includes perks and a huge discount for veterans and their families on the network, past involvement with Team Rubicon, and a pledge to hire 10,000 veterans. CEO John Legere took to Twitter to post up the Tweet linked below, expressing his support for the US military and reiterating the company’s commitment to soldiers abroad, returning service members, and all those who are close to them.

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This sort of promotion is nothing new for T-Mobile. Not only has the company given to Team Rubicon before, it has used Major League Baseball as a promotional marker of sorts in the past with its #HR4HR promotion, wherein homeruns during a set period translated to donations from T-Mobile. The company has also donated to disaster relief efforts in the past. Most of the company’s biggest donation promotions have run in a format similar to this one, with customers and even non-customers being given the ability to dictate how much money T-Mobile relieves itself of and where those funds go. Usually, that’s determined through the use of a special hashtag on social media, as seen in this promotion. In the past, however, the company has given people the opportunity to text in a donation to be tacked onto their mobile bills, and has allowed employees and customers alike to use the T-Mobile Tuesdays app to decide where donations would go.
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New report helps show where T-Mobile has 600MHz LTE coverage







T-Mobile confirmed earlier this month that its 600MHz (Band 71) LTE coverage is available in 823 cities across 31 states, and a new report wants to help consumers pin down exactly where that coverage is popping up.
PCMag recently teamed with Speedtest app maker Ookla to determine where T-Mobile customers are seeing 600MHz coverage. The two looked at Ookla’s crowdsourced test data from March 1st onward and dropped a pin on a map wherever users spotted Band 71 coverage.
As you can see in the map below, there are spots of Band 71 in most every corner of the U.S., though the Southwest. We can see quite a few dots in southern Maine; around Omaha, NE; in the middle of Kansas; and in central Arizona.

You can get a closer look at each section of this map over at PCMag to help give you a better idea of exactly where T-Mobile customers are seeing Band 71 coverage.
To access this Band 71 coverage, you’ll need a compatible device. T-Mobile currently only has a handful of phones that can access Band 71 LTE, including the LG V30/V30+, LG K30, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, and Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+. The upcoming LG G7 ThinQ will support Band 71 LTE, and the unlocked OnePlus 6 will include support for Band 71 LTE, too. T-Mobile has said that it plans to launch more than one dozen 600MHz-compatible phones in 2018.
This 600MHz Band 71 coverage helps T-Mobile’s LTE to reach farther and penetrate buildings better. T-Mo lets you compare its coverage with and without 600MHz on its coverage map, but the map generated by this new report helps to visualize where T-Mo has deployed 600MHz coeverage across the U.S.
Right now, it looks like T-Mo is mostly using it to build out its coverage in more rural areas, but there are some major cities that’ve gotten 600MHz love, too, like Las Vegas and spots right outside of New York City. So if you see your city has some 600MHz coverage and you don’t have a 600MHz-compatible phone, you may want to consider one next time you upgrade your phone.
Do you have 600MHz coverage in your town?
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T-Mobile BOGObonanza Offers BOGO Deals On 13 Top Smartphones


T-Mobile has a new promotion in store for those looking for powerful flagships. Starting this Friday, June 1, the carrier is hosting its “BOGObonanza,” which, as the name itself suggests, brings Buy One, Get One (BOGO) deals that allow customers to get two devices at the price of one. T-Mobile says that it has 13 smartphones in line for this promotion, and they’re among the most powerful and desired handsets currently available on the market. The smartphones part of this deal include the latest flagships from three top OEMs: LG, Samsung, and Apple. BOGO deals are widely popular because they allow customers to make significant savings when purchasing new devices.

Flagship smartphones come with top-notch specs and features all around, but they also come with high price tags to match their prowess. BOGO deals make them notably more accessible, basically slashing the price in half when purchasing two smartphones. The promotion is a limited-time deal and the eligibility requirements vary depending on the conditions set by each participating brand. Nevertheless, the promo is open to both new and existing customers, provided that they make the purchase on the carrier’s Equipment Installment Plan. Interested customers who want to take advantage of this deal can choose two smartphones part of this promotion, but keep in mind that the two handsets have to be of the same brand.
Customers can mix same-brand models, for instance, gabbing a Samsung Galaxy S9 and a Galaxy S9 Plus, with the condition that the second phone must cost the same or less than the first. With the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, the more expensive Galaxy S9 Plus would have to be the first and the Galaxy S9 the second. Otherwise, customers will recover the money for the second device either through monthly bill credits or through a prepaid card rebate, depending on which brand they chose. For a limited time, T-Mobile is also offering 50 percent off accessories. To further sweeten the deal, T-Mobile also highlights that it offers the best unlimited network in the United States, unlimited LTE data with T-Mobile One, zero-rated Netflix access on family plans, and various perks, discounts, and freebies every week through its T-Mobile Tuesday reward program. Additional benefits include free texting in flight, one hour of free in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo-eligible domestic flights, and free data roaming in more than 140 countries and destinations.
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