T-Mobile's new service plans mark a huge change for wireless carriers. In addition to ditching contracts, the nation's fourth largest wireless provider also has dropped handset subsidies completely. So now, when you buy a new phone from T-Mobile, you'll pay much more for your device than you did when you signed two years of your life away. You have the option of paying the full cost at the time of purchase, or paying a deposit with monthly installments, but the phone's price is the same either way. And, of course, you won't be tied to … Read more
T-Mobile's seismic shift in how it sells phones and service may be too much for some consumers to process.
In moving away from the old -- and arguably more comfortable -- business model of subsidized phones and two-year contracts, T-Mobile is hoping to shake up the industry and grab a bit of the limelight in the process.
But oftentimes, different is scary. T-Mobile faces the daunting challenge of explaining to consumers how its newly unveiled no-contract plans offer a benefit over the old model, and why it's actually beneficial for them to pay the full price for a … Read more
T-Mobile just took a bold, new step by shredding the contracts for its plans plus launching its new 4G LTE data network. But what kind of speeds can you really expect to see on the carrier's hot, new devices? Judging from what I observed at T-Mobile's splashy press event in New York, apparently quite a bit. … Read more
Always itching for that next great smartphone? T-Mobile might have the answer for you.
One of the ideas being bandied about is the concept of a club that would allow for "anytime upgrades," which the company defines as a maximum of two upgrades per year.
Members would pay a "very small" membership fee, though it's unclear if this would be an annual or monthly one. In exchange, they'd get insurance for their phone and the option to upgrade their device twice a year.
The idea is just one that's being thought out loud, … Read more
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is fed up with the "crap" the wireless industry has been feeding cell phone customers over the years. And he said that T-Mobile is here to shake things up.
At the company's "Uncarrier" event in New York City today, he made a pitch for T-Mobile's new no-contract plans, which went into effect Sunday, and he announced the launch of his company's new 4G LTE network and the long-awaited availability of the Apple iPhone on T-Mobile.
Legere, who took the stage in a black blazer, jeans and T-Mobile T-shirt, said … Read more
Is it just us, or did it seem like T-Mobile was taking a lot of shots at AT&T during its "Uncarrier" event today?
Executives, including T-Mobile CEO John Legere, mocked AT&T's confusing data plans, its network speeds, and even the paperwork required to sign up for its services. They claimed an iPhone on T-Mobile's new plan will cost users $1,000 less than at AT&T and even called AT&T Nation "vaguely sinister."
AT&T, meanwhile, didn't have much to say about T-Mobile's comments … Read more
T-Mobile will carry the Samsung Galaxy S4 on or before May 1, chief marketing officer Mike Sievert told CNET today at an event in New York.
The newly prepaid-only carrier is the first to officially announce Samsung's upcoming marquee phone, but others are expected to follow.
It isn't clear yet how much the Galaxy S4 will cost on T-Mobile's newly unsubsidized plans, but it will likely be in the same range as the Galaxy S3 is now, about $600.
T-Mobile will likely offer the option to buy the Galaxy S4 for a down payment of around $100, … Read more
In addition to unveiling its contract-free data plan, T-Mobile announced a number of devices that will be available on its 4G LTE network, including the Sonic 2.0 mobile hotspot.
Available now for $149.99, the Sonic 2.0 is the carrier's first LTE hot spot and it can connect up to eight devices.
The device is manufactured by ZTE and features a 1.77-inch color screen (which displays information such as signal strength, battery level, and number of connected devices), a microSD card slot that is expandable up to 32GB, and it works with both Windows 8 and … Read more
T-Mobile is joining the 4G LTE party with the official launch of its own service.
The new network is live in seven cities, the company announced at its "Uncarrier" event in New York City today. The initial cities include: Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. T-Mobile said its 4G LTE network will reach 100 million Americans by the middle of 2013 and 200 million by the end of 2013.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere said at the event that New York City will be live sometime this summer. But he said … Read more