Posts with tag t-mobile
I’m sure we’ve all done stupid things when we were younger that have negatively affected our credit scores, or perhaps we’re just getting our start as an adult and have no credit score to speak of. According to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, anyone who fits that description can’t get the deals that carriers advertise and instead either pay much more or leave with nothing.
In addition, Legere also stated the following as to why they’re doing this:
Ultimately, this initiative will lower the barrier for millions more Americans to get a smartphone – the most transformational technology in our lifetime. At a time when mobile connectivity is sweeping the globe, the United States ranks a miserable 13th in the world in terms of smartphone penetration − behind a dozen countries including Australia, Ireland, Israel and Saudi Arabia among others. There are more than 100 million American adults who don’t have a smartphone according to data from Pew Research and the US Census Bureau. That’s 100 million too many.
In today’s world, the smartphone is anything but a luxury. It’s a lifeline. It’s your source of news and information, your compass and your map. It’s how you stay safe and stay connected to family and friends. It’s how you do your banking and how you find a job. In other words, it’s an absolute necessity. The smartphone has become critical to plugging in to economic opportunity and participating in the global conversation.
Starting next week, any and every T-Mobile customer who has paid their bills on time for just one year is eligible for their best prices on phones and tablets. This also includes zero down, no interest and no credit check.
Free music streaming & a 7 night stand
T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced at the company’s “Uncarrier 5.0” press event the latest in the company’s attempts to revolutionize the cellular industry, and as expected there were quite a few interesting changes to the way T-Mobile does things in an attempt to get you to switch away from your current carrier to everyone’s favorite magenta crew for your next smartphone.
John Legere started off the announcement by promising to give the press “doobies” (which he didn’t) and promised not to spew a “crock of bullshit” to everyone (which is up to you to determine). Then we got the stats – 17 million new T-Mobile customers since the start of the Uncarrier initiative just a couple of years ago – an impressive number, but not one that AT&T or Verizon Wireless are likely all that worried about.
As for what’s new with T-Mobile itself, the announcements were nice, but not necessarily huge. Legere made a point of saying that T-Mobile was built “mobile strong”, allowing for better data consumption than on other carriers – in fact, according to Legere, T-Mobile customers use over 100% more data than AT&T customers on average. To complement that, T-Mobile is enabling totally, completely free music streaming on some of the world’s most popular streaming services – including Spotify, iTunes Radio, Pandora, iHeart Radio, and Rhaphsody for all customers. Any music you stream in those devices won’t go against your allotted data pool, so you can jam out to Spotify all day and all night.
The other big announcement was T-Mobile #7nightstand – err, Test Drive – which allows you to try out an iPhone 5s on T-Mobile’s network totally, completely free of charge for 7 days. All you need to do is give T-Mobile a card number and return the phone to any T-Mobile store within that 7 day period, and you’re done. It’s an easy, and honestly kind of fun way to try out both Apple’s platform and T-Mobile’s network in one foul swoop, a fact that likely contributed to Apple’s partnership.
At the end of the day, these announcements are fun, and the free music streaming in particular is extremely helpful, but we’re a long ways away from actually uncarriering like T-Mobile is so prone to saying. Still, with each Uncarrier event the company is getting closer – and at this rate, we’ll be there before you know it.
The Lumia 635 is the successor to the Lumia 521 and will be available on T-Mobile. Like the 521, it’s a budget device aimed at the no contract market but it does include LTE support, something that Stephen Elop mentioned during the keynote this morning. It’ll also come with a 4.5″ screen and a quad-core processor which is a considerable upgrade from the 521.
But if you’re still rocking a Lumia 925 or 521, T-Mobile will be releasing the Windows Phone 8.1 update for those devices too. And it’ll also be available for people who own the MetroPCS version of the Lumia 521, as MetroPCS is now owned my T-Mobile. Unfortunately, owners of the Lumia 810 are once again going to be left out in the cold as the press release makes no mention of that device.
The devices and updates are coming to T-Mobile “this summer” with no specific dates or price points mentioned.
From AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon
T-Mobile’s doing their big CES 2014 keynote today, and thought the party’s just getting started we already have at least one big announcement coming from the event. T-Mobile has just announced that if you switch from a qualifying carrier – that is to say, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon – the company will pay out the entirety of your termination fee as long as you trade in your existing device.
T-Mobile CEO John Ledger says that this is akin to “giving families a ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card.” T-Mobile’s press release announcing the change continues to claim that the company is there to provide “relief for customers fed up with a broken, arrogant wireless industry” – a huge shot at the other big names in the industry.
Not a bad deal
If you were already looking to jump ship from T-Mobile, AT&T is willing to make the deal even sweeter. Starting today and lasting for the foreseeable future, AT&T is willing to give you up to $450 if you jump ship from T-Mobile and sign up for a 2-year contract with AT&T and trade in your existing smartphone. Even if you’ve got an old and busted smartphone that’s worth pennies AT&T is willing to give you a chance – according to the deal, the minimum AT&T will give you for switching is $200 – a great deal.
Unfortunately this means that you will need to sell your soul for those two years, but hey, if you live in America you should be used to such nonsense by this point. Check out the terms and conditions as well as instructions on how to get started in the source link below.
As predicted earlier, the Moto Maker has lost its AT&T exclusivity and is now available to customers of T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. The service is pretty much the same as it was on AT&T: pick the colors you want and buy it which means that you could have a pink Moto X on Sprint if you really wanted one. Moto Maker does now support adding custom messages to your Moto X, but they still don’t have any wood panels up for order yet.
Perhaps as another little bonus, Motorola has confirmed that Android 4.4 will be coming to the Moto X soon – but that’s hardly a surprise, is it?
Source: Moto Maker
Goodbye, AT&T exclusivity
AT&T’s about to lose their Moto maker exclusivity, if the reliable @evleaks is to be believed. According to the report, Moto Maker – Motorola’s tool that allows you to design and order custom Moto X handers in a variety of color combinations and with various software configurations over the web, will be available to Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile on November 11th, with the T-Mobile version perhaps launching as soon as today.
Prior to this move, only AT&T customers were able to custom order their unique Moto X handsets – Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers were stuck with the beautiful but not all together too unique Black or White models with matching front plates. So if you’ve been holding out on one of those newly $99 Moto X handsets until you could get yourself a pink one on Sprint, your day has (almost) come. Rejoice.
Going out with a whimper
Tick. Tock. That’s the sound of the minutes counting down until BlackBerry’s untimely death, which has been coming all the more quickly in recent days. The company took yet another step closer to irrelevance today as T-Mobile has officially announced that they will no longer be stocking BlackBerry devices from this point further.
If you’re stuck in the past and need your BlackBerry on T-Mobile, the crrier will still gladly sell you a device from their online store – for now. But the hardware manufacturer simply isn’t worth spending valuable shelf space on anymore, and so away they will go.
If you want all the leather
Got a thing for phones with an abnormally large amount of faux-leather? Then get excited, because T-Mobile has just announced that they will begin pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note III – which comes adorned with that beautiful fake leather exterior that has garnered so much, erhem, “talk” in the last week or so.
Pre-orders begin this Wednesday, September 18th, and will run you $199 with T-Mobile’s usual 24-month repayment plan. That should be significantly cheaper than buying the Galaxy Note III on other carriers, so if your mind is set on the Note, this certainly isn’t a bad route to take for those not already married to a carrier.
The Note III will go on sale on T-Mobile starting October 2nd, alongside the introduction of Samsung’s newest “thing”, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
The changes are working
T-Mobile has been undergoing somewhat of a rebranding lately, changing the way they do business in an attempt to lift profits and sales against the behemoth of the industry, AT&T and Verizon. These changes killed contracts, brought over the iPhone (at long last), and introduced a vastly improved 4G LTE network leagues better than what T-Mobile had previously branded as “4G”. (Which was actually no more than just HSPA+, which some call “3.5G”)
Well, it looks like these changes are working, as T-Mobile has just announced their Q2 quarterly results, and things are looking up for the mobile carrier in pink. Revenues are up, LTE is expanding, and customer rates are way, way up with a whopping 1.1 million new customers flying cool on T-Mobile’s bands. This is a huge turnaround from Q2 2012 a year ago when T-Mobile was bleeding customers and reported a 250,000 loss.
Despite the fact that Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all claimed that they would be carrying Motorola’s new Moto X this month, turns out that this isn’t exactly true. T-Mobile has made it clear in a statement made to All Things D today that they actually will not be carrying the Moto X. Customers will have to go through Motorola to pick one up, and they’ll be glad to give you the service, but as of right now they want nothing to do with the actual hardware sales of the device.
The Moto X is a highly experimental device, so it really should come as no big surprise that carriers, like customers, are more than a little skeptical of a midrange device with high-end looks (and price). T-Mobile’s CMO Mike Sievert does say that they’re working with Motorola to improve things as time goes on, saying, “We do not plan to stock Moto X devices immediately in our stores but are working closely with Motorola to make the Moto X a great experience for T-Mobile customers. Any news about distribution in our stores would come at a later date.” Still, it’ll be a hard sell for T-Mobile and Motorola, especially when all the other major carriers will be offering the Moto X directly to consumers… as far as we know.
AT&T laughs maniacally
Well, this is somewhat of a bummer to you Samsung fans hoping to get your Galaxy S4 fix – both carriers were planning on launching the new Samsung Galaxy S4 in late April – April 24th (or, in other words – today) for T-Mobile customers, and April 27th for Sprint, however it looks like neither are confident in the inventory they have readily available and have decided to delay the launch on both networks. Sprint in particular is blaming the delay on “unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung”.
Meanwhile, AT&T will continue to launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 as expected on April 27th. Bummer, right guys?