Posts with tag uncarrier
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.
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.
HTC One gets the Uncarrier treatment
T-Mobile just celebrated its new Uncarrier mobile plan by launching the iPhone 5 on our favorite magenta based network, and now the reforming wireless carrier is giving the same treatment to one of our favorite Android devices of recent times, the HTC One.
T-Mobile has confirmed today that the HTC One will be launching on the network starting April 24th. The handset will support T-Mobile’s new LTE network and will run for $99 up front, plus those same $20 monthly payments owners of the iPhone 5 have to contend with.
The HTC One has recently been put up for pre-order by both Sprint and AT&T – T-Mobile becomes the third mobile network to get a confirmed date for HTC’s new handset.
For but a cool Benjamin
As promised, T-Mobile has today begun accepting pre-orders for their specially reworked iPhone 5 today. T-Mobile’s version has been re-engineered slightly to allow the phone to take full advantage of both the network’s 4G LTE networks as well as AWS 3G bands, though owners of an AT&T iPhone 5 can get in on T-Mobile’s LTE with a little Cydia tweak we noted the other day.
T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 costs $99 upfront, $100 less than the upfront cost of the phone on any of the three other major carriers. However it’s worth remembering that T-Mobile is doing things a little differently these days – as announced at their Uncarrier Event, T-Mobile is essentially subsidizing the price of the phones via a traditional loan that customers have to pay back over a 20 month period. After the 20 month payback period has been completed, $20 will be reduced from your monthly bill.
T-Mobile is the last of the four major carriers to begin carrying the iPhone. AT&T began carrying the device in 2007, Verizon in January 2011, and Sprint in October of 2011.
Get blazing LTE on the newest network around
Apple and T-Mobile may be publicly saying you’ll need to buy a new version of the iPhone 5 hardware if you want to hop on T-Mobile’s new LTE network, but hold your horses and read this – the enterprising folks at Leimobile.com have apparently managed to get the old AT&T version of the iPhone 5 up and running on T-Mobile’s LTE network with a simple carrier update, and has posted some easy to follow intructions to help you get started.
The tweak of course requires that you own a jailbroken iPhone 5 – stock users won’t be able to get in on this sort of unofficial, unsanctioned, and potentially dangerous fun. It’s also worth reiterating that this will only work on AT&T’s iPhone 5, also known as A1428. If you bought your iPhone through one of the other guys, you’re out of luck.
Be however warned, T-Mobile iPhone users – this hack won’t allow you to piggyback on everything T-Mobile now has to offer, as no firmware or carrier patch in the world will bring you the new model iPhone 5’s support for T-Mobile’s AWS bands. This means that you’ll get 4G LTE speeds where available, or the significantly slower 2G “EDGE” speeds elsewhere – for the in-between, you’ll still need to buy yourself some new hardware.