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T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to his company’s newsroom today to talk about how his crew is “firing on all cylinders.” In other words, T-Mobile is still killin’ it for the most part.

The wireless carrier added another 1.5 million new customers in the last quarter, making this their 5th consecutive quarter with at least 1 million or more net adds. In the past 15 months, T-Mobile has brought in a total of 7.6 million new customers, which is well, a lot. In fact, according to T-Mo’s numbers, they topped all of the other three major carriers combined in terms of postpaid phone adds. Not bad, right? 

In other news announced today, Legere noted that T-Mobile has launched VoLTE nationwide. Just two months ago, they launched their first VoLTE market, which was Seattle, and were hoping to complete the full rollout by the end of the year. Clearly, they topped that prediction or expectation or timeline, whatever you want to call it. To date, T-Mobile customers have made more than 52 million “crystal-clear” calls over VoLTE, thanks to devices like the LG G Flex, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 3.

Finally, T-Mobile has been “aggressively” rolling out their Wideband LTE, upgrading their 2G network to LTE, and getting their new low-band 700MHz A-Block spectrum ready. Legere points out in his post that they have only held this spectrum for three months yet are already equipping sites to handle it and testing devices. This low spectrum should greatly improve in-building LTE connections and coverage outside of metro areas, two things we all constantly complain about when it comes to T-Mobile’s coverage.

Big things seem to still be happening with T-Mo.

Via:  T-Mobile [2]

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Iliad wants a controlling stake in T-Mobile, submits $15 billion offer

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint could be on hold with today’s news. Iliad, a French telecommunications company, has submitted a $15 billion offer in return for 56.6% of T-Mobile. The company values the other 43.4% of T-Mobile at $40.5 billion. The interest in T-Mobile specifically is because it “has successfully established a disruptive position, which in many ways, is similar to the one Iliad has built in France.” Iliad is putting so much momentum behind this bid due to the value for telecommunications in the United States. The industry is locked up by four major players, two of which are trying to merge, and one of them is up for sale.

If SoftBank wants Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, it better hope the entire process moves along a lot quicker.

Via: Bloomberg

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T-Mobile boasts momentous growth for fifth consecutive quarter

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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There are many reasons for John Legere to smile and the earnings report issued today can only make that smile bigger. The self-proclaimed fastest growing wireless company in the United States is boasting “some pretty amazing results” for the second quarter of 2014. With another outstanding quarter in the books, T-Mobile has experienced momentous growth for five straight quarters.

The carrier brought in nearly two million new customers in the second quarter alone and this totals 7.6 million over the past fifteen months. For the postpaid market, T-Mobile has trumped Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint combined. And the 8% growth compared to last year also tops each of those carriers.

T-Mobile did not waste a chance to talk about the prepaid market. The other aforementioned big carriers all went through a loss in prepaid customers. T-Mobile, though, gained customers through MetroPCS and now has more than ten million customers there. MetroPCS’ presence reaches 10,000 outlets in forty-five metropolitan areas in the United States. It looks like T-Mobile’s acquisition is really paying off.

The 4G LTE network that launched in 2013 for T-Mobile has a reach over 325 metropolitan areas and covers 233 million people in the country. And despite planning to have nationwide VoLTE running by the end of this year, Legere applauds his team for launching in just two months.

Source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 Receive Updates

Posted by Kellex July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 from T-Mobile both received updates today, though we have no idea what the updates include. Changelogs for each haven’t exactly been updated, only noting that previous recent updates added VoLTE and “network improvements.” T-Mobile did announce that VoLTE is now nationwide as of today, so maybe this is activating that feature for everyone, everywhere. Otherwise, your guess is as good as ours.

The Galaxy Note 3′s new build number after the update is N900TUVUDNF4. The Galaxy S5 will end up at G900TUVU1BNG3. 

In order to check for these new updates, head into Settings>General>About device>Software update, on the S5. For the Note 3, head into Settings>More>System manager>About device>Software update.

Via:  T-Mobile [2]

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Senate report shows how carriers collected millions from cramming

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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As this site has reported on a number of occasions, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have all been involved with cramming tactics for years now and have reaped the benefits of such tactics to the tune of millions of dollars per year.

Basically, the wireless carriers would sign up consumers all over the country for a $10 a month service that sent text messages containing a variety of news/tips/horoscopes. The carriers would then try to confuse the charges on a customers bill, ignore requests to be removed and dodge any attempts to be contacted.

Just last year, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile had struck an agreement with forty-five states to stop billing from these same Premium SMS services (or as he put it “scam artists“).

Now, a report from the U.S. Senate claims that mobile carriers have made hundreds of millions in profits through such cramming tactics. The report claims that carriers have been investigated by multiple state attorneys during the past six years after customers from those states complained in loud numbers about fraud charges.

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In fact, the report notes that the problem has been “widespread and has likely cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.”

“There is now overwhelming evidence that these statements were just not true—cramming on wireless phones has been widespread and has caused consumers substantial harm,” Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat said in a statement. - NetworkWorld

Although the report notes that the wireless industry has recognized that customers were being victimized, the carriers also continue to blame the third-party services that handed over billions of dollars to them.

“The wireless industry was on notice at least as early as 2008 about significant wireless cramming concerns and problems with third-party vendor marketing tactics, yet carriers’ anti-cramming policies and sometimes lax oversight left wide gaps in consumer protection.” - Senate Report, NetworkWorld

This report comes just weeks after the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against T-Mobile accusing the carrier of making millions of dollars on third-party billing while ignoring many customer complaints.


Source: NetworkWorld;

U.S. Senate reports that companies are cramming customer bills with obscene charges

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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A new study conducted by the United States Senate Commerce Committee found that owners of mobile phones have been wrongly overcharged with bills. This is from cramming, which is the application of unauthorized charges masked by services such as ringtones. The report published by Congress shows that carriers in the United States are keeping roughly 30-40% of revenue. And the carriers are not even the ones doing the actual cramming. In many cases, it is a third party running these services. This is all at the literal expense of customers.

As of late, the government has been shutting down companies doing so. Earlier this month, six companies totaling more than $100 million in unauthorized charges were taken down by the government. Even T-Mobile has been accused of doing so and the FTC handed them a complain; however, John Legere clarified that the carrier no longer applied those charges and started to refund customers. Other carriers have remained quiet on the matter, but with the hearing on Wednesday to showcase the report, the topic of cramming is sure to get everyone talking.

Source: Reuters

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Sprint, T-Mobile merger expected after September

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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T-Mobile and Sprint have been supposedly close to a deal for some time now. But now, according to Reuters who spoke to people familiar with the matter, the merger will not occur before September.

In June, Japan’s SoftBank Corp, which controls Sprint, and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG agreed to terms of a deal, which has Sprint paying around $40 per share for T-Mobile, which values T-Mobile at nearly $32 billion.

As Reuters notes, Sprint is very keen on making sure that all parts of the deal are flawlessly done, likely knowing that their company may be financially dead if the merger does not go through and they are forced to hand over spectrum and billions to T-Mobile.

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Although SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son has argued that a merger would give the merged companies leverage to compete against the two dominant rivals, he continues to face an uphill climb in convincing US regulators who turned down a AT&T/T-Mobile merger because they believed that the country was better off with four national wireless carriers.


Source: Reuters;

T-Mobile adds Samsung Galaxy Avant to its budget line

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It seems that some just can’t get enough of Samsung‘s Android-toting Galaxy smartphones, and apparently neither can T-Mobile. The carrier has just announced that the Galaxy Avant, one of the Korean manufacturer’s latest mid-tier devices, is now available from T-Mobile shelves in very Un-carrier ways.

The Galaxy Avant is honestly not that impressive but it is a solid budget device in a small package. The qHD resolution of 960×540 pixels might look a bit disappointing, but at 4.5 inches, it might not be that bad for very basic viewing. It runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and, quite surprisingly, has a higher than normal 1.5 GB of RAM. Internal storage is capped at 16 GB but there is a micro SD slot for 64 GB more. There is a 5 megapixel rear camera and a front shooter of unknown size. You won’t be missing out when it comes to connectivity, as the Galaxy Avant has all the bells and whistles, including WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and GLASSON, WiFi Direct, and even NFC. And of course, it is compatible with T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.

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While it’s not exactly high-end, the Galaxy Avant isn’t lacking in features, starting with Android 4.4 right out of the box. On Samsung’s side, you have Easy Mode for simplifying the use of TouchWiz, S Voice, Samsung rather underwhelming Siri counterpart, and the whole host of Samsung services, like ChatON. From Verizon, you get features (or bloatware if you insist) like T-Mobile TV and Visual Voicemail.

The Samsung Galaxy Avant is now available for purchase from T-Mobile’s nationwide outlets as well as from its online store. Interested buyers have two options. One would be to buy the smartphone at full price for $216 or pay for it at $9 a month for 24 months with zero down. Either choice will grant you access to T-Mobile’s slew of Un-carrier services, including its rather enticing and quite controversial listen-all-you-can Music Freedom offering.

SOURCE: T-Mobile

Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for those wanting the S5′s features without spending over half-a-grand. It features Samsung’s popular S Voice service as well as features like Smart Switch and Easy Mode.

No word yet on internal storage or what kind of camera the Avant is packing, although its safe to assume that once the product page appears on the T-Mobile site, all questions will be answered. The Galaxy Avant is priced at $216 (or $0 down and $9 a month for qualifying customers) and is available in T-Mobile stores today. Sound off in the comments with your thoughts on Samsung’s latest budget offering.

Source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile to carry the Sony Xperia Z3

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There are still a few things we don’t know about Sony’s elusive Xperia Z3, but it looks like T-Mobile is going to be one of the carriers offering Sony’s latest device, whenever it’s announced. 

T-Mobile has made an effort to carry multiple flagships from many different manufacturers, and even though the Xperia Z2 still hasn’t managed to make its way onto any US carriers, T-Mobile did carry the original Xperia Z. Since Sony’s devices have been received fairly well over the last few iterations, it makes sense for them to try and elbow into the US market, even if they can only get in on the ground floor.

The Z3 doesn’t look like it’ll offer a huge upgrade in hardware over the Z2, sporting a Snapdragon 801 CPU, a 1080p screen, and a 20.7 megapixel camera. Rumors do point to a major design overhaul, however, which might be Sony’s ticket to success.

source: Techno Buffalo

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