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T-Mobile will soon show real mobile speed stats, says FCC

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Finally, T-Mobile will disclose more accurate mobile speed test for the benefit of the subscribers. The mobile carrier recently agreed with FCC to make sure results of speed tests done are real and true.

Accuracy is what people who can’t live without Internet connection want and a recent development will hopefully bring the correct information to subscribers who simply want the truth. Whether you like it or not, there may be times that mobile Internet speed gets slower than expected. What do you do usually? Check download speed but more often than not, you are shown results that aren’t true.

Usually, T-Mobile would just show you a picture of your mobile speed. It’s not really helpful because you need real information of what’s going on. This time, FCC and T-Mobile have worked together to ensure customers are getting the stuff they are paying for and are rightly informed of Internet speed.

FCC has posted a document pertaining to the issue. It wants T-Mobile to do a number of things including sending customers SMS once they hit monthly high-speed data allotment. FCC also requested that T-Mobile provide a special button or icon on smartphones linked to a speed test that will show reduced speeds.

T-Mobile has been asked to modify text messages it sends to customers once monthly high-speed data allotment is hit. The message should make it clear that some speed tests may show network speeds instead of the actual reduced speed. Information about the speed that will actually be available to customers once data cap is exceeded must also be included.

Aside from providing correct information through text, T-Mobile is also required to modify website disclosures to explain the policies about speed test applications better. This should also include data where consumers can obtain accurate speed information and how.

VIA: SlashGear

T-Mobile adds Google Music and 14 other services to Music Freedom

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

T-Mobile has got more in store for faithful subscribers as it brings free Google Music streaming together with 26 other services. The carrier has been very generous lately by extending its Music Freedom service. The company decided not to count music streaming against your monthly data so more people are happy now.

T-Mobile is the first to offer this kind of deal among the mobile networds. Spotify and iTunes Radio have been part of Music Freedom together with other streaming programs like Songza, Slacker, Rdio, Samsung Milk Music, Radio Paradise, Pandora, Black Planet, Grooveshark, AccuRadio, and Rhapsody.

Just recently, T-Mobile added Google Music to the mix but it’s not the only one. Here are other services that the mobile carrier added: SoundCloud, Xbox Music, Digitally Imported, Fresca Radio, Live365, radioPup, Rockradio, Saavn, Radio.com, Mad Genius Radio, Jazzradio, Fit Radio, and RadioTunes. That is one long list so every T-Mobile subscriber can be more than happy to know he’s got more choices for free music streaming.

Among the free music streaming services added to the list, Google Music is the most popular. T-Mobile subscribers have been clamoring for this one to be added to the Music Freedom since day one of the service.

The Music Freedom only includes music streaming. Not included are non-audio content and downloads. If you stream music, it won’t be counted against your data plan. But if you download non-audio and video content, expect those data counted towards your plan. Note than music streaming must be done from the device directly (smartphone or tablet) and not through tethered devices or connected to a T-Mobile hotspot because data rates will apply.

VIA: Slashgear

FCC forces T-Mobile to refrain from hiding throttled speeds from customers

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you’re a T-Mobile  customer, you are probably familiar with getting your speeds throttled (slowed way down) anytime you exceed your data limit. T-Mobile generally throttles speeds to 128Kbps or 64Kbps, which depends on which plan you currently have. The speed decrease then lasts for the rest of the month until the day you start your next billing cycle.

Until now, customers in this situation had a hard time knowing their actual data speeds, as T-Mobile exempted speed test apps from throttling, which caused them to show misleading results. A new agreement between the FCC and T-Mobile is looking to change all that.

Under the new rules, T-Mobile must stop extempting speed tests from throttling, inform users through clear text messages when they exceed their monthly data limit, place shortcuts to accurate speed test tools on its devices, and clearly disclose on its website information about speed tests and data throttling.

Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group, is happy with the decision from the FCC, but worries that T-Mobile will only  direct their customers towards specific speed test applications vs the application of their choice. The group stated that if “T-Mobile is truly confident that they are managing their network responsibly, Public Knowledge hopes that they will free their subscribers to test their network connection with an application that they trust, not one that was pre-approved by T-Mobile”.

T-Mobile Music Freedom adds Google Play Music and 13 others

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Earlier this year T-Mobile revealed their Music Freedom program, which essentially made it so customers could listen to as much streamed music as they wanted without it affecting their allotted amount of data. The only catch was that only specific music services would be exempt from using data, and while T-Mobile has continually expanded this list, Google Play Music has been left out of the fun — until today.

T-Mobile has announced that Google Play Music no longer uses data on T-Mobile’s network (as part of the Music Freedom plan), and is joined by 13 other new members to the list: Fit Radio, Digitally Imported, Live365, Mad Genius Radio, Saavn, Radio.com, RadioTunes, Xbox Music, Fresca Radio, JAZZRADIO, ROCKRADIO, radioPup and Soundcloud.

What do you think of T-Mobile’s Music Freedom program, like the idea? Conversely, do you feel that giving unlimited data access to certain apps/services is unfair for businesses, even if it might be a major advantage for consumers?

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BELLEVUE, Washington — November 24, 2014 — T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) today announced a major evolution of its groundbreaking Un-carrier 6.0 program (Music Freedom), with the addition of 14 new streaming services, more than doubling the number of providers currently in the program. Today’s additions include names like Google Play Music, Xbox Music and SoundCloud as well as a diverse range of specialty services to suit all tastes − whether you’re into EDM, Jazz, Caribbean, Bollywood or all of the above. (See below for a full list of the newly added services.)
With Music Freedom, T-Mobile Simple Choice™ customers stream all the music they want on T-Mobile’s Data Strong™ network − data charges do not apply. And, not only is Music Freedom available for T-Mobile customers at no extra charge, it’s also completely free for music streaming providers. No backroom deals. No paid prioritization. Just you and your music − unleashed.
“Music Freedom is pro-consumer, pro-music and pure Un-carrier,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “And today we’re taking another huge step toward our ultimate goal of including every streaming music service in the program. Anyone can play. No one pays. And everyone wins.”
Music Freedom has been wildly popular since its launch this summer. The number of T-Mobile customers streaming music each day has jumped nearly 300%, and they’re streaming a whopping 66 million songs per day − or roughly 200 terabytes of data per day − on T-Mobile’s Data Strong™ network.
Music Freedom has also become a major draw to switch to T-Mobile. In a recent survey of U.S. wireless users1, 1 in 4 said that Music Freedom alone is a key reason they’ve switched or would switch to the Un-carrier.
New services added today include:
Google Play Music− Winner of the popular vote among Un-carrier customers
Xbox Music − ‘All the Music You Love’ on all your devices
SoundCloud − Provides access to the world’s largest community of music & audio creators
RadioTunes − Features a wide variety of free streaming radio channels
Digitally Imported − The first service in Music Freedom devoted entirely to electronic dance music
Fit Radio − A wide selection of great workout songs for the gym
Fresca Radio − Delivers 40 channels of the best Latin, Hispanic and Caribbean music
JAZZRADIO − Enjoy endless hours of the best jazz music around
Live365 − Thousands of internet radio stations featuring music in every style
Mad Genius Radio − For those who like a lot of music and who like their playlists fresh
radioPup − Featuring 300+ local radio stations streaming the best music available
radio.com − Original programming including streaming music and more
ROCKRADIO − 100% rock, streaming the most diverse variety of rock music online
Saavn − All the best Bollywood and Indian music, online and on the go
These join 13 other services previously part of Music Freedom, including Rhapsody, Pandora, AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Samsung Milk Music, Radio Paradise, Rdio, Slacker, Songza and Spotify.
Music Freedom now covers 27 music streaming services of all sizes and musical genres. Three of the new services added today – Google Play, Xbox Music and SoundCloud – were voted for by close to one million people in an online poll. Three were submitted directly by T-Mobile customers, and the other services responded to T-Mobile’s open invitation to join Music Freedom.
T-Mobile has a vision to add every possible music streaming service to Music Freedom, and any music streaming provider can be part of Music Freedom by applying through T-Mobile’s open submission process. To learn more about Music Freedom, please visit t-mobile.com/musicfreedom.

T-Mobile now pushing out Chinese compatibility update for Note 4 & S5

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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T-Mobile is pushing out an update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 located in the US. Weighing in at a hefty 128MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include Chinese language support, as well as a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to view the full changelog for the “mandatory” update.

  • Chinese language support
  • Radio stability improvement
  • Camera stability
  • Security enhancements

To initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

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T-Mobile Adds Google Play Music and Xbox Music, 12 Other Services to Music Freedom

Posted by Kellex November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

T-Mobile added 14 new music services to its Music Freedom program, this morning, including Google Play Music, which won a popular vote contest put on shortly after the music program was announced earlier this year. T-Mobile also added Xbox Music and SoundCloud, along with a bunch of smaller services you may have never heard of. 

As a recap, Music Freedom is T-Mobile’s free program that allows you to stream music from a variety of the most popular services without it counting against your data package. For example, if you have their 3GB Simple Choice plan, any music streamed from Google Play Music, won’t count against that 3GB. The same goes now for Xbox Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, etc.

While some have pointed at that programs like this are similar to the fast lanes that a world without net neutrality would include, T-Mobile noted in its press release that Music Freedom is free of charge for both customers and streaming providers, saying that there are “no backroom deals” and “no paid prioritization” involved.

Here is the full list of new music services:

  • Google Play Music− Winner of the popular vote among Un-carrier customers
  • Xbox Music − ‘All the Music You Love’ on all your devices
  • SoundCloud − Provides access to the world’s largest community of music & audio creators
  • RadioTunes − Features a wide variety of free streaming radio channels
  • Digitally Imported −  The first service in Music Freedom devoted entirely to electronic dance music
  • Fit Radio − A wide selection of great workout songs for the gym
  • Fresca Radio − Delivers 40 channels of the best Latin, Hispanic and Caribbean music
  • JAZZRADIO −  Enjoy endless hours of the best jazz music around
  • Live365 − Thousands of internet radio stations featuring music in every style
  • Mad Genius Radio − For those who like a lot of music and who like their playlists fresh
  • radioPup − Featuring 300+ local radio stations streaming the best music available
  • radio.com − Original programming including streaming music and more
  • ROCKRADIO − 100% rock, streaming the most diverse variety of rock music online
  • Saavn − All the best Bollywood and Indian music, online and on the go
Via:  T-Mobile

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T-Mobile hypes virtually pristine version of the Nexus 6

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With all the problems AT&T is facing right now with its Nexus 6 phones, it seems timely that T-Mobile is taking time to talk in social media platforms about just how different it is treating its stock of Nexus 6 from other carriers. No branding on the boxes, no branding on the unit itself – a couple of things that T-Mobile did to show just how willing they were for users to have an almost pristine version of the Nexus 6.

Des Smith, Senior Product Manager for the Nexus 6 at T-Mobile USA had a number of things to say about the Nexus 6 T-Mobile was putting out. “No corporate logo, no bloatware, no crap you don’t want on the Nexus 6,” he said. This is in comparison to the almost obscene way some carriers milk the devices they have on their catalogs for brand awareness.

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Smith says that T-Mobile has taken the time to listen to their customers, “giving them what they want, not sticking a stupid corporate logo and a bunch of crap software I know you guys don’t want on your Nexus device.” T-Mobile is promising an almost pristine version of the Nexus 6, with the Lollipop flavor customers want.

To balance it out, some customers have indeed reacted that the lack of the 64GB model from T-Mobile has made them think twice. But we do hope T-Mo continues with this trend – it could be a real game-changer for them and the way carriers treat the software on their devices.

SOURCE: Dee Smith’s Google+

Nexus 6 for any carrier – is it real or is it marketing?

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When Google introduced the Nexus 6 one of the features that was noteworthy was that the device came loaded with the chips necessary to support any of wireless network technologies used by all of the major U.S. carriers. In theory, this means any given Nexus 6 can be used on any of these networks instead of consumers having to purchase a unit built specifically for any given carrier. Unfortunately, it looks like the carriers are still creating some roadblocks to this concept becoming a reality.

The problem appears to be rooted with the CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon. In order to get devices to work properly on their networks, Sprint and Verizon have to whitelist the IMEI numbers for all devices that are allowed to access their network. At this point it appears Verizon is only whitelisting devices purchased from Verizon or through Google Play even though the devices sold through other sources are the exact same model. This is similar to the issue some consumers had when Verizon refused to whitelist the IMEI numbers for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE tablets.

If a Verizon customer already has a line of service with an activated SIM card, they should be able to take that and put it in a new Nexus 6 to get it working. If the Nexus 6 came from some source other than Verizon or Google Play, it will show up as a “Non-VZW Device” in Verizon’s system until consumers take the time to visit a store or call customer care. If a customer is setting up a new line of service though, they will need to get the IMEI number from a valid Verizon device, submit that to Verizon’s online account creation site as a “Bring My Own Device” smartphone, then wait for a new SIM card to be delivered.

For Sprint customers, it appears things may be looking up. Initially it appeared Sprint was also blocking Nexus 6 devices with IMEI numbers outside of those purchased through Sprint or Google Play. The good news is that it looks like Motorola has been working with Sprint and they have now announced that all Nexus 6 devices will work with Sprint.

The idea of a device being universally capable of running on any network is closer to being a reality. Motorola has done their part by including the necessary hardware in the device. The major U.S. carriers, notably Verizon, still need to step up and do their part to retire old systems that block the ability of customers to use their hardware on the carrier of their choice.

source: Android Police

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T-Mobile is excited to announce its Nexus 6 has no branding or bloat

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Brands. Some people love them, some people hate them. For companies however, brand logos are like endless free advertising. In the mobile world, brand awareness can get pretty noticeable if not downright obscene. Like two birds of a feather, these logos often flock with a lot of bonus software: things that most people commonly refer to as bloat. Put the branding and bloat together and let’s just say things are not pretty.

Google’s Nexus line is unfortunately no stranger to either once carriers get involved, however, things were a bit better with the LG devices. While AT&T has gotten all warm and cuddly with the new Nexus 6, T-Mobile is openly proclaiming its right to be out-of-sight.

In a recent post on Google Plus, T-Mobile Senior Product Manager Des Smith offered some peace of mind for the Un-carrier’s customers:

No Corporate Logo, No Bloatware, no crap you don’t want on the #Nexus6 from +T-Mobile​: That’s Un-carrier – listening to our customers and giving them what they want, not sticking a stupid corporate logo and a bunch of crap software I know you guys don’t want on your #Nexus device.

We know you guys buy a #Nexus6 to avoid that kind of thing!

Google did want to highlight the Virtual Preload (VPL) capabilities on Lollipop, so we made MyAccount available if you want it… But you can totally delete it. That’s what we do.

Hope you like what we’ve chosen to do there (or more importantly, what we’ve chosen not to do

While some users might not care either way (especially if they plan to put their mammoth mammal phablet in a case), there is something downright pernicious about carriers stamping their name on a device that is suppose to be unadulterated and “pure”. To this end, T-Mobile must be applauded for putting the customer first. Good job guys. Now the only thing stopping people from enjoying this vanilla experience is actually getting their hands on one. (eBay prices are just outrageous!)

T-Mobile announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9 availability plus new mobile deals

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Maybe you’re still busy planning for Thanksgiving or are only waiting for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. You might want to look into these new deals by T-Mobile. Earlier this week, the mobile carrier released the already-delayed Motorola Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

The Nexus 6 is now available online and in select T-Mobile stores with no downpayment but with a $27.08 monthly fee on a two-year contract. This price is only for the 32GB variant but if want a bigger storage, you can get the 64GB model for $29.16/month also on a 2-year contract. Looking at the price difference, I think the latter is more worth it– $0 down and $2 more expensive but with twice the storage capacity. You can’t go wrong with that. This particular model is part of T-Mobile Underground— an online backroom for limited quatity and hard-to-find devices.

The 32GB Nexus 9 tablet will soon be available this coming December, also on the Underground with no downpayment and with $24.99 for two years. The 4G LTE-enabled Android tablet boasts of Lollipop and a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

T-Mobile wants our holidays to be perfect so it introduced a new mobile Internet offering: the Un-carrier 7.0 WiFi Unleashed. The network aims to bring people a wider mobile coverage and this service is expected to bring better Wi-Fi calling and texting with more affordability.

Also recently announced is the new Stateside International Talk plan under the Un-carrier. Subscribers under the Simple Choice plan can take advantage of unlimited calls from the US to landlines in more than 70 countries for only $5/month. This is per account and not per line so that’s a very good deal. As for those who prefer unlimited calling to mobile phones in 30 countries, there’s a $10/month deal and it’s good for the whole family. If before, invididual subscribers need to pay, T-Mobile is changing all that by offering these mobile deals for the entire family. “At T-Mobile, you can talk day and night without ever worrying about extra charges or overages,” says John Legere, T-Mobile’s President and CEO.

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SOURCES: T-Mobile (1),(2)