Big T-Mobile Annoucements & The Mysterious “Project Black”


It’s been a while since we’ve heard something REALLY BIG. Well the guys over at PhoneArena have received word from a tipster that T-Mobile is about to “shake up the status quo of the U.S. cellular industry”. T-Mobile employees are being trained tomorrow for “Project Black”. This mysterious but catchy sounding name is supposed to be something so BIG for T-Mobile USA, that it is expected to lift T-Mobile out of 4th place among the nation’s wireless operators (Take that Sprint). PhoneArena’s tipster has stated those involved in this have signed non-disclosure agreements, so this looks to be huge. Also, their tipster also claims that we should expect a 3G enabled BlackBerry (9700 anyone?) headed to T-Mobile by Christmas time. The tipster also bumped into an ex-Nokia Rep who revealed to him that there will be two Nokia N-Series smartphones headed for T-Mobile USA early next year, one of them being the N900 with Maemo5. She says to expect more high-end Nokia devices headed for Magenta in the future. It looks like T-Mobile subscribers just won the Lottery! Sound off in the comments!


UPDATE: After doing a little digging around I’ve found some more interesting info. Our trusted ninja claims that there is something big brewing (not chicken soup) for the end of the month it seems. Bigger than a phone or a promotion plan. Everyone involved in it had to sign secondary non-disclosure agreements apparently. It is seemingly rolling out on October 25th because all field supporting positions are being required to work (its a Sunday) to support this mystery offering. Trainings will be the Friday before. T-Mobile USA is keeping this a super big secret so nobody knows what it is quite yet.

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  • ctk

    people are saying they are hoping its not an iphone because “look what it did to at&t’s network”. i’m hoping it is. and i don’t think that it will ruin t-mo’s network as much as y’all think it will. with a second iphone carrier, don’t you think that it would be an incentive for at&t do do everything it could to keep its users from switching over, up to and including improving its own network?

    second, t-mo has done a better job with their network in general than at&t has in my area. i think the main reason that their network got hammered is because of that exclusivity and that their network wasn’t ready for the iphone and is only just now getting right sorta.

    third, in canada there will be three official carriers of the iphone. rodgers had it, bell, and telus are getting it. the change is coming closer to our borders and i believe that will increase the pressure on a second domestic carrier network. and if they do, i hope that t-mo would be able to use the same 3g frequency as at&t or that apple could issue a software download to unlock the frequency to allow it to work with t-mo’s frequency. i have an iphone on the t-mo network and edge is all i get anyway because t-mo 3g hasn’t hit this area yet and for my purposes, i’m cool with that. but they are working on 3g which is good.

  • Tony

    Look up Deutsche Telecom there you will find a merger between “T-Home and T-Mobile germany”.
    I have a feeling that this is what they have up their sleeves for the US. if so, T-Mobile USA would be able to offer it’s customers home services such as landlines, Broadband, Satellite or Cable TV, and cell phones of course.
    In addition they may rollout the 4G network since they have already begun doing that in Philadelphia.
    who knows, but i can’t wait for 10/25/09.

  • JJ

    Whatever it is it sounds exciting, I have been a loyal tmobile patron since it’s days as VoiceStream!

  • cupajoe

    Can a mod please fix the older comments link so that we don’t have to post something just to earlier (not on the current page) comments?

    • David

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  • sgowski

    4G would be nice but for some reason I smell a deal exclusively with Blackberry(RIM), and T-Mobile, hence the “Black Project”. I am probably wrong, but that would shift alot of customers over to T-Mobile, and in turn, would def boost sales, which is their primary objective. It would also require employees to be trained on new service offerings. Oct 25th will be an interesting day I’m sure. The only thing I am not sure about, is the reason employees are working on Sunday…really that alone would consitute a 4G or WiMax rollout. Just like you folks, this is all speculation until we get some concrete answers.


  • keli

    project black is tmobiles new 4g network.

  • Ryan

    Project Dark is a pretty big thing for T-Mobile. Not only will employees be wearing new threads consisting of a black top and grey pants while they sell the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and two Nokia Nseries devices (the N900 and something else), but they’ll also be pushing something pretty amazing — a $50 all you can eat plan that includes voice, SMS, MMS and data. Apparently this plan will be called “Everything Unlimited” and is meant to represent T-Mobile’s new strategy which will essentially see it try and poach subs from various low-cost carriers.

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  • LaPalabra

    well they are completely revamping the uniforms but wont say how…..all they are saying is that no more boring business style uniforms….so this lines up well the dates being posted…….

  • Kevin

    I work for t-mobile and I don’t think it is a 4g Network, new phone (Iphone, etc) or a merger. Merger’s would have to be public knowledge for the stock holders and it takes a couple years for mergers to complete. A new phone would not be a “GAME CHANGER”, even if it was the Iphone and believe me…we would be trained on a new phone at least a month before it came out. Based off of everything, I do believe it is a $50.00 unlimited everything plan. None of the call center reps have been told what it is yet, and we are supposed to get training on it only a couple days before the launch. Again, this is only speculation.

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  • Tye

    Do a Google search of on T-Mobile merging with Sprint and you’ll come up with a lot of hits. I won’t be surprised if that is at least part of what this “Project Black” is all about. However, it is doubtful (and doubted) that T-Mobile will actually MERGE with Sprint, but rather gain use of Clearwire — and therefore 4G/WiMax services. If you do a search to look at the stock market’s view on T-Mobile gaining Clearwire, you’ll see it’s highly likely this is what is happening — or at least part of it.

    Basically, Sprint is in financial trouble ($21 billion in debt) and willing to provide Clearwire service, but plans to maintain it’s majority (51%) ownership of Clearwire. That would mean a merger of some sort, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a complete T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

    This would certainly be a “game changing” move for T-Mobile, especially if combined with a new, lowered rate plan (get the 4G service at a lower cost?) and possibly a new cool phone, and bam, they could potentially rocket up to 3rd place, just above Sprint, ironically.

    At any rate, I’m curious to see what this all pans out to be on Oct 25th. I doubt it will be life-changing for customers, but it might just breathe some life into T-Mobile. I hope so, anyway.

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  • Jim

    Project Black – is that what we saw yesterday – something messed up the network big time – could be related.