T-Mobile’s CEO Talks Unlimited Data, Price Points For Future LTE Network

As we wait for official T-Mobile word that Las Vegas is live as their first LTE market, there are plenty of lingering questions regarding any LTE announcement. Perhaps the most important of these questions are — will T-Mobile charge more for data on LTE and will they continue their unlimited plan? According to this interview with The Seattle Times, the answer to those questions is a little fuzzy, but there’s nothing here that has us believing we’ll see any major changes. During the interview with the paper, T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert were asked specifically:

Q: Will you have different pricing for unlimited on LTE?

Legere: No, all you can eat.

Sievert: What the actual price point is, I can’t give you a forward-looking statement. I’ll tell you if you look in the rear-view mirror; it’s not been about trying to increase prices.

Q: When will T-Mobile start selling phones with LTE capability: 

Legere: Stay tuned. Real nationwide LTE coverage for us starts to be summer, mid-fall. By then there will be a significant change in the device portfolio of every carrier. I think you’ll start to see a different amount of LTE devices in the portfolio. This will be the year you start to see that in the portfolio.

Q: Will T-Mobile’s elimination of hardware subsidies prevent them from going after manufacturers’ flagship devices? 

Legere: I think the opposite. An anytime upgrade flexibility process will allow a customer now to choose, if they want to, to change devices every five months and not be dictated by rate plans. In my interactions so far with the OEMs, they find this exciting.

Q: I wonder how you’ll fare against other carriers offering phones at lower initial prices, since buyers may not think about the hardware costs being spread across their contracts.

Legere: Across all carriers, the post cognitive dissonance — or the get home and be annoyed factor of ‘hey I didn’t get a $199 phone, I got a $399 phone and a rebate coupon and I just got my first month’s bill and it’s $750 and I’m really pissed.’ Then it’s a two-month fight and a continued set of fees and a dreaded two-year period to get out.

There’s a few more questions on the iPhone and T-Mobile’s image in five years, most of which we’ve already heard from the company’s CEO earlier in the week. However, his responses in this new interview await you at the source link.

Seattle Times

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  • eanfoso

    I wonder, will the at&t version of the nokia lumia 920 work with our future LTE?

    • ceegii63

      it should since Tmo was gonna have the same exact AWS+700 LTE bands that ATT already uses

    • Daniel Marcovici

      It won’t, different restrictions according to carrier specifications. I mean, give it a try and see for yourself, if you already own the phone, don’t waste your money buying one thinking it’ll work though.

  • jnick

    Tmobile is on the come up 4 line unlimited for everybody 220 a month you jus caint beat that and were subsidizing 3 phones that will be paid for in march love tmobile

    • Trevnerdio

      Wow, that seems expensive. We have 3 smartphones with unlimited data, 1 regular phone, unlimited text across all and unlimited talk on 2 lines, with 2 mobile broadband devices at 2GB and 200MB and we pay about $200 a month…

      • bleeew

        4 smartphones on 6GB share unlimited talk/text = $240 :(. Not including taxes or other insurance.

        • angelo

          Check it. 3 lines 1000 minutes unlimited text and two lines with “unlimited” 2gb of data $90.28 a month nobody other carrier comes close to this.

        • Vx2RX

          5 lines, 1800 shared minutes + 5 favorites each (any line/carrier) unlimited text, 3 lines unlimited data = $188 ( tax including) happy :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) @tmo

  • jarjar2007

    Someone should ask about getting rid of EDGE or upgrading to at least 3G. What about rural America?

    • Guest

      Rural America doesn’t deserve 3G/4G. /s

      • jarjar2007

        Then nation wide four gee shouldn’t be advertised if its not truly nation wide.

        • ceegii63

          when they say Nationwide they mean Metropolitan and major cities now small towns

        • Dakota

          well they should say it. America is a large country – not everyone lives in large cities –Even in Atlanta, i often find my phone on Edge…and the HSPA+21 averages about 3mbps – often its less than that

        • lynyrd65

          Not nationwide, especially not coast to coast!

          Sprint covers the roads inbetween, you can actually trave from one end of the country to the other without losing 3G connection.

        • Verizonthunder

          I agree with you totally

      • wow

        Why not verizon covers tons if rural ares with 4g

        • kk888

          Because Verizon is rich…if u will get little revenue but u need large investment..why bother? Although I agree they need much more high speed data coverage.

        • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

          absolutely this! if you’re not happy with Magenta, then use Verizon. Simple as that. Me? I always have fantastic coverage and speeds everywhere I go with Magenta, they fit my needs well and am Extremely satisfied with Metro area coverage. If I were in Rural, that’d be another story altogether. but I’m not in the “Sticks” so I’m good : )

        • Richard Yarrell

          I’m pretty tired of hearing from people tooting this Verizon horn as if they are saviors of the industry. Verizon isn’t anything to write home about regardless of how many markets they have. Today I test my buddies Verizon Galaxy S3 vs my Tmobile Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 on Verizon got BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER. 19 down to Verizon’s 5 down and Tmobile had 2.5 up to Verizon’s 4.5 up. As I have said plenty of times here in New York City Tmobile bitch slaps Verizon silly. Verizon is overrated and overpriced at best more markets doesn’t always mean better. That Galaxy S3 belonging to my buddy had one tick of signal strength while my Galaxy Note 2 remained with 4 bars of solid signal strength. Verizon is pitiful.

        • Jason

          We’re talking about tmobiles crappy EDGE network on the highways and rual areas. With other companies at least they have 3G in those areas.

        • MassDebater69

          Nice try verizon rep, most of those rural areas are 1rxtt tech which is a form of 3g technology and why verizon shows 3 g everywhere but its slower than edge!

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          1xRTT and EDGE are both 3G technologies. We just don’t commonly associate them with 3G. However, CDMA carriers abuse the fuck out of this classification.

        • bleeew

          But what about the rest of the country?

        • squiddy20

          “I’m pretty tired of hearing from people tooting this Verizon horn as if they are saviors of the industry” If you’re tired of it, then here’s 2 ideas: either ignore it and move on like any other person would, or shut up and stop trolling any and all Verizon centric articles or people who mention it. Was that so damn hard?
          “Verizon isn’t anything to write home about regardless of how many markets they have.” And yet there’s easily more than double the amount of wireless subscribers on Verizon as there are on T-Mobile. Surely if the carrier sucked as bad as you say, no one would be on it? Idiot.
          “19 down to Verizon’s 5 down and Tmobile had 2.5 up to Verizon’s 4.5 up.” So you can download Angry Birds in 3 seconds instead of 6? Ooooo, I’m sooo impressed. Quit your boasting you blubbering fool. You come off as an arrogant snob.
          “As I have said plenty of times here in New York City Tmobile bitch slaps Verizon silly.” And go anywhere outside of most major metropolitan cities and you get little to no service. You act as if NYC is the only city in the world. -_-

        • Dakota

          Every one has a different experience with different phones and carriers and as always, there are exceptions to every rule. Verizon wouldnt be the #1 carrier with over 100 million subscribers if they sucked. My niece has the same phone as I do..and hers works much smoother and is much much faster…Im on Straight Talk but it uses the Tmobile (or ATT) networks for a fraction of the cost…

        • GinaDee

          Anecdotal evidence you have. Everyone knows Verizon’s network blows T-Mobile out of the water almost everywhere.

        • ggggggggggggoooooooo

          Tmobile will never be a player just because they have spped in New York City- All of you people need to travel outside your Cities a bit! Tmobile is inferior!

        • Spanky

          Not even everywhere in NYC. I live in Brooklyn and left T-Mobile because the data speeds topped out at 0.5 Mbps in my neighborhood.

        • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

          I agree that Verizon coverage is somewhat overrated. I actually have an iPhone 5 with Verizon on one line and an Android on a T-Mobile line.
          Verizon has 1 bar in my house and spotty LTE/3G all over my neighborhood despite the coverage maps showing dark red perfect LTE coverage. While my T-Mobile line gets 4-5 bars and consistent 4G signal in the whole area.
          I’m in a metro area so rural coverage isn’t that big of a deal to me. Verizon shines and has LTE almost everywhere when I travel but when I’m in the city (which is about 80% of the time), T-Mobile actually has a stronger and more consistent signal. Also I find that T-Mobile’s coverage maps tend to be the most accurate with the darker green areas having more bars and faster HSPA+ data. Looking at the Verizon coverage map, it appears that there should be very strong LTE coverage all over town with almost no gaps, but of course that’s not the case.

        • gggoooo

          In the sticks? They have 2G coverage in many mid sized cities! Much less what they have in the sticks!

        • Spokker

          If I were in a rural area I would probably get Verizon, but like most of American I’m in a good-sized MSA and I chose the least of all evils, T-Mobile. When I signed up with T-Mobile I got a Nexus One and a no-contract plan. It continues to serve me well.

    • knightsray

      Those rural areas may not have the data access needed to upgrade the services. Some don’t have fiber in place to support those speeds and consistently.

      I call T-Mobile once a week to file a service request for someone to come to my little town of 15,000 and fix the service to it’s advertised 4G speed. The coverage map shows us covered. I really do this, Give it a try

      • Jason

        If Verizon can do it why can’t T-Mobile? VZW And AT&T have 3G/4G in rural areas and on the highways. If you think they’re expensive I think we’re getting ripped off with T-Mobile and their EDGE network. Something needs to be done, if not there will no longer be a T-Mobile.

        • philyew

          There simply isn’t enough market density in the rural areas to support full network coverage from all the carriers. If Verizon had to share those markets more evenly with the other national carriers, they too would lose money in those markets.

          The only answer would be infrastructure sharing, but why should Verizon give up their controlling presence without further regulatory intervention?

        • oleeeee

          I live in city island in the bronx, which is kind of a rural area and tmobile has made countless attempts to install towers one was using a church. Which I don’t get is tmobile is paying the church to install these items and it will generate revenue for the churchs benefit. Long story short I didnt switch carriers because verizon and at&t are way to expensive and i’d be damn if im going to cough up for a 10gb data plan( i use about 10-15per month) so i switched religions

        • bleeew

          You mean carriers? Not religions right?

        • Hesster

          Carriers generally prefer to build stand alone towers, but that’s not possible in all areas. Some local governments have building restrictions that dictate how high the buildings can be, or that the tower operator has to hide the tower from view. The church was probably the highest point. The higher the elevation, the wider the coverage area.

        • Trevnerdio

          Verizon is loadedd…they’re owned 45% by the wealthiest cell company in the worldd

        • 21stNow

          I was going to say the same thing. Verizon Wireless is jointly owned by Verizon and Vodafone. There are deep pockets to support the buildout of that network, and this buildout has been going on for years. The same thing applies to AT&T Mobility.

          Over 10 years ago, before people had broadband internet in their homes, many people had second lines for internet service. Those second lines were almost pure profit for the Bell companies. They could invest that money in their wireless networks. Even today, there are multiple revenue streams for AT&T and Verizon with landline, wireless, television and internet. Sprint and T-Mobile don’t have those advantages. T-Mobile has to rely on an overseas parent company to make the investments into the wireless network. It happens, but not at the same rate that the Bell companies do it. Couple that with lower monthly fees for the wireless service and I wouldn’t expect T-Mobile’s network to equal the wireless networks associated with Bell companies.

        • Trevnerdio

          Well, Sprint owned tons of underground fiber lines…they have a lot longer history than T-Mobile

        • Mark

          True… they were an alternative local service provider as well as a long-distance company, and as you say they owned their own nationwide fiber optic network (that’s what the old FON ticker symbol stood for). If they had held onto the fiber they probably would’ve been in great shape backhaul-wise, but alas they sold it off with the rest of their landline business.

      • CPPCrispy

        I live in one of those so called rural areas. Population 41,000 with I-75 running though. With that said, if AT&T can run fiber (U-verse) to my house then T-Mobile can get fiber to their towers.

    • TBN27

      It will take a while when upgrading to keep up with the competition. Provided that once LTE is established,hopefully T-Mobile will convert rural coverage that they own fromedge to hspa+.

    • Southerner

      Thank you. I was thinking exactly the same thing. There’s a Tmo-owned tower less that 4 miles from my house and I only get 2g at home. In fact, I’ve stopped within walking distance of said tower and still only get 2g, which I take to mean, that’s all it’s equipped with. ALL the carriers except Verizon (perhaps) need to expand their basic network and be less concerned with more G’s. That said, Tmo works well for me most of the time. When I go really rural and need basic voice and text, that’s when I’m glad I carry an extra phone on Page Plus so I can use VZW’s network on the cheap.

      In my area (Southeastern) Tmo is as good or better than ATT (via coverage maps + actual experience) and superior to Sprint. Verizon 3g is available everywhere except in the deepest holes in the absolute most remote places. They’re just too expensive so I worked out a solution that works for me.

    • loopio

      Here is my story:

      T-Mobile advertizes fast and reliable cell phone service covering
      the whole United States of America yet does not deliver on it’s promise not
      only on a personal level but also prevents my wife, a scientists, from
      connecting to the world.

      We became customers in September 2012. T-Mobile sent us
      phones that were ether physically broken did not work or combination of
      thereof. They also asked us to pay for the shipping and handling every time we
      received a new “replacement” phone. Upon a complaint, they waved the fee,
      however, I would see the fee reflecting my bill much later. I would have to
      call or spent hours chatting with a number of agents claiming that we are wrong,
      the fee is correct, and we must pay. After filing an FCC complaint, we would
      receive some partial credit and T-Mobile agent admitted to their wrongdoing.
      Somehow we “arrived” at the point where our two phones somewhat worked and we
      pretended to be happy.

      As of November 19, 2012, we moved from Los Angeles, CA. to
      Oro Valley, AZ. Both our phones did and still do not work properly across the
      whole Tucson area. We had and still have problems to make a call, receive a
      call, or find directions on Google Maps due to signal drop or signal absence,
      just to mention a few.

      On November 20, 2012 I chatted with an agent who admitted
      that in Oro Valley, AZ. T-Mobile coverage is very poor and some pockets receive
      no signal at all. He started an investigation #478*** and assured us that in
      72 hours a representative will contact us with a solution. That has never
      happened. No one called us back with any information. After that, every time I
      spoke or chatted with an agent I would get the same answer, namely that the
      problem is being investigated and in just 72 hours I will receive a phone call
      from T-Mobile with a clarification.

      The most disturbing is that my wife, is working for Ventana
      Medical Systems Inc. at Oro Valley, AZ. and
      she receives absolutely no signal at work. Despite the fact that she is a
      person who wants to call her family and friends, she needs her phone to keep in
      contact with many national as well as international scientists with whom she
      works on ground breaking medical research. She cannot make or receive a phone
      call at her office since November 26, 2012 — yet T-Mobile is charging us the
      full amount. Very important aspect of this issue is that she spends most of her
      working week at her office where she feels like in a “prison” because T-Mobile
      is preventing her from connecting to the world.

      On January 7, 2013 agent Jo told me on the phone that, yes,
      in fact there is a signal problem in Oro Valley, AZ., especially at Oro Valley, AZ. but he would have to start an
      investigation, which would take 72 hours. He asked me many questions and
      thanked me for the information that I provided, at which point I felt utterly
      abused. T-Mobile pooled all information out of me for their research and
      dropped me with no solution to my predicament. He gave me the case #173****. I
      told him that I already spoke or chatted with many other agents who told me
      absolute the same, how can I be sure that this time T-Mobile agent will call me?
      He ensured me that he will call me in person. Jo had never called. In other
      words there is no Jo, no solution, and we still can’t use our phone in Oro
      Valley AZ.

      On November 9, agent Stephanie (her phone #
      877-2906323ex), in respond to our second FCC complaint, left a message
      on my wife’s phone during her working hours. As mentioned above, my wife is
      unable to make or receive a call due to ZERO signal at her office.

      Stephanie claimed that we have a strong signal at home and
      should be happy about it. In general, she added, T-Mobile coverage in Tucson,
      AZ. is fantastic. She sounded arrogant and blamed us for being untruthful. She
      clearly suggested that we want to “trick” ourselves out of T-Mobile contract. I
      called her back the next day explaining that, according to every T-Mobile agent
      I spoke so far, the coverage in Oro Valley is poor or none existing but I was
      able to speak only to her voice mail.

      On January 10, 2013, I chatted yet with another agent who
      ABSOLUTELY understood what we were going through and told me to rest assure
      that the problem will be resolved. I asked him what happened to my claim
      #478**** that I filed on November 20, 2012. He was not able to FIND it AT ALL.
      I asked him what happened to case #1733393 that I filed on January 7, 2013. He
      said that it takes 72 hours for the investigation to collude. I told him that
      more than 72 hours passed and no one call me. After a reasonable pause, he told
      me to rest assure because an agent will call after 72 hours. No one called
      back…

      I called another agent (her badge #22*****) on January 11,
      2013. She told me that they just started an investigation, which will be
      resolved in 72 hours. After that an agent will be calling me. I told her that I
      heard such statement too many time and requested to speak with a supervisor.
      She put me on hold and upon her return she ensured me that a supervisor will be
      calling me in-between the next 30 minutes and one hours. Hours and days past
      since than and my phone is still silence.

      On November 11 I filed yet another FCC complaint.

      On January 14, 2013 I decided to see if something was done
      regarding my numerous cases. I started a chat. I had 61 people if front of me. I
      waited patiently. Once I connected with an agent, she told me, “There is no specific time
      on how to long for you to be contacted, but rest assured that our Engineers are
      working daily to resolve the signal issue in your location.” Meanwhile, we
      still have no coverage yet T-Mobile keep charging us on time.

      We are a middle class family, living in a middle class gorgeous
      town of Oro Valley, AZ. We want a good service (forget a perfect service —
      there is no such thing) for which we want pay good money. As for now T-Mobile
      treats us beyond human dignity and does not want us to not only call each other
      (loving married couple), but also prevents my wife a scientist to connect with
      her colleagues with whom she conducts a ground breaking cancer research.

  • sidekicker89

    Ahhh I tweeted David this article!! :) Got it from @T-Mobile’s twitter account. Great read though… I love the new CEO!! He puts the last CEO to shame! haha

  • Joe

    Anything new in the mobile broadband category? I’m looking into using T-Mobile.

    • Anderson

      Ever since I heard about them rolling out coverage for the 1900 MHz band, I was also hoping for some new mobile broadband plans. Something like adding the option to buy extra data after hitting your limit on one of the overage free plans.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        That sorta defeats the point of overage-free plans, now does it? As far as I’m aware, though, you can switch up pretty gracefully provided you haven’t yet hit your full-speed limit anyway.

        • gizmoduck

          It would be optional to buy extra. Nothing wrong with that. The 100 kbps throttle speed is almost useless for mobile broadband anyway. To me, it might as well be a hard cap of just cutting off data completely. I’d definitely go for it for the months when I hit the cap.

        • dizi

          They can call it something else then. I think it’s a great idea. You can either choose dial up speeds or buy more regular speed data.

        • philyew

          With the exception of people with legacy 200 mb plans, you can buy up to a higher data plan, as Conan said, and then revert the following month.If you have the 200 mb plan with a smartphone you lose access to it, when you upgrade (minimum plan is now 2GB.)

          It’s two transactions rather than one, but it achieves the same effect.

        • dizi

          Those are big jumps. I want something like 1GB increments.

        • philyew

          Fair enough, but as those big jumps can be had for an additional $10/m, I’m not sure what smaller price increments TM would go for.

        • dizi

          I’m looking at the 5GB to 10GB since I use 4-5 GB normally.

        • Jeff

          I like that idea. Maybe something like $10 per GB if you want more normal speed data.

        • philyew

          I guess the issue for you is the need for tethering. Sorry, I hadn’t recalled that the increment for 5GB to 10GB is $30.

  • Eli Dickinson

    Someone should tell Mike Sievert that T-Mobile *is* one of those annoying companies that promises one price and then sends customers home with rebate coupons (that, frankly, seem intentionally designed to be hard to fill out).

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Im looking forward to t-mobile plans and how they will turn out.

  • Guest

    I will be very interested my iPhone 5 runs on LTE network once it goes live. I will let you all know how it goes.

  • Magnetic

    I live in Las Vegas. I am interested on how my iPhone 5 runs on this network once it goes live. I will keep you all posted.

    • Jarrod

      Please do inform us, I’m worried because I have been reading around that they got rid of the LTE switch on unofficial carriers. So hopefully they enable it soon because I’m anxious for some LTE in Houston.

  • Verizonthunder

    Sorry CEO you cannot pull the rug on those who desire prepaid with your new $70 unlimited everything , should also include LTE you cannot make the shot’s you are not Verizon Wireless who can afford to loose a few, you cannot.

    • xmiro

      where did you read it won’t include LTE?

      • Verizonthunder

        From the question’s above, insinuate from what I read that they cannot predict the future of their plan pricing, One say’s all you can eat and the other comment insinuate that depending on the network traffic if popular would cause a price hike. That is my opinion from reading the information.

    • rbomb234

      It seems more like pulling the wool than the rug, as in pulling the wool over our eyes.

      • Verizonthunder

        I only want T-Mobile to be the best, it’s a choice that can change their fate in the mobile world, I am strongly considering T-Mobile as I saw from another tech blog that they are getting the Nokia Lumia 920 of their version and that with their LTE has my curiosity, as well as Cheap true unlimited data

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      When he’s talking all you can eat LTE he’s most likely talking the postpaid Value plans. The Monthly 4G will most likely be unlimited HSPA+ only. None of the other networks allow their prepaid services or MVNOs access to LTE so I doubt T-Mobile will either.
      Since the unlimited Monthly 4G and unlimited value plan are now the same price I speculate they will use LTE on the Value Plan as a differentiator between the two.

      • Verizonthunder

        Hmmm well they are in for a rude awaking on reality prepaid true unlimited should be $50 hspa+ and $70 for LTE

  • Volker

    Before we get ahead of ourselves with LTE, the question is whether the iPhone T-Mobile will be selling will support HSPA 1700/2100.

    • philyew

      Everything they are saying and doing strongly suggests the answer is no.

      Their modernization program aims to deliver LTE service on all the towers that currently support HSPA+ on the AWS band (1700/2100). In doing that, they are also making 3G/HSPA+ available on the PCS band (1900) across the same range of towers.

      They expect to have 3G/HSPA+ on PCS available in markets covering 170 million POPs by mid-year, and 200 million POPs by year-end. That means a significant majority of people, currently able to get HSPA+ service on an Android device, will be able to get HSPA+ on an iPhone as soon as TM start selling them.

      They anticipate having a positive return from selling Apple devices by 2014, when it will take Sprint four years or more of sales to reach the same state. That almost certainly wouldn’t be possible, if Apple had to do any special engineering on the iPhone to enable a different service for TM.

      In short, there is no compelling reason why TM should pay extra to Apple to put HSPA+ on the AWS band and no indication they are doing so.

  • rbomb234

    Is it me or are these responses incomprehensible? Someone should tell these guys that the election is over.

    Unfortunately, it’s this lack of clarity that confuses and disheartens consumers. We want straight answers:

    1. What will you do about abysmal coverage in non-MSAs? Is there a timetable for a build out?

    2. How much will LTE cost?

    3. You talk about moving away from contracts/subsidies yet you require contracts on your value plans. Is this not a mixed message.

    4. What are you doing to stop the mass exodus from Tmo?

    5. How do you plan to solve the problem of deteriorating customer service, something that used to set Tmo apart from the competition?

  • lifeisgreat4all

    t-mobile rocks, data speed on iPhone is already fast enough to compare with other networks.
    i get full 3g speed on my iphone 4s and its amazing

  • UMA_Fan

    Based on that article They’ve strongly hinted that in the future you’ll be able to do some sort of instant trade in that pays off your remaining balance so in effect customers will always be paying the upgrade price whenever they want a new phone instead of having to wait two years like every other carrier. Depending on how they ‘market’ this, which has always been key, this could be game changing

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      That sounds like what Tele2 and other carriers in Europe let you do when you want to upgrade to a new device early.

  • GinaDee

    My biggest gripe with T-Mobile is that their coverage isn’t consistent even in large metro areas. You can literally go one block and go from blazing fast HSPA+ service to GPRS. Yeah we still have pockets of GPRS all over Los Angeles. I would like them to fix this.

    I don’t expect 4G coverage in every nook and cranny but by God T-Mobile needs to step it up at least along the corridors and highways that connect towns.

    Even Metro PCS covers interstate 15 from SoCal to Las Vegas, NV. with 3G. T-Mobile only gives us GPRS the whole way there. Havasu City? Forget it. Can’t upload your naughty pics and videos to Facebook in GPRS land.

    • sigewulf

      My little block in Silver Lake went completely dead for three days this past weekend. Luckily T-Mobile did meet its 72 hour eta for repairs and this morning my signal was back up. If I didn’t live in a big city, I wonder how long it would have took?

  • Jarrod

    I have contacted T-Mobile and Apple about the missing LTE switch on my iPhone 5 and they both seem to not have any solution, this bothers me that I have an LTE device yet I cannot access it because a string of coding tell the phone not to work. Does anyone know if there is a jailbreak or some sort of resolution that I could make with T-Mobile or Apple?

  • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

    Lol …… some answers

  • http://www.antmontana.com/ ant

    4g is going to be the normal speed all new tmo phones should have that come out this year ome tmo flip phones that release this year should have it lol and i dont think we should pay extra for it because like i said thats going to be the normal speed every one use and do anyone know about any new phones releasing soon or after april 5th

  • AndroidProfit

    “Then it’s a two-month fight and a continued set of fees and a dreaded two-year period to get out.” NO ITS NOT! If you are THAT DUMB that in 2 WEEKS you can’t figure out what you just did (so you can cancel and get out) and got into than you have MUCH BIGGER problems!

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    If T-Mobile can get a decent LTE footprint in place by the end of this year, they will be the carrier of choice to be with. LTE with the strongest backhaul of all carriers (HSPA+42) plus truly unlimited data would be truly remarkable.

    • ratnok

      If you live in the city. They still have major issues with coverage in suburbs and rural areas.

  • nycplayboy78

    I am already to go with my Galaxy Note II :)

  • Marc

    I have to say- I just got out of my contract and T-Mobile sold me a Samsung Galaxy S3 for 200 out of contract for 200…. im currently paying 260 a month for 4 Phones which is a great deal still- Each of those lines have Unlimited Talk and Text… 3 of those lines have 5GB of 4G data before being Throttled with one Unlimited 4G data… Now by swtiching to the Value Plan (no subsidize phone plans) my monthly plan goes down to 180 a month for the SAME IDENTICAL service. I mean its UNREAL. It can’t be beat. So what if you pay 600 for a phone instead of 200… you are going to recoup that cost in a year. People really really need to understand the new plans are really worth it.

    • Verizonthunder

      Yes to that and a message to the something for nothing people

  • crystalbella

    Well as many people said xcept for richard tmobile coverage is great in major citys I used to have em but go out of the city ur stuck on lame edge while at&t which people talk bad about usually has 3G and u gotta admit atts 3G is faster than tmobiles edge I know cuz I saw that a lot everytime I got on the i5 in LA my tmobile galaxy s3 showed edge while my friends on att always had 3G and I always did speeds tests in our trips and they usually would get 2-5 mbps on atts 3G while I didnt even get 1 on tmobile edge also they had better coverage there were many times when I had absolutely no service while they always had 2-3 bars and worked to call i had unlimited data on tmobile but I actually traveled a lot for work and well try watchin youtube vids on edge , video chattin on edge , dwnloading apps on edge forget it it works but its slooow while them people on att can do those things faster when they take long boring road trips.. so i switched to att never looked back yes its more expensive but now when I take trips its feels good having 3G and better coverage in the middle of nowhere I always have service were as tmobile crapped out . Like when i went to big bear when I had tmobile no service 75% of the time while att had solid service same in catalina island no tmobile coverage at all were att has solid service ..

  • me

    Please, it took T-Mobile over 3 years to have a respectable 3g footprint (and a lot of areas are still on edge) and suddenly they are gonna have nationwide LTE before the end of the year? Get out of here, it will be 2015 at least before LTE will have real results nationwide (I am talking outside of the top 50 markets). By then either Tmobile will be a forgotten company or Verizon & Att will be launching whatever next generation data tech will be available. T-Mobile is like the chiwawa that barks at the big dogs but can’t back it up.

  • cardi dark

    verizon will always win yeah t mobile might beat them in speeds in some metro area’s but verizon covers alot of rual areas might not be 4g but atleast its 3g and not 2g or g. i had both so i know. and yeah it might be good cause u live in a metro area but what happens when your on a back country road and need help might not get service from t mobile 9 times out of ten verizon is gonna work

  • cardi dark

    t mobile needs to say f*ck this lte right now and worry about getting hspa+ to all rual areas cause there hspa+ is as fast as verizon 4lte.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      They have to get LTE first before worrying about rural areas. As of right now not having LTE at all is embarrassing since the other 3 carriers have at least some LTE. T-Mobile has nowhere near the cash of Verizon, nor the amount of spectrum they have to build out high speed data in rural areas. When you’re a small carrier you have to build out and focus on the areas that will bring the most return for your investment, that means metro areas.
      They probably won’t worry about rural areas until they get LTE in all their major markets first.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    I agree that Verizon coverage is somewhat overrated. I actually have an iPhone 5 with Verizon on one line and an Android on a T-Mobile line.

    Verizon has 1 bar in my house and spotty LTE/3G all over my neighborhood despite the coverage maps showing dark red perfect LTE coverage. The phone just randomly switches back and forth between 3G, LTE, and “O” and is totally unreliable as a portable hotspot. While my T-Mobile line gets 4-5 bars and consistent 4G signal in the whole area.

    I’m in a metro area so rural coverage isn’t that big of a deal to me. Verizon shines and has LTE almost everywhere when I travel but when I’m in the city (which is about 80% of the time), T-Mobile actually has a stronger and more consistent signal. Also I find that T-Mobile’s coverage maps tend to be the most accurate with the darker green areas having more bars and faster HSPA+ data. Looking at the Verizon coverage map, it appears that there should be very strong LTE coverage all over town with almost no gaps, but of course that’s not the case.

  • lynyrd65

    T-Mobile completely misses the mark again. Ending subsidies to market plans that cost only $10 less than their main competitor (Sprint).

    Do the math,

    Sprint $79.99 a month, $150 Galaxy S III (or $549 unsubsidized) – Two year contract

    T-Mobile $69.99 a month, $549 Galaxy S III
    Monthly savings over 2 years (24 months * $10 = $240), Extra cost ($549.99 -149.99 = $400)
    (Extra Cost – Savings) = $400 – $240 = $160 more over 2 years!

    T-Mobile is more expensive with these plans, why on earth would you both spend more on the phone at the front end AND spend more over the contract? Sprint has easy discounts too (employee erp available to everyone matches T-Mobiles monthly price at $69.99!)