T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Event Liveblog Replay…Read The Events As They Happened

T-Mobile Special UNCarrier Event (03/26/2013)
12:40

12:40
David Beren:

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:40 David Beren
12:40
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Indeed. This day is truly quite exciting!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:40 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:39
David Beren:

Hit the blog for all the details as we’re still working to post! Lots and lots to come today!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:39 David Beren
12:39
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Thanks, David!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:39 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:39
David Beren:

That’s that folks, everyone give Neal aka Conan a big hand for helping out today!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:39 David Beren
12:39
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

And now, the event is over!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:39 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:38
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Q&A session is over.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:38 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:37
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Reporter asks about LTE market rollout specifics, especially in regards to MetroPCS markets. T-Mobile responds by stating that rollout is going on in all markets, including current MetroPCS markets. Legere talks about MetroPCS, expressing confidence closing the deal. He emphatically says that it will go through, despite the “greedy hedge funds” trying to “double dip” on profits.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:37 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:32
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Sievert points to Legere (since Legere uses 50GB regularly) when he says that 50+GB of usage is fine as long as it doesn’t inhibit the network.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:32 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:30
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Eric: Yes, you don’t have to switch plans. The $579 is the retail price from T-Mobile.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:30 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:28
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Sievert and Legere state that the limit on tethering to prevent a substitution effect.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:28 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:27
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Galaxy S3 users typically use about 3GB per month, according to Legere.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:27 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:26
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Reporter asks about tethering. Sievert responds that tethering is included in all the plans, though there’s a limit for the unthrottled plan (he notes that otherwise it could replace a home internet connection).

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:26 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:24
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Reporter asks about prepaying phone payments. It will be possible (no obligation to, but possible). Over the top (aka from App Store) variant of Wi-Fi Calling will become available, too. No integrated version for iPhones, yet.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:24 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:21
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

T-Mobile will assist in getting locked phones unlocked to bring over to T-Mobile. They’ll even call up former carrier reps to deal with it.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:21 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:20
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

2.1 million former AT&T customers come over to T-Mobile since modernization began.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:20 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:19
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Another asks about phone locking. Phone unlocking will occur only when phone is paid off or traded back.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:19 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:19
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Reporter asks what T-Mobile would do if you leave after a month or two after buying a phone. Response: you pay off the device however you’d like, turn it in for trade-in value, etc. Essentially, deal with the phone cost and then you’re done.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:19 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:17
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Q&A session

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:17 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:16
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Neville Ray didn’t show up because of a death in the family. :(

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:16 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:16
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

John Legere returns to the stage.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:16 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:15
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Galaxy S4 will arrive on May 1 on T-Mobile!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:15 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:14
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

New tagline: “Un-leashed”

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:14 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:14
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Once again, Sievert is showing off the “simplicity” of the plan. He notes that unlimited FaceTime will be available through it. It’s a $1000 less over two years than AT&T.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:14 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:13
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

iPhone 4/4S will not be available everywhere. Sievert says it’ll be available in select channels and select markets. It’s like to be sold only in modernized market areas.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:13 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:12
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Sievert reiterates that T-Mobile is offering the “simple, best” choice for national 4G service.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:12 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:10
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Sievert is explaining how a comparable AT&T postpaid plan is double the comparable T-Mobile prepaid/postpaid plan.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:10 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:08
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Sievert is showing off the brochures of all the different carriers’ plans. “AT&T Nation sounds sinister” he jokes.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:08 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:06
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

50% more bandwidth than AT&T on T-Mobile. This is considerably more meaningful considering T-Mobile has 1/3 of the subscribers.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:06 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:05
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Legere is off the stage. New guy (Mark Sievert, thanks Travis!), is talking about how LTE is AT&T compatible and likens it to more lanes to a freeway.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:05 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:02
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He’s hoping the new commercials will become cult commercials.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:02 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:02
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One for T-Mobile will be available for press to try at the event. Along with the BlackBerry Z10 and the iPhone 5, those two will be $99 with $15-20/mo EIP24.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:02 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
12:01
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

iPhone 4/4S will not have AWS WCDMA support. It’ll only work on EDGE in non-modernized markets. :(

Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:01 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:59
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

The lucky people at the event get to try it out today.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:59 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:59
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

iPhone 5 will have HD Voice on T-Mobile.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:59 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:58
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

AWS HSPA+42 and AWS LTE support! BOOM!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:58 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:58
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

EIP24 is $20 per month. That means $579 for an iPhone 5 16GB. Cheaper than $650 unlocked model.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:58 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:57
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He is proud to say that people can upgrade to new Apple products right when they arrive.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:57 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:56
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He’s now starting to talk about new devices. Finally announcing the iPhone 5 for $99 (with EIP24) on April 12.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:56 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:53
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He notes postpaid and prepaid don’t necessarily imply contract/contract-free.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:53 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:52
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He made a rather quick description of the plan in less than 20 seconds. Really enthusiastic in his description. Throwing out statistics about people wanting to upgrade whenever.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:52 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:51
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Now he talks about Simple Choice plans. Unlimited everything!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:51 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:50
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He jokes about his cursing, again…

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:50 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:50
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

New York will officially launch by the summer. It isn’t launched yet. Network will be accessible by LTE devices anyway.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:50 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:49
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He brings up MetroPCS. He uses proper conventions for spectrum at least. 2x5MHz for many markets, moving up to 2x10MHz later. Eventually 2x20MHz LTE after MetroPCS spectrum brought in.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:49 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:47
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He’s talking about HSPA+42 and now telling us the seven cities that have LTE launched. It’s the same seven from earlier.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:47 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:47
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He notes that people pay way too much with “subsidized phones” and plans.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:47 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:46
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Titles like “moving from subsidized phones” from press is a “crock of sh*t” according to him.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:46 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:44
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

And now he just stated his email address publicly, saying customers email him anyway. And he talks about his experience listening to many people talking to customer care. It’s disheartening to him.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:44 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:42
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He’s attacking contracts now. He’s explaining how contracts make people hate the phone they buy after a year.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:42 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:40
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

“Stop the bulls**t” is a common phrase…

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:40 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:40
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He’s now ragging on everyone else. He’s explaining how (as a customer) the experience in purchasing wireless is bad. And he’s cursing, quite a bit.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:40 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:38
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

John Legere is being all sarcastic about people’s doubt on him.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:38 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:37
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Haha! TmoNews referenced! And David is name-checked!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:37 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:36
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He jokes about his daughter now, warns bloggers not to hit on his daughter (she’s apparently there). He’ll track you down with cell phones and hurt you!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:36 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:35
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He jokes that the “nasty guy on the end” in the cowboy video was Sprint.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:35 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:35
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Video over, John Legere on stage!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:35 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:34
David Beren:

Boom! The iPhone 5 on April 12th, just as I said this morning! https://explore.t-mobile.com/iphone-5

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:34 David Beren
11:34
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Wild west cowboys… And one guy dissents and says he doesn’t want to boss people around anymore. He’s wearing the magenta cowboy hat.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:34 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:33
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Another video is starting…

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:33 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:33
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

He asked if you’d rather sign a two-year agreement or get a root canal to random people. They’d rather get the root canal, apparently…

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:33 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:32
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Jason Jones from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is on, talking about “The Truth” about wireless…

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:32 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:31
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

It’s started!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:31 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:31
David Beren:

Here we go!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:31 David Beren
11:29
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

One minute to go!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:29 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:29
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Sometimes, magenta is a bad color to look at for a long time. Staring at a hot magenta background with a white “T” on it for the last ten minutes is painful…

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:29 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:25
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

So… Five minutes to go before it starts!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:25 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:24
David Beren:

Around 5 minutes now!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:24 David Beren
11:24
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

I’ll be joining David in covering this event. Since this is a first for us, we’re trying to get it together before the event starts. :)

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:24 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:23
Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ):

Okay, let’s see here? Can you see my text?

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:23 Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)
11:14
David Beren:

I’m seeing all your messages guys, just biding time until the event starts in 15 minutes

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:14 David Beren
11:09
David Beren:

Sorry guys, the livestream is for media only and I’m really not messing with the work I had to do to get it.

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:09 David Beren
11:06
David Beren:

Can you guys see this? Let’s double check that

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:06 David Beren
11:02
David Beren:

I wish I was in attendance, but oh well! Win some, lose some!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:02 David Beren
11:02
David Beren:

We’re counting down here!

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:02 David Beren

 

Want to read all about T-Mobile’s UNcarrier news as it went down? Of course you do, and you want to read about T-Mobile CEO John Legere calling me out by name. It’s all in our liveblog recap.
BUT WAIT: There’s PLENTY more news on the rest of the TmoNews homepage, so don’t be shy, sneak a peek at the release dates of the iPhone 5HTC One and Galaxy S 4.

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