The long goodbye – by David Beren

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This is a post I never wanted to write, never dreamed of writing and hoped would never come to pass. Alas, my time at the head of the site I founded some 5 years ago will come to end. My time at TmoNews has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Unfortunately, change is in the air and my position as the pre-eminent T-Mobile blogger along with it. I have loved working with you, my dear readers and friends, day in and day out for years. I’ve lived and breathed T-Mobile for the last 5 years, working on my honeymoon, trips around the country and everywhere in-between.

There’s nothing about leaving TmoNews that feels right and it’s like an extension of me will be left behind. It’s an emotional moment for me and saying goodbye to the site I’ve worked on for so long is hard. Still, I’ll have the memories of your interactions, emails, tweets, Carly (jokingly) punching me in the stomach and meeting all the fantastic T-Mobile execs and employees that make the company great.

TmoNews and by extension myself has had a relationship with T-Mobile that for years was a clear mixture of love and hate. Even so, I’ve met some of the best PR folks and company execs that I could hope to ever forge relationships with. There’s a passionate group running the company and,while the business model may change as the industry continues to shift, I hope to see those Magenta colors around for a long time after I say my goodbyes.

I’ll miss you all terribly and while I know it’s sappy to be emotional about a blog, this site has been my baby for so long I don’t know anything else. TmoNews has been a part of my life through my graduate degree, my wedding, the birth of my son and so many other personal memories that I’d have to create a separate post just to mention them all.

I hope you all continue to enjoy and love the site and its leadership, whoever that may be, moving forward. TmoNews is bigger than any one man and T-Mobile deserves your continued support. I mean come on, we need someone who will continue to watch out for the awesome one-liners from T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere!

I wish you all the very best of luck, mostly in life but also in your next smartphone selection and app download choices. Life is full of far too many trials and tribulations so be sure to remember…it’s just a phone.

As for what’s next, that’s a very good question and I wish I had a good answer but for the moment, I’m open to wherever the road takes me.

Farewell, my friends and all the best.

If you wish to follow me and my random collection of thoughts about the world, you can do so at:

Twitter: @davidj

Google+: http://goo.gl/RivFqe

E-mail: davidjberen@gmail.com

  • Chris

    so basically he was fired?

  • pug_ster

    Then what’s going to happen to this site?

  • sorandkairi

    Oh and BTW…

    Man F&ck this site now….

    David was the ONLY reason why I stayed coming to this site. I mean really… I could’ve got this news from ANY other site on the web….

    SO FOR REAL F YALL!
    sorandkairi is out….

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Yo sora where you gonna be going for your news?

      • sorandkairi

        Hey Wilma

        I’ve been visiting TheVerge and Intomobile as well as TMo-News for phone tech/Tmobile news updates (with some Engadge there and there). It looks like that’ll be my place to visit information from now on. I’ve been like “your” mom with TMoNews as of late, being that I might not always say something but I’m always hovering and watching.

        I’ve also sent David a private email regarding his movement from the site. When he replies and if he can actually speak about what what actually occurred, I’ll let you know.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Cool I frequent TheVerge every now and then.

          I normally go to gsmarena and bgr.

          lol on the “mom” analogy

          Ok cool on the email

  • QAlchemist

    Another useful, insightful blog vanishes down the gullet of a greedy corporation who doesn’t understand why it was popular in the first place.
    Best of luck to you in your future endeavors, David!

  • Wilma Flintstone

    So I come to TmoNews to find this madness…

    Should I do a commemorative MeeGo rant in memory of David and the good ol days of TmoNews?

    Also, to the friends I’ve made over the many years here, I wish you all the best of luck and let me know where you’ll will be going for your news. Gotta keep those connections.

    Also, PimpStreagle, you already know we gotta bust one last Tmobile flow for good times man.

    Soraandkairi, stay cool buddy.

    David, if you don’t start another blog, I will have to forcefully make you see the light like Stacey did on The Wood. Lol

    Seriously though, You already know this site was a second home for me. I ain’t getting all mushy, so you can forget that lol

    But I wish you the best of luck and success in life.

    question: Will David still have his email address?

    • thepanttherlady

      Hi Wilma!

      Keep in contact with David with one of the options here:

      Twitter: @davidj
      Google+: http://goo.gl/RivFqe
      E-mail: davidjberen@gmail.com

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Hi ThePantherLady :D

        Thanks

        I definitely will do that.
        I gotta force him to make a new site somehow lol jk

        • thepanttherlady

          I already warned him I’d stalk him until I find out where he’s going. You can’t be this well respected and liked and not use your talents somewhere!

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Lol the irony in that stalking him and your name being ThePantherLady lol

          and yes stalk away. Be on the prowl lol

          he shall make a new site!!!

        • thepanttherlady

          If we have anything to say about it he will! *raises pitchfork*

        • Marc Klein

          Why don’t you just take over this site?

          Also, can’t David buy this site back?

        • thepanttherlady

          Heck, I don’t even have time to keep up with my nail art let alone run a blog! =D I don’t know if he can buy it back or not but he’s writing at 9to5google and just posted his first article. Go check him out and show him support!

        • longtimeCustomer

          I think he should start a new blog. And next time, don’t sell.

        • ChevyHeavy

          Hi Baby, can I please get a stalkback?

          On a side not, will you continue to moderate on TMONews? David will be missed, but it’s a little over the top that some will abandon the site over this. I will stop reading TMO News only when it’s no longer insightful, new breaking, and interesting… Only time will tell.

    • thepanttherlady

      He’s at 9to5google now

    • sorandkairi

      He’s at is @gmail address, Not too certain about @TMoNews but yeah, thepanttherlady’s right. He’s @ 9to5google as of today and should be giving a introduction of himself on that site any time now. Glad he back… even though this is the internet… I was actually upset when I read that he had left.

      • Bklynman

        Lots of people are. That’s the only reason phonemutt, print his goodbye post,becasuse his email box blew up with emails from
        his readers from here,David was not allow to even say goodbye on here,his goodbye post was 1st in something call paste bin,someone
        posted the link.

  • anon

    Phone Dog, and the people in their organization like Aaron Baker are terrible. They screwed Noah Kravitz, Taylor Martin, and now David.

    • dkbnyc

      One has the right to do what one wants with what one owns. Now, if only the 3 people you mentioned above could start their own blog… I’m sure they’d give these take over folk a run for their money… Hint. Hint. Hint.

  • TechnoRealz

    I’m stunned! Dave was the only reasonable voice in the TMO sphere.
    Not sure who shut him down.

    Would like to know as a consumer of this site!

  • zac

    I’m going to vote with my mouse and keyboard and never return to this or any phonedog site. DB was legit. Answered my emails even when I was hassling him :-), and never got a big head even when his site got big. Looking forward to seeing where you end up buddy.

    • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

      I agree. Phone dog blows and really cumberson to navigate.

  • Druff

    Could we get to more details please? Was this a forced closure? Was the website sold? Will the website be run by someone else?

    • thepanttherlady

      David sold the website awhile ago so he didn’t own it. We’re still waiting to hear from someone at Phonedog regarding the fate of this site. As for David being gone, no one believes it was of his own accord.

      • Bklynman

        I vote La.dy should take over tmo news,she way better looking than David. ;)

        • thepanttherlady

          Bwaahahaha! Not a chance. I like being a stalker. :)

          David’s at 9to5google now.

        • Bklynman

          You can stalk me anytime Lady! LoL! ;)

  • Jesus Villafranca

    No………..why? why this? I love tmo, its members and of course, David! I got all my tmobile and related news here, personal experience from other customers and everything in between. I hope this site doesn’t close. It won’t be the same without David. We will miss you and wish you the best in life! :)

  • dkbnyc

    Strange but it’s because of TMoNews that most of us know anything about Phonedog. I’ve since changed my readership for all things Android from Phonedog to Android Central. Once Noah set sail, what was the point. Good Luck David.

    • Bklynman

      For me it was the other way around,found Tmo news because of phonemutt. Kept seeing tmonews link on phone mutt,click it,been here,
      since then.

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    Now this makes me want to remove the bookmark from Chrome and leave Tmobile; I will never be the same! (kidding about leaving Tmo)

  • sahib102 .

    damn I never saw this coming :( anyways you shall be missed

  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    it’s unfortunate .. i visit phone dog every now and then because Aaron Baker stays in my city, Dallas. but overall i preferred the simple format here as opposed to the madness that it is at phone dog . the site is a jumbled mess. oh well. best of luck writing wherever it is next.

    • noc007

      I checked out their site for the first time yesterday. Geez, what a mess.

  • Itjediknight

    Phone dog, you just became another aol. I’ll personally never visit this site again. Might as well call this techcrunch now. The way you treat your people is unethical and down right crazy. I still love tmobile, but cannot support this site anymore. Unbookmarked!

    • mingkee

      In fact, AOL runs engadget and the site is decent for IT news.

  • UMA_Fan

    Maybe I’m over simplifying this but does David really need Phone dog? Can’t he create his own Tmobile News site and do exactly what he’s always been doing? Everyone would go read it.

    • TayshaunBoba

      My guess is David signed something akin to a noncompete clause. He stated on twitter he will be doing very little blogging about T-Mobile anymore which leads me to believe he is no longer allowed to, because why else would he stoping blogging about his passion?

      • thepanttherlady

        I agree. He also mentioned on Twitter it’s for “awhile” leading me to believe this is a temporary situation and that he’ll be back in the T-Mobile ring when it’s over.

        • remister

          I hope temporary isn’t that long. I need to know the next LTE launches and UNCARRIER phase 50 :P

          This is why old school letter writing would be best to explain oneself.

        • thepanttherlady

          Same here which is why I’m following him. If he goes to another site whether his own or not, I want to know!

          Whatever transpired it’s apparent he can’t talk about it hence the vagueness surrounding this ordeal. Still waiting for Phonedog to step up and make an announcement on what their plans are!

        • TayshaunBoba

          Just checked Tmonews twitter. Apparently the site’s “new team” is being announced next week. Not sure what to make of that.

        • Marcelo_L

          Yes ! And we will follow him wherever he goes. Ever since the great Noah debacle of 2010 I’ve been leery of the “Dog” overlords. This puts a cap on the bottle as they say in Latin America.

        • thepanttherlady

          9to5google

        • Marcelo_L

          Awesome ! And now we know !

          Which….given TMo’s affinity to all things android means he can still pump up the volume on our Fave ( Remember MyFaves?! ) carrier.

      • verhouze

        I guess he should have never sold to Phone Dog.

      • noc007

        More than likely he signed a non-compete. Hopefully it was only for a year and then he can start his own thing. I’ll be interested in seeing where this site goes, but David really has been the life of it. I’ll be modifying my links site accordingly.

  • Tim Miller

    I’m done with this website. I’m done with phone dog. I’m in subscribing to the YouTube channels. This is in terrible taste, unethical and quite possibly immoral. Best of luck when your views tank bringing any income you make from advertising down with it.

  • kev2684

    tmonews will never be the same.

    …i need ice cream.

  • JBrowne1012

    Dang David sad ta see ya go but I do wish you good luck

  • Jesus Razo Jr.

    Good luck David, so long Phonedog. Removing all bookmarks and un subscribing from Youtube. Noah and now David. You guys lost your minds.

  • twest

    Wow I never thought this day will come!! Bt I wish you the best on your journey in whats ever in store for you David! Ive been following this site since a friend recommended keeping up with latest news with my First generation Galaxy S smartphone! This site and your work I providing information and uodates has been phenomenal!! I look forward into seeing what lie ahead from tmonews hooefully it can come close to comparison to what u provided us with.I know it wont be the same though with out you!! Farewell David!!

  • FC

    Been reading David’s work for a few years now. Even as T-mobile employee I often found out about many upcoming devices and company leaks from TmoNews, (they don’t share much with employees at the retail level, we pretty much find out about a lot of things when the public does). Great work over the years David! Best of luck to you in your future. I will personally miss reading your articles. With any luck, whoever takes over TmoNews will be as passionate about what they do as you were

    • Bklynman

      I never work for Tm,but just after I read about the up coming Nokia,window
      phones,went to a Tm corp.store ask one of the sale rep about it,he had no
      idea that Nokia was making a window phone. I call retenion for something I read on to findout(forgot what it was) they had no clue what I was talking about! I thought that was funny.

  • mloudt

    I am not really shocked. I was wondering when David would no longer do this. Have y’all ever heard of Sprint Feed ran by that Mark guy (who was David’s colleague) which was Sprint’s version of Tmonews, then he moved on to Tech Buffaloe. I knew it was a matter of time before David would probably get a better opportunity and bigger role in editorial work with a bigger website.

  • NYCTheBronx

    David! I will miss you buddy! Have a happy life man. A new journey awaits you. :’D

  • tmoatl

    Wow, this sucks, been coming here for years. One of the best run websites for getting the latest info I have found.
    Best of Luck!

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow
  • justmee02

    I think David has just started to blog over at 9to5google.

    • remister

      Confirmed, he wrote about the Nexus 5 launch!

  • Dakota

    DAVID IS NOW WORKING AT 9TO5GOOGLE.COM. you can follow him there. Im sure PhoneDog didn’t prevent him from announcing that in this post since of course, they didn’t force him out or anything….They wish him well so I guess it just slipped his mind that he was starting a new position in 48 hours

  • rob

    I read this post a couple mins after it was posted, but days later I still don’t know what to really say…I just never expected David out of the picture. I can just wish him the best in the future. We can’t be selfish as we are all interested in what benefits us and I’m sure his move to 9TO5GOOGLE is his next big step in his career. I watched this site grow and the David era will never be matched. Good Luck again, David.

  • Drew

    Good luck to you David, you did a bang-up job with this site. I personal want to thank you for the many, many informative posts and ‘heads up’ you relayed over the years. Your work on the site will be missed.

  • KOLIO

    THX for all of your contributions to the community,David.

    Take Care,Keep In Touch & Peace Be With You !

  • jose

    I started visiting this website in September 2008 When I was doing research on my eventual purchase of my first Android device the {G1} that I purchased in December of 2008 I still have my {G1} I have kept it in great condition and I have the original box it came in.

  • OnlineRefugee

    I have “known” David since the days when we were all like excited little school girls over the launch of the Touch Pro2. And before that the chat and posts were abuzz with how to customize our G1 handsets. Back then it was a BIG deal to customize the home page, and rooting was the stuff of experts, or losers like me staying home on a Friday night ;)

    Back then I used the name ItsMichaelNotMike.

    I have read lots of posts in here. Many comments are the usual people talking out of their pitooties who don’t know squat about what’s going on.

    The more street-smart of you can read between the lines and figure things out. For example, if this was a positive parting, the happy departed would not say this:

    “Unfortunately, change is in the air and my position … with it.”

    “Unfortunately, circumstances happen and you try and move on…” (See 9To5Google).

    and

    “There’s nothing about leaving TmoNews that feels right…” (See above).

    In law (and politics too) that’s what we call “loaded statements.” David’s use of the word “unfortunately” hits like a wet fish. And if “change is in the air” and “circumstances happen” were titles of Android games I would be whipping out my debit card to “buy more coins” to find out what David is talking about.

    Sidenote: David’s choice of words reminds me of politicians who won’t reveal details when leaving office and say “I want to spend more time with the family.”

    To be sure, if in the White House Briefing Room the POTUS said such things, the media would be all over that in their news cycles until the POTUS came clean on what he meant by change is in the air and circumstances happen.

    Those of you whom are adults, in management, and/or have run a business know to never badmouth peers and colleagues. Not only is that unprofessional, but it burns bridges, and can lead to sitting in front of a guy wearing a black robe, and 6 to 12 people (aka the jury) giving you the ol’ stink eye for a week or two.

    So I suspect we are not going to hear a peep from David about all the gory details (assuming there are any). For all we know, David has new interests and simply wants to pursue them. For sure, five years at doing anything on the Internet gets old and boring.

    No matter, since everyone has an opinion I’ll give my 36 cents too (I used to give my 2 cents, but I adjust maxims and old sayings for inflation). I digress, forgive me. Or if forgiveness is not in your heart, take the pain.

    - IMO T-Mobile did not buy TMoNews, “to keep control of information” or otherwise. While that sounds dramatic and has a nice Hollywood ending, I assure you there’s other ways to control leaks. Besides, if that was T-Mobile’s intent, they would have bought TMoNews long ago.

    - David did not sell TMoNews and that’s why he is leaving. First, I don’t think he currently owned the Site. Second, if this was a positive situation (which sale of a website is) the seller does not make comments like “circumstances happen” nor use words like “unfortunately.”

    - If T-Mobile or someone else bought TMoNews from David, the sale usually includes the requirement that the key personnel are employed by the buyer, for a year or two, if not longer, especially when a website is identified so closely with an individual.

    - On a personal basis and preference, I liked TMoNews when David was the boss. He gave us some real T-Mobile news, not an echo of bullsheet we can get anywhere. As I posted elsewhere, PhoneDog should endeavor to keep David’s format, which was to provide us scoops, insider information, and lots of “just-in” stuff.

    - If the Site simply provides product reviews or T-Mobile press releases, I see this site quickly becoming irrelevant.

    See you all elsewhere on the Net.

    P.s. I am bored writing this comment, so I am not going to spell check or look over my grammar. If something is amiss you can: 1) sue me; 2) rat me out to the Grammar Police; 3) tell me off, but please… make sure your spelling is correct, e.g., don’t call me a “moran;” 4) pound your keyboard with a hammer; 5) poke your monitor with a screwdriver; 6) as above, take the pain; or 7) PayPal me money so I can go back to school and learned proper engrish.

    • BRUNOID

      BEAUTIFUL post, MichaelNotMike. I respect and share your sentiments…you moran! LOL

      • Jesse

        Who’s the moran… I mean MORON!

  • Pat Fitzpatrick

    Let’s not bash Phone Dog yet. Sometimes there is a legal issue such as a lawsuit in which someone has to resign. Not saying that’s the reason but just a possibility. It would explain all the vague explanations from both sides. Consider that David was in the business of getting Tmobile scoops which can push someone’s button, for example, especially if one of the Big Two is behind it through a third party. Or perhaps Tmobile didn’t like his information access, which would be sad to say the least.

    If in fact Phone Dog forced him out, bad bull indeed.

  • JP

    Thank you for everything

  • Manny

    Sad face. I wasn’t really an active commenter or member. But I was an active reader, always using Tmonews as my go to site for Tmobile information. Always on the up and up, and always in the know. I don’t really know what happened… why is he leaving? Where is he going? What happens now?

    • Bklynman

      He is at 9to5google now,others have posted the site where he is,he was force out by phonemutt,what happen we don’t know,he not saying or he
      is not allow to say what happen.Read the other articles you will get more information.

  • Hoggles

    Phone Dog can F off. Goodbye David. Thank you for your years of hard work. And goodbye to this site forever. Again, F Off Phone mutt…

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    This is a blog?