Cam Bunton – An Introduction

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As you all know by now, David left TmoNews last week. It came as a surprise to all of us. You, me and everyone else who heard. But, as you also read last week, Phonedog Media was keen to keep the site running, making sure we kept you up to date with all the T-Mobile related news, leaks and rumors that you know the site for, and that it would be announcing a new leader for this site. Turns out, that’s me.

Having seen the same face here since it was founded, I felt it important that you know a little about me, where I’m from, and why I took on the role of running TmoNews.

For those of you who don’t know who I am: I’m Cam Bunton. I’ve been involved in the Phonedog Media group since TodaysiPhone.com launched in January 2010. A site which I’ve been managing for the past two and a half years. At TiP, I’ve posted more than 4,000 articles and videos ranging from short news pieces through accessory reviews, tutorial videos, editorials and everything in between.

On a non work-related note – I hail from Carlisle, Cumbria in the UK, have two kids (3 & 4) with another on the way, I have a terrible sense of humor and bad hair. But my accent makes up for all that. I’ve been obsessed with phones since I was a teenager back in the late 90s, and have – in that time – owned and used just over 50 different devices (that’s not including phones I’ve been loaned to review in my time here).

In my past career, I worked for T-Mobile here in the UK for a few years, and it’s a company I grew to love while employed by them. Similar to the States, it was regarded as the #4 carrier behind the likes of O2, Vodafone and Orange. That was up until Deutsche Telekom and Orange teamed up to form one company under the name ‘EE’. Coincidentally, it also tried to shake up the mobile industry here back in 2006 when it introduced a range of plans completely contrary to anything available on any other network provider. These ‘Flext’ plans, offered an alternative to the set call/text/data plans on offer from the others, and gave users credit allowance to use on anything they wanted. Although the landscape has changed since then, it’s the closest thing we’ve ever had to “UNcarrier” here. It was these kind of moves that ensured I always wanted the best for the magenta carrier, even the US and Germany based relatives. To me, it was all the same deal. I – like many of you – was delighted when the AT&T planned buyout didn’t go through, despite the fact it would never affect me personally in any way (unless I happen to emigrate to the States some day).

One person I know I’m not: David Beren. It’s an unavoidable fact. I can’t pretend to be him, and neither will I try to be. I had a very close working relationship with David, and I – more than most other Phonedog employees – will miss him now that he’s moved on to pastures new. Never did a working day go by that I didn’t chat with him. Whether it was about work, sharing parenting experiences, personal struggles or just catching up and sharing opinions on the latest tech news. I’d step in some times to write a news piece here and there on this site if he needed it. That relationship, my always rooting for T-Mobile, and the fact that I know he cared a great deal about this site, its readers and the carrier were all factors in my decision to take the offer to run it.

I know some of you won’t like dealing with a new face, and that’s perfectly understandable. But, you can be sure I’ll be keeping you all up to date with the latest news. We’ll still be delivering important inside information on what’s up our favorite carrier’s sleeve, and bring you everything you’ve come to expect from TmoNews.com. Every now and then I might post a handset review, or give my thoughts on some cool accessories or apps, but my focus remains very much on delivering your news and keeping you informed on everything T-Mobile. I’m sure I have plenty to learn about the carrier and about you, and I’m very excited about starting up. I’m especially looking forward to getting involved in the comments. This site’s thriving community is a fantastic example of how web interaction and engagement should work, and I’m proud to be here.

In the meantime, if you have any questions for me, use the comments or grab my attention on Twitter. My handle is @TiP_Cam.

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  • besweeet

    /Slightly/ odd that someone from the UK will be focusing on an American wireless carrier. Best of luck to Cam, though.

    I’m sure there are hundreds if not thousands of worthy bloggers/writers who would’ve loved to take on TmoNews.

    Still sad to see the way the partnership with PhoneDog ended.

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks very much. To ease your concern, I’ve been writing mostly about American carriers/news ever since I started at TodaysiPhone.com.

  • DAVIDORNOONE

    NOT DAVID! DON’T CARE

  • Garrett

    Since you’re operating out of the UK, does this mean that TMoNews will be focusing on the UK side of things now? How much do you keep up with American carriers?

    • Cam Bunton

      TiP is an American site too, so I’ve been keeping up with American carriers every day for the past (almost) 4 years. I’m not planning on focussing at all on the UK side of things, since T-Mobile doesn’t really exists as its own company here anymore.

    • thepanttherlady

      He’s written for TmoNews before:

      http://www.tmonews.com/?s=cam+bunton&submit.x=-814&submit.y=-56

      ETA: This is in the story…stupid Disqus is acting up on my end. :/

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        I really like Disqus! :-)

  • psychoace

    Just hurry up and find out when T-Mobile is going to sell the Nexus 5. That is the most important thing right now.

    • Turb0wned

      Just order from Google play……

      • psychoace

        Do you have $350 I can borrow?

        • Turb0wned

          Sell your current phone…

        • psychoace

          It’s barely worth $100. I have an LG Optimus L9

        • Turb0wned

          Understood.

        • psychoace

          No biggie. Even if I did have the money I would prefer to spend it on Christmas presents for my niece and nephews then on a phone. So I would have gone with T-Mobile anyway. I just need them to hurry up and announce a release day. Best Buy and Sprint are saying the 8th. I hope T-Mobile comes through with the same date.

        • Dakota

          I let’s see how much they mark it up. The N4 is still 479 on T-Mobile website

        • Bklynman

          Not sure if you are looking for to buy new phone or just waiting for the N5,but Amazon has the Lg f6 for sale $199.
          I am sure the price will be lower with the holida season upon us. Hope this helps u in some way.

        • psychoace

          I looked at the F6, it seems like a very small upgrade for the amount of money I’m spending. Also I just can’t stand the fact it has only 4 gig’s of internal storage like the L9 I have. I would much rather spend a little extra and get the Nexus 5 and hopefully it will last me 2 years instead of one like the F6

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I have an Optimus G Pro and I LOVE it. Just saying. Here’s one guy who’s happy to see but isn’t salivating (anymore) over the N5. I’m doing fine just as I am.

        • psychoace

          That’s great and all but the l9 has none of the great features the g pro has. If I had it then yeah I would be happy keeping it. The l9 on the other hand is just dead in the water right now. It was a great budget phone last year but now it has lost its luster. I’m looking to move on

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          That’s why I was suggesting you look into the G Pro vs. the N5. :-) 13MP vs. 8MP camera on the N5, 5.5″ vs 5.0″ true HD 1080p Display, 32 GB internal storage. :-)

        • psychoace

          I would have to buy it at full price and unlocked. I think it’s floating at about $300 used. I would rather spend less on a down payment and get the Nexus 5.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Yeah. I bought mine on Amazon Wireless for around $419.99. I paid upfront for the device – I don’t believe a payment plan was an option at the time. :-) The Nexus 5 is great, don’t get me wrong. It was just a suggestion because I love my G Pro so much.

        • psychoace

          Appreciate it, I’ve tried my best to look at every option that’s for sure. I looked at all T-Mobile has to offer and they really lack a good mid-range phone (Nexus 5 is kind of top mid/low high range). They just have low end stuff like the F6 or older devices like the S3. AT&T has a very good selection of mid-range phones but they aren’t an option. So it seems like the Nexus 5 is going to be my choice.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Yeah. I get you. No problem ;-) And, after all, if you really see an AT&T device you like you can bring it over. That’s the beauty of GSM, right? Sure, there may not be any payment plan, but if it won’t break the bank to begin with that’s no big deal.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I understand your reluctance to pay in full upfront. If there’s 0% APR, do the financing.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          New, I meant.

    • bobblehead48

      You can wait for TMobile. You can wait for JUMP.
      Ordered mine from Google and it is due to arrive on Thursday… because I was too cheap to pay for 2 day shipping. I was hoping to see the Lumia 1520… maybe that one will make it to TMobile before the middle of next year.

  • Alex Zapata

    Woah, haven’t seen you in a while Cam!

  • bobblehead48

    Good luck Cam. Your mug shot reminded me a bit of David. You could use some artwork on those walls.
    Anxiously awaiting my Nexus 5 which has shipped so I can pop in my Walmart $30 per month SIM card.

    • Cam Bunton

      Definitely need some art work. I’m thinking some old Star Wars posters..

  • ruffst

    Pinning all the phones you’ve owned is a BRILLIANT idea. Time to go see if my pinterest log in still works…

    • Cam Bunton

      Haha. Yeah, you do that, and I won’t feel like such a nerd for doing it. ;-)

  • Fan77

    Welcome, Welcome, Welcome…..

  • Daniel O.

    OK, OK, wheres my Tmo “news”. Thats what matters the most to us.

  • longtimeCustomer

    I would think you would need to be based in the U.S. to have a U.S. perspective.

  • Genecio

    Welcome Cam

    • Cam Bunton

      Thank you.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Hi there, Cam! Welcome. I’m wondering how you even learned of PhoneDog in the UK… it’s not like it’s a huge company, even in the States.

        • Cam Bunton

          I started following Phonedog back in the days when I was working in phone retail. It was mostly because I used to watch Noah Kravitz’ review videos. Once an opportunity came to join the newly launching TiP in 2010, I decided to apply and see if I would get in. I did.

  • Dakota

    So are you managing this & Today’s IPhone? Didn’t see a resignation over there. That’s a lot to juggle, especially for someone overseas in a different country & time zone who won’t be able to personally test devices in the T-Mobile network. Sounds like a strange choice & the type that readers here were dubious of. I’m sure you know your stuff but it would be just as weird for a US based writer to cover a European carrier he cabt even access. You want someone with skin in the game.. With the T-Mobile insider contacts & who can walk out the door and connect to T-Mobile service or walk into a T-Mobile retailer. Impossible to have the same blog from London

    • Cam Bunton

      Yep. Managing both. And yeah, TiP is an American site with a predominantly American audience posting American news. It’s lasted this long with a British ME. I may not be able to personally be able to test the network, but, I’ll have all the same contacts and I’ve been working on Eastern time for nearly 3 years. I do understand your concerns, of course, but, we do have other Phonedog writers able to chip in when network testing might need doing. That, or I get a Green Card and move across to the States.

      • JP

        That may be a little easier than you think, especially as you’re working for a US based company, it would basically be an internal transfer, much easier than some people think.

  • Chris

    So what’s gonna happen with TiP? Are you gonna split time between the two or is TiP looking for new leadership now too?

    • Cam Bunton

      No, I’ll be doing both. I have a good team of writers over there, there’ll more than likely be some shuffling around at TiP but, nothing major.

  • Bklynman

    You have bunch of upset readers to win over,don’t how you are going get them back. Lot of folks stated they are not coming back ever again,after David was force
    out. For me,I will take wait and see,come back here once aweek see how things go.

    • Cam Bunton

      Absolutely. I know that, and it’s perfectly understandable. I’m not going to fight against the readers that were loyal to David. A week? I’d say give me at least a month. Just to be kind. ;-)

      • Whiskers

        I think once the dust settles around here you will be fine.
        Just please keep the fresh news flowing on the site so it does’nt get stale with no action.
        Oh , and can you do some fresh WP8 reviews please …

      • Dakota

        It’s all going to depend on content and exclusives. It does seem strange, however, to have someone who can’t use the T-Mobile network or visit a T-Mobile store, be in charge of a website dedicated to T-Mobile. You can’t test the network with new devices or checkout problems users are having.

    • AndroidProfit

      How do you know he was forced out?

      • Bklynman

        Did u read the long goodbye? He did not leave on his own terms.

        • AndroidProfit

          Do you have FIRST HAND info?
          Seems like it could also be inferred that he bounced without giving much notice nor a new job to go to.

        • Moby

          Yes first hand info from his post on HoFo:

          “Most important, I didn’t leave the site because someone made me a better job offer, I would have run that site forever, period.

          I’m not speaking out about the reasons why I left and I hope you can all appreciate that, but those of you know that have known me through the years knew how much of my heart and soul is in the site and that waking up one morning and walking away isn’t something I would do. Whether or not you choose to believe what was written about my leaving is up to you, but those that know me will see it for what it is. ”

          If you want to see the full post, just go to the T-Mobile subforum on HoFo and its post #25 in the David leaving Tmonews thread.

        • Dakota

          And his byline was on 9to5 in 48 hours where he’s been posting up a storm ever since

        • ghulamsameer

          Can you post a link? I can’t seem to find anything on 9to5mac.

        • thepanttherlady

          9to5GOOGLE.com/author/djb402

  • Genecio

    I think Cam will do very well. I for one am very willing to give him the opportunity to win me over. I may be in the minority here, but at least TmoNews.com will still live on albeit without the legendary David. I need a blog dedicated to Magenta, although I have androidcentral and others to frequent, there is something special about having our own. #Magenta #CamIsOnProbationWithMeFor60Days

    • thepanttherlady

      I just can’t resist this:

      • Genecio

        Lmbo…..#I’mDone

      • ProudPapa

        #LaughingMyButtOff

      • jose

        #thats great.

  • Big Dawes…..

    ONE VERY BIG IMPORTANT question that has been overlooked here.. CAM what football team do you support? Answer this wrong and you may as well hand over the site to the next person LOL just kidding… Big shoes to fill good luck. In this day i dont see it mattering for the most that you are in nearly bloody Scotland for this site :-)

    • noc007

      Which type of football? World football where the feet and the ball make significant contact or American football where the ball is thrown or held most of the time?

      • Big Dawes…..

        using the fact that Cam is From England (only just) the term football should only mean one thing, right? :-)

    • Cam Bunton

      When you say football, do you mean American or Soccer?

      • Big Dawes…..

        i mean FOOTBALL the real sport that is world wide and the best team in this world is the ALMIGHTY Liverpool FC !!!!!

        • Cam Bunton

          Hahaha. Awesome. Glad you call it Football too. I’ve always been a Tottenham fan, since I was 5/6 at least. Liverpool are looking very good this year! Best squad for a long time.

        • Big Dawes…..

          I grew up in South Wales place called Barry, moved to states long time ago…… Spurs? should never have sold Bale… lost out on 4th this season because of that…..Thank you for taking over and trying to keep Tmonews alive and running David was ace and all that but times change, we need to focus and move forward together, yep even with u being a spurs fan…Good Luck Cam !!!!

        • Cam Bunton

          Wow, you’re from Barry? That’s cool. I actually grew up 3 miles from Caernarfon in North Wales, lived near Conwy and in Llandudno too, moved to Carlisle after I got married 8 years ago. Do you speak the lingo?

        • Big Dawes…..

          No way you are Welsh! That’s the best….I spoke in school in the 80′s but like Latin I forgot it all now. My cousins grew up in a place called Buckley near Mold. I loved North Wales…just not as much as south Wales though…..ogie ogie ogie !!

        • Cam Bunton

          Oi Oi Oi! ;-)

        • sidekicker89

          Aussie Aussie Aussie? sorry wrong crowd… lol

  • noc007

    So are you guys maintaining the same insider contacts? Perhaps I missed it. Getting info on what they’re planning has been a big draw for me.

    • Cam Bunton

      Yep. We should be getting all the same information as before.

      • Dakota

        Hope we don’t get TmoNews by press releases. Sources had relationships with David. Those have to cuktivated; they don’t just ‘transfer.’ Those folks trusted David, not a blog title. I guess I’ll ask my neighbor to start a Voda phone blog

  • emcdonald75

    Cam, welcome aboard. You will do just fine. I am only interested in information that you can obtain from T-Mobile or T-Mobile’s sources, such as the upgrade of T-Mobile’s 2G network (if it is ever going to happen) in the US and why they cannot keep their website stable for long periods of time? Once again, welcome aboard.

    • Cam Bunton

      That’s an interesting couple of questions. Do you think 2G will get updated when everyone’s focussing on making LTE the national standard/default?

      • emcdonald75

        Cam, I would not ask if Tmobile would make a statement that they will upgrade their 2G sites to LTE. Tmobile has kept 2G in place as the standard in rural areas and within some areas of major cities. This should not be the case in 2013, but it is.

        • Cam Bunton

          Ahh. Okay, I misunderstood the question. Like you, I hope so, but there’s also the horrible reality that carriers aren’t really interested in spending money to bring coverage to a couple of people. It’s sad, but it’s true. I hope Tmo proves to be the “un-carrier” in this area too.

        • emcdonald75

          I was secretly hoping that T-Mobile was upgrading backhaul at these cell sites now to announce the best Uncarrier 4.0 event yet. A network of comprised mostly of 4G HSPA+ and 4G LTE nationwide, unlike previous claims lol

        • 21stNow

          Cam, I know that you talked to David and I think that you have reviewed the Tmonews site from time to time in the past. Are you really familiar with the coverage issues that T-Mobile has? Like it or not, no matter what T-Mobile comes out with, people will always question T-Mobile’s coverage, especially for data.

          We get that most carriers aren’t reaching out to cover a couple of people. But, there are several spots in major metropolitan areas that drop down to EDGE. I can go to Bowie, MD, which is about 15 miles east of Washington, DC. I don’t even attempt to use data on my T-Mobile phones out there as it can take 10 minutes for maps to load. Bowie is a town of over 50,000 people, and has shopping and employers to bring in even more people on a regular basis. Bowie isn’t considered an exurb; it’s part of the DC Metro area.

          I try not to complain about the coverage as much for two reasons. One is that my thoughts are that you get what you pay for in terms of coverage. Two is that I am on multiple carriers, so when my T-Mobile phones drop to EDGE, I can use my AT&T phones or my VZW tablet.

          Most T-Mobile customers have experienced a loss of service when their friends or family members around them on other carriers still have service. This doesn’t bother some, but for others, it is a major issue. It’s even worse when the T-Mobile customer is alone in an area where he needs data service. We know that you can’t solve this problem, but we need the Tmonews managing editor to understand what we feel with regards to this one major drawback to T-Mobile’s service.

        • Cam Bunton

          Absolutely. I know of the general view that T-Mobile has no coverage. Like you – I guess – I’m hoping that’s something that disappears as the network grows. While I may not have experienced it first hand, I do know of it, for sure. I know David carried AT&T and Verizon phones too for that very reason.

          Incidentally, Tmo had/has the same reputation over here and continued to even after its 3G coverage reached the 98% mark.

        • JJ

          I have not seen 2g in the major cities I travel to with work.. I even live in one of big 4 cities. Tmobile cares about major cities. Most of the customers come from major cities.

      • fsured

        You have probably seen the vexed state many here post concerning the network 2g coverage. I’d like go give my 2cents since you will see these types of post come up and some can get heated. For many customers, and people who review devices to compare which network runs the newest gadget the best, they usually fault T-Mobile as soon as a person leaves a major city area. The signal just bombs form either 4g/LTE to 2g which can’t really load anything. Not very fun when traveling and using Google Maps or streaming audio.

        While we know the problem is in their lack of bandwidth and low frequency signal to cover 2g areas (or even major highways) with even regular HSPA, many of the people would just like some acknowledgement from the company that this is their weak spot and they do in fact intend to deal with it. It’s like the big elephant in the room and no one wants to admit it’s sitting front row seat.

        For such an energetic man in charge of the company now, it would do wonders to see John grab this fault and turn it around somehow. The company really doesn’t have an answer to Verizon or ATT if they were to actually point out the fact that if you travel 10 miles outside of a city your phone is rather useless when it comes to mobile data. Even within neighborhoods the signal can be fine yet across the street it’s a different situation. There are serious holes in the network that need addressing.

        The company did great in launching HSPA+42, LTE, is gearing up for LTE-Advanced before the big boys, did fantastic at relaunching their image, but what are they doing to actually build out their network so anyone traveling can use their phone to it’s fullest abilities in their own state or city? Address this and many more customers would flock to Magenta.

        • PhantomWraith

          I would have to reply to this to confirm what he is saying. I live in Oklahoma and only Tulsa and Oklahoma City and maybe Norman have 4g coverage the rest of the state (and it is huge) has mostly edge speeds.

        • Bearxor

          I want to agree with this as well.

          Essentially, the only thing stopping me from switching to TMobile is that I can’t even get HSPA+ in my house. And I live in a Charlotte suburb. Less than 20 miles from Charlotte! If I walk outside, I can get HSPA. If I drive two minutes down the street, it’s solid EDGE coverage. If I go to the beach, it’s almost all EDGE coverage. If I got Atlanta, It’s almost all EDGE coverage in between. If I wanted to go see me my mom in Oklahoma, it’s EDGE coverage, EDGE Coverage, EDGE COVERAGE!

          So that’s why I pay $200 a month to AT&T instead of $100 to TMobile. You pay for what you get, I suppose. Personally, I would have much rather TMUS upgrade their entire network footprint to HSPA+ DC instead of bothering with LTE at this point.

        • MastarPete

          I drive from Chicago to Cleveland a couple times a year. Once I get out of the larger city limits its GPRS only with a couple pockets of EDGE just about the whole way including some fairly large deadzones. Sure it’s all farmland but you’d think they could at least cover the major highways.
          It’s been like that since 2005 I just never noticed how bad it actually
          was until the network refarm started and 3G finally started working on my phone.

          It was the same situation early last month when I drove to Iowa City, IA. I don’t think I even made it to Dekalb, IL before I dropped off of HSPA. It was just about all EDGE with some areas of GPRS. Meanwhile my friend with ATT was using his HTC One to stream music videos off of youtube almost the whole way.

          I travel outside Chicagoland just enough to notice the pockets of EDGE/GPRS, but I haven’t become reliant on data to the point that I really feel the need to leave T-mobile.

  • LAGURL

    cam i got a question for u is it true vodafone has better coverage in the Uk than tmobile? i know some people that when they travel to the Uk they tell me they try tmobile or vodafone and that vodafone works much better faster data and less dropped calls is that true? i wouldnt know since i never been to the UK just wonDEring if its true.

    • Cam Bunton

      Traditionally, Vodafone has the best reputation for coverage. But, with T-Mobile and Orange having joined forces, they now have a much wider spread of 3G and 4G coverage under the ‘EE’ brand name. Honestly, when you’re over you should just get the cheapest deal you can. Most carriers have at least 98% 3G coverage now. You’ll be fine, unless you’re planning a trip to the rural areas.

      • LAGURL

        thanks and by any chance are u related to emma bunton from spice girls? she was my favorite!

        • Cam Bunton

          Hahaha. I used to pretend I was, but no, I don’t think I am.

  • Bud

    welcome Cam.

  • Guest

    Welcome home Cam :)

  • John

    No disrespect here Cam but how are you going to relate to T-Mobile users when you can not even use the network that you are writing about? Hmmm…. I suppose time will tell.

  • Plow Rox

    Welcome! Looking forward to some timely postings. (P.S. I’m more a Manchester fan…)

  • Trevnerdio

    Welcome, Cam. Hope updates are regular on here :)

  • steveb944

    Welcome Cam! Sorry for not noticing you had written on here previously. Glad to have someone who likes T-Mobile running the site.

    I wish you were stateside as David wasn’t too far from my area so he knew how to relate the news to South Florida when needed. Regardless looking forward to your timely updates.

  • Moby

    They couldn’t even find somebody who lives in America and actually uses T-Mobile to write about an American carrier. What a joke!

    He thinks we actually care what plans British carriers had in 2006!

    • trife

      Dude, relax. He’s introducing himself and giving a little background on what makes him qualified to cover T-Mobile news.

      Honestly, in the year 2013 you don’t need to be in a specific location to cover news. There’s a thing called the internet and having contacts abroad that can help significantly in working from a distant location. I mean, what is him actually having U.S. T-Mobile coverage going to prove for YOU? Maybe if he did he’d live in a remote location stuck on 2G–what’s that going to do for you? Maybe he’d live in an LTE city–again, what is that going to do for YOU? User experiences differ with location and yes, that includes even here in the States.

      Bottom line: not using TMOUS service has absolutely nothing to do with bringing us TMOUS news.

      Welcome Cam. I’m sure you’ll do just fine here.

  • 21stNow

    Welcome Cam! I have read TiP on occasion. I have to admit that it will take some time for me to wrap my head around someone managing the Tmonews website that doesn’t live in the US. That would be like me managing a cooking blog! ; )

  • cameo

    Having somebody here with a European background carries a silver lining with it because the subject of a single GSM phone that can be used with local SIM cards on both continents is a frequent subject when a new phone, such as Nexus 5, comes out. A lot of us who travel both in the US and Europe, hoped that N5 finally would have enough LTE bands to cover our 4G data needs during our travels, but we are out of luck. The North-American N5s are prettu useless in Europe, for which Google released another N5 model. Right now the only phone usable on both continents as far as LTE is concerned is Apple iPhone 5s and Sony’s Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra. Perhaps having Cam here, he could give us a heads-up for new, hot Android global 4G phones on the horizon.

    • Cam Bunton

      Absolutely. Watching the phones slowly become “world phones” is one of the most interesting developments of the past few years. Saying that, and now, with T-Mobile offering free international roaming (EDGE only sad face) in most European countries, Tmo has become the first real “world carrier”. Completely breaking the rules, and I love that.

    • Bearxor

      I don’t understand what possible insight someone living in the UK could give you that a spec sheet could not.

  • terryjohnson16

    If you gonna represent Tmonews, you gotta live here.

    • Drew

      I 2nd that. Prove you arent a crap douche by telling us all why david left. If you cant, youre a crap douche. Or tell us david left on his own accord and ill take it.

    • psychoace

      That is some arbitrary crap though. It’s not like he is going to get more info somehow just because he lives here.

      • terryjohnson16

        That’s like us trying to give the ins and outs about the tmobile uk and Vodafone. You can’t relate to our USA carriers if you aren’t here. Uk and USA are two completely different markets.

        • Cam Bunton

          Yep. And I’ve spent the last 4 years writing about US carriers, reading up on them, learning about them. You don’t have to be located in the US to have knowledge of their carriers. If you tried, you could quite easily get the ins and outs on Vodafone…

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

          Vodafone is probably a bad example, given how large and complex that mobile operator is. Telefónica O2 UK or 3 UK would probably be better examples.

        • Cam Bunton

          Interesting you say that. For me personally, as a former T-Mobile UK employee, I was always interested in what the US network was doing. I didn’t learn more about Verizon/AT&T/Sprint until way after, despite the fact that they’re bigger.

          Ask a regular UK consumer about Tmo US, sure, they’d be clueless. But I’ve been writing about the US wireless industry for a few years now, and probably know more about it than I do about the UK’s industry.

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

          I’ve been personally keeping up with the global news in telecom (well, trying anyway). It’s a bit surprising how much of the global industry affects the US market and vice versa…

    • Bearxor

      I’ve got to agree with this. I don’t think it’s a requirement to write about devices but this is, quite frankly, a T-Mobile US fan site.

      This would be like the owner of Sprint 4G Rollout Updates saying he was switching to Verizon but still wanted to be active in the Sprint community. Possible? Sure. Awesome? Not really.

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

      yeah like the rest of us TMO rats… :)

  • PhantomWraith

    so I gotta ask this. Are you an Iphone user or an Android user and I mean the one you personally use?(David was a staunch Iphone user and his bias was pretty obvious.)

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, it probably comes as no surprise that I’m an iPhone user mostly. From time to time I’ve used an Android device as my second phone, I used the HTC One as my primary phone for a couple of months too. I prefer iOS, but, there are still elements of Android I’d like to see incorporated in to the iPhone’s OS.

      • PhantomWraith

        thank you for your honest opinion I do appreciate that greatly in an author. even Though we may disagree on some things, I will know your being candid on what you believe to be true.

  • princedannyb

    I’m going to miss David but Cam seems good to me. I especialy want to hear any rumers or news about 2g EDGE upgrades.

  • bruce

    from dsl reports

    T-Mobile Goes IPv6 Only on Android 4.4 Devices
    by whfsdude 06:27PM Monday Nov 04 2013
    T-Mobile and MetroPCS users with Android 4.4 KitKat will default to IPv6 only for connecting to the mobile network. The changes are present in Android code commit 4b3880d which changed the default access point name (APN) protocol to IPv6. IPv4 connectivity will be provided by a transition mechanism known as 464XLAT.

    T-Mobile’s transition to IPv6 started in 2010 when they launched a IPv6 friendly user trial (beta). The friendly user trial used a technology called DNS64/NAT64 which provided access to IPv4.

    However, DNS64 does not work with IPv4 literals. The friendly user trial revealed lots ofbreakage with popular apps such as Skype and Netflix which use IPv4 literals in their applications.

    To address the IPv4 literal problem with DNS64 and NAT64, T-Mobile’s Cameron Byrne co-authored a new standard known as 464XLAT. 464XLAT calls for a CLAT daemon to provide local IPv4 connectivity to the smartphone.

    In Android 4.3 464XLAT was added, enabling T-Mobile to go IPv6 only in Android 4.4.

  • Nick Gonzalez

    Well, it’s Cam, been following your articles on TiP. Even though I been rocking Android devices since the beginning, I enjoyed your insightful posts about Apple stuff.
    I’m glad they chose you, Perhaps I will stick around for a little while.
    Welcome brother!

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    Welcome :-)

  • JBrowne1012

    Ok really? Where is the news at? When David was running this stories would have been up by now… Enough about David and introductions we want stories we want the scoop on whats happening to t-mobile. its Tuesday and you guys only offered to clarify on t-mobile offers.

  • Romdude

    Thanks for the Intro and I hope you continue with the constant updates. I loved the stories on Legere, I always looked forward to stories with him in it.

  • gentleman559

    Welcome Cam!!!!

  • Welcome

    Welcome aboard Cam! Greetings from Delaware, USA!

  • Rick Rudge

    Hello Cam, and welcome to TmoNews. Thank you for your introduction. I’m glad to hear that someone has taken over for David after his departure. I look forward to reading your articles. This site has been instrumental with the latest information about T-Mobile. We would many times get to hear rumblings before any official announcement was ever made. Don’t get too discouraged by the anti-iPhone comments that the Android Nazis will send. I’m an iPhone user and still welcome information about the iPhone as well as Android phone articles. Best of luck.

  • havenmayor

    Welcome Cam! Just wanted to say thanks for the intro, and I hope you continue to keep us informed about the GREATNESS of T-Mobile just as much as our beloved David.

  • RG

    WE WANT THE MAN BACK

  • Ali Raja

    Welcome Cam! to TmoNews. I have been a T-Mobile Fan and a loyal customer for 7yrs. I an iPhone & Android user. It’s nice to have you here now.

  • RLB63

    Since your forums are down I don’t know where else to post a comment for you guys to look into….
    T-Mobile has done an Obamacare Website. Meaning that it was rolled out with the level of a high school student that doesn’t have a clue on what they are doing and did NO testing. Don’t get me wrong, I know that a LOT of high schoolers could have done a better job than this website by themselves…
    1) Can’t change your MyFavs
    2) Can’t get to family allowances
    3) On the call history they list the cellphone number of the person’s phone call NOT the other person. Why would you want your own phone number and not the other persons?
    4) They have a column for the type of call but they leave it blank. That field is for mobile to mobile, My fav, etc….
    I am sure there are many more problems but those are just the ones I noticed in 2 minutes on the site. I can’t believe that they would even put this garbage out in beta let alone LIVE…..

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Aside from the painfully-true ObamaCare reference, I have no idea what you’re talking about. What’s up?

      • RLB63

        Whether you like Obamacare or not the website is a total disaster and was not beta tested. The new T-Mobile website was obviously not beta tested either. I gave examples, so I am not sure what you don’t understand.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          First of all, I use My T-Mobile and a bunch of other features in addition to the standard website, and have never encountered a bug. I have a feeling it has something to do with your obsolete rate plan. I’d give them a call.

        • RLB63

          I did they were shocked.
          Displaying your OWN cellphone number instead of the other persons (only part of the time) is not because of an obsolete rate plan. I also checked and the customer loyalty plans are not slated to be closed. They are still going to have at least 50 plans after they closed most of the plans. So the new unplans will not be the only plans surviving.
          I have over 25+ years in IT. Therefore, I have a professional opinion. It isn’t hard if you worked in the field for even a YEAR to know that they bungled it.
          If you like Obamacare or not, to have the system do it’s OWN denial of service on itself is a JOKE. They hired a politically connected firm in CANADA that didn’t test the system which has been documented. OR have the experience to build such a site. It seems like T-Mobile did a similar thing. Though they didn’t have the deadline that Obamacare had. Yes, I haven’t had that much trouble in the past. Have you checked your call log recently? See if it is your number in the list instead of the other number. It is the NEW system just recently put up.

    • Cam Bunton

      Try the “submit news” form or email me. ;-)