Archive | December, 2013

T-Mobile’s 2014 resolution? It’s got to be coverage, coverage and more coverage…

With 2013 virtually behind us, it’s impossible for anyone in the tech industry to look at T-Mobile and not be impressed by its moves. Getting rid of the subsidy model that the industry had clung to for so long, then allowing users to upgrade virtually whenever they liked. It wasn’t so much going against the flow as it was changing the flow’s direction entirely as AT&T and Sprint tried to copy Tmo with … [read full article]

The TmoNews Top 10 Stories of 2013

When it comes to carriers in the US, no other network operator caused a stir like T-Mobile did. Rumblings began early in the year as LTE networks started popping up, then came the onslaught of Uncarrier phases. From 1.0 through to rumors about Uncarrier 4.0, it’s been a crescendo of changes made by Tmo in the hope of changing the way customers think about mobile phones and plans. It’s working. 2014 is fast … [read full article]

Seattle’s “New Year’s at the Needle” to be colored all magenta

This year’s 29th annual “New Year’s at the Needle” is going to take on a very familiar hue as T-Mobile officially sponsors the New Year’s Eve event by lighting up the Space Needle in Seattle. What color? Why, magenta, naturally. From December 30th through New Year’s Eve, the Needle will take on T-Mobile’s color. “We are really thrilled to help throw a massive community party in our own backyard with such an important, … [read full article]

Softbank purportedly in final stages of talks to acquire T-Mobile

One rumor that just won’t go away recently is the speculation surrounding Softbank/Sprint’s intention to buy Deutsche Telekom’s controlling share in T-Mobile U.S. And just because it’s Christmas Eve doesn’t mean that those rumors are going quiet. Recent information passed on to Nikkei (as reported by Reuters) suggests that Softbank is in the latter stages of discussions with Deutsche Telekom about buying the now-popular Uncarrier, T-Mobile. There are problems however. As we already … [read full article]

T-Mobile prepaid carrier, GoSmart to offer free Facebook access

According to a report over at Reuters, GoSmart, one of T-Mobile’s prepaid MVNOs is set to offer its subscribers free access to Facebook regardless of whether or not they’re subscribed to an internet plan. Obviously the idea here is to attract more customers, and by offering access to the world’s most-used social network, it’ll surely be an attractive offer for the young, connected consumers. Customers on the $25 per month talk only plan … [read full article]

Sprint Chairman and Softbank CEO, Son, said to be approaching banks to finance T-Mobile buyout

It’s fairly old news by now that Sprint is rumored to be looking at buying T-Mobile. As we’ve already heard, it’s Softbank’s CEO that wants to push the deal through, but it’s one that many industry watchers and myself are struggling to make any sense of. The obvious questions like who’s name is going to be kept, or will it be a merger where both … [read full article]

John Legere wishes his competition a merry Christmas… sort of

When it comes to company CEOs, it’s safe to say there aren’t many out there like John Legere. T-Mobile is the UN-carrier, Legere is the UN-CEO. Giving up stiff suits, shirt and tie in favor of a magenta T-shirt and Converse sneakers. He’s also not to shy to give a dig towards his competition, often calling out their sales tactics as being non customer-focussed. In that spirit, check out the Vine he just posted. It made me … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 announcement to take place on Jan. 8 at CES

T-mobile is set to unveil it’s plans for the beginning of 2014, and promises to start the year with a bang. Invites have been sent out to members of the press confirming that the Uncarrier 4.0 announcement will take place on January 8th, at CES in Las Vegas. We’ve heard that it could be a plan to help customers break their ties with existing carriers. I wrote a piece on it earlier today, … [read full article]

What if Uncarrier 4.0 is other carriers’ early termination fees covered? [UPDATE: It probably is]

Ever since John Legere teased Uncarrier 4.0 on his twitter account earlier this week, I’ve been racking my brains trying to decide what it’s most likely to be. In terms of its own plans, value and available products, T-Mobile has done about as much as it can do to convince customers to join. It has unlimited (and unthrottled) data, international roaming, a non-contract plan, and … [read full article]

T-Mobile appoints Gary King as new CIO

It’s been a busy year for T-Mobile, and I could almost certainly forgive the company for taking a few weeks off announcements and changes for the holiday period. Shame, magenta doesn’t see it that way. Today, the company has announce the appointment of a new Chief Information Officer. Gary King has been in the technology services business for more than 30 years, most recently plying his trade at Chico’s FAS, Inc. But in … [read full article]