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

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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, speculating – based on a tipster’s information – that Tmo is set to start helping customers to pay their early termination fees to other carriers. Although that’s a rumor for now, it won’t be long until we find out exactly what Legere&Co has planned for the network operator next year.

This one you aren’t gonna believe” certainly sounds promising, and I was skeptical about the ETF payout scheme, so maybe the two do line up.

Via: AllThingsD

 

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  • Diego Vazquez

    At CES? It may be that plus LTE Advanced or an increase in speed.

  • Diego Vazquez

    It has to be electronics related. They used to show off new networks there.

  • Chris Hilbert

    John has been chomping at the bit to say he has the fastest network. So I agree this will probably be a network related announcement.

  • besweeet

    Grammar booboo: its*, not it’s.

    Did TmoNews get an invite? I’m still trying to find a way to get into the event.

    • guest

      True but Cam has far less grammar mishaps then David did. One out of four articles had some kind of grammar problem.

      • than not then

        than not then

  • MacRat

    It would be nice if John invested in faster servers. Waiting 30+ seconds for the T-Mobile My App to retrieve account data is a constant annoyance.

  • KingofPing

    LTE Advanced or unveiling an agreement that will allow them to expand (not increase the speed of existing) coverage areas…

    …or both?

    Well, that’s my Christmas wishlist anyway. :)

    • besweeet

      The main attraction will be more than likely about ETF credits, with some mention on improved LTE coverage, speeds, etc.

      • KingofPing

        Well, it’s a wishlist, not something I saw in my Crystal Ball…. :)

        Not sure the CES is the place for ETF announcements though…

        *shrug*

        • besweeet

          Didn’t they announce abolishment of contracts at this year’s CES? Seems like a good place to shake things up some more :D.

  • Alex Lopez

    While paying all ETFs is nice and all, what if Uncarrier 4.0 is that all 2G towers suddenly become LTE towers

    • donnybee

      It would be nice.. But not everyone in 2G areas has an LTE device, so they would need to run them parallel, which presents a spectrum issue. Also, the back haul would need to be increased.

      I would love it! ..but it won’t happen

      • Alex Lopez

        Well how about HSPA+ that’d be just as good, I’m just over having my phone being on Edge all the time at home.

        • donnybee

          I agree. I would love, and still can’t wait for them to increase their HSPA+ and LTE range. Looking back, I can’t even picture how people were able to do anything on EDGE.. Maybe they’ll offer pigeons to relay messages faster than EDGE haha

          I hope you get better speeds soon my friend!

        • Diego Vazquez

          Actually according to a past roadmap they plan on pretty much decreasing 2G to the point of it being a minority on the network

        • fsured

          Still run into the problem of spectrum. That is if they only have spectrum for 2g then they will have to degrade that network to offer enough refarmed spectrum to run a reliable HSPA+ network. That could leave areas with crappy HSPA+ and a crappy 2g network to fall back on. It may be better to stick with a 2g network that at least works if the Frankenstein one is shoddy.

          They can remain quiet about the coverage issue but they can’t deny it doesn’t exist. As soon as they can make improvements it will happen. This is their weak point and everyone (you, me, readers here, At&t/Verizon/Sprint, FCC, Tech. reviewers, etc) knows it.

      • CPPCrispy

        Maybe not all 2G towers but maybe only the ones that have enough spectrum to support HSPA+ and maybe LTE. There are plenty of areas that that are 2G only that have sufficient spectrum.

        With that said, what about they do this, in secret, next year and turn it on all at once ether on Christmas day 2014 or as the ball drops on 2014 and 2015 begins. Maybe by then T-Mobile will have even more spectrum to deploy on.

  • Big Kahuna

    My Wishlist would be to increase the 5 line limit. I need at least 6.

    • nycplayboy78

      LAWD!!! Why so many??!!

      • Anon RPGX

        Darn mexican families!
        /S

    • Dave

      Get a business account

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    I dont know what else they can do to one up everyone lol

    • Turb0wned

      Upgrade all the crappy 2G?

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        I hope they do but they are doing fine without it

    • Marc Klein

      Give away free phones :)

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Not feasible next

        • Marc Klein

          I was joking.

          Though years ago they did do this..

  • familyfocused

    JUMP is being “upgraded”. It is becoming available for family plans
    and for both phones and tablets. It cost $25 a month, but the number of upgrades
    depends on the number lines on the account. It starts selling 1/19.

    • thepanttherlady

      Can you clarify, please? I’m on a family plan and one line already has JUMP!

      • familyfocused

        Well you can still get JUMP on a single line but for families with more lines you can get a family jump option for $25. So all lines get JUMP without all having to pay $10/line. You have a shared pool of upgrades to split accross the account.

    • just me

      This is one “anonymous comment rumor” I very much hope turns out to be true. Not holding my breath though.

  • kev2684

    last year’s CES was the preview of what has become the comeback year for T-Mo. it comes full circle jan. 8. i am hoping coverage issues will be answered this time. we’ve been waiting for them to announce the upgrade of the rest of their 2G towers to at least HSPA+ for the 4th time now. it’s not funny to have pockets of no service or 2G in a heavily populated area in a big city like where i am now.

  • Alex

    50-60 bucks unlimited Internet family pkg I hope :-)

  • awatt

    Here’s hoping it’s not the ETF’s I say that because it’s been done already by other carriers in the past. I hope T-Mobile decides to do something original…

  • Borillion

    Fully unlimited tether please!

  • John Boy

    I don’t know. I received some confrimation from a T-mobile associate today. I was told that it was true the company will start paying ETF fees starting January 15th. We will see

  • Red John

    If it’s covering ETF’s for new customers switching from their competitors that is great from a market share view but does not mean squat to me and I’m sure to others as well. Although means a lot to the competitors, what most people are more interested in as has been said below is additional expansion of coverage, acquisition of low band spectrum, roll out of 4G/LTE to urban and rural areas, conversion of 2G to at least HSPA+. That will brighten may day and in the long term will benefit everyone.

  • Alex Zapata

    I’m really just hoping for an announcement on rural expansion.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      I’ll amputate my toes if that’s what it is.

      It is not going to be that, I’m afraid.

      • Alex Zapata

        Yeah, I know….. :-/