Archive | April, 2014

Report: Sprint planning summer T-Mobile bid

Bloomberg reports tonight that T-Mobile is to become subject to a buyout offer from Sprint. It’s not something we haven’t heard before, but this news comes after SoftBank/Sprint met with banks to make debt arrangements for the offer. The site’s sources claim that Sprint’s CFO, Joe Euteneuer and Treasurer, Greg Block met with six banks to make sure lenders were ready with financing packages in place for when Sprint decides to push the … [read full article]

T-Mobile closes 700MHz A-block deal, announces plans for expansion

In a blog post today, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Office, Neville Ray announced that the company has now closed the deal to acquire Verizon’s unused A-block, 700MHz spectrum. This news comes just a few days after the FCC gave the purchase the go ahead, and signals the beginning of a major plan to improve and expand T-Mobile’s existing LTE coverage. A-block spectrum at these … [read full article]

OnePlus One release schedule announced

Earlier this week, the OnePlus One was finally unveiled after months of speculation and teasing from the manufacturer. As we pointed out on the day, the device is built to be compatible with most GSM bands, and will work nicely on T-Mobile’s LTE network. But apart from knowing that 100 lucky people could get the device through a competition, and others would need invitations, we didn’t really have much a timescale to go … [read full article]

LG G3 launch event set for May 27

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen a variety of G3 leaks across the web, showing a rear panel clearly inspired by the G2 with its rear-mounted switches/buttons. In fact, LG’s even confirmed its existence. Today, the company sent out official invites to its launch event that’s due to take place on May 27. There’ll be two separate events in the US, one in San Francisco and another in New York, with … [read full article]

T-Mobile LTE compatible BLU Studio 5.0 now available

The BLU Studio 5.0 just got a refresh with some tasty Magenta-flavored LTE support. A non-LTE version of the handset has been available for a little while now, and hosts some very acceptable features and specs for a device that only costs $249 SIM-free. It has a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core processor. It also has an 8MP camera with HD video recording, a 1.6MP front-facing camera and a 5.0-inch display. And … [read full article]

Moto X on 24-hour sale from Thursday, May 1

  Not for the first time since its launch, the Moto X is about to go on one of its 24-hour flash sales. From 12:01am Eastern on Thursday, May 1st, Motorola is dropping the price of its customizable device. The 16GB is dropping by $50, while the 32GB and Developer Edition will have $75 slashed off the price. Despite receiving wide praise from tech journalists, the Moto X hasn’t quite caught the attention … [read full article]

Simon Cowell’s SYCO , SFX and T-Mobile partner to launch new ‘Ultimate DJ’ TV show

T-Mobile, this morning, announced that it has partnered with Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment and SFX to produce a brand new music TV show. Dubbed ‘Ultimate DJ’, it seeks to bring together some of the top EMC DJ and producer talent from across the U.S. Launching initially online, the music event competition will feature producer-challenges where DJs will be invited to submit recordings for fan voting via social media.  From there, the competition will … [read full article]

Will the U.S. ever go truly Un-carrier?

Over the past year T-Mobile’s making moves we never expected to see in the U.S. market. Getting rid of contract plans, selling phones for $0 down, getting rid of overages, roaming charges and a heck of a lot more. It is almost certainly the Un-carrier in the sense that it’s removing pain points that’ve been part of the industry so long. These moves have made it one of the most popular carriers in … [read full article]

[Update] MetroPCS CDMA network shutting down in New England and Las Vegas on July 1

Following T-Mobile and MetroPCS’ merger, the prepaid brand has been slowly shutting down its old CDMA network as well as seeing a new lease of life in other areas, using GSM technology. Today, the company revealed which markets would be next in the old network shut-down. On July 1st, MetroPCS’ CDMA waves will go dead in New England and Las Vegas. As part of the process, the carrier has emailed customers in the … [read full article]

Report: T-Mobile LTE network not only getting faster, but stronger too

In June last year, GigaOM reporter, Kevin Fitchard broke a major story regarding T-Mobile’s plans to bolster its LTE network. Now, he’s back with further information on T-Mo’s plans. In his report last year, Fitchard stated that T-Mobile would be adopting a technology known as 4×2 MIMO (multiple input-multiple output). With MIMO, multiple antennas send multiple transmissions between the transmitter and the device making downloads speedier. Almost all LTE networks … [read full article]