T-Mobile unveils Un-carrier 5.0: free iPhone 5s Test Drive, LTE network news

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Tonight T-Mobile held its big Un-carrier 5.0 event in Seattle, but the gathering ended up being even bigger than we originally anticipated. Not only did John Legere and Co. introduce us to Un-carrier 5.0, they also took the wraps off of Un-carrier 6.0!

First up, we’ve got Un-carrier 5.0 and the iPhone 5s “Test Drive.” As part of its new program, T-Mobile will let customers try an iPhone 5s with unlimited domestic usage for a full 7 days. After the trial is up, customers can return the iPhone to a T-Mobile store and pay nothing for their trial.

So what’s the catch, you ask? Well, there is a bit of fine print worth mentioning. When you sign up for a Test Drive, T-Mobile will place a $699.99 hold on your credit card. If you return the iPhone 5s with a cracked screen or water damage, you’ll need to pony up $100. And if you decide not to return the iPhone at all, you’ll be charged $700 for the unit.

T-Mo’s Un-carrier 5.0 move also includes some big network news. T-Mobile has activated its Wideband LTE network in 16 markets across the U.S., giving those lucky Magenta Army members access to a network with peak download speeds of 150Mbps. The current list of Wideband LTE markets as follows:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Upstate, NY

T-Mobile also announced that it has rolled out its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in 15 U.S. markets. Of course, we’ve got the full list for you:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Long Island, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New Jersey
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, D.C.

So there’s Un-carrier 5.0. With its iPhone 5s Test Drive and LTE network improvements, there’s goodies included for both new and existing T-Mobile customers. What do you think of T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 5.0 effort?

Sources: T-Mobile (1), (2)

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  • Matt

    Boring

    • Bob

      Agreed. I was really disappointing.

      • Matt Pankey

        Did you want free service?

    • bkin94

      Are you kidding? There are so many people that I would recommend magenta to, but I don’t want to feel bad if the coverage isn’t satisfactory after they’re locked in. Now I can wholeheartedly recommend that they give it a try with no guilt

  • sushimane

    hmm im gonna be in miami in august i wonder how fast it really is? yeah i know tampa fl to miami is 3 hours away but might get lucky.

    • Fabian Cortez

      The most I’ve seen on my 5s is 80.45 Mbps and I’m in a 15×15 MHz market. 22 ms ping too.

      • envious684
        • sushimane

          damn where u live?

        • envious684

          Was taken in Dallas, TX

      • sushimane

        nice i live in spartanburg sc and i think our spectrum is 10+10? so im only maxing at my house 35 up and 24 down but in my city downtown im maxing out 40 which i was happy. but always wanna see how fast the wideband or 15+15 would be. as of right now im rocking the n5 but looking at switching to the xperia z1s. but thanks for the heads up

        • Fabian Cortez

          10×10 MHz is good for 72 Mbps.

        • sushimane

          yeah i only got 2 bars of lte at my house so im happy with 35 up.

  • Richard Yarrell

    It’s pretty Plain and simple nothing beats Tmobile period.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    I watched the video for a minute, didn’t they say something about music streaming not counting towards your data plan?

    • besweeet

      Unlimited streaming on Pandora, iHeart Radio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker. Doesn’t count towards any data usage.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Does it include prepaid and dealer lines or simple choice only?

        • besweeet

          I imagine it’s for Simple Choice (post-paid) only.

        • Nick

          Thats what I thought too but i’ve been streaming on Iheart for the past 5 minutes on my prepaid plan and it hasn’t counted at all towards my data

        • taron19119

          data doesn’t show up right away prepaid customers have to pay they do not count

        • Nick

          Idk but the .1mb from web browsing did

        • taron19119

          what kind of plan do you have and are u on prepay or simple choice

        • MerikC

          Music Freedom is already included if you’re on one of the following data plans:
          Simple Choice™ Plan
          Simple Choice Plan with No Credit Check
          Pay in Advance (Prepaid)
          Pay in Advance Mobile Internet

      • taron19119

        So the the service is not free just the data is free is that correct or is the service free plus the date is free which one is it

        • besweeet

          All of those services (as far as I know) are already free in some way. It’s just the ability to use it over your data plan that isn’t counted anymore.

        • taron19119

          Ok so I don’t benefit from this at all because I have unlimited data plan

        • jarrodpd

          You’re going to have free access to unradio, which is a premium service T-Mobile is giving free to unlimited data customers, not the set rate ones.

        • taron19119

          okay and where do I get that from because that’s the part of the event that cut off on me

        • Jarrodpd

          From which ever app store thats on your phone, assuming Android or IOS. When the app is available thats still in the air. I hear tonight at the event then someone said it was the 22 on their website.

        • besweeet

          The app’s already available on Android.

        • Garblicks

          not the premium part that suppose to be free

        • besweeet

          It’s labeled “unRadio” which is what the premium service is called.

        • Garblicks

          the part thats suppose to be free cost 4.99 it doesnt go online til the 23rd read the article or raphsody blog

        • besweeet

          The Android app already has all of the T-Mobile branding and information. I’m offered the $4 service since I’m not on the $80 unthrottled plan, just the grandfathered $70 one.

        • Garblicks

          im a unlimited 4g lte customer and we will not get the premium part til the 23rd. read the article, im not grangfathered its asking me to pay either 4.99 or 9.99, ill wait to get those for free

        • taron19119

          who’s providing the service is it I heart is it I tune radio is it Pandora

        • Jarrodpd

          For the T-Mobile unRadio app it is Rhapsody.

    • Nick

      yeah

    • Luis Espinal

      Yes as long as it’s on the white listed apps like Iheart

  • Louie

    Why is Chicago missing? They just tied with Verizon as #1 and they didn’t get the network upgrade? -_-

    • drklahn

      Chicago doesn’t have the spectrum, I believe.

  • lvr

    What about the taxes include in the plan,??? So bad

    • besweeet

      Probably Un-carrier 7.0 at the end of summer.

  • Jason

    What’s devices can take advantage of wide band Lte?

    • Nick

      thats what i was wondering too :/

      • sushimane

        i thought it would be any of the cat 4 phone its just the location that makes the difference. the fella that comment on my post he’s rocking a 5s and he’s getting 80mpbs

        • Nick

          Yeah, that’s probably right.

    • jarrodpd

      To my knowledge all LTE phones currently sold by T-Mobile is cat 3. which is the bare minimum for “wideband” LTE, though some newer devices like the GS5 and M8 are cat 4. The difference is Cat 3 is good till slightly over 100mbps and Cat 4 is good till the 150mbps mark.

      • jarrodpd

        Cat 3 is the minimum for all phones*, with some like the GS5 and M8 exceeding that. iPhone is cat 3

      • Garblicks

        i have a m8 and ive yet to see over 30mbps in my area and tmobile claim i should

        • jarrodpd

          Depends on several things, line of sight, backhaul, and if that tower is indeed broadcasting the wider channel. In Houston for example, there was a tower 20 mins away from me broadcasting the sideband LTE while all the other towers were still doing normal 2X10 LTE.

        • Garblicks

          i work all over my city and unless its out of the city limits someone is lying im in mobile al, i knew they were working on the network bcuz for lije 3 days the data was beyond garbage then it cleared up

  • TYLERDERK

    Love It!
    Great Stuff! Go T-Mobile!!

  • Michael Talbot

    love Tmobile, but I wouldn’t pay any amount for an Apple product……but that’s me…..

    • Jarrodpd

      Luckly for you the test drive is free!

    • Garblicks

      they said they are using the iphone bcuz alot of folks dont know tmobile carry apple products, so it kills two birds with one stone.

    • bkin94

      It’s free and it’s purpose is to try out the network. Are you so blinded by hate for a company that you can’t put up with (what you consider) a sub-par phone for a week?

  • taron19119

    I see this test drive as a smoke screen T Mobile may not be making quota of amount of iPhones that they need to sell so they’re trying to get as many people to buy the iPhone as they can nothing more than a big push on iPhones

    • Eric Blackman

      Join said apple was providing the test units for free.

    • CL28

      The problem with your argument is that the people doing the test drives are not buying an iPhone unless they lose it during their trial. I hope I will be able to participate in this trial because I just moved to an area where apparently only Verizon works (I have Sprint and get nothing at all). I would much rather join T-Mobile than Verizon so I hope to see if their network is passable where I live (Central CA, but about a 1/2 hour from the closest town). I’m not a fan of Apple anyways so I’m purely interested in testing T-Mos network which is the whole point of this promotion.

  • Derrick

    I seriously want to switch over to T-Mobile but I can’t because I like to drive to Tennessee and Atlanta and I need data outside of the city….I saw on their site that this is happening now. Has there been any progress on this? But currently I just can’t justify paying for half service at this moment.

    • Jarrodpd

      You can keep an eye on Sensorly, there are several avid users on there that record changes when driving through a given area.

    • besweeet

      The plan is to have *every* EDGE/GPRS site have LTE tacked onto it. This should supposedly be done by next summer. I’m remaining skeptical due to the sheer number of sites that have to be upgraded. As for status, there are reports from HowardForums almost daily where areas are seeing upgrades. Still no long stretches of highways with any real upgrades from what I’ve been seeing, though.

      • Trevnerdio

        It’s 50% by next summer.

        • Tyler Kirchman

          50% by the end of this year – 100% by mid 2015

        • Trevnerdio

          Really now…that’s impressive.

    • ghulamsameer

      I have had T-Mobile for many years and I love them, but if you need data between Tennessee and Atlanta, I would not recommend switching as of right now. They are making paramount efforts to upgrade the edge/GPRS towers to LTE, but you’re still going to get mostly edge and GPRS except when you enter metro areas. Hopefully, by next summer it should significantly improve.

  • Verizonthunder

    I love T-Mobile wow between the test drive and the music streaming.

  • Hudi G.

    Not much news for longtime t-mobile customers. Was hoping for more radical changes to data sharing on family plans. Happy about free streaming, although the Rhapsody UnRadio should’ve been UnLeashed for all Magenta customers.
    Hope your listening/reading John! :)

    • taron19119

      the unradio is free for people with truly unlimited data because all the rest of it is for people with limited data and people with truly unlimited data will not be affected bye services not count towards data but people with limited data can use un radio for 5 dollars a month

      • Hudi G.

        Understood however what about limited data customers that dont stream much music? They dont gain from free streaming either. I stream alot of music but never have used more than 1GB on music streaming in a given month so this doesnt do much for me.

        • rob

          Blah blah blah… Cmon! Not everything is for people who don’t want to spend money… Stop being so cheap.

        • Hudi G.

          Not being cheap just not revolutionary enough to deserve an Uncarrier event by itself. Don’t get me wrong i am a HUGE tmobile supporter.

        • Eric Blackman

          Me me me. Doesn’t do anything for me either but I love watching him make the other carriers squirm. In the long run every little move he makes will make it better for everyone on all carriers.

        • Hudi G.

          I agree i think he is the best CEO ever and every announcement he makes scares the other carriers into getting their S!@# together. But this round was a little weak, guess they are running out of ideas. The test drive #7nightstand is a great idea to drive customer growth.

      • John

        Actually T-Mobile customers with limited data get a discount on the Rhapsody unradio and pay only $4 a month. NON T-Mobile customers will pay $5 a month for Rhaposdy unradio. Those who are T-Mobile customers on Simple choice that have unlimited high speed data will get Rhapsody unRadio free.

        I watched the live stream of the event very carefully.

        • Hudi G.

          Woah savings of $1 a month. Someone call the savings police! :)

        • ryanmelendez93

          Thats not true. I have an unlimited plan and was asked to pay $4 a month, so they might not have ironed out all the details yet

        • sushimane

          it seem like the simple choice plan get this for free but those that are grandfathered with the value plan would pay 4 dollars a month.

        • John

          Don’t say I am lying Ryan when YOU clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. James Martin at 6:51 posted a pic of the Pink screen that details exactly what I just said on pg 7 on Cnets website. in my other post.

          You can stream the entire event on video on cnet if you like

          http://live.cnet.com/Event/T-Mobiles_Uncarrier_50_event?Page=7

        • Matt Pankey

          You don’t need to be so abrasive.

        • Garblicks

          it starts on the 23rd

        • taron19119

          do you have the $80 unlimited data plan if not you still have to pay $4

        • John
        • Garblicks
        • John

          Reading comprehension goes a long way

          read the article you just linked:

          “Separately, T-Mobile will offer Rhapsody unRadio at no additional charge to customers on the Simple Choice plan for its newest unlimited 4G LTE data service”

          “and a discounted price of $4 per month for any other T-Mobile customer, on June 23.”

  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    i can tell they’re doing some network stuff because i’ve been in and out of LTE all day .. that’s never happened .. i’ve been losing connection .. hopefully it gets ironed out.

    • redman12

      Same thing with me! I live in Chicago, it keeps telling me to restart my phone every few hours. Is that happening to you?

      • Garblicks

        thats what happening it happened in my city and lasted a few days

        • redman12

          Yes, it’s been going on for a few days. I must tweet John Legere about this.

        • mreveryphone

          This happened to me in Kansas City today. Had to restart my phone…

      • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

        yep it was yesterday but not today so that’s good. i guess it ironed itself out.

  • Eric Blackman

    In in Jacksonville and haven’t noticed any real improvement lately in data speeds. Hopefully still being tweaked. The other announcements don’t help me specifically, but I love watching John wreaking havoc with the other players in the industry.

    • UMA_Fan

      It also depends on your device to support wide band.

      • maximus1901

        no. all devices support 5, 10, 15, 20 bandwidths. just lame marketing

        • Fabian Cortez

          Nope. It depends on the LTE category support of the device/UE.

          iPhones up to now are only category 3; 100 Mbps max.

          Category 4 devices provide you with the full 150 Mbps.

    • Ziich

      got about 75 down @unf today on nexus 5

      • Eric Blackman

        Yes, since my post a couple days ago, I’ve seen noticeable improvement. I’m on the Westside and am seeing 30-50 mbps down regularly in places I was seeing 15 or so before. Hell, my own bedroom has gone from single digits to 30-35.

  • milanyc

    Wideband LTE is a mixture of 15MHz and 20MHz FDD LTE markets. So the peak achievable speeds aren’t 150Mbps in all of those markets, just some.

  • wondering

    So will folks outside of Seattle (and within the listed areas) with Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Light mobiles, now get the OTA update to use VoLTE?

  • Garblicks

    since tmnews will not let me put the link on here ill copy and paste it from rhapsody blog. Tonight, we announced the availability of a breakthrough new Internet radio service, Rhapsody unRadio – Internet radio, reborn. Rhapsody unRadio reimagines what Internet radio can be, by removing limitations that interrupt your listening experience and giving you more control of great music that never stops. Rhapsody unRadio’s breakthrough features range from unlimited skips and no ads to the ability to save your favorite songs and listen to them at any time – even without a connection. You can also create your own stations based on the songs or artists you love, listen to the hundreds of professionally-programmed stations or tune in to thousands of AM/FM radio stations from around the world. Additionally, our new TrackMatch feature helps you identify songs you don’t know or pinpoint the ones you can’t put your finger on. Music lovers interested in checking out Rhapsody unRadio can get the service starting tonight for $4.99 per month through Rhapsody.com for iOS, Android and Web use. If you’re a current customer, Rhapsody unRadio is free and baked into your current Rhapsody Premier account. Separately, T-Mobile will offer Rhapsody unRadio at no additional charge to customers on the Simple Choice plan for its newest unlimited 4G LTE data service, and a discounted price of $4 per month for any other T-Mobile customer, on June 23.

    • Dion Mac

      i guess i don’t have the newest plan. Its charging me $4 a month and actually says that its based on my current rate plan.

  • redman12

    We are only in June!! Keep hustling T-Mobile <3

  • Roberto Jaimes

    I live in Austin and have a note 3 but I don’t have a, software update for VoLTE

    • SEBA

      Get it from Samsung Kies. That’s how most of us got the update.

  • Jason Mauai

    Can somebody confirm this Wideband LTE awesomeness? Honolulu is about an hour from where I live so the next time I pass thru town I’m def doing a speedtest.

    • 54

      I did a speedtest yesterday morning at Pearl City Firestone and got 72Mbps DL and 16Mbps UL. Xperia Z1s

      • Jason Mauai

        Holy crap! Can’t wait til they bring LTE to Laie, so far Kualoa ranch finally has LTE, around 25Mbps down 12ish up, and Punalu’u got 36Mbps down 15 up. Slowly heading my way!

    • Ziich

      74.52dl 15.94ul. 2 out of 4 bars. nexus 5

  • JBLmobileG1

    You can add Las Vegas, Nevada to the list of VoLTE markets I noticed that it still shows 4gLTE while making phone calls where as before it would switch to 4G on my Note 3.

    • Cam Fas

      When did you notice this? Are your calls clearer? I’m in Vegas did it pop up today? I know they are about to shut down metro pcs network here and probably refarm it

  • Aurizen

    Philly need to get Wideband LTE!

  • superg05

    anyone in dallas actually have volte?

  • GreatNews

    What’s doing with NYC for Wideband LTE? Upstate NY, OK but what’s with NYC? Nothing?

    • h_f_m

      We usually don’t get these things first, probably something to do with population density.

  • Goat

    Ok…100$ to be paid if there’s damage to the phone. No, that can’t be right….Maybe it is right, but I disagree. It’s insane that i’m paying an extra 10$ a month for insurance on my 5S, but then have to pay a 175$ deductible if something happens to it. Why do people that pay NOTHING to T-Mobile get a good deal? Why am I screwed as a customer? Am I missing something here?

    • superg05

      apple not t mobile is providing phones for this

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      You’re also covered against loss/theft, if these people lose their test phone they are on the hook for the full price

      • MadJoe

        I’m pretty sure that lost and/or stolen devices are only subject to the $100 deductible (that’s what I read earlier on Engadget). You only pay the full price if you voluntarily keep the device (and who in their right mind would want to pay $700 for an iPhone?!?)

        • 21stNow

          I wouldn’t trust that interpretation of the $100 fee. If you lose the iPhone, you would be charged $700. Everyone would “lose” the iPhone if you only had to pay $100 to cover it.

          Many people would pay $700 or more for an iPhone. Different people have different preferences for phones.

        • MadJoe

          “If you return the phone with a cracked screen, water damage or entirely non-functional, you’ll be charged a $100 fee. The same penalty applies if you lose the iPhone — if you simply keep the device (which you’re absolutely not supposed to do), you’ll be responsible for the full $700. ”

          Directly quoted from Engadget’s story on this which can be found here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/18/t-mobile-test-drive/

        • M.

          That wouldn’t make sense business wise. People would be “losing” every trial phone they get.

        • MadJoe

          It might be a heck of a lot more difficult to get people to risk $700 if they honestly lose the phone, too. It’s a “6 of one half a dozen of the other” situation. The benefit to T-Mo/Apple if people intentionally “lose” the phone is that they can ban the IMEI basically making it an iPod Touch, and being a refurb, they aren’t losing that much (iPhones have a huge margin built in when purchased new). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

    • UMA_Fan

      Those guys don’t get an iPhone replacement. It’s a fee if you return the phone during the free trial and the screen is shattered. It’s like returning a rental car with dents on it. Obviously, lost & stolen is not covered which is something you get covered for via carrier insurance.

    • gina

      Keep in mind these people who try the 7 day trial can’t keep the phone. Consider this “$100″ charge there insurance plan for 7 days. Where as you for an extra 75 dollars, your insurance last as long as you have the device. Not that bad of a bargain.

    • Adrayven

      John said the phone was being provided in partnership from Apple and that Apple was providing this phone to T-Mobile’s customer directly for free.. IE, Apple is setting the rules on the phone’s repair.. T-Mobile is just sending it back to Apple..

      • Goat

        Thank you for spelling that out to me!

  • guidomus_maximus

    Interesting. My download speeds seem to have doubled. I live in a rural area outside of Seattle.

    • Ughudad

      I am still only seeing ~35mbps max where I live, at least it is consistent and I rarely see below 20mbps. Att is the closest to their speeds, Verizon has good coverage but bad speeds and Sprint is just a joke. Their LTE speeds are slower than tmobiles 3G.

  • randian

    Is the airtime and data for the test drive really going to be free? “Free” trials were offered when Razrs first came out. The Razr was free but then you’d get a big bill for the airtime. I hope T-Mobile isn’t stupid enough to do that.

  • vrm

    will the returned phones be sold as open box, refurbished or new ? In any case, it will cost someone for this promotion- perhaps apple is having difficulty pawning iphones ?

    • Ughudad

      They probably will have demo iPhones in every store that they just recycle.

  • Jesse James

    The network news is cool but the trial thing is a ripoff. It isn’t much of a trial if I need $700 on hand to do it.

    • Get_at_Me

      Its a hold on your credit card. Its a shame ppl cant be trusted enough to be given a tester phone w/o deposit or credit card hold. It would be dumb of tmo to not secure the test phone in some way.

      • Ughudad

        I would be surprised if the phone didn’t have an anti theft app like Lookout on it.

        • Get_at_Me

          It has to have a demo apple id on it with find my iphone or the phone comes preconfigured a certain way that prevents tampering.

        • randian

          If that’s true how are you supposed to wipe the phone after you use it? I’d like to test Apple’s email and contacts apps with both iCloud and Exchange Activesync.

        • Get_at_Me

          Easy…Retail employees can be given access to the apple id credentials upon the phone’s return to the store.

        • randian

          Why would I want to give a retail employee my Apple Id credentials? The whole point is to execute a factory reset of the phone so I don’t have to give them any such information.

        • Get_at_Me

          Cant you setup up email accts and such on an iphone independent of a specific apple id? Also, the details of how this will work on the backend is unknown. As of now, customers are shipped the testers but they get returned in store. For all i know, the phones may get sent back to apple to be wiped, then reshipped to subsequent testers. This solution would allow total freedom to the tester of the iphone. Im in retail so im thinking about things we deal with in store.

        • Nemesai

          You wouldn’t want to. It’s up to you to put in an Apple ID if you want to test applications as well, but the phone has to be wiped in order to return it. If you can’t wipe it, then you get charged for it.

        • randian

          I agree, but a previous poster implied that T-Mobile would install anti-tampering software that would prevent me from performing a factory reset myself prior to my returning the phone. If they do that it’s real bad in my opinion.

      • Matt

        It isn’t a shame but a fact of life.

      • h_f_m

        Would you let a random stranger have a new $700 device with only the promise you’ll get it back in 7 days?

    • MadJoe

      They don’t actually charge you the $700, they just place a $700 hold on your credit card as collateral for the device. It doesn’t show up on your credit report, and it won’t affect your reported balance of utilized credit, so as long as you have $700 of space on a credit card, you can take advantage of the program.

  • KingCobra

    Man no Wideband LTE yet for Charlotte.

    • Josh

      It sucks that cities smaller than Charlotte have a much faster connection.

  • JTrip

    This is a little off topic but since the article mentions credit cards, didn’t T-Mobile have a data breach a while back? I remember David wrote a piece about it and said T-Mobile customers would be getting a letter in the mail about getting one free year of Experian credit monitoring. Was there a follow up article that I missed? I’ve never gotten anything in the mail about this.

  • AlaJoe

    I wonder if you could just get a Sim card to test with an Att 5s for free for 7 days. My phone is out of contract and unlocked.

    • Nemesai

      Yes and no. You could take part in this Test Drive plan, and just use the SIM card that comes with the new phone. Another option is activating a minimal prepaid plan to test out the service, and then proceeding with an activation if you like what you find.

  • Deadeye37

    Test drive idea is cool, however it shouldn’t be limited to only the iPhone. I’d like to test drive a Phablet phone to see if those would work for me. I’d also like to test a midrange phone to see if the experience on those phones have improved since my old G2.

    • MP

      The point is to “Test drive” Tmobile’s network with a capable device. Thats truly the point.

    • 21stNow

      The test drive is done in partnership (read: money provided here) with Apple. You’re going to be limited to Apple products because of that.

    • Mike Thaler

      Yes – What REALLY would have been Great if Samsung had joined in and you had a choice – Apple or S5!
      Legere emphasized the trial was to get people to experience the TM network – not as an Apple phone trial.

      • Eric Blackman

        Apple would likely not have participated without exclusivity. Apple is providing the test phones at no charge.

  • RGVUser

    Looks like T-Mobile is testing out VoLTE here in the Rio Grande Valley. Got an update 2 days ago after the kit kat update, and was told it was to activate the VoLTE. Made a call out yesterday and HD Voice was activated while talking over LTE. Tried taking a screenshot but call had ended. I’ll try to get one soon.

  • Irfan

    for this they no need this event , i feel they just waist company money on this even as well as time .noting special …

  • John Brown

    Does this trial offer mean I can essentially walk into a T-Mobile store with my debit card (since I don’t have a credit card) and get free service for a week to see if there’s LTE in rural Cincinnati yet? Cuz I’d love to come back, but I refuse to have EDGE only service while every other carrier has LTE.

    • David

      You could just walk into a Tmobile and get a $150 LTE phone and return that.

      • Ziich

        and pay a 50 dollar restocking fee

        • David

          Ah yes I forgot about that. Well, he could go to Best Buy or Walmart then.

        • John Brown

          I’m currently broke. I actually got lured in by “the new Cricket” AKA The Death Star equivalent of Metro PCS because they had unlimited talk and text for $25 a month and awesome coverage around here. I want to go back to T-Mo once I get another job and they light up LTE in this current EDGE only area of SW Ohio

    • Ziich

      from my understanding you have to order it online and return it to the store within 7 days. i’m pretty sure there will also be a hold on your card for the full amount of the phone which will clear once you return the phone.

      • Eric Blackman

        Wrong. Legere said no hold on funds.