John Legere teasing further Uncarrier moves, coming next week


As some of you might know, I’m currently on a (working) vacation, visiting family in the land where broadband internet is still novelty, and where 4G and fibre are nothing but a pipe-dream. In that mentality, I may have missed something when reading through T-Mobile and John Legere’s announcements yesterday. Somewhere in his jibe at the state of the industry, and dissing Sprint for trying to be disruptive in a very old-school carrier way, the following was typed. And I – somehow – completely missed it.

“American’s appetite for mobile data is growing exponentially. And nowhere is this more true that at T-Mobile, where our customers use more data than customers of AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. A lot more. At T-Mobile, our Data Strong™ 4G LTE network is the nation’s fastest. And we have 70% more network spectrum per customer than even Verizon. So, we can give American’s even more speed and data and what they really want?without restrictive contracts, overages, bill shock and all the other strings. And stay tuned for more news soon about our next offers and Un-carrier moves.  We will have more to share next week.” (Bold added for effect).

T-Mobile is going to share something new next week. Now, if it’s a sneaky attempt at getting us all excited about Uncarrier 7.0, it was almost too sneaky. I’m used to an out-there tweet shouting about how the company is going to remove yet another major pain-point from the lives of U.S. mobile subscribers and an invite to confirm said event. Instead, it was merely a quiet sentence in an otherwise combative post. A post which was an absolute joy to read (once family activities had ended and I had time to sit and digest it). So it’s certainly not an Uncarrier 7.0 move.

But what can we expect from a carrier which has already launched two fantastic and competitive offers this past few weeks? We’ve already seen the 4-line Simple Choice family plan have its data allowance bumped up to 2.5GB per line from 1GB (until 2016). And yesterday, the company announced an awesome refer-a-friend deal which would give you and anyone you bring to T-Mobile free unlimited data for 12 months. So what’s left to do?

Anything I suggest is a complete guess and – as of yet – I have no inside track on it but I’d suggest bumping up the data allowance for all Simple Choice Family Plans. So, if you can get 10GB (2.5GBx4) for $100, why not add an extra 1.5GB to all the plans? Since – at the moment – there’s little benefit for anyone to get a 4-line Family Plan on the second tier $60 plan. I mean, who’s going to pay $140 per month just so everyone can have an extra 500MB of data? And – of course – it’s better for T-Mo to get people on a higher plan.

So, what if T-Mo decided that you could now get 4 lines with 4.5GB of data each for $140, and for a further $40 more get four lines with 6.5GB (up until January 2016)? To me, it makes sense to offer a data bump at every tier. But if T-Mo and John Legere likes surprises as much as I think they do, I’m predicting it’s probably not that. All we know is something else is happening and it took me far too long to notice. Side note: What if T-Mo announced that the Device Unlock app was available/compatible with more Android handsets? Wouldn’t that be something?

Have you guys got any predictions? Let me know your thoughts in the comments or grab me on Twitter. Read John Legere’s full blog post here.

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  • superg05

    anyone know what this software update for the note 3 is?

    • howieLXIX

      Think it’s just a maintenance update. Supposedly connectivity/network improvements, Knox and Kid Mode updates, enables VoLTE, re-enables call recording. Probably a few other things. I have noticed a little better performance on my stock Note 3 since updating a few weeks ago.

      • Rantz

        I am getting noticeably better battery life since this update, almost as good as before Kitkat.

    • bob90210

      You have just uncovered uncarrier 7.0; free software updates for note 3 phones!

    • Brett Schulte

      It’s the biggest thing since sliced bread! Until NOW, LTE was just for the carrier, not the consumer. Your LTE radio was for data only would turn off every time you made a call. But with VoLTE now your phone can make voice AND data on LTE, saving you a ton of battery. Only the Note 3 and a couple other handsets can do it, and so far only on Tmo.

      • yankeesusa

        I wonder if the g3 will get volte.

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    The last sentence definitely is giving it away, “We will have more to SHARE next week”… I believe since Sprint launched a shared data family plan, T-Mobile will now do the same, of course they will keep the simple choice plans as well so consumers have a choice if they want to share data plans or if they don’t. As for pricing and how much data you get… I am sure it’ll be very competitive and disruptive.

    • squiggleslash

      Possible, but wasn’t Legere slamming Verizon over the shared data plans last year? It would mark a definite reversal. I don’t see Legere announcing they’re copying other carriers as part of an Uncarrier-lite thing anyway…

    • Aaron C

      I would LOVE to have this! Only two of the lines on my family plan use a good deal of data. Seems a shame to waste the extra 2.5GB per line on lines that only use 500MB.

    • Mathew Colburn

      What would be great is a SHARED unlimited plan. What I mean is, if you have a family plan, everyone shares unlimited data instead of having separate charges per line for data. So… If I have unlimited as the parent line, lines 2-5 get unlimited automatically and just pay the charge for the add-A-line, then maybe lines 6-10 have a $10 charge per line to also have unlimited or they could get 3gb of data for $5/line or 500mb of data for free. This would really be a great way to continue the mantra of “data strong network.”

  • CB

    How about a replacement land line service, like basic talk from Walmart I’m sure a lot of AT&T customers would like that.

    • no2apple

      Just buy a panosonic link2cell… Its same as landline…

  • Guest

    I would enjoy unthrottled netflix.

    • yankeesusa

      How is it being throttled now?

      • Romdude

        It is being artificially throttled by people who are breaking the tos and using it for illegal tethering and p2p.

        • yankeesusa

          Netflix is not a p2p and is not one of the reasons for throttling. At least for now it isn’t.

        • Romdude

          Ummm, I don’t think you understand what I meant. Netflix of course isn’t p2p and since they have to pay for faster connections, they aren’t getting throttled. What I am saying is that all of us are being artificially throttled by tos rule breakers who clog up bandwidth and therefore slow down our download/upload speed. So not just Netflix, but everything is being artificially throttled. Glad they are cracking down on it. I don’t pay for unlimited high speed internet just for a few rule breakers to slow it down.

        • yankeesusa

          Got it. That could definitely be happening. Although with my fast speeds I haven’t noticed any slow downs. It could also be that I came from Sprint which was less than 1mbps most of the time and even on lte they never passed 10.

  • Mike

    Perhaps he is going to announce that he’s going to offer free services to this that have been plagued by crappy call quality, dropped calls and slowww data transfer rates. After all we are not able to enjoy what we are paying for!

    • bob90210

      Then stop paying for it. Seriously, if the service does not work for you go to another carrier. That’s the point of no contract plans.

      • Mike

        Funny thing, I’ve been with TMO for 8 years and never had a problem with service UNTIL recently. How bout they just fix the the network in the metro Philadelphia area.

        • hello

          All of the Philadelphia metros are LTE what is wrong with them?

        • Mike

          That’s the party line that TMO gives. Are 1.34mbps download and 0.43mbps really acceptable LTE services. By the way those speeds are with a TMO cell booster. It’s a shame speeds were higher prior to LTE.

        • Steve Rice

          The booster doesn’t boost signal or speed. So adding that it was pointless.

        • Mike

          Steve, I think you off base here. TMO provides the cel fi as a way to improve signal and speed. Even the manufactures if non TMO cel fi speak to both signal and speed improvements. Seems like an expensive device for TMO to pass out if it dies not improve speed and signal.

        • Steve Rice

          No I’m not off base, I work with them every day all day. It’s a repeater not a booster. It takes the signal from the window unit and sends it to the coverage unit – then based on the numbers from 1-9 spreads that signal through the entire home.

          Sorry if this wasn’t explained to you when the hardware was provided. It also only reads and sends 3G/4g signal currently and LTE bands aren’t fully supported yet either.

        • Joseph Torres

          Yeah the current boosters only repeat 3G and 4G. If your phone says 4G LTE your connecting to the tower and you should try to switch off 4G LTE in your phones settings and keep your phone near your signal booster so it connects to that and not the tower.

        • monkeybutts

          The cel fi improves signal. It’s like a wifi repeater, if it picks up bad signal it will just amplify that bad signal further it won’t make it faster.

        • Powsniffer0110

          Uhh .. You mean when it was HSPA+? You can still switch to that 4G, no?

        • yankeesusa

          May I ask what phone your using?

  • Aaron C

    I’d settle for Google All Access being accepted into #MusicFreedom

  • vikings football

    i would like to see a plan for unlimited data on a tablet.

  • Steven

    How about light up some 3g/4g on the expressways outside of cities (rural areas). That is my single biggest pain point with T-Mobile when traveling.

    • Brett Schulte

      That’s just never gonna be a strong point for T-Mobile, people in rural areas are better served by other carriers.

    • Joseph M.

      They’re working it. 2G-EDGE is nearing end-of-life. T-Mobile and the others will only keep 2G running for about 4-6 more years, so they have no choice but to upgrade ALL of their 2G to 4G. T-Mobile wants to complete their LTE overlay some time in 2015. In some cases, depending on available spectrum and existing infrastructure, T-Mobile is skipping 3G-HSPA and going straight to LTE.

  • Dink

    I would love to see a guarantee that resold phones would not be blacklisted on tmobile network.

    Eg. When buying a phone on craigslist, you don’t know if you are going to get screwed. Wouldn’t it be great if you could type in the

    • matt

      if anybody is selling a phone anywhere they really should post the actual imei # so you can check it at imei info . they charge for blacklist checks though

      • yankeesusa

        The T-Mobile blacklist check is free.

    • Powsniffer0110

      Ha. You guys don’t use swappa?? Free imei checks, sprint checks, even international imei I think on some iPhones.

      • yankeesusa

        Even swappa is not guaranteed. The blacklist blacklist check always works but the check to see if phone is being financed, that’s the one that’s flawed. Unless the phone your checking is currently active on an account the finance check will say it’s clean even though it’s not.

  • kickyoface

    No bloat ware!!!

  • Dino

    How about T-Mobile tv-land-line-home internet, to compete with comcast, u-verse, fios? I have comcast, the worst customer service ever.

  • rob

    LOL. I guess there is no uncarrier 7.0 news this week. What happened ?

    • Aurizen

      same I was thinking :(

  • reiley

    I hope they can make for the iPhone!would really be cool! I’m switching when the 6 is releases and for sale! I’m leaving Verizon, the test drive sealed the deal the hotspot for my iPad i used 3.5 gigs in a week! HD voice is amazing! i had nothing but good things to say about T-Mobile and there plans!