John Legere teasing further Uncarrier moves, coming next week

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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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  • VG

    Well, I hope any announcement they make next week is more exciting than the Device Unlock app (which is a nice little feature, but you can accomplish the same goal by just calling a Customer Care).

    • PiCASSiMO

      I’d like them to come out with unlocking fully paid phones from other carriers. Got a Nokia 520 that is begging to be unlocked and used as a back-up phone with my T-Mobile service.

      • Mike Palomba

        I don’t think they have the ability to do that even if they wanted to.

        • Tmosince2003

          They used to do that, long ago. I had a voice stream device, they unlocked it.

        • MastarPete

          VoiceStream was bought by T-Mobile, so they were technically unlocking their own device.

        • Mike Palomba

          Oh I didn’t know that, but that could be a problem because any tmobile user could then just steal a phone and have it unlocked

  • ChristianMcC

    Come on more legal tethering! More data seems to be the most likely case, all around.

  • lion7718

    I want to see the Wi-Fi Calling app in the Play Store so I can use it on my N4.

    • PiCASSiMO

      That would be nice… our N4 and N5 could certainly use it.

    • peharri

      Or just a way to use any SIP client so no app is needed (Android has one built in…)

      I doubt it’ll be anything so technical though. Legere is all about simplifying stuff people are familiar with, even tethering was reformed as part of replacing the old data plans, not by itself.

  • T.Gibbs

    I hope it’s all of their 2G towers converted to 4G/LTE. That would really be nice!

    • PiCASSiMO

      If I hear some commitment about that in the next few months, I’ll stick around with T-Mobile. But if this is something that’s long ways away, 2015+, I’m considering moving to AT&T. I can’t stand the GPRS and EDGE coverage I get on all major interstates that we travel.

      • Mike Palomba

        I would stick with tmobile. I beleive there coverage is going to get a lot. Better in $2015 and I think there prices are going to get higher as well. So if you already have a good prices plan with them I would hold on to it

      • Chreez

        I doubt this would happen that quickly. Expect at LEAST mid 2015 for them to start working on finishing the EDGE upgrades and rolling out the 700A towers. These things take time regardless of carrier.

        If you want, you can hop on ATT’s month-to-month, use them like a cheap street *lamp* and jump ship back to T-mobile whenever you feel like it.

        • Trevnerdio

          Yeah, that’s the original estimate that I heard. And then people started saying “end of the year!” and I’m like there’s no way. That’s way too fast.

      • golbez352

        I work with engineering a good bit and trust me they are working hard on upgrading the towers. Interstates is a major point they are working on. The goal is all towers in nation by mid 2015.
        But you still have to be realistic on hours to upgrade and test each tower. Normally it’s 7-10 days turn around for upgrade and calibrate each tower doing multiple towers at a time.

        • PiCASSiMO

          T-Mobile should be announcing this information officially to the public so that it would reduce the amount of people jumping ship due to their poor coverage.

          If what you say is true, then I may hold off till end of June 2015 before I decide to move to either Cricket or AT&T.

        • golbez352

          I know exactly what you mean. About putting more information out officially!

          It’s still good to know that your voice is heard too.
          My only problem is knowing when each tower will be done.

          I’m waiting for tower upgrades myself too. :-)

        • John

          T mobile did announce this information publicly. Go to T-mobile’s website click the at the top of the page where it says coverage. Than click on where it says network enhancements. There you will see it say the following:
          “At T-Mobile, we’re committed to making our network the best it can be for our customers. That’s why we’re upgrading our 2G/EDGE network to the latest-generation 4G LTE. It’s worth repeating: we’re upgrading half of all our 2G/EDGE network to LTE by the end of this year and will be substantially complete in 2015. And we’re just getting started.”

          They expect to get half of all edge towers upgraded by the end of this year and the other remaining half by middle of 2015.

        • DirkDigg1er

          You sound like Sprint lol.

    • John

      They have already committed to converting all 2G towers to 4G by 2015. Go to t-Mobile’s website and click coverage and they mention it there. At T-Mobile, we’re committed to making our network the best it can be for our customers. That’s why we’re upgrading our 2G/EDGE network to the latest-generation 4G LTE.

      From T-Mobile’s website- It’s worth repeating: we’re upgrading half of all our 2G/EDGE network to LTE by the end of this year and will be substantially complete in 2015. And we’re just getting started.

  • MJ

    Unlimited music streaming services announcement? Google play all access! Hopefully…

    • JJCommonSense

      I thought google play all access was already a part of the unlimited music

      • JB

        I think MJ means whitelist all music streaming services, as opposed to the few they have now…

        • JJCommonSense

          I understood that… lol I just thought PlayMusic was already listed. Guess ill have to get on the Spotify train on my tablet lol.

  • Verizonthunder

    Maybe unlimited hotspot and tether use if you have the $80 bucks a month and same for other plans only throttled when you hit your data limit. Tag line Data is Data.

    • ChristianMcC

      It would make sense, since it works like all other data, unlike torrents.

      • Verizonthunder

        Personally it would be the best idea sense they are slowly moving in that direction from Uncarrier 5.0 event and they have the network to back it up.

    • Terry

      I would be willing to give another $ 10 for unlimited Hotspot. That is better than any price I can get from a cable or other internet provider.

      • Verizonthunder

        Same here I hate the monopoly play the big cable companies do with home broadband Internet

      • ChristianMcC

        Ditto on that. I actually only hotspot from T-Mobile these days(legally of course), since Comcast is ridiculously expensive, and our DSL is 7Mbps for $30, and that’s only the first year. The funny thing is, if I lived 4 blocks south or east of my location, I’d have Google fiber, and believe me, I could live with the free internet at 5Mbps. Wife didn’t want to move to any of the places we got, at the end of our last lease renewal…

    • AxelCloris

      I too would pay the additional $10 to go from 2.5GB to unlimited hotspot data.

  • TheNeuge

    Am I the only one who saw the Uncarrier 7.0 tease “Coming August 2014” at the end of the 6.0 announcement?

    • Cam Bunton

      No, he’s mentioned “later this summer” but not August specifically (unless I missed that too?). They’ve said it a couple of times.

      • TheNeuge

        It was a slide in their presentation after they left the stage at the 6.0 announcement. I’m almost positive. Maybe it did say “later this summer,” but I’m certain it said Uncarrier 7.0. *shrug*

        • AxelCloris

          Summer ends Sept 23. There’s still plenty of time before fall to announce Uncarrier 7.0. I too heard “late summer” from the Uncarrier 5.0/6.0 event.

  • pbxtech

    What if they’ll do a similar move to video streaming, un-Movie, that would be awesome.

  • Mike Palomba

    I hope it’s a different perk for unlimited customers. I really hate rhapsody

  • Heysuus

    I hope its some kind of home internet offering. I get 35 MBPS at my house with T-Mobile and the fastest cable internet offered is 15MBPS in my area and they definitely slow down services to Netflix. Would love to ditch the cable company.

    • Travis Tabbal

      I like that idea. Even though my home doesn’t get nearly that speed. I’m sure it will improve over time. I can sustain about 12Mbps on LTE, which is really enough for my needs at the moment. If I could get unlimited data, with the knowledge that I’ll get slowed down should the network get overloaded, I’d be very interested. My current ISP just capped me at 250GB, so I’m in the market. Maybe T-Mobile wants my money…

      • ChristianMcC

        Most ISPs have a cap at where yours is or lower, though many not strictly enforced.

        o_O I would not like to be near the tower you are running whatever it is you do…

        • Travis Tabbal

          It irritates me because I was on a provider that had unlimited. But they sold out to the crappiest WISP in the area, and now I get that foisted on me. I paid more for less speed specifically for unlimited data. I don’t often go over the 250GB, but for a home service I shouldn’t have to worry about it. Particularly when I can pay an extra $10 to TMO and get unlimited LTE. I don’t overload the local towers, my current mobile usage averages about 4GB/month. On my home service it’s closer to 200GB/month. That’s not really that much data these days. I’ve broken 1TB before, not by much, but still. Lots of streaming, online backup, etc…

          If they did what I suggested, the local mobile users wouldn’t suffer. The home service would be lower priority, so if things got busy, mobile gets the bandwidth. Home stuff would slow down to make room. If they state that clearly from the beginning, it’s not a big deal. It would have to be clear though, not just something buried in the TOS. Perhaps use the HSPA+ network for now? It’s probably got some unused capacity with more LTE devices going online every month.

      • Gary

        I get 2g or sometimes no coverage in my apartment though T-mobile shows a strong coverage zone. I have to fully rely on my wifi for calling and data. And if my internet is down, I am left with no coverage. If I go a mile out of my area of residence I get 20mbps and full coverage. I have tried my best for them to increase the coverage in my area but it is not being resolved. I have been with T-Mobile for almost 3 years now. I have used AT&T and Sprint before and I get great coverage inside my apartment. I am seriously thinking about jumping to $60 Sprint Unlimited Plan plus I will get a corporate discount that can bring my total cost to $55.50 (15% discount is only applied to data cost $30 and not unlimited talk/text)

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      One big reason LTE is so fast is because of how sparingly it is used compared to traditional ISP service. T-Mobile customers average about 2.5gb a month, while fixed broadband subscribers average about 25gb a month; approximately a 10 fold usage increase. Cell networks have a finite amount of bandwidth, and if everybody suddenly used 10 times as much data your 35 Mbps connection would drop to 3.5 Mbps.

  • besweeet

    Remember: These events announce things that other carriers would never do. Things like unlimited tethering, different pricing options, etc. can easily be replicated or have already been done (such as unlimited tethering).

    • ChristianMcC

      I wouldn’t say never, since everyone offered something like JUMP! after the announcement, and some international data options.

  • tomarone

    How about offering cable TV channels over their data plan?

    • dkbnyc

      Like what? I watch HBO GO and Max Go all the time. Adult Swim and a few others have apps you can do the same with.

  • Alex Zapata

    WiFi Cellular handover for voice calls…. I have no idea.

  • anthon

    How about an app for WiFi calling where any device on T mobile can benefit from not like now, that only t mobile branded phone.

    • moiimoii

      wifi calling has to built into the program of the phones not even rooted tmobile phones have wifi calling there is probably no way it would work with just an app

      • ChristianMcC

        Rooted T-Mobile phones get Wi-Fi calling. I did it on my g2x after rooting.

        • bakgwailo

          Not on custom firmware like CM mod. Stock rom sure – its already baked in there.

        • ChristianMcC

          I was doing this on CM7, full Wi-Fi calling through the stock Tmo app.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Devs often develop Roms that have WiFi calling support, whether its a ROM based on a tmo device or not.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Rooted tmo phones can (and often do) have WiFi calling support. The devs incude all software and firmware required for it when creating custom Roms for tmo devices. In fact, I’m using it right now on my xtrolite s5.

    • Devon Warren

      Agreed, this is what I am really waiting for. My N5 needs this at my office.

  • Dark enV

    Perhaps all inclusive pricing on the plans as we’ve heard before like what Cricket Wireless and Metro PCS do. All I’ve got to say is I’m loving all the competition T-Mobile has started with other carriers, it’s really helped out all consumers.

  • Ron O’Neil

    Their pricing isn’t the issue. It’s coverage. If they have the spectrum, use it. if Verizon is lacking spectrum but has the widest coverage of any carrier then you are doing something wrong.

    • Don Goyo

      They have a lot of spectrum on the wrong frequencies… that’s whats wrong.

    • TechHog

      They don’t have the spectrum. All of the spectrum they have is either in use, in the process of being put in use, or has an issue preventing its use. I don’t know where you got the idea that Verizon has less spectrum than T-Mobile.

  • Andrew N Jensen

    How about offering an unlimited talk and text plan over wifi for tablets and such. Now this would be revolutionary as it could be a cheaper plan and it wouldn’t tie up as much of tmobiles spectrum and it would add a whole new market of callers.

    • Alex Zapata

      Do you mean something like Republic Wireless?

      • Andrew N Jensen

        Yes. But instead of being phone specific or tablet specific it could be installed as an app on any phone and tablet. So if I had an ipad I could use it a cellphone through wifi.

        • Alex Zapata

          Ahhhh, that would be interesting indeed.

  • Aurizen

    He’s gonna take my advice and have phone discounts :)

  • Tmosince2003

    You should probably add a (sic) on the quote where John has the erroneous apostrophe on the plural Americans. It’s the second one, the first is possessive and correct. That means that you know that it’s a typo, but you’re quoting. Ps I love how you spell fibre! The British way is cool.

  • ChicagoBummed

    All the new changes are great, for new customers, but how about taking care of the customers that have been there for many years?

    • randomnerd_number38

      What are you talking about? Existing customers can take advantage of the new offers too.

      PLUS, earlier this year, they did away with overages, even though the only plans they’d been offering for a year didn’t have overages. The ONLY customers that benefitted from that were the long-time customers on older rate plans. They’ve taken pretty darn good care of their long – time customers, what more do you want?

      • ChicagoBummed

        I called T-Mobile and was told that the offer(s) were for new customers only. So, yes, based on what T-Mobile tells me, the offer if for new customers only. Long-time unlimited T/Tx w/ data – only way to get any help is to threaten to leave. That is NOT taking care of your long time customers – it’s customer retention only after a customer threatens to leave. Making concessions to your existing customers with regards to the bills would be seen as a marketing coup that would project Tmo ahead of the competitors. Free music streaming? C’mon, it’s nice but it won’t keep customers if they know they can get a better deal by switching carries for a year and then get a better rate.

        • randomnerd_number38

          Which offers are you talking about? Existing customers can change plans to get the 4 lines for 100 with 2.5gb of data per line until 2016. Existing customers can get the free unlimited data by referring someone. Either you’re lying or you got a rep that didn’t know what they were talking about.

          Or there’s one other possibility: you’re on a grandfathered rate plan and refuse to change to simple choice to take advantage of the offers. If that’s the case, that’s on you, not them.

        • ChicagoBummed

          Nope, it’s on them. I;m on Simple Choice Plan, called T-Mobile about the $100 deal and I was told that it was for new customers only. He went on to say that they really need to do something for their existing customers, and how sorry he was that I was not eligible even though it was only until 2016. He then said he could forward me on to Customer Retention to see if they could do anything. So, again, based on what T-Mobile customer service told me directly when I called them on the phone and we reviewed my bill, no, this is not available to existing customers. Back to my original point, rather than having to jump through hoops with T-Mobile, imagine if they came out (much like AT&T broadband does) and simply give existing customers a stipend simply for being a valued customer. AT&T would send me a free moving and a gift cert for X amount for dinner and a movie just for being a valued customer. I didn’t ask for it, they just did it. It actually did make me feel as though I was valued. Having to threaten to leave ones services is a horrible way to retain valuable customers, if you believe they are, in fact, valuable.

        • CalicoKJ

          I’ve been with T-Mo since 2008. I went online and changed my plan to the new 4/100 plan with no problems (was previously on the $80 Simple Choice family plan). I’m losing my corporate discount next month so this gets me to where I was with the discount. I agree though that we shouldn’t have to threaten to leave to get them to do the right thing for existing customers.

  • kev2684

    if t-mobile pulls down $80 unlimited plan to $60 with the same exact features as the $80 plan i will switch for for sure.

    • jacky

      No im fine with $80 to support t mobile building networks buying 700 aws spectrum and the 600 aws spectrum auction. Sprint may charge less their network is shit so they have less money to improve their network.

  • shadlom

    Feeling the heat from Sprint lol.

    • Jeff

      Um, no. I defended Sprint in the run-up to their supposedly “disruptive” pricing announcement, but they completely wasted the opportunity. Their offer is confusing and pathetic. Next time nobody will even pay attention to Sprint, like the boy who cried wolf.

      • Joseph M.

        Like the boy who called “Framily.”

    • jacky

      Sprint network is terible drop calls slow data speeds and rext mesages dont come in or being send till 3 to 6 hours later. T mobile is not scared of sprint. Not even at and t and verizon.

      • maximus1901

        t and verizon are making profit, returning billions per quarter in dividends to customers AND spending on network enhancement.

    • Dark enV

      Um no lol just trying to give Sprint customers more reasons to switch. I was with Sprint before T-Mobile and it was terrible to say the least, honestly I’ve found T-Mobile’s 2G to be faster than Sprint’s 3G at times and it was and still is hard to get Sprint LTE where I live. Dropped calls galore, texts came in a day late. It was awful. When the iPhone 6 comes out my buddy and his wife will switch from Sprint and join my T-Mobile plan and I’ll use the refer a friend offer so they can have unlimited data for a year and I’ll get $10 off my bill.

      • jacky

        Hang in there dark t mobile will finish replacing all 2g and 3g to 4 glte by mid 2015. By end of 2014 its 50% finished. They aregetting rid of old 2g and edge network.

        • Dark enV

          Oh I know, cannot wait till they do. That’s one of the reasons my buddy is switching cause in his house there’s either 1bar of 2G or no service, so now that iPhones can get wifi calling and the future upgrades to the network he’s decided to switch. When 2G is gone they will be getting many more customers

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        The refer all offer giving free unlimited data or $10 off unlimited plans for existing customers is limited to 1 line per account -he’ll have to open his own account for either of you to get any reward

        • Dark enV

          So they won’t do it if he joins my account? I thought it was all about them just bringing their service to T-Mobile, why does it matter if they’re on my account or their own?

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          “Limit one $10 monthly credit or unlimited 4G LTE offer per referrer account”
          http://newsroom.t-mobile(dot)com/news/company-news/rescue-sprint-customers.htm?AID=11031750&PID=6147683

          My guess is its structured this way because the benefit they receive from you adding 2 $10 lines on to your account isnt worth giving all 3 of you free unlimited data for a year. Also, it would be too easy to defraud in this situation: a customer could add a $10 line to his account to give his main line unlimited data for basically the cost of that $10 add a line, instead of paying $30 for it like he should be.

        • Dark enV

          Well that sucks kind of but I have other people on other accounts switching as well so I can use them to get my $10 discount and I can get them to refer my buddy to give him unlimited data

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Yes, that you can do.

  • uofm2005

    They should include taxes/fees in the rates. Then i won’t feel so bad about losing my monthly discount.

  • Dooley

    A Domestic roaming increase? Upped from 50MB to 250MB per month? ;-)

    • jacky

      That would be nice too.

      • maximus1901

        they pay att $0.3/mb so not gonna happen.

        • lordfarquaad

          Source?

        • envious684

          T-Mobile said it has been “forced into commercially unreasonable agreements with AT&T, including a data roaming rate that is currently 150 percent higher than the average domestic rate that T-Mobile pays for data roaming across all other domestic data roaming partners. (To put AT&T’s pricing power in further context, its current data roaming rate with T-Mobile is one thousand percent higher than the data roaming rate negotiated between Leap Wireless and MetroPCS prior to AT& T’s acquisition of Leap and T- Mobile’s acquisition of MetroPCS.) AT&T has obtained this pricing power in part due to acquisitions that have left it as the only GSM roaming partner available to T-Mobile in many areas of the country.”

          Source:http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-takes-t-mobiles-side-data-roaming-dispute-att-verizon/2014-08-22

        • maximus1901

          I don’t remember but it was recent. I was talkin on fiercewireless with someone and he linked to an fcc document containing official statement by TMO.
          $0.3/meg so $300 per gig.

    • Delusion_FTL

      Not just that, full domestic roaming on AT&T regardless of LAC with unlimited talk/text/data but have the data be like the international data where it’s unlimited but throttled.

    • CalicoKJ

      Hell, the option to pay for additional roaming would be welcome to me. Had to break down and go to Verizon for a hotspot so my SO would have data coverage anywhere he goes as a truck driver. He was capping out within 2 weeks tops, and that was on the 6GB plan that had 100mb roaming…

  • maestroalvarez

    For UNcarrier 7.0, I vote for UNthrottling video streaming on YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and other “legal” video streaming (+ free Google Music All Access) throttle the abusers not the general public. OR they could offer a 10GB plan for $20 additional per line.

    They likely will announce LT-A, too, which the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 will likely support.

    Just thinking out loud. What do you think?

    • jacky

      Im gettint t mobile note 4. I stream netflix and uses 45 gb to 55gb a month no throttle on me. I even use hd youtube videos too. 1080p. Did they throttle you ? They didnt throttle me at all.

      • Zekhmet

        Think he’s talking about the tier plans that do get throttled when they hit their cap. ATM streaming audio services (pandora, spotify, etc.) doesn’t count towards your data allowance.

  • Hiro

    The all-inclusive pricing would be huge.

    And while I don’t expect it – unlimited tethering/home internet would be PERFECT. If they offered that on the unlimited $80 (or even a new $90 tier for unlimited all data) I’d jump on that instantly. My home DSL is often around 15 Mbps, sometimes hitting 20… we pay for 40. Life with DSL sucks. For comparison, LTE in my home? 50-60 most of the time, with speeds up to 90 at times on my iPhone 5S. (I’d happily post a screenshot for anyone who doubts it… Yes, I’ve hit 90 Mbps on my iPhone 5S with T-Mobile LTE.)

    • jacky

      God dsl sucks you dont have cable there?

      • Hiro

        I do, but Comcast screwed me because the previous tenant refused to pay their final bill, so until someone pays it (I won’t pay for someone elses bill) they won’t service this address… it’s freaking stupid. And theyre expensive. At least the DSL is relatively inexpensive compared to Comcast.

        • JJCommonSense

          Cant you show them (Comcast) a copy of your lease or something that shows youre a new resident at your home?

        • Hiro

          Everything I’ve done, they said it doesn’t matter who lives there, the address is marked fully unservicable.

          Gotta love Comcast. Not.

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          Your story smells fishy. But oh well.

        • Hiro

          I wish it was nothing more than a story. :-/

        • Jose Hernandez

          I used to work for Comcast Hiro, they are horrible. I would stay away from them at all cost. They don’t care as long as they get your money.

        • Chris

          With the recent Comcast debacle, I would let Hiro stay away from Comcast lol.

    • Jose Hernandez

      I would jump on something like that too!!! Man we can only dream….

  • Jay J. Blanco

    700mhz volte launch would be awesome in parts of Texas would be good.

    • jeremyvbk

      Can’t happen in most of Texas. Ch 51 interference last time I checked.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Wasn’t there a test done and the results was there is no interference?

        • jeremyvbk

          Only one I could find was back in 2012, but TV stations sitting on the ch 51 have different views. It’ll be awhile before it can actively be used here. I’ve heard 2016-2017

        • Jay J. Blanco

          CFO was stating they are launching 700mhz this year so something is up.

        • jeremyvbk

          Iirc they still can’t in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio/Austin. And as well as east Texas. That’s basically all of Texas POP wise.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I’m just simply going by what the guy said in the article. 700mhz is launching by Q4 2014

        • jeremyvbk

          They will in select areas. They can’t in Texas in a majority of populations. Sorry but until the ch 51 operators get moved, or something else happens then it won’t happen in a very large swath of area

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Oh ok. Thanks. I’m just ready to see tmobile expand lol

        • Paul

          There goes my hope for Dallas…for now.

        • Isaiah Davenport

          Do not forget Cincinnati Ohio. We still do not have LTE because of T Mobile not having any available spectrum besides the 700mhz which they can not use because we are in a channel 51 exclusion zone.

    • Paul

      TRUE STORY!!! It would love to get better reception in my office.

  • Medion

    It might be too soon, but I am expecting changes to their data plans. Probably next year though.

    2013:
    Free – 500MB
    $10 – 2.5GB
    $20 – unlimited (2.5GB tether)

    2014:
    Free – 1GB
    $10 – 3GB
    $20 – 5GB
    $30 – unlimited (5GB tether)

    2015?:
    Free – 1.5GB
    $10 – 4GB
    $20 – 7GB
    $30 – 10GB
    $40 – unlimited (10GB tether)

    This would allow T-Mobile to continue to offer unlimited data, and as they increase the price, they increase the tiers below it. Like I said, I’d be shocked if they made a change like this so soon, since their new plans came out around April/May 2013, and the updated allotments were around March 2014.

    • Chris

      noo! $30 is great price for the unlimited data.
      Free, $10, $15, $20, $30 would be a better price range in my opinion than bumping it to $40.

      • Medion

        I don’t see T-Mobile simultaneously bumping current tiers and leaving the current unlimited data at the same price. If they’re going to bump unlimited (more revenue on new customers), they need to simultaneously bump existing tiers to give more value to existing customers. That’s how they did it last time.

        However, I can’t see them doing it so soon for two reasons. 1) They just did this roughly 6 months ago, and 2) Sprint’s new plans. They can’t raise the cost of a single line unlimited plan to $90 when Sprint is offering it for $60.

    • Hiro

      I’d do $40 Unlimited if it came with unlimited tethering, too, as a way to break into home broadband… could steal a LOT of cable and DSL customers – they would have me paying that immediately.

      But… I doubt it.

      • Medion

        Their signal to my house is to flaky for that. I have a cell-fi because of it. I can’t see them doing unlimited data with hotspot for only $40 though.

        • Hiro

          Oh of course, I don’t expect it. Just a wish-list thing, one of several things on my list. haha

      • maximus1901

        That would destroy their network. Only sprint with 120mhz of tdd lte can even dream of doing home broadband but only in rurals.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      The grandfathered 20 unlimited plan has 3GB of hot spot now

      • Medion

        It does. I labeled the plan as it was in 2013 for comparison purposes.

  • Hiro

    I also know this is likely more a pipe dream than anything else, and it wouldn’t so much be an uncarrier move as it would be a business move impacting consumers… but in-flight T-Mobile LTE would be amazing, and something I’ve wanted to see them do for a while now.

    Current in-flight wifi is absolutely horrendous, and offering T-Mobile LTE to airlines for a competitive price and exceptional quality and speed could be a boon for the business side of T-Mobile.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      AT&T’s actually working on that using their WCS spectrum (must have decided not to use it for terrestrial after all of Sprint’s growing pains with 2+ GHz spectrum.

      • maximus1901

        They have 15×15. 5×5 of it is right next to XM-Sirius so instead of pointing it “down”, they’re gonna point the antennas “up” at planes and give 37.5mbps download. The other 10×10 they’re still gonna use for normal lte.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          I would think they want more than 5×5, particularly with the possibilities involved. The receiver is a plane, which means it can be higher power and longer range than a typical cell signal. I assume the plane would act as a repeater to all the passengers. Then you’re not just talking data, you’re talking full cellular service as an offering….at a premium of course.

        • maximus1901

          No it’ll just be data. Plane will have 2.3GHz receiver and output it over wifi.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          That’s Version 1. And believe me, a plane-load of people using WiFI can saturate a 5×5 link. ;)

          I’m hoping they see additional possibilities with this sort of thing.

        • maximus1901

          That’s att’s only avenue to monetize that 5×5 block. Have you used plane wifi? Can’t be worse than what they have.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Matter of fact, I have. Often. I travel for work twice a year.

  • They should either build out or license some cable deal to offer home internet in combination with wifi and the own mobile broadband

    • Baxter DeBerry

      Cable Co has deep ties with att and others that more than likely won’t happen.. example, suddenlink cable here in my town the fiber line to the town that it runs off of is fully owned by no other than att, tmo and dish could do something together though but it’s very far fetched.

  • hanfeedback

    Im on a 2 line family plan, I was going to add 2 more lines for that $100 promo they’ve got going on but I am going to wait until this new announcement. Id like to be able to get some more data, right now I am paying $80 for 1GB on each line.

  • Medion

    This past week’s announcements were in response to Sprint.If next week is un-carrier 7.0, it’s probably something that was planned in advance.

    Personally, I’d like to see them toss the current billing for inclusive billing. They’d have to abolish corporate discounts to make it work. My current $120 plan is $122 after taxes, fees, and discount. Making it a round $120 would make it simpler. Doing this would make the bills easier to understand for all customers. Some customers, like me, would save $1-$2, while others would pay that much more. People without corporate discounts would save a ton.

    • tmostl

      You must be in a low tax area. I get about $8 in taxes and junk fees added to my $60 plan costs.

    • Tech Twittle

      You must be in a low tax area. I get about $8 in taxes and junk fees added to my $60 plan costs.

      • Medion

        As I stated, my corporate discount offsets. I have a 15% discount, which brings my $120/mo bill down to $$102. So my “taxes” are about $20.
        Also, they’re not taxes. Very little of it is actually tax. Most are BS below the line fees that many telecom companies get away with charging.

        • TmoRep

          Actually if you look at the bill they are mostly taxes. Tmobile only charges the 1.61 per line regulatory fee to help with the costs of government regulations. AT&T and Verizon’s are much higher. And no tmobile will never include the taxes in the overall prices of services because taxes vary state to state, county to county, town to town. And that can even change month to month. That would cost a ridiculous amount of money to keep up with. Who would the costs of this go down to? The consumer.

        • Medion

          This is false. Straight up false.

        • TmoRep

          Great statement bruh.

    • VG

      I agree. My $110 5-line basic Simple Choice Family Plan, after 15% discount, is over $127 per month with no overage charges, just ridiculous taxes and fees!

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    VoLTE on all devices? Official launch of Band 12? Merger with USCC? Netflix streaming no longer counting against the data cap? I have no frigging clue, but he seems to know how to keep the excitement going.

    • Paul

      +1 to all of those!

    • MastarPete

      Oh man, not counting Netflix would be over the top. They’d draw in cord cutters in droves with an offer like that!
      Realistically though it wouldn’t surprise me if they only offered that for 5gb plans and up.

    • Baxter DeBerry

      Please no on netflix.. tmobile maybe awesome but no matter how much spectrum you have you can’t allow everyone to stream video 24/7 without issues.. the thing will end up like sprint

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        It might work, if done right. They’d probably have to work a deal where they limit to 720p, and they’d have to either get an interconnection going with them or get in with their Open Connect initiative. Those are just technical hurdles that could very easily be fixed.

  • jacky

    I gotten 122 families on simple choice plan since march 2014. Recruited them from sprint own facebook.

    • sidekicker89

      Sprint’s Facebook page is a JOKE. They have Sprint fan boys on there that insult and bully customers when they complain about bad service. The biggest troll, and I mean that literally, called a woman Nappy Headed and Ignorant after she complained about dropped calls. It’s so bad that customers have blogged about it. Google “My Sprint Experience” and see for yourself.

      • jacky

        yea the amount of complaints on sprint service is soo much it was easy to contaqct them through facebook and convince to do simple choice plan under t mobile. not all the familes went to t mobile tho some of them went to at and t and verizon. But most of the families i contacted ive gotten them to t mobile.

      • jacky

        sprints slow ass network thsoe old sprint customers had enouogh of sprint
        :)

    • Ashton3002

      The other day you said 33. So is it 33 or 122?

      • jacky

        yea 33 this month, im helping out some families :p total 122 from march its a start. :) 5 more familes im just leeching referals out of sprints own facebook. 5 mroe could join this week

      • jacky

        ive contacted those unhappy sprint customers through facebook messenger right now. its super easy to convince them since they hated sprint network and wants to get out. thats how i make my referrals its good for them and good for me.

        • DirkDigg1er

          Jacky you stalker lol.

      • jacky

        33 this month and since march 2014 133 familes on 5 or 6 plans got them to join simple choice. hey whatever works haha.

        • Ashton3002

          And you keep count..

  • stltmo

    How about resolving some pain points for gradfathered plan users and simplify billing and IT systems at the same time:
    – Stop adding IMEI numbers to (and delete) the phone blocking database used to bar most Android phones from TZones and Total Internet plans and allow all phones with T-Mobile compatible radios. Keep only the lost and stolen phone blocking database.
    – Allow unlimited texting for all customers including those without a texting plan and maybe remove support for “block all messages” on accounts. Remove billing per use support from billing system.
    – Officially state the tethering allowance on $20 Total Internet is unlimited, and set a tethering allowance of 5-10GB for TZones, removing upsell pages shown when PC browser user agents are detected. Total Internet existed back in the days of 2004 T&Cs when there was no ban on tethering and no provision to throttle for high use. The plan actually worked on laptops with Sony Ericson PCMCIA aircards and by USB tether to Dash 3G phone.

    And for new/recent customers, allow unlimited tethering on all unlimited data plans, except it be limited to 10GB tethering per month on user’s home tower to limit home internet substitution use.

  • Jesus M. Rodriguez

    How about more coverage? or get our discounts back? That’s what I want. Not more data.

    • Jeff

      The employee discounts were just an illusion anyway. It’s more consumer-friendly to have across-the-board low prices for everyone without playing those games.

      • maximus1901

        I’ll keep my 12% discount. and those low prices.

        • Richie

          More like 15%

    • Paul

      “How about more coverage?”

      They’ve been working on that and Cam has posted about it fairly recently. It’s happening.

      • Jesus M. Rodriguez

        Paul, I know it’s been happening. Just a little torqued that I still live in EDGE but losing my discount. When I was getting 15% off I could justify the dropped calls or the EDGE data. But without it, it feels like I’m wasting money. :( I’d feel better if I was upgraded from EDGE to HSPA or LTE THEN lost my discount. At least I would’ve felt like I need to pay more for the awesome coverage. But right now, not so much :D

        • Paul

          Totally understand where you’re coming from. Sadly, upgrading isn’t fast paced and I wish it were. Hopefully you’ll see changes in the near future. Maybe you’re what the announcement will be!! Here’s to hoping.

        • Baxter DeBerry

          They do move pretty fast on upgrades, but no one knows when your area will be done.. the biggest way to know is when edge/service goes out for hours during a day.. it’s happened twice to me over the last two years.. we had gprs on 1900.., after the first time which took a week we got 4G, second time we got LTE out of it on the 1700,2100 tech support and all will not know when upgrades are scheduled but if your experiencing issues you can ask them that day and usually they can tell you if they believe it’s being upgraded or not

        • steveb944

          I don’t know how you put up with EDGE. I would have left long ago as soon as I was at least two generations behind. You can always switch to a different carrier now and get the discount. Make the move back when the network improves, especially if there’s no Metro/700 block/future spectrum in your area.

        • dm33

          I had tmobile thinking a new tower was them. But it’s not. Couldn’t live w edge. Now that I’ve left sounds like when I come back will be no discount. ATT much cheaper w better coverage because of discount.

          I waited 7 months for tmobile upgrades. I haven’t seen any upgrades in my area. Not fast enough.

    • Idiotsthewholelot

      Are you with the same employer? Are they still partnering with Tmo? If so, you still get your discount.

  • Tech Twittle

    How about resolving some pain points for grandfathered plan users and simplify billing and IT systems at the same time:

    – Stop adding IMEI numbers to (and delete) the phone blocking database used to bar most Android phones from TZones and Total Internet plans and allow all phones with T-Mobile compatible radios. Keep only the lost and stolen phone blocking database.

    – Allow unlimited texting for all customers including those without a texting plan and maybe remove support for “block all messages” on accounts. Remove billing per use support from billing system.

    – Officially state the tethering allowance on $20 Total Internet is unlimited, and set a tethering allowance of 5-10GB for TZones, removing upsell pages shown when PC browser user agents are detected. Total Internet existed back in the days of 2004 T&Cs when there was no ban on tethering and no provision to throttle for high use. The plan actually worked on laptops with Sony Ericson PCMCIA aircards and by USB tether to Dash 3G phone.

    And for new/recent customers, allow unlimited tethering on all unlimited data plans, except it be limited to 10GB tethering per month on user’s home tower to limit home internet substitution use.

    • Ordeith

      Why limit home internet use? With the speeds they can get in a few places why not get into the fixed wireless ISP market?

      • Baxter DeBerry

        The major 2 have no reason to get into fixed wireless.. reason being they would rather you pay the steap overagous, but not to say the idea isn’t floating around, dish has been testing it with sprint, dish is in a bad point and needs to offer that kind of service to its rural customers..

    • Joseph M.

      Uncarrier is about doing things that no other carrier does in order to attract new subscribers.

      They’re not going to do anything for grandfathered users, especially T-Zones users. They want people to sign up for new data plans, not hang on to ancient $6 plans.

      Unlimited SMS is already included in all new post-paid plans, from all the major carriers. (I’m not sure what you mean about removing support for “block all messages,” but it seems like a necessary option for people who do not wish to receive SMS messages due to spam, harassment, or plain ol’ personal preference.)

      Unlimited tethering would be bad because too many people would use it to replace their home ISPs. T-Mobile isn’t ready for that, nor are any of the major providers. (There’s definitely a future market for RELIABLE fixed wireless broadband, but Clear showed the world how not to do it, and none of the majors are ready to try again yet.)

    • mikey

      Only idea of yours I would be glad about would be the unlimited texting, although that would only be a benefit to those who have grandfathered plans.

      They need to keep adding phones to the imei block database, its reduced the number of stolen phones, the other day when my cousin lost his phone someone actually was calling the numbers to find out how they could return it to him. That was awesome. two years ago that would never happen, but now since it has become widespread knowledge that stolen phones are basically useless people do not keep them.

    • steveb944

      Are you being serious? It’s amazing you’ve kept your old plans for this long. What T-Mobile wants you to do is move onto their new rate plans. The only incentives they’ll give you is if you make the switch.

    • dm33

      Not going to happen. It’s about adding new customers. Old plans and grandfathered and won’t get better.

  • KB

    Rewarding customer loyalty and including the tax and standard fees like MetroPCS. In my opinion that would be the biggest uncarrier things they could do.

    • mikey

      That could be it, perhaps they removed corporate discounts for enough people already so that even if they keep rate plans the same they can include taxes and fees into that and not loose much if any money by doing it. You know, remove 10% to 20% off for majority of those who received it, and give everybody a discount of the amount of fees.

    • dm33

      Agreed. This would be good.
      All uncarrier moves have been permanent. So in dont think they will do any temporary promotion of data bump.

    • That would be EPIC!

  • LegalImmigrant

    More reasonably priced prepaid data!

  • Idiotsthewholelot

    The announcement is going to be when Uncarrier 7.0 will be revealed. I would guess it’ll coincide with Apples iPhone 6.

    • nutmac

      Agreed. I think Uncarrier 7.0 will be all about new phones. Apple (iPhone 6), Motorola (X+1 and G2), and Samsung (Galaxy Note 4) are announcing new phones in early September.

      I suspect T-Mobile will make it easy for those on other carriers to migrate with shiny new phone. And I wouldn’t be surprised if these phones support 700 MHz band 12 block A out of the box to address some of the coverage concerns.

      • mikey

        August is almost over, september is coming soon with releases of the new iphones, motos and the note 4, I would guess tmobile is going to bump up the 4g data for a period of time for any customers who sign up or upgrade to those devices

      • Toasted_Cracker

        I hope the Note 4 is compatible with the new network. I’ll be severely disappointed if it isn’t.

      • That’s nice, but kinda meh to me because it’s kinda expecting, it isn’t really innovative or all that helpful (ala pain points perse) to me.

  • Hank

    T-Mobile still does not compare to Sprint. Just got off the phone with T-Mobile…..they can’t price match Sprint’s new offerings and T-Mobile states in the release above, that their users use more data than any other network. If this is true, why doesn’t T-Mobile offer real data rates like Sprint’s 2.5GB/mo unlike Tmobile’s 1MB and is more expensive.

    • Idiotsthewholelot

      Enjoy the tin cans with string and etch a sketch that sprint calls data.

    • Hogpistol

      Lol. Yeah. T-Mo can’t compare. That’s why they’ve been beating the dog out of Sprint for the last 2 years. The new offers are nice, but Sprint’s network is slow and sparse. Just an awful company.

    • Paul

      ??? I can grab and share a screen shot of my phone getting 100+Mbps download. In fact, Cam has seen it as I’ve shared it with him several months ago. NEVER seen Sprint’s network produce anything near that. Hell, I get around 80Mbps from my couch. Sadly, Sprint’s offer will seem appealing until people actually sign up and use the network. I can tell you that most T-Mobile customers aren’t going to fall for this lame duck attempt.

      • skittle

        Paul, if you don’t mind, what phone are you using? 100+ Mbs! My best is 41 Mbps on Galaxy S4. Not that the phones used would be all that.

        • Paul

          I have a note 3. The catch is that i live in the Dallas area and we have some of the newer technology. That speed isn’t all over Dallas, but I do get that speed in front of my veterinarian’s office.
          Your speed will vary around a city based on traffic on that tower.

        • mikey

          i have the same phone, in houston texas, and yeah it varies time to time. Highest speeds I usually get around 3-4am when most people are asleep.

        • jacky

          dallas has wideband netowkr which is up to 140 mps download.

        • Alex Zapata

          Slight correction: 20 MHz on Cat 4 is actually good for 150Mb/s. Still bloody fast though.

      • dm33

        Depends on where u are. I get edge if lucky w tmobile. 40mb Verizon. 3mb sprint LTE, 1 mb 4g att, 0.1mb edge tmobile. ATT putting in new tower but tmobile not on it :(

      • ChrisKringle

        All that speed with a crappy ping time. Tmo ping times are crap. Experienced user here. This site is biased. I posted speed results from a Sprint device and somehow, some kind of way, it got deleted. I get a consistent 20 to 30 megs down with Sprint and to be honest, that works for me. Sprint and Tmo both have their “dog” days. Both networks experience some sort of delay in coverage. Just all depends on where you’re at. I say both carriers are pretty equal. Contrary to anyone else’s beliefs.

    • envious684

      Metro pcs is 60$ for unlimited so I don’t see how they can’t compare.

    • no2apple

      Cant compare to Shitty Sprint. You are right

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Why should they match Sprint’s price? T-Mobile offers the best data service while sprint offers the worst. It should cost more.

      • dm33

        So your saying we should use Verizon?

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          If you need their coverage, then by all means go for it. Carriers have different rates for a reason. It’s because each offers a different quality of service. Use whichever suits you best.

  • WP4L

    Who cares!? Can T-Mobile please get on the Windows Phone 8.1 update already… I dont want to switch to ATT who already rolled it out for their 920…!

    • Anthony

      Dude…chill…just sign up for the Preview for developers like most other people…you could have your WP8.1 today…. you don’t need to wait for the carriers ( TMOBILE or others) to rollout ….DP works very well…is incredibly stable and is consistently getting updates …try it out

      • WP4L

        I am trying, thanks Anthony *thumbs up

      • RLB63

        Might void your warranty. I am not sure but on android if you change the OS it definitely does….

        • Ali

          I actually had employees at the Microsoft Store tell me that this will NOT void warranty. They even released tools to downgrade your OS to one before the DP if you really want to. The downside is (if you consider it one) that you’re testing beta software. And even when it comes up to the release version, you won’t get the firmware update (Amber, Black, Cyan, etc. on Lumias) until it is released by your carrier in your area. I definitely think it’s worth it to get amazing new software early on though.

    • jp

      Why are you messing with a WindowsPhone anyway?

      • Josh Robert Nay

        Because Windows Phone is really a great OS. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it won’t be liked by someone else.

  • Deceptive Smiles

    Speed is great, but need better access. A lot holes in the network here in Pittsburgh, both outside and inside. Can’t reach my family at times due to no service

    • jp

      I work at a T-Mobile retailer in Pittsburgh, and I’ve personally had T-Mobile since the VoiceStream days of 2002. I’ve had very few problems, but service does get spotty in some of our many valleys, but I don’t go there very much. It completely cuts off at the Westmoreland-Fayette county line, but that’s pretty much the middle of nowhere. The one thing I would change about T-Mobile is its reach into rural areas that aren’t that far from the city. But we know they’re working on that.

  • Joseph M.

    How about free nights and weekends for data usage?

    History repeating is inevitable. It happened with land-line long distance minutes, and cell phone voice minutes after that. But nobody is doing it yet for mobile data.

    To reintroduce the “off-peak” concept to mobile data would certainly be an “Uncarrier” move.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      This makes a lot of sense, and sounds like just the type of thing T-Mobile would offer .

    • randomnerd_number38

      Definitely one of the more interesting ideas I’ve seen. I like it!

    • Baxter DeBerry

      Very good idea.. those times not counting against your bucket, if your unlimited then won’t matter

    • hanfeedback

      I was thinking about this the other day also, this is common in some other countries.

    • guest

      What would you call “off-peak”? I bet peak data hours are not 9-5 like voice.

      • Joseph M.

        Peak hours may differ, but it’s certainly heaviest during the workday and evenings, and usage probably lightens considerably between 11 P.M. and 5 A.M. If they offered free usage during those hours, that would be the perfect time to schedule things like automatic updates, cloud backups, and podcast downloads.

      • kev2684

        peak hours for ISPs are around 7-11pm, 9-10pm being prime, i’m guessing the same would be said for cellular data, around time getting off work 5-9pm.

    • That’s interesting. I think that’s really creative and innovative!

  • Alfred E. Neuman

    he looks weird

  • czr

    t mobile sent me card earlier in the week ,there forcing me off my legacy plan into one of the simple choice plans anybody hear anything about this

    • no2apple

      What..

      • brody

        Yeah, T-Mobile has thousands of different rate plans. Changing ppl to an equally priced plan with unlimited talk and txt to make it simpler for everyone

        • czr

          losing the phone subsidy one dollar more a month and 1g less data not unlimited data

        • no2apple

          This is breaking news if true..

        • guest

          You lost the phone subsidy already. They don’t do those any more.

  • wazmo

    Bringing back T-Mobile@Home?

    • no2apple

      not cost effective..

    • BillSmitty

      Ha, I still have this service from years ago. Great second line and inexpensive with good quality. I just wish I could bump the data on this phone line to one of our other cell phones.

  • sidekicker89

    AHHH Another LTE sighting in Cincinnati, Ohio! Near the zoo! Check on Sensorly!

    • Eric

      Must be PCS LTE.

  • maanshu

    T-Mobile is getting absolutely greedy about their services and data. Things started from pain points, now they are not solving pain points, they are taking away things like Discounts, Advantage program. Additional fees, and random charges on the bill. I got charged $175 for a perfect device replacement under Jump.

    • no2apple

      Next time try another carrier if you wanna scam them…

      • maanshu

        why scam ? Just the truth, they are becoming more greedy.

        • Derek Walker

          $175 for a broken Top Tier device replacement on an insurance claim is an industry standard which the insurance companies set. Which would mean your transaction was not a JUMP upgrade either. Check your facts or check your receipt because something doesn’t add up. Plus, if Tmobile was “becoming more greedy” why would they add more data to plans without an additional charge, offer current phones at discounted prices through a summer promotion for customers with 2 years of tenure and now be giving free data for a year to customers who refer AND get referred to Tmobile. Sorry, I just don’t see it.

        • Romdude

          Yeah, I smelled something rotten in Denmark too.

    • David Lebron

      Do you mean you paid $185 for the new phone?? Because $175 is the max on an insurance deductible. Also, you don’t pay $175 unless there’s something wrong with your device that you’re doing a Jump! Upgrade on. So you shouldn’t bash them for trying to get over on them.

      • maanshu

        $175 my bad.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      I’d like to see your points from an unbiased source, I guarantee you’re not getting worked over the way you claim

    • Jeff

      What random charges?

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    T-Mobile is killing it with phone adds, but the competition is beating them in the mobile broadband department. I would be surprised if the next phase doesn’t address this.

  • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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!