Site announcement – It’s been emotional…

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Before I started physically pressing keys to type this, I didn’t think it would be as hard as it is. But very sadly, my time with TmoNews (and PhoneDog Media) is coming to an end. I wanted to give you advance notice that June 30th is officially my last day writing about all things T-Mobile US.

When I first took over TmoNews back in November 2013, I had no idea what I was doing. In fact, I was daunted by the prospect of trying to fit in to the shoes of David Beren, the site’s founder and former editor-in-chief. Having worked closely with him before, I felt a huge sense of pressure to try and keep the site running the best I could and learn about T-Mobile as fast as possible. Before he left he was my direct manager, and rarely did a day go by where I wasn’t speaking with him and getting his advice and critique on my work.

I have to say, it’s been one of the toughest challenges I’ve taken on so far. I’ve spent many nights being up until the early hours on the phone to sources, or accepting calls from T-Mobile. I’ve had many months of nervously checking all my details to make sure I didn’t assume anything, or get anything wrong. I had to research all kinds of information to be sure I was as clued up as I could be on the carrier I had no experience of. Thanks to you – the readers, commenters and sources of TmoNews – and your collective genius, that task was made easier. I’ve never had a blogging experience more nerve-wrecking or exhilarating. It’s been fantastic.

Like many of you, I was surprised when I was asked to do it. But I took it on because I like challenges. And this has been an awesome challenge. More importantly, I’ve loved being part of the community here. David built up an incredible group of commenters and email contacts who love sharing, talking and – sometimes – complaining about all things Magenta. And for the most part, I’ve felt welcomed by you in to that community. You’re not shy to tell me when I get things wrong, encourage me or give me insights I maybe didn’t have before. You guys are what have made TmoNews work over my time here.

It’s said so often in the media that it’s almost a cliché, but, without you I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. I’m very thankful to all of you. I’m also thankful to T-Mobile for being available to explain and clarify issues for our readers (their customers).

There are always things I wish I’d done better. That’s just part of any job and improving in any capacity. But I thank you for taking time to read my articles and engaging with me in the comments. This time has meant a lot to me, as have some of you who I’ve got to know pretty well over the past year or so.

TmoNews will continue on with the same focus on bringing you all the important updates, leaks and rumors, but it will have to do so without me. If you want to stay in touch, feel free to follow me or shout at me on Twitter where I am now: @CamBunton. In the mean time, I have a couple of weeks left to keep you up to date on all things T-Mo. So feel free to chat in the comments. I’ll still be around online.

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  • donnybee

    The last good person from PhoneDog is leaving.. Now PhoneDog really does suck

  • Jonny5

    Thanks for all the hard work Cam. I’ve been reading the site every day for a long time and just really appreciate all the info you’ve provided. Best of luck!

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks Jonny. I appreciate it.

      • ggfb20

        Thanks for your hard work and effort Cam.

  • TmoNews Fan

    Cam, you are right, you had some big shoes to fill when David left TmoNews. David was exceptional at what he did here on TmoNews.

    With that being said, Cam, you did an excellent job getting information out to us – your readers – even if you stumbled along the way. Your articles and information got better with time. It is hard to write a blog and not offend someone or to give information and the commenter knows (seemingly) more than you do.

    From not being from the States, it must have been a challenge writing for a carrier you cannot specifically relate to – or even – test, to see for yourself the strides T-Mobile has made over the last couple of years.

    I am a long time reader of TmoNews and I will continue to visit this site. Good luck on your future endeavors – Cheers!

    • Willie D

      At least for me David was the best. Many times I emailed, tweeted and suggested stories to this site under Cam’s helm and rarely got so much as a “Got it covered” or acknowledgement when there was straight up tip offs that came from myself. So that said, I’m glad there will be some new faces around here. No one will replace David, and working from half the world away at off hours regarding news from Seattle is a bit much and was destined to last only a short period of time. That said, I hope this was a learning experience for Cam and his new position where he goes suits him and his needs.

      • trife

        There’s always gotta be one.

        *rolls eyes*

        Good luck with all your future endeavors, Cam. Thanks for all your contributions to this site over the years.

  • hardKnok206

    Wow, thepanttherlady finally got her way and pushed you out. Will she be the new editor? Any Idea who will take over?

    More importantly, good luck with your future endeavors. Good reading these past few months. I was just getting used to you.

    • thepanttherlady

      LOL!! I’m more of a behind the scenes type of woman. :)

      • Cam Bunton

        The best behind the scenes type in the business. Thanks for all your help!

      • Frankwhitess

        Dam… You do work for the Matrix… Are you even real??! Prove me wrong and meet me for dinner.. Your pick of the restaurant :)

  • SEBA

    Thanks Cam for your dedication. .. I remember you had a rough start when ppl was asking for David. You did very well! Good luck to you!

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks!

  • williejackbrainer

    I believe you have done a fantastic job since taking over this blog site. Sad to read that you’re moving on. Best of luck to you!!

  • Verizonthunder

    Thank you Cam for rallying this site on up to date news.

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks man!

  • Arnold Shoon

    I remember when Cam first took over and he was harshly critiqued by many (myself included)… That said he has gone beyond my expectations and Tmonews is still my goto site for all things Magenta… Wish you the best of luck going forward… Your contributions will be forever noted!

    • Cam Bunton

      Thank you, I appreciate it.

    • Trevnerdio

      I second that, we were all pretty harsh and averse to change, solely because David was just so awesome, but you really have done a fantastic job, Cam!

  • enkay1

    Best of luck in your future endeavors, Cam!

  • alex

    really sad to see you go. been coming here every day, more than once. You have been great. Good luck to you.

  • gpt2010

    Best wishes on your new opportunity Cam. You did a fantastic job with TMONews!!

  • Al Beto O

    Thanks for sharing the news you will be missed.

  • chase1963

    Cam, good luck with whatever you do in the future. I’m an under the radar reader here. Have been for years. You did a fine job. @ChipEngle

  • Ordeith

    All the best.

  • John Masters

    I make a stop by here at least once a day. Usually a little, and appreciate, and have benefited from the news here. Thanks so much for doing a tough job so well.

  • Justin Smith

    You’ve taken this blog past anything anyone could’ve thought possible. You’ve created articles that are informative and yet easy for new readers to understand! I wish you all the best with your next step in life, good luck!

  • orlando duran

    Cam, thank you for all your help. You are actually the reason I came to tmobile in December of 2014. Your insight and excellent writing style will be missed. Good luck in your future endeavors. God bless you and your family.

  • oscar

    good job bud ive started coming to this site more because of your writing thanks wish you best of luck homie

  • anshephe

    Good job cam good luck in the future as well

  • T-Mobile Cares

    Cam, we at T-Mobile wish to thank you for your dedication to the brand and Magenta. You have served us well and wish you all the best in your future.

    • Cam Bunton

      Thank you!

  • Deadeye37

    One thing that has always impressed me was how you were able to write great articles on a US company with undercurrents coming from various US bodies (companies, government bodies, news outlets, etc.)without even living in the US. You always wrote as if you’ve done your homework on all the parties involved in your stories. Doing that along with juggling a young family while working a swing shift (thanks to time difference) is very difficult.

    I wish you the best in your future endeavors. I hope that you can make a few trips across the pond and enjoy what you’ve been reporting on for the past year and a half. Hawaii & Florida is nice all year round. :)

  • 21stNow

    I will miss you Cam! Like others have said, I appreciate the hard work that you put into this site. The work was even harder for you because it was a hands-off experience and had a significant time difference, both due to geography. Nevertheless, you showed how the internet can bring the world together and that a writer can dig for facts from anywhere.

    Good luck in your next opportunity. Please stop by and post some comments in the future.

  • jakematic

    You’re leaving some big shoes to fill, Cam.
    Thank you for your dedication over the years.
    We’ll miss you and wish you only the best.

  • William Burr Winans

    Any ideas to who is going to replace Cam?

  • Kenneth Warner

    Hey Cam how does one get a job working for phone fog doing stuff like your doing or being a phone reviewer?

    • DKBNYC

      I doubt Cam would wish that that on you.
      Tmo-News has not been the same since PhoneDoggy showed up.

      • Kenneth Warner

        O well I’m a tech nerd wouldn’t bother me none

  • brybry

    don’t forget “Cheerio”

  • Cole Toler

    It’s been fun Cam, you have done wonders for this site. I wish you the best of luck in your future ventures.

  • Good luck!

  • Bailey

    Thanks Cam! I think Pantherlady would be Great!!

    • JaswinderSinghJammu

      I 2nd that recommendation, hope she is willing to accept.

      • Oms

        @thepanttherlady:disqus, what do you say?

        • thepanttherlady

          While I appreciate the interest, I am so not a writer!! I’ll be here as a mod as long as the person in charge keeps me though. :)

        • Frankwhitess

          Wait wait wait…. You work for the websitewebsite?! Coool….

        • thepanttherlady

          I don’t work for the site, my time here is strictly volunteer. :)

  • dtam

    Thanks for the hard work. Best of luck with your new endeavors. Cheers!

  • Edgar Gomez

    Thanks for all the great info and good luck with your career!

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Thanks for all that you’ve done, Cam. Good luck and God bless.

  • Bulletproof2006

    Thanks for carrying the TMONEWS torch for as long as you have, as well as you have. Good luck Cam!

  • bisayan

    Thanks for all the hard work and dedication..I’ve enjoy myself reading your articles. Good luck to your next journey! Its really sad someone like you go, at first it was David and now its you:(

  • NardVa

    Cam did a good job. I wonder who is taking over. I. I hope Tmonews wil continue to break T-Mobile news before other sites.

  • AngryBadger

    Good luck on your future endeavors. Thanks for all the hard work.

  • Ellay

    I Wish u the best Cam!

  • bryck2003

    I’ll miss reading your articles. Good luck with your new endeavors. Peace out my European bother.

  • CC

    Good Job, wish you well.

  • Jason

    Good luck! I read your reasons on your blog and definitely am happy for you and the family. I hope everything works out and you get to make some amazing memories with your loved ones :)

  • Dealer Sniffer

    Good luck on your future endeavors. Its been a pleasure reading your articles.

  • gmo8492

    Thanks Cam, your articles were always a joy to read. Wish you luck on your future endeavors.

  • Thank for everything.. Best of luck moving forward

  • Patrick K. Brown

    Best of luck in your future endeavors!!!!!!

  • Android_God

    I can only imagine what a pain in the ass it must be to manage the comments section here at TMONEWS. I bet you will are ECSTATIC about no longer having to heard cats.

    Congrats on your new endeavor!! I will give my condolences to your replacement.

    • Cam Bunton

      lol.. It’s really not that hard. Besides, PantherLady did most of the moderation.

  • David C

    Thanks cam you will be missed! I know you had rough start but I was just thinking the other day how you have grown!

  • Terry

    Best wishes Cam.

  • vinnyjr

    Your articles have been great reads, thanks for all your hard work. Will still follow you.

  • Taurean Tucker

    Wish you the best of luck!

  • sushimane

    thanks for every tmobile news you publish sad that your leaving.

  • NardVa

    I hope we get a few more breaking stories before you go.

    • Cam Bunton

      There might be a couple more left in me before I leave. Don’t worry. ;-)

  • Daniel Holt

    Can you fix the damn advertisements before you leave, I am tired of scrolling up and down because your website can’t render properly.

    • Cam Bunton

      Believe me, I’ve tried to get that fixed.. but it’s not in my control.

      • Daniel Holt

        Sorry, just realized I said it in a douchebag way… Thanks for acknowledging the issues though.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Promotion?

  • oldmantiburon

    Great Job Cam, thank you for keeping us up today with the T-mobile news.

  • Frankwhitess

    Dam cam….. This sucks poop…. :(

  • Genecio

    Wow Cam, We hardly knew ya! I for one wasn’t too pleased at first (to see David leave) and welcome Cam aboard. However, Cam passed his “probationary” period and turned out to be Rock-Star Editor…..I’m gonna miss you Cam. Best of Luck in Your Future Endevours, Cheers and Be Well. :-(

  • steveb944

    Congratulations Cam on your new endeavors. I wish you the best and appreciate the time you gave us. I’ll definitely miss the video reviews, accent was killer.

  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    Good riddance!

    Haha!

    • George

      Jerk!

  • ssjchaseutley

    You’re great at what you do. A GREAT writer. I’m sure you’ll still excel wherever you go. Deuces!

  • MastarPete

    Thanks Cam! I appreciate what you’ve done for the site, especially considering the time difference! Good luck with your next endeavor!

  • Deibid

    Best of luck to you. I can only imagine how hard it must of been to run a site about an American carrier on the other side of the pond. Thanks for keeping the site going after David left. You will be missed.

  • Goat

    It would pain me to see ONE negative comment on this page. You did an absolutely stunning job at keeping your readers informed and up-to-date. Cam, I wish you the best of luck (though I know you won’t need it).

    You know where to find us :D

    • Cam Bunton

      I might pop in every now and then. Who knows..

      • Goat

        There should be a Tmonews hall of fame with all of the past people in it :3

        • Cam Bunton

          lol! David would take up the first 9 spaces, then I’d be 10th on the list.

        • Goat

          I wasn’t a reader when David was around, so I have no idea who he really is. But forreal, it’d be nice to see the history of this website and on top of that, would prove nice on a resume of some sort maybe, for writers, that is. Don’t sell yourself too short there, you always KNEW which article picture to choose :P

  • Mark McCoskey

    Best of luck to you, Cam!

  • Aurizen

    Aw :( that sucks. I wish you well Cam! I enjoyed reading your articles!

  • Android_God

    it honestly still cracks me up at all the butt hurt from the commenters when Cam first joined this site. All of the conspiracies that David was run out of here when in fact the truth was that he SOLD the site! CHA CHING $$$$$$$

    • David Beren

      I sold the site in 2009, at the time I didn’t know how to properly monetize traffic and it was either A) find a partner to help monetize it and keep it alive or B) shut it down. The site took off beyond my wild dreams and I ran the site for 4.5 years after I sold it. Money was never the motivation behind leaving.

      • thepanttherlady

        Hi David!! :)

        • David Beren

          Just popping in here to wish my buddy a fond farewell! He had large shoes to fill if I do say so myself.

  • Mirad77

    All the best to you Cam.

  • Michael Tran

    I’ve really enjoyed the site and hope the quality of the articles continues

  • J Cav the Great

    TmoNews has been my #2 website. Yes #2 website that I visit after Phandroid. Thank you Cam for your articles. Best of luck to ya bud!!!

  • guest

    well whose gonna take over?

  • TmoNews our loss…

    Cam, you are a great talent and simply said, one of the best. It is Tmonews and our (readers) loss. However, we wish you and your family the very best in everyway.

    • Cam Bunton

      Thank you. Means a lot.

  • Sad to see you go Cam, but you were a great addition to the site. And I’m glad you kept the site up-to-date, interesting, and current as best you could.

  • lomsha

    That was fast. Who’s taking over?

  • jmpstar

    Cam, I am sorry to see you go, but I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of comments here and say I completely understand why you’re going. I’m glad that you have an exciting new opportunity lined up and that you don’t have to work crazy hours writing about a company you never really had a chance to experience. Thank you for all you’ve done to keep the site going, and thank you for helping me with my school project. I’m truly honored that you did so. Good luck, and I truly hope we’ll continue hearing from you.

    • Cam Bunton

      And I am honored that you asked me to help you with that project. It’s not every day you see your name mentioned in an article alongside the awesome Phil Goldstein or a T-Mobile executive. Thanks for that.

  • jeremy vega

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WHYYYYYYYYY????????????

  • Ryanide

    I remember when David had left, and you had came on to the site as the new editor.
    You have done an absolutely amazing job with TmoNews over the past few years.
    Thank you for keeping it alive and well & for your service to the site (& PhoneDog).

    And I’m sure I speak for most here when I say “Godspeed to you!”

  • maestroalvarez

    You did a great job, Cam! Wherever you go, success will follow. Good luck with your next endeavor! Keep in touch… in fact follow back on Twitter. I noticed you unfollowed me. Now I understand why… See on online, bro! Cheers!

  • Derek

    Cam, thanks for all that you have done. Love your reviews. I’m gonna miss you.

  • Darcy Myers

    Thanks for all you have done! Good luck with whatever is next!

  • pseudoswede

    C’mon. No one is going to give Cam props for the Vinny Jones quote?

    • Cam Bunton

      I wondered who’d notice that first. Congrats! ;-)

      • 21stNow

        Who is Vinny Jones?

        • pseudoswede
        • Cam Bunton

          Google it. There’s just too much to the guy to share in a comment. He’s an ex-professional football/soccer player. Or.. more accurately, he used to be on a professional team and spend most of his time on the green stuff assaulting the other team’s players. But, the quote is from a movie called Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

        • philyew

          I spotted it right away, but thought a comment would be lost on everyone. Loved Vinny as a footballer (but only when he played for Leeds) and LS&TSB is one of my all-time favorite movies. Well played, Cam ;-)

        • Cam Bunton

          Yeah, I grew up in Wales, and he was somehow in our national squad. He’s a bit of a legend. lol

  • Stone Cold

    Thanks for all the hard work Cam. Been great riding with you keeping this site. Good luck.

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks Stone Cold. Thank for sticking with me. ;-)

      • Stone Cold

        Quite welcome

  • D Nice

    Cam even though I’m no longer with T-Mobile I appreciate everything. During that one year stint I was with T-Mobile I visited this site 4-5 times a day to see what was going on. Thanks again and I wish you the best.

  • Kenny Brandon

    So, why are you leaving? Or being asked to leave? Can you elaborate?

    • Cam Bunton

      There are many reasons. Some financial, others family-oriented etc. There’s not one single reason.

  • Great Lion

    Thank you cam you are an awesome person Truly will be missed I stuck with t-mobile for 12 years and counting. Thank you from the bottom of my heart showing me what’s up in T-Mobile’s world

  • SirStephenH

    I appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into here. You will be missed. Good luck in whatever comes next.

  • Mike Palomba

    We all really appreciate the hard work and effor you put into the site. This is the best place to go for any T-Mobile news. Good luck where ever you chose to go in life!

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks Mike.

  • Brandon

    You did a great job keeping us up on the latest and greatest from T-Mobile. Thanks and good luck wherever you end up.

  • Mike Thaler

    You will be missed.
    Question – Will you be turning out the lights when you leave or will someone else “attempt” to fill your shoes?

    • Cam Bunton

      The site will keep going. I’m not involved in planning the transition though, so I really don’t know what’s next.

  • Han Solo

    Going to iMore, aren’t you?!?

    • Cam Bunton

      Nope.

  • AS118

    Well, thanks for doing the wonderful job you’ve done, and for making such a good effort! Hope everything goes well for you in the future!

  • JR

    Thanks for a job well done. All the best.

  • Tmobilefanguy

    Wow I THINK YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB AT KEEPING US UP TO DATE! Good luck on your future journey,and hope the next person will be as good as you and David

  • D Dot Flagg

    You will be missed… Job well done and all the best!!!

  • guest

    hopefully Marco Hanna takes over at least hes in the U.S.

    • Cam Bunton

      lol… Marco’s not a writer.

  • Bklynman

    Thank you Cam,you did the best you could,that’s all anyone could ask of. Even with all the trolls on here complaining about the job you did,I think you did great following David. Good luck in all you do,God bless you and your family. Take care. Ps. To all the trolls,on here now is your chance to apply to replace Cam. Let see kind of job you!!

  • Romdude

    All the best Cam, thanks for keeping our site as active as possible.

  • Josh

    Cam, you are the only reason I came back to reading t-monews.com. You wrote consistently and accurately and I’ll miss that entirely. I hope that you find, or have lined up, something bigger and better for you and your family. I’ll surely be following you.

  • otter

    Cam! You are a great writer and you will be missed. Do you have any other blogs or something I can follow, or are you going to limit yourself to twitter for now? Thanks for all the hard work!

  • shabang

    good riddens

  • J.R. Vasquez

    All the best young man! You did a great job here.