T-Mobile writes to FCC regarding wireless competition, slams other carriers in the process

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The FCC’s annual report on the state of mobile wireless competition is coming up, and in advance of the report, T-Mobile has filed a letter to the FCC to comment on the wireless industry.

In its filing, T-Mobile managed to say that the wireless industry is competitive while also talking up its actions and slamming those of the other carriers. T-Mo explains that ever since its first Un-carrier move three years ago, the other carriers have been imitating some of those features, “albeit often without offering the same high level of consumer benefit.”

T-Mobile points to Verizon’s recent plan changes as a specific example. Verizon recently increased the data allotments and the prices of its rate plans while also introducing features like Carryover Data, which lets you carry unused data from one month over to the next; a Safety Mode that’ll let you avoid data overages with slower speeds once your regular allotment is used up; and a Mobile Without Borders-style feature that’ll let you use your minutes, texts, and data in Mexico and Canada just like you would in the U.S.

T-Mo goes on to say that following its own Un-carrier movements, the other national carriers have ditched two-year contracts and now offer switcher reimbursements. “This game of follow-the-leader is an example of competition in action,” T-Mobile says.

Finally, T-Mobile asks that the FCC be mindful of any actions that might inhibit the ability of T-Mo and others to offer innovative services to consumers. “As history as shown us, adopting pro-competitive policies that encourage innovation will benefit not only T-Mobile customers, but all consumers throughout the mobile wireless market.”

You can read T-Mobile’s full letter right here.

Via: FierceWireless
Source: FCC

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  • Joshua Miller

    Well go T-Mobile. I would be so pissed if our over obnoxious government stopped uncarrier. It has made wireless work for everyone no matter the color, creed, or credit!

    • Guest

      Do you know what government “actions” T-Mobile is talking about?

      T-Mobile doesn’t support net neutrality, and just like it’s parent DT in Europe, it is lobbying against net neutrality.

      • Rich ‘Forge’ Mingin

        This! They’re giving you something now, while harming the future of the network!

        • Guest

          And when Net Neutrality is gone the T-mobile many people know will not be the same, most likely it will be eaten up by a huge cable or media corporation for its commercial video business.

          Maintaining Net Neutrality could be a way to keep the undesirables away.

    • Jamie S

      Still many rural areas without high speed internet. Dialup speed sucks!

      • fflip8

        Care to name a place where dial up is the only option? Wireless and Satellite are amazing options compared to Dial up.

        • vzwuser76

          The problem with satellite ISPs is, like wireless providers, they have capped data. While not as big of an issue on mobile devices (although there are some who use a ton of data on mobile) it’s much easier to go over data caps at home. Streaming providers like Netflix and others are much more likely to be used with more regularity when watching them on your home TV than on a mobile device.

          I live in an area that doesn’t offer wireless home data and up until a few years ago, the only options were dial up or satellite. With satellite’s data caps and their cost of service, it wasn’t worth it go with them. Luckily our local ISP ran fiber to all of their customers and now we enjoy high speed internet with no data caps. But that still isn’t the case everywhere.

        • fflip8

          But it’s impossible to even use 10GB on dial up internet, meanwhile on satellite you can get 10GB for $50 a month, and unlimited between the less used am hours, which is great for updating your software and downloading movies & files. While it’s not good by any means, it’s worlds better than dial up, which is so slow you can’t even stream music on it.

          But you can get a better deal with T-Mobile if you have coverage with them. 6GB of data for $35 a month, plus data free music and video streaming.

          These are all good options if all you have currently is dial up.

        • vzwuser76

          When I was looking at satellite for internet access (5 years ago) you were paying $50 for 128-256kbps with a 10GB cap. I was using 56kbps dialup for $15. Back then it wasn’t even worth it to stream music or video with the speeds available. So why waste $35 a month to stream video and have it stutter constantly? I limited my use to web browsing and email. When our ISP put in fiber a few years back, we could get 20Mbps for $20 and 50Mbps for $50.

          No T-Mobile coverage here (just checked last week actually). The problem is most places that would still have dialup are also places that aren’t a priority for cellular providers.

        • fflip8

          Satellite speeds now are above 10 mbps, so you can stream video and audio just fine. The only major drawback is the high ping. Satellite Internet is not a viable alternative for traditional broadband cable/fiber internet, but it’s worlds better than dial up.

        • vzwuser76

          Another major pitfall with satellite is that if there is bad weather, your internet is down. I know this because we have satellite for TV service, and it doesn’t take much to drop out. So at least with dialup, you would have service during a storm.

        • fflip8

          You must have an old dish, a round dish, or you had a poor installation. It’s extremely rare for your service to drop out on satellite unless there’s a severe storm or a blizzard/heavy snow storm. Cloudy days, light rain, heavy rain, and even average storms won’t do much. If you were stupid enough to install the dish yourself I can see that happening, but if you got a professional installation you should call your provider and get the dish upgraded/reseated. The only conditions where satellite isn’t viable is during a blizzard/heavy snow storm, or a severe storm, which usually will result in reduced speeds and in extreme cases, loss of service, which then you can make the argument that satellite is worse than dial up, but if you truly need a backup, you can get free dial up that lasts a few hours every month.

        • vzwuser76

          No I didn’t do it myself, it’s an oval dish that was put in 5 years ago by the service provider. But alright, fine, anyone who has dialup and doesn’t have satellite internet is a horrible person and should die of cancer, can we drop it now?

          BTW you’re kinda coming off as a condescending jackass, a dish installation isn’t the rocket science you make it out to be. All you really need is the signal meter to pick up your satellite signal and the knowledge to understand the readings. I’ve even seen people do them off the signal meter in the receiver GUI. While I didn’t do this install at my home, I have done them in the past for work.

        • fflip8

          It kind of is rocket science. According to DirecTV and Dish, poor installations are the main cause in signal loss during storms or earthquakes, and with a simple inspection and fix, the culprit can be corrected and the next time a storm or earthquake hits your dish will likely not notice any significant difference. It’s just about the alignment, it’s also about the position against the wall/surface and the structure it’s put on.

        • vzwuser76

          Which is why I said anyone with the gear and the know how to use them will be okay. The people DirecTV and Dish are referring to are people who get in the general vicinity of where they need to be and call it good. But with the right equipment and an understanding of how to setup a satellite system, it’s not that difficult. While I don’t have access to that equipment any longer (retired), it’s not hard to acquire. Many electronics suppliers carry them, but for me it’s not worth it for me to get it. You also have to understand that anymore, companies don’t want your average person working on anything themselves. If they were to do so, that means they won’t call their service provider to handle the issue, and that means they won’t be able to charge for it, or they won’t be able to get customers to sign up for a service contract if they can handle it themselves.

          And I never said it only took a light rainstorm to knock out service. But times of severe weather is when you need it most, to keep apprised of storms, tornadoes, or blizzards in your area.

        • Jamie S

          My unlimited 3G is slow as dialup. yes there is satellite but I need to be mobile. I already have phone and cell internet plans I refuse to have another monthly bill for satellite. City people get high speed for $20. Us country people gotta pay an arm and a leg.

          Feds won’t let our local electric co-op implement internet service over power lines.

        • fflip8

          high speed for $20??? I live in a city with 30000 people and high speed internet is $100 a month.

        • WW

          That’s part of the price you pay for not having to deal with us city people.

  • Alex Zapata

    Speaking of innovation…. Data speeds in Aurora/Sugar Grove, IL have dropped dramatically, almost to the point of unusable at times.

    • Aleks

      Towers are probably being revamped. Could be 5g in testing although we would not know because no phones currenly use any of the newest radio technology.

      • Alex Zapata

        I don’t know if I buy the 5G testing. My guess would be that they’re just not keeping up on the backhaul side of things because the LTE channels are appropriately sized for what they have out here.

        • kevev

          T-Mobile is where Sprint was a few years ago. T-Mobile oversold their spectrum, Slow network, no real upgrades actually happening in areas that badly need it(ex. San Antonio for the last 2 years has sucked), keep telling customers to hang in there as we are “working on the issue”, $$$.

          Now Sprint is where T-Mobile was a few years ago. Tiny LTE footprint, giving away phones, begging customers to join, Crazy fast LTE speeds because they have no customers, $$$.

      • maximus1901

        Bullllllllllllllllll
        TMO is not using existing lte spectrum for 5G.

    • Charmed79

      Sane here in Nashua, NH, been getting worse over the past year and half, and everyone just kept assuming we do not have enough people here to turn up towers. T-mobile says that there are so many that it is congestion that is only temporary, yet its been on going 24/7 for over year lol

  • MisterSuperGod

    Keep up the good work TMO!

  • Richard Darrington

    Amen

  • maximus1901

    They’re doing this to start to get fcc greased to approve sprint TMO merger.
    “The industry is so competitive and we don’t have no more spectrums. You’ve GOT to let us be bought by softy mr fcc sir”

    • Guest

      Since it’s an open letter, it’s also a PR move to make people believe like T-Mobile is doing something for the people.

      Over 100 years of PR history and people still fall for it.

    • fflip8

      John can’t be stupid enough to sell T-Mobile to Sprint or buy Sprint at this point. Sprint may have a lot of spectrum holdings but they’re also riddled with debt and interventions from softbank and others. I can see a spectrum sale at most.

      • maximus1901

        1. John doesn’t make the decision. The company that owns 66% makes the decision. Who is that again?

        2. Sprint won’t be the one doing the buying or selling. SoftBank owns 83% of sprint.

        3. Do you not remember what happened fall 2014? Softy was ready to buy TMO. Like “here’s the check now let’s go lie to the fcc, doj”