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“Super-Maverick” T-Mobile and Sprint merged company “intrigued” Deutsche Telekom chief

Re/code early this morning published an insightful exclusive report having recently spoken to Tim Hoettges, Deutsche Telekom’s CEO. He stated that although T-Mobile’s recent moment is great, it still needs “greater scale” to compete with AT&T and Verizon. One way to do that would have been to merge with Sprint. Speaking to Re/code outside the DLD Conference in Munich, Hoettges remarked that he was “intrigued by the idea of having a … [read full article]

T-Mobile announces new Simply Prepaid plans: Unlimited talk and text, plus up to 5GB 4G LTE data

T-Mobile, this morning, announced a new set of prepaid plans. Dubbed Simply Prepaid, the plans start at $40 per month and are similar to Simple Choice post-paid plans, in that they all offer unlimited data, talk and text, with a set allowance – up to 5GB – of 4G LTE data. The aim: To cement its position as the No.1 prepaid carrier. There are three Simply Prepaid plans, outlined below: $40 per month … [read full article]

Reuters: Samsung looking to buy BlackBerry for $7.5B [Update: BlackBerry denies rumor]

It’s not often a non-T-Mobile related story pops up that I think is big enough to warrant sharing with TmoNews readers, but the latest exclusive from Reuters is definitely an exception. The well-respected publication reports that Samsung has made an offer to buy BlackBerry for “as much as $7.5 billion”. Allegedly, Samsung’s prime motivation is to “gain access to its patent portfolio”. The site claims to have seen documents, as well as been told … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s LTE network one of the fastest and most reliable in Los Angeles and Phoenix

RootMetrics regularly releases reports from a number of locations across the U.S. More often than not, it’s a major metro area, and the two most recent are Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. As with many reports in recent times, T-Mobile’s network is holding up really well. It placed joint first in Phoenix and second place in Los Angeles. Phoenix, Arizona For the second consecutive time, T-Mobile and AT&T … [read full article]

T-Mobile working on a new interactive LTE coverage map that shows 1900 and 700MHz bands

T-Mobile is close to launching a revamped, interactive coverage map for use on its T-Mobile.com website, as well as its in-store coverage maps used by staff. The idea is to better help potential and existing customers understand what coverage is like in their area, and also help them choose the right devices. As many of you know, T-Mobile uses a few different bands for its LTE coverage, and not all of its devices … [read full article]

Spot the difference: Verizon’s old map of T-Mo LTE coverage vs. the new map

Late last year, Verizon got in to a little hot water over its representation of T-Mobile’s coverage. In fact, it was asked by the National Advertising Division to end its “More Everything” campaign. Long story short, VZW made it look as though T-Mobile had virtually no 4G coverage by excluding its HSPA areas, and by using old data. This was back in November. But, it seems it was up to … [read full article]

T-Mobile network upgrades spotted in New Mexico, North Carolina, California and more…

Every now and then our inbox gets so full with network update sightings from readers that we can’t ignore them anymore. This past few weeks has seem a collection of noticed changes all across the U.S. Whether it’s LTE showing up for the first time, or a noticeable download speed boost, it’s clear T-Mo’s network engineer team is keeping busy. Rio Rancho, New Mexico We’ve been informed by a reader in Rio Rancho that … [read full article]

Spam TmoMail SMS messages affecting a number of T-Mobile customers

UPDATE: T-Mobile got in touch to confirm that they have identified the issue:  “Our teams have now identified and blocked the sources of the unwanted text messages.  We apologize to any customers who may have been inconvenienced” It has come to our attention recently that some T-Mobile customers have been receiving spam text messages to their phones. The problem seemed to rear its ugly head towards the end of last month, and over the past … [read full article]