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T-Mobile to acquire AWS spectrum from U.S. Cellular, expanding 4G LTE to 29 key markets in Mississippi Valley region

T-Mobile on Friday announced plans to acquire key AWS spectrum from U.S. Cellular. Specifically, the spectrum is being acquired in the Mississippi Valley are and the move is being touted as key for Tmo’s ever expanding portfolio of 4G LTE markets. The move will bring 4G LTE  to 29 new markets and will cost the carrier $308 million in cash. CEO John Legere had the following to say: “In today’s marketplace, spectrum is … [read full article]

T-Mobile Will Debut LTE-Advanced “Features” In 2013 According To Exec

T-Mobile’s plan to rollout LTE-Advanced features will begin before the end of 2013 according to comments from Dave Mayo, senior VP of technology, strategy, finance and development. Speaking at Light Reading’s Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators, Mayo said “We’ll begin rolling out LTE-advanced features later this year.” Mayo wouldn’t specify exactly what “features” meant however, leaving us to imagine and hypothesize. Some general LTE-Advanced updates “include “carrier aggregation” or a technique that bonds together … [read full article]

Detailing T-Mobile’s ‘Simple Choice With No Credit Check’ Upcoming Rate Plan

With the knowledge that training began yesterday, it’s clear that T-Mobile’s Simple Choice with no credit check rate plan is on the cusp of being announced as part of T-Mobile’s Phase 2 Uncarrier strategy. The plan itself is almost reminiscent of FlexPay, where it provides T-Mobile customers with the full T-Mobile rate plan experience without the burden of a credit check or high deposit. “Simple Choice with no credit check (SCNC) … [read full article]

T-Mobile UNcarrier Phase 2 Training Beginning Today, June 24th

T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Phase 2 plan is swinging into gear as employee training kicks off this morning. As expected, Phase 2 revolves around a new Simple Choice As our earlier rumors indicated, at least a portion of Phase 2 will revolve around a new “Simple Choice with no credit check” plan. The bottom line here is that customers who do not want a credit check or require a high deposit now have more … [read full article]

[Update: Debunked] T-Mobile Gives Users Full Use of Network As Competitors Throttle iOS Users

  Update: Turns out these allegations have been debunked, folks. The guys over at AnandTech have dug deeper into the source code in question and have disproven the claims that Apple throttles data throughput on iOS devices. Check out their in-depth analysis of the claims here. Just goes to show that you can’t trust everything you read, even if it comes from those nice fellas over at TmoNews. A new report by Joseph Brown … [read full article]

Google Releases New Android Distribution Chart As Jelly Bean Gains On Gingerbread

A new month means a new Android distribution chart and that’s exactly what we have for you this morning. Some more good news for Jelly Bean as it continues to scratch at the Gingerbread man as it moves from 28.4% of all Android devices to 33%. For its part, Gingerbread remains the Android software leader at 36.5% but our expectation now has that lead finally changing hands perhaps as soon as next … [read full article]

Walmart Kicks Off $50 Gift Card Promotion With 2 Year Agreement Purchase

Some good news for customers looking to grab a deal on some brand new (and some older) T-Mobile smartphones at Walmart. The mega-giant-super retail company is kicking off a new promotion today offering a $50 Walmart gift-card with any two-year contract. The promotion will run from today up until Sunday, June 16th. The full list of devices that will qualify on T-Mobile for this promotion: Samsung Galaxy S 4 Samsung Galaxy S 4G … [read full article]

More T-Mobile LTE Sightings Yet Again Today In Austin/San Antonio, Seattle, And Philadelphia

Another day, another set of LTE sightings pop up as T-Mobile readies networks across the country in their effort to hit the 100 million POPs covered goal by summers end. This time we’re focused on Austin and San Antonio Texas; Seattle, Washington and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Accordingly, a few sightings have popped up in and the Sacramento, Santa Barbara and other surrounding … [read full article]

T-Mobile Drops In American Consumer Satisfaction Index, Now In Fourth Place

I look at each of these studies and wonder if the questions were a little different or if we caught someone on a different day, would their answers have been different? What I can’t do is argue that T-Mobile continues to be on the losing end with a fourth-place finish on the new annual study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. On a scale from 0-100 the overall score was a 72, a … [read full article]