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iPhone users: iOS 7.1 available to download now

One of the questions I get asked most – at least since I took over running TmoNews – is “when does [insert Android device name] get KitKat?”. Thankfully, with iPhone, it’s never really an issue. Once the software update is out, it’s out for everyone. Earlier this afternoon, Apple released version 7.1 of its iOS software. As for what’s new, here’s the full list on Apple’s website. They include CarPlay – … [read full article]

CFO: $10 increase for unlimited required to make a return on network improvements

At the end of last week, T-Mobile surprised us all by rolling out an update set of Simple Choice plans. Replacing its three-tier system with four. Bumping up the data allowance on the two cheapest plans and adding Stateside international calling and texting would possibly have stolen the headlines had the changes not also bumped unlimited data at high speeds up by $10 per month. The reason for this price increase has been … [read full article]

Briefly: The 7 countries being added to Simple Choice Global International roaming list

As you read here towards the end of last week, T-Mobile’s making some changes to its Simple Choice plans. They include more data, Stateside international texting and more countries have been added to the included international roaming. The list now includes 122 countries, instead of the previous 115. Those countries/principalities are as follows: Afghanistan … [read full article]

[UPDATE] Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for T-Mobile Galaxy S4 out now

We just got word from our readers that they’ve been able to successfully download Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S4. You might not get an automatic notification of its availability though, as it seems each of our readers has had to check for it manually through the settings menu. Word of warning: Everyone so far has complained that it’s taking ages to download. One reader stated 45 mins, while the screenshot above shows over … [read full article]

[UPDATE] Simple Choice plans changing to add more data, new $80 unlimited tier, now including Stateside International Texting

Today, T-Mobile announced that its $50 flagship Simple Choice plan will be offering more value for money than before. It’ll now give you double the 4G LTE data, and double the tethering as well as unlimited international texting. For $50 per month on Simple Choice, customers signing up will get 1GB of data at LTE speeds which can be used for tethering or use on the device itself. Simple Choice customers still start … [read full article]

Tmo Nokia Lumia 925 for $249 contract-free – 2 day sale at Newegg Flash

Just a quick pointer for you guys towards a pretty unbelievable deal going down at NeweggFlash.com. If you get there in the next 18 hours, you’ll be able to grab yourself a new Nokia Lumia 925 for just $249, no contract. That’s a 50% drop in price for what I think is easily the best Lumia phone to date. On the page it offers a variety of ways to pay, including 0% financing, … [read full article]

Galaxy S5 pre-registrations completed by 300,000 people

A couple of days after launching its Galaxy S5 pre-registration page, T-Mobile announced that an incredible 100k people had signed up. Last night, that number reached a staggering 300,000. T-Mobile’s own Des Smith (@askdes on Twitter) announced it last night, and seemed pretty excited about the whole thing. And you can’t blame him, 300k is a lot of people. As for translating in to sales, I can’t imagine the number of … [read full article]

Leap Wireless lost 92k subscribers last quarter, blames T-Mobile

According to a report by FierceWireless, Leap Wireless has lost 27% of its customers over the past 18 months. 92,000 of those left in the final quarter of 2013. Who’s to blame? “Increasing competition from nationwide operators“, but mostly: T-Mobile and its MetroPCS brand. Interestingly, Leap Wireless is being bought out by T-Mobile’s fiercest rivals, AT&T. However, the difference between when the $1.2b bid was made public last July and now is around … [read full article]

DT Chief: T-Mobile sale unlikely in the near term

After months of speculation regarding SoftBank’s proposed takeover of Deutsche Telekom’s controlling stake in T-Mobile, it seems those rumors can be laid to rest. At least for a short while. A report by Bloomberg states that DT’s CEO, Tim Hoettges told company directors yesterday that a sale of its US carrier is unlikely to happen in the near future due to “regulatory hurdles”. In recent times we’ve heard plenty of reports that SoftBank’s CEO, … [read full article]

Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 now available to download

About five days ago, we received information that Samsung had released the source code for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3′s KitKat update. Normally that means within a day or so the update should be available to the public. After much waiting, and anticipating, the day has arrived. Several readers have contacted us, delighted that the update is finally here. Android 4.4.2 for … [read full article]

94% of BlackBerry trade-ins switched to other platforms during promo

Tomorrow, March 5th, the $200 trade-in for an old BlackBerry device offer is ending. We’ve already heard from T-Mobile’s CMO that the promotion lead to 15 times the normal amount of BlackBerries being traded in. What we didn’t know was how many of them stuck to their platform, and how many swapped for different devices. Now we do. We’ve received an image of … [read full article]