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T-Mobile and Sprint confirm that merger has received U.S. national security approval

Following a report that the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint had been approved by a U.S. security committee, the two carriers have confirmed the news. T-Mobile and Sprint announced tonight that their merger has been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The deal has also been okayed by Team Telecom, which consists of the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense and reviewed … [read full article]

T-Mobile rolls out Device On Us promotion for new and existing customers

T-Mobile today kicked off another “Device On Us” promotion for customers looking to treat themselves to a new smartphone this holiday season. For a limited time, T-Mobile is offering a free Android or iOS smartphone to customers who add at least one new line of service and trade in a qualifying smartphone. This promotion is open to both new and existing customers, with new customers being required to add two new lines of voice service and … [read full article]

Apple releases iOS 12.1.2 update

Hours after T-Mobile officially rolled out support for Apple’s eSIM feature on its new iPhones, Apple has deployed an update with an eSIM-related bug fix. iOS 12.1.2 is now available for download. According to Apple, the update fixes bugs with eSIM activation on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. It also addresses an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. eSIM is one of the … [read full article]

T-Mobile-Sprint merger reportedly approved by U.S. national security committee

Just days after a report claimed that T-Mobile and Sprint’s parent companies may ditch their Huawei networking equipment in an effort to help the merger get approval, a U.S. security panel has apparently given the deal the green light. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has given its stamp of approval to the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal. CFIUS reportedly told T-Mobile and … [read full article]

T-Mobile launches eSIM support for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

T-Mobile’s support for eSIM on Apple’s new iPhones has arrived. T-Mobile today launched its eSIM app for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. With this app, owners of Apple’s new iPhones can easily add a secondary prepaid line to their device. Just enter your email address into the app, select a prepaid plan, and you’ll be good to go. Currently, T-Mobile only offers prepaid plans for eSIM on the iPhone XS, XS … [read full article]

T-Mobile updating Galaxy Note 8 with new security patches

Last week we saw the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ get security updates, and now it’s the Galaxy Note 8’s turn to be updated. T-Mobile is now updating is Samsung Galaxy Note 8. TmoNews readers Dennis and Dorian received the update this morning, so you should see it on your Note 8 in the coming days. You can also check for the update manually by going into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually. … [read full article]

T-Mobile deploying LG G7 ThinQ security update

LG G7 ThinQ owners are getting a new update this week. T-Mobile is now pushing an update to its LG G7 that bumps the phone up to version G710TM10n. It’s 185.5MB in size and, according to T-Mo’s release notes, it includes the November Android security patches. TmoNews reader Chuck received this LG G7 ThinQ update this week, so if you’ve got a T-Mo LG G7, you should see it on your phone soon if you … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint parent companies may ditch Huawei equipment to help gain merger approval

T-Mobile and Sprint’s parent companies are reportedly making big moves to help get the T-Mo-Sprint merger approved. T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom and Sprint parent company SoftBank have said that they will consider ending their use of Huawei network equipment, according to a report from Reuters. Deutsche Telekom has said that it’s reviewing its vendor plans in Germany and other markets. It’s said that U.S. government officials have been pressuring Deutsche Telekom to stop using … [read full article]

FCC may be investigating T-Mobile and Verizon for overstating their coverage

T-Mobile may be under investigation by the FCC. The FCC recently announced that it’s launched an investigation “into whether one or more major carriers violated the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction’s mapping rules and submitted incorrect coverage maps.” While the FCC hasn’t named the carriers it’s investigating, a filing from the Rural Wireless Association suggests that they could be T-Mobile and Verizon. The RWA says that several of its members completed … [read full article]

4Competition Coalition comes out against T-Mobile-Sprint merger, members include Dish and C Spire

A new group has formed to voice its opposition to the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The 4Competition Coalition is a new entity made up of 13 different companies and groups, including DISH, C Spire, Communications Workers of America, and others. The coalition is urging regulators to block the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, citing concerns over competition, price increases, job losses, 5G, and a harm to rural consumers. The full list of members in the 4Competition Coalition looks like this: … [read full article]

T-Mobile CFO talks plans for Sprint network following merger

After suggesting last month that the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint could close as soon as Q1 2019, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter recently touched a bit more on the deal. Carter recently explained that T-Mobile is “applying the same philosophy” with the Sprint merger as it did when it acquired MetroPCS. “The playbook that we did with Metro, it wasn’t combining two networks. It was shutting one network down and extracting some assets … [read full article]

T-Mobile confirms more mid-band LTE capacity upgrades made over the last two weeks

More mid-band LTE capacity upgrades have been deployed by T-Mobile. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo upgraded hundreds of cell sites with additional mid-band LTE capacity during the past two weeks. These upgrades include both PCS and AWS spectrum. 100s of sites were upgraded with more midband capacity in just the last two weeks and #WeWontStop! This is why we’ve had the fastest LTE network for 4 years!! @TMobile @MetroByTMobile [read full article]