T-Mobile Uncarrier 5.0 event moves location, closer to home


T-Mobile has scrapped plans to host its June 18th Uncarrier 5.0 event in Los Angeles. Instead, it’s going to be held close to home, in Seattle.

We’re still none the wiser as to what’s going to be announced. We’ve heard a couple of rumors here and there from our sources. But, still nothing anywhere near concrete enough to publish.

Uncarrier moves are almost always intended to be permanent and industry changing. So, short-term offers, or the promise of coverage isn’t really what we’re looking at here. Of course, with T-Mo having been on something of a roll recently, upgrading networks left, right and center, you can bet your bottom dollar T-Mobile will mention how great its 4G coverage is now.

But what we’re looking for here is another customer pain point. Whether it’s that the prices never include taxes and fees, or that there’s no simple way to just test the network’s waters before jumping in without commitment of some kind. No network equivalent to “try before you buy”, in other words.

Either way, if you want to share your thoughts on Uncarrier 5.0, or send any tips our way, you can hit me up on cam@tmonews.com.

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  • maximus1901

    SoftBank USA lol

    • Adrayven
      • Jesse James

        att verizon metro pcs cricket….. i’d take my chances wth softbank usa

        • Sukdeep

          Well… My wild guess is that they might be launching an extended family plan where you can add upto 10 family members. A service that T-mobile has been missing for several years compared to SPRINT VERIZON and ATT

        • PMB01

          Come to my T-Mobile Framily!

    • vrm

      softbank will fold and give away all their assets plus all the cash they have ( to create a demand for their assets).

  • gto5830

    No taxes and fees would co-incide with what Metro PCS has.

    • Menel

      And Aio/Cricket.

  • Dakota

    You missed the main point. They’ve changed the location because Amazon has a big press event on that same day in Seattle. News media were going to be unable to be in 2 cities on the same day… And Amazon introducing a new cell phone was going to have the greater interest.

    • Mike

      You are correct…they do. But is that why locations were changed? You think that the two are connected as in – the same industry analysts/journalists will be wanting to cover both events? Or what are you suggesting???

      • Cam Bunton

        That would make the most sense, but, if they’re at the same time, that’s not going to help anyone.

        • You think maybe Amazon is going to sell the phone on T-Mobile first?

        • Cam Bunton

          If it’s an Amazon phone, I wouldn’t expect them to partner with any carrier. Rather, they’d sell it SIM-free, direct from Amazon.com. Best way to ensure it can keep its cost down. After all, the main aim with any hardware sold by Amazon is to sell you a portal to its digital content, where it makes its money.

          I could be wrong, but I’d be surprised to see an Amazon phone in any carrier store.

        • Dakota

          I read it on other sites. Check CNET or biz journal for example. I’m unable to cut and paste the url. Tmobile has said it has nothing to do with Amazon and was switched to accommodate media
          The press invitation explains this is consistent with their uncarrier policy of eliminating consumer pain points… they’re eliminating the press’ dilemma. Do you not have the Tmobile press invite that these other tech blogs are quoting?
          (Or they realize Amazon is the bigger story & want to minimize that story blowing them out of the water. But using that logic, you’d think they’d move the day vs the location. All I can say is Ive read this several times now)

      • Dakota

        Yes. Other tech blogs are reporting Tmobile has stated that. See my comment below.

    • Abe_The_Babe

      Interesting. It’s rumored Amazon is releasing a phone, so it may be all connected.

    • steveb944

      Sweet. I was actually considering the Amazon phone due to the eye tracking tech that seems pretty innovative. It’s good to see T-Mobile jump on new ideas.

      • PMB01

        No one said T-Mobile was going to be in on that announcement. That’s not very “Uncarrier”. Personally, I like the suggestion of eliminating taxes and fees a la MetroPCS.

  • Deadeye37

    Care to elaborate?

  • notyourbusiness

    I sincerely hope it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Softbank/Sprint merger. Ugh…

  • Suck it, Jose. Suck. It.

    Want to show the world how easy it is??

    Go for it!

    Of course, if you just want to piss on others, and vomit-out your crappy attitude and whine like a grade-school tween girl, go for it!

  • Tmosince2003

    Kind of a crude way to put it. I’m just glad to see a post with no use of the word magenta and one instance each of correct its and it’s usage.

    • Cam Bunton

      Lol. Trying to come up with different ways of referring to T-Mobile isn’t easy. But, I’ll work on it. Throwing a “Magenta” in each article certainly stops there from being “T-Mobile” in every other sentence.

      • izick

        The carrier, the un-carrier, TMUS, T, they, it, the company, or T-Mobile will all work. The best part is that we all assume you’re talking about T-Mobile when you use pronouns and such.

        • Cam Bunton

          Anything but “Magenta”.. ;-)

        • 21stNow

          AT&T’s stock symbol is “T”, so that might not be a good way to refer to T-Mobile.

        • izick

          It’s also the letter John Leger wears on his shirt and is in the story image.

  • JBLmobileG1

    It would be nice if it was unlimited domestic roaming. Just the other day I had to drive to Barstow California and the coverage with T-Mobile was utter crap. It said I had 4g yet it was worse than Edge… more like GSM speeds. As I was driving in the passenger seat it said something about the data so I switched it to data/roaming and low and behold I actually was able to get a decent speed and access the web. It even said 4G LTE! Only downside to this is I believe I only get 50mb a month in domestic roaming. You could use that easily. So a nice pain point for me would be to eliminate Domestic Roaming limits.

    • Yuri

      I think it will be higher throttled speeds on 4g/LTE.

    • schweddyballs

      Yeah if that 50mb limit were up to tmobile, it would have been changed already, the domestic carrier agreement tmobile has with other carriers to roam, restricts the amount of data based on your data plan. Unl tmo data plan gets 50mb of domestic data, and the super expensive 20gb smhs data plan gives you maybe 200mb domestic data, bit still not worth it to pay that much for a data feature. These limits wont increase without restructuring the roaming agreements.

      • GinaDee

        That’s incorrect.

        T-Mobile imposes the 50mb limit because they don’t want to pay AT&T high prices to roam on their 3G/4G or 4GLTE networks.

        Sure AT&T does charge them a lot but it’s T-Mobile who makes the decision to limit domestic roaming to cut costs.

    • GinaDee

      Yeah once you pass D street North on the 15 FWY in Victorville, CA. you’ll learn that T-Mobile has almost no backhaul along long stretches of the 1-15 North. Service is awful for over 200 miles north all the way until you get to Las Vegas. EDGE is useless on most of the route that you can’t even load the FaceBook app and Pandora will literally buffer and buffer and buffer until it times itself out.

      Metro PCS does have LTE in patches along the same stretch but backhaul is extremely limited and download speeds are sub par.

      T-Mobile needs to do some major work along this stretch to be taken seriously by any Southern California road warrior.

      • djinnnjoose

        Shouldn’t you be driving and posing attention to the road and not your Facebook? Feeling morons I tell ya.

        • thepanttherlady

          Where in her post did she state she was the one driving?

  • Cam Bunton

    Honestly, I don’t mind constructive and insightful feedback, it helps me improve. But, this.. does nothing. If you’re referring to the length of the article, there’s really only so much you can write when the full extent of the story is pretty much in the title..

  • A roaming agreement with Sprint would be an interesting thing.

    • taron19119

      Not at all they have that they need a network sharing agreement

    • Trevnerdio

      Couldn’t happen. Different network technologies and I highly doubt Sprint has any LTE where T-Mobile has absolutely no coverage.

  • Alex Zapata

    Cooooool story bro.

  • JB

    Your post and ownership over context is so shitty. Really.

  • ChitChatCat

    Now it’s the same date and city as the Amazon announement.

    • Dakota

      That’s why they moved it. Originally it was scheduled for LA, creating problems for tech reporters unable to be in two cities on the same day

  • Aurizen

    I really think T-Mobile should invest in that signal boosting technology I’ve been hearing about few months back.

  • dm33

    Could the amazon phone be the amazon announcement and uncarrier announcement


    Signing the CCA Hub agreement which would allow for more US roaming/coverage &/or partnering w/international carriers to provide either high speed data for free or true international roaming for free would be welcomed.

  • bob Lun

    Service is very spotty. On highways it’s terrible. In buildings it’s terrible.

    • Duck!

      Don’t worry, you get 5 bars of 20+20 LTE in the prairie!

  • Tgibbs

    Service here in Blairsville, GA has only 2G/EDGE services and it sucks the calls are sometime good and messages are so delayed that you don’t know when someone has text you. Sometimes I get messages 1 or 2 hours later, but hopefully T-Mobile would upgrade the area soon. I know it’s coming but when and how long?

  • Brian

    What if they started offering in home Internet through the use of a router (like the ones used for the @home service )that takes a sim card? $30 a month for unlimited home Internet?