John Legere teases ‘something great’ for next week, says he’s working on Apple Music for Music Freedom


After Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure took to Twitter to say that he’s tired of T-Mobile’s Un-carrier B.S., John Legere held a quick Periscope session to discuss the matter and drop a couple of hints about T-Mo’s future plans.

During a lengthy Periscope stream from a beach in The Hamptons in New York, John Legere suggested that Marcel Claure’s Twitter rant was the result of him “having a bad week.” Legere went on to shrug off Sprint’s All-In plan and its inclusion of David Beckham.

Turning to upcoming T-Mobile goodies, Legere hinted that “next week’s going to be fantastic” and that T-Mobile is “coming out with something great next week.” While Legere didn’t really go into any other details, he did say that he might be going onto TV next week. Maybe there’s a new Un-carrier Amped announcement coming?

Finally, Legere touched on the fact that Apple Music isn’t currently included with Music Freedom. He said that T-Mobile is working on getting Apple’s new streaming service into Music Freedom, and while he didn’t say when it might be added, he did say that “it’ll get done.”

If you’d like to view a replay of the Periscope, you can find it at this link. Replays are only available for 24 hours after the broadcast ended, though, so you’ll have to be quick.

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  • wodin6

    What about Amazon music?

    • Mike Palomba

      They’ll probably add it eventually

    • Good Question. I hope so. I don’t use Amazon Prime Music that music, but as far as purchasing music, I feel like Amazon really excels over Google Play Music. Especially considering when you pre-order albums, if tracks are released before release, you’ll get each at the time, just like iTunes.

    • Kiwini

      How about music customers own but stream over Google Music since it allows you to freely store 50,000 songs whether you access it on Android or iOS

      • randomnerd_number38

        You can already stream your stored songs in google music as part of music freedom.

      • SirStephenH

        It’s been included in Music freedom since November 24, 2014…

        I use it often and it doesn’t count against me.

    • SirStephenH

      Do people actually use that? I have Amazon Prime Music but I still pay for Google Play Music because Amazon Music is crap. Even if I didn’t want to pay for Google Play Music I could upload up to 50,000 of my own songs and stream them for free and there’s also free, ad based radio now too.

  • Craig Foster

    TuneIn Radio?

    • TuneIn is very tough to get included, because it compiles all live streaming stations into one spot. The music doesn’t come from specific servers like Pandora’s music all comes from pandora servers, spotify music comes from spotify servers. Tunein music would be coming from hundreds/thousands of servers.

      • Arnold Shoon

        You’d think that tunein can share their server list and Tmobile can use that?!

  • vinnyjr

    Huge fan of Legere, who ever thought T-Mobile would be 3rd aiming at 2nd? My service is fantastic and it still keeps getting better and better. Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • archerian

      3rd aiming at 2nd? Do you know the difference between 3rd and 2nd? Assuming you meant T-mobile is 3rd now, it will have to more than double its subscriber base to be 2nd. The huge Uncarrier subscriber additions have evened out… T-mobile predicts 4M adds this year, so no way they become second anytime soon. Of course, aiming is possible…

      • Fraydog

        Sprint and T-Mobile are both at roughly 57 Million customers, AT&T is at 121 Million. Google “grading the wireless carriers q1 2015” and bring up the Fierce Wireless article that has the statistics for all the carriers. Even if the two smaller carriers were allowed to merge, that would be at roughly 114 Million customers, 7 million short of 2nd place AT&T.

    • Kiwini

      You realize the bigger Tmobile gets, the more congested the network will become & the worse your service will likely get over time. They’ll. Also have less incentive to keep up all these gimmicks and raise prices. Unless you’re a shareholder, I don’t see how their being #4 or #3 (or hypothetically #1) in terms of number of customers affects your daily use in any fashion

      • matt

        Yes. That’s why T-Mobile has extra capacity of 10×10 and 20×20 LTE networks in a lot of areas where AT&T only has 5×5

        Even if they do grow and be more congested it will require a lot of people to fill up that 20×20 local tower.

        • archerian

          In several places with 20+20, back haul is really not up to supporting the growth and many times becomes the bottleneck.

      • UMA_Fan

        The bigger T-Mobile gets the better the industry period gets because the other guys will do more to compete with T-Mobile.

      • Aaron C

        I’ve been hearing that argument for two years now. No problem so far.

  • JLV90

    all data on music freedom 100% free including ads and album art?

    • UMA_Fan

      Just music. Ads and album art use data.

      • Joe

        Ahh ok that explains why when a video add comes on its takes forever to go through it

      • Jeffrey Wang

        Do you know if it’s possible to disable album art but not the music on Spotify?

  • schippma

    How about throttled data speeds at 512kbps? AT&T GoPhone customers currently get throttled at 512kbps (advertised as 128kbps) when they reach the high-speed threshold.

    • jamesJ

      You said it man, T Mo’s 2G is pretty much worthless.

      • Mark

        It would be funny if John made the throttle 600kbps for limited high-speed data plans (the same speed as Sprint’s original throttle for video on their unlimited high-speed plan). It won’t happen, but it’s nice to dream.

        T-Mobile should make throttled data more usable. I believe a 500kbps throttle would be more realistic for customers on the Data Strong network.

        A 500kbps connection is fast enough for basic functions on a cell phone, except watching HD video.

        Obviously, many customers would downgrade to the cheapest data plan if this occurred, but hey, I can dream, can’t I?

        • randomnerd_number38

          I’m hoping they raise the throttled speed at least somewhat. 256kbps seems like a nice middle ground- fast enough for social network apps and email and other minor stuff. In other words, useable for communication but slow enough to still be annoying. 128kbps is good enough for that stuff in theory, but real world usage is a different story.

        • Mark

          I think a realistic throttle is 256kbps. I was just dreaming and trying to be cheap (or should I say frugal? Or is thrifty the right word?)

        • Joe

          Yeah 256kbps sounds like a much more realistic cap for both t-mobile and the customer. 128kbps works wellish for the most part but sometimes its really bad. There prises when compared to att with 4 iphone 6 phones and 10gig data is I think $20 cheaper a month and then add the fact that you pay $200 down per phone on att so in 2 years U save yourself a lot of money (all this info is from about 6 months ago so it may have changed). So there prices are fine and remember they are still a company so the #1 goal is make money, and if we want a better network well we need to pay for that.

        • UMA_Fan

          I think that would defeat the point of people paying for more data.

          Tmobile is the most consumer friendly cell phone company out there and the best way to support what they are doing is to pay for unlimited high speed data.

        • randomnerd_number38

          thats true, and there’s already plenty of middle ground, too. Such as the $100 for 4 lines with 2.5 gigs of data apiece. I’m on that, and pay the extra $10 on a couple of my lines to get 4.5 gigs and data stash.

        • Aaron C

          Yep. Same here. Main like has the extra with stash. Since I’m away this week on a long trip I will probably eat into that 10GB I got early this year. Thanks, T-Mo!

        • Mark

          It would defeat the purpose for those who are not “power users” on their phones.

          However, a more realistic number should be given for the throttle. 128kbps is too slow for most applications. It would be nice if T-Mobile increased the throttle to a more realistic 256kbps OR for those who pay for limited data, make the throttle for those plans at 500kbps (and the free included data features get the 128kbps throttle).

          I know, I’m asking for too much but to call T-Mobile a Consumer friendly cellular company is funny. Yes, they are better than the big 3 but they were forced to do something and John saved the company. However, many of their offers are just hidden contacts to lock you in – it’s all a smoke and mirrors game.

          Your phone payment is a contract. Leasing a phone is a contract. And yes, while cellular rates on T-Mobile went down slightly (post phone subsidies), just add in a couple of phone payments and guess what, we’re back to paying more for cellular service than ever before.

          For those who buy cheap phones, those are really the only customers who pay less for service. When you add a $33 per month phone payment per line on top of your rate plan, your service cost is actually quite high.

    • archerian

      T-Mobile will not do anything that might decrease their cash flow, at that speed many would “downsell” to the free tier instead of $10-$30 extra.

    • SirStephenH

      Or even 256Kbps… You can’t do anything with 128Kbps

  • Brian

    Mr. Legere, rather than waiting next week… do tell more!

  • Glenn Gore

    How about an announcement that they are turning on their 2G-to-LTE upgrade all around the country? Or at least a progress report. For such an enormous undertaking, this program of T-Mobile’s has had precious little reporting done on it and no announcements from T-Mobile in several months regarding its progress or expected completion other than “end of 2015”. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be another instance where on Dec 31 they announce that the program is “substantially complete” with only half of it done and 10 years later it still isn’t finished. We have had enough of those.

    • Fraydog

      To be fair, there’s lots of areas I am going in now that appear gray on the map where I get LTE. Even more where there’s still EDGE but new network equipment has appeared on the ground. Out west, the biggest issue T-Mobile is running into is CenturyLink dragging their feet, Sprint had this issue too.

      • Glenn Gore

        No LTE in the gray areas around here. No LTE for 40 miles in any direction. Fiber is available at all their tower locations if they want to avail themselves of those providers. AT&T and Pioneer utilize those sources. Radios have been in place for months. An update would be nice, this is a BIG project, one they should be talking about.

    • Aaron C

      I was shocked this weekend when I had full LTE in areas of NH that I had no reception only a few months ago. T-Mobile is VERY aggressively rolling out LTE. Anyone who doesn’t see that isn’t paying attention.

    • Stumptown Retro

      It’s started around here in Oregon. Not fully there but some places are doing waaaay better now.

  • Nick Sonon

    Yes Tmobile is a no good cellphone service unless u live in a major city. And there wifi calling isnt anybetter. Thanks to Tmobile i was force to find a wifi service that works cuz you may not pay a contract fee but if you get one of their phones you are locked in with them until you pay it off. So lets see John Legere hold a “periscope session”, or even text someone about his complaints from someplace other then the hamptons. Hell even on main highways in pennsylvania, totally in the open, no mountains around. Still no data, most times can barely make a phone call and forget sending picture messages of the beautiful outdoors or hiking with your kids. Yep, once my phone is paid off I will be trying out sprint. Even the app i found textnow offers a very cheap plan through sprint service. So John Legere can bost all he wants about apple and streaming music but what good does it do if you have no data service.

  • Powersn

    Yes Tmobile is a no good cellphone service unless u live in a major city. And there wifi calling isnt anybetter. Thanks to Tmobile i was force to find a wifi service that works cuz you may not pay a contract fee but if you get one of their phones you are locked in with them until you pay it off. So lets see John Legere hold a “periscope session”, or even text someone about his complaints from someplace other then the hamptons. Hell even on main highways in pennsylvania, totally in the open, no mountains around. Still no data, most times can barely make a phone call and forget sending picture messages of the beautiful outdoors or hiking with your kids. Yep, once my phone is paid off I will be trying out sprint. Even the app i found textnow offers a very cheap plan through sprint service. So John Legere can bost all he wants about apple and streaming music but what good does it do if you have no data service.

    • Kyle

      Please refrain from typing.

    • themask128

      Ha looks like a troll in the forums again – exact same comment verbatim under two separate accounts lol.

    • metro_struggler

      Hahaha! You made me laugh. Enjoy Sprint. In fact, you don’t have to wait till your phone is paid off. Go to Sprint now and they’ll pay you to switch!

    • JLV90

      No one said you had to get a $600+ phone if you had questions about the service in your area.

    • randomnerd_number38

      I hope you’re smarter about the way you try sprint. Either don’t commit to a $600 phone right off the bat or make sure you’re able to test the service in the places you need it during the time when you can still return the phone.

      I’m fully confident that(as long as t-mobile can get 10×10 low band spectrum nationwide through a combination of 700mhz and the 600mhz auction next year)t-mobile will be a rival to Verizon’s coverage within 3 years. Luckily their coverage meets my needs now so I get to enjoy the other benefits of t-mobile while watching their coverage continue to grow. Good luck, I hope that sprint meets your needs.

      • archerian

        Let’s hope T-Mobile stays around as T-Mobile and not T-Dish or T-Cast for 3 years.

    • Aaron C

      Lol. Having T-Mobile coverage issues so you’re going to try SPRINT? ROTFL

    • Stumptown Retro

      They would if they could get some low band spectrum which ATT and Verizon monopolized. Their ownership of spectrum has decreased competition tremendously.

    • LikeFryLikeFry!

      After reading this, I can’t help but wonder if I really read an English paragraph (?). Sprint is 100000x worse. Trust me.

  • Kiwini

    Let me freely stream the music I own thats stored on Google Music & I’ll give Tmobile a try

    • sikety

      Done, you are welcome……

      Google music has been on there for several months now.

    • randomnerd_number38

      I’ve been freely streaming the music I uploaded to my google music cloud for awhile now. Feels good man.

      If the coverage is “good enough” for you now, it’s only going to get better. Just make sure you get a phone that supports band 12 :)

    • Mike Palomba

      You can already do that

    • SirStephenH

      Yeah… You’ve been able to do that for some time now.

  • Kiwini

    Has anyone tried Google Fi service which uses Sprint & Tmobile. I’d like to see Tmonews do a review. I know they’ve knocked off $150 off Nexus 6 and trying to encourage customers to use the service which also apparently heavily relies on wifi. The big catch us you get a refund on data you paid for but didn’t use

    • Mike Thaler

      I’ll try it when available on more phones

    • Yaz

      I am on the fence to. The lack of device support kills the deal

    • SirStephenH

      “The big catch us you get a refund on data you paid for but didn’t use”

      That’s not exactly a catch…

  • antho

    We T mobile customers want Samsung Galaxy s6 active please

    • ifart

      Definitely, I 2nd that notion.

  • antho

    Why Tunein radio is not part of T mobile Freedom music

    • michael caley

      Yes I like Tunein Radio, and it probably uses less bandwidth then some of the others. xiia is another good one they should add.

    • Thinkthelma

      If there’s a music streaming service that isn’t on music freedom and you want to suggest it tweet @T-Mobile with #MusicFreedom. If enough people suggest an app they will add it.

    • Patrick Couch

      TuneIn is an aggregator of many different streams from various technical providers. To have all of TuneIn included in Music Freedom all of the different streaming providers would need to be included in the exception. Might be fairly easy to include a company such as mine, Triton Digital, or others that only stream audio but it gets complicated when the stream comes from a player that does MUCH more like Akamai.

  • Andy

    T-Mobile carrier aggregation for band 2 and band 4 LTE?

    • xmiro

      not what uncarrier is about

      • gmo8492

        They do mention network improvements during uncarrier events.

  • Alex Pilaia

    Make Data Stash for all Tmobile customers on any simple choice plan, not only for the “rich and famous” that have 3+GB data plan.

    • Stumptown Retro

      Dude, 3GB is like $10. If you even use data off Wifi 1GB isn’t enough to stash anything with. Want 80MB a month? That doesn’t sound like logical business.

    • xmiro

      if you can’t afford $10 data addon maybe consider cutting your service out

      DataStash was created to get customers to buy $10+ addon data buckets and stay on them – if you cancel addon data plan it expires your DataStash and can’t be reversed

    • Bilal A

      I agree, even the 1gb & 2.5 gb users should be able to stash data. Wether we save 1 gb or 80 mb a month, free data is free data.

  • ronjon400

    its funny, you don’t hear anything from VZW/ATT anymore

  • emcdonald75

    I hope John Legere announce an updated coverage map or improved coverage. T-Mobile’s coverage map is a lie. I just drove to visit my parents for the Fourth of July, and the coverage map shows 4G LTE coverage on the entire Interstate from Jackson, MS to Laurel, MS. I had 4G LTE about 60% of the trip, Emergency Calls Only for 30% the time and lastly, 10% of 2G EDGE. When I reached Laurel, I had 4G LTE but the download speeds never went above 1mbps. With speeds reaching less than 1mbps, is that truly 4G LTE? I have supported T-Mobile for years, but the coverage map cannot be trusted. I was shocked because I expected to stream Pandora the entire trip, but I could not. I could barely use data services in a town that claims to have 4G LTE services. I was so close to leaving T-Mobile for Verizon. Only in Jackson, MS is T-Mobile’s service good for data services. As soon as you drive from the city, the coverage quality becomes a mixed bag. Even with the coverage map showing 4G LTE, can it truly be used a measure of service quality and type?

    • Cynagen

      The coverage map isn’t lying, the signal is there, you were likely in a highly concentrated (apartment buildings everywhere) poor area where everyone uses their cellphone for everything because they can’t afford both a home internet connection and a cellphone. Same thing happens when I go to my mom’s place, it’s a stereotypically poor area and while I have 4G LTE signal no problem, speeds are sub 1mbit. The towers are overloaded because T-Mobile is not an ISP like the way all users in that area are treating it; At my home, in a middle-class area where everyone has a home internet connection, I get 4G LTE and around 20mbits both directions most times, but that’s because everyone has a home internet connection. Re-evaluate where you’re standing, and think of how others are abusing the system before posting your ridiculous rants. As far as the highway goes, there’s a number of things you need to consider, such as if a microwave repeater is down, it’ll knock down service for a section of the highway, nothing T-Mobile can do about sudden small area outages. Now, go do that drive again in a month after they’ve gotten a tech out there to restore the tower and see what it’s like then.

      • emcdonald75

        How dare you call my rant ridiculous? It is not for me to do T-Mobile’s job for them. I am a customer. I pay for a service. If a coverage map reports that I should receive a service, then I should receive that service. T-Mobile should upgrade their equipment at the tower to reduce degradation. T-Mobile should better monitor their network to ensure that the service they advertised should actually be “The Data Strong Network”. T-Mobile should have drivers that test the signal quality and the speeds of that signal on every road, in every town and city shown on their coverage map. As a customer, I can only report my experience. If I didn’t experience such a poor network this weekend, then I would have said how proud I was of T-Mobile’s network instead. I cannot say that I was a happy customer because the experience was that bad. Some spots were not even 2G. My Galaxy Note 4 only showed Emergency Calls Only. The coverage map does not show Emergency Calls Only, it shows 4G LTE. That’s what I expect and that’s what I should receive. If it was AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, I would have said the exact same thing. Just because I am targeting T-Mobile, doesn’t mean I don’t like them, I am still their customer, but I was ashamed of my experience. Why is that so hard for people to understand? It is not always going to be rainbows and skittles with T-Mobile. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it is the truth. As customers, are we not to hold T-Mobile responsible for their products and services?

        • Cynagen

          We should hold T-Mobile responsible, within the realm of REALITY. What you’re asking is utterly impossible, towers go down, shit happens, the real world happens, and while I’m sorry you had a crappy experience when traveling, let’s not try to set some unrealistic goal of 100% tower uptime (impossible especially with the microwave-based relays located in the middle of nowhere). What you’re asking is tantamount to setting up a hut at every tower base for a technician to LIVE in, so that they can, when the tower fails for whatever reason, immediately go and fix it to provide you this magical 100% coverage you seek. Even then it wouldn’t fix anything if one of the antenna arrays went down as a transmitter died (reducing coverage in one direction), the tech would STILL have to wait for a replacement transmitter to hook up to the system and antennas to get transmitting again (those things are stupid expensive still and T-Mobile isn’t going to risk putting tens of thousands of dollars out at each tower as a hotspare.) T-Mobile is a company, and it manages a wireless network much like your household ISP. Since we keep falling back to this analogy, when’s the last time you went on a bitch-rant about your cable provider, hmm? You’ve likely learned to accept that the service isn’t 100% uptime reliable; “Sure, it’s not 100% reliable but it gets fixed very quickly” is likely what’s going to come out of your mouth next, and to respond to that, it’s called LOGISTICS. When you’re dealing with a localized cable network, it’s a lot easier to keep technicians stationed close by in order to effect repairs, also because it’s within a city, there’s usually a warehouse containing spare equipment which isn’t too far and can be sourced for replacement parts sooner than later, resulting in downtimes usually no longer than 12 hours or so in the worst instances (like some drunk idiot running over a cable node in a truck). When you leave the city, and are on an otherwise “remote” highway, those towers are remotely operated and monitored, but there’s no easy way to get to them and get them repaired in the same timeframe that a tower inside the city might be, the entire support infrastructure, warehouses, techs, they’re all MILES away, so expect the tower to be down for maybe a couple days, but they’ll usually get it back up. Now, again I say to you, go drive down that stretch of highway again in a month, let’s see how your coverage fares then. As far as the data usage in the area around your parent’s house, T-Mobile could not predict what the usage would be like in any area until they get the peaks, then it’s up to them to increase capacity based on the area, and that’s again, based on logistics, only tied directly to the customer behavior. If you’re talking a high-usage, high-failure-to-pay area (like my mother’s house), then they’re not going to be in a complete rush to fix service because if nobody is paying for their service, there’s no revenue for that area to justify the expenditure on the network there. Legere has also gone on to say in his recent Uncarrier 9.0 announcement that T-Mobile was going to be pushing to increase capacity everywhere, and I would assume that includes the heaviest hit areas, so I don’t expect it to be long. Remember, this isn’t a mom-and-pop or local operation that we’re talking about here, this is a NATIONAL CARRIER, things will inherently take a little longer, just be glad you’re not on AT&T, because then you’d just be screwed.

    • Clifton K. Morris

      I agree.

      Today’s Geodata and RF propagation tools can accurately predict coverage on a 3-meter basis.

      The best geodata also includes data from satellites, which can determine characteristics of a given 3-meter portion of ground including elevation, and foliage type. Based on the sizing of the new map, T-mobile must use 50-meter geodata, and possibly the version from early 2000s.

      This is important to have new, and accurate geodata, which T-Mobile probably hasn’t bought yet. As an example, an area with trees in it will absorb more RF power (especially in the summer) than an area which is plains land. Plus, because trees grow every year, a set of data that’s 4 years old is terribly inaccurate.

      So, because it seems that they can’t build a map yet that shows T-Mobile’s coverage based on season of the year because they haven’t found a way to invest in that technology yet.

      But, as you probably know, and they’ve been doing this for a while, they’ll give you a discount on the service while you figure it out for them and use the “crowd-sourced maps.” :)

  • Randall Lind

    Sprint hates T-Mobile so much why is everything they are doing now a copy of what T-mobile has? The $80 all you can eat plan the $100 family plan etc. Stop stealing T-Mobile ideas then!

  • Karl Stones

    T-Mobile has very spotty coverage in my area so I had to switch back to AT&T. I will give tmobile another try next year.

    • It’s gotten way better since 3 years ago. But if you’re out in the rurals, don’t even try until they fully deploy Band 12 and whatever band in the 600 blocks.

      • Janice and Russ

        600MHz is going to take a while. The auction has to occur, then the auction has to be paid, next, it will take another 2 or 3 years (if your T-Mobile) to raise money to buy the equipment. Permitting through city and county governments can take another year. Electricity needs to be run, next, fiber cable needs to be installed, lease contracts need to be signed.

        Seriously… 600MHz is going to take a long time. It’s best to buy what works for you now.

  • PP293

    I wish T-Mobile had carrier aggregation in Atlanta with band 2 and band 4 LTE…

    • James T.

      I agree. We’ll see better speeds. Even the Note 3 from 2013 support CA. I went to Korea and they have GIGA LTE. I downloaded GTA 5 using LTE in 37 minutes. Unbelievable.

      • James T.

        To clarify, I was downloading 23gb GTA V since I paused the download before I visited there.

  • Kevin

    You talk too much, and make assumptions to argue your point. Get over it.

  • Clifton K. Morris

    Whenever I read a block of text like this, I run to search “DownDetector” and compare how many complaints Verizon has in the previous 24 hours versus T-Mobile.

    Because people love to complain about how expensive Verizon is… But, it works.

  • emcdonald75

    I understand that things happen. I am not leaving T-Mobile. I will not switch carriers unless I had no service in the area I live in. I can still talk and text and use data for Internet when I visit my parents. I have excellent 4G LTE service in the city I am currently living in, Jackson, MS. Maybe a few buildings have poor service but I do not spend enough time in them for me to switch carriers. I do not travel very often to care about service outside of the city. When I visited my parents before, T-Mobile gave me 12mbps in Laurel, MS. It was just shocking to see less than 1mbps speeds. Also, the coverage map should be updated to show that Highway 84 West from Collins, MS to Laurel, MS is roaming, not 4G LTE. T-Mobile should strive for accuracy. If they are planning to add 4G LTE there, then that is great, but they should wait until the LTE coverage is actually present. I am hoping they can work out some deal with C-Spire (CDMA) for 700MHz A-Block roaming once C-Spire actually builds out that spectrum. I hope that more carriers move to VoLTE and all LTE data for their spectrum for more seamless roaming deals.