T-Mobile unveils partnership with Google


Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that it had just inked a new, multi-year deal with Google. With the partnership, T-Mobile aims to establish itself across Google’s network of companies, such as Google, Android, Pixel, Google One, and YouTube. 

Hiroshi Locheimer, Google’s Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems said: 

“This is a win for Android users and an even greater win for the Android ecosystem. T-Mobile and Google have been working together to champion Android since the very beginning with the launch of the T-Mobile G1 in 2008. We’re taking what has already been a long and very successful relationship, and building on it to bring Android customers even more features and services.” 

Mike Sievert, T-Mobile CEO also shared his eagerness about the partnership: 

“We’re building on our decade-long relationship with Google to give customers an even better experience with the world’s very best products and services offered by Android, Pixel and YouTube. The world’s most popular smartphone platform with Android, a broad range of premium Pixel devices, an upgraded, modern messaging experience on Android and a robust entertainment offering with YouTube TV — it’s the best of Google, combined with the nation’s largest and fastest 5G network on T-Mobile.”

Some of the things that can be expected from the partnership include the following: 

Upgraded Messaging Experience

Google and T-Mobile plans to produce a more consistent and secure messaging experience for its customers. One way it plans to do this is to make Messages the default messaging experience across Android devices, including support for the advanced messaging capabilities of Rich Communication Services (RCS). 

Through Messages, T-Mobile’s Android customers will get to enjoy advanced chat features such as:

  • Chatting over Wi-Fi or data
  • Sending and receiving better quality photos and videos
  • Knowing when your message is read
  • Sharing reactions
  • Enjoying more dynamic and engaging group chats

One advantage of using Messages is that it includes end-to-end encryption for one-on-one RCS conversations. Google actually started rolling this feature out to beta testers but promised to continue the rollout this year. 

Improved Pixel and Android Ecosystem

The partnership also promises that T-Mobile will be expanding its offering of Pixel and other Android devices. With the partnership, the two companies will showcase T-Mobile’s 5G network on these devices. 

Seamless Phone Backup and Expanded Cloud Storage

The partnership also gives T-Mobile customers access to Google One, which will let them seamless and securely back up their mobile data and restore it to a new phone. T-Mobile customers will have access to the expanded cloud storage plans of Google One so they can easily backup their mobile devices. 

Mobile Entertainment Innovation

As part of the partnership, T-Mobile and Google will be offering a premium TV solution through YouTube TV. T-Mobile customers will get $10 off the regular price, turning it to just $54.99 per month. 

If you are an existing TVision customer, you can get the offer until June 30th. You can get more information about this offer here.


Source: T-Mobile

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  • steveb944

    I’ll just post the same as I did elsewhere on an article a couple hours earlier.
    Looking forward to Pixel, everything else is just confusing considering RCS was existing and TVision just released.

    • JG

      I could very well be wrong here…

      But wasn’t T-Mobile, initially at least, rolling out their own carrier specific RCS profile server setup?

      I’m wondering if this is T-Mo saying they’re just going to switch everyone over to Google’s own system and let Google handle all of the RCS servers and profiles and all that…

      • steveb944

        Yes and yes. I’m glad they finally gave in, which they probably saw the ease of it since Sprint was using Google.

  • Omegajb

    Discontinuing TVision is punch in the d*ck to those who had the rug pulled out when they shut down Tvision home in December now 5 months later they shut the new service down.
    The uncarrier company is developing bad habits from the other carriers.

    • JG

      They’re partnering with Google, they have to start filling their own graveyard of cancelled projects now :)

  • JR

    Pixels! Yay! I feel bad for TVision users, but YouTube TV is a much better alternative.
    I hope that the Home Internet product stays.

  • marque2

    Signed a deal with the devil. Alas, it is already so difficult to get rid of google crud, now T-mobile will embedded for my greater experience.

    • shawn murray

      if you already use android then you use google that are not that bad

      • marque2

        Well, it is impossible to avoid google, but I do try to reduce my use. Switching to the other evil empire Apple doesn’t help the cause of freedom much.

        • warmon6

          Well… You could switch to a Linux OS phone. That’ll get you farther away from Google and Apple.

          Although you might want to develop some Linux skill’s if you dont already have some. It’ll come in handy when problems arise and you only have forums to guide you though.

        • marque2

          There is also Sailfish OS which is gaining some traction in Europe which is probably easier to use.

          And no I don’t want to become a Linux admin. The problem is I don’t want spend half my time on Stackoverflow asking how exactly to mount my flash in the phone and when that is done ask about the next issue that comes up (Linux has gotten a lot better since I quit using it about a decade ago – but it has always been a pain to set up, which is why I don’t recommend it for my relatives. Ok grandma, boot to the second drive partition like I told you to. Now, come on Grandma, how many times have I told you start by opening a bash shell. You didn’t type sudo first, now we need to edit your cron file, What do you mean you haven’t practiced your VI commands … Windows is much easier to describe to them).

          But really, yes, I mostly only use the web app, and the few non-web apps I use have web based counterparts. I should be able to switch. The problem is mostly the service side, I can only think of a charge model for the email/contact list functionality, and somehow someone needs to support a maps app.

        • Mike Smith

          Apple isn’t in the business to sell your data, Google is.

        • marque2

          True, and they would have their uyieger slaves beaten if anything leaked. Nothing corrupt about Apple, good point.

        • Mike Smith

          I’m not sure if you’re disabled or are ESL, but I didn’t say anything about “corrupt”?

          My comment was solely about the business motivations of Google/Android being incompatible with consumer privacy.

    • nutmac

      Isn’t Android largely made by Google? If you think Google is the devil, you probably shouldn’t buy Android phone.

      • vrm

        Android OS is (supposedly) open source. Phone vendors may have some proprietary add-ons but that is separate from Google.

      • Mike Smith

        No one should buy an Android phone. Not because Android isn’t great, but because it’s a Trojan horse to steal your data.

  • UniBroW

    I want nothing to do with anything Google related

    • Mike Smith

      Same, but it’s hard when they have a beat in class service like Nest or YouTube TV.

  • vrm

    Big mistake- do not tie on to a platform. Also, how will this affect their relationship with the fruity one ?

  • Mike Smith

    This is awesome. YourTube TV discount is significant!

  • htyoung

    So this is why they are killing T-vision. Sad. I got Tvision because Sling was the only good streaming tv service and Tvision was like sling with more DVR space and local channels at a lower price. But now we’re being sent to Youtube TV which isn’t as good a service. Shame shame shame