T-Mobile looking for one town to win over $3 million


Yesterday, T-Mobile held a webcast where it talked about its big plans for the Un-Carrier. One of the plans it announced was to launch a new initiative called the T-Mobile Hometown. This initiative details T-Mo’s plans to bring 5G to rural America, build physical stores, and provide 7,500 jobs to locals in these communities. 

Today, T-Mobile further talked about this initiative by bringing this to just one town. And in order to do this, T-Mobile launched a new contest called the T-Mobile Hometown Techover. This is a contest that T-Mo launched to look for a single town in the country that can showcase the power of the T-Mobile 5G network and the 5G model for all other cities, towns, hamlets, burgs, parishes, villages or other similarly named communities. 

As the contest winner, T-Mobile will give the entire community and individual households goods and services costing up to more than $3 million. Among these include the following:

  • Community Grant – A $200,000 T-Mobile Hometown Grant and consulting services from Smart Growth America
  • Play Ball – Little League field refurbishment including a tech upgrade and T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant support
  • Public Space Connectivity – An Un-Carrier style upgrade to a public space like a library, community center, or town square
  • Access to T-Mobile Resources – Concierge enrollment in T-Mobile’s Project 10 Million and Connecting Heroes programs
  • The full Magenta treatment – 100 households will get free wireless service and home internet for one year, four new 5G phones and an HD TV
  • The bash of all bashes – A free concert for the winning town with 18-time chart-topping, multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line

In order to join this contest, you simply need to upload a photo or video of your town. You then need to tell T-Mobile what makes it special. The contest starts today, April 8th at 6am PT and will end on Friday, May 7th at 9pm PT. You can read more about the contest on this website.


Source: T-Mobile

Tags: , ,

  • Glenn Gore

    What is the minimum population number to be considered for this program, 100,000? That is a “hamlet” in a lot of people’s definition. I think the money would be better spent just doing what the program says it will do rather than creating something the company can brag about. If people see actual results, improvements, and availability of new services where they live, not just in ONE place somewhere, that would be worth FAR more in PR and advertising to T-Mobile.

  • Shaun Michalak

    That would be interesting to see.. But since this said “town” and not city.. I would find one in a remote place that no one has coverage in.. That would really make it interesting..

  • Shaun Michalak

    They keep saying “bring 5G”.. But the real question is.. Is this band 71 5g, band 41 5G, or both?? If it is just band 71, then nothing too impressive there.. There are a lot of rural communities that have band 71.. But the speeds from it is not going to turn any heads..

    • Stove48

      Half mile from the tower in my home town with band 41 5G, speed is not that great. No better than LTE… Maybe someday…….

    • SteveD

      Depending on location, speed is not the only thing.
      Where my father lived there were only 2 options for internet.
      DSL on 100 year old phone lines which gave 500k service if it worked at all.. or Rural WiFi that was $60 mo for 2meg down 250k up.

      LTE speeds would turn a lot of heads. Also.. The efficiencies gained with 5g means that more users can have those LTE speeds without bogging the tower and throttling everyone.

      • Shaun Michalak

        But you comment is as if there is good service.. Speed is the first and foremost, the important factor.. For example, where I live, for quite a while, half of the time, the speeds were so bad that I could not even do a speed test because it timed out.. While band 71 is good, no matter how you look at it, if there is too many users trying to use the data at the same time, they will run into the same problem.. Also, do not forget that something like half of the band 71 that they have now, and are using, is borrowed, or leased, from the owners of that spectrum.. T-Mobile only bought an average of about 30mhz of band 71 to start off with.. 10 of which they are using for LTE.. So if the only thing that they have for 5G is 20mhz of band 71, that really is not going to be too impressive once you start getting a lot of people using it at the same time.

        PS.. You said LTE would turn a lot of heads.. But this article is about 5G, not 4G LTE.. So I was not including any 4G LTE service..

  • Travis May

    A FGL concert is not a win.

    • Sharti24

      Would you rather have a nickelback concert instead? Lol