T-Mobile talks about #5GforAll in recent webcast


Earlier today, T-Mobile held a webcast where it unveiled its upcoming plans for the Un-Carrier. This is the April 7th event they teased about at the end of March that left everyone clueless on what the Un-Carrier had plans for its customers. And as it turns out, T-Mobile is making a bold move to bring #5GforAll. 

Among the announcements they made include the Great Free 5G Phone Upgrade, the Great Unlimited Trade-Up, the availability of T-Mobile Home Internet with fast wireless broadband, and the T-Mobile Hometown commitment to bring 5G to rural America. Let’s get to know more about these initiatives individually: 

Great Free 5G Phone Upgrade

According to a study cited by T-Mobile, 92% of Americans don’t have a 5G phone as of the start of 2021. And because of this, T-Mo feels like this number of Americans are missing out on an important experience of knowing what 5G is like. 

This is why T-Mobile is launching the Great Free 5G Phone Upgrade initiative. Through this, T-Mo plans to give everyone a free 5G smartphone. In order to get a free 5G device, you will need to trade in your existing phone. T-Mobile will then give you a new Samsung Galaxy A32 5G for free. 

Unfortunately, this offer is only available to postpaid customers. Both new and existing customers can take advantage of the deal and trade in any old phone in working condition. T-Mobile says they will accept flip phones too. 

The free 5G smartphone will be available under 24 monthly bill credits. You only need to pay the sales tax. 

Great Unlimited Trade-Up

Another initiative T-Mobile unveiled today is the Great Unlimited Trade-Up, which aims to entice existing Verizon and AT&T customers to make the switch. T-Mobile points out that there are 60 million Americans who are still “stuck on limited data plans from Verizon or AT&T… most with limited or no 5G access.” Through the Great Unlimited Trade-Up initiative, T-Mobile hopes that they can encourage these customers to switch to get to experience unlimited data and full access to their 5G network. 

The initiative also extends to existing T-Mobile postpaid customers and former Sprint customers under a limited data plan. These customers will be getting a free upgrade to unlimited.

The best part about this is that it isn’t a short-term promotion. T-Mobile says that both the Great Free 5G Phone Upgrade and Great Unlimited Trade-Up initiatives will start on April 18th and will last all year long. 

T-Mobile Home Internet

With the current state of our lives, having a reliable and fast internet connection is essential. The health crisis forced people to stay at home, whether they are studying or working. But for many, having high-speed internet is still a far-fetched dream. And this is exactly what T-Mobile intends to change with T-Mobile Home Internet.  

T-Mo launched T-Mobile Home Internet today with over 30 million households eligible for the service. T-Mobile also made sure that almost 10 million of the households eligible for the service are based in rural America, to give them access to high-speed internet. 

The service costs $60 per month with AutoPay enabled. There are no added taxes or fees, equipment fees, contracts, or surprises on your bills. T-Mobile promises new customers to expect an average speed of 100 Mbps with unlimited data and no caps. 

Upon enrollment, you’ll receive a 4G/5G gateway to your home that you can easily setup on your own. And once that’s done, you can start enjoying fixed wireless broadband. 

You can check if T-Mobile Home Internet is already available in your area by visiting this page

T-Mobile Hometown

Lastly, T-Mobile renewed its commitment to bring 5G to rural America. And in the process, they shared their plans of hiring 7,500 new employees in small towns and rural communities over the next few years. T-Mo also has plans to provide $25 million in grants for community development projects. 

As explained by T-Mobile’s Executive Vice President, Jon Freier: 

“We have one goal here: be your hometown network. That starts with a great 5G network and continues with sustained investments in local communities through T-Mobile Hometown, so the towns so many of us love aren’t left behind in this next wireless generation.”

T-Mobile plans to build hundreds of new retail stores in small towns all over the country in the next two years. These stores will create 5,000 direct new jobs and will create opportunities for those in construction and services to build and maintain these stores. 

In areas where a physical retail store can’t be put up, T-Mobile plans to designate a Hometown Expert, an official T-Mobile representative in a community. This individual will be doing most of the things that their store employees do, such as connecting people to T-Mobile’s 5G network and Home Internet service, but without a traditional store.

T-Mo plans to hire 2,500 Hometown Experts based in 2,500 small towns. Right now, they are already actively looking for these representatives by posting 1,000 job listings. If you are interested in one of these roles, you can visit this page to learn more about it.

Lastly, T-Mobile is launching a new program called Hometown Grants. Through this program, T-Mobile will contribute $25 million over the next five years as a way of helping fund community development projects in rural areas. You can find out more about this program here

“This is the moment we’ve been working toward since we shared our vision for a faster, more inclusive future — a vision we called 5G for ALL — when we announced our plans to merge with Sprint three years ago,” T-Mobile CEO, Mike Sievert, shares. “We’re quite literally the only company that can kickstart this new era of connectivity, that has the network to upgrade America’s phones, homes and small towns to 5G. And we’re just getting started.”


Source: T-Mobile

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  • Terry

    The phone you trade in to get a free Samsung phone, must also be unlocked. FYI.

    • marque2

      They are going to get some pretty old phones so that shouldn’t be a problem.

  • steveb944

    Free device is highly tempting, I assume it can’t have damage. Hate that I threw out all the old phones.

    I assume their newer plans that have unlimited but throttle at higher speeds don’t count for the Great Unlimited Trade-Up.

    Too bad I still can’t get the Home Internet, I hate Comcast. At this point it’s either T-Mobile or Starlink in my future.

    • marque2

      It isn’t a throttle. After 100gigs in a month you get deprioritized. The deprioritized rate is guaranteed a minimum of 3g speeds, but if your part of the network isn’t busy, you get 5g speed.

  • Glenn Gore

    T-Mobile is fighting an uphill battle with their home internet service, with only a very small coverage area at launch when you look at the tiny little dots on the map that only appears for a few seconds behind Sievert in the video. Then the list of cities scrolls by so fast that you cannot read it and cuts off before reaching the end. And of course this list of cities is not available for perusal anywhere. This service only covers a VERY miniscule amount of the current 5G coverage area.

    These efforts at doing a home broadband service are coming at the same time Starlink will be rolling out their service totally nationwide, to EVERY single city, town, and rural home by the end of 2021 or early 2022. Yes, Starlink is more expensive but will offer 100-300 Mbps download capability, again to EVERY location, not just “select cities”. It is going to be very hard for these cellular-based services to compete with that.

    • Shaun Michalak

      I would have to disagree.. You make it sound like starlink is going to be a god send for people.. and to some, it just might.. But I love how you leave out all the major details about it.. Like the fact that it is going to cost you $499 for the equipment, plus an additional $99 a month.. almost $600 just to get you started.. or the fact that Cowen estimates that the system will only be able to handle about 485,000 users.. But according to statistics, there is over 57,000,000 people living in rural USA.. Add in the Canadian people, and there is even more..

      “SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has pointed out the satellite technology would struggle to supply enough internet bandwidth to users residing in heavily populated locations. “Starlink is great for low to medium population density. But satellites are not great for high-density urban,” he told Joe Rogan in a February interview. “So you’re actually better off having 5G for that.””

      So basically, you say they are fighting an uphill battle because of things like starlink, yet Starlink straight out says that they can not support densely populated areas, and to stick with companies with 5G, just like T-Mobile.. Oh the irony..

      • Glenn Gore

        Sure there are costs associated with getting Starlink, I never said it’s free to get or subscribe to. I actually said “Yes, Starlink is more expensive” which covers that.

        You are also correct in that Elon Musk has never targeted the Starlink service for urban customers. He doesn’t have to, since they are the people who already have dozens of alternatives available to them for data service, ready to go right now. He is targeting it to the people in mid-size cities and towns, small towns, and folks who live in the country who don’t have access to any of those options, or any options at all. And my comments all have to do only with small town and rural areas since that’s where I live and what I know about. I am not concerned with urban areas at all. Urban areas have 5G already, some rural areas don’t and never will. Some areas will never get access to the T-Mobile Home Internet service at all. Starlink will have access available everywhere.

        I don’t know anything about Cowen’s guesstimates, we will see how they turn out. Lets see what happens when the entire constellation of 12-14,000 satellites is up in orbit. I don’t think that all 57,000,000 rural residents will have to go with Starlink. Some will indeed be served by T-Mobile’s 5G Home Internet service as it is rolled out, or other providers, but those are all going to take many years to reach whatever end-point in coverage they decided on, but I can guarantee you that they are not going to cover every square inch like Starlink will.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I agree.. My point was more that you came across that starlink will be the better option, no matter what, type of thing.. Because it is going to be everywhere, and not just in certain locations.. If it is starlink vs say, the cable company, and they do not have lines out to your house.. I say go with starlink because it is going to be much cheaper.. I knew someone that wanted to get cable internet for their parents house. The cable company told them that if they paid to run the lines all the way to the house.. $5,000+.. then they would do it.. and that was just to get it installed.. People out in the country, where they get little to no cell service.. It will be great for.. and I think it is great that they are offering it to people like that..

          But the fact is, most people that would get T-Mobiles home internet are going to be people in cities, where they have band 41 and such installed.. towers every few blocks.. etc.. So that is why I said that it being an uphill battle I do not agree with.. Especially for people that only have something like the cable company or DSL to rely on in cities. So I am not against it.. I just feel labeling all of their home internet as an uphill battle, and not labeling it that in just certain locations is where my comment came from..

          PS.. Cowen’s comment was supposed to be with the full 12k satellites installed, or something like that.. right now, I think they only have something like 1200 installed..

        • Glenn Gore

          All the rhetoric T-Mobile is using about the new home internet service would indicate that they want to get this service into rural areas, but to do that they would have to really get with it and get that Band 41 out into those rural areas onto a pretty dense grid of sites, much more dense than what they currently have in place. A 20-mile spacing grid of sites won’t cut it with any sort of consideration for terrain. I don’t know how well that will work given the transmission capabilities of that spectrum, but we will see.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I completely agree.. But to be fair, with what is out there now.. From what i have seen.. it is workable to have home internet in some places in rural areas.. as long as you are doing small stuff.. Netflix, etc.. Not worrying about downloading multiple gig files, etc..

          I went down to a little remote area called Grand Valley, pa.. Down there, T-Mobile just put up service, and Verizon is the only one with service down there besides them.. So remote that forget about DSL or cable.. Heck, you are lucky to get electric to your place.. I was getting download speeds of 30+ megs down when I was there.. I did a speed test on a Verzion phone and got about 5mb down off of their phone.. I did multiple tests just to verify that they were not a fluke..

          In any case, with getting 30+ megs down, that would work fine for home internet to stream netflix or browse the net.. But then again, since they are new to the area.. Just how long are they going to keep those speeds up with no band 41 to supplement it?? but then again, considering that it is not very congested in that area.. I could see it not getting too bad since there are not a lot of users in the area.. As long as people do not go crazy that is.

  • Shaun Michalak

    I find the irony in the fact that they title it “5G for all”, and “the great 5G upgrade”, yet then they say.. But it is not for prepaid.. It is not for Metro customers.. It is for one, and only one, select group of people, of all our customers. Well, I guess it is not “for all” then, nor is it that great, now is it??

    • marque2

      Metro is a different brand. Sorta like if GM said all Chevys have a $3000 rebate and you complain because you want a Buick.

      Eventually they will do something for Metro

      • Shaun Michalak

        Maybe, but the problem is.. The second that T-Mobile branded them as a T-Mobile company, they inherited the branding to go with it.. It is not Metro.. it is “Metro by T-Mobile”.. Either way, they also cut out all prepaid lines along with all Metro customers.. and it is not like their prepaid lines are really a lot cheaper then their post paid plans. Just a few dollars cheaper, but they also lose netflix and I think Tuesdays too, which makes up for that few dollar difference..

        • MS

          Never used pre-paid, but is it because bill credits? Do pre-paid folks need to have a 2-year contract to get these “free” phones?

          How can t-mobile hook people on pre-paid for 2 years without bill credits?

        • Shaun Michalak

          That might just be it.. But if that is the case, then simply give them a good discount.. Either way, I am sure that they can tell if a prepaid customer has been with you for a while.. With my Metro account, I can go back and see payments that I have made for over 5 years..With that being said, they could simply say, pay for the price of the phone up front, and we will discount that price from your renewal price for the next 2 years.. I do not see why they could not do it.. and if you decide to bail out in 2 months, the phone is already paid for, so they lose nothing.

          Either way, the reason I go with prepaid is because of cost.. Overall, for the average person, they can get the service that they need for a lower price going with prepaid.. I used to be a T-Mobile postpaid customer, and when Metro came in town, I could get the same service that I wanted for something like 30% cheaper. A lot of it had to do with taxes.. and at the time, they did not have taxes included into the price of the plan.

          So what if I am de-prioritized on data.. For the 2 gigs of data I use a month, I am not worried if it takes 2 seconds longer to load things here and there. Heck, if it was not for my nephew using one of the 4 lines, we could save even more by going with their $15 plan that they now offer..

  • JG

    Recently Dish complained to the FCC that T-Mobile was killing off their 3G network too quickly! That Dish wouldn’t possibly have enough time to get all of their newly acquired Boost customers to a 5G device!

    Maybe they could emulate this…. “T-Mobile is giving everyone in the country a brand new 5G phone for free!”

  • JG

    When they say they’re giving unlimited data to all of their current subscribers who don’t have it…

    Would that include the plan they launched last year? The $15/month 2Gb plan that adds 500Mb each year (and it’s $25 5Gb big brother)… If I’m not mistaken, they were hard caped at the 2GB point. Once you used your limited amount of data you were cut off for the rest of the month.

    Will they now have 2GB of 5G, then unlimited 128kbps there after? or …?