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T-Mobile Sets the Date For a Press Event on July 10, Promises “Bold Moves”

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T-Mobile is sending out invites to a press event that is set to take place July 10 in New York City. As far as what we should expect, all we get is the tagline, “Our boldest moves yet.” Well, that’s pretty mysterious. The last big moves T-Mobile made was their announcement of the UNcarrier pricing plans and so far, those seem to be going over pretty well in the industry, as even AT&T introduced similar plans. 

Any guesses on what we could see?

Via: Engadget

  • TairyHessticals

    If you intend to move to t-mo & live in Baltimore city come see me.

  • Emilio Figueroa

    I recently went to my friend’s beach house in Old Lyme, CT. There, my four friends and I all have different carriers. I have Verizon, my friend has Sprint, one has At&t, and the last has t-mobile. We all had 1 bar of 1-x or ee. Then there was the t-mobile girl, who had a full 4 bars of hspa+ 42. If this is an indication of where t-mobile is headed, I’ll be the first to hop on that band wagon.

  • Keg Man

    I need tmobile to offer me a phone and a plan for 2 weeks before I can decide whether its reliable and fast enough to leave verizon. While I doubt this is the announcement, this is what I really want

  • coolsilver

    Until they get better coverage, I am getting more for my money with unlimited data on Verizon. IF they screw me on that… well then I’ll switch.

  • Stnkycheezman

    Will J-Lo be part of the announcement?

  • d-rock

    I would be shocked to see T-mobile expand their footprint. I was with T-mobile for 7 years and their coverage only got worse when AT&T ended their roaming agreements and it never got better after that. T-mobile is only worried about the high populace areas. They are basically converting to a competitor of Cricket if you ask me.

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    OMG….this will probably be a huge 4G LTE push! They probably are announcing a crap load of markets being turned on all at once for 4G LTE.

  • Zach Armstrong

    That they will upgrade more areas from EDGE instead of worrying about LTE Advanced

  • Ronaldo

    T-Mobile to start offering Google Edition phones?

  • Geoff Johnson

    Expanding HSPA+/LTE to rural areas!

  • chris125

    They are switching their entire network lte on

  • socalrailroader

    Maybe they are actually going to finish getting 3G out to their tons of GPRS and EDGE areas…haha, not.

  • Mchl496

    They are actually just going to quit the cell phone business… that would be their boldest move yet.

  • jnt

    They’ll be announcing official LTE rollouts, almost a guarantee! Maybe that’s not all, but that’ll definitely be a part of it…

  • Tommy Thompson

    They need to upgrade their 2G’s towers and I’m sold!

  • jbdan

    Leaving vzw (12 years!) 2 months ago for Tmo has been wonderful. More pleased than I can describe! Excited for what’s to come

  • Toasted_Cracker

    Hopefully it’s the rumored plan to allow customers to upgrade their phones more often.

    • http://www.bfolkers.com Brian Folkers

      You can upgrade anytime you want right now.

      • Toasted_Cracker

        Yeah i know. I’m talking about a add on plan that let’s you trade up every 6 months at no cost to you.

  • enigmaco

    I hope it’s a increase in coverage, there is a area I travel to that they do not cover and that is the only thing that is holding me back. I hate verizon with every fiber of my being,

  • GCE1701D

    Viva Movil Magenta! J’Lo is expanding to new carriers, and Catherine Zeta Jones will be the face of this new spin-off (but only to show up for a second and say “get more!”)

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    Interesting. I moved to t-mobile just a couple months ago from verizon. Hopefully this is for the one are they lack… more towers. Hopefully they plan to basically double their footprint. That would make me happy new customer.

  • Jared Denman

    Uncarrier part 2 is what the rumor is.

  • Hatyrei

    maybe if T-Mobile will let you buy the phone at full price and stay on for 12 months with clean record on your plan ,they will refund you half of the full price of the phone you paid. lol

  • Tyler Jacobs

    It’s going to be LTE-Advanced.

    • Tim242

      That is not a “bold” move. They need to get their HSPA+42 cities off of EDGE and GPRS first. Then get LTE in more than two places.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    They’ve secretly launched 100 low earth orbit geo-stationary satellites to blanket the lower 42 in LTE-Advanced with unheard of bandwidth. Then Oprah pops up on stage and tells everyone to look under their seats for the Samsung S4 LTE-A. Then they flip the switch live on stage and everyones gets the LTE-A android symbol popup?

    • Guest

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    • http://xn--wbg.com/ Michael Anthony

      Lower 42? They’re leaving 6 states out of the lower 48?

  • Chris Rocco

    I switched to them for 3 months, and started to regret it whenever I left my town. Anything outside the city limits was edge, and by edge, I mean… wtf there is no data. I couldn’t even load up a map on GPS on edge, or a website. Terrible. I went to AT&T.

    • noc007

      When switching carriers, it’s always best to check their coverage. I don’t travel much outside T-Mobile’s coverage area. If I do, I will be caring a prepaid phone on a different carrier that does have coverage that I can activate in case of an emergency and I don’t have any coverage. I’m saving $50+/mo by dumping VZW.

      • jnt

        The prepaid thing is a good idea… We tried Tmo out, and despite what the coverage maps said, there were areas (just while traveling to see family) where we had nothing, not even voice. But in our main area where we spend 90% of our time, T-Mobile is great. HD Voice is AWEsome…

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      Yep…T-Mobile is excellent in big cities, but dear God if you travel anywhere in between…don’t do it!

      In Los Angeles T-Mobile works great and even all the way south to San Diego. As soon as you drive too far north, in certain areas you loose data for sure.

    • Brandon Golway

      My friend said that because him and his wife were on T-Mobile for a few years and said it was great in out city (Vineland, NJ) but sucked anywhere else. I just switched to T-Mobile last month and got an S4, I drove from one one of the state to another and only dropped down to EDGE about 10 times, only a few minutes at a time. I think it was because they had old phones (Galaxy or GS2, I forget).

  • jose

    “Any guesses on what we could see?”

    Network coverage that isn’t a joke?

    • Diablo81588

      Unlikely.

    • noc007

      Possibly a return of FlexPay under a new name, some phone announcements, LTE rollout progress, LTE-Advanced plan (LTE towers are ready, just need a firmware update), and more info on their plans with MetroPCS (moving everyone onto T-Mobile’s network and then using their new spectrum while keeping the brand around). This is all speculation based on the rumors running around in T-Mobile land.

  • TankerTuff

    I think it’ll be unlimited data plans w tethering with wider range of LTE. Better signal, cheaper plans, and some decent phones.

  • EC8CH

    I predict George Takei walks on stage and lays down some bold moves:

    http://i.imgur.com/5rFcB.gif

    • Mike Menard

      Oh My!

    • james

      I don t think you re Ricardo Mantablan! Ah ha ha ha ha ha!

      • HarleyFan72

        Ricardo Montalbán

        • Bizi

          Where is Brad and Ren La Blanche? The pappion!!!!!!

  • Daistaar

    Resurrection of the Sidekick line now with 4G LTE and free until the new school year starts with a new 2-year agreement. Get that new generation onto T-Mobile. lol

  • Diablo81588

    Queue Dick Yarrell to whack it to T-Mobile and Samsung and throw in a random jab about Verizon in a side note.

  • Eric S

    They’ve decided to provide free service for everyone until the company fully collapses and we no longer have to read about them.

    • cb2000a

      Yes, but will T-Mo collapse before the U.S. collapses?

  • asfasf

    They’ve quietly been lighting up LTE cities. It wouldn’t shock me if they announced they have already met their summer promise of 100M covered with LTE.

  • shdowman

    The entire tech industry has been duped and THEY are buying Sprint…

  • Bionic

    They will pay your Verizon ETF to switch

    • GottaGo

      bye verizon

      • Mchl496

        You must have a tiered data plan. I will never leave VZ as long as I have unlimited data

        • starnovsky

          I had unlimited plan and left. Now getting the same quality service (in my area) but twice as cheap and Nexus phone. Can’t be happier.

        • michael arazan

          Creedo Mobile will pay for your ETF if you switch from a carrier, only one I know of that pays an ETF to join them

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            yeah but it uses Sprint. Wah wah waaaaahhhhh.

          • EMcTx

            My sister actually got T-mobile to pay half of the ETF from verizon, $100. She asked the store, and they said yes.

          • Brandon Golway

            I didn’t see anything about an ETF fee on this month’s VZW bill (Came the 15th and I cancelled on the may 24th) even though my contract doesn’t end until November. Maybe this is why. I’ll see if they apply the ETF to next month’s Verizon bill, I’ll know by my mom screaming “WTF Brandon!!!!” when she see the bill lol

    • Royal Assassin

      LOL, if they did that…..it’s curtains for Verizon.

      • Dominick White

        Why do you think that? Most people care more about coverage and being able to use their phone without issues… Maybe if tmobile worked on their coverage

        • teabaghater

          No problem with coverage in minnesota

          • Mchl496

            Isn’t Minnesota Flat and with like 1,000 people there… and like 1/4 of them drunk? Lol I live in Socal… lots of people and very diverse terrain. I think i’ll stay with the best service around here.

          • PhoenixPath

            If we’re generalizing, aren’t all the folks in Socal stupid blondes, high on coke? /s

          • Dominick White

            That is good for you, always good to save money, but here in NY, the only place you get service with t-mobile is in major cities and even that is so so at times , and heaven help you if you leave even 30 minutes outside of one of those cities

          • TylerCameron

            New York is a giant city .-.

          • Dominick White

            Not really

          • PhoenixPath

            Bingo. VZW is actually less reliable in this area (South Metro) of MN. I switched to T-Mo a month or two ago and the difference has been amazing. Clear calls, consistent data, no drops.

            The rest of my family would leave VZW in a heartbeat if they paid ETFs.

          • Sprintingman

            PhoenixPath, where are you located? I’m in Savage and my VZW coverage is terrible – my phones only work at my house because they finally gave me a network extender after I complained a bunch of times. Sprint seems to have bad coverage also. If T-Mo has better coverage, I’d love to switch. Thx.

          • PhoenixPath

            I live in New Prague and travel frequently between there, Lakeville, Brooklyn Park, and St. Cloud.

            I have *yet* to lose voice (I’d lose it and data between NP and LKV on VZW like clockwork and got next-to-nothing in BP), and while in NP and STC I get HSPA+, between BP and LKV I get LTE.

            T-Mo is solid as a rock here where VZW has, for the last year and a half or so, gone steadily down-hill.

    • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

      That was actually the first thing that came to mind for me as well. I have to say, I would be torn as to whether or not to bid adieu to my unlimited data on VZW for the versatility but worse coverage of TMO

      • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

        sell your unlimited plan… read my full reply to person you replied to.

    • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

      If you have a grandfathered unlimited plan, you can sell your lines for $300+ (with contracts still attached) then just sign over the line to the buyer at no cost to you. You net $300+ for a new phone on t-mobile.

      I know this as I just did it. Sold 4 lines (2 unlimited 2 regular – ALL on contract) for about $750. Gave three of my old phones with lines too (2 GNex and 1Fascinate).

      Bought Nexus4/GS3/and a crap phone for mother-n-law. Now have zero contracts and 1/2 the bill through tmobile.

      • noc007

        Last time I looked most were going for $200+ with no phone. If they’re going for more, my next phone may be paid in full.

        To everyone that’s interested in doing this, you can port your number away before you sell it and your service wont be canceled. It’s pretty simple. Just understand that no one will be able to call the number while this is going on. As always, do this at your own risk. I can’t be held liable for your screwup.

        Sign up for new service and get a new number. When you’re sitting at your computer, call into the new carrier and have them port your VZW number. Wait about 10-15 minutes and on your new phone where the number is being ported TO make an outbound call to another phone and check the CallerID. It should show up as the number you’re porting and you’re ready for the next step. Do not make the call to the number you’re porting since that’s not going to work. Calling a number on the same carrier where your number is being ported away FROM may not work.

        Turn off your old phone or put it into Airplane mode(don’t know if this is necessary, but doesn’t hurt). Login to your VZW account and request a new number. Follow any additional steps your new carrier tells you to do to complete the porting process like rebooting your new phone. Once the porting process is complete and you’ve verified you can receive calls on the ported number from different providers (LECs), you may go into your VZW account and suspend on that line to save you money. If there is a contract in place, this will extend the contract date, but who cares since you’re selling it. If you slack off or no one is buying your crazy $600 listing, I believe VZW will charge a maintenance fee ($10-$20/mo IIRC).

        I did this with two lines. When I did the port, I did one line each day since the full port takes a few hours and up to 24hrs. T-Mobile was able to complete it within six hours. When the account is listed on Ebay or whatever, be sure to do your research on VZW’s Assumption of Liability (AoL) and put in the listing the appropriate information and that VZW will need to approve their credit if they’re not already a VZW customer. They may be able to do this ahead of time.

        The porting process described above is a summary of this post: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/42073-how-to-sell-verizon-contract-and-keep-your-number/ and he/she gets the credit for this. I’ve read other people do the same process with Google Voice as an intermediary, but I don’t see the point of paying $20/number if I can do a straight port.

      • Brandon Golway

        I just dropped mine because I’m on a shared plan with my mom, I’m sure she wouldn’t be too happy about some random person being on a plan with her lol

        • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

          That’s not how it works. Lol. They take the line to their own acct.

          • Brandon Golway

            Ahh damn, oh well!

          • matti861

            NOOB SMH!!

          • Brandon Golway

            STFU

    • JoshGroff

      Quickest run to the t-mo store ever.

    • PhoenixPath

      That would be epic. Can you even imagine how many people would jump ship? I’ve moved my line, but my wife and two of my kids are still on VZW due to ETFs. If T-Mob paid ‘em…they’d leave in a heartbeat.

      VZW is so unreliable in our area it’s ridiculous. Every single post I see about their “best network” only gets snorts of derision from me…

    • Brandon Golway

      If that’s the case maybe I can get them to retroactively do this for me see as I just switched a month ago and my VZW contract wasn’t done until November. I didn’t see anything about an ETF fee on this months bill (Came the 15th and I cancelled on the may 24th).

  • beerme828

    I left VZW for T-Mobile 2 months ago and haven’t regretted it yet. LTE network popping up all over, even without an official announcement… whatever they have planned, I’m excited for it.

    • Raj Bhatt

      I am about to follow you over to T-Mo. Verizon wants to take my data and make me use an inferior phone. It is frustrating since I get a nice corporate discount with VZW, but oh well.

      • moew

        T-Mo has very little 3G coverage here, like 10 feet of it.

        You can all DIAFJB2GTMO fire!

      • Mchl496

        VZ has a new phone payment plan so you can pay to upgrade your phone without changing your data.

      • beerme828

        I also lost my corporate discount. But I was getting my parents their first smartphones and would have had no choice but to select a tiered plan, at least for them. I ended up paying the exact same thing that I would be on verizon with 8gb of shared data and my discount (about $210/month) on T-mobile with unlimited data, and got the 3 s4’s for $450 less than I would have paid through VZW. T-mo’s HSPA speeds weren’t terrible, but the unexpected appearance of LTE at 20 down/10 up really was an added surprise.

    • Tim242

      Why should that be a controversy? Unlimited was for your phone only. When you tether it, much more data can be used, and they would never make that unlimited.

      • noc007

        I have to disagree with that assumption. Plenty of people have been able to consume 10GB, 20GB, or more just on their phone. Some of these did it by streaming video all day long. I’ve tethered my laptop on occasion and only used a few megabytes to under a couple hundred depending on what I was doing.

        I understand that they want to discourage people from making it their primary internet connection (this is usually addressed in ToS) and chewing up 200GB in a month. I think if they’re going to complain about people excessively using data, they just need to stop calling it Unlimited and set some limits.

        • Brandon Golway

          They DO set limits to unlimited, “Up to 9765.6 GB (9.5 TB) high-speed data”, taken from my T-Mobile account page :) which is a HELL OF A LOT bigger than Verizon’s “unlimited” which that say is 5 GB but all of us that have/had unlimited accounts know that this is complete BS.

    • noc007

      I’ve been checking out http://www.tmonews.com/ lately. They’ve gotten their hands on some leaked training notifications for Phase 2 of their Uncarrier initiative. One of them is they’re bringing back FlexPay with probably a different name; IIRC that where you can prepay for a postpay account without a credit check, but you’ll need to pay for a phone in full. They’ve definitely been popping LTE up here and there and only need to do a firmware update on their hardware to support LTE-Advanced.

      I hope they’re announcing more than a return of FlexPay and what we already know about their spectrum refarm and LTE deployment.

    • Mike Boodoo

      As I recently found out, the Nexus 4 has free tethering with T-Mobile.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        Actually…the new T-Mobile plans allow for tethering. It’s not just the Nexus 4.

        • Mike Boodoo

          Their $70 plan didn’t say they covered unlimited tethering but if that’s what it does, then great. I guess that makes the comment I replied to inaccurate.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            No Its not unlimited. I think you get 500mb of tethering with the unlimited 4G plan, but I think if you get the 2.5 gig plan, your tethering amount is shared with the 2.5 gig 4G limit.

          • Mike Boodoo

            I’ve been tethering for the past couple weeks and went well over the 500MB allowance. After looking around online (I’m much more familiar with the GNex on Verizon with free tethering) people have been reporting that the Nexus devices aren’t always detected by TMo, allowing them to continue tethering for as long as they want.
            Technically they don’t offer free tethering for the Nexus 4, but it does work. My mistake for not being more clear in the comment.

    • arturo_bandini

      I had T-Mo for a few months but had to switch for the stupidest reason. They don’t issue receipts for their Monthly 4G service or have any way to run an account history or see payments. I liked the service otherwise, but when I went to file my expense reports this became a huge issue. So dumb.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    They’re buying Google, or maybe the other way around.

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      if google bought tmoble i would get off of vz as soon as my contract was up.

      • noc007

        If you’ve got grandfathered unlimited data, you can sell it and the buyer can do an Assumption of Liability. There’s a site out there that helps people get rid of their contract plans as well; some people actually want to buy a plan with <24 months on it and it be a non-grandfathered plan for some reason.

        • SkylaC90

          how do you go about that exactly

    • PhoenixPath

      Google buying T-Mob would be so epic it would hurt.

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    they’re going to announce the first all VOLTE network?

    • Bionic

      No

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        I feel like if the X phone existed we would either be flooded with leaks by now or wouldnt have heard anything at all..
        sorry.. im not calling you a lier but i dont know if i fully trust your “source”

        • Bionic

          There are pics all over this very website. Where you been?

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            you mean the POS mid range phones that we’ve been seeing? i feel like the new razr line is going to be better than whats leaked as the XFON or whatever codename they use.
            that, and the fact that theres nothing at all BOLD about the leaked devices. They look like they belong on boost moble.

          • Bionic

            The hero x phone comes in October. The new Razrs are old pipeline and old specs. . And yes the mid range XFON isn’t that great. I’m not debating that.

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            i hope everything you’ve said about this hero xphone is true. That said, dont you think that if this hero xphone was being released it would be an announcement by google or motorolla and not tmobile?

          • Bionic

            You obviously can’t tell that I’m kidding around. Of course T mobile probably won’t by announcing x phone. However motorola has a small press event on the tenth as well.

          • hkklife

            I predict the new RAZR Ultras are the last of the Jha-era handsets and will likely be VZW exclusives and consist of:

            1. RAZR M successor with a 4.5″ 720p screen (rumored a long time ago) with a mild CPU/storage boost.

            2. RAZR HD & HD Maxx replacements, same screen size (4.7″) but 1080P or maybe a tad larger (4.8″) with S4 Pro SoCs and slightly improved 10MP cameras. I expect heavy promotion and aggressive pricing by VZW on these new Motos this fall since Moto/Google have all but written this generation of hardware off. This also may be our last chance to get a Moto device with a microSD slot since I would wager that is the first thing to be banished under the Google regime. Right now Google wants to clear the channel of all of the old legacy Moto devices.

            Basically, at least on VZW, I expect a repeat for this year what happened last year. The RAZR HD and HD Maxx had comparable specs to the GS3 but arrived way too late to market to make a difference. It’ll be interesting when you start seeing quite some overlap between the Google-influenced X Phone(s) and the last of the Jha devices. Heck, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the last of the old Moto devices superior in some possible areas (build quality, battery capacity, expandable storage, microHDMI port?) since the Google Moto devices, as Woodside has suggested, are designed with cost control in mind.

          • Bionic

            pretty good prediction

          • EC8CH

            Just so long as the Google inspired Moto devices are available on VZW.

          • Bionic

            they are

  • XboxOne

    They will end up JLo’ing us :D

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Which is exactly why I’m not going ;)

    • Bionic

      Nazi mobile

  • Bionic

    X phone

    • dtraini30

      Interesting…

      • jaybar

        not necessarily *cough*verizon*cough*

    • Grasshopper239

      I seriously doubt releasing another phone qualifies as a “bold move”, especially a mid-tier one

    • tomn1ce

      Its funny because that the only X phone that hasn’t gone through the FCC…I can’t remember when was the last time I saw a Motorola phone offered by tmobile

    • PhoenixPath

      …per sarge? ;-)