T-Mobile Agrees to Pay at Least $90 Million for Obscuring Premium SMS Charges

AT&T paid $105 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it profited from stuffing subscribers’ bills with premium texting fees. Now it’s T-Mobile’s turn. Facing identical charges, the “Uncarrier” announced last Friday that it would set aside millions of dollars to reimburse affected subscribers and satisfy fines.

Under the terms of an agreement with the FTC and all 50 states’ attorney generals, T-Mobile will pay back $90 million or more to customers hit with unauthorized charges. In addition, it will cough up a collective $22.4 million in penalties, $18 million to states and $4.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (more…)

T-Mobile LG G2 Receives Update, Brings Free Inflight Texting Support

An update is rolling out to the G2 from LG on T-Mobile, bringing T-Mobile’s free inflight texting feature, as well as Bluetooth connectivity improvements.

T-Mobile’s inflight texting feature allows customers to connect to a flight’s WiFi network, then send and receive text messages for free, which is a great feature if paying the ridiculous price for inflight WiFi does not suit you.  (more…)

T-Mobile Gives 4G LTE Update, Now Covers 260 Million People, Recognized as Fastest in America

In addition to unveiling rollover data, T-Mobile’s eighth Uncarrier move, the mobile provider gave an update on the state of its 4G LTE network. The rollout for LTE is apparently ahead of schedule.

In a blog post, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray wrote that T-Mobile’s 4G – “recognized as the fastest in the nation” – now covers 260 million Americans, which surpasses the carrier’s initial goal by 10 million. That reach should extend to 280 million by mid-2015 and 300 million by the end of next year, if all goes according to plan.  (more…)

T-Mobile Announces Rollover 4G LTE Data for Uncarrier 8.0

T-Mobile unwrapped Uncarrier 8.0 this morning with the announcement that they will let customers rollover their high-speed 4G LTE data from one month to the next. They are calling it Data Stash, but it’s really just rollover for data. The idea is that you might only use 2GB of your 3GB plan this month, so you should get to keep that extra unused 1GB and use it in the next month. Get it? It’s rolling over to the next month. Well, in T-Mobile’s case, they are allowing you to “stash” it and then use it next month.  (more…)

T-Mobile Uncarriers All the Things (Again) Tomorrow With Uncarrier 8.0 (Updated: Live Stream)

Tomorrow, at 7:30AM Pacific (10:30AM Eastern), T-Mobile and its CEO will sit down for a live webcast with Yahoo News to talk through their latest Uncarrier announcements, officially known as Uncarrier 8.0. As of right now, we don’t even have guesses as to what will be announced, but there will certainly be expletives, trash talking of other carriers, and plenty of magenta. Wait, isn’t that a bit early for Legere to be calling other CEOs fat? Maybe not. (more…)

Nexus 9 With LTE Now Available From T-Mobile (Updated)

The carrier-ready version of this year’s Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 LTE, is now available at T-Mobile. Priced at $599.76 if you buy it outright ($24.99 for 24 months with a payment plan), you are getting everything in the WiFi model that we reviewed a few weeks back, only now you have the opportunity to attach it to a carrier to gobble up data when on the go.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Contract or Month-to-Month?

Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.

This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.

And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?

Are you on-contract with your wireless carrier or month-to-month?

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