Sprint Now Guarantees T-Mobile Customers $200 Minimum Trade-In Value on Smartphones When Switching Carriers

It was said back when Sprint took on new CEO Marcelo Claure, that when, “you have a great network, you don’t have to compete on price. When your network is behind, unfortunately you have to compete on value and price.” Claure has stuck to his guns on this decision, as Sprint continues to cut wireless rates, as well as offer as sweet of tempting deals as he can to lure more customers in from competitors.

The newest offer, announced this morning, guarantees T-Mobile customers who opt to leave T-Mo a minimum of $200 trade-in value for a smartphone, on top of the existing $350 per-line credit when making the switch. As stated in the press release, this offer is valid through April 9 for current T-Mobile subscribers.  (more…)

Verizon is a “Leader,” Won’t Follow T-Mobile and AT&T With Rollover Data

Don’t act like you are surprised, but no, Verizon isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile with a rollover data plan. According to Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, his company is “a leader, not a follower” and will instead stick to their current, traditional data plans that gobble up your data if you don’t use it by the end of your billing cycle. Shammo made these comments in an interview with CNET following the carrier’s Q4 earnings release, even noting that back in 2007, when AT&T first introduced rollover for voice minutes, they didn’t follow then either.  (more…)

Report: Google is Becoming a Wireless Carrier This Year, Will Use T-Mobile and Sprint Networks

According to a report from Amir Efrati of The Information, Google is planning to launch its own wireless service this year, a service that will use T-Mobile and Sprint networks. The service would be similar to StraightTalk or any other MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in that Google won’t actually own any of the network, they will simply be cutting deals with T-Mobile and Sprint to have access to networks, so that they can then sell you a service plan that works on those networks. Think of it like you do the prepaid cards you see slung about checkout lines at stores like Target. (more…)

MetroPCS Unveils Unlimited 4G LTE Plan for $50, Period

This morning, MetroPCS unveiled a new Unlimited 4G LTE plan priced at $50. Folks who sign up before April 5 receive no pre-planned end date, meaning you can enjoy your speeds with confidence, riding on T-Mobile’s nationwide LTE network.

The pricing structure is basic enough. For $40 a month, users receive unlimited data, talk and text, with 2GB of that data being high-speed. For $50 a month, you receive the same features but with 4GB of high-speed data. Lastly, for $60 a month, users get the unlimited 4G LTE data, talk and text, but when you sign up before April 5, you only have to pay $50. If MetroPCS is your provider, it is a solid deal.  (more…)

Hilarious Turn of Events: Carrier-Backed Payment System That Tried to Block Google Wallet Might be Bought by Google

You remember Isis Mobile Wallet don’t you? That would be the mobile payment system that carriers – specifically, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile – created to be the only payment system you would need on your phone. That would also be the payment system that carriers used as reason to help block, but not admit-to-blocking, while still blocking because it was “different,” Google Wallet, for years while they took their sweet time getting Isis ready. And let’s not forget that the service has already been renamed to Softcard because of the growing entity known for terrorism that the original name matched. All caught up on Softcard and Isis?

According to a late Friday report out of TechCrunch, the payment system has been a massive failure to this point and is now in talks with Google to potentially be acquired.  (more…)

T-Mobile Intros ‘Simply Prepaid’ Plans, Unlimited Data With Allotted Amounts of High-speed Access

This morning, T-Mobile introduced a new plan called Simply Prepaid. With it, customers should have very little problem navigating exactly what they are paying for each month, as T-Mobile is upfront about all of its details.

The plan includes 3 different tiers. For $40, you gain access to unlimited data, talk and text, plus up to 1GB of 4G LTE speed. For $50, users get the same unlimited data, talk and text, but have 3GB of LTE speed. Finally, $60 nets you unlimited data, talk and text, and 5GB of LTE speed.  (more…)

T-Mobile Not Slowing Down, Announces Biggest Year of Customer Additions in Company History

The wireless industry appears to be moving in heavy favor of T-Mobile, as the company has announced another fantastic quarter and preliminary findings for 2014 as a whole. In total for the year, the company grabbed 8.3 million total net customer additions, with CEO John Legere stating, “Porting ratios have been in our favor vs. the competition for seven consecutive quarters and it looks like we will continue to beat everyone on total postpaid phone adds as well.”

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