Today, news is breaking from the FTC’s order for TracFone, a prepaid service provider, to pay $40 million for slowing the speeds of customers who have paid for ‘unlimited’ data plans. While the act of throttling data speeds is not exactly frowned upon, the way in which TracFone implemented it was the issue.
While advertising ‘unlimited’ plans, users on TracFone saw throttled speeds after only 1-3GB of usage, then a complete suspension in service after 4-5GB of data. The FTC wants it to be known that they will not stand for false advertising, but as long as the terms of a plan are fully disclosed, carriers need not worry. (more…)
T-Mobile is currently hosting a deal on the Nexus 6 that will slash $48 off the price. The deal is good for both 32GB and 64GB models, so at their $649 and $699 prices, you are looking at $601 and $651, respectively, after the discount. That’s not a bad price for a phone that Google and Motorola still can’t seem to keep in stock.
In our Nexus 6 review, we called it the best Nexus ever made. And even though the phone is a whale, consuming media on it is quite enjoyable. In fact, using it in general is a joy, assuming you have two hands free on the regular. (more…)
Yeah so, Super Bowl XLIX commercials are already starting to pop up well before Sunday’s game. One of the first stars Kim Kardashian as a spokesperson for T-Mobile and their new data rollover plan, called Data Stash. It’s…well…filled with selfies and body suits and selfies and expensive things and talk about saving data and…selfies. I hate selfies so much.
Make it all stop.
T-Mobile introduced yet another another “Un-carrier” initiative today, this time called SCORE! Yes, all capitals, and the exclamation point included.
SCORE! is a $5 per month membership program that claims to reward you the longer you stay in it with discounts on the hottest phones available. If you stay for six months, you qualify for a free entry-level smartphone. If you stay for 12 months or longer, you will get deals on all T-Mobile smartphones, “including the hottest new 4G LTE devices.” One example would be a $150 discount on the Samsung Galaxy S5 after paying $5 per month for 12 months to belong to SCORE! (more…)
Last week, headlines were dominated by talk of Google creating its own wireless service through network deals inked with T-Mobile and Sprint. Unfortunately, those were really the only details that surfaced through a number of stories all claiming to have “sources” close to the matter. We still don’t know pricing or plan details, where or when the service will be available, and why any of us would consider switching to it from our current carrier options. We talked on the DL Show about Google potentially having something special in mind that would attempt to change the way wireless service plans work in order for them to even consider entering the market, but didn’t necessarily have any suggestions as to what that “special” something might be. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, we may now know. (more…)
Thanks to a T-Mobile page spotted by TmoNews, we now know that a software update is coming to two flagship devices, the Nexus 6 and Sony Xperia Z3, allowing the smartphones to connect to T-Mo’s 700MHz band of LTE spectrum. Not only does the 700MHz band include better speeds, but users should also see better building penetration thanks to the lower frequency. (more…)
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…)
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…)