FCC Still Concerned About Throttling, Asks All Carriers About Throttling Practices

Over the last couple of weeks, the FCC has decided that it wants to know more about the throttling or “Network Optimization” practices of wireless carriers in the US. Their initial probing began with Verizon, after the company announced plans to start throttling the top 5% of its data users who have unlimited data plans and a 4G LTE phone come October 1. Today, Reuters is reporting that the FCC is actually looking into all of the major carriers, asking for them to explain how they decide when to slow down speeds for customers, because they are still very “concerned” that the reasoning could be a business rather than engineering issue. (more…)

T-Mobile Overtakes Sprint as #1 Prepaid Wireless Provider

Prepaid continues to be an area of focus and growth for US carriers. T-Mobile is attempting to lead the charge in this area, thanks in part to its UnCarrier initiatives. As of yesterday, T-Mobile has surpassed Sprint as the #1 prepaid wireless provider, boasting 15.64 million prepaid customers compared to Sprint’s 15.19 million.

Of course, anytime T-Mobile CEO John Legere has a chance to stick his nose up to Sprint, he does so on Twitter. In the press release for T-Mobile’s prepaid news, Legere declares that by the end of 2014, T-Mobile will have more customers than Sprint, not just on prepaid accounts, but on postpaid accounts too.  (more…)

Report: T-Mobile Phones Last Longer on Battery Than AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Counterparts

T-Mobile has added more customers in the past 15 months than the three other major carriers combined, but the cellular provider may be distinguished in at least one other, more important way. According to tests conducted by Laptop Mag, T-Mobile phones last consistently longer on battery than their AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon counterparts.  (more…)

Breathe a Sigh of Relief, Sprint Abandoning Bid for T-Mobile

According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Sprint is to abandon its bid to purchase T-Mobile, after an earlier report claimed that the two companies had agreed on a purchase price back in early June.

From what sources state, the “regulatory challenges” were too steep for Sprint to climb, so without getting in too far over its head, the company has decided against the deal altogether.  (more…)

T-Mobile Adds Another 1.5 Million Customers, Takes VoLTE Nationwide, Plans to Expand Coverage Outside of Metro Areas

T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to his company’s newsroom today to talk about how his crew is “firing on all cylinders.” In other words, T-Mobile is still killin’ it for the most part.

The wireless carrier added another 1.5 million new customers in the last quarter, making this their 5th consecutive quarter with at least 1 million or more net adds. In the past 15 months, T-Mobile has brought in a total of 7.6 million new customers, which is well, a lot. In fact, according to T-Mo’s numbers, they topped all of the other three major carriers combined in terms of postpaid phone adds. Not bad, right?  (more…)

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 Receive Updates

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 from T-Mobile both received updates today, though we have no idea what the updates include. Changelogs for each haven’t exactly been updated, only noting that previous recent updates added VoLTE and “network improvements.” T-Mobile did announce that VoLTE is now nationwide as of today, so maybe this is activating that feature for everyone, everywhere. Otherwise, your guess is as good as ours.

The Galaxy Note 3′s new build number after the update is N900TUVUDNF4. The Galaxy S5 will end up at G900TUVU1BNG3.  (more…)

T-Mobile Launches Own “Best Ever” Family Plan, 10GB of Data Plus Unlimited Talk/Text for $100

T-Mobile’s John Legere is just as sick of seeing AT&T ads for their “Best ever prices” family plan as you are. To try and directly compete with that plan, T-Mobile will launch their own best ever-like pricing, with a new family plan that runs just $100 per month for four lines, yet includes the same 10GB of data as the competitors, along with unlimited talk and text.

For comparison, T-Mobile put together a chart to show you how this new plan beats out not only AT&T, but also similar plans from Verizon and Sprint. Since the chart was created by T-Mo, you have to take it for what it is. However, it does show the major points here, like price, which is $60 lower and the 2.5GB of data per line, with no overages. T-Mobile is still giving away unlimited data and text in over 120 countries with this plan, plus they are letting you stream music from many of the top music services without it counting against your data.  (more…)