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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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…)