WSJ: Google’s Wireless Service Might Let You Switch Between the Best Network Available From Different Carriers

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…)

T-Mobile Working on 700MHz Band Support Update for Nexus 6 and Xperia Z3

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…)

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…)