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…)
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…)
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.”
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…)
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…)
In addition to unveiling rollover data, T-Mobile’s eighth Uncarrier move, the mobile provider gave an update on the state of its 4G LTE network. The rollout for LTE is apparently ahead of schedule.
In a blog post, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray wrote that T-Mobile’s 4G – “recognized as the fastest in the nation” – now covers 260 million Americans, which surpasses the carrier’s initial goal by 10 million. That reach should extend to 280 million by mid-2015 and 300 million by the end of next year, if all goes according to plan. (more…)
T-Mobile unwrapped Uncarrier 8.0 this morning with the announcement that they will let customers rollover their high-speed 4G LTE data from one month to the next. They are calling it Data Stash, but it’s really just rollover for data. The idea is that you might only use 2GB of your 3GB plan this month, so you should get to keep that extra unused 1GB and use it in the next month. Get it? It’s rolling over to the next month. Well, in T-Mobile’s case, they are allowing you to “stash” it and then use it next month. (more…)
Tomorrow, at 7:30AM Pacific (10:30AM Eastern), T-Mobile and its CEO will sit down for a live webcast with Yahoo News to talk through their latest Uncarrier announcements, officially known as Uncarrier 8.0. As of right now, we don’t even have guesses as to what will be announced, but there will certainly be expletives, trash talking of other carriers, and plenty of magenta. Wait, isn’t that a bit early for Legere to be calling other CEOs fat? Maybe not. (more…)