T-Mobile announced this afternoon that they will hold Uncarrier 5.0 on June 18 at an event in Los Angeles. The only wording included in the invite says “We don’t play it safe and sound.” To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what that is hinting at.
In the past, we have seen T-Mobile eliminate contracts, move to monthly payment device plans, change how often you can upgrade phones, pay early termination fees (ETF) for customers who leave current carriers to join their network, hand out free tablet data for life, give plans free international data, and more. (more…)
T-Mobile released its Q1 2014 earnings report this morning, showing that the wireless company added 2.4 million net new subscribers. It’s the first time in the company’s history that it managed to break the 2 million mark, but you could argue that another stat surrounding the number may be more impressive. Verizon (549,000) and AT&T (“more than 1 million”) combined only brought in around 1.6 million, so the country’s fourth largest wireless carrier managed to beat out the big dogs by a mile. We would add Sprint to the party, but they lost almost 600,000 customers. (more…)
Sources of Bloomberg state that Sprint is getting ready to make a bid for T-Mobile. According to three sources, who wished not to be named due to the privacy of the talks, SoftBank Corp. (who owns about 80% of Sprint), is preparing a case to present to FCC regulators, as well as securing funds for acquiring T-Mobile, with a formal bid to come in June or July.
From what was stated, Sprint would be taking on about $8.6 billion in current debt of T-Mobile’s, plus the reported sticker price of the company which sits currently around $24 billion. (more…)
In day three of its most recent string of UnCarrier moves, T-Mobile has announced today that it is killing off overage charges for its customers and encouraging AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to do the same with a Change.org petition. T-Mobile calls overage penalties “one of the most reviled wireless industry practices,” saying that “in May for the June billing cycle, T-Mobile is abolishing domestic overages.” (more…)
Can T-Mobile become any more of an “un-carrier” than it already is? Apparently so. The wireless carrier today launched Operation Tablet Freedom, a program that discounts cellular-enabled tablets and allows customers with postpaid voice plans to add a tablet for free. (more…)
This morning, T-Mobile kicked off three days of new Uncarrier announcements by introducing their Simple Starter Plan. The new affordable plan runs just $40 and lands customers with unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of 4G LTE data. Keep in mind that T-Mobile also doesn’t do data overages, so should you hit the 500MB cap,
they’ll only throttle you for the rest of your billing cycle rather than charge you extra. (Edit: This plan appears to be different than other T-Mobile plans. Normally T-Mobile would throttle you, but this seems to be a hard cap. If you want more than 500MB of data, you’ll have to purchase more.) (more…)
It looks like T-Mobile’s decision to end corporate discounts didn’t go over as well as the carrier had hoped.
After hundreds of frustrated customers took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the T-Mobile’s plan to end all employee discounts April 1, the carrier seems to have backtracked. T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted last night that “Current corp customers can keep their discount.” Details are forthcoming. (more…)
T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere made an announcement at the end of last week that his company would be ending employer rate plan discounts, opting for a more “transparent” game plan.
“The old programs were designed to help big carriers close big corporate contracts, with employees as bargaining chips. We aren’t playing that game anymore,” was what John had to say about the current setup of employee discounts. (more…)