Looks like something has gotten under T-Mobile‘s John Legere’s skin again. the bad boy of the wireless industry just keeps pushing, and I like it. Invites to an event to announce Uncarrier 7.0 have started to make appearances with a very interesting message on them, “This time it’s personal.”
The pinkish block is covering the password that is on the invite. Not sure if each one has the same password or not. 9to5Google’s image shows “speakeasy”. The one above is from Tmonews.
The event is schedule for September 10th at 12:30 pm PST in San Francisco and will fully kickoff at 1pm. Interestingly enough, this isn’t being held at some lavish venue like usual. Instead it is being held at a corporate T-Mobile store on the corner of Market and 3rd. It should be interesting since Apple will be in town on the 9th.
What are you thinking T-Mobile will pull this time?
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The HTC One M8 and Windows Phone 8.1 are two great tastes that (mostly) taste great together, and you’ll soon have a way to pick one up that doesn’t require inking a deal with Verizon or AT&T. T-Mobile revealed earlier today that it’ll offer the One M8 for Windows too, though like AT&T before it, the Uncarrier isn’t quite ready to divulge those juicy pricing and availability details just yet. It may seem like Sprint subscribers may be getting the short end of the stick, but that might not be the case for much longer — some of the new leakers on the block firmly assert that Marcelo Claure’s crew will get their chance down the road too. While y’all wait for those all-important details to drop, check out our full review to see if HTC’s newest Windows Phone is actually worth the wait (spoiler alert: very likely yes).
Back in June T-Mobile made a fairly awesome move that gave customers a break from their data consumption by letting you stream certain services without touching your data allotments. Sure, there were a few stipulations, like being on a plan that let you do it. Still, if streaming music is your bread and butter of data use, it certainly helped. At initial launch it offered up a variety of services that wouldn’t touch your allotment. Services like Spotify, Slacker, iHeartRadio and others. T-Mobile promised others would be added over time, but that the ones available at rollout were the heaviest used ones.
Today T-Mobile is adding in a few other services to the list that should make some of you jump up and down. Starting today, if you are on the Simple Choice plan of course, you can stream from six newly added services; AccuRadio, Black Planet Radio, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza.
“T-Mobile’s Music Freedom and services like Grooveshark are about bringing music accessibility to the consumer,” said Sam Tarantino, Co-founder and CEO of Grooveshark, “Together with Music Freedom, Grooveshark is creating a new kind of music discovery on T-Mobile devices. We believe the combined global audiences of millions represents a new and engaged audience for Grooveshark on T-Mobile.”
Now, before you throw your phone and curse out T-mobile for not adding Google Play Music, there is news on that front too. Google Play Music raked in three-quarters of a million votes in the poll for what should be added next. It topped the charts and is clearly the service we all want the most. T-Mobile says they are on track to bring Google Play Music into the fold later this year. While it isn’t ‘right this minute’ like many of us would like, it is coming. It is almost September, so later this year only gives them 4 months at most to pull it off. So sit tight a little longer guys.
An interesting set of numbers came out of the press release as well. Since the launch of the Music Freedom campaign, T-Mobile claims that customers have streamed 7 terabytes of music with 5 million more songs being played a day then before the launch. Obviously removing the data use on music has paid off for customers in a pretty big way.
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T-Mobile’s Music Freedom initiative raised a few eyebrows when the Uncarrier revealed it a few months ago – it granted most-favored nation status to a handful of music streaming services so whatever data they used wouldn’t count against your monthly data cap. With Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio in the mix, the move seemed like a win for consumers… unless you happened to pay someone else to get your streaming fix. Thankfully, T-Mobile is finally expanding the list of supported services to include beloved also-rans like Rdio, Google-owned Songza, and more. Support for the six new streaming services has gone into effect today, but T-Mobile admitted in a statement that one fan-favorite service would take a little more time to set up. You see, the carrier kicked off a poll shortly after Music Freedom’s launch to see what unsupported service people wanted to use the most. The winner? None other than Google Play Music — hardly a surprise, but T-Mobile admitted in a statement that it won’t be added to the fold until later this year.
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Happy Tuesday Android friends. The ManDroid Daily is here to give you that quick news. The OnePlus One is on fire, and not in a good way. Guess those 24 hour invites got to this lucky guy’s device. T-Mobile continues to change the carrier game, and we love them for doing it. Enjoy the daily!
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Yesterday T-Mobile announced that they were offering 2GB of 4G LTE data for the Simple Starter customers for just $5 more a month starting September 3rd. Today T-mobile has made another announcement, this time centered around their Family Plan offerings.
Starting tomorrow, August 27th, adding a line to your Simple Choice plans gets even better. At least for those larger and extended families out there. As of tomorrow T-mobile is expanding its line limit from the current 5 to 10 per account. I remember when I worked at T-Mobile many years ago I used to get plenty of calls where a family had to have two accounts to accommodate the number of devices in the home. This move is certain to please those people out of convenience, management of the accounts and of course the price. Price being the most important really. Each line after the first 2 still remains at just $10 per line all the way up to 10 lines. That doesn’t mean 12 lines, it’s the first 2 and then 8 additional. There is more though.
“I’ve always maintained that shared data plans are a source of customer pain. And, it’s becoming clear now that they are,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The old carriers’ shared data plans are just another ploy to push customers over their data limits and suck money out of their pockets with overage charges they can’t see coming.”
Every line will have its own dedicated 4G LTE high-speed data allotment. By default every line gets 1GB out the gate no matter what. Any of the lines can add unlimited data for $30 a month. The press release doesn’t mention any other options that they offer now, like 3GB for $10 more ect.
There is a promotion running right now that takes that 1GB to 2.5GBs per line for no additional charge through 2015 if you buy 4 or more lines. I certainly hope that promotion keeps running after tomorrow.
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Oh look, more outstanding news from T-Mobile. Just a bit ago we told you about the new Family Plan offerings that let you put up to 10 lines on one account for just $10 per line. They also made sure to point out that they are keeping the data as a per-line basis rather than silly share buckets. Another announcement was pushed out today that expands on that news slightly.
Starting September 3rd if you add a tablet to any Simple Choice plan for just $10 a month. Currently if you add a tablet you get 200MBs of free data for the life of your tablet. That alone is a pretty sweet deal, but we are data hungry monsters who need MOAR! So T-Mobile is delivering it. When you add a tablet to your plan they will match your phones data plan up to 5GBs just for your tablet. Yes, that is also on top of the free 200MBs, although the 200MBs is really kind of mute at that point.
“The old school carriers make you pay for the privilege of connecting your tablet to their network−just to tap into the same limited pool of data you already bought for your smartphone,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “With the Un-carrier, you can now get double the data on a network designed for data for one simple price. It couldn’t be simpler or more straightforward.”
The comparison chart makes short work of the competition in terms of data access. I’m all for paying less for more, but I am also all for paying the same for more. The press release doesn’t mention anything about the unlimited package though, I imagine that you can only max your tablet at 5GBs, but I could be wrong. Looks like I just might have to head to T-Mobile on the 3rd and do a little plan revamping. Maybe even pick up a new 4G LTE tablet while I am at it.
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T-Mobile isn’t about to stop tweaking its phone plans any time soon; in fact, it just overhauled three of them with data in mind. To start, you’ll get twice as much full-speed data on your phone plan if you add a tablet to the mix from September 3rd onward; if you currently get 3GB, for example, adding the $10 monthly tablet access fee will give you 6.2GB (including the 200MB of free tablet data) to play with. It’s potentially a much better deal than what rivals offer if you intend to use your tablet a lot while on the road. On Sprint, you’d be paying $75 per month for both phone service and 4GB of shared data.
The other plan changes don’t necessarily give you as much data, but they may be a better value if you’re cost-conscious. If you’re on a $40 Simple Starter plan, an option arriving on September 3rd will let you pay $5 more per month to quadruple your max-speed data from 500MB to a much healthier 2GB — not quite as good as Cricket (which delivers 2.5GB for $45), but close. Whole households, meanwhile, can put as many as 10 lines on a family plan as of August 27th. It still costs $10 per person like the previous five-line option, and everyone gets their own data. Sprint currently has the advantage in family plans if you’re only looking to get as much data as possible for the money, but T-Mobile’s expansion may be handy for returning students and anyone else who’d rather not shoulder the full cost of phone service.
Watching the cellular industry duke it out for phones, data plans and general plans is sort of fun. The changes that one company makes often trickles over to another in some fashion that generally is better for the consumer. Sometimes it is all in the wording and the marketing of a new feature of plan, but sometimes these guys do make a change that is pretty beneficial. T-Mobile has announced a new add-on feature today that should sit nicely with Simple Start plan users.
Starting September 3rd Simple Starter plan subscribers will be able to up their 4G LTE plan from 500MBs to 2GBs for just $5 more a month. That puts the monthly total, prior to taxes and all that jazz, at just $45 a month.
“People who use loads of data use T-Mobile,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “And it’s no wonder. The old guard telecoms punish people for using more data on their networks with crazy overage charges and fees. Get Verizon’s $50 plan and use just one gig more data, and the price jumps to $65. It’s crazy. At T-Mobile, we designed our network data-strong so our customers could use the hell out of it. And that’s just what they’re doing.”
That is still $5 less a month than the standard Simple Choice plan that offers the same unlimited talk and text with only 1GB of LTE data. The key difference is that on the Simple Starter your data is suspended after you reach the cap where as the Simple Choice just slows you down.
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T-Mobile’s approach when it comes to luring new customers continues to nab loads of users. This time around, the so-called UnCarrier is offering a year of unlimited data on its LTE network for customers that convince friends to make the switch from Sprint, AT&T or Verizon. And yes, the acquaintance that actually has to sign the papers gets the same 12-month deal. The limited-time offer takes aim at Sprint’s recent efforts to lure customers from rival carriers with increased data allotments for families, and follows the yellow-hued network ending its quest to purchase T-Mobile earlier this month.
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