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Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile’s CEOs are paid…. a lot


One would expect that the carriers in the United States pay their chief executive officers by performance. By that assumption, the total compensation for Lowell McAdam, Randall Stephenson, Marcelo Claure, and John Legere would be in order of their employers’ position in the market. That, however, is not the case. The total compensation for each CEO really varies because each company has a different set of incentives on top of base salaries.

So who is the highest paid leader among carriers in the United States? Hit the break to find out.


During the fiscal year that ended in March 2015, AT&T Randall Stephenson earned nearly $24 million, easily trumping the competition. Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s CEO, actually came in fourth at $18.3 million. Sprint’s Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile’s John Legere were surprisingly ahead of Lowell with $21.8 million and $18.57 million, respectively. Why is it surprising? Verizon is the nation’s largest carrier, Sprint is constantly getting heat for its network’s quality, and T-Mobile is still rising. It would make sense, in looking at it that way, for Stephenson and McAdam to be the highest paid.

Sprint defended Claure’s total compensation by saying that comparing it to the other CEOs is unfair and that he had several one-time payments when hired.

Here is what the Big Four’s CEOs earned in the last fiscal year:

  • Randall Stephenson (AT&T): $23.98 million
  • Marcelo Claure (Sprint): $21.8 million
  • John Legere (T-Mobile): $18.57 million
  • Lowell McAdam (Verizon): $18.3 million

For the current fiscal year, I would expect Legere’s total compensation to see the most change. The carrier is investing a lot in its network and adding customers at a rapid pace. The likelihood of being acquired by an even bigger company will certainly help, too.

Source: FierceWireless

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T-Mobile extends two of its data plan promotions until July 14


Communications sent to T-Mobile employees show that the carrier is extending promotions on a couple of its data plans. T-Mobile planned to remove the two for $100 or four for $100 data plan promotions today, but has now extended until July 14.

If you buy two 4G LTE Unlimited data plans with T-Mobile, through July 14 it’ll only cost you $100 for two. New customers are still able to sign-up for T-Mobile 4 for $100 promotion in 2.5GB or 4.5GB amounts. T-Mobile plans on honoring the promotion pricing, even after the sale ends on July 14. You can check out all of the sweet details in the communication posted below.


These are some really sweet deals the carrier is offering. Now is the time to make the jump from your current carrier to T-Mobile, if you’ve been considering it. In addition to these promotions, T-Mobile is also currently running its Un-carrier Amped campaign, building on a bunch of features they announced when they launched the Un-carrier initiative, such as its JUMP! program.

Anyone making the jump to T-Mobile?

source: TmoNews

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Talk Android Weekly Recap: June 20 – June 27, 2015


This week flew by with all of the excitement! We posted our reviews of some awesome battery charger’s, OnePlus announced the OnePlus 2, T-Mobile began its Un-carrier Amped campaign, starting with some sweet changes to its JUMP! program. If you missed any of that, be sure to check out some of the top headlines for the week after the break.

That wraps up all the major headlines for the week. It’s looking like rain here on the east coast, but it’ll be good to get out of that way for the BBQ’ing for July 4 next week. Have a great weekend everybody!

Come comment on this article: Talk Android Weekly Recap: June 20 – June 27, 2015


GoSmart Mobile introducing new $30 plan – unlimited talk, text and web


GoSmart Mobile offers some of the most interesting plans in the prepaid market. Today they extend their options by adding a completely new offer. This new tier costs $30 a month and includes unlimited talk, text and data.

US customers have plenty of prepaid options to choose from, but the issue is most of these follow some sort of cookie cutter range of plans with no significant differences. GoSmart Mobile differentiates itself by providing a very unique data system.


Ultimately, data is unlimited, but not at its fullest capacity. With this plan users can get 1 GB of 3G data per month, after which they will be throttled to 2G speeds. The good news is social networking buffs won’t be suffering too much. Every plan includes unlimited 4G LTE access to Facebook, which could be a life saver to some.

This will make a huge difference to those who play around with Facebook often. Especially if you are one who enjoys watching those fun videos, uploading images and the like. We may not think too much of Facebook at times, but it sure can take a toll on your data consumption!


The prepaid carrier is owned and supported by T-Mobile, so you will be at the mercy of their network (which is not a bad thing, at all). Interested customers can go ahead and sign up at GoSmart Mobile’s official website starting tomorrow, June 28th.

GoSmart Mobile goes on to emphasize “all monthly prices are as-advertised (without any hidden fees or auto-pay requirements), and come without any ridiculous strings attached.” Just like T-Mobile, this carrier does stick to its promises. This is truly a no strings attached deal, and they even make it easy to bring in your own unlocked smartphone.

Convincing enough? It does sound like an awesome deal to the heavy Facebook user. Who is signing up?


Talk Android Weekly Recap: June 20 – June 27, 2015


This week flew by with all of the excitement! We posted our reviews of some awesome battery charger’s, OnePlus announced the OnePlus 2, T-Mobile began its Un-carrier Amped campaign, starting with some sweet changes to its JUMP! program. If you missed any of that, be sure to check out some of the top headlines for the week after the break.

That wraps up all the major headlines for the week. It’s looking like rain here on the east coast, but it’ll be good to get out of that way for the BBQ’ing for July 4 next week. Have a great weekend everybody!

Come comment on this article: Talk Android Weekly Recap: June 20 – June 27, 2015


T-Mobile’s new Jump! On Demand program will let you upgrade your phone 3x per year

T-Mobile’s Jump! early upgrade program has been around for awhile now, allowing users to upgrade their devices early as long as they pay a premium every month. As part of its recently-announced “Un-carrier Amped” initiative, T-Mobile has just introduced an upgrade to the Jump! program, which might prove useful for many consumers out there. It’s called “Jump! On Demand”, and the premise is actually quite simple.

Once you sign up for the new program, T-Mobile will give you a brand new smartphone at no extra cost, as long as you agree to lease the device monthly like you would on any other payment plan. If you want a new phone at any time, T-Mobile will let you upgrade up to three times per year. You’ll need to trade in your current phone, which must be in good condition, but that’s really one of the only caveats here.

Now instead of having to pay the $10 premium each month for the ability to upgrade early, if you sign up for the plan, you’ll just need to pay the monthly cost for your device (and the cost of your plan, of course). So to clarify, you’ll owe no upgrade fee, no taxes on the new phone, and no additional monthly fee. This is certainly a great plan for someone who always wants the latest and greatest, but if you’re someone who likes to hold on to your old smartphones, this isn’t the deal for you.

Jump! On Demand will launch Sunday, June 28th, and will unfortunately be available for only a few smartphones at the start:

It should be noted that if you receive a smartphone through Jump! On Demand and choose not to upgrade early anymore, at the end of your 18-month lease, you can go about it three different ways. Either you can turn in the smartphone (in good condition) and pay nothing more, upgrade to your next phone and start a new plan, or pay off the remaining balance on your device and keep it. If you want to keep the smartphone, the “final payment” equals the total retail cost of the phone, minus what you’ve paid on it so far.

There’s a lot to digest here, so if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. And be sure to stay tuned for more Un-carrier Amped announcements in the coming weeks.



T-Mobile announces ‘JUMP! On Demand’, trade your phone in up to 3 times a year

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We knew that John Legere would be making another Un-Carrier announcement today that would take a bolder approach to its previous offerings. We weren’t sure exactly what the bad boy of wireless would bring to the table this go around, but we expected something big. The first of what we assume will be many announcements over the next few weeks/months, is called JUMP! on Demand. It is sort of what Sprint has been doing for a while now. You basically get to lease a phone for a small monthly fee on your bill and trade it in, in good working non-warranty void status, and get something else. For instance, you walk into T-Mobile and get yourself a LG G4 because you want to give it a run, but you really want the Note 5 later this year. Go for it. Bring the G4 back and trade it back in for the Note 5.

T-Mobile offers up the iPhone 6 as an example price device on JUMP! on Demand as being $15 a month. Just because you COULD jump to something else doesn’t mean you ave to though. You can make the payments for 18 months and then purchase the device. In the iPhone 6 example, you would shell out $164 to buy it after that 18 month lease period. However, you are more than welcome to trade that iPhone 6 in during the lease period and get something else plus, they will let you do that up to 3 times in a year. You could feasibly have a new phone every 4 months if you wanted too. The fine print also states that after the 18 month lease term you either have to buy the device or trade it in. Not that it is a big deal really, and who wants to keep a device over 18 months? Except maybe as a spare back up anyways. Mind you, this all has $0 down, $0 fees and there isn’t even any sales tax. Check out the 2.5 minute from John Legere. FYI, a bit NSFW if your workplace can’t handle a little profanity.

This really won’t be all that it is cracked up to be for a small set of users out there. Yes, I am talking to you modders and ROM junkies. Anything that would void a warranty will likely disqualify your trade-in. Although, the fine print doesn’t mention anything about that, it just states the device needs to be in good physical condition and working. I would assume that as long as you put it back to stock before trade-in then no one would really care.

The JUMP! on Demand option also kills off that $10 monthly JUMP! fee that allowed you to jump devices yearly. If you are an average user who takes good care of their equipment, then JUMP! on Demand is going to rock. Not only will it lower your monthly bill, but you will be that cool kid with all the latest phones without breaking the bank. The new option isn’t available just yet though, it officially goes into effect June 28th, that is this Sunday. I am headed to the store today to get the wife the LG G4, so I will see how it all works out when I am there. Hopefully there is an enrolment period so I don’t have to wait 2 days to get her a new phone.

Source: T-Mobile | @JohnLegere Twitter

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T-Mobile will now let you upgrade at any time, thanks to new JUMP! On Demand program

John Legere

Under its new Un-carrier Amped campaign, T-Mobile has revealed JUMP! On Demand, amping up the way it handles upgrades. No more will customers have to pay $10/month to upgrade six months early. And, customers on the JUMP! program will get to upgrade even earlier.

In other words, upgrading isn’t going to cost you any extra money outside of your monthly phone payment bill. JUMP! On Demand will also let you upgrade your device up to three times a year, letting you always have the most recent flagship in your pocket.

The exciting element of JUMP! On Demand is that it is at no extra cost to the consumer–no upgrade fees, no higher monthly fees, and no taxes. You have total freedom of upgrading your smartphone to the latest device on the market with little to no consequences. T-Mobile will be officially launching the JUMP! On Demand program on June 28.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Keep in mind that isn’t the only new feature as part of its new Un-carrier Amped campaign. There’s plenty more to come, and we can’t wait to see what T-Mobile is doing next.

Are you trading in your device for a new one come June 28?

Press release:

T-Mobile Unveils All-New ‘JUMP! On Demand’ – a Whole New Way to Get a Phone Whenever You Want

T-Mobile kicks off ‘Un-carrier Amped’ — cranking up the volume on its revolutionary Un-carrier moves – by unveiling new ‘JUMP! On Demand’ phone payment plan
Un-carrier introduces the industry’s lowest monthly cost for iPhone 6 – at just $15 a month with trade-in

Bellevue, Washington — June 25, 2015 —Two years ago, T-Mobile [NYSE: TMUS] promised to take on a wireless industry that’d grown too fat to give a damn about its customers. Since then, the Un-carrier™ has eliminated the worst of the carrier abuses with an aggressive drumbeat of industry-rocking moves—and Americans have responded by making T-Mobile America’s fastest growing wireless company. But the company isn’t stopping there. T-Mobile is rolling out a series of epic updates to some of its wildly popular Un-carrier moves this summer and calling it ‘Un-carrier Amped!’ So today, the company kicked things off in a big way by amping up Un-carrier 2.0, its groundbreaking JUMP!® program, and introducing the industry’s lowest monthly cost to get an iPhone 6 when you trade-in your smartphone. 
With T-Mobile’s new JUMP! On Demand™, one low monthly phone payment covers the cost of a new smartphone and gives you the freedom to swap it for a new one absolutely anytime you like … at no extra cost. Which means you don’t pay a penny to walk out the door with your new smartphone today–not even sales tax, with qualifying credit. No fees to upgrade whenever you want, no waiting and no worries about paying off your old phone when you upgrade.
“While the carriers are breaking every promise they’ve ever made with their knock-off upgrade programs, we’re racing full speed ahead, making one of our most popular moves even better,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “JUMP! On Demand is the best way to get a new smartphone whenever you want. Zero out the door. Zero at upgrade. Zero fees. Zero wait. Zero BS.”
Hear more about JUMP! On Demand from Legere in his latest video blog.
Get a New Smartphone When You Want
Nearly half of Americans say they wish their carrier would let them upgrade their smartphone more often. So they’re counting the days until they can get that next new smartphone. With Jump! On Demand, you can get a new smartphone whenever you want at no extra cost.
Here’s how JUMP! On Demand works: Get a new smartphone for zero out of pocket with qualifying credit, and zero sales tax due today, followed by one low monthly payment that includes the cost of that new smartphone and, for free, the ultimate freedom to upgrade whenever you want. When you want a new smartphone, just swap your old phone for a new one. That’s it.
Customers with JUMP! On Demand can upgrade anytime − tomorrow, next week or next month − up to three times a year. Simply bring in the last phone you got with JUMP! On Demand for a quick three-point check-up to ensure it’s in good working order and swap it out for a new smartphone. Which means you could get six brand new phones during the time it’d take to get one upgrade at Verizon.
When you get a smartphone with JUMP! On Demand, your monthly payment is about the same as it would be with regular financing, and there’s no extra $10 monthly program fee.  T-Mobile’s most popular smartphones are available with JUMP! On Demand. See the full list of available smartphones at in the FAQs.
Existing JUMP! customers can get a new smartphone with JUMP! On Demand the next time they upgrade, and won’t have to pay that extra $10 per month because the ability to upgrade whenever you want is now included in your monthly phone payment.  And, if you still want device insurance (Premium Handset Protection), it only costs $8 per month.
Making It Easier, Not Harder, to Get the Phone You Want … When You Want It
Nearly two years ago, T-Mobile rocked the wireless industry with JUMP! so Americans could upgrade when they want, not when they’re told. JUMP! busted down the barriers to upgrading, and it was a huge hit. Over 10 million people signed on and made the most of JUMP!, upgrading their phones 30% faster than everyone else—every 14 months compared to the industry-average of nearly 20 months.
JUMP! was so disruptive, the carriers were forced to roll out their own knock-off “early upgrade” programs. But they’ve been changing their fine print ever since. Today, carrier customers are forced to wait even longer and pay more to get the phone they want. Verizon Edge customers originally had to pay off 50% of their phone before they could upgrade. Then Verizon upped the payout to 75%. Now, they make you pay off 100% of your phone before you can upgrade—which can take 24 months.
“Verizon’s quietly turned their ‘early upgrade’ program back into a two-year contract – as if nobody’ll notice. And AT&T isn’t much better. These guys just don’t get it,” added Legere. “Customers want more flexibility and freedom not less. So, while they make you wait longer and pay more, we’re changing the game again with JUMP! On Demand.”
Lowest Monthly Cost for iPhone 6
Now, for a limited time, you can get iPhone 6 with 16GB at the industry’s lowest monthly cost of $15 a month with JUMP! On Demand when you trade-in your current smartphone. That’s an unbeatable price the competition just can’t touch. And with JUMP! On Demand, you can easily upgrade to the latest iPhone at any time.
With Jump! On Demand, you make payments on your phone for 18 months.  After 18 months, you can simply turn in your phone with nothing more to pay, or upgrade to your next new phone and start a new plan, or make a final payment and keep your phone.  If you keep your phone and make the final payment, the total of your payments will equal the retail price of the phone.  In addition, customers can pay off their JUMP! On Demand plan at any time by paying the remaining payments in advance, and keep their phone without penalty.
JUMP! On Demand is available in participating T-Mobile stores nationwide starting June 28th.  For more information, visit And follow T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Twitter ( to see how he’s planning to surprise his followers and celebrate the launch of JUMP! On Demand with them.
$0 down at signing + $15/mo for 18 mo. lease O.A.C. If you cancel wireless service, remaining lease payments become due. Device must be returned in good condition or purchase option exercised ($164 for iPhone 6 offer) at cancellation or after 18 mos. Qual’g service, eligible device trade-in & upgrade req’d. No device security deposit. Monthly taxes additional.
About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company’s advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to approximately 57 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit

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T-Mobile’s JUMP! On-Demand program lets customers upgrade phones three times a year

T-Mobile customers will soon be able to walk into its retail stores and upgrade their smartphone with even less of a hassle. What’s more, subscribers will be able to do it more often, too. The Uncarrier’s new #UncarrierAmped initiative builds on its previous JUMP! upgrade policy.



Starting June 28, T-Mobile’s new JUMP! On Demand program lets customers upgrade their devices up to three times per year. What’s more, it no longer costs $10 per month to have the luxury of the upgrade service.

If and when you are ready to trade in your device you’ll take it to T-Mobile who will perform a three-point check to ensure it’s good to go. And, with qualified credit, you’ll be able to walk out with the new device without spending a penny. Yes, that means sales tax, too.

With Jump! On Demand, you make payments on your phone for 18 months. After 18 months, you can simply turn in your phone with nothing more to pay, or upgrade to your next new phone and start a new plan, or make a final payment and keep your phone.


Customers already enrolled in the current JUMP program can trade in toward a new smartphone with JUMP! On Demand for free the next time they process an upgrade. Those of you who want device insurance (Premium Handset Protection), it now only costs $8 per month.

T-Mobile | John Legere (Twitter)


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T-Mobile’s new early upgrade plan lets you swap phones even more

These days, T-Mobile’s not just trying to trip up its far bigger rivals — it’s sprucing up some of its own features, too. The carrier just announced an improved way to handle the early upgrade, and it could work out great if you’re like us and can’t stand holding onto the same phone for too long. The carrier’s new JUMP On demand program works almost exactly like its companion does, save for three big tweaks: First, you can trade in your phone for a new one three times a year instead of two. There doesn’t seem to be a limit on when you can upgrade either (the other version of JUMP makes you wait six months before your first swap). Oh, and the $10 monthly fee T-Mobile used to charge you for the privilege? Kaput. Don’t get too worked up, though: You’ll just have to wait for June 28 to roll around before you can ditch your current device.

The downsides here are few — you’ll lose out on the free phone insurance that was once baked into the compulsory $10 fee, though you can add it yourself for a few bucks less and still pay less than you did before. JUMP On Demand only works for certain smartphones, too, so your choices will be limited compared to the original plan (which still exists, to be clear). The biggest one, of course, is that you’re basically just renting a phone from T-Mobile for however many months before you upgrade again. Sure, you’ll be able to keep the phone if you complete the terms of your contract and pay it off in full, but it’s pretty clear T-Mobile would rather you give your gently used device right back to them (they’ll use ’em as replacements and refurb units).

Then again, if services like Spotify are any indication, the whole notion of people “owning things” might be sort of passé anyway. The way T-Mobile sees it, it doesn’t really matter if someone “owns” a phone as long as they currently have one they like and can ditch it for something better when they stop liking it. That’s a very powerful pull on a consumer’s mind — improvement is just a trip to the store away — and it doesn’t seem likely that T-Mobile will ditch its customer-focused mantra any time soon. Too bad then that the carrier’s rambunctious swagger doesn’t seem to be winning it friends where it might need them the most.

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