Today is the day! T-Mobile’s new Wi-Fi CellSpots are available in stores, and the other facets of their Uncarrier 7.0 plan are in full effect!
T-Mobile – Canton, OH
After a week of waiting, I walked into my local T-Mobile corporate store to see about picking up a new Wi-Fi CellSpot. They had them in stock, but barely knew what the devices were, let alone how they would process an order for one, so I waited for the kind representative who had the bad luck to have to assist me to read up on what exactly the device is, does, and how to sell it.
Insert 10 minutes of Jeopardy theme music.
The representative disappeared behind the employee doors and re-emerged with the coveted Wi-Fi CellSpot. I began to salivate, idly thumbing the raised numbers on my debit card, ready for throw my $25 at T-Mobile. He placed the box on the counter before me.
Another five minutes of reading followed by a confused “I’m not sure I can sell this yet” and the near hospitalization of the representative, were I not a praying man.
After another 20 minutes of listening to the salesman talk to customer service he redirected his attention to me with bad news, and some unexpected good news.
The bad news was that I wouldn’t be paying the $25 deposit required of post-pay customers to take home my very own CellSpot today, I would have to wait seven business days for the router to be shipped to me. The good news, however was that because I came in before September 23rd, I wouldn’t have to pay the deposit at all.
If you want one of these bad-boys, get to a store before the 23rd so you don’t have to pay the deposit.
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Looking for a big screen on a small budget? T-Mobile has you covered with the announcement of the latest device headed to the unpredictable carrier. The ZTE ZMAX will be headed to magenta next week with some interesting specs and price tag.
The ZMAX manages to pull down a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. That isn’t a quad HD screen, but on a 5.7-inch device is it doable for an average consumer who wants size. Under the hood it packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor at 1.2Ghz and is backed with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage locks in at 16GB, with less user storage of course. It does offer an SD card slot along with NFC. For photos the ZMAX packs a modest 8MP rear camera and a paltry 1MP front shooter. The whole device will launch with Android 4.4. Looking at the images of the device, it appears to be a pretty stock looking experience too. That doesn’t always mean anything though, but we will remain hopeful. What is almost impressive about the ZMAX though is the fact that they packed a 3,400 mAh battery inside a shell that is just 0.35-inches. They have the battery rated for 14 hours of talk time and 15 days standby time.
It certainly isn’t the prettiest of devices ever made and whats up with those capacitive keys at the bottom?!?!!? T-Mobile fails to offer up an official price tag, but they do list out the EIP price of $0 down and $10.50 a month for 24 months. Math wise that pans out to $252 full price. That isn’t to shabby considering the specs. It is set to be available September 24th. with a MetroPCS version following later this year.
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RICHARDSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S.*, today introduced the ZTE ZMAX at its launch event in New York City and announced the phone’s exclusive availability with T-Mobile beginning September 24. This beautiful, value priced LTE smartphone with a 5.7 inch HD screen heightens performance and class in the mid-range market, giving T-Mobile customers more choice and exceptional value they’ve come to expect. The phone’s 3400 mAh battery is one of the highest-capacity batteries on the market and, under normal usage, lasts two days on average with a single charge. The ZTE ZMAX has a curved smooth back and slender build that gives the word phablet a whole new feeling.
“The ZMAX is the latest example of ZTE designing devices with the user in mind. It has more battery life, more screen and more style but it does not cost you more,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “When customers see the unique look of ZTE smartphones and the technology, they are surprised our phones are a third of the cost of mainstream brands. We think the ZMAX is going to be a great addition to T-Mobile’s Un-carrier proposition and we are excited to have the ZMAX on their network.”
ZTE ZMAX ships with a nearly-stock version of the Android KitKat 4.4 operating system. The approach to the OS continues into the exterior design of the device, with its square corners, rounded back and semi-matte black finish. Behind its HD 5.7-inch screen is a Qualcomm quad-core processor, Dolby Digital sound and 16GB of storage that is expandable to 32GB with a micro SD card.
Starting September 24, the ZTE ZMAX will be available at participating T-Mobile retail locations and online at T-Mobile.com for $0 down and $10.50 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). MetroPCS will carry the device later this year.
“ZTE’s ZMAX combines the latest technology with distinctive design to give our customers an incredibly affordable large screen smartphone,” said Jason Young, Senior Vice President, Marketing at T-Mobile. “And on T-Mobile’s fastest nationwide LTE network with Wi-Fi Un-leashed and Simple Global, you’ve got worldwide coverage the old carriers can’t begin to match.”
ZTE ZMAX specifications:
- Battery: 3400 mAh
- Dimensions: 6.4” x 3.3” x 0.35”, 6.7 oz.
- Display: 5.7″ TFT LCD HD 1280 x 720
- Memory: 16GB ROM, expandable to 32GB via micro SD
- Network Compatibility: LTE, GSM
- Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 Quad Core with Adreno 305 GPU at 1.2 GHz
- Camera: 8MP rear, 1.6MP front, 1080p video
Via Android Police
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T-Mobile recently announced their latest UnCarrier 7.0 at an event last week that every T-Mobile customer will benefit from. It entails a near free wireless router to enhance your calling experience at home over Wi-Fi – while we do know that this router normally cost a steep $200 if purchased separately on Amazon, it will cost you $25 down if you decided to grab it at your local T-Mobile store. I know this is exactly what I planned to do tomorrow. Sadly, I just got pinged back from T-Mobile regarding the router and my planned trip to the local store.
T-Mobile says on a Google plus post that they will not have the devices in-store tomorrow, but you will be able to have one sent to you. Of course this means you have to wait for them to ship it to you or you can call 611 and have an order ready to ship pronto. I imagine that T-Mobile is expecting a rather large volume of customers hankering for the router and it does make some logistical sense to ship them directly to customers houses from their warehouses, despite the fact it would be easier for us to walk straight in, make our purchase and walk out the door though.
Anyone else out there changing their plans now that T-Mobile has alerted to the fact that the stores won’t have them on the shelf? Maybe John was wrong. Either way, be sure to give your store a quick buzz before you burn up time and probably gas to go find out.
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If you like the prospect of a giant smartphone but find even LG’s G Vista too rich for your blood, ZTE might have something that’s more up your alley. It just unveiled the ZMAX, a 5.7-inch device that hopefully won’t crush your bank account. The 720p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 16GB of expandable storage and 8-megapixel rear camera are nothing special, but you’re getting a lot of battery for the money; the 3,400mAh power pack is estimated to last for two days, or more than enough for a busy weekend. You might also like the not-quite-stock (read: potentially very speedy) Android 4.4 interface. ZTE’s low-cost behemoth will only be available through T-Mobile when it ships on September 24th. However, you’ll only have to pay $10.50 per month over two years to own the ZMAX, or $252 total — not too shabby considering that other phones this big frequently cost two or three times as much.
It’s no secret that the NSA’s spies have been busy in Germany. However, it’s now apparent that their activities in the country may reach much further than just targeting important leaders and suspects. Der Spiegel has published leaks showing that the US agency broke into the networks of both tech giant Deutsche Telekom and regional provider Netcologne as part of an effort to map as much of the internet as possible. Since the initiative (Treasure Map) is meant to pinpoint individual devices as well as infrastructure, the discovery hints that the NSA can potentially monitor a huge amount of German data traffic on routers, servers and personal gadgets.
It’s not clear just what kind of surveillance is taking place. While the mapping is a concern by itself, it’s not certain that the NSA is actively tracking everyone’s devices. When Britain’s GCHQ infiltrated German satellite companies like Stellar, for example, it was interested in watching particular suspects rather than everyone on the network. Even if your average person off the street isn’t a target, though, the discovery could put the NSA into hot water once again. Netcologne’s regional status suggests that the intrusion came from within Germany, which would violate national law — in other words, the US isn’t about to improve its souring relations with der Deutschland any time soon.
[Image credit: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images]
Source: Der Spiegel
T-Mobile won’t be the only carrier with Wi-Fi calling, AT&T is committing to bringing it to their customers as well. It just won’t become a reality until sometime in 2015. Ralph De La Vega, president and CEO of AT&T’s new Mobile and Business Solutions group made mention of it today at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. Mr. De La Vega was certainly targeting T-Mobile with his comments on the matter.
“We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement,” he said. “We feel good about a great nationwide network with unlimited talk and text.”
AT&T hasn’t yet launched their Voice over LTE service and that is going to be a critical component to have in place prior to any thoughts of launching a Wi-Fi calling experience. They want to ensure that the cell handoff from their network to your Wi-Fi is seamless without dropping your call. Which I can respect. However, attempting to leverage the technology as a way for carriers with a smaller coverage footprint to boost coverage is a bit over the top.
“We don’t have a burning desire or need for coverage. Other operators with less coverage may pursue it more aggressively.”
I doubt this topic would have come up at all if T-Mobile hadn’t made their announcement along with Apple announcing support for Wi-Fi calling being built into iOS 8. It isn’t about other carriers with less coverage, it is about giving customers coverage where a carrier just can’t, like in your man cave in the basement. Everyone I know has that one room or spot in their home that drops calls or gives no signal, even in the deepest of coverage areas. Wi-Fi calling is all about helping customers stay connected. It seems that De La Vega is missing that aspect and down playing the need for the extra coverage.
What are your thoughts? Do you have that one lack of coverage spot at home or work that just kills you? Are you jumping to T-Mobile specifically for Wi-Fi calling, or have you just stuck it out with Google Voice or other voip apps?
If you’re a T-Mobile customer, your company just gave you a very unexpected gift at yesterday’s UnCarrier event: a wireless router. Yes, a fully functioning, magenta-branded, ASUS-built router, which can do essentially everything your current router can do — and if yours is old, this will likely do even more. The device, which would cost roughly $200 if you purchased it on Amazon without T-Mobile’s tweaks, only requires a $25 deposit, which gets returned to you once you’re done using it. The company is going all-in on its commitment to providing every subscriber and every carrier-branded smartphone with free WiFi calling, and the router — called the T-Mobile Personal CellSpot — is the icing on the cake. But, you may ask, why is this a thing that’s happening in the year 2014, especially when most of us already have access to a router (and thus, WiFi calling) nearly everywhere we go?
It’s a very good question, because the CellSpot isn’t a necessity if you want to take advantage of WiFi calling at home, work or the local Starbucks. Chances are you already have a router that can handle that, but CMO Mike Sievert believes customers will enjoy it because it’s a portable device that’s easy to set up wherever you go. “Your office, home, man cave, cabin, any place you get broadband, you can now get T-Mobile coverage,” he said. More importantly — especially for those who still use their phones as, y’know, phones – it also prioritizes your HD-quality calls over any other activity on the network; on most routers, your call might get dropped when your significant other starts binge-watching Breaking Bad, whereas the CellSpot ensures that your call gets saved at the expense of your family’s Netflix marathon.
Of course, there are enough benefits on T-Mobile’s side to justify the new program. At yesterday’s event, CTO Neville Ray mentioned that the carrier’s traffic has grown by more than 10 times from three years ago, and given the company’s recent growth (it added nearly 3 million new subscribers in August alone, which is a record for T-Mobile), it makes sense to find alternative methods of alleviating the additional burden that comes with it. Thus, when you use the CellSpot (or any WiFi calling, for that matter), everybody wins: The network is less saturated for customers who aren’t in the vicinity of a WiFi hotspot, and subscribers get themselves a brand-new router and full bars of service.
The idea of loaning out equipment to help subscribers improve their coverage isn’t new. Microsites (also known as femtocells) have been around for a while; AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have all offered the tech as the 3G MicroCell, Verizon 3G Network Extender and AiRave, respectively. These devices used your home’s landline or broadband service to offer more bars of coverage in your home or office, which came in especially handy if your abode or workspace fell smack-dab in the middle of a network dead zone. However, these could only be used as peripherals to your WiFi router, instead of replacements. T-Mobile’s new option hits two birds with one stone, providing you with a fresh ASUS 802.11ac router that also happens to boost your signal.
That said, there’s one tiny misnomer in T-Mobile’s marketing efforts: Throughout yesterday’s event and on the company’s website, the company said that the CellSpot program is “like adding millions of towers to your network every single day.” That may technically be accurate, but it’s misleading because you don’t have open access to all of those towers; T-Mobile customers won’t be able to use everyone else’s CellSpots for service as they walk down the sidewalk. CEO John Legere says that such a concept isn’t completely out of the question in the future, but it just wasn’t feasible for UnCarrier 7.
“Do those CellSpots become T-Mobile-ubiquitous sites? Not yet, but we’re going to try to solve that as the industry moves,” he said. “That’s the start of WiFi being a tied-in component to the network. At some point, I wouldn’t rule out every personal CellSpot becoming a tower, but we couldn’t get there yet.” It’s certainly food for thought for upcoming UnCarrier moves (though Legere says there are plenty of ideas in the funnels for 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 already, and this item likely isn’t on the agenda), as long as T-Mobile can find a way to do it without jeopardizing the privacy of its CellSpot owners. If any John Doe can come along and hook up to your network, it would raise a whole new set of concerns.
Sure, handing out routers seems like a random move for even T-Mobile, but it’s a solid one. And if you’re a customer (or are thinking of making the switch), it’s hard to say no to a free wireless router. It’ll be available in stores beginning September 17th.
[Image credits: Associated Press (router, Neville Ray), T-Mobile (last image)]
Sprint and T-Mobile have already promised to match and even top each others’ (and other carriers’) trade-in prices before the new iPhone debuted. But would you like to hear what Verizon and AT&T have to offer first before deciding which carrier to sell your soul to? Yes? Then let’s start with Verizon, which will give you gift cards worth $300 for an iPhone 5S and worth $200 for an iPhone 5, 5c, 4 and 4s from any carrier if you get an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with a two-year contract. AT&T, on the other hand, will up its minimum trade-in value for the iPhone 5S to $300, and for the iPhone 5, 5c, 4 and 4s to $200 starting this Friday. Also, you can get $100 off any iPhone if you’re a new subscriber and $200 off any iPad when you sign up for an iPhone with a Next plan. You can see how much Apple’s new devices will cost you under the carrier’s Next pricing schemes after the break.
Of course, you can still trade in other devices through the company’s respective buyback websites, but you may want to take advantage of these deals soon, because some of ‘em won’t be around forever. You can send in your old iPhones to Verizon in exchange for the fixed gift card values just until November 15, while T-Mobile’s promo (as we’ve mentioned before) will have limited availability.
It seems as though T-Mobile is speeding up on this whole UnCarrier thing. Speaking in San Francisco — not in Vegas, where the other carriers are hanging out at CTIA — CEO John Legere and Friends announced its latest move: Free WiFi calling and texting to all customers and corporate accounts. From here on out, every smartphone the carrier sells will come with the capability, and if you don’t have one already, you’re eligible to get one through T-Mobile’s Jump early upgrade program. A nice benefit of this feature is a seamless transition from the network’s Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) coverage to your WiFi network.
On top of this, T-Mobile is announcing a special partnership with Gogo which lets customers send in-flight messages — text, picture and video — using the plane’s WiFi network. You can also access your visual voicemail as well, which means you can at least reply to the sender of that message via text and let them know you’ll get back to them after your flight. Granted, you still don’t have the ability to get free data through Gogo, but it’ll still be a fantastic chance to stay in constant communication with the ground below you.
T-Mobile Launches ‘Wi-Fi Unleashed’ Campaign, Pledges Support for Wi-Fi Calling on All New Smartphones
T-Mobile today hosted its 7th Un-carrier event where it announced plans for a “Wi-Fi Unleashed” campaign. According to the company, all smartphones going forward will be able to take advantage of the network’s Wi-Fi calling and texting, including Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Wi-Fi calling and texting allow users to send and receive calls/texts over a Wi-Fi network, which is useful in areas where there are poor cellular connections. Apple announced Wi-Fi calling support for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus yesterday.
T-Mobile plans to offer Wi-Fi calling and texting at no additional cost. The company has also deployed a new product for customers who have bad cellular reception in their homes. The T-Mobile Personal CellSpot is a Wi-Fi router that can be used as a primary router or alongside an existing router, prioritizing voice calls and offering HD audio quality for calls. It has 802.11ac support, USB 3.0 ports, and covers up to 3,000 square feet.
T-Mobile plans to begin selling the Personal CellSpot on September 17. It is available to be leased for free with a $25 refundable deposit, but customers can also purchase it outright for $99. T-Mobile will also be allowing one time upgrades for customers to get a Wi-Fi enabled phone, even those who are not signed up for the JUMP program.
Along with support for Wi-Fi calling and the introduction of the CellSpot, T-Mobile announced that it’s entered into a partnership with in-flight wireless provider Gogo, allowing T-Mobile customers to send and receive texts and picture messages on their phones on any flight that includes Gogo wireless service. Gogo in-flight wireless for T-Mobile customers is also free, and will begin on September 17 for compatible devices.
On stage, Legere announced that T-Mobile had 2.75 million gross adds in August of 2014, and 1 million postpaid adds, which represents its biggest postpaid net add in the history of the company. Legere also noted that T-Mobile is gaining subscribers from other carriers at a rapid pace thanks to its Un-carrier initiatives.
T-Mobile’s Un-carrier initiatives are an effort to disrupt traditional mobile service. The company began with uncoupling device costs from service costs in 2013, and then went on to offer several additional incentives to encourage customers to switch to the carrier, including paying early termination fees, offering a JUMP! upgrade plan, unlimited texting and 2G data in 100 countries, free streaming music from Spotify, Rdio, iTunes Radio, and Pandora, and one week free trials to test the T-Mobile service.