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Re-carrier: Trickery is T-Mobile’s strategy with the not-so-unlimited One plan

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Since May 2013, T-Mobile has prided itself on being the revolutionary carrier the wireless industry in the United States needed. That’s why this carrier started positioning itself as the Un-carrier, creating separation from juggernauts and thus a positive image with consumers. Even I, a former longtime Verizon loyalist, switched to T-Mobile last year after being intrigued by the benefits offered just for being a customer. The carrier created incentives to switch and immense value to stay. Now it’s going to reverse everything done when the T-Mobile One plan goes live.

Everyone at T-Mobile wants you to think this is the direction in which all carriers need to go, but the simple truth is that T-Mobile One strips away choice and forces you to pay for the things you need.

T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 12 ends data plans, gives customers just One choice

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T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 12 slyly went live without anyone being prepared for what the carrier would do next to shake up the wireless industry. It actually turned out being very surprising, and not just because no one knew it was coming. Everyone is stunned because T-Mobile is going to embark on a journey that strips customers of choice, which is totally unexpected from the Un-carrier.

On Thursday morning, T-Mobile announced T-Mobile One as its all-in-one plan for the future.

Hit the break for details on Un-carrier 12 and T-Mobile One.

Leaked memo suggests Sprint is killing off 2-year contracts again

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With Sprint posting a big quarterly loss last month despite beating revenue estimates, it should come as no surprise that the carrier that just can’t quite get out of that lowly fourth spot is looking to shake things up, according to a leaked memo. In a move that brings more than a little feeling of deja vu, Sprint is purportedly doing away with two-year contracts just a few months after bringing them back

Verizon and T-Mobile Note 7 preorders have started shipping

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The Note 7 technically isn’t officially available for a few more days, but you know that doesn’t always stop carriers from jumping the gun a little bit early. This time around it looks like it’s Verizon and T-Mobile that have started shipping Samsung’s latest and greatest to early buyers, which is good news if you’re itching to get your hands on one. We’ve heard that the Note 7 is doing really well with preorders, so this news should make many people very happy.

Republic Wireless is welcoming you with a BYOP program

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On Thursday, Republic Wireless announced a new Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program that welcomes outsiders to its service without having to purchase an in-house device. It’s just not an all-inclusive program, however, because you can’t simply take any phone and pair it with the carrier’s SIM cards for immediate use. Republic Wireless is starting this program with a small number of accepted devices.

Three UK expands its Feel at Home roaming program to cover most of Europe

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Traveling abroad takes a fair amount of planning, with a major question being how to send texts, make calls, and access mobile data without being charged an arm and leg by your carrier. Three UK has offered its “Feel at Home” program for a while now, allowing its users to roam networks in 18 countries freely without added expense. The UK carrier has now added a further 24 countries to the mix, making it a total of 42 countries covered.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 supports 4×4 MIMO (sort of)

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Reddit likes to snoop around when new phones launch, and according to a T-Mobile display phone, it looks like the Galaxy Note 7 might have some hidden tricks left to show everyone. A setting hidden away in the phone suggests that the new Note will support 4×4 MIMO for faster and more reliable network connections, assuming a carrier supports it. There are a few caveats there, obviously, but it’s good news on the surface.