T-Mobile to purchase unused Verizon network spectrum to improve LTE coverage

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T-Mobile’s UnCarrier approach to the cell phone carrier market has pretty bold and successful so far, but when you’re looking at the big picture, T-Mobile’s network still just isn’t on par with what Verizon and AT&T offer, especially in terms of coverage. Looks like 2014 might be the year that changes, though, as T-Mobile is going to pay Verizon over $2 billion for some low-end A-Block spectrum to improve their LTE network. This was some of the spectrum used when Verizon rolled out their LTE network.

This extra spectrum should greatly help T-Mobile’s network, including improving coverage and quality in several markets. T-Mobile anticipates that this block of spectrum should cover about 158 million people in several top markets around the country, which is a pretty significant improvement.

The biggest reason I’ve kept from using T-Mobile is the poor coverage in my area compared to other networks, but if they can keep up this network expansion that may not be a problem for much longer. Have any of you already made the switch to T-Mobile, or have you been waiting for some big move like this?

source: Business Wire

John Legere fires back at AT&T on Twitter for trying to win back customers

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Earlier today, AT&T announced a new incentive that pays customers if they ditch their current carrier to join them. This is AT&T’s answer to whatever John Legere & Co. have up T-Mobile’s sleeve. But in true Legere fashion, the T-Mobile CEO has fired back. In a tweet issued today, Legere says #Randall – you gave us cash & spectrum AND we took your customers with #Uncarrier moves, do you really think you can buy them back?” Who is this Randall guy he is questioning? AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. Legere is calling out Stephenson for attempting to win back customers that already jumped ship for T-Mobile’s Un-Carrier ways.

But the chatter did not stop with Legere’s tweet. In an email with Re/code, he states that AT&T must be scrambling “a terrible Q4 and holiday.” Then T-Mobile’s CEO added that he is “flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable” and reminds people to “wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!” We certainly will be waiting as T-Mobile’s next phase is announced next week in Las Vegas.

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AT&T takes shot at T-Mobile with offer of up to $450 to switch carriers

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Tension between AT&T and T-Mobile has been ratcheting up in these weeks leading up to CES 2014 when T-Mobile is announcing Uncarrier 4.0.  In tweets hinting at the next stage of their strategy, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has made it a point to poke at AT&T. That goes along with recent T-Mobile television advertising that specifically calls out AT&T. T-Mobile has been promising Uncarrier 4.0 will be big and the main rumor to surface is that it will involve T-Mobile paying early termination fees for users that switch to their service. AT&T may have had enough as they announced today a special deal to help customers make a switch, especially if they are switching from T-Mobile. » Read the rest

Boost Mobile Confirms Moto G is Coming for $129.99 Price Tag

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Moto_G_left_front_back_(2)The game changing Moto G is looking to be everywhere. We’ve already seen it confirmed for Verizon at a $99 dollar price tag. Not to be outdone Boost Mobile announced via a presser that they too will be carrying the Moto G. Theirs will be just a little bit more expensive with a $129.99 price tag. It will be available in select stores January 14th with a nationwide launch January 20th. The first Motorola phone on Boost Mobile is also slated to come with FM radio NextRadio.

For those of you interested in a more thorough explanation we have the presser for you after the break. Enjoy!

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere posts 2014 resolutions after checking off a completed list from last year

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Legere Resolutions

If T-Mobile hadn’t been so successful as of late, CEO John Legere’s antics wouldn’t be as entertaining. And he knows it too.

In a recent post, Legere let us all know how he did with his 2013 resolutions. Unsurprisingly, all were completed— he followed up with a second image, this one of a list of his brand new resolutions for the upcoming year. (If only all of us could be as successful with our New Year’s goals…)

In 2014, Uncarrier 4.0 will be unleashed to “transform the wireless industry.” Legere promises to “remove customer pain points” and bring faster 4G LTE service after expanding the coverage last year.  The next list item, “unshackle the family from those other guys,” is definitely interesting.

What it could mean, is that T-Mobile will let customers from other carriers the ability to “escape” their current contracts by paying off early termination fees. 

Expect some of these announcements to be made official at CES 2014 next week.

Source: TmoNews

Moto G on Verizon to be available for $99 as soon as they arrive

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According to a story we reported on yesterday, the Motorola Moto G was going to be going on sale starting January 9th for only $99 off contract with Verizon. The new smartphone will be available through Verizon retail locations and Best Buy at this price. Apparently the leaks regarding this pricing have prompted a reversal of the policy of holding the devices until January 9th and at least Best Buy will sell them as soon as the devices are physically delivered to their stores.

Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told the LA Times, “the phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives.” Verizon has not commented on the availability of the Moto G or the special pricing.

source: LA Times

Moto G will be available at Verizon Wireless on January 9 for $99 off contract

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Retail packaging for the Moto G leaked along with a Best Buy memo stating that it shouldn’t be sold until January 9. The best of all this is the price. According to the tipster, the price will be $99 off contract, which is absolutely incredible. The Moto G has been selling for $179, so this is a little surprising, but perhaps it is a sale price for a limited time? Hit the break for the memo.

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KitKat update for DROID Maxx/Ultra/Mini is reportedly bricking devices

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Just two weeks ago, Verizon let us know that it was prepared to release the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its newest DROID line, including the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini. The company was true to its word, as many began receiving the update immediately. However, it seems as though the rollout has come to a halt, but some forum research reveals that nobody has received an update in the past few days.

It also appears as though the update has bricked many people’s devices. Although Moto hasn’t come out and said anything publicly regarding the matter just yet, the company is working within its Feedback Network to fix it all. It was certainly a good move to put things on hold for a bit, but as to the reason why this update got approved in the first place, we aren’t quite sure…

If you happened to get the KitKat update to one of your new DROID phones in the past few days, did it work out for you? Hit us up in the comments!

Source: Droid Life

Motorola Moto G headed for Boost Mobile according to leaked render

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When Motorola launched the Moto G, part of their goal was to put a capable smartphone in the hands of buyers not interested in the power of a top-tier smartphone. It makes sense then that Motorola would look for opportunities to place the device with carriers that target deal-hunting consumers. That appears to be the case with the latest press render that leaked according to Twitter tipster @evleaks who discovered an image of the Moto G sporting a wallpaper adorned with Boost Mobile logos.

Currently the Moto G is only available on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks thanks to its limitation to GSM. However, Verizon announced they would carry the Moto G on their prepaid network starting sometime in early 2014. Making the device available on Boost Mobile, which utilizes Sprint’s network, makes sense since Motorola is preparing a CDMA based version. This would also somewhat mirror the strategy Motorola used when it released the Moto X in offering exclusive Moto Maker capabilities to AT&T customers first with other carriers getting it at a later date.

source: @evleaks