The U.S. carriers’ networks ranked by region

There’s a big wave of change moving through the wireless industry right now. Carriers are adjusting and creating a better value to stay competitive and draw new customers. The networks, though, are ultimately what it comes down to. If coverage isn’t good or LTE speeds are sluggish, no one is going to stick around or even choose that carrier. It explains why carriers heavily emphasize their networks in advertisements.

OpenSignal, an outside firm that monitors the carriers’ networks throughout the nation, recently completed its study of LTE availability and LTE speed.

Those HD day passes from T-Mobile are going away on the tweaked One plan

Two major changes were made to T-Mobile One earlier this week. Following Verizon’s unlimited plan returning after a five-year hiatus, T-Mobile decided to tweak its only offering to match the competition. Both were offering unlimited data, but originally T-Mobile was lowering video streaming quality while Verizon wasn’t doing anything. So now customers on the magenta-colored network get untouched video streaming as well as 10GB of high-speed tethering every month.

There was one question about T-Mobile’s video streaming moving forward, but the carrier has answered it and made the right decision. Those annoying HD day passes are no more.

Verizon’s unlimited plan returning causes T-Mobile One changes

Respect between U.S. carriers doesn’t exist anymore. When John Legere assumed responsibilities as T-Mobile’s leader, the wireless industry had no idea what was coming. Now there’s a much different landscape than a few years ago. One carrier makes a move, the others follow. It’s usually T-Mobile that alters its strategy and gets everyone else to do the same; however, Verizon did something this week that caused even Legere & Co. to improve its own offering.

What we’re seeing from Verizon and T-Mobile, despite being messy on social media, is widely beneficial for consumers.

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New T-Mobile shirt encourages you to end #FeeFace

When T-Mobile announced it was going all-in on the One plan, a new promotional campaign went live on social media. The plan now includes all taxes and fees; therefore, it made sense to poke fun at competitors and their hidden charges. The promotional campaign, known as #FeeFace, encourages people to post selfies showing their appalled reactions upon seeing a high price on their monthly bills.

Furthering the hype around #FeeFace is a new shirt from T-Mobile. It’s not available through their online store and retail stores, but T-Mobile is definitely behind the creation of this product.

T-Mobile preps two more celebrity-filled ads for Super Bowl LI

T-Mobile pushes some pretty entertaining commercials throughout the year, so you can understand why we’re excited to see what they’re doing for the Super Bowl. Their first commercial, starring Justin Bieber and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, is already set to make a splash, but the Super Bowl is a long game, so we’re getting a couple extra ads to look forward to.

Justin Bieber leads T-Mobile’s #UnlimitedMoves ad for the Super Bowl

If you’re going to run an advertisement during the Super Bowl, you better make it flashy. The 30- or 60-second spots during the biggest sporting event in the United States are always meant to be memorable since so many other things are going on at the same time. People are in front of screens watching the game while talking, laughing, and eating. Because of this, it’s advertisers make the most of their multi-million dollar purchase by putting together big-budget ads.

T-Mobile, who typically runs high-energy ads throughout the year, is back again for Super Bowl LI with an ad featuring Justin Bieber, Terrell Owens, and Rob Gronkowski. It focuses on the history of the touchdown dance from the beginning of time to today.

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Android 7.0 Nougat is currently in testing for several T-Mobile Samsung phones

Samsung has already released Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge but we’re still waiting for that update on the carrier-branded versions of the device. Like pretty much all major updates on a carrier phone, there’s a delay between when the manufacturer releases it and when the phone actually gets updated, but it’s a good opportunity to see which carriers are quick to get the new software pushed out.

Sprint’s Super Bowl commercial ad aims to convince you to switch networks rather than fake your own death

Besides tuning in to watch the¬†Patriots shoot the Falcons out of the sky, there are other reasons to tune into Super Bowl LI such as the half-time entertainment, as well as the advertisements that companies have spent big money on airing during the event. Yesterday we learned that the Google Home will star in its own ad during Super Bowl LI, and now Sprint is joining in with an ad proclaiming that there is ‘No need for extreme measures just Switch to Sprint’.¬†

Huawei’s P8 Lite 2017 launches in the UK on February 1st

With last year’s P8 Lite proving to be a success, Huawei has launched the P8 Lite 2017 that brings some welcome upgrades with it such as a bigger, higher resolution display, a higher capacity battery, more RAM and better cameras. The P8 Lite 2017 will also launch running Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 out of the box. Join us after the break for more details.