There are many reasons for John Legere to smile and the earnings report issued today can only make that smile bigger. The self-proclaimed fastest growing wireless company in the United States is boasting “some pretty amazing results” for the second quarter of 2014. With another outstanding quarter in the books, T-Mobile has experienced momentous growth for five straight quarters.
A new study conducted by the United States Senate Commerce Committee found that owners of mobile phones have been wrongly overcharged with bills. This is from cramming, which is the application of unauthorized charges masked by services such as ringtones. The report published by Congress shows that carriers in the United States are keeping roughly 30-40% of revenue. And the carriers are not even the ones doing the actual cramming. In many cases, it is a third party running these services. This is all at the literal expense of customers.
Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for those wanting the S5′s features without spending over half-a-grand. It features Samsung’s popular S Voice service as well as features like Smart Switch and Easy Mode.
There are still a few things we don’t know about Sony’s elusive Xperia Z3, but it looks like T-Mobile is going to be one of the carriers offering Sony’s latest device, whenever it’s announced.
In an angry open letter, T-Mobile CEO/resident rockstar John Legere had some choice words for AT&T. Bashing their “Best Ever” deal for being not the best, ever, he announced a promotion allowing a family of four to get 10GB of data (2.5 for each line) and unlimited talk and text for $100/month until the end of 2014 (when the data allotment drops to 1GB per line).
ZTE has been creating some buzz over the last few days including a rumor that T-Mobile was testing a large smartphone from ZTE codenamed Olympia. Sources are now indicating the Olympia is the ZTE Z970, a smartphone sporting a 6-inch display. The previously leaked picture of the device revealed some larger bezels and one person has said the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will almost fit within just the screen real estate of the Olympia. Thus, the device has been described as feeling “huge”.
Later this year, T-Mobile will be adding the Kyocera Hydro Life to its phone lineup. No exact word on specs, but since it’s in the Kyocera Hydro line, it’s probably going to have some type of waterproofing or water resistance. Typically, Kyocera doesn’t launch many high-end phones on US carriers, but there’s always a chance this one could surprise us.
If you’ve been looking for a durable device on T-Mobile’s network but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Galaxy S 5, keep an eye out for the Hydro Life. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.
If Sprint wants to acquire T-Mobile, Dan Hesse & Co. better act fast. Waiting much longer means that additional players can get involved, and that would be great for T-Mobile but not so for Sprint. A new report notes that one of the world’s richest people are preparing to make a move for T-Mobile.
Mexico’s Carlos Slim, with a net worth nearing $80 billion, recently dumped shares of América Móvil and could be using that cash (and more from his wallet) to make a major acquisition. Despite moving some shares, Slim is still involved with wireless in the United States. He owns shares in the prepaid service TracFone. As of late, the billionaire has been eyeing interest in United States businesses and T-Mobile would be quite the get. While Carlos Slim does indeed have a ton of telecommunications experience under his belt, the clock is ticking as Sprint and T-Mobile should be finishing up rather soon.
If you’re looking for a new budget phone, than you might want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Avant. We first heard about it back in June, and it’s expected to launch on T-Mobile on July 30 with a couple of new features.
It will feature a Remote Device Unlock, which will give you the ability to unlock the phone either permanently or temporarily. This would be done through a pre-installed app on the phone. All you will need to do it launch the app, and tap “Continue” which will then give you the opportunity to unlock the phone temporarily or permanently. You would then get confirmation that the unlock was successful and proceed to reboot the phone.
About a week ago, we heard that a new device from ZTE, called the Olympia, could be headed to T-Mobile soon. Now today we are hearing that T-Mobile is testing a ZTE phablet. Is it the same phone? We don’t know, but it seems likely.
Unfortunately we don’t know too much more. The picture above doesn’t reveal too much other than it looks like it’s running stock Android. ZTE announced over the weekend that they would be adopting the Google Now Launcher on future devices, and this one could be among the first ones.
We will keep you posted.