Yesterday, T-Mobile announced they were cutting off employee discounts for all consumers, including customers that were grandfathered into the discounts. To put it bluntly, that announcement sucked. Today, John Legere has partially changed the decision about employee discounts through the Un-carrier that will benefit some consumers, but not all.
If you had an employee discount on your plan prior to April 1st, you will be able to keep it as long as you stay with T-Mobile and stay with the employer. T-Mobile is wisely not forcing older customers off of the plans. However, any new customers after today aren’t going to be able to get any type of employee discount, but the $25 reward card for a device upgrade still applies.
T-Mobile is making a very bold move in regards to employee discounts for their customers, and this time, it doesn’t look like it’s a move for the better. Yesterday, CEO John Legere said the company will stop offering employee discounts on service, and no, you cannot keep yours if you had a discount before the cut-off date.
Legere says the move is to help keep up the transparency with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans. The rates are already so good for those plans, he claimed, that employee discounts just aren’t necessary. He takes a shot at other carriers using those discounts to close big corporate contracts and using employees/customers as bargaining chips, and says T-Mobile’s plans are still a better deal even next to another carrier’s plan with employee discounts applied.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer and the HTC One (M8) is your next phone, you will have to wait until April 11. They will offer it both online and at retail stores, and it won’t cost you a dime up front. T-Mobile will offer it for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.50 while utilizing their Simple Choice Plan. That comes to a total of $636. Who is going to grab one?
Full presser after the break.
Unlike last year when HTC’s release of the HTC One was plagued by delays, the company is ready to push out the new HTC One M8 starting today on a much more aggressive schedule. As expected, the new smartphone will be available from Verizon today, including retail stores, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time, so people could be out on the streets with the latest from HTC later this afternoon. Depending on your interest, you may want to adjust your schedule for your lunch hour.
If you are not on Verizon or don’t have time to run to a retail location, you can still get the device quickly as the major U.S. and Canadian carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are all scheduled to open their online systems at 1:00 pm Eastern time to accept online orders. If you pick next day shipping, it may be possible to have the HTC One M8 in your hand as soon as tomorrow.
Along with the aggressive release via Verizon retail locations, HTC indicates the other carriers should have the devices available before April 10th for most retail customers. They are also rolling out the device to over 230 carriers in 100 countries before the end of April. We’ll keep monitoring the carriers for information on pricing throughout the afternoon.
T-Mobile customers, get ready for an incoming smartphone from Sony. The Xperia T2 Ultra has passed through the FCC, meaning that the device’s release on the United States’ Un-carrier is imminent. The model number for this device is D5316 and generally an XXX16 model number is left for T-Mobile.
Via: Xperia Blog
If you’re ready to place your preorder for the Galaxy S 5 on the Un-Carrier, you’ll be able to get in line this week. T-Mobile will open up preorders for the device on March 24th, and you won’t have to put any money down up front. You’ll still be on the hook for the 24 monthly payments for the device afterwards, but hey, being free up front still looks nice for Samsung’s latest flagship.
The $0 down payment option will be available until March 31st, so if you’re planning on being an early adopter of the device, T-Mobile is a solid option for getting your hands on one. We’ve already seen that customer interest in this device is very high, so it looks like they’ll lock in more than a few customers with this deal.
For the full press release, hit the link below.
It has been just a year since T-Mobile announced its 4G LTE network. Since then, T-Mobile has been able to reach more than 200 million people in over 270 metropolitan areas in the United States. To celebrate, the nation’s Un-carrier says they will be upgrading its 2G/EDGE network with the help of 4G LTE. In a company press release, T-Mobile says this “upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places.” Whenever a carrier decides to expand, consumers always win. Also, T-Mobile plans on completing 50% of this upgrade by the end of 2014.
The other component of this celebration comes from a new lawsuit involving T-Mobile and Verizon. Feeling that Verizon is inaccurately portraying T-Mobile’s coverage map, the Un-carrier is asking that Big Red ceases and desists any advertisements under question.
As we wait to see what Verizon has to say, hit the break for T-Mobile’s new commercial that fights back and the official press release.
AT&T‘s CFO, John Stephens, commented on the recent news that Sprint intends to acquire T-Mobile, and said that he didn’t think that the merger was possible. Stephens mentioned that AT&T has wanted market consolidation in the past, but it didn’t happen. His skepticism towards the merger is possibly because of AT&T’s failed attempt at acquiring T-Mobile in 2011.
Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Softbank, which is the Japanese company that owns Sprint, is much more enthusiastic about the merger, saying that it could ignite a “massive price war” and healthy competition in the U.S. market. Despite this, regulators said in meetings with Softbank and Sprint with the FCC and DOJ that they prefer having the big four companies, even though Verizon and AT&T own 75% of the market. Son mentioned that he thinks the merger would be the only way to challenge the AT&T-Verizon duopoly, and has even raised financing for the merger.
In an interview on Tuesday, the chairman of Sprint, Masayoshi Son, said that the Internet speeds currently available to people in the U.S. are “horrible”, even the speeds offered by Sprint. He then went on to say that he would be able to fix that if the Obama administration allowed Sprint to merge with T-Mobile.
Son said that the merger, which has not been agreed to yet, would allow the company to gain enough scale to install new technology, potentially increasing data speeds by 10 times. Son gave the interview in Washington D.C. and was in the city as part of the campaign to build support for the merger, arguing that he would be able to provide cheaper, faster service to homes and devices.
With the April 11 public release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 coming up fast, we’re getting more and more information about who’s going to sell the device. We already knew that T-Mobile would be selling the the device in April and that they got 300,000 pre-order forms filled because of a giveaway promotion. Now we know which models the company will be selling.
A leaked memo shows that T-Mobile would be selling both the 16GB version and the 32GB versions of the device. While both models will be sold, the 16GB version will be the only one available in stores, and if you want the 32GB version you’ll have to order it online.