T-Mobile US released highlights of their 2013 first quarter financial results showing positive growth in their customer base. For the first time since 2009, the carrier experienced positive customer net additions. This was a result of continued strength in prepaid net additions, the seventh consecutive quarter of growth, combined with a significant improvement in postpaid losses. Those losses were down to 199,000, a 61% improvement compared to the prior year when that number was in the 500,000+ range. Overall, T-Mobile added 579,000 customers and now claims 34 million customers. The growth in customers was attributed mainly to the introduction of their new “Simple Choice” Un-carrier plans and the addition of the iPhone to their portfolio. » Read the rest
The T-Mobile Galaxy S 4 will be receiving its first update today via OTA and over Samsung’s desktop application, Kies. The newly updated version, M919UVUAMDL, includes improvements to both visual-voicemail and the ISIS application, a Google Wallet competitor. There also may be some unannounced hidden bug-fixes as well. If you received the update, let us know how it went!
T-Mobile’s version of the Sony Xperia Z seems to have passed through the FCC according to multiple documents and pictures. Internal and external pictures are included, as well as a detailed user manual which gives away the model, carrier association, and also points out that the phone will feature WiFi calling. The documents show that there will be an inclusion of AWS LTE (band 4) and pentaband HSPA+.
It won’t be long before T-Mobile officially announces the phone’s release to the public.
Check the pictures and documents out for yourself at the source link below.
Back on January 8th at T-Mobile’s CES press event, the company announced a new partnership with Major League Baseball. Until now, the two companies were relatively quiet about what this deal would come to mean for customers. Today, T-Mobile proudly announced that it will be offering MLB.com At Bat 2013 for free in the Google Play Store through June 30th.
The well-known app features all-season access to a free MLB.TV streaming Game of the Day, access to live home and away radio broadcasts of games, highlights, scores, and other updates.
Unfortunately, there is no refund available for users who purchased the app before May 1, and the app isn’t available to Windows Phone and Blackberry (who?) customers. Die-hard and casual fans alike should dive in a take the opportunity— the total value of the promotion is a whopping $19.99.
Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break. » Read the rest
At last, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS marriage is officially complete. After seeing a few signs that the merger was closer to being finalized, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile US, Inc. announced the newly-formed T-Mobile USA entity— which officially began public trading under the NYSE ticker TMUS as of today. With the new company fully established, Deutsche Telekom AG will effectively hold a majority stake in the company (at 74%), while the combined subscriber base grows to over 40 million. Additionally, the completed merger also expands the total 4G footprint as 228 million are currently served with 4G, with an additional 200 million expected to be covered with 4G LTE by the end of 2013.
You’ll find more details once you hit the break and check out the full presser.
Kantar released their U.S. smartphone market share numbers for the 1st quarter 2013, and other than Android’s continued domination, there was some interesting news regarding carriers. It’s no surprise that the majority of smartphones are either on Verizon or AT&T. Verizon’s share is at 37.2%, while AT&T was at 27.9%. That’s a combined total of 65.1%. Sprint came in third at 12.3%, but the biggest news is T-Mobile’s decline of 3.2% down to 9.5%. In fact, T-Mobile was the only carrier to show a decline.
T-Mobile recently launched their UnCarrier plans that probably won’t change things for them since it doesn’t deliver what they are promising. The prices themselves are fine for those that bring their own phone, but the promise of buying phones off contract is simply not true. All they did was spread out the payments of the full retail price which you are obligated to pay, and is just another form of the traditional subsidized contracts that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint offer.
If you’re on T-Mobile and really can’t wait for the Galaxy S 4 to arrive in stores then you’re in luck. T-Mobile has the 16GB version of the new Samsung flagship on sale for $149.99 down and $20 per month installment fees each month for the 2 year contract online right now. If you’re holding out and hoping to get the GS4 in stores you’ll be waiting until May 8th. That means, if you do the math, you’ll be dropping $629.99 for the phone overall. Of course that’s not including the plan itself.
If May 8th is too long to wait you can hit the source link below to choose between the white frost or black mist version. Either color will come with support with T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network in conjunction with the more wide-reaching 42Mbps DC-HSDPA network. While trailing AT&T and Sprint in launching the phone, they’re still way ahead of Verizon which may make a few of your friends who are on Big Red’s network a little jealous. So what are you waiting for? Go get your GS4!
T-Mobile launched new “no-contract” service plans last month in an effort to differentiate themselves in the U.S. market. As we noted when examining the plans, the new hardware financing options could lead consumers to pay an even greater amount to get out of the non-existent contract than what they would have paid under the old system that used early termination fees. That possibility led Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson to pursue an agreement to get T-Mobile to disclose these new terms in their advertising and offer customers a chance to cancel with no penalty if they were an early adopter of the new plans. » Read the rest
I was actually wondering if it would ever happen, but it looks like the Jelly Bean update is officially rolling for the T-Mobile HTC One S. Of course it isn’t the latest version of Jelly Bean, but Android 4.1.1 still brings a lot of new features such as Google Now. The file size is pretty high at 675.49MB so you need to be connected to WiFI for this one. You should receive your update automatically, but you can always check to see if you can manually pull it by going to Settings/About/Software Updates. Let us know if you received your update yet.
Not too long ago, Deutsche Telekom sweetened the deal for shareholders in MetroPCS to try to grease the wheels of its proposed T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger. And, good news for both companies today, the shareholders in MetroPCS have approved that deal. While it won’t be finalized today, the deal will reportedly be completed by May 1st, so it shouldn’t take too much longer, especially since it’s already past the difficult regulatory approval stage.
T-Mobile has already put their foot on the gas trying to be competitive with some of the bigger carriers, so hopefully this merger will give them a little more ammunition.