T-Mobile Uncarrier Value Plans outed and detailed

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If you’ve been keeping an eye on T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier Value Plans that are are likely to be unveiled on the 26th, you’re in for a treat, as we’ve got a few more details about how the plans are going to work. Like with the other leaked info we’ve seen, unlimited talking and texting is the centerpiece of these plans, with different amounts of data being the part that you’re charged more for. The base plan starts at $60 with free 500 MB of data, or you can go up to 12 GB for $130 per month, tethering included. For $90 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, and data, but no tethering. The tethering plans can be added on individually to the unlimited plan in 500 MB, 2.5 GB, or 4.5 GB bundles. » Read the rest

T-Mobile Reportedly Testing LTE In Nine Major US Cities

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T-Mobile is just days away from their March 26 event in New York and aside from hearing more about their UNcarrier plans, there may also be talk about 4G LTE hitting more cities. Thanks to OpenSignal, it appears that T-Mobile has been testing LTE in nine different cities which are Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, Kansas City, and San Jose/Bay Area. In early testing, speeds have been very solid with 25Mbps down and 8Mbps up. Unfortunately, unless you have the Galaxy Note II, S 4 (lucky you), S III, or the S II HD LTE, you won’t experience LTE speeds until T-Mobile makes the networks live for everyone.

Source: OpenSignal

T-Mobile And MetroPCS Merger Receives Complete Regulatory Approval

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Back in October, Deutsche Telekom struck a deal to merge T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS for $1.5 billion in cash and a 26% stake in the combined company. Now, the merger has been approved by regulators which gets it one step closer to final approval. On April 12, MetroPCS shareholders will vote to approve the merger. Moving forward, T-Mobile has an event scheduled on March 26 which is when they’re expected to talk about the new “UNcarrier plans” and possibly more details about the MetroPCS merger now that it received regulatory approval.

Source: MetroPCS – Investor Relations

Leaked T-Mobile ‘UNcarrier’ Info Sheet Means New Plans Could be Right Around the Corner

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A recent memo suggests that T-Mobile may be planning to make unlimited talk and text a “de facto” part of their contracts. Under the new plans, data would be the only changeable factor. “Classic Plans” would be available through “third-party” stores only, and start at around $60 for 500MB of full-speed data with hotspot support built-in. Of course, subscribers will be given the choice to update their service in 2GB increments that cost anywhere from $10 – $20/month.

In addition to these options, subscribers will still have “real” unlimited data on the Classic Plan for around $90, with hotspot available as a customizable add-on. T-Mobile’s stores will be the only ones offering the “contract-free” value plans, starting at an affordable $50, as well as the $70 unlimited plan we saw in January.

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T-Mobile LTE update for Samsung Galaxy Note II pushing out

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Owner’s of a Samsung Galaxy Note II on the T-Mobile network may notice an update is available for their device. The update is probably one you will want to grab as it enables a connection to T-Mobile’s new 4G LTE service. T-Mobile indicates the service should be available in Las Vegas and Kansas City by the end of this month. At some point this summer the new service should be lit up in enough areas to reach 100 million people and by the end of the year it should reach 200 million people. For comparison, the Verizon 4G LTE network reaches 275 million people.

In some testing that was conducted using a Galaxy Note II, speeds were found to be in the 59 Mbps down, 25 Mbps up range.  Granted, there were probably no other users accessing the signal. As fast as the 4G LTE connection is, T-Mobile customers will also benefit from HSPA+ 4G when they find themselves in an area with no 4G LTE coverage.

source: PhoneArena

AT&T and T-Mobile post sign up page for Galaxy S 4

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Now that the S 4 is official, I’m sure everyone is wondering when their carrier is going to offer the device. We don’t have any official word on that yet, but like what we saw last night with a few Canadian carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile have launched pages letting you sign up to be the first to know when your new gadget becomes available, and how much cash it’s going to set you back. Hopefully we’ll get some preorder information out of the page in the near future as well. Hit the links below to check out the pages for each carrier.

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Major US carriers updating plans to carry Samsung Galaxy S IV

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When Samsung mentioned during their Unpacked Event this evening that 327 mobile operators around the world would carry the Samsung Galaxy S IV there was little doubt all of the major U.S. carriers would get to carry the device. Those carriers have been hitting the Internet to get the word out that there was no need to make an assumption – availability is going to happen. » Read the rest

T-Mobile/MetroPCS FCC approval may be near as vote date approaches for MetroPCS

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With MetroPCS scheduled to vote on a merger with T-Mobile only a couple weeks away, the deal appears to have moved closer to obtaining FCC approval. An attorney for the Communication Workers of America Union claims the deal will be approved “at the bureau level instead of the commission level.” The union is watching the proceedings closely as they have concerns about the merger and this apparent move by the FCC to usher approval on through does not sit well with the union. Debbie Goldman, a director with the CWA refers to the possible FCC decision as “outrageous” and “unprecedented.” Despite the CWA’s concerns, others see this latest development as positive news. David Kuat, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co., believes the lack of commission level action reveals the deal to be “basically non-controversial” and that “no one thinks this is going to be blocked.”

source: TmoNews

RootMetrics study shows that AT&T has the fastest 4G LTE speeds, but Verizon has the biggest 4G LTE footprint

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In case you didn’t know this already: Verizon and AT&T are tops when it comes to 4G speeds. According to a study done by RootMetrics, 77 markets around the country were used in extensive 4G testing and showed that AT&T had average speeds of 18.6 megabits down and 9 megabits up, while also showing maximum speeds of 57.7 megabits down and 19.6 megabits up. Testing with Verizon on the other hand, showed Big Red had average speeds of 14.3 megabits down and 8.5 megabits up,while also showing max speeds of 49.3 megabits download and 19.7 megabits up. Despite the slower 4G LTE speeds, testing indicated that of the 77 markets tested, a Verizon-based 4G LTE signal could be found in every single one, while an AT&T-based 4G LTE signal could be found in only 47 markets.

Sprint and T-Mobile are each featured in the study as well folks. RootMetrics, shows that Sprint’s 4G testing had average speeds only 10.3 megabits down and 4.4 megabits up, while maxing out at 32.7 megabits and 9.9 megabits and was only featured in 5 of the 77 tested markets. T-Mobile is in the middle of rolling out its 4G infrastructure and as a result— its faux-g speeds showed averages of 7.3 megabits down and 1.5 megabits up.

source: RootMetrics
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T-Mobile CZ Uses Sex Appeal to Sell Sony Xperia Z

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T-Mobile CZ was not shy during their Sony Xperia Z launch event in Prague recently.  Swimsuit models were used to capture the true essence of the smartphone’s water resistant feature.  Spectators stood in long lines, gawked, took pics and video of the models…oh, and the smartphone as well.

The scantly dressed models were made to use the smartphones while getting soaked in a specially built, strategically placed shower at the entrance to the T-Mobile mall store.  » Read the rest