If you’re considering adding a line onto your existing AT&T account or starting up a new line of service with the carrier, now’s a good time to do it. Until March, AT&T is offering $100 in bill credit to all add-a-lines on both new and existing accounts. AT&T calls this a way to reward loyal customers and to give something back to customers who switch from other carriers. Definitely seems like an indirect reaction to some of T-Mobile’s remarks in the past few months.
$100 isn’t a ton of cash, but it’s clear that AT&T is willing to work at keeping customers from switching to T-Mobile (or other carriers). Since this offer stacks with AT&T’s current offer of up to $450 for switching carriers, it’s a good time to consider switching if you’re looking for a new wireless carrier. Looks like all of T-Mobile’s antics are finally paying off for consumers, both on T-Mobile and on other carriers.
T-Mobile’s latest press release is a little different compared to what they normally do. The Uncarrier actually complimented some of AT&T’s practices, instead of taking shots at the carrier. AT&T’s latest move is to offer T-Mobile customers up to $450 to switch back to AT&T, which T-Mobile is celebrating as the “greatest T-Mobile trial offer in history.”
In the press release, T-Mobile “quotes” AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega, saying AT&T finally stepped out from the dark side and dismantled the Death Star (seriously) to support to the Uncarrier consumer revolution. For the first time ever, AT&T decided to wake up and put the customer first, de la Vega “said.” The buyback program allowed AT&T customers to test out T-Mobile’s network, since they could switch back if they were unhappy.
As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.
In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.
T-Mobile recently opened up pre-registration for LG’s curved G Flex, and now you can pre-order the device for when it launches. According to T-Mobile, the G Flex will cost 0 down and cost customers 24 payments of $28 a month. This makes T-Mobile the third carrier to offer pre-orders for the G Flex, behind Sprint and AT&T.
Alongside the G Flex, T-Mobile will also be offering a QWERTY-toting Optimus F3Q. The F3Q will sport a 4-inch screen, QWERTY keyboard, and a 5 megapixel camera, and will cost customers 0 down and $13 a month for 24 months, making it a very affordable smartphone compared to the G Flex.
The next phase in T-Mobile’s plan to steal customers away from other carriers is pretty great for current T-Mobile customers. From this point forward, for every friend you refer to the Uncarrier, you’ll be paid $25 in a prepaid card, up to $250. All you have to do is get your friends to sign up and identify you as the person that referred them, and T-Mobile will still cover their ETFs from other carriers.
Unfortunately, this one doesn’t appear to be a permanent deal with T-Mobile. There’s no word on exactly when it will end, but it is clearly stated to be a limited-time offer, so if you’ve got friends and family itching to switch carriers, take this opportunity to tip them over the fence.
In a surprise announcement on its Twitter account, HTC USA said that final KitKat software has entered carrier labs for final testing. They also noted that we should expect certification for all four major US carriers next week.
Certification is currently in the third of four stages involved in pushing out OTA OS updates to devices. Shortly after passing carrier certification, the update should start getting sent out to devices.
More progress should be announced next week, especially considering how transparent HTC has been with the update process as of late.
T-Mobile has been shaking things up a bit with their Un-carrier campaign, but they apparently want to get involved in your personal finance as well. They just announced “Mobile Money” which transforms smartphones into personal money managers and frees consumers from paying “excessive fees” to use your own money. These fees include ATM, overdraft, and monthly maintenance fees, which all hit record highs last year.
Mobile Money consists of an app for your smartphone along with a T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card that offers either reduced fees or $0 cost services. Of course, you have to be a registered T-Mobile wireless customer. You won’t get charged for activation, monthly maintenance, in-network ATMs, withdrawals, or replacing a lost or stolen card. There is no minimum balance required and you won’t have to worry about overdraft fees.
T-Mobile has officially opened up pre-registration for the LG G-Flex. T-Mobile is one of the first carriers to offer the device in the US, along with Sprint, who started offering pre-registration for the device a couple days ago.
The LG G-Flex is slated to be one of the top phones of 2014, boasting a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720.
CEO John Legere’s company, T-Mobile, was the only carrier in the nation to offer first-party Wi-Fi calling— until now.
Internal training documents reveal that Spring will be joining T-Mobile with its own offering, beginning on two Samsung devices, the Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4. The Wi-Fi calling will be enabled through maintenance updates.
In the United States, Verizon is the leading carrier when it comes to the size of customers’ bills. According to a survey issued by Cowen and Company to 1,876 customers in Q4 2013, Verizon’s average monthly bill was $148. Sprint and AT&T followed closely with $144 and $141 per month, respectively. In what should be no surprise, T-Mobile was last, a good thing in this race, by averaging $121 per month. The last time this research was done by Cowen, the numbers were higher for each carrier; however, this is because a random sample is being used.
The firm then asked these customers how if they would switch to another carrier. Seventeen percent of Verizon customers said yes while less than sixteen percent of T-Mobile customers said the same. Just eleven percent of AT&T customers said they would also switch. Sprint customers had the largest demand to switch — just over thirty-one percent. These numbers, though, should be taken with a grain of salt since Cowen feels the changes from Q3 2013 was too large of a change.
Source: Cowen and Company
Via: Ars Technica