As wireless carriers have developed 4G LTE networks over the last few years, one of the doors that has been opened is the move to using data networks for voice traffic. Pushing voice traffic over data networks is nothing new, but traditionally the technology has been confined to Wi-Fi connected devices or those physically connected to a network, like a PC hooked up to a wired LAN. The improvements to wireless networks, in particular LTE technologies, make it possible to move that same voice traffic to the cellular spectrums. We are already seeing the major wireless carriers start this transition, like Verizon’s implementation of Advanced Calling. A side effect of this change in how wireless is used for voice calls is that other companies may be able to start to offer voice service using Wi-Fi and possibly challenge the traditional carriers. We have already seen word starting to get out about how Google may implement this in conjunction with traditional carriers as an MVNO and now word is getting out that Cablevision is preparing to jump in to the market with their own solution.
T-Mobile has made a new program official for customers to take part in, and they’re calling it SCORE! The program simply lets you pay an extra $5 per month on your bill, and then you’ll get discounts on smartphones after a few months.
After 6 months of paying that extra few bucks, T-Mobile will give you a free entry level smartphone. Today, that would be something along the lines of the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2, which isn’t a bad deal for the equivalent of 30 bucks. However, if you keep paying and don’t cash in, after 12 months you’d be able to pick up a much nicer phone (T-Mobile uses the LG L90 LTE as an example) without paying anything, or you can get a bigger discount on other phones.
Just when it seems that T-Mobile has cooled down, the carrier announces something new. T-Mobile wants even more people to upgrade earlier than usual with the new SCORE! program.
Sprint is offering a pretty great deal for potential customers that are willing to switch over from T-Mobile to Sprint’s network. Customers can trade in a T-Mobile device and get at least $200 for it, which should cover the price of a new phone through Sprint.
This trade-in offer can be used with Sprint’s buyout program, so Sprint will pay out up to $350 to cover terminating T-Mobile service. Using both of these offers, it’s possible to get upwards of $550 to jump over to Sprint.
Just yesterday rumors started swirling about Google finally getting the mobile network market by partnering with either Sprint or T-Mobile. Less than 24 hours later, it looks like Google has closed a deal with Sprint and will soon begin offering a wireless service to compete with the other major carriers.
According to an insider, Masayoshi Son, president of Sprint’s parent company Softbank, was the key player in getting talks going between the two companies. The deal will function like most other MNVO deals, with Google paying Sprint for capacity, then Google will sell the service to customers.
American carrier T-Mobile has just announced a new Smartphone Equality approach towards its plans and offerings which promises to not leave out those with low credit scores.
It has often been rumored that Google will eventually get into the wireless mobile game, and it looks like that dream will come true. As part of something codenamed Nova, Google won’t be starting their own service, but will instead opt to be an MVNO for Sprint and T-Mobile.
If you’re not familiar with what an MVNO is, it’s a mobile virtual network operator, or basically a re-seller of another carrier’s service. For example, Ting is a Sprint MVNO and Straight Talk is the same for both T-Mobile and AT&T. You can now add Google to the mix.
Earlier this month, T-Mobile recapped 2014 and proved to everyone that consumers are very much aware of the carrier’s advantages. T-Mobile does trail behind the other carrier’s in a few areas such as size, but there is one area that no one else can beat. When it comes to attracting new customers and retaining existing ones, T-Mobile is the winner. Research firm Consumer Intelligence Partners (CIRP) discovered that the amount of consumers feeling won over by T-Mobile was much greater than by Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Among the big four carriers, T-Mobile’s percentage of new customers and retained customers was unrivaled.
T-Mobile has continued to offer competitive deals to prepaid customers, luring them away from other carriers. Today, the company unveiled a “Simply Prepaid” program that is sure to keep the trend going.
The plan offers unlimited talk and text, and as much 4G LTE data as you’re willing to pay for, with plans starting as low as $40/month:
- $40 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 1GB of 4G LTE
- $50 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 3GB of 4G LTE
- $60 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 5GB of 4G LTE
Those on the plan will also be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling at no extra charge. Hit the break for the full press release from T-Mobile.
We know that one US carrier plans on selling the YotaPhone 2, but up until now, we didn’t have any specific information about which carrier that would be. The latest rumors point to T-Mobile picking up the device sometime in the spring, likely around March to April. That makes sense, considering T-Mobile tends to be the carrier that takes chances on devices that the other three major carriers won’t sell.