T-Mobile press release celebrates AT&T customer buyback offer with Star Wars references

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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. » Read the rest

FCC filings for Sony Xperia Z2 and new tablet show up

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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.

source: phoneArena

T-Mobile to launch the LG F Flex and Optimus F3Q on February 5th

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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. » Read the rest

T-Mobile paying $25 for each friend you refer to the Uncarrier

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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.

source: T-Mobile

KatKat update for HTC One to be certified on all major US carriers by next week

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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. 

Source: @HTCUSA

Being the Un-carrier isn’t enough for T-Mobile, looking to become the Un-bank with ‘Mobile Money’

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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.

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T-Mobile opens pre-registration for the LG G-Flex

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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.

Source: T-Mobile

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini to receive Wi-Fi calling

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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.

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Verizon’s bill size leads all carriers, T-Mobile appropriately the cheapest

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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

Banks say $50 billion deal to merge Sprint, T-Mobile could work

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More news today in the saga of Sprint and T-Mobile possibly merging as new information indicates at least a couple banks have provided proposals to Sprint that show how such a deal could work. The estimates put the complete deal in the $50 billion range composed of two parts, about $31 billion for the actual acquisition of T-Mobile and another pot of money totalling about $20 billion to refinance existing T-Mobile debt. T-Mobile’s current market value is about $26 billion and rising based on reports of a possible merger. » Read the rest