Amidst its other event-related news this evening, T-Mobile has announced a big change for music lovers: music streaming without it affecting your data quota. CEO Legere, calling himself a "music freak", said he was "outraged" at the use of music to lure in subscribers to "over-priced plans". Music should be free, he said, and so starting now it no longer counts towards one's 4G data on the carrier's Simple Choice plans.
At its event today, T-Mobile has announced that interested consumers can take the carrier's network for a spin through its new T-Mobile Test Drive program. Under Test Drive, prospective subscribers are given an iPhone 5s with unlimited service to use for up to seven days, sans cost.
At a time when many are pining for simple data-only smartphone plans, there's a subset among us who still use their phones in a decidedly traditional manner: voice calls and perhaps texting. Those individuals don't want to pay for the data they don't use, and often gravitate towards smaller carriers that tailor to those wants.
When it comes to quiet, reserved CEOs, T-Mobile chief John Legere hardly qualifies, but the outspoken exec has been even more forthright today amid chatter of an AT&T exclusive on the new Amazon phone. Reports earlier suggested Amazon has inked a deal with AT&T to be the sole carrier offering its new, 3D-toting smartphone, something Legere believes is officially A Bad Idea.
The Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive, it's reported, and is expected to begin shipping in September in time for the 2014 holiday season. The handset, so-far unnamed, is believed to be revealed on Wednesday this week by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an event in Seattle, and use an innovative face tracking technology to deliver 3D graphics.
Smartphones and tablets are faster and more capable than ever, but without a similarly speedy internet connection - usually LTE - they're still hamstrung. Unfortunately carrier maps are generally more interested in breadth of coverage than quality, hence third-party testing has stepped in to help answer the question of "Which US carrier is the best?" As you might expect, though, the results are complicated.
We’ve all but confirmed an Amazon phone is on the horizon, with a mystery device in the announcement and poorly edited video teasing the device. What remained to be seen was just how Amazon would tie their offering into Prime. A new report hints at just how we’ll be able to take advantage of an Amazon phone on our carrier of choice.
In case you missed it, T-Mobile opened up The Underground recently. The site is dedicated to limited edition devices we wouldn’t normally get to see or purchase,almost an exclusive club full of chic devices. After poking around for a while, we must say — this is not the T-Mobile we’ve come to love.
If your T-Mobile phone has gone silent, it’s not you. You’re not suddenly unpopular with the Uncarrier. It seems the carrier is seeing an outage that spans several major metropolitan areas, including their backyard of Seattle. T-Mobile has yet to address the issue.
Cellular behemoth Vodafone has revealed that a number of governments have "direct access" to its network, collecting mass surveillance on users and allowing them to listen in on calls among other things. The revelation was detailed in the carrier's first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report, a 40,000 word breakdown of what Vodafone is - and isn't - allowed to say about the monitoring and tracking requirements it faces from agencies like the NSA.
T-Mobile has a curious new program for us. Via Google+, we find T-Mobile bragging up an exclusive club of sorts, with “limited-stock devices and accessories reserved for true enthusiasts”. Called The Underground, T-Mobile seems to want to create an avenue for oddball devices to make their way to the tech-hungry minority.