After T-Mobile broke down the subsidy wall, all other carriers of note followed suit. Apple had enjoyed a close relationship to carriers with the subsidy model, but the new thinking is apparently coming to Apple Stores as well. Starting later this month, you might be able to buy your iPhone using a monthly installment plan from your favorite carrier.
In the wake of Verizon throttling its heaviest unlimited data users, the FCC sent a letter to the carrier asking for clarification. Though it’s not known if other carriers are doing so, the FCC is nonetheless interested. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced they’re discussing this with all other carriers to find out if throttling is a “thing” or not.
If you’ve ever tried unlocking a smartphone, you know it can be a pain. For the average consumer, diving deep into settings and unlocking a phone isn’t easy, and likely puts a twinge of fear into play. T-Mobile has just made that a lot easier, releasing an app that brilliantly lets you unlock your handset for a short duration, or an eternity.
Android battery life is something that pops up in reviews all the time. We all want to know whether or not an extra charger or battery pack is in order, but results can be mixed. A new study exhaustively puts four of the top Android phones — and two generations of flagships — through the battery ringer. It seems which carrier you pick is just as important as the phone you choose.
T-Mobile’s JUMP program ignited a new trend for mobile carriers. We’re no loner expected to buy into blind subsidies, instead having the option to pay monthly for our devices, and upgrade at just about any time we like. T-Mobile may be doing the same thing for accessories, as a new leaked document shows what may be the next iteration of JUMP.
Turns out the “Uncarrier" may have been making some unreal money from their customers. A new FTC complaint levies some serious charges, which amount to the carrier bilking their subscribers. The complaint also alleges T-Mobile was taking steps to cover their tracks, and purposefully confusing customers with vague language and extensive paperwork.
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.