At least in the US, Sony has yet to create a blockbuster smartphone on par with the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Google Nexus 5. With the Xperia Z1S, its latest flagship handset, the company makes a brave attempt at a smoother sail in American waters, but a disappointing screen makes the Z1S founder. Sure, its 5-inch display is big and boasts a full-HD resolution, but it lacks the visual impact of Sony's high-end competitors like the Nexus 5, the S4, and the Galaxy Note 3. Heck, even older handsets such as the HTC One serve up more inviting eye … Read more
T-Mobile and Sprint made some big announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week that on the surface look like they could save wireless subscribers big bucks.
But a close look at these plans reveals that they aren't for everyone. And while it's true some people will get a good deal out of these new plans, not everyone will be able to save money. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer my take on these plans.
I also explain to another reader what T-Mobile's Wideband LTE network is all about.Am I really … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The message came across loud and clear: our wireless way of life could hit a wall, and hit it hard, if it doesn't get more spectrum very soon.
Most of that conversation focused on the need to increase available communications spectrum for mobile consumers. The daylong discussion was best summed up by FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
"All I see on the show floor is mobile, … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Well, T-Mobile had an exciting week.
CEO John Legere started things off on Monday night by getting himself kicked out of a party thrown by AT&T (as a result of this reporter's tweeting -- sorry).
Legere and his team followed up today with Un-carrier 4.0, which entails paying the early-termination fees for customers and family-plan members, allowing them to switch to T-Mobile more easily. T-Mobile will pay up to $350 a line for up to five lines, as well as offer a credit of up to $300 for the old phones.
T-Mobile is … Read more
T-Mobile claims it now has the fastest wireless network in the United States.
At a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the wireless operator said that its newly deployed 4G LTE network, which now covers 209 million people in the US in 273 metro areas, is the fastest wireless network in the United States. The company's CEO, John Legere, known for his pokes at competitor AT&T, giddily pointed out that this means it has unseated AT&T as the supposed fastest carrier in the US.
"If you look at … Read more
T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that his company is not interested in being gobbled up by another competitor looking for more wireless spectrum. Instead, Legere and his team are focused on shaking up the wireless industry with a series of bold pricing and marketing moves.
At the end of last year, rumors began floating around that Sprint, the third largest carrier in the US, was putting together a proposal to buy T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier. Even combined, Sprint and T-Mobile would still have fewer customers than either AT&T or Verizon Wireless. Rumors suggested that the company, now … Read more
There's no question now that 2013 was a historic year for T-Mobile. The company reported Wednesday that it added a total of 4.4 million new subscribers to its network in all of 2013, turning around a business that had steadily been losing customers.
Company CEO John Legere reported an early update on T-Mobile's fourth-quarter subscriber growth during the company's press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. Legere said that for the fourth quarter, T-Mobile added a total of 1.6 million new subscribers, a huge change from a year ago when it lost 515,000 postpaid … Read more
T-Mobile said Wednesday that it will pay early-termination fees for customers who are switching to the carrier from rival phone firms.
The bold move is the next phase of T-Mobile's so-called "Uncarrier" strategy. The company says it will pay early-termination fees for customers when they trade in their devices with T-Mobile and sign up for T-Mobile wireless service. T-Mobile said the total value of the trade-in offer to switch carriers could be as high as $650 per line.
The plan, which had been teased and touted for weeks on Twitter by the company's colorful CEO, John … Read more
T-Mobile, trying to snatch customers away from other US carriers, appears likely to announce an offer Wednesday to pay a whole family's early termination fees they'd otherwise have to pay themselves to cancel mobile phone contracts.
Droid Life spotted a T-Mobile ad on tech sites that promises: "We'll pay your family's termination fees when you trade in your devices." Such a move would counter AT&T's new offer to pay up to $450 to attract T-Mobile customers.
As part of its "UnCarrier" effort, T-Mobile already promised to "unshackle the family from those other guys" … Read more