T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' event: Join us at 8 a.m. PT today (live blog)

The carrier is expected to discuss its new no-contract plans, provide an update on its 4G LTE deployment and possibly talk iPhone.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere at the carrier's press conference at CES in January. Lori Grunin/CNET

T-Mobile USA is expected to spill the details on how it will shake up the wireless industry, and you can get all the live updates right here.

The carrier is slated to hold a press conference at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET today in New York. CNET's Brian Bennett, Sarah Tew, and I will be bringing you all the all the latest news, commentary, and photos starting about 15 minutes before the event.

You can tune into the live blog here:

Join CNET starting at 7:45 a.m. PT/10:45 a.m. ET for live coverage of T-Mobile's press conference

T-Mobile is expected to talk about its "Uncarrier" initiative to change the status quo of wireless service plans. The carrier on Sunday essentially did away with contracts , offering only no-contract plans on its Web site. The plans represent a slight discount to the previous offering and rival options, but the key difference is the lack of a phone subsidy and two-year commitment.

Also likely to come from T-Mobile is an update on its 4G LTE deployment. The carrier is the only nationwide player without an LTE network, instead relying on an HSPA+ network is calls 4G and considers competitively fast. But that could change today as T-Mobile is expected to turn up its first LTE markets.

The company has already provided an update to allow the Galaxy Note 2 to access the LTE network. Starting today, it will sell the LTE-enabled BlackBerry Z10.

There's also the off-chance that the iPhone 5 will make an appearance, but that will likely be saved for another announcement. The carrier previously confirmed that it would get the iPhone .

Lastly, the company will also likely provide an update on its pending merger with MetroPCS. The deal has cleared regulatory approval and just needs to get past the shareholder vote, scheduled for April.

T-Mobile is under pressure to make some changes, having lagged behind its larger competitors. The carrier largely stalled in 2011 when AT&T sought to acquire the company, but put its challenger hat back on toward the end of the year when regulators halted the deal.

With new CEO John Legere, who took over in September, the carrier has an executive that has brought a new sense of energy. Legere wasn't afraid to take swipes at his competitors at a press conference at CES, and he is expected to continue to entertain today.

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

 

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