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Is T-Mobile's UNcarrier 4.0 free incoming calls while roaming? We'll find out January 8th at CES

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Is T-Mobile's UNcarrier 4.0 free incoming calls while roaming? We'll find out January 8th at CES
A couple days ago, T-Mobile CEO John Legere teased that the company's UNcarrier 4.0 changes were on the way. We still don't know what exactly to expect from the next phase of the UNcarrier plan, but now we do know when to expect the announcement. The announcement will come on January 8th at CES in Las Vegas.

T-Mobile sent out invitations to journalists for the announcement, but there isn't much to go on as far as figuring out what the announcement may be. The invitation itself just says, "This one you aren't gonna believe." And, when John Legere teased the next phase he said that it would target a customer "pain point". Some have guessed that maybe T-Mobile is going to announce an expansion of its coverage area in the, and others are hoping that T-Mobile will pay any contract termination fees for users switching from another carrier. 

There may also be an expansion of the international changes. T-Mobile already offers free data and texts in over 100 countries, but the plan seems to be more than T-Mobile had first explained. I am currently in Jamaica, and T-Mobile has not only confirmed to me that the free data includes 3G data, not just low-speed data; and, even better, I get free incoming calls from numbers that use the "1" country code (aka. USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico) while roaming. This hasn't been announced yet, but it is a pretty awesome addition. 

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 20 Dec 2013, 12:50

1. vandroid (Posts: 251; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Larger data caps? Free tethering? That's what comes to mind

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 13:45

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Especially the free high speed data.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 13:45 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Free thethering is definitely not going to happen. You know how much data people would give off in a month? I've already hit 30GB this month with just my Note 3 alone. Imagine if I gave off internet to my coworkers.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 14:31

4. a_merryman (Posts: 604; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


That, and using your phone to tether to a computer would exponentially increase your data consumption. I consume so much more data on a computer than on my smartphone....it's not even funny. Steam, torrents, spotify, web browsing, hulu, netflix, youtube, podcasts....that stuff adds up quick

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 14:48

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm at 30GB without Netflix. If Netflix was added to the equation, I'd hit 50GB easily. Breaking Bad = addiction.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 15:06

6. a_merryman (Posts: 604; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I use about 5-8 GB a month on my phone. (I'll probably use more now that spotify lets me stream my playlists for free) I use about 300GB per month (sometimes even more) on my computer....I'm not a big enough jerk to tether and use that kind of data

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 17:59

8. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)


They love my house, on a low usage month I use atleast a terabyte. My last months bill said I used 4 terabytes because I redownloaded all 400 of my PC games while streaming HD content pretty much 12+ hours a day.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 19:27

12. elitewolverine (Posts: 1154; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


technically you do get free tethering. They cap you with speed however. But seriously, for people that do not use tons of GB. A unlimited + 12.5gb of tether for 40$ is cheap imo.

Unlimited on that plan my phone will never decrease in speed, but tethering will take a hit at 12.5gb.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 16:34

7. alan_1230 (Posts: 72; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


Rumor is T-Mobile will pay your Early Termination Fee if you want to go to T-Mobile !!!!

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 18:06 2

9. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)


If that is true sprint will become the 4th largest carrier.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 18:55

10. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Agree, Sprint is terrible I'm definitely disappointed with their service. If this "others are hoping that T-Mobile will pay any contract termination fees for users switching from another carrier" is true, I'm definitely switching over to T-Mobile and hopefully the Sony Xperia Z1 will be waiting for me by then!

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 19:13

11. Fuego84 (Posts: 259; Member since: 13 May 2012)


I would be definitely okay with pay as you go hotshot. I always finish the free 2.5gb of hotshot tethering early in the month and I find myself wanting more all month long.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 14:40

13. mclifford81 (Posts: 65; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


Paying for a etf would definitely help motivate people to make a move who actually want to leave their current provider but that would also be a hit or miss so it would be more adventitious for T-Mobile to do something that's more win win for them and the consumer.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 14:42

14. mclifford81 (Posts: 65; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


Advantageous

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