Leaked images reveal that simplified billing will be T-Mobile's UN-Carrier 5.0
0. phoneArena 17 Jun 2014, 12:54 posted on
John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile, will announce the carrier's latest pro-consumer initiative, UN-Carrier 5.0, tomorrow. There is speculation that the carrier will introduce a simplified pricing structure that rolls everything into one bottom-line price, including taxes and regulatory fees. Also rumored to be getting axed is the whole prorated billing issue that many carriers deal with...
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1. j_scorp (Posts: 61; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)
T-Mobile can't stop won't stop. I love it. Keep it coming.
20. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Good move from T-Mobile, would be nice if the other carriers followed suit, part of the reason people get overcharged is because they miss certain charges on the bill and just assume it's right as long as the costs are within a reasonable range.
2. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
From where I'm standing, Tmobile is looking more and more like an overglorified pre-paid carrier. There is nothing wrong with this, but, let's call a spade a spade.
5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
You mean they are looking more and more like a cable company which is pre-paid in most markets?
Once you don't have a service contract, just a phone contract, I don't see any important financial distinction between pre-paid and post-paid.
22. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
There really isn't. I'm not sure what many here are observing. I'm seeing a carrier offering the equivalent of a pre-paid carrier. Just because Tmobile says you don't pay for taxes or fees, wireless carriers are taxed. Tmobile is not going to absorb this without passing it on to the customer. I'm seeing a lot of free this, don't need to do this, you can do this, etc. In the end, this company is taking on a lot of debt to be an "uncarrier". The money will need to be paid down and balanced out. I can only presume who will be the beneficiaries once the dust settles.
26. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)
When you have a parent company like DT, who has deep pockets, you can eat all the debt you want and not worry about it. I love T-Mobile!
3. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)
Still a years behind the UK networks (carriers). You're still getting ripped off.
6. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)
We have an open market here which encourages competition between the networks (carriers) which means good deals for us.
I Pay £12.50 a month, no hidden charges. that's for unlimited texts, unlimited calls, unlimited 4G data and unlimited tethering. and i can use my phone in 16 countries (including USA) without any extra charges. totally unlimited.
Our phones are not carrier branded. they're all available off contract as well.
7. j_scorp (Posts: 61; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)
That's wonderful. That will happen in the USA on Nev-u-ary the 32nd.
8. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)
lol Also we don't have anyone like the FCC who allows our market to be dictated and monopolized by the carriers. I'm sure one day you'll have a free market.
14. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
what network is that? and which countries? I'm asking because I plan to move outside the US this fall, and some EU countries have deplorable pricing for scraps.
16. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
nvm on the which countries question.. but which carrier? And can I use this carrier if I live in one of the 16 countries?
19. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)
I'm using Three in the UK.
Have a look at this link for more info on using Three in the 16 countries. w w w dot three dot co dot uk /Discover/Phones/Feel_At_Home
23. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
Dude I love Three. I've always looked at their pricing with longing. Hell, I knew that when I'll have a flat in UK (to go to every now and then) that I'd have 3. They seem to be the most progressive out of the cellular providers and their pricing is beautiful.
9. Dante216 (Posts: 32; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
This can't be the only thing Uncarrier is about. I work for T-Mobile and this is stuff we all know is coming. Uncarrier is usually a surprise until they announce it
11. tettech (Posts: 69; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
I'm impress at what T-Mobile is trying to do in the industry. These shake ups will definitely let other carriers scratching their heads and consider new plans.
12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
T-Mobile is offering some nice improvements to the market dynamic. The only thing missing from the T-Mobile equation is a high quality high coverage network. A lot of the country still only gets 2G service from T-Mobile. This is not going to cut it vs. ATT and Verizon. Hopefully T-Mobile will be able to improve their network coverage soon.
13. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
They already announced that ALL of their 2G will be LTE by mid 2015. That's faster than Verizon's deployment of LTE. They estimated that it would be more than 50% complete at the end of this year.
15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Hopefully this comes to pass and T-Mobile is not killed by some "merger" with Sprint.
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)
And the 2G to 4G/LTE refarm has already begun and is taking place in several cities across the US. Sensorly has been tracking T-Mobile's move since the start of 2014 and their progress is pretty fast.
24. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
No offense, but I will believe it when I see it, as I've heard this before quite some time ago and I'm still in a 2G area.
18. joe1blue (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
Its things like this that make me really not want the merger to take place, sprint has changed very little in the past 5 years along with the other big 2.
21. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Well, the leaked new bill format clearly has taxes and fees on it.
25. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
I don't know how they are going to pull this off, as alot of places in the U.S. have county and city taxes on top of the federal and state taxes. And, all these entities are money-hungry.