T-Mobile may have a Halloween surprise in store as it continues to rollout its “un-carrier” plans
0. phoneArena 11 Aug 2013, 15:58 posted on
T-Mobile, the smallest of the “big” carriers in the United States, has been making very big waves...
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1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Probably has something to do with LTE Advanced.
“The network is crap.”
Ya atts towers suck but their coverage is way better than tmobile outside of cities.
2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1391; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Whatever it is I'll be home by 1 November 2013, to take advantage of it... Coming from Germany, i'll be happy to spend dollars again.
5. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)
Coverage means nothing when you can't use the network. I'm my experiences, Verizon and T-Mobile have been the most reliable.
I can't wait to see what T-Mobile has up their sleeve.
8. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Verizon's network is absolutely insane (relatively quick, outstanding coverage and reliability). However, I must say that I'm very impressed with T-Mobile. HSPA+ is pretty quick, LTE is a bit faster (and rolling out at record speed), and they're in position to deploy 2x10MHz LTE(A?) within months. Pretty reliable, and the voice quality is actually good.
Really happy with my switch. Network isn't AS good, but the phone selection is a nice step up.
7. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
It isn't LTE Advanced.
Legere is promising something big here. He said something along the lines of: it's going to change one of the things that pisses people off most about wireless carriers. Additionally, it'll give the big carriers a scare right as they're getting comfortable with phases 1 and 2.
I had a couple of ideas, but they didn't sound big enough. Small enough that I forgot all but one (reasonable international roaming rates, which sounds like something that DT can help out with).
3. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
i love t-mo
i have had all other major carriers and t-mo is the best for price and network (at least in boise) and devices
now, what with all their shaking things up, makes me like them all the more
4. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
T-Mobile has been doing so well lately, that even doubters have to give them credit. It's really impressive whether or not you're on their network.
9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10023; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Tmobile has the iPhone. Now there's a reason to join them.
11. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
14. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
It's native to t-mobile, doesn't need the refarming unless it's unlocked from AT&T.
That said, I strongly considered LEAVING T-Mo when they announced the iPhail, but then heard rumors of the other stuff they had up their sleeve. Glad I stuck around, though I hate seeing the iPhail display whenever I go to a store.
16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10023; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Sure you're looking at a display and not your own reflection?
17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10023; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Only if it's one unlocked from AT&T. Helps to know what you are talking about.
18. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
HSPA on PCS is ahead of LTE. That puts it at over 160 million POPs.
Still, T-Mobile's iPhone 5 works on AWS HSPA anyway.
10. HildyJ (Posts: 289; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
I'd guess VOIP using LTE Advanced with everything priced based on data starting at $30 for 2gb (the current tMobile/Walmart rate).
12. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)
I've been with T-Mobile for years and while it hasn't been horrible I look at my girlfriends service with envy and so I will be switching to ATT soon enough.
13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
LTE-Advanced and Windows Phone 8.1 with their version of the Lumia 1020 on updated hardware would be more than satisfactory. If it's supposed to be even bigger, maybe they're expanding to Mexico and Canada for one flat fee?
19. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Windows Phone isn't nearly big enough. Now, couple that with a whole bunch of other stuff, and maybe it'd be worthy of Uncarrier Phase 3, but I'm thinking more along the lines of your other ideas.
Leveraging DT's holdings overseas is an obvious first choice. I think there are some weird accounting hurdles there, but international roaming charges are a huge complaint for travelers -- if T-Mobile were to somehow become a global carrier for a single fee, or even give reasonably low roaming rates, it would be a massive step forward. I don't think DT has any mobile subsidiaries in Canada or Mexico, but a buyout or better roaming agreement could probably be made at some point.
Not sure what you mean by nationwide Wi-Fi: more hotspots (like what Comcast did) or the TV white-space "Super Wi-Fi?" Would be a nice way to offload traffic from the network, either way, but I don't know how it necessarily corrects a major issue that customers have (with data already being unlimited).
A couple of interesting possibilities:
-Paying ETFs for people moving to T-Mobile (unlikely)
-Unlimited unlocking of phones
-Bloat and interference-free Android
-Financing offers for bring your own phone customers
Some of these are too small for the way Legere is talking -- he said this would be the most fun.
22. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)
I had T-Mobile service and quickly switched back to AT&T. Until they can come up with a reliable network I'm staying put.
24. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Damn.. What's phase 3.0 gonna be?!?!
Even lower rate plans?
25. Custnam (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
After joining T-Mobile, watching Uncarrier Phase 2, and a little research I think Phase 3 will be mainly about ETF's. One reason is because Legere said it would be about one of the things that consumers hate the most about carriers. I think it will be something like this. Join T-Mobile now and we will pay off your ETF for you now so you will be clear of the carrier, and then whatever amount you owed would be paid back to T-Mobile in installments added to your monthly bill. Just my guess. And along with this discussion about LTE expansion plans.