CNN names T-Mobile its tech company of the year

CNN names T-Mobile its tech company of the year
On Wednesday, CNN named T-Mobile as its tech company of the year. The Cable News giant pointed out that the upstart carrier has been leading the way in the wireless industry thanks to the innovations it has come up with. Earlier this year, the carrier announced that it would allow its customers to listen to certain music streaming apps without it counting against their monthly data cap. Just a bit over a week ago, the carrier announced Data Stash. This allows T-Mobile subscribers not on an unlimited data plan, to stash their unused data at the end of each month for later use. Those signing up for the plan receive 10GB of data from the carrier to start with, and data continues rolling over for a 12 month period. The new feature debuts next month.

CNN does give honorable mention to Apple for the Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Microsoft also gets a nod from CNN, saying that the company "has been on a tear" since Satya Nadella took over as CEO.

But T-Mobile has added a leading 3.5 million new subscribers this year, and now has 18% of the wireless market in the states. That is up from 11% at the beginning of this year. Amazingly, one-third of mobile subscribers opening a new wireless account, or switching carriers, are choosing T-Mobile. Starting from zero, T-Mobile now has a 4G LTE signal that covers 260 million Americans. By the end of next year, that figure will hit 300 million, which is the same amount that Verizon and AT&T cover with their service.

The carrier's CEO, John Legere, has managed to capture the anti-establishment feeling of T-Mobile with his longish hair, casual dress, and his penchant for saying anything at anytime. As the executive points out, "There's always some Shmoe who thinks we don't have the iPhone and our network blows. Those days are gone." And CNN not only realized this, it named T-Mobile the tech company of the year against some mighty tough competition.


source: CNN via TmoNews

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31 Comments

1. hightower8655

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Good for them. I've been with T-Mobile for years and I'm glad they've changed the industry for the better. Keep it up.

20. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Good choice! CNN did a much better job than TIME with their bs lists naming the iwatch (which isn't even out yet) as 1 of the top inventions of 2014

26. logicsdude

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

ikr? The apple watch and apple pay are no better than the smartwatches of 2013 and the Google wallet from late 2011. Really even giving them honorable mention for that stuff is ridiculous.

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Their prepaid $80 unlimited lte plan is glorious. I have 4g or 4g lte coverage everywhere on my Note 4 and it's true unlimited. No throttling, no caps, no contract, and they're the only one in the country who does it. Verizon has awesome coverage and lte but their plans are the highest. Sprint has very affordable plans but their 3g and sometimes 4g can be loathsome. At&t is pretty much just like Verizon. I know some people don't need unlimited data but having to figure out whether or not you can watch some YouTube or update an app is not what I'd call good.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

T-Mobile has done some good things, including offering truly unlimited data. Hopefully T-Mobile can find the capital to fully expand their network. In the area where I live, T-Mobile is 2G in most areas outside of the city core. I'm glad to have an AT&T grandfathered unlimited data plan. It's not truly unlimited, but I rarely use more than 5GB data, offers excellent coverage, and it's great to never have to worry about overages. And the price is right :)

6. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Totally agreed about expanding. At&t is a great network as well. It's just that I can't have unlimited on their network. It's a necessity for my needs.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Corney as it sounds, switching to T-Mobile is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.I no longer pay for home internet, and unlimited phone data means I don't have to worry about paying overages or "wasting" data doing app updates or watching something on Youtube. My Verizon bills were over $150, and since I'm not paying for cable, I save a couple hundred bucks a month. Having T-Mobile equipment on the roof of my apartment building doesn't hurt either. I get faster speeds than I ever got with Cox.

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Only a good alternative if you don't use the internet for things that need low latency (gaming).

25. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Not true. I get 20-40ms as do most. Anything up to 100ms is playable and T-Mo generally keeps it around 20-75ms.

5. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Can't wait to have 4G in my area and I would gladly switch asap when they do. (God knows when will that be)

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

If you have edge available where you live now it will be upgraded to LTE in 12 months at the absolute latest.

7. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

They are truly amazing. Leaving Sprint for them was the best thing I've done :D

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

People on Verizon, AT&T, & Sprint need to pay attention here. You should all be writing thank you letters to John Legere. You have also benefitted from the Un-Carrier revolution. You're paying less for more on your network & it wouldn't have happened without him. 2015 will be an even bigger year for T-Mobile. They will surpass Sprint to become the nation's 3rd largest carrier by the end of Q2 at the very latest & all 2G towers will be upgraded to LTE. The Un-Carrier revolution will continue to march on!

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I agree that the future certainly looks positive for T-Mo. Can you imagine how things would have turned out if AT&T or Sprint had been allowed to acquire T-Mo? This is why you need to have true, robust competition in any industry.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Amen to that, brother. I shudder at the thought.

11. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Can you believe that there was a great amount of people who wanted that to happen not knowing how bad it could have been.

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I agree this competition is great for consumers but T-Mobile is not making any money, they are in fact loosing millions by giving away the farm to attract all these low value customers. Unfortunately this current path is not sustainable. We will see what 2015 will bring as competition heats up the other carriers.

14. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Not true at all. T-Mobiles current pricing is similar to Verizons old pricing (slightly cheaper, and perhaps drastically if you have minimum data package), and we all know that was more than profitable for them.

15. theo14461 unregistered

Finally, a carrier better than rip-off Verizon. I've been with T Mobile for about a year, and couldn't be happier. Thank you T Mobile!

16. dodger

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

CNN does give honorable mention to Apple for the Apple Pay, Why? Google Wallet has been around at least two years I believe. How have these people been blind to what android has been up to while Apple plays catch up, then the media honors them...WTF? Geez.

17. tacarat

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I love how their unreleased apple watch helped. That's like 3D Realms getting recognition for best game of the year 15 years in a row with Duke Nukem.

27. logicsdude

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Google wallet has been around since september 19-20th, 2011. that means they beat Apple by a little over 3 years

18. Paximos

Posts: 278; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

19. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I'll consider switching once their network improves in my area. It's irritating talking to friends and colleagues with T-Mobile and the calls dropping every so often.

22. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I thank T-Mobile for making my plan on AT&T so much more affordable. Thank you!!

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Exactly! +1

24. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

"CNN does give honorable mention to Apple for the Apple Watch and Apple Pay." LMFAO, a product that doesn't exist and a service that is barely available, nobody knows how to use, and most don't even bother with. CNN must be in apples' filthy pocket too.

28. ZombieHunter

Posts: 263; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Wow, I wonder how much it cost to get this title? CNN is a bunch of hacks trying to stay viable in the world... This report just confirms the truth... They are lost. I bet Yugo won best car of the year as well....

29. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I'm in NYC. Had T-Mobile for about 2-3 months or so. I've never had so many dropped called or "No Service" in my life. So glad I'm not with them anymore.

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

So on the unlimited music... Since they put G Music on the list, I've been streaming it like a mofo at work since I have like 15+ gigs of music stored on it. So then I got throttled after 5 gigs.. 90% of my data usage was GM.. So I called Tmo.. Within 5 minutes they verified that it was GM and that it shouldnt have been doing that, so they put me on true unlimited data (with a credit to cover the difference in plans) until they could figure out why it was continuing to count against me. I didnt ask for that. They said it was their responsibility to make sure their end is held up and they wanted to make sure I wasnt inconvenienced so it was the least they could do. And I'll continue to be on the new plan until they fix my account... again with a credit each month (if it goes that long) to cover the difference. That's pretty solid customer service.

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