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Liveblog: T-Mobile's CES 2013 press conference

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Liveblog: T-Mobile's CES 2013 press conference
We'll wrap the "press conference" part of the day up with T-Mobile's CES 2013 press event. The fourth-largest US carrier promises that this will be an evening of an "amazing 4G experience." Strong words! We'll be honest now - CES 2013 turned out to be a bit light as far mobile device announcements go, so if this truly is going to be an "amazing 4G" evening, we are hoping that the T-Mobile executives on stage will at least take a few phones our of their pockets.

And why not? After all, this press event is expected to take about two hours. Two hours! Either they are really having a lot of stuff to unveil, or this is going to be one of the most tedious events at this CES.

Whatever it is, though, we're covering it live! Stay tuned to us - the event and our liveblog are going to begin at: 5:30PM PT | 7:30PM CT | 8:30PM ET | 1AM GMT!

Live event tracker

20:37We will mingle and report any developments this is Max signing off keep checking in with PhoneArena.com and #CES2013.
20:36That wraps things up folks. It was a good event. HD Voice was the big announcement along with partnership with MLB.
20:34Believes that shared data plans are already passé.
20:33"Really, Verizon has an amazing network."
20:32Asked about VZW LTE coverage. "Pleased that they covered the dust bowl with LTE."
20:31Merger with MetroPCS proceeding. Value strong, Metro doubled LTE subscribers.
20:29Rollout with LTE Adavance capability baked in.
20:27Now discussing the LTE rollout. Will not be a trickle.
20:24It's been an active Q&A.
20:23Now he's discussing the value plan and how to pay for phones without a subsidy.
20:21Ledger dropped a hint about negotiating with Apple for "product with fruit on the back"
20:19Still the same crew on stage.
20:18Unlimited 4G $70 per month.
20:17Now asked about strengthening presence to accommodate Mexico, south America.
20:15This is all rooted in the no contract environment that T-Mobile has started.
20:15Ledger is hitting AT&T hard.
20:13The "uncarrier" branding will be more prevalent...
20:13Increase in marketing in the works.
20:115-10% growth over the next 5 years.
20:10"AT&T's network is crap." - Ledger.
20:09Q&A time now. Asked about growing subscribers again.
20:08The CEO of the uncarrier.
20:07"We think someone should be able to upgrade their phone any time they want."
20:07Going to change the experience, despite no contract and retail phone prices.
20:06Good he's getting the message out because he just called his shirt silly.
20:05T-Mobile is the "Uncarrier."
20:04Ledger's mission to get the message out.
20:03John Ledger is up next, CEO.
20:02Merger with MetroPCS is close to completion.
20:01Using twice the spectrum of Sprint, matching spectrum of AT&T and VZW.
20:01Now LTE, rollout will have 100million POPs by end of 2013
20:00T-Mobile value attracts users.
20:001.9 iPhones on T-Mobile. "Not selling iPhone 'yet'"
19:59Network enhancements continue, HSPA+ at 1900MHz.
19:58Now we're getting a sample of the differences of the HD voice benefit. If accurate, big difference.
19:57Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One series are compatible devices.
19:56Sampling to reduce noise. Service is live right now.
19:55New service announcement: HD voice. First carrier in the US.
19:54CTO Neville Ray.
19:53Now reiteration of unlimited 4G with no contract.
19:53MLB portion is done.
19:52There will also be an electronic fence to the MLB commo will only work inside the stadiums.
19:51The technology will use T-Mobile pico-cell technology.
19:50Calling up the other bullpens or delivering pizza to the other teams.
19:50Joe is telling stories about communication problems in the past.
19:48T-Mobile's partnership will help MLB with communications from dugout to bullpen.
19:47That's Joe Torre on the right.
19:46Noah Garden with Advanced Media Group with MLB
19:45MLB fans are dialed in with technology.
19:43"This is an 'all-in' deal"

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 19:53

1. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

I do recall reading a rumor saying t-mobile was going to carry the iphone in q1 2013 I hope its true

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 20:41 1

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Cool stuff. I hope that LTE roll out happens quickly. That 1900mhz reframing too. T-mobile has so much potential right now.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 06:40

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I love that their LTE will be LTE Advanced capable. That gives them the opportunity to be the carrier with the fastest speeds available. I mean, HSPA+ 42 is already very fast, imagine LTE Advanced. But you're right, it needs to be done quickly. What's the use of being the fastest carrier if you have bad coverage?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 22:06

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I really would be fine with anything above 7-10mbps but what I'm looking for is consistency. T-mobile hasn't really provided that in the past but I'm hoping with this huge network update/expansion/reframing they'll fix whatever problems have existed.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 02:50

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I constantly get between 10-13 mbps down in my area, with peaks of 15 or 16 at times. I've never had a consistency problem, it's just that whenever I go inside my signal drops because HSPA+ uses high frequencies that can't penetrate buildings as well as the lower frequency LTE is usually at.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 21:40

8. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I figured as much. However I don't get signal in my apartment with Verizon anyway so I guess it can't be any worse. Definitely looking forward to T-mobile rolling out their LTE with LTE Advanced baked in. Great things to come.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:45

3. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

A great day in T-Mobile land...This is going to be a great summer....Haters can't erase anything happening in t-mobile land..

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:17

5. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)

Their coverage was never bad in fact it improved. HELL their HSPA+ is amazing and with LTE Advanced ...

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