T-Mobile's #BallBusterChallenge starts next week in Seattle

T-Mobile's #BallBusterChallenge starts next week in Seattle
Yesterday, we told you that T-Mobile would start traveling across America taking on Verizon with its #BallBusterChallenge. This is named after Verizon's current television ad that uses balls rolling down a track to signify the results of a survey. This morning, T-Mobile announced that the challenge will kick off February 1st in Seattle, before moving down the coast to Santa Clara. From there, the challenge will move to other cities across the U.S.

If you are a Verizon customer 18-years of age or older, you can find out what is going on by following T-Mobile's Twitter feed at @TMobile and #BallBusterChallenge. When you arrive at the challenge, bring your Verizon phone. It will go up against a T-Mobile powered phone in three categories: voice calls, texts, and data speeds.

If Verizon wins on two out of the three categories, the Verizon customer walks away with a $100 pre-paid Visa card. If T-Mobile wins two out of three, the Verizon customer is photographed wearing a "network sign of shame" around his/her neck. T-Mobile says that blocked or dropped calls, failed text delivery, and the slowest data speeds will be considered a loss.

T-Mobile is enticing its customers to bring their pals that use Verizon to the Challenge by offering them $100 if T-Mobile wins. This is going to be very interesting. Stay tuned!

source: T-Mobile

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22 Comments

1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

"network sign of shame" LMAO Rilvalry, rivalry...

2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Tmobile=Savage The only carrier keeping competition stiffer the an overdose on viagra

5. f_u_006

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Your language is way too cheap, i think you should delete your comment, deactivate your account, and kill yourself!

12. Subliminal_

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

You are way too judgemental, i think you should delete your comment, deactivate your account, and kill yourself!

3. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This is a little Juvenile, dont you think... as far as network metrics fast feeds is ok but after they throttle you though...consistency is key.

4. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Come to were i live....i want an easy 100 dollars

16. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Where do U live and what carrier do u have?

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

In ohio and Verizon

21. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Unfortunately, T-Mo will only goes to those cities where T-Mo is better than Verizon. It's just another marketing trick.

22. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Exactly. In Spokane which is a few hours east of Seattle I have some family who used T-Mo for a while but got rid of it because Verizon is best, followed by AT&T and then Sprint. T-Mo is constantly roaming and dropping calls. They would never host this completion there because they know their service sucks there.

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Sprint customer... *Grabs Popcorn. lol

7. AlikR

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

there is nothing wrong with stiff competition, guys LOL

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Stiff competition is one which futhers nothing - no improvements. Everything is stagnant. That doesn't sound any good.

13. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

This comment makes no sense... without competition there would be no improvement as there would be no need to best the other guy!

9. talon95

Posts: 992; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

There is no version of this that isn't awesome for customers. Everyone should be quite happy. This isn't about Verizon vs T-mobile, and if you think it is then you work for one of them. If you're on "Team Verizon" then be thankful that someone is forcing them to give you more for less. And if you watched the commercial then you know how twisted their "facts" were. Better this response than a lawsuit.

11. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

my thoughts exactly!!

10. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

love this!!! people still think tmo is slow and bad coverage but vzw's own commercial is going to help lead to the awareness tmo wants. lmao..... and of course this will be done in bigger cities and thats where tmobile really shines :)

18. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I travel a lot for work. To give you an idea the next 45 days I will be in Portland, Houston, Bismarxk and Cleveland. While going there will driving to parts less traveled. T-Mo is North Dakota will get very sketchy. I have a personal AT&T phone and Verizon Work phone. All carriers have their issues and cover drops. As an example Palm Springs on Verizon is to be desired, but AT&T rocks. My wife would like a lower cell bill and I am tempted to try T-Mo again(horrible parting in 2008 over loss of coverage). I have unlocked 6 Plus iPhones so it's easy to try. Just need to examine the map deeply.

14. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It'll be interesting to see these results. Hopefully there'll be some Sprint and AT&T customers there as well. Especially since it is really customer data that shows the real performance of a network, not some "independent testers" that probably have equipment that is specially designed to take advantage of that specific network.

15. PJH_S4

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 22, 2016

You can bet T-Mobile is not going to be picking places that are weak points in their network or strong points in Verizon's. Not with $100 per contestant and publicity on the line. ;-)

19. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

They should do this in the West Palm Beach, FL area. I see consistent speeds above 15Mbps+ down on T-Mobile with that being on the low end. There are places I get consistent speeds of over 100Mbps down on T-Mobile where Verizon hits about 9-12Mbps down. Loxahatchee, FL may not be SUPER rural, but it sure is not a big busy city area.

20. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

I have a place in a country town that T-Mobile can try this on. If it works I stay on T-Mobile and recommend it takes everyone. If not I leave asap. I travel from time to time I had Verizon and currently on T-Mobile network by my own comparison Verizon is better than T-Mobile, I get that Verizon is cost more but they network works 9 times out of 10. Where's T-Mobile is like trying to hit the lottery, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning

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