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Kyocera Rally Feature Phone Launches Nationwide At T-Mobile

April 29, 2015 10:02 PM | Kyocera | T-Mobile |

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Kyocera Communications, Inc. today unveiled the new Kyocera Rally, a smarter feature phone designed for people seeking affordable functionality. With its easy-to-use interface, reliable technology and enhanced communication features, Kyocera Rally fills an underserved need for T-Mobile customers who stick to the basics, like talking, texting and snapping pictures. It will be available on T-Mobile's Data Strong™ network, covering more than 57 million customers, for $29.99 (plus tax).

Rally features a sleek, ergonomic design with a traditional keypad and large separated keys to make calling, texting and navigating apps an easy task. It also utilizes voice-recognition technology and accessibility features, including voice guide/text-to-speech capability that allows readout functionality for menus, text messaging, notifications, and much more. A 3.5mm headset jack enables hands-free operation, while messaging via SMS and MMS is as convenient as ever with T9 predictive text entry. And, with a 1.8" QQVGA color display that also supports high-contrast black and white menus for easy legibility, Rally provides an enhanced viewing experience in this product tier.
 

 

T-Mobile Unveils Data Stash - Now Your Unused Data Rolls Forward

December 17, 2014 7:50 PM | T-Mobile |

T-Mobile today announced its next industry-rocking Un-carrier move − eliminating the infuriating wireless industry practice of confiscating unused data you’ve already paid for. With Un-carrier 8.0, high-speed data you don’t use each month automatically rolls into a personal Data Stash so you can use it when you need it for up to a year. And, the best part is that Data Stash is included at no extra charge for every single new and existing T-Mobile customer – individual, family or business – on an eligible postpaid Simple Choice plan who buys extra high-speed data for their smartphone or tablet.
 
In addition, T-Mobile announced they will start every Data Stash with a whopping 10 GB of 4G LTE data – for free. That’s 10 GB of free data for every line in the family on a qualifying plan. And on top of that, the Un-carrier announced several major new milestones in the build-out of its Data Strong network.
 
“Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even worse,” said John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile. “Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose.
 

 

T-Mobile Announces Proposed Public Offering of Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock

December 8, 2014 8:45 PM | T-Mobile |

T-Mobile US, Inc. announced today that it is commencing a registered public offering of 17,391,305 shares of its Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, Series A, with a liquidation preference of $50 per share. T-Mobile expects to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, including capital investments and acquisition of additional spectrum unrelated to spectrum it may obtain in the Federal Communications Commission’s pending AWS-3 spectrum auction. T-Mobile intends to grant the underwriters the option to purchase up to an additional 2,608,695 shares of its Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are the joint book-running managers for the offering. Barclays Capital Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are the co-managers for the offering.
 

 

Sony Xperia Z3 Coming to T-Mobile's Data Strong Network

October 14, 2014 9:44 PM | Sony Ericsson | T-Mobile |

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Why settle for good when you can have great? And by great, we’re referring to the Sony Xperia Z3, which T-Mobile today announced will be available at participating stores nationwide and online for $0 down (and $26.25 a month for 24 months) starting October 29.
 
Eager customers that just can’t wait until launch to secure their device can take advantage of T-Mobile pre-sale online, which will open starting October 15 at 12:00 a.m. PDT. This means that customers will have their Xperia Z3 shipped to them—and could receive it—BEFORE the national launch.
 
The Sony Xperia Z3 is the latest addition to the Un-carrier’s extensive selection of high-end smartphones. Sporting a stunning 5.2-inch screen,  a top-of-the-line processor and with up to two days of battery life, the Xperia Z3 is uniquely designed for streaming movies, music and more on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network.
 
“Our Data Strong network was built to support devices that can do it all, and the gorgeous Sony Xperia Z3 is no exception,” said Jason Young, Senior Vice President, Marketing at T-Mobile. “From the mind-boggling content experience with vivid colors and sound, to 4K video recording and more, the Xperia Z3 and T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network are a perfect pair.”
 
Being restricted by data overages is a thing of the past for Un-carrier customers – T-Mobile is the only place customers can get the Simple Choice plan with unlimited talk, text and web on the fastest nationwide LTE network in addition to out-of-this-world benefits including unlimited international data and texting in 120+ countries, no domestic overages and unlimited music streaming with Music Freedom. And now with Wi-Fi Un-leashed, Un-carrier customers get the benefit of Wi-Fi calling and can use every Wi-Fi connection like it’s a T-Mobile tower for crystal-clear Wi-Fi calling.

 

 

Top 5 Reasons T-Mobile and Metro PCS Customers Should Switch Now to Cricket Wireless

August 25, 2014 9:32 PM | MetroPCS | T-Mobile |


Cricket Wireless is offering T-Mobile and Metro PCS customers a $100 bill credit and five great reasons to switch. The $100 bill credit* offer is available from Aug. 24 to Oct. 19, 2014, at Cricket stores nationwide and online.  There is no limit on the number of lines a customer can switch to Cricket, receiving a $100 bill credit for each line transferred.

The new Cricket Wireless experience offers customers:
  • More 4G LTE coverage than T-Mobile and Metro PCS, period
  • Taxes and fees included – no surprises, the price you see is the price you pay
  • A free smartphone every year with Cricket Rewards**
  • Plans starting at $35 a month after $5 credit for using auto pay ***
  • No annual contracts
With Cricket's simple affordable pricing plans, a $100 bill credit equals more than two months of free service with the Basic Plan at $35 (after a $5 credit for using auto pay) and the Smart Plan at $45 (after a $5 auto pay credit). Customers who sign up with the Pro Plan at $55 (after $5 auto pay credit) get the equivalent of nearly two months of service free.

 

T-Mobile Quadruples Simple Starter Data With New Option

August 25, 2014 9:29 PM | T-Mobile |

Today, T-Mobile again set a new bar for Americans looking for better value in wireless.  The Un-carrier announced a new option for Simple Starter customers to quadruple their data to a full 2 GB of LTE data, for just $5 per month.
 
Back in May, the Un-carrier made waves with the Simple Starter plan, an entry-level solution with unlimited talk and text, and 500 MB of LTE data for just $40.  Starting September 3, these customers can get a whopping 2 GB of LTE data for only $5 extra per month – and still no annual service contract and no domestic overages.
 
By comparison, other entry-level plans come with data overages that penalize customers for using more data.
 
“People who use loads of data use T-Mobile,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “And it’s no wonder. The old guard telecoms punish people for using more data on their networks with crazy overage charges and fees. Get Verizon’s $50 plan and use just one gig more data, and the price jumps to $65. It’s crazy. At T-Mobile, we designed our network data-strong so our customers could use the hell out of it.  And that’s just what they’re doing.”
 
Over the past year alone, the average American’s mobile data use has surged, and with America’s fastest nationwide LTE network, the Un-carrier is in a unique position to satisfy the growing demand for fast mobile data. T-Mobile has more network capacity per customer−and a remarkable 70 percent more network spectrum per customer than even Verizon−with its network concentrated in the places people need data the most.
 

 

Kyocera Battles Fragiphoniphobia at T-Mobile and MetroPCS

August 4, 2014 10:09 PM | Kyocera | MetroPCS | T-Mobile |

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Many of us are suffering from “fragiphoniphobia” without even realizing it. The fear of fragile phones – and worries about drops and spills ruining our smartphones and disrupting our lives – prevents us from using them to their full potential. Enter Kyocera Hydro Life, a waterproof 4G Android™ smartphone that’s also Military Standard 810G drop- and shock-proof.

The ideal smartphone for both active consumers and workers on the job, Hydro Life is available for T-Mobile customers at Wal-Mart starting August 8 for just $124.99 (+taxes & fees) with qualifying service. MetroPCS will also launch the Hydro Life on August 29.

“The Hydro Life is a perfect option for someone who leads an active lifestyle, wants access to the latest technology and apps, but needs a smartphone that can withstand the elements,” said Jason Young, senior vice president of marketing at T-Mobile. “At T-Mobile, we partnered with Kyocera to match a rugged smartphone with the only nationwide network built data strong.”

Hydro Life is IP57 certified for protection against dust and full immersion in water up to a meter (3.28 feet) deep for up to 30 minutes. It is also certified to meet Military Standard 810G for protection against drops and shock. Tested to withstand drops, dunks, and spills, Hydro Life can handle the everyday unexpected.
 

 

T-Mobile Announces New Program Related to Premium SMS Charges

June 11, 2014 8:52 PM | T-Mobile |

In November 2013, T-Mobile US, Inc. announced that the company would no longer allow third-parties to bill customers for Premium SMS services through T-Mobile. These services, which were waning in popularity with our customers, provided text alerts on topics of interest such as weather, sports scores and horoscopes. Despite protections and processes put in place by T-Mobile and the industry, not all Premium SMS vendors acted responsibly.
 
As a follow-up, T-Mobile is today announcing a new program to proactively reach out to customers who were billed for these third party services to give them the opportunity to request a refund for any unauthorized charges.  While T-Mobile customers can currently request refunds for unauthorized charges, the company believes that the proactive outreach to current and former customers is the right thing to do.
 

 

T-Mobile Abolishes Consumer Overages, Challenges Other Wireless Providers to Follow Suit

April 14, 2014 7:36 PM | T-Mobile |

T-Mobile US, Inc. today shifted the national conversation on wireless to a new level, unveiling its latest Un-carrier move – a campaign to eliminate overage penalties, one of the most reviled wireless industry practices. While abolishing overages for all customers on T-Mobile consumer plans, its CEO has also laid down a challenge to the nation’s largest carriers, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, to do the same.

More than 20 million Americans were hit with punitive overage charges in 2013. And these penalties from the three largest U.S. carriers take more than an incredible $1 billion out of consumers’ pockets every year.

“Today I’m laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers – because it’s the right thing to do,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “Overage fees are flat out wrong. Agree with me? Join me in putting this challenge to all the major national carriers by signing my petition on Change.org. Right here. Take one minute to be a part of this consumer movement.”

Last year, T-Mobile banished annual service contracts and began phasing out overage charges with the launch of Simple Choice. T-Mobile’s stance against annual service contracts is now well known by consumers, and today it's taking on the even more unpopular and unjustified practice of slamming consumers with surprise bills in the form of overages charges.

“Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go,” continued Legere. “Starting in May for bills arriving in June – regardless of whether you’re on Simple Choice, Simple Starter or an older plan, we’re abolishing overages for good. Period.”
 

 

T-Mobile & MetroPCS to Offer New Windows Phone 8.1 on Nokia's Upcoming Lumia 635

April 2, 2014 8:54 PM | MetroPCS | T-Mobile |

Immediately on the heels of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 unveiling today, T-Mobile US, Inc. has announced the company will offer up its Redmond neighbor's latest mobile OS as part of its ongoing commitment to deliver greater freedom and choice for American wireless consumers - starting with Nokia's new Lumia 635 coming this summer.

The Lumia 635 will be the first device sold in the United States powered out of the box by the very latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, introduced earlier today at Microsoft's 2014 Build developers conference in San Francisco.

T-Mobile US today also announced that, come summer, T-Mobile and MetroPCS will be the best places to get the very first smartphone with the new Windows Phone OS  for a low upfront cost and with zero service contract, zero overages (while on its wicked-fast network), zero hidden device costs, and zero upgrade wait. And only T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers can experience the next-gen Lumia 635 on America's fastest nationwide 4G LTE network.

"The Un-carrier's all about removing crazy restrictions and delivering total wireless freedom and flexibility," said Jason Young, senior vice president of Marketing at T-Mobile. "With Windows Phone, we can offer customers another great choice in mobile platforms. And we're excited to bring to both T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers the combination of next-gen software, great features and fresh design that Nokia's latest Windows Phone has to offer."

The Lumia 635 will build on all the qualities and benefits that made its predecessor - the Lumia 521 - so popular among American wireless customers. According to T-Mobile US, first-time smartphone buyers were particularly drawn to the Lumia 521 for its extraordinary ease-of-use and its budget-friendly price point, making it the best-selling Windows Phone device ever for T-Mobile.
 

 

T-Mobile Tells Verizon to Fold Up Their Old Map

March 14, 2014 8:36 PM | T-Mobile | Verizon |

T-Mobile claims maps in their competitor's ads are misleading. Per T-Mobile, "T-Mobile now covers 96% of Americans! That's a lot. So, fold up your map, Verizon!"  (See video above)

 

 

T-Mobile Introduces Two New LG Devices - the LG G Flex and LG Optimus F3Q

January 27, 2014 9:07 PM | Smartphone | T-Mobile |

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A New Year ushers in new smartphones and T-Mobile has two from LG Electronics launching in February - the LG G Flex and LG Optimus F3Q. T-Mobile customers can get both smartphones with the Simple Choice Plan, which offers unlimited talk, text and Web with up to 500MB of data as well as unlimited text and data in 100+ countries - at no extra charge[1] - all with no annual service contract on our nationwide 4G LTE network.

LG G Flex
Today, the world's first curved, flexible smartphone[2] from LG - the LG G Flex - is available for pre-order at http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/lg-g-flex.html. The smartphone will launch nationwide beginning February 5 at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers, national retail stores and online at www.T-Mobile.com. The smartphone will cost $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $28[3] with T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan. Plus, courtesy of LG, T-Mobile customers who purchase a new LG G Flex will receive an offer for six months of Netflix streaming service[4].

The LG G Flex, with its distinctively curved design that follows the contour of the face, offers T-Mobile customers an outstanding voice and sound experience. The LG G Flex's curved 6-inch OLED HD display helps reduce reflection and glare from ambient light, making it ideal for watching movies, videos or playing games on-the-go. The LG G Flex also features a convenient Rear Key so one finger can power the device on or off, adjust volume or take a photo. The advanced smartphone features a 13MP HD camera to capture crisp, detailed, high-quality images and videos. In addition, the LG G Flex includes a curved battery with a capacity of 3,500 mAh for power, sleek design and comfort in the palm of your hand.

This LG G Flex smartphone will introduce new LG-exclusive features such as QuickTheater(TM), which can give users virtually instant access to videos, photos and entertainment apps for the ultimate cinematic viewing experience; and Dual Window, which divides the screen into two separate windows for more efficient multitasking.
 

 

MetroPCS Aggressively Expands, Adding 15 New Markets

November 5, 2013 9:06 PM | T-Mobile |

After a busy summer growing its MetroPCS brand in new cities across the country, T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) is taking another big leap forward, expanding MetroPCS to 15 new markets - tripling its brand presence, ahead of schedule, to 45 markets just six months after the completion of the T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS combination.

Beginning Nov. 21, MetroPCS expects to roll out more stores in 15 new operating markets, bringing 4G LTE service to even more value-conscious consumers across the US. T-Mobile has also continued to make rapid progress on network migration, with more than 1.5 million MetroPCS customers already transitioned to the T-Mobile network. All markets now have access to T-Mobile's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network and legacy markets have seen average 4G LTE data speeds up to 7X faster than previously experienced.

"Back in July, we said we were on an aggressive path to being the #1 prepaid brand in the nation and we beat our own timetable by accelerating our additional expansion in 2013 - tripling our markets in less than six months," said Tom Keys, MetroPCS COO and executive vice president. "We've also seen tremendous consumer response to our '$40, period' offering in our new markets as consumers realize the great brand value we bring to their neighborhood coupled with the speed and coverage of T-Mobile's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network."
 

 

MetroPCS Takes on New Markets: Doubles Reach in Less than 3 Months

July 25, 2013 9:23 PM | MetroPCS | T-Mobile |


T-Mobile US, Inc.'s wireless revolution marches onward. Less than three months after completing the combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, the company has doubled its MetroPCS brand presence across the country and is bringing "Wireless for All" to 15 new markets.

MetroPCS offers consumers everything they want from their wireless experience without an annual contract or paying an arm and a leg. At a tremendous value of '$40, period,' MetroPCS is bringing its convenient neighborhood access, great service and unparalleled value to more people and connecting them to T-Mobile's powerful nationwide 4G and 4G LTE network. MetroPCS customers will experience speeds on average of seven times faster than the company's previous markets.

MetroPCS is offering its 'all-in' unlimited data, talk and text service - taxes and regulatory fees included - online and at authorized dealer stores in its existing 15 markets, as well as the additional below operating markets announced today. The company is also offering its "Bring Your Own Phone" program to all of its customers, providing them even more choice and great value.

MetroPCS has grown to the #1 no annual contract wireless network brand in the majority of the markets it serves by offering convenience, choice and flexibility for consumers who work hard for their money and deserve more than what they're getting from their carrier today.
 

 

T-Mobile Offers "Simple Choice" Plan to Small Businesses

May 1, 2013 9:28 PM | T-Mobile |

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the extension of its recently unveiled Simple Choice plan to America’s small businesses. Now, small business customers can alleviate the pain, complexity and cost of wireless mobility with an affordable plan for unlimited talk, text and Web; freedom from annual service contracts; and the ability to get our most popular smartphones whenever they want for the lowest upfront cost at activation. The company’s “Business Extras” bundle, also detailed today, can help small businesses save money and find additional productivity gains via free business-focused capabilities or solutions valued at more than $400.

“Entrepreneurs and small business owners are constantly juggling many roles. The have limited time and resources to wade through confusing contracts, decipher restrictive upgrade policies or interpret data limits and expensive overages,” said Milan Ruzicka, vice president, B2B marketing at T-Mobile USA, Inc. “With our Simple Choice for Business plan, we make it simple and more predictable. Furthermore, with our Business Extras, we can help small businesses save more money and find additional productivity, thereby allowing them to focus on what they do best – running their businesses.”

Simple Choice for Business Plan

In a December 20121 survey of small business owners conducted by Gerson Lehrman, more than 90 percent of respondents believe the overall costs associated with wireless mobility are too high and 87 percent were concerned about how increasing data usage would impact monthly bills. Among the top five priorities over the next year, 95 percent of small business owners will look to reduce wireless costs and 90 percent will look to reduce the wireless costs associated with data usage.
 

 

T-Mobile and MetroPCS Combination Complete

May 1, 2013 9:25 PM | MetroPCS | T-Mobile |


Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile US, Inc. today announced the completion of the combination of T-Mobile USA, Inc. and MetroPCS Communications, Inc., uniting two wireless innovators with one common vision: to bring wireless consumers exciting new choices while delivering an exceptional experience. The combined company, T-Mobile US, Inc., will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the ticker “TMUS.”

“The combination of T-Mobile and MetroPCS creates an even stronger disruptive force in the U.S. wireless market,” said John Legere, President & Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile US, Inc. “Together, as America’s Un-carrier, we’ll continue our legacy of marketplace innovation by tearing up the old playbook and rewriting the rules of wireless to benefit consumers.”

As previously announced, the Board of Directors of the combined company will have 11 members, including two directors of MetroPCS who will continue with the combined company. Tim Höttges, currently Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Telekom, will serve as Chairman of the Board.

“By uniting T-Mobile and MetroPCS, we have created a dynamic new player in the wireless industry that has the right strategy and management team in place to compete successfully in today’s marketplace,” said Mr. Höttges. “We look forward to realizing the tremendous potential of the new T-Mobile.”
 

 

T-Mobile Introduces the Nokia Lumia 521

April 26, 2013 9:11 PM | Nokia | T-Mobile |

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On April 27th, multichannel retailer HSN will introduce T-Mobile’s exclusive Nokia Lumia 521 to audiences during its bi-annual Innovation Weekend on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile.  This will be the first time T-Mobile and a Nokia smartphone will be featured during the special event.  The Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be bundled with a car charger and screen protector for $149.95 with free shipping and handling and a flex pay option will be available.  Please check local listings for specific air times.

Following the HSN debut, the Nokia Lumia 521 will be available at Microsoft Retail Stores and Walmart on May 11.  The Lumia 521 will be $149 at Microsoft Retail Stores.  At Walmart, the Lumia 521 will be available with the retailer’s exclusive T-Mobile no contract $30 per month unlimited Web and text plan.

Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 521, which will run on T-Mobile’s fast nationwide 4G network, is a perfect, everyday smartphone that will embody a range of high-end features at an affordable price.  The smartphone features a super sensitive 4” touch screen, 5MP camera with auto focus and 720p HD video recording.  It will also include exclusive Nokia applications such as Nokia Music, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Panorama, Smart Shoot and HERE Drive, Maps and Transit.

The Nokia Lumia 521 will be coming to T-Mobile retail channels soon and more details will be shared at a later date.

 

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