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T-Mobile Ending Grandfathered Plans in November

T-Mobile will be ending all grandfathered plans in November. All current plans will be moved to a plan with a “similar or better price.” T-Mobile has already moved from offering discounts to their devices, so all customers must now pay full price for their phones. This is all the result of T-Mobile’s attempt to move away from the traditional contract model, but may end up alienating more potential customers than it draws.

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T-Mobile’s Uncarrier service goes international

Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced it’s new uncarrier service, allowing customers to buy phone’s at a simplified price and no penalty for leaving the carrier. T-Mobile decided to add to this game-changing strategy by introducing Simple Choice plans. These plans include unlimited international mobile data and texting, for those that travel internationally. Voice calls will have a base rate of 20 cents per minute. There is also a Stateside International Talk and Text, for customers who want to contact family abroad. The carrier also announced Speed Boosts plans, allowing users to buy a faster data plan for when they are abroad. T-Mobile really changed the international phone plan market with this. With American’s travelling as much as they do, this plan will attract many customers who don’t like being surprised by their cell phone when they return from their travels.


T-Mobile's next "Uncarrier" moves: Free international data and texts, LTE live across U.S., Shakira's support

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T-Mobile yanks BlackBerry phones from stores after no one buys them

T-Mobile is giving up on selling BlackBerry phones in its retail stores. T-Mobile corporate services VP David Carey told Reuters on Wednesday that T-Mobile is giving BlackBerry phones the boot after finding out what most of us already suspected: People just weren’t buying the things. T-Mobile wants to put that shelf space to better use. This is bad news for Blackberry which is already in big trouble, the last thing they need is for their phones to be pulled from stores.



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US Mobile Telecom Carriers Unveil New iPhone 5C Installment-Payment Plans

With the release of the new iPhone 5C Model, the major mobile telecom carrier companies in the US (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) are also using new types of installment plans that go with the iPhone 5C.

These new installment plans require payments of around $20 per month for 20-24 months. This is different from how some older installment plans for other phone models require a large down-payment to occur at the start of the installment plan.

These new installment plans appear to be another method of the telecom carrier companies to invite people to purchase a iPhone 5C & installment plan with their company.

These new installment plans may encourage people with tighter budgets to switch/upgrdade to an iPhone 5C with installment plan as these specific plans spread out the costs over a longer period of time with a smaller payment conducted each month compared to larger payments in older installment plans.

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Wireless Carriers Unveil IPhone Installment-Payment Plans – Bloomberg.

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T-Mobile says US mobile industry to consolidate to three major players

“The U.S. mobile market is a big one, with 321.7 million subscribers as of second quarter of 2012. That’s a 101% mobile penetration, which means the number of lines equals the population. But while the nation is serviced by four major carriers today, T-Mobile thinks the market is not big enough for four big carriers to service.

In a meeting with shareholders, COO Jim Alling said the industry might see some adjustments and consolidations in the next few years. “Is it possible that four major players could go down to three? I think that is possible, and likely in the longer term,” he said, referring to the possibility of the country’s four major carriers merging into just three. This actually almost happened when AT&T made a bid to acquire T-Mobile from its parent company Deutsche Telekom in 2011. That $39 billion acqusition deal did not push through, though, having been shot down by regulators for possible anti-competition.

But even as the so-called AT&T-Mo deal was halted, the major U.S. carriers have found themselves entering into mergers and partnerships with other companies. For instance, there’s the planned Sprint acquisition by Japanese telecoms provider Softbank. There’s also T-Mobile’s acquisition of super-regional carrier MetroPCS.

Of course, this will depend on the regulatory environment, Alling, says. As such, whatever consolidation may happen is set for the longer-term. The statements made by T-Mobile’s COO probably assume that his company will be on the winning end of the deal, if the industry were to consolidate into a fewer — but bigger — major competitors.

But are four major competitors really too big for a country to handle? In some regions, the mobile industry has seen consolidation into three or fewer carriers. For instance, China has China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, which have almost a billion lines shared across the three. However, another big market, India, has eight major mobile carriers. Which is the best model for the U.S.?”

T-Mobile says US mobile industry to consolidate to three major players.

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T-Mobile to offer nano-SIM cards for iPhone 5 users

T-Mobile will start carrying nano-SIM cards in mid October to allow owners of unlocked iPhone 5’s to jump carriers and join T-Mobile. They will be carrying unlocked iPhone 5’s in their stores and state that they plan to launch a few iPhone apps of their own. T-Mobile is hoping that with their more competitive priced rate plans this will lure more customers to their service. This also means that the iPhone 5 will now be available to more users. There is, however, a catch that customers should be aware of. The iPhone does not support T-Mobile’s 3G service. This means that if you don’t live in New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C., or Las Vegas, where T-Mobile’s iPhone-friendly 4G HSPA+ service is up and running; then you will only be receiving 2G speeds on your new iPhone 5.

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Carriers hate the iPhone

Apple’s iPhone is the most profitable product offered by the most valuable company in the world. With only three iPhone models in its lineup, the Cupertino-based technology giant shipped more smartphones last quarter than any other vendor in the world. Carriers that sell Apple’s sought-after smartphone enjoy huge activation figures each quarter as a result, but activations and unit sales don’t necessarily paint a complete picture. In fact, according to some industry watchers, carriers hate the iPhone. Read on for more.

Wireless carriers trip over themselves to offer Apple’s iPhone, especially in the United States. Sprint wanted the handset so badly it was willing to guarantee Apple $15.5 billion over four years for the privilege of selling its sleek smartphone, and it certainly didn’t help matters much in the fourth quarter when Sprint posted a $1.3 billion loss. T-Mobile is still sour over failed negotiations with Apple, and the carrier has resorted to offering up free microSIM cards to iPhone users willing to come aboard and forgo 3G data speeds.