T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere are taking an uncharacteristically defensive posture after questions arose about how the new Binge On video service throttles data. The fallout from Legere's EFF interaction yesterday is still going on, and it looks like it has cost T-Mobile a Binge On partner. Video commercial streaming service 4stream.tv has notified T-Mobile that it's pulling out of Binge On in protest of Legere's comments about the EFF. Read More
The country's fifth largest carrier is hoping to start off 2016 by picking up a few more customers. Starting today, US Cellular will let you get 6GB of data for $40 per month, as long as you sign a two-year contract. This offer is available online and in stores. Though, with the competition moving away from two-year contracts, think carefully about whether this will save you money long-term.
To layer on the enticements, folks who open a new line of service get a $150 promotional card. US Cellular will also send a $150 promotional card in the mail to people who port a number and trade in their device. Read More
T-Mobile CEO John Legere gets away with the bombastic attitude and casual swearing largely because people like what T-Mobile has been doing. However, it looks like John might have miscalculated with Binge On. Following the video defense he posted earlier today, Legere started doing an impromptu Q&A on Twitter. He made the mistake of asking, "Who the fuck are you?" of the EFF. Now, the internet is letting him know. Read More
Big companies like to put their names on places where a lot of people go. It's a sign that they're big. It's a form of advertising that people can't turn off. Every time you go to an event, you type in the company's name followed by the words "Center" or "Arena," and there you are.
T-Mobile wanted some of that action, and now it has an arena of its own. According to USA Today, the company has reached a deal with MGM Resorts International to sponsor the new 20,000 seat arena set to open in Las Vegas in the spring. Read More
In a video released today, John Legere - CEO of a publicly-traded wireless carrier and, apparently, your sort of out-of-touch uncle - accused Google, a $517 billion search company, of attacking T-Mobile's Binge On service in order to "get into the news." As to what Google's end in such an endeavor might be, well: John just doesn't know. It's shadowy, it's dark! They have an agenda.
In what is frankly an almost uncomfortably defensive clip, Legere's cultivated public persona continues to deny that Binge On's throttling of all video content is throttling. Instead, everybody's favorite wireless CEO focuses on the fact that you're getting more video! Read More
The BlackBerry Priv is the sole option for Android users looking for a high-end phone with a physical keyboard. But, here in the States, the phone is currently only available on AT&T. Want the Priv? You need that carrier. Network not good in your area? Tough.
Except, that's about to change. BlackBerry announced at CES that the phone will soon come to the other big three carriers. T-Mobile will get the phone on January 26th. Sprint and Verizon will presumably get the device at some point after.
In BlackBerry's home country of Canada, Rogers, Bell, and Telus are all already supported. Read More
Do you remember the huge scandal that was Carrier iQ? It's alright if you don't - it's been over four years since the company's data-logging mobile phone software was revealed, resulting in accusations of privacy violations, lax security, lawsuits both from and against the software maker and its partners, and eventually the removal of Carrier iQ code from phones via security patches. The months-long scandal basically killed Carrier iQ as a company... but now its corporate assets are owned by a carrier jokingly referred to as "the Death Star." There's no way that can go wrong, is there?
Yes, AT&T, in between attempts to snap up competing telcos and the country's biggest satellite TV provider, has somehow found time to buy a tiny but incredibly controversial software developer. Read More
Listen, I don't really have a problem with Binge On itself - it's a pretty nifty value-add for T-Mobile customers that allows them to throttle all their video streamed over mobile data to 480p, in exchange for some of that video (Binge On partner services, like Netflix, but notably not YouTube) not counting against their plan's data cap. I consider this a "pretty fair deal." In exchange for reducing the burden of video bandwidth on T-Mobile's network, you get to stream all the [partnered] OK-quality video you want. It's nice!
But T-Mobile has come under fire - and I think rightly so - for the fact that Binge On is an opt-out service that does not explicitly disclose to subscribers just what they've automatically signed up for. Read More
AT&T has sent out an internal communique to employees today that signals a change in the way the carrier sells devices. It's getting with the times and ditching the two-year contracts that used to be standard for the US wireless industry. The change happens on January 8th, so you'll want to hurry if you were planning to get a phone on contract for some reason. Read More