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T-Mobile Uncarrier 9.0: The Un-Contract, Business Plans, And Partnering With GoDaddy & Microsoft

DSC_0081T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere is in New York City with the T-Mobile crew to present Uncarrier 9.0. This particular event ups the ante for T-Mobile public relations and their business customers.

The best price is the only price for everyone (in terms of business lines). Unlimited talk & text plus 1GB of 4G LTE data, at $15 per line at 20+ lines; at 1,000 lines a business can get each line priced at $10. Adding more data per line is accomplished per line, or per pool. In pooled purchasing of additional 4G LTE data for business users, $4.75 per gigabyte (an overage over the gig is still $4.75) is the price for a pool (say a 100GB pool).

To help invigorate the use of websites for businesses: T-Mobile has partnered with GoDaddy (!) to supply a free .com domain and website plan, as long as a single business line is activated. For a custom .com email, T-Mobile has also partnered with Microsoft, for customized email addresses.

Business family discounts are also being introduced, says Legere. Employees’ families save up to 50% when a business line is activated at T-Mobile, since family members are added as lines, rather than as completely new customers.

But, don’t fret: consumers will experience a different plan, called Carrier Freedom, which allows T-Mobile to pay the ETF up to $650, now including devices and the plan.

Legere, also states he’s bringing the contract back — in a new format, called the Un-Contract. It’s a consumer commitment that makes promotional plans permanent. Fixed plans won’t be changed, and unlimited plans will not be changed in price (but it might go down) or availability for the next two years.

Images after the break of some of the new Uncarrier moves, visualized.

T-Mobile Test Drive: Giving Customers An iPhone 5S For A Week, To Try Out

downloadThis is a pretty interesting idea from T-Mobile, called Test Drive: giving a potential customer an iPhone 5S for a week to try out — the device, as well as the T-Mobile 4G LTE network. Starting this Sunday, you can use the device, and once the week has passed, you return it to a local T-Mobile store or have it shipped back, regardless of you buying in or not (one tryout per household).

Once it arrives, you’ll have a  hold on your credit card in the amount of $750, then your 5S (typically a refurb unit) will arrive with two-day shipping — the clock starts ticking the moment you sign for the package. You’ll have free unlimited access to talk, text and data within the US, with no international compatibility, so that units aren’t put out of the country.

Screwed up, and sport a cracked screen, water damage? You’ll be charged a $100 fee, or have to pay the full $750 if you hold on to the device (which you’re not supposed to do).

Via: T-Mobile Test Drive

LG G Flex Review: All Those Curves Don’t Make Up For Cutting Corners

LG G Flex ReviewedOne day, somewhere and someone in LG’s creative unit decided that a curved smartphone would be a great idea. Of course, not having any pre-existing smartphones with that sort of a design proved to be a challenge, which is why LG had three separate companies design the G Flex: a smartphone that not only has a curvature in its body shape, but with its screen, as well.

Enter LG Chemistry, where they developed a curved battery, followed by LG Display, who creating the durable-yet-curved 6-inch screen, and finally, LG Mobile, who took all of the time and effort put forth by the prior two companies, then sandwiched that in a variety of sensors, silicon, and software. That’s the G Flex, in a nutshell: it’s a love child who can be deemed significant due to the some of its parts.

Lots of parts, which by the way, come from another LG smartphone: the G2, which I reviewed back in October

But is the G Flex a good phone, period? Let’s find out.

T-Mobile Uncarrier 4.0 Plan: Paying Termination Fees For Customers To Switch Carriers

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere will have a way with words at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, but meanwhile, the company’s press department out of Washington published something interesting. Uncarrier 4.0, that is — in other words, T-Mobile’s plan to pay a customer’s $350 early termination fee from another carrier (Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T), so that he/she can make the transition to T-Mobile, starting Thursday, the 9th of January.

The caveat(s)? First, you have to  trade in your existing phone, buy a new T-Mobile phone, sign up for a new T-Mobile plan, and even port your existing phone number to T-Mobile — it’s quite a list of things, but to be expected of if you’re switching carriers anyways.

Also, $350 isn’t strictly the amount T-Mobile will pay; rather you have to provide proof of what the carrier you’re leaving will charge you to terminate the contract, via mail or via this website, afterwards, T-Mobile will take care of the rest.

Via: T-Mobile

LG G Flex Coming To AT&T, T-Mobile, And Sprint This Spring

gflexatt1CES is not always about what’s right around the corner to release in consumer technology, but also what’s planned for later on. In this instance, it’s the LG G Flex, the curved smartphone with a self-repairing back-end for scratches, and an off-contract price of a massive $940, launching this quarter in the States.

A 6-inch, OLED screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution, along with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,500 mAh battery, all points to aims to be a flagship device for LG. For optics, a 13-megapixel shooter is on the back, a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front, and software-wise, runs Android 4.2.2 with numerous LG software changes.

4G LTE will also be a feature shared across all three carriers, when the device launches later this spring, with as of yet, unannounced pricing.

Via: PR Newswire

Apparently, Sprint Wants To Buy T-Mobile In 2014

tmobile-sprint-att-verizon-imageAn official deal is a long ways off, but it is possible and was in the plans of Sprint for a duration of time. Possibly a bid of $20 billion, but there aren’t any solid numbers to go by. The crux of the matter is that Sprint wants to buy out T-Mobile, which when observed from a technical standpoint already poses many issues, such as the fact that Sprint uses CDMA technology and T-Mobile uses GSM, making existing towers and phones incompatible with each other. And that is all besides the FCC approving or declining the deal.

But if it does work, then the big four become the big three, and Sprint has network coverage, capital, and users to rival the forces of AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Via: Forbes 

T-Mobile Unveils Free 200MB Monthly Data For All Tablets

t-mobileFor all the new slate owners on T-Mobile’s network, whether they’re toting Nexus 7s or the new iPads, will get 200MB of free additional data on top of their existing plans. Starting November 1st, the no-charge bandwidth will be available for the lifetime of any tablet on the network; meanwhile the Nexus 7 will be sold in T-Mobile stores starting the 20th of next month.

Via:  T-Mobile