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T-Mobile keeps growing like crazy

T-Mobile earnings Q1 2017

T-Mobile's results for the first three months of 2017 are out, and it's good news for anyone wearing a magenta onesie. The company is once again the industry leader for customers added and net revenue, while total income was up by nearly 50%. Coming just after T-Mobile bought up new spectrum nation-wide for a great deal, it means T-Mobile's in a stellar place to challenge Verizon and AT&T.

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April 24th

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Verizon is spending big to make its 4G network even faster

Verizon speeds vs T-Mobile

Verizon's pitch has always been simple: pay us more money than any other wireless carrier, get the fastest speeds and best network coverage in return. But in recent years, it's been slipping. Thanks to the rollout of 4G technology and major investors by rivals, T-Mobile and AT&T are virtually level in terms of mobile data speed, and coverage is left as Verizon's last real advantage. That won't last for long.

So, it makes all kinds of sense that Verizon is investing $1.05 billion to buy millions of miles of fiber-optic cable over the next few years, paving the way for faster 4G, setting the network up for the coming switch to 5G, and rolling out faster broadband to homes.

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Chris Mills

April 19th

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T-Mobile got an amazing deal on its $8 billion spectrum haul

T-Mobile spectrum vs AT&T, Verizon

Last week, the results of a hugely important Federal Communications Commission auction came out. The Commission was selling the rights to use re-purposed TV spectrum to wireless carriers, and T-Mobile spent $8 billion to buy far more spectrum than anyone else.

The spectrum being auctioned is particularly valuable low-band airwaves that work better in rural areas and indoors -- two areas that T-Mobile has struggled with, compared to Verizon, which has long held the licenses to a large amount of low-band spectrum.

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April 17th

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There’s a compelling new reason to buy your iPhone from T-Mobile

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Choosing where to buy a new iPhone isn't as simple as it might seem. Third-party stores or carriers might give you a better monetary deal than buying an iPhone from the Apple Store, but you're also going to have to deal with yearly contracts, bill credits, or the hassle of unlocking the device if you switch networks.

But all the details aside, T-Mobile is hoping that its latest offering can make the decision much simpler. As of right now, if you buy an iPhone on T-Mobile and opt for extra device insurance, you'll also get AppleCare included in the price.

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Chris Mills

March 27th

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T-Mobile scrambles as 911 outage leaves two dead in Texas

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We take it for granted that if you pick up a phone and dial 911, someone will pick up at the other end. That hasn't been happening recently in Texas, and T-Mobile is left standing naked in the spotlight after a series of errors left 911 calls on hold, and two people dead.

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Chris Mills

March 16th

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T-Mobile adds more data to its unlimited plan before it starts throttling you

T-Mobile unlimited vs Verizon plan

So far, 2017 has seen more changes to cellphone plans than the last five years before. In the space of a couple of weeks, all the big carriers suddenly started offering unlimited data plans for reasonable prices. AT&T even removed its ridiculous triple-play requirement for unlimited customers, which was generous.

For T-Mobile, which started the unlimited data trend last year, it didn't seem like things could get much better. But the entry of Verizon and AT&T forced it to remove the last real restrictions on the data plan, meaning that you can use hotspot data or watch HD video.

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March 11th

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You’re going to want the next T-Mobile Tuesdays deal

T-Mobile Tuesdays

T-Mobile recently launched a new rewards program, T-Mobile Tuesdays. The idea is to get some kind of gift or freebie every week, normally free movie tickets, a free coffee or free pizza. But to celebrate the restart of baseball season (we assume), T-Mobile is gifting a free subscription to MLB TV to all its customers, starting next week.

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March 4th

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T-Mobile quietly increases the ‘ridiculous activation fee’ for every new line

T-Mobile sim vs Verizon

John Legere has literally made a career by bashing other wireless carriers for "ridiculous" activation fees, "bullshit" extra add-ons, and "absurd" pricing schemes.

So it's a little awkward that T-Mobile has very quietly increased the cost of its "SIM Starter Kit" -- that's an activation fee, let's be clear -- to $25. That's the second increase in a year, and means that over the last 365 days, the price of adding an extra line to T-Mobile has increased by $10 for no discernible reason.

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March 1st

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Understanding which wireless network is actually the best

Best wireless network 2017

Every year, a bunch of different studies come out that crown a winner, the "best network" in the USA. Each study claims to use the best, most scientific methodology to give "unrivaled accuracy" or "undisputed results," or something else equally quotable.

But if the studies are so good, why do they give such different results? Take a study published today by RootMetrics, which has Verizon in first place and T-Mobile in last. That's in stark contrast to a study last month from OpenSignal, which had T-Mobile and Verizon tied for first and Sprint languishing in last place.

The reason for the difference is that measuring cellphone networks is hard. We're talking about trying to quantify a network that stretches across the entire country, works on tens of thousands of different devices and in all kinds of terrain. Trying to measure that, assign each of the big four wireless networks an easy-to-understand score and publish results in a 300-word blog post is basically impossible.

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February 23rd

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Understanding which wireless network is actually the best

Best wireless network 2017

Every year, a bunch of different studies come out that crown a winner, the "best network" in the USA. Each study claims to use the best, most scientific methodology to give "unrivaled accuracy" or "undisputed results," or something else equally quotable.

But if the studies are so good, why do they give such different results? Take a study published today by RootMetrics, which has Verizon in first place and T-Mobile in last. That's in stark contrast to a study last month from OpenSignal, which had T-Mobile and Verizon tied for first and Sprint languishing in last place.

The reason for the difference is that measuring cellphone networks is hard. We're talking about trying to quantify a network that stretches across the entire country, works on tens of thousands of different devices and in all kinds of terrain. Trying to measure that, assign each of the big four wireless networks an easy-to-understand score and publish results in a 300-word blog post is basically impossible.

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Chris Mills

February 23rd

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