For a few weeks now, reports have confirmed (not just speculated) that Sprint and T-Mobile are in negotiations to merge their businesses. This would see them form one large telecom company as soon as the end of October. They have tried this before, but those attempts have been thwarted by regulators. Analysts, however, are predicting that this time might be different. How will it be different? Why will it be different? What does this mean for the consumer exactly?
Back in 2011, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. In fact, mergers involving both T-Mobile and Sprint were rejected during the Obama administration. Technically, it wasn’t so much of a rejection as it was the beginning of the rejection process. The two parties then decided to withdraw their applications before records about the merger could be made public. Sounds nefarious, doesn’t it? The DOJ had argued that despite the companies’ claims, this merger wouldn’t be good for competition and could turn the market into two players. At the time, those two players, according to the DOJ, would be AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon.
What’s interesting is that the DOJ didn’t consider Sprint to be a viable competitor in all of this. And Sprint wasn’t doing so great at the time. And they’re honestly still in a distant fourth place at this point. In 2012, they were considering bankruptcy. Sprint’s parent company – Softbank, and T-Mobile’s parent company – Deutsche Telekom had been talking about a merger. … Read the rest
T-Mobile made the announcement yesterday that it’s upping its “prioritization point” for unlimited users. Unlimited had previously meant 32GB, but now they have pushed that up to 50GB. What this means is that T-Mobile users can use 50GB of data before prioritization kicks in. T-Mobile is quick to note that prioritization is not equivalent to throttling as speeds will only be slowed when a user has consumed more than 50GB of data that month, annd they are in an area that is experiencing congestion.
I’m happy to announce that starting tomorrow we’re increasing T-Mobile’s prioritization point from an already-industry-leading 32GB to a whopping 50GB! Meanwhile, Verizon and AT&T sit at a meager 22GB, meaning Un-carrier customers can use more than 2x the data before prioritization kicks in.
When T-Mobile customers who use the most data hit these prioritization points during the month, they get in line behind other customers who have used less data and may experience reduced speeds. But this impacts them only very rarely, like when there is a big line, and it resets every month.
If you’re not familiar with how these plans work, you’re probably wondering why there is a cap at all. Technically, data is unlimited, carriers do include soft caps. Once you’ve used up your monthly allotment, the carrier will de-prioritize your speeds if there is too much demand on the network. Which makes me wonder why they even offer the “unlimited” plans? I, myself, do not use a lot of data. … Read the rest
You’re all aware that Apple has created a new Apple Watch, that supports LTE. And you’re all probably thinking that it will enable you to access the internet at LTE speeds, when you’re not connected to your iPhone. Right? A few days ago, however, we found out that T-Mobile had placed some “restrictions” around what that coverage looks like. Those restrictions are that you can only reach 3G speeds. More specifically 512Kbps. Which feels like we have taken a step back in time, if I’m being honest. I guess the reason I’m saying that is because it’s 2017, and the goal shouldn’t be these speeds. Further to that, Apple made a watch that supports LTE, so why aim so incredibly low, T-Mobile?
The issue is tied to T-Mobile’s restrictions on its plan option, including the T-Mobile ONE plan, which restricts wearable devices (and tethering devices) to only 512Kbps. And while it’s certainly not LTE speeds, especially not on T-Mobile’s speedy network, it’s also worth pointing out that many people won’t be doing the data-heavy things they would be doing on their smartphone where an LTE connection would necessarily be wanted, or even required. But if Apple advertises LTE, then let’s get LTE, folks.
T-Mobile heard this loud and clear and CEO, John Legere had this to say:
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“The Apple Watch Series 3 Plan on @TMobile will be $10/m for unlimited 4G LTE. Thanks for your feedback. We always listen and act!