Tuesday 26 March 2013

T-Mobile USA's UnCarrier announcement: Everything you need to know!

   Wow, T-Mobile's new CEO, John Legere, is a breath of fresh air isn't he?! We'll have full details of T-Mobile's Un-Carrier event a bit later, but let's start with John's takes on the American carriers and the way things work at the moment!

   Legere said that two-year contracts were, "the biggest crock of shit in my life. Do you have any idea how much you're paying?" before proceeding to explain how carriers are only "really nice to you... once every 23 months." There were other golden tidbits like, "if you come to T-Mobile, you've signed your last contract," it's obviously slightly hyperbolic, but his remark which read, "If we suck this month, drop us. Go somewhere else," should resonate with consumers and this sort of slight arrogance does seem quite appealing!

   So aside from the unique CEO what else does T-Mobile have on offer? Head into the home-made Q&A below for more details!

Where is 4G going to be available?
Initially the service will be live in Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington D.C! Naturally more are on the way!

How do the contracts work?
   Well instead of paying up front for the phone and being locked into a 24 month contract which you can't change until the 730th day. That way T-Mobile are doing it is by charging you a little bit up front for the phone and then you get your 24 month contract which will pay off the cost of the phone by the end of it. But, and this is a big but, you can cancel your contract at any time, with the only condition being you pay off the rest of the cost of the phone. So in reality there's no contract there, you're just buying the phone and the service!

How much does unlimited everything cost?
   The simple answer is $70, but you have to add the monthly cost of your phone onto that as well. Naturally, there's other small internet allowances available too!

What devices will be on offer?
   T-Mobile will have a relatively solid line-up here. There will be the BlackBerry Z10, the normal slew of Android devices which will include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and the HTC One. The S4 will be available in Q2 this year and the HTC One will land later this spring. Obviously the Galaxy Note II is already available and it will soon get an update for existing customers to turn on that LTE!

   There will also be a mobile hotspot called the Sonic 2.0 on offer. It'll cost you $29.99 up front with 24 monthly payments of $5 per month.

   Interestingly you'll have to pay a bit up front for some of the phone, for example a Blackberry Z10 will cost $99.99 upfront, as will the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, this is a sort of down payment. In the case of the Z10 there's $20 extra over the next 24 months to pay for the rest of the phone. The bigger story here though is that you can have any of the iPhone 5, 4S or 4 on T-Mobile from April 12th!

   All of these devices will be locked to T-Mobile until the device is officially yours and you have paid for the phone! Check out the video below for more information!

For much more information head to T-Mobile's website here!
Via PhoneArena, (2), AndroidCentral, Engadget, (2) and AndroidCommunity.


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