T-Mobile USA should stop claiming that it has "America's Best Unlimited Network," the advertising industry's self-regulator said today. AT&T challenged T-Mobile's ads to the National Advertising Division (NAD), which ruled that T-Mobile hasn't substantiated its claim that it has the best wireless network. T-Mobile defended itself by arguing that speed outweighs all other factors—apparently including overall coverage and reliability. But to reasonably claim that one has the best overall network for unlimited data, a carrier should prove that it also has the widest geographic coverage and best reliability, the NAD concluded. T-Mobile said it will appeal the NAD decision to the National Advertising Review Board (NARB). T-Mobile's best network claim has appeared in online, TV, and radio advertisements. T-Mobile says speed outweighs all other factors T-Mobile's claim is based on data from Ookla and OpenSignal, which offer speed-testing apps that let consumers test their wireless … [Read more...] about T-Mobile should stop claiming it has “Best Unlimited Network,” ad group says
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WASHINGTON — The next generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, is such a leap forward that it’s said to change everything — maybe even the U.S. government’s view of a corporate merger it nixed before.T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. certainly hope so.The companies cited the enormous costs of building a 5G network of ultra-fast, ubiquitous connections as a reason to approve T-Mobile’s proposed $26.5 billion purchase of Sprint when they unveiled the deal on Sunday. They are making the argument a centerpiece of their case to regulators who rebuffed an earlier attempt by the two companies to merge.“Global tech leadership for the next decade is at stake,” said John Legere, the T-Mobile chief executive officer who would lead the new company, said on Twitter. The combination will create “the only company with the capacity to quickly create a broad and deep nationwide 5G network.”Wireless providers say 5G — so named because it … [Read more...] about T-Mobile hopes fast 5g makes quick work in review on Sprint
After two earlier attempts failed to materialize, T-Mobile and Sprint announced on Sunday that they’ve reached a $26.5 billion merger agreement. If approved, it would combine the third and fourth largest carriers in the United States. The new business would instantly become a much more formidable rival to Verizon and AT&T. Both companies claim that a successful merger would make the United States a leader in the formative early years of 5G mobile networks. But there are very legitimate concerns that shrinking the field of wireless competitors could end up hurting consumers and raising prices. The deal must be cleared by regulators, including both the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department, which is no small hurdle. FCC chairman Ajit Pai seems open to the idea, but many of the antitrust staffers at the DOJ today were the same people who convinced these two companies to abandon merger talks in 2014. Read: Will regulators approve the massive T-Mobile-Sprint … [Read more...] about What a combined T-Mobile and Sprint would look like
After years of back and forth, Sprint and T-Mobile have finally announced plans to merge. And while there’s plenty of steps that the two companies will have to go through to convince regulators they should be allowed to merge, if you ask T-Mobile and Sprint, the main reason is that the two companies together will be better equipped to roll a next-generation 5G network. It’s such an important part of the rhetoric behind the merger, in fact, that T-Mobile and Sprint have made an entire website arguing that point, under the branding of “5G for All” (complete with a social media hashtag campaign). According to the two companies’ big announcement video, the combined “New T-Mobile” and its 5G network will leverage both T-Mobile’s 5G plans to use the 600MHz band of spectrum and Sprint’s plans for the 2.5GHz band to build out a nationwide network that will be “the highest capacity mobile network in US history.” The two … [Read more...] about What does the Sprint and T-Mobile merger mean for 5G?
T-Mobile and Sprint are finally getting together. This seismic shift in the mobile world could have big ramifications on your service.The two carriers on Sunday announced a $26 billion deal to merge, bringing together the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless service providers. The combined company will retain the T-Mobile name, and T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his team management team will run the day-to-day operations. The deal comes at a time when the US carriers are bending over backward to win your business, leading to freebies like access to Netflix, as well as a renewed eagerness to push unlimited data. Sprint is still giving away a year of service for free. Those competitive pressures have driven T-Mobile and Sprint together. And while executives from both companies vow lower prices and better service, consumer groups and analysts are skeptical. Worried about how this might affect you? CNET breaks down everything you need to know about this mega mobile merger.Why are they … [Read more...] about T-Mobile and Sprint are merging: Here’s everything you need to know
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Tony Romm and Brian Fung by Tony Romm and Brian Fung Email the author April 29 Email the author T-Mobile and Sprint, the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively, agreed to a nearly $27 billion merger Sunday that could dramatically reshape the U.S. telecom industry while testing the appetites of consumers and regulators alike for further corporate consolidation. The deal marks the latest attempt by T-Mobile, operated by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, and Sprint, run by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, to combine forces as they seek to amass subscribers and challenge the … [Read more...] about T-Mobile and Sprint announce plans to merge
The race to turn 5G from hype into reality has hit another gear. T-Mobile will deploy mobile 5G to 30 cities this year, including New York and Los Angeles, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said Tuesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company still plans to launch the service next year and provide nationwide coverage by 2020. The move is just the latest bit of jockeying as US carriers attempt to one-up their rivals on the claim of getting to 5G first. Although T-Mobile said it's deploying the next-generation technology this year, consumers won't see any real benefits until 2019 when the first 5G-capable smartphones hit the market. Boasting about 5G has become the new favorite pastime for carriers, which are eager to drive buzz and attention to their networks in a continuing bid to win your business. Verizon was the first to stoke the 5G hype back in 2015 by announcing its intention to test the technology. Verizon also insists it will be the first to … [Read more...] about T-Mobile’s blazing 5G arrives this year, but you won’t be able to use it until 2019
CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Before I delve into today's deal, a quick aside. Late yesterday I spotted this headline: "These $40 knockoffs look just like Apple's $159 AirPods, and they sound almost as good." Of course I was intrigued, so I checked it out. Guess what? That story, which appeared on what I consider a pretty well-respected site, was straight-up linkbait. Not only did the author not test the product, she didn't mention the 1-star review average from Amazon buyers. So those knockoffs "sound almost as good" according to whom? All this is simply to say, I will never do that. Whenever possible, I'll test a product first so I can report on the pros and cons. When that's not possible, I'll try to point you to other reviews. And I'll always draw on … [Read more...] about Save $200 on an iPhone X from T-Mobile
Verizon may be the largest wireless provider in the country, but try telling that to T-Mobile.The upstart carrier says it added 3.6 million postpaid customers in 2017, conceivably taking extra delight in luring those subscribers away from Verizon. Should you make the jump over to T-Mobile as well? Or is Verizon the best choice for you? Let's take a closer look at what the rival carriers offer their subscribers to help you figure out which wireless service best meets your needs. Network Performance How you feel about the network performance of these respective carriers likely depends on where you live and whom you ask. In its most recent report based on crowdsourced data, OpenSignal declared T-Mobile the "operator to beat" after the provider won five of the six spots that OpenSignal measures. As for Verizon, OpenSignal said that Big Red's network speed had recovered in the second half of 2017 after the launch of unlimited plans increased congestion on the carrier's … [Read more...] about T-Mobile vs. Verizon: Which Is Best for You?
T-Mobile Sweeps ALL Network Awards in Global Industry First: August 02, 2017 Billions of real-world customer tests rank T-Mobile first for speed, responsiveness and LTE signal availability Bellevue, Washington — August 2, 2017 — Wireless customers have spoken, and America has a new No.1 network. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced its network has scored a clean sweep in the latest State of Mobile Networks report from OpenSignal, placing no.1 in every category. It is the first such sweep for any major wireless provider anywhere in the world. In the report, more than five billion tests from actual wireless customers in the second quarter show that T-Mobile’s network is not only fastest, but also most responsive, and T-Mobile customers get an LTE signal more often than customers of any other major wireless company do. The OpenSignal report also confirmed that, since February, when Verizon and AT&T began widely offering unlimited data … [Read more...] about T-Mobile wins every single one of OpenSignal’s State of the Mobile Networks awards