T-Mobile officially started offering the white Nexus 4 along with its availability on the Google Play Store. T-Mobile is offering it for $19.99 down and $17 a month for 24 months ($427.99)
Google is offering the same device direct for a one time payment of $349 plus tax. Google is defiantly the cheaper route if you don’t mind paying for the device upfront.
The Nexus 4 in white has no change in specs from the original Nexus 4.
You can view the device at T-Mobile via this link and at the Google Play Store via this link.
The final piece of the puzzle has been put together as MetroPCS stockholder agreed to the merge with T-Mobile. After going through many obstacles from the Department of Justice and FCC, everything is now set for T-Mobile and MetroPCS to move forward as one.
Today Deutsche Telekom put out a release applauding MetroPCS shareholders for approving the merge.
“This is a major step for Deutsche Telekom,” said Rene Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom Group. “We have accomplished a lot in the USA recently, for example our network modernization and the new T-Mobile USA management team, which has seen considerable success. And we have finalized the contracts with Apple and MetroPCS. The merger with MetroPCS is extremely important, since it enables us to be more aggressive in the USA.”
For more information on what this means to current MetroPCS customers, follow this link.
T-Mobile is waiting for April 12th to arrive, as that is the day MetroPCS shareholders will vote for whether to approve the merger.
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is an organization that advises major shareholders how they should vote when it comes to corporate elections and they have advised that MetroPCS owners should vote against the T-Mobile merger.
“In light of the negative market response to this transaction (shares are down 14.4 percent since announcement), the lower equity split than justified by the contribution of PCS to the combined entity, and the potential for PCS to continue to thrive as a standalone company, shareholders should vote against this transaction,” ISS wrote in its note to investors.
We already know John Paulson was against this merger from the beginning as he already felt that T-Mobile was getting the better end of the deal. Paulson put out a statement “If Deutsche Telekom wants to get MetroPCS shareholder support, we suggest Deutsche Telekom significantly reduce the debt they are taking back and/or dramatically increase MetroPCS’s pro forma share of the combined company.”
This may not be what T-Mobile wants to hear at the moment, but nothing is set in stone. Again, the merger is left in the hands of shareholders and we will find out come April 12th.
This morning T-Mobile held their Un-Carrier Event, but before things took off the carrier started flipping on their 4G / LTE network in 7 major cities before the official announcement.
T-Mobile talked it’s “Simple Choice plan” which eliminates annual service contracts for consumers and allows them to move to one simple rate plan that offers unlimited text, talk and web.
With the new Simple Choice plans customers start with one line at $50 a month and receive unlimited talk, text and web with 500MB of data. A second line will cost you an additional $30 a month and each line after will cost you $10. If you feel 500MB isn’t enough (it isn’t), you can pay an additional $10 per line for 2GB of data. Unlimited 4G / LTE data is available for $20 more a month per line. Read more
T-Mobile is gearing up to flip the switch on their LTE network. Today they began pushing out software updates for Android version 4.1.2/ Software T889UVBMB4 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The new update introduces LTE support along with other improvements for the device.
Joining the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s 4G / LTE will be the BlackBerry Z10. In testing the LTE network Laptop Magazine is showing download speeds of 58.8 Mbps and uploads at 25.5 Mbps. Keep in mind those numbers are from a tower not under any type of load so probably wont be real world numbers when LTE goes live.
The software update will take place OTA (Over The Air) and if you want to read more about the update you can follow this link.
LTE will go live first in Las Vegas, NV and Kansas City. The plan is to cover 100 million people by mid 2013 and 200 million by years end.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS have been giving the go ahead by the FCC today to move forward with the merger. Last week the Department of Justice gave their approval by not responding to a pre-set deadline to stop the merger.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s statement on the merger:
“With today’s approval, America’s mobile market continues to strengthen, moving toward robust competition and revitalized competitors. We are seeing billions more in network investment, while the courts have upheld key FCC decisions to accelerate broadband build-out, promote competition, and benefit consumers, including our broadband data roaming and pole attachment rules. Today’s action will benefit millions of American consumers and help the U.S maintain the global leadership in mobile it has regained in recent years.
“Mobile broadband is a key engine of economic growth, with U.S. annual wireless capital investment up 40% over the last four years, the largest increase in the world, and few sectors having more potential to create jobs. In this fast-moving space, of course challenges remain, including the need to unleash even more spectrum for mobile broadband and continuing to promote competition and protect consumers. The Commission will stay focused on these vital goals.”
All that is left is for MetroPCS shareholders to vote on the merger. That vote will take place on the 12th of April. MetroPCS has urged their shareholders to approve the merger. MetroPCS’ largest shareholder, John Paulson does oppose the deal, as he believes T-Mobile is getting the better end of the deal.
The two companies combined will account for more than 40 million subscribers.
MetroPCS customers will need to migrate over to T-Mobile’s GSM network, but not until the end of 2015. As new customers join they will be put onto T-Mobile’s network. Over this year and a half period T-Mobile will get all MetroPCS customers onto GSM devices allowing them to use the acquired CDMA bandwidth for their LTE expansion and considerably boost their pre-paid account holders. At the rate most people go through phones this should be an easy transition without much burden on current MetroPCS customers. Also come the end of 2015 T-Mobile will be offering any stragglers great incentives to switch devices.
Solavei is an affordable contract free mobile service provider has announced the availability of nano SIM cards that are compatible with Apple’s iPhone 5.
Solavei has only been available since September of last year and since launch the company has focused mainly on Android devices. It’s nice to see the company open to Apple as the iPhone 5 is a very popular phone.
“We created Solavei to make commerce less expensive for our members while allowing the flexibility to use the mobile phone they love,” said Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei. “Solavei is the first company to create an economic linkage between mobile service, social commerce, and social sharing. We believe it’s important to give our members great value for unlimited mobile service while using their favorite mobile phone and enable them to earn recurring monthly income for sharing Solavei with their friends and family.”
Solavei runs on the T-Mobile network and T-Mobile is in the process of re-farming their network to allow 3G /4G speeds to the iPhone. In many cases you will only be getting slower EDGE service until this update is completed.
Solavei’s nano SIM card will cost you $9 and for $49 a month you can have unlimited voice, text and data. They also offer a program of referring people to lower your bill and put cash in your pocket.
After just posting what looks like the launch date for the iPhone on T-Mobile we also received word that the BlackBerry Z10 will be available in T-Mobile stores starting March 27. This would keep with T-Mobile wanting to be the first carrier to offer the device.
We are also told that Verizon will launch it the following day, March 28. This all fits perfectly into the block out dates for time off from March 24 through April 5 imposed by T-Mobile on their employees.
We just got a tip from a very reliable source inside T-Mobile to look for the iPhone hitting their network on March 24. This comes along with information about a block out of personal time off between March 24 and April 5. While this is rumor our source is well placed in T-Mobile and has proven accurate in the past.
T-Mobile is launching GoSmart Mobile pre-paid nationwide service starting sometime in February, according to Fierce Wireless. This news comes from people familiar with the matter. T-Mobile ran test of the new plan in select markets last month and the demand for GoSmart was strong enough to warrant a full rollout.
GoSmart Mobile will be available in three different plans starting at $30 per month for unlimited voice and texting, $35 per month for unlimited voice, texting and 2G web service and $45 for unlimited voice, texting and 5 GB (3G high-speed) web service.
T-Mobile right now is offering the Alcatel OT 838 for $49 and a “T-Mobile SIM kit” for $8 that allows customers to use unlocked GSM devices. We will have more details when T-Mobile makes everything official. With T-Mobiles re-farming of their network this could be a great place to take your unlocked iPhone.