Uncarrier 5.0

T-Mobile has just announced their Un-carrier 5.0 initiative. The move has T-Mobile introducing the "T-Mobile Test Drive", a way for customers to try out an iPhone 5s for seven-days at no cost. Customers will get an iPhone 5s and can use it on T-Mobile's unlimited nationwide service. No data overcharges. Un-carrier 5.0 also sees T-Mobile expanding their network. Full details after the break.

Starting June 23, people can sign up for T-Mobile Test Drive. A few days later, they'll receive an iPhone 5s to test on T-Mobile's network.

T-Mobile also has a massive network expansion underway. Here's what's happening:

  • Expansion of Wideband LTE into 16 total markets, giving all T-Mobile LTE devices a speed boost with peak network speeds up to nearly 150 Mbps.
  • Expansion of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to more than 100 million people in 15 total markets, doubling the amount of data dedicated to voice calls for highest quality HD Voice and faster call setup times.

Here's a list of those cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL -Upstate, NY

More as T-Mobile's Un-carrier 5.0 event unfolds.

 

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T-Mobile announces two massive network expansions

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I'm in Ct also, Bridgeport, T-Mobile is turning off the MetroPCS network in New England July 1, I'm hoping not much longer after that we'll be seeing 20x20 Wideband LTE and speeds will get a sudden boost.

I thought they were getting bought by Sprint, or Sprint's parent company.

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Softbank has put in the offer and T-Mobile has accepted. Doesn't mean the FCC will accept it though Haha

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They will have very little issues with it, but anyway...

T Mobile still has to keep things going as if the deal will not go through.

This will be a win win for both T-Mo and Sprint customers. There's going to be bumps as the network get transitioned but once it's complete, and John Legere at the helm, it's going to blow VZW and AT&T out of the freakin' water.

I'll do it for the hell of it I wanted does insurance come with it just in case

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Idk about insurance, but I'm more curious behind the initiative for them to do this trial...maybe since the iPhone is so popular, people would be willing to give tmobiles network a test drive...how the hell are they even able to do this??

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That's true...Andrew does say customers...so does that mean only existing customers? And this is a scheme for more people to just buy an iPhone? Eh I don't think so actually. I really think its gonna be for anyone to try their network out and they just happened to chose the iPhone to be the guinee pig.

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Their able to do this because they are taking a risk and they said during the event that apple was their partner in this and is sponsoring it. I'm sure apple is using this as a marketing opportunity and I'm sure they'll get new customers from this. Heck, I signed up and will be letting my wife try it out. She's tired of her xperia z not getting updates and after the update to jellybean the other day its gone haywire.

Refurb still sells high and apple can always switch them to unlocked if they wanted to sell them on AT&T or any other GSM network

They are competing with the rest of the world. Most of their phones are unlocked and ready to work outside the us unlike verizon and sprint's phones, plus they have some of the best international plans.

That is being done in many many areas. T-Mobile is doing more work on their Network than any other Carrier in the US. Not too shabby for the nations # 4 Carrier.

Upstate NY? Woah, that's me! Now if only it was some other device besides an iPhone...and if only I didn't need to buy a new non-AT&T phone...

Yeah, but what exactly do they consider "Upstate NY" - Buffalo? Rochester? Syracuse? Albany? Schenectady? Poughkeepsie?

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I really want to switch to t-mobile, but the coverage in central california is weak as heck. 2-3 bars H+ outside, LTE on the main drags, but go into any building or home and zero or near zero signal. AT&T on the otherhand has just decent data speeds but voice coverage is bullet proof.

That's how it is for me here in Central IL so instead of AT&T I'm stuck with Verizon. Hoping their big low-frequency rollout that penetrates buildings and has a better range helps. If I can't get coverage in my house then no thanks.

Yeah, I'm going to be taking advantage of the "test drive" thing in a few weeks. T-Mobile service in my area (NW Philadelphia) is great, but as of last year, the lower level of my old-ass house is a total dead zone.

If that's changed recently, I'll be all over their unlimited plan.

Why would they?? The techs on the towers would be used for sniper practice with all the violence Chicago has. Besides, Rahm Emanuel might make T-Mo hand out free phones on the Obama phone program....

How is their 700MHz expansion going? I live in an area with A LOT of GPRS once I leave town and go in basically any direction for a mile or so. I'll go back to T-Mobile as soon as their 700MHz LTE starts to show up in its place.

Boston will see updates soon enough. They are pulling the plug on old Metro PCS CDMA in the New England area in less than 2 weeks. That will free up towers for more LTE.

Yaaaah.... T-Mobile only has 2G here IN Beaufort, SC. Moving to Tampa in just 2 weeks. Super excited!!!!!

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I took a trip from AZ to SC. I had LTE on sprint probably 60-80% of the time. The rest of the time I usually had 3g with speeds that were usable.

My grandmother's T-Mobile phone had LTE/3g maybe 25-35% if the trip and unusable 2g the rest of the time.

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