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Un-carrier 8.0: A morning fire-side chat with John Legere on December 16

T-Mobile CEO John Legere
T-Mobile CEO John Legere (Image credit: Android Central)

T-Mobile is preparing to shake things up again in the US wireless industry, and this time they're doing it by inviting you to watch a stream of… a fireside chat with CEO John Legere and Yahoo Tech's David Pogue. What exactly they're doing tomorrow, we're not sure, but T-Mobile's teasing that it's "so big [they] had to keep it under wraps."

Everything's scheduled to go down tomorrow, December 16th, at 10:30am Eastern time (7:30 Pacific). Because if there's any time to have a fireside chat, it's before lunch.

The whole affair, whatever it is, will be streamed live on T-Mobile's website (check the source link below), should you care to tune in. Or you can just come back here tomorrow and find out for yourself what T-Mobile has in store. Previous "Un-Carrier" announcements have brought features like free music streaming, in-flight texting, and the first ETF pay-off plans.

Source: T-Mobile (opens in new tab)

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

67 Comments
  • Legere has done some great things with T-Mobile. If they just expanded their coverage area a little more in Missouri I would probably jump over to them. The $100 a month for unlimited talk, text and 4g data seems very enticing, but they still lack a stable coverage for cellular service where I live. Until then all I can do is watch. Posted via my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
  • I'm in the same boat. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Same thing for me, I would love to switch to t-mobile. However, where I live they use AT&T. The closest tower is 30 minutes away. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry to hear that.... Been with them 9+ years! Can't stand sprint nor verizon Posted via the Android Central App
  • Let's see what they bring to the table. So far I've been happy with my service, including overseas.
  • Yeah I'm on sprint which I'm not thrilled with, but I at least get 3 bars of LTE and 6-8 download speeds at my house. Not great, but better than T-Mobile, which is 2G only and it doesn't look like anything else is coming soon. Sure I could get the router for wifi calling from tmobile but the phone I want doesn't now nor is likely to support T-Mobile's brand of wifi calling (Moto X).
  • First off, all 2g areas will be LTE by sometime next year. By end of this year 50% of 2g will be LTE. 2nd thing, the moto x is an older phone and the new moto x does support WiFi calling with T-Mobile. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Please provide a source for your claim that the Moto X (2014) pure edition will support wifi calling.
  • Or, Stanley, you could Google it.
  • Which is telling me that the Moto X Pure WILL NOT support wifi calling. Thanks for playing.
  • Shut up dude....
  • Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't wifi calling supposed to be baked into lollipop?
  • My understanding that "baked in" lollipop support for wifi calling was only for the Nexus 6. If you have seen something different please expound. Many other android phones have it but they are only sold through tmobile. Notably the Nexus 5 and Moto X (2014 or 2013) do not or will not support wifi calling.
  • That I don't know. I have a Note 3 running 4.4.2 and I have had it since May of this year (2014) and I have been able to since then. T-Mo was the first one to offer that which is perfect because where my wife and I live (canyon/valley) the reception with Verizon was horrible and since with T-Mo....it is about 90% acceptable (dropped calls depending in the house we are...then again, that is more than likely where our router is located). T-Mo's customer serive is by far the best. I was with Verizon for 10 years and was reluctant to give them up....now I think "WHy did it take so long to switch?". I hear they are building towers left and right so the coverage will always get better.
  • I love t-mobile in my area, but I wouldn't suggest T-mobile for anyone in a 2G only area even if they had wifi calling for the phone you want. The fact that it needs to be a t-mobile phone with their software irks me a bit myself, I wish I could use it on my nexus 5 or my wife's moto X. Sure it wouldn't be as integrated of an experience but it seems they could still make some sort of app available for users of non t-mobile branded phones.
  • Just a heads up there... It needs to be a T-Mobile phone with their "hardware" not the software. The software has been pulled out by hundreds of people and it never works without the UMA hardware.
  • There is no hardware needed. You can flash the T-Mobile S3 ROM on another S3.. such as the ATT one and use WiFi calling. It's all software based, but hard to pull because they heavily integrate it within the framework of each phone.
  • I was pretty sure that was true, but wasn't 100% certain.
  • Maybe now isn't the time for you to switch, but keep an eye out. My town was a 2G-only area earlier this year, and now I have LTE coverage all over town. It will take time, but I believe T-Mobile will deliver on their upgrade promises.
  • Can't wait to hear how much profit they have made with all of this shake-up.
  • This is great. Left Verizon for T-Mobile 3 months back and haven't looked back since. Was with Verizon for ten years, too Posted via the Android Central App
  • Joe saw the light. Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • The baby... so cute.
  • All Mr. Trash Mouth has done is change the pricing for T-Mobile, which in turn has forced everybody else to change theirs. He hasn't done anything to expand their poor coverage footprint. But, if you are on one of the other carriers that does have coverage you're benefitting from the price war he's ignited.
  • Sounds like a big move then!! Are you butt hurt cause you work for Sprint?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Last I checked they increased their lte footprint to a bigger area then Sprint in about a year or less. On top of that most of their 2g areas will be LTE by end of year. Yea, if you don't get their service where you live then go with someone who works, it's not that hard to understand that. But if you don't travel for a living and do get their lte and still don't want to try them out, that's your choice. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just wait until that ATT failed merger payoff dries up. It'll be a bad day at Magenta. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dried up a long time ago Posted via the Android Central App
  • I get great speeds and coverage with T-Mobile. My 3G on Verizon was hardly usable. It's true, since they've lowered the price the other three have been competing and lowering theirs as well. We can thank T-Mobile for lower prices all around. It's what I hope Google Fiber does to the cable companies.
  • They have been working on expanding their LTE footprint all year and upgrading 2G only areas.
    T-mobile isn't for people in all locations, their's no doubt about it, but they have many areas very well covered with faster speeds than anyone else.
  • Yeah! So fast they had to doctor the speed test results to only include the fastest numbers! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok first of all, I'm talking about my own experience. in NJ they are faster for me than Verizon and much faster than AT&T (at least 2 times faster)
    Plus they aren't just dropping low numbers they are eliminating the throttling from the speed test results. If you look at it logically AT&T and Verizon don't really do wide scale throttling, they keep everyone at full speed and just charge overages, while T-mobile doesn't charge overages they just slow your connection if you've used all of your high speed data, unless you have the truly unlimited plan like me. All they really did was eliminate the throttled speed tests to have the speed tests show what their network is capable of, instead of having it dragged down by people looking to save a few dollars. We can argue if that's deceptive to throttled customers or not. but it doesn't misrepresent what the network is capable of at full speed.
  • Well said! I recently switched to T.M. since buying the Note 4, & I was a bit hesitant but my service has been great! I also live in NJ & I haven't experienced any issues & calls have been crystal clear! In addition, I've had to deal with Customer Service a few times & one thing I do really like is, you can actually talk to a live rep without having to go through 15 minutes of pressing menu options on the phone trying to reach an actual person like I've experienced with other carriers.....the reps have also been knowledgeable & aim to please, so far anyway. Posted From MY Next Big Thing!!
  • They already stopped... Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • We have gone from zero to 260 million people covered by LTE in less than a year. Now we are wide band too. Just in the market I work in we have added over 150 new cell sites and adding more every quarter. We are now in the middle of our LTE 700MHZ installations and are also implementing LTE over 1900 in our neighboring market. So as a company we have done way more than decrease prices. You may be mistakenly thinking of what our coverage was 3 years ago before we spent 5 billion dollars modernizing our network. You should go to a T-Mobile store and test drive our network. it is free for up to 2 weeks if you have good enough credit.
    or you could just be a troll trying to bad mouth something because the company you work for is suffering because of our improvements. in that case you should listen to your mother and not be a dick.
  • wyldkytten - I too have been watching T-Mo for some time and am glad they are getting better coverage. Regarding your Sprint comment, I beg to differ. Sprint is in a much better place than T-Mo. Softbank is fully committed to Sprints success unlike DT is with T-Mo. The problem with both Sprint and T-Mo is that they cannot get traction to scale their business because even if they improve their networks and lower prices, all AT&T and Verizon have to do is lower their prices (to get close) and the folk will stay with them rather than switch to T-Mo and Sprint. In my opinion, that is why the FCC was shorted sighted in not allowing Softbank to buy T-Mo and merge them with Sprint thereby giving them a user base of approx 100M folk to compete with AT&T and Verizon. The Sprint network has improved quit a bit in the last few months and by summer should be close to AT&T's coverage.
  • wyldkytten - Good points. Glad Sprint did not fall for the higher break up fee . . . no reason to fund your competitor if things do not work out. The money T-Mo got from AT&T gave them a lifeline and now that $6B has turned into additional Billions in losses for AT&T beyond the $6B. That was one expensive break up . . . LOL
  • +1
  • I personally like what T-Mo is doing. Customer service is great, value is great, coverage is getting better all the time. I like the fact that I can travel (Cabo and Ireland) and was able to communicate with work and site see without risk of getting my data cut off. Yes, it was reduced, but for GPS, it worked perfectly. I think T-mo with all the new customers is positioning themselves to be bought out....which would suck because the reason I like them is because they AREN'T Verizon or AT&T. I was with Verizon for 10 years....coverage was amazing...that was the only good thing about them. Prices were always going up and up. I went to add a new line to my account and get a S4 (at the time). THey wanted all the fees and this and that....the $100 phone was going to cost me $300 out the door with all the taxes and fees. Went to COSTCO and the Verizon kiosk, added the same phone and a line...out the door....$154. You keep up the good wok!
  • I have to politely disagree.. Now their stock trades at about 170 times earnings which is scary if you are investing money in them.. but they have done a great job of spending that break up money to expand their reach and improve their network. I tried them when the Nexus One came out and they were garbage.. gambled on them with the Nexus 5 and was shocked at how greatly improved the network was... They listed $5.7 billion in cash and cash equivalent to end the quarter vs $5.9 on December 31, 2013.... $55 billion in total assets to end the third Quarter 2014 vs $49 billion to end 2013.... Profits through the 3rd quarter are $146 million vs $55 million in 2013.... (Almost triple the profits in the first 9 months of 2014 vs all of 2013) On pace to pass Sprint by the end of the year or early in 2015.... Not even in the same state let alone city as AT&T and Verizon but they are being aggressive adding customers... Turning a profit (When was the last time Sprint did?) and all this with zero help from DT.. http://investor.t-mobile.com/Cache/1001191498.PDF?Y=&O=PDF&D=&fid=100119...
  • Oh and their network isn't for everyone or everyplace.. I live in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas and their overall saturation, coverage and speed is amazing around here.. but it's shoddy when traveling between major markets... along pretty much all major highways you at least get "Decent" cell reception but you can forget any kind of Data coverage until you come along a decently populated area.... but for the money they are hard to beat...
  • You are never going to make a dent in the competition if you just keep doing what you've always been doing.... AT&T and Verizon are monsters... T-Mobile is building their network, cutting cost and attracting customers... $146 million in profits is peanuts for a company the size of T-Mobile USA... But they have not blown all the money.. They still have a very solid and positive cash position.. They continue to grow and shake the industry... You think AT&T and Verizon would be adding data allowances or slightly cutting prices if they felt T-Mobile was zero threat???? Deutsche Telekom does not own T-Mobile USA.. They own a majority stake in the company... It's a publicly traded company in which they have a large piece of the pie... It's not like a privately own company where the owner just doesn't want it anymore.. (Granted their stake is roughly 65%) They are not going to just throw away roughly $12 billion dollars or watch it go down to nothing...
  • I think he is going to go full Oprah and give everyone on T-Mobile a car as part of their subscription Posted via the Android Central App
  • You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!!!!!
  • 2 things I cannot tolerate:
    1) Oprah
    2) Canadian geese
  • I agree...Oprah is annoying and the Geese...sheesh, Where I go running there is probalby over a 1,000 of them....poop and crap all over. THey get in my way....have almost drop kicked a few of them!
  • Oh, to hammer toss a Canadian goose or two... A boy can dream. If only for the fact that they poop everywhere.
  • Looking forward to see what this is about!
  • Gots to announce more gimmicks to get people onto your objectively subpar network. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I saw it already. Glitch in the website. I sent a tip with a picture I took of the screen. Uncarrier 8.0 is an across the board $20 price drop on all individual lines of service. Their $80 plan will be $60 and so on down to $30 for 1GB, Just switched to T-Mobile yesterday and was looking at getting a Nexus 6 since I just got a SIM. Soon as this hits, I'm switching to their higher plan. And I was just bitching to my friend that I missed the LTE Data promotion referral by 4 days.
  • Interesting Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • I am currently on their $45 Simple Starter plan. I wonder if this one or their $50 plan will see a decrease of $20.
  • It was an across the board cut on Simple Choice. I was confused because I thought I was on the prepaid side. Once I realized what I had on my hands, I took a picture of the screen. Can't post it here, but I'll try in the forums. http://forums.androidcentral.com/attachments/t-mobile/154257d1418662475-...
  • If you're right then it looks like I'm ditching the 2 lines unlimited for 1 line unlimited and 1 line with 3GB of data maybe
  • That would definitely be big. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If that's the case, I'll be a very happy guy. That would take my bill down near where it was when I had Cricket.
  • Wonder if it will affect my family plan....I am paying $230 for 4 lines + EIP.....it would be great if it went down $20 per line, heck, give me $40 overall.
  • With their new family unlimited plan, you can bring your 4 lines down to $180 per month with unlimited on all 4 lines. The first two lines are $100 combined, then it is just $40 per line for a total cost of $180 before EIP.
  • Sweet...$20 mostly price drop across 50,000,000 subscribers equals $1B in monthly revenue losses. Better short the stock before the announcement :)
  • Let me guess... They bought out Vodafone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've been wanting to switch to T Mobile for a little over a year now. But unfortunately their coverage is just not where I need it to be in Western Washington state where I live. I travel to different job sites all over the place in Western Washington and occasionally across the mountains in Eastern Washington. Many of these job sites are in remote areas. People on my crew that have tmobile service have no service way too often at these jobsites. I need to be able to stay in contact with my boss and be able to order materials and supplies on my phone. If T-Mobile can ever get their coverage act together, I will switch, but until then I just can't. Posted via a beautiful Ebony backed Moto X on Verizon or the amazing Nexus 10 using the Android Central App
  • Unless they somehow managed to expand lte coverage to most areas and are Flipping the switch tomorrow,I don't care about the announcement.
    Sprint and tmobile both have bad coverage, until they improve, I will be with att Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • T-Mobile is great I'm glad to endorse them on air at my radio station in Los Angeles. I currently have 3 lines all unlimited for $140 verizon can't beat that! I sold my unlimited data verizon plans on Craigslist to a company that rents phones to movie sets made some good cash and I'm now saving $150 monthly!
  • Ugh. My Legere Cursing Drinking Game has to be at 7:30am? It's going to be one hell of a long day.
  • Best comment so far! Jeager or Tequila..... Decisions..... Posted via a beautiful Ebony backed Moto X on Verizon or the amazing Nexus 10 using the Android Central App
  • This is great to see more Carrier ass kicking.. Left att for tmobile best choice is did was rough at first but since we now have LTE all over its great Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use Droid Turbo, on t-mobile and receive 4GLTE. Love t-mobile, they alone brought all rates down on all carriers. Posted with my Droid Turbo on T-mobile !