On 2014-06-18, T-Mobile launched their new initiatives to “shake” the wireless industry. These new initiatives are called Uncarrier 5.0 and Uncarrier 6.0. For those that don’t know the Uncarrier benefits – here is a breakdown.
- No Annual Contracts (current contract customers are SOL)
- Jump Insurance Policy
- International Services / 200MB free Tablet Data
- ETF payoffs
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About a month ago, I purchased the Nexus 7-32GB from T-Mobile. Obviously, this is the LTE version, and it is the 2013 Edition which means it is the thinner one with a camera in the front and the rear. I bought this tablet for a couple of reasons. First, I think I should have something relatively nice once every couple of years without a “need” or condition. My last major purchase was my notebook which replace the one that died, and the one before that was my Nexus 4 which required a 2 year contract. Now with the tablet came a down payment which was pretty much the $10 SIM card, and sales taxes on the price defined by T-Mobile. With expedited Shipping, I paid $50 and will be paying $16/month for 24 months. In addition, there is a $10/month service charge for 200MB, but since I am a T-Mobile customer, there is a $10 credit that will be applied to the bill.
The tablet has a Snap Dragon S4 Pro running at a 1.5Ghz Quad Core CPU. This is a little slower, but more cores than my notebook that I am typing this posting on. It has an Adreno 320 GPU running at 400Mhz which is sufficient for tablet games. There is 2GB of memory, and 32GB of storage with no micro-SD card slot. There is a 3950mAh battery which does about 8-9 hours of active use, and can go a day with casual use. The micro-USB2 port supports for both charging, HID (Human Interface Devices), and Slim Port for media. This port is located on the bottom with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. Both power, and volume is located on the right hand side along with the Micro-SIM tray. The screen has full HD with 323ppi, a 1.2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera. There is no LED flash however. It supports Dual Band Wifi-N, Quad Band GSM-2, 850/900/1900/2100 HSPA+ as well as AWS 1700/2100 (used by T-Mobile) for GSM 3G. It supports 700/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz LTE, and Bluetooth 4.0LE. Obviously, it also has GPS, and NFC.
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Not much happened today. I walked the dogs, and tried to relieve some pain I had. I also chatted with a couple of people. Andrea called me late to ask me a question regarding her data, which I already told her, but no one listens. Both my brother and his girlfriend went through their data packages in a few days, and thankfully T-Mobile doesn’t charge for overages. Instead, their speed will be capped at 2G speeds for the rest of the billing month (ends on the 20th).
As for plans for tomorrow, not much is planned. Being tomorrow is a Sunday, and Monday is a holiday – I will be home for the next two days. I will of course try to find something to do.
I know a number of people with computers, or will want a computer, but they are not technically savvy. They may do something, or allow a virus to come in and ruin their system, and then they may ask me to save their system. Sometimes, the only thing that can be done is a reformat which wipes the PC completely clean. Suddenly, your personal files are gone. Even if you are not using your computer for work, if you have picture, music, media, and even letters, this is likely to be important to you. This posting will help the reader do what I will do with any computer I have.
Now, for those that know me will know I am on a limited income. So everything I will suggest here will be price conscious. I don’t have a lot of money, so I am not going to regularly use it one waste. I will also note the prices of these various things. In addition, I will also consider not only new computers that some are coming out with smaller drives, and a lack of an optical drive as well as the old fashion Desktop PC.
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T-Mobile this past weekend rolled out new Un-Carrier Value Plans. So, are these new plans right for you. First, let’s address a few things. This is in regards to T-Mobile USA, so the other countries will not have these plans as an option. Second, out of all of the Big 4 carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon), T-Mobile was always the cheapest. This still applies.
So, what is the new plans and how does it work? First, there is no contract. You however will have to pay full price for your phone. In example, a Samsung Galaxy S3 is not $200. This is a subsidy price, and this involves a contract. Instead –you are looking closer to $600 – $700 for that. To offset this price, T-Mobile (qualifying customers) can make a down payment and split the charges over 25 months. However, those used to using prepaid VMNOs such as Cricket, Boost Mobile, and Virgin will not have as much of sticker shock as these carriers always been doing full price for the phones. So, how do they compare with the competition? Keep in mind that quality of service varies. This will not take that into effect, and will assume that quality of service is equal.
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First, let’s get one thing noted. I am biased towards this instance. I personally feel this will be one of the worst things that will happen, and to make matters worst, I don’t think there is any stopping this. Next, I am not an insider. I don’t know any of the back door agreements, and for the most part will be as much in the dark as any other common person. Last, I am not an analyst. To be exact, I am disabled, and live offer of an amount that is below the poverty rate. I am telling this so no one panics and takes my predictions as law, and written in stone. However, on a more personal note, I have a nasty habit of being right a lot of times, and I personally wish I was wrong more often. Just because I say something that is right, doesn’t always means it is beneficial for everyone.
So, with all of this aside, and me trying to keep my animosity towards AT&T in check, I will try to rely on just facts. On March 20, 2011 – AT&T made it known they were buying T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion in cash and stock from Deutsche Telekom. This only affects the T-Mobile company in the United States. Any European Entity of T-Mobile are not affected just as Virgin Mobile in Europe weren’t affected when Sprint bought Virgin Mobile USA. The reason this sale didn’t go through immediately is that it has to be approved by regulatory such as the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. They normally do not have to get involved with every transaction that takes place, but such a purchase will do a few things.
- Allow a company to have public spectrum that was not normally negotiated to them on a national scale.
- Reduce the number of national carriers that are in the United States
- Make sure that AT&T will not have monopolistic power over the Cellular Industry within the US
- Make sure that the purchase was legal according to the laws in the United States.
Continue reading So, you will be conquered by AT&T, now what?
So, you have a notebook, or maybe even a desktop PC. You have a home internet connection, but will need something for an occasional email checking, or light browsing while out with your notebook. Well, provided your carrier doesn’t notice (don’t go crazy), and you are willing to deal with any data caps, you would be able to use your Android phone as a modem. First, you might be asking yourself what is a modem? A modem is a telecommunication device that connects a computer to the internet, or a telephone network. In the case with the Android phone, it will not dial a particular number to connect, nor do you need an ISP account so to say. Instead, the data connection that you have with your plan will work. This however means that if you are on a limited data plan where you are charged, or throttle if you surpass that cap, you would have to keep that in mind.
Especially in the US, there are carriers that offer data tethering plans which they will charge an extra $20 for the privilege. If your carrier does this, you would most likely be violating your TOS with the carrier. This will also explain why you may want to use this only if you need it, and not as a primary means. If you are connecting your notebook to the internet just to check your email from the notebook, they may not complain. However, if you are doing mass downloads of 2GB videos, you are probably going to raise issues with your carrier. So, now that you know the risks of tethering, here is how you do it.
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A couple of days ago, the Verizon iPhone has been announced, and everyone is so happy. However, I am guessing these people that are thrilled probably don’t understand what just happened.
First, while the antenna position has been moved (due to frequency bands), it is estimated that it will not have the calling issues that AT&T faces – that is if the problem is the antenna. Next, the phone will be on CDMA. CDMA is obsolete technology in my opinion. Some of us remembers the days where you would be surfing the internet on your 56k modem, and a call came in, your ISP is dropped. Well CDMA is just a little better. You answer the call, and your data is dropped. Continue reading Verizon iPhone – So?
If you have a smart phone, you are most likely paying for data. Here’s a couple of questions. How much, and what kind? I know on a Motorola Razr I never use, but have a SIM card in it until the contract expires uses GPRS (1G speeds). RIM 8xx0 series uses EDGE (2G), although CDMA networks claim everything is 3G. Almost all new smart phones uses HSDPA, UMTS, or EVDO (3G), and Sprint now offers one WiMax (4G) phone. However, the problem is not so much of the data connections, but the charges. I pay the same price on my UMTS Android phone for data as I did on my RIM 8320. And while everyone at one time claimed “unlimited” data, there was a 5GB cap in the fine print – which in my opinion was false advertising.
Some companies decided to rephrase their bandwidth caps from unlimited to 5GB. Sprint does claim that their 4G phones would be unlimited when using WiMax, but 5GB when on EVDO, even though you are required to pay an extra $10 per month for the privilege of having a WiMax phone even though you are most likely not in a WiMax market.
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