T-Mobile offered up a new deal on Monday that significantly undercuts most of the company's competitors, specifically Sprint and their Framily plans. According to an announcement posted by T-Mobile CEO John Legere
, the company is now offering a Simple Choice plan at $100 a month that provides 10 GB of data over four lines -- the only catch being that each line is limited to 2.5 GB of data each before a specific user is throttled. The plan is aimed at similar plans by AT&T and Sprint that offer a similar 10 GB bucket of data starting at $160 or up.
Legere takes a direct shot at AT&T and their recent promotional offers in his blog post, effectively stating that AT&T is ripping off "hardworking families that could use that money for more important things":
So, here’s the math: AT&T’s “Best-Ever Pricing” four lines for $160 vs four lines for $100 with T-Mobile—with unlimited talk, text, and data plus up to 10 GB of LTE data on our data-strong network. Plus, their “Best-Ever” deal comes with a boatload of crap – domestic overages, international roaming fees, hidden device subsidy costs, and on and on.
It doesn’t take a genius, right? That’s $60 in your wallet every month for a family of four —or $1,440 over two years. What would your family or small business do with those savings?
It infuriates me that they’re selling this to hardworking families who could use that money for more important things. And they have the nerve to call it “Best-Ever Pricing.” I just couldn’t stand by without speaking up and calling them on their BS.
According to T-Mobile, this latest promotion will run through 2015.
Since 2012 Comcast has offered an ultra-fast speed option
that started at 305 Mbps, then was bumped to 505 Mbps in late 2013
. The service is technically a coaxial/fiber hybrid offering that isn't available to all users in a Comcast territory -- and it isn't cheap.
back in 2011
both AT&T and Apple were sued for pitching a $30 unlimited data plan for the 3G-enabled iPad, then withdrawing the unlimited data plan option one month after Apple began selling the device. Last year AT&T and Apple settled the lawsuit, and those impacted users are now receiving checks for $40
. Don't spend it all in one place, kids!
Last fall Comcast began tinkering with
a new bundle that offered HBO, basic cable, and 25 Mbps broadband. While Comcast offers the bundle initially under promotion for $40-$50 a month (depending on your market), though it doesn't include HD content and the price jumps to a less sexy $70=$80 a month after one year.
As we noted last week
, two different cities with their own broadband networks (Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, Tennessee) have formally asked the FCC to declare that laws in their states hindering community broadband aren't enforceable, giving FCC boss Tom Wheeler the perfect opportunity to back up claims that he'd take action. Such bills are written and lobbied for by companies like Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable, and often restrict local citizen rights to determine for themselves what the best course of action for their community is.
Regulators have formally approved Frontier's acquisition of AT&T's networks and operations in the state of Connecticut. According to an announcement by the companies
, the $2 billion deal to acquire AT&T’s local wireline, broadband and video operations in Connecticut (originally announced last December
) has received approval from the FCC. The deal has already received approval from the Depatment of Justice, but is still awaiting approval from Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). AT&T is working to back away from millions of DSL users they don't want to upgrade under the guise of the "IP transition
Last week, AT&T announced that the company would be bringing its 1 Gbps "Gigapower" service to portions of Dallas
. Now, according to a new announcement
by the company, AT&T states they'll also eventually be offering 1 Gbps connectivity to at least some customers in Nashville, Tennessee. "Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Nashville market will be announced at a later date," notes the company. As noted in detail
, AT&T remains ambiguous about precise deployment numbers because they're only planning to target very select, high-end development communities for this ultra-fast service, but wants the public relations benefit of the perception of a much larger deployment.
Even though in some instances consumers may wind up paying more, recent wireless earnings reports indicates that many users are happily signing up for early upgrade handset programs
. Such programs allow users to spread the cost of a device out over numerous payments, in some instances in exchange for a lower monthly rate (programs, of course, vary).
These programs are about to get another boost on the news that Apple will soon start pushing AT&T's Next, T-Mobile's JUMP, and Verizon's Edge upgrade programs in stores
Apple is preparing a significant expansion of its iPhone sales capabilities in its official retail stores, according to sources. Late in August, many Apple Stores in the United States will kick off a pilot program for customers to be able to purchase a new iPhone via the latest carrier upgrade programs: AT&T Next, T-Mobile JUMP, and Verizon Edge.
As it currently stands, iPhones purchased at an Apple store must either be bought subsidized with a new two-year contract, or unlocked at full retail price. Apple employees are to be trained on the new programs during August ahead of a presumed new iPhone(s) launch announcement late summer, early fall.
Add Major League Baseball to the list of organizations that isn't particularly impressed with Tom Wheeler and the FCC's latest neutrality rules in their current form. "Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall," MLB’s Advanced Media unit wrote in a filing
). “American consumers would be worse off as the costs of fast lanes are passed along to them in new fees or charges where there were none, or higher fees or charges where they existed.”
Add San Antonio to the list of cities where some select users will have access to 1 Gbps speeds courtesy of AT&T. Like with the announcements on their planned Dallas
deployments, this latest announcement
offers absolutely no detail on overall deployment numbers, pricing, or timeframe for deployment. As noted previously, these deployments will only target a limited number of higher-end developments, MDUs and college campuses, though the announcements omit that fact (something I affectionately refer to as "fiber to the press release").
In a leaked memo to employees
by Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, Marcus worries that the FCC is so busy with other issues (DirecTV AT&T merger, looming Sprint T-Mobile merger, net neutrality, municipal broadband) that the company's merger with Comcast will very likely see delays. "At a minimum, these other deals in the telecom space may put a strain on the resources of the FCC, which is already busy with its proceedings on 'net neutrality' and the auction of additional wireless spectrum," notes Marcus. "In the meantime, recent speculation about mergers and acquisitions in the content world are adding more fuel to the public debate about whether consolidation is good or bad for consumers."