Welcome to CNET's coverage of T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" press conference.
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:50:55 PM
The event is scheduled to kick off around 11:15am ET / 8:15am PT
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:51:12 PM
But we're ramping up here in the meantime.
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:51:44 PM
We'll be joined soon by Roger Cheng, Brian Bennett, and Lori Grunin, who are reporting on-site from the press conference on Manhattan's West Side.
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:51:58 PM
Alas, no video streaming today.
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:52:04 PM
But we will have photos.
Michael3/26/2013 2:52:15 PM
Do you think T-Mobile will announce the iPhone today?
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:52:44 PM
That's what our sources tell us -- iPhone is on the agenda today: news.cnet.com
drago3/26/2013 2:52:55 PM
@john.falcone how long is the event supposed to run?
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:53:20 PM
I'd be surprised if it's longer than 45 minutes, but you never know. Sony's PS4 presser was 2 hours long.
Sidekicker893/26/2013 2:53:25 PM
Yes probably iPhone today! Thanks for reporting CNET! I couldn't find another live blog! :)
David Lendzian3/26/2013 2:53:51 PM
I don't see why it matters whether they announce the iPhone today or not. They've dropped contracts, good for them but unless you'd like to pay $700 for your new iPhone you're still going to pay monthly for it, effectively locking yourself into a contract.
Mason 3/26/2013 2:55:06 PM
I want to hear about the LTE rollout.
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:55:25 PM
We expect news about T-Mo's LTE rollout plans as well.
Android addict3/26/2013 2:56:37 PM
Do you think they going to make an announcement about their plans for metropcs
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:57:00 PM
Yes, their MetroPCS acquisition -- and how it affects coverage and network issues -- will likely be addressed.
Kwhite873/26/2013 2:57:44 PM
You can still leave Tmobile while paying for that phone and take your phone to a different carrier
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:58:22 PM
True, but you'll need to pay off the balance of the phone. And T-Mo's phones will only be compatible w/ other GSM carriers, such as AT&T. (Not Verizon and Sprint.)
Ed Rodriguez3/26/2013 2:58:55 PM
Didn't AT&T acquire T-Mobile last year. Around the same time T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS ?
john.falcone3/26/2013 2:59:38 PM
Nope -- federal regulators did NOT approve the AT&T acquisition, so it didn't go through. T-Mobile went for MetroPCS afterwards, and that WAS approved.
Elijah3/26/2013 3:00:05 PM
John are you at the event now ?
john.falcone3/26/2013 3:00:45 PM
I am NOT at the event; I'm offsite at CNET's NYC office. However, my colleagues Roger Cheng, Brian Bennett, Ariel Nunez, and Lori Grunin are there, and will be joining this liveblog shortly.
Mohammad Sharjeel3/26/2013 3:02:06 PM
John what you think about the LTE will it be any fast as ATT
john.falcone3/26/2013 3:02:48 PM
We got a peek at T-Mobile's LTE network, and it was lightning fast. HOWEVER, that was with no one actually on it yet. Time will tell what real-world performance is like.
shaun13493/26/2013 3:02:50 PM
do you think they will talk about the release of the highly anticipated HTC One or Galaxy S IV
john.falcone3/26/2013 3:04:06 PM
I'd think teasing these two upcoming superphones would be high on the agenda. Both of them will be on T-Mobile, as well as most other major carriers. (HTC One not yet confirmed for Verizon.)
JaneDoe3/26/2013 3:04:12 PM
Will the LTE be available in all T-Mobile markets or only the larger ones?
john.falcone3/26/2013 3:04:27 PM
Great question -- hoping we get some clarification on that issue today.
Radiin3/26/2013 3:05:30 PM
Please answer my question about the iPhone 5 getting the lte band 4. I have the unlocked att iPhone 5.
john.falcone3/26/2013 3:06:07 PM
Another good question -- there are at least 2 iPhone models, and their compatibility varies from network to network. We'll try to get that answered today, and add it to the FAQ (linked above).
john.falcone3/26/2013 3:07:02 PM
Re: the lack of live video -- that was T-Mobile's decision. Sorry.
George3/26/2013 3:07:03 PM
I'm wondering about this one statement from the CNet FAQ story: "A plan for 500MB of unlimited data costs $50 a month." If it's 'unlimited', what's the 500MB about? Perhaps it's unlimited data to the phone, 500MB via tethering?
john.falcone3/26/2013 3:08:07 PM
As I understand it, the tethering is limited to 500MB/month unless you specifically pay for an upgrade. Also, the base data plan is 500MB a month, after which it throttles down to lower speed.
Neil kc3/26/2013 3:10:10 PM
I honestly think if t mobile wants to regain customers they need to make there plans a little cheaper than there competition, so going n contract is smart, but don't be like virgin or metro pcs and make your customers pay a full price for the phone