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T-Mobile Uncarrier press conference

T-Mobile is expected to talk more about its new no-contract plans and provide an update on its 4G LTE plans.

  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 2:50:06 PM
    Good morning everyone
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 2:50:23 PM
    Welcome to CNET's coverage of T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" press conference.
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 2:50:55 PM
    The event is scheduled to kick off around 11:15am ET / 8:15am PT
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 2:51:12 PM
    But we're ramping up here in the meantime.
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 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 Falcone 3/26/2013 2:51:58 PM
    Alas, no video streaming today.
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 2:52:04 PM
    But we will have photos.
  • Michael 3/26/2013 2:52:15 PM
    Do you think T-Mobile will announce the iPhone today?
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 2:52:44 PM
    That's what our sources tell us -- iPhone is on the agenda today: news.cnet.com
  • drago 3/26/2013 2:52:55 PM
    @john.falcone how long is the event supposed to run?
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 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.
  • Sidekicker89 3/26/2013 2:53:25 PM
    Yes probably iPhone today! Thanks for reporting CNET! I couldn't find another live blog! :)
  • David Lendzian 3/26/2013 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 Falcone 3/26/2013 2:55:25 PM
    We expect news about T-Mo's LTE rollout plans as well.
  • Android addict 3/26/2013 2:56:37 PM
    Do you think they going to make an announcement about their plans for metropcs
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 2:57:00 PM
    Yes, their MetroPCS acquisition -- and how it affects coverage and network issues -- will likely be addressed.
  • Kwhite87 3/26/2013 2:57:44 PM
    You can still leave Tmobile while paying for that phone and take your phone to a different carrier
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 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 Rodriguez 3/26/2013 2:58:55 PM
    Didn't AT&T acquire T-Mobile last year. Around the same time T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS ?
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 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.
  • Elijah 3/26/2013 3:00:05 PM
    John are you at the event now ?
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 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 Sharjeel 3/26/2013 3:02:06 PM
    John what you think about the LTE will it be any fast as ATT
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 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.
  • shaun1349 3/26/2013 3:02:50 PM
    do you think they will talk about the release of the highly anticipated HTC One or Galaxy S IV
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 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.)
  • JaneDoe 3/26/2013 3:04:12 PM
    Will the LTE be available in all T-Mobile markets or only the larger ones?
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 3:04:27 PM
    Great question -- hoping we get some clarification on that issue today.
  • Radiin 3/26/2013 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 Falcone 3/26/2013 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 Falcone 3/26/2013 3:07:02 PM
    Re: the lack of live video -- that was T-Mobile's decision. Sorry.
  • George 3/26/2013 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 Falcone 3/26/2013 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 kc 3/26/2013 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
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 3:12:00 PM
    While we're waiting --
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 3:12:22 PM
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 3:13:17 PM
    Prepaid or postpaid: The fight for your cell phone dollars (includes comparison of new T-Mobile plan vs competitors)
  • HeyZeusM 3/26/2013 3:14:24 PM
    Fashionably late T-Mobile
  • Pmichos 3/26/2013 3:15:17 PM
    They should sell the phones at a some discount, not full retail. GS3 at costco off contract is $399.
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 3:15:47 PM
    Yes, but you should be able to bring any compatible phone to T-Mobile as well. So if you can get it cheaper elsewhere, go for it.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 3:16:32 PM
    Hello, Roger Cheng, executive editor for CNET News, in and ready to rock.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 3:16:49 PM
    It looks like this event will start late; we just got let in a few minutes ago.
  • John Falcone 3/26/2013 3:16:59 PM
    whew, glad to see Roger. I thought I was gonna have to start juggling or something.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 3:17:30 PM
    Let me set the scene: We're in a gallery space on the west side of Manhattan. The presentation room is surrounded by three large screens.
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