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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.

  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:17:37 PM
    You can also trade in your existing phones.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:17:44 PM
    The phone piece is the only one that persists.
  • Lori Grunin 3/26/2013 4:17:48 PM

    Time for Q&A

  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:17:52 PM
    You can trade phone back in for a credit.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:18:06 PM
    The credit will be based on fair market value of the device, Sievert says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:18:18 PM
    Legere says there will be more details on the credit and exchange program.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:19:24 PM
    The phones will be locked, just like competitors. It gets unlocked when traded back or paid off.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:20:01 PM
    We've hit 140 million population covered with 1900 band 4G network.
  • Lori Grunin 3/26/2013 4:20:14 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:20:31 PM
    Legere says 2.2 million phones have come aboard...I think he means iPhone.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:20:45 PM
    This is a big part of the fun game playing out, Legere says.
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:20:54 PM
    Double clicking on my question. Woo hoo!
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:20:58 PM
    There's a reason we're focusing on AT&T, Legere says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:21:29 PM
    He asks how many people in the room use AT&T's iPhone, few people raise their hands.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:21:45 PM
    We remember our first iPhone, but we hated the network experience, Legere says. A lot of it is attributed to AT&T.
  • Lori Grunin 3/26/2013 4:21:54 PM
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:22:04 PM
    Do I remember my first iPhone? Nope, never owned one. Sorry TMO.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:22:12 PM
    We expect a large influx of AT&T customers, he says. The download speed is dramatically faster, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:22:35 PM
    We'll make it attractive to come over with a iPhone 4S, and thinking about ways to entice you with an iPhone 5.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:22:46 PM
    Coming over with an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S is a snap, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:23:04 PM
    Sievert -- no obligation to accelerate payment of phone, but you can.
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:23:27 PM
    Still didn't answer how easy it will be to bring unlock phones, not iPhones, over to the new network.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:23:30 PM
    There will be an over the top Wi-Fi service on iPhone, but there's no handoff in this release, Sievert says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:23:47 PM
    If you want to pay in installments or bring a device, we don't care, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:24:31 PM
    WIth us, the service plan is just about the service, Legere says. There's a lot more transparency on device costs, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:25:14 PM
    Mobile hot spot tethering capabilities will be part of each plan. It's not an extra feature. It's in those plans, Sievert says.
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:25:15 PM
    It's true, this is a good direction for TMO...and carriers in general...we want good service and coverage, plus the phone, and not much else really.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:25:34 PM
    You get a finite amount on the true unlimited data plan though, Sievert says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:26:21 PM
    The truly unlimited data plans remain the same. Unlimited doesn't always mean unlimited for some of our customers, Sievert says. It's a point of pride that we can serve unlimited data, he says.
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:26:22 PM
    Yes, what does unlimited mean....really? Hot spot plans will force the issue for sure.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:26:35 PM
    Right now, we have more bandwidth than we know what to do with, so bring it on, Legere says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:26:50 PM
    A GS3 on an unlimited data plan is pulling down 3GB of data a month, Legere says.
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:27:08 PM
    Uh oh, did he really say "bring it on"? We will take you up on that sir. If we can.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:27:31 PM
    Our competitors have done a good job of locking down people in a family plan, but the data that's offered is limited, Legere says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:27:56 PM
    The data curve keeps changing. What's 3GB now may be 5GB, Legere says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:28:22 PM
    A typical American home Internet connection is 15GB of data or higher. That's why the unlimited data is capped when it comes to the hot spot.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:29:21 PM
    You can buy your tethering. It's $10 for 2GB of additional data.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:29:54 PM
    We're starting a game aggressively, and we'll respond accordingly, he says.
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:30:18 PM
    That's right, tethering must be controlled. At least that's one way to preserve bandwidth.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:31:09 PM
    There are people who use 50GB of data on unlimited plan and won't get throttled, Sievert says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:31:29 PM
    T-Mobile will throttle users if they inhibit other users.
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:31:56 PM
    There's no number where they will throttle, it's only when it hurts other customers, Legere says.
  • Brian Bennett 3/26/2013 4:32:37 PM
    That kind of network control makes sense but in large cities like NYC and SF, it will be a problem.
  • Lori Grunin 3/26/2013 4:33:03 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/26/2013 4:33:25 PM
    Legere: There's a fair use policy in place when it comes to throttling users.
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