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Sad that Apple Intentionally Cripples its Products

There have been quite a few articles talking about how Apple has been crippling their Verizon/Sprint iPhone 7 phones to force them to go slower than the hardware allows. The story you will hear is a bit different from the…

Great Wireless without the Hype

I got my new iPad. It came without a SIM in the tray. When there is no SIM installed it reverts to a built-in Apple SIM which lets you immediately sign up for a data plan. T-Mobile has a remarkable…

T-Mobile has Chickenpox

I love T-Mobile’s attitude. I love that they are shaking up the stodgy US Cell Phone oligopoly. But I am deeply disappointed by their trickery. Like the other cell phone companies, they are not straightforward. They play games. I’ve previously…

Watching T-Mobile Raise Prices

Watching T-Mobile is always fun. They are the only US cellular company that seems at all creative. They drop prices, extend service, and offer things that no other carrier does. They are just a hoot to watch. In the past…

Cellular Merger Madness

I was genuinely surprised when AT&T saw the answer to its service problems being to spend $50 Billion acquiring Direct TV. $50 Billion is enough money to install ONE MILLION CELL TOWERS. Think about it. If AT&T had installed one million…

T-Mobile Rated Fastest on LTE

Who has the best LTE network? Verizon, of course, right? Um, no. Apparently, and quite shockingly, it is T-Mobile. They have the best and fastest LTE network. Really, I can’t make stuff like that up. Open Signal, which is an…

V&[email protected]’s net$w(k iz starti&g to s*uck

Colin here: Most of our folks have switched over to T-Mobile these days. They have free unlimited data worldwide* and that’s just compelling for a global operation like ours. Now that T-Mobile has WiFi calling, there are no dead-spots in…

T-Mobile WiFi Calling on a Ship

Colin here. When you are aboard an industrial, commercial, or cruise ship it is very expensive to make calls. The rates range from $5 to $15 a minute. Internet is also expensive, but it works out to about 25₵ a…

T-Mobile’s WiFi Calling…Pennies from Heaven

The T-Mobile WiFi calling feature came to iPhone users with the iPhone 6. It’s actually a well-refined feature that has been on the T-Mobile network for years, and this seasoned and stable feature shows refinement. Our experience with Verizon Advanced…

Cell Coverage: Perception and Maps

Colin here. Cell coverage is a subject of great office debate over who is best. Invariably a lot of anecdotal evidence will be given to support whatever view is offered. Rarely does this sort of discussion accomplish anything. One thing…

T-Mobile Hits Home

I have to say I am a huge fan of T-Mobile’s CEO, Legere. He’s one of those people who really gets it. He’s fresh thinking and hard driving. He certainly believes in competition. He is everything that Verizon and AT&T…

Cellular Maddness

For the past several years AT&T and Verizon have been like UPS and FedEx: copying each other’s pricing structures to the penny. (“Not oligopolistic says the US Supreme Court.”). But this year things are very different. The major  carriers have broken…

T-Mobile in Asia

Colin here. Two months now with T-Mobile. I’ve been overseas all of this time, and I have been in 9 different countries. So I have quite a few data points.What I can tell you is that the T-Mobile free international data plan and…

Party Crashing T-Mobile

Colin here. In Cell Phone Bastards I wrote about how you could build all of the cell towers in the entire United States for $30 Billion, or about one month’s income for the cellular industry. I also talked about how the…

T-Mobile Pricing Plans

Colin here. The question of the moment seems to be people asking me to explain the new t-Mobile Simple Choice pricing plan. This went into effect March 23. T-Mobile doesn’t do a great job on their website so let me explain…

HD Voice – Kowabunga

I had reason to go down to Thailand to visit an operation there and when I arrived I pulled out my AIS SIM and put it into my iPhone. They have recently upgraded their network to 2100 MHz and the…

Unlimited Data

Colin here, and I am seeing an increasing trend towards cellular data plans offering unlimited data. T-Mobile offers unlimited slow-speed data for free, and unlimited high-speed (4G) data for a flat $20 a month per phone. Sprint (and their Virgin…

iPad Phone

Colin Here. T-Mobile announced that iPad customers will get 200 MB of free data every month…no strings attached. Apple IOS 7  features audio-only Facetime. And, of course, VOIP services are available for about $1.50 a month plus 1-cent per minute. Let’s…

Top Comm Stories

Social Networking Gets Serious: Who would have predicted the role 160 characters could play in revolt and revolution? Social networks have far more influence than many of us care to admit, like a single match that can destroy an entire…

Multi-Modal Communications 2

Continuing the series on Multi-Modal communications, I thought I would start with some examples in the consumer space. Three examples are below, and they are just scratching the surface of the possible. Multi-mobile adds dimension to voice communications – it…