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This is a new one. Usually consumers or consumer groups launch petition against major corporations. But T-Mobile is circulating one on Change.org in order to force other U.S. wireless carriers to stop their use of overage fees, reports The Los Angeles Times.
According to the carrier, 20 million Americans were charged overage fees by carriers in 2013 and it estimates that customers pay AT&T, Verizon and Sprint more than $1 billion in overages annually.
“I’m laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers — because it’s the right thing to do,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “Overage fees are flat out wrong.”
Unlike the other carriers, T-Mobile doesn’t charge overage fees for its Simple Choice and its new Simple Starter plan, and it announced it would cease charging overage fees to users of its older plans.
But customers on its Simple Starter plan now have the option to pay for “additional data sessions” if they want to use more than their 500 megabytes of monthly data. That fee is like an overage fee. The only difference is customers are alerted and must first okay the charge before they can continue using data.
T-Mobile’s petition has been signed by more than 2,200 supporters.
While we don’t think this will for the other carriers to change their policies, T-Mobile might gain some new users for being a “consumer advocate.”
In 2013, after T-Mobile previously announced steps to reform the industry, it added a net total of 4.4 million customers in 2013, reports Geek Wire. More people might joint up after this latest move.
This Android phone is finally coming to the States.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Cricket, and C Spire have announced that they will have the Samsung Galaxy S 4 this month. AT&T is already taking pre-orders, according to Mashable, with a ship date scheduled for April 30.
Sprint and T-Mobile will be offering the phone for $150 and will have the phone a little bit earlier, the 27th and the 24th, respectively. Best Buy, Costco, Radio Shack, and other retailers will have the phone soon as well.
Mashable calls it “one of the most powerful smartphones around.” I’m actually in the market for a new phone (replacing a BlackBerry), so this is something to consider. Any advice or suggestions out there?
Are you one of the millions who just can’t wait for the iPhone 5? Because so many are anxious to get their hands on the new smartphone, T-Mobile customers have started taking pre-sale orders of the iPhone 5.
T-Mobile began accepting pre-orders for the super-popular Apple smartphone on Friday. This is a big change for the carrier. “Over the last few years, the iPhone has been available on all other major U.S. networks except T-Mobile,” reports The LA Times.
People who pre-order their T-Mobile iPhone 5 can expect to have them in hand on April 12, the same day it goes on sale in stores.
Orders are being placed through T-Mobile’s website and the phones start at $99.99 plus 24 payments of $20, for a total of $579.99, for a 16-gigabyte version of the Apple smartphone. Customers can also pay $199.99 plus the payments, or $679.99 total, for a 32-gigabyte model or $299.99 plus the payments, for a $779.99 total, for a 64-gigabyte model, writes the newspaper.
Sprint has announced the pre-ordering of the HTC One online. The HTC One will hit stores for Sprint and AT&T on April 19. It is currently available for pre-order from Sprint for $200 with a two-year contract for a 32-gigabyte model. Meanwhile, AT&T also began pre-orders for the device Thursday. AT&T is selling a 32-gigabyte version for $200 with a two-year contract and a 64-gigabyte version for $300 with a two-year contract.
Not to be left out of the HTC One loop, T-Mobile is also set to carry the new phone, but has yet to announce when it will begin selling it. It will, however, sell the device for $99.99 with 24 payments of $20, for a total of $579.99.
It’ hasn’t even been a month since Fantasia gave birth to her son Dallas Xavier Dec. 13 and already there are issues. According to the St. Louis American, Fantasia doesn’t want to be separated from her newborn baby but she needs to work to support him and her 10-year-old daughter.
“Fantasia has a lot of people to support. She’s still financing an expensive lifestyle and touring constantly to pay for it,” according to an anonymous source. “She needs to work – but her baby needs her too!”
If you read between the lines, it sounds as though her boyfriend/baby daddy/cheating husband Antwaun Cook isn’t helping to support their child. He’s reportedly still married to his wife, Paula, and according to sources is not living with Fanny. You’d think those facts would be enough for Fantasia to get the hint but she’s supposedly still “hoping for the best.”
“What Fantasia really hopes is that he will step up now, marry her and help with the care of their family,” the source said. “She’s tired of carrying the whole load by herself.”
Good luck with that Fantasia, but I think it may be time to let the fantasy go. Wendy Williams mercilessly went in on Fantasia yesterday (as she does most people) and even rung up T-mobile where Antwaun supposedly works to see how much he brings home ($60K). But no matter how much he is or isn’t making he still needs to take responsibility for the child he created.
What do you think about Fantasia’s situation? Is she crazy to think Antwaun would step up and marry her now? Should she even want the cheater as her husband?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(Wall Street Journal) — The Justice Department on Wednesday sued to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, a surprisingly swift move that dealt a blow to AT&T’s ambition to build the largest U.S. cellphone carrier. The government said the combination of the second- and fourth-largest cellphone companies in the U.S. would harm competition and likely raise prices for consumers. The antitrust challenge came just five months after the deal was announced, catching AT&T off guard. The Dallas-based communications giant vowed to fight to preserve its prize deal, setting up one of the most significant antitrust court battles in recent years. The lawsuit is the Obama administration’s boldest antitrust challenge to date and the latest evidence of its intention to reinvigorate enforcement after what it says was a lull during the previous administration.
(Bloomberg) – AT&T Inc. (T), seeking government approval for its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., pledged to bring 5,000 call-center jobs back to the U.S. from other countries once the deal closes. The company, which would become the nation’s biggest mobile-phone carrier after the acquisition, said today in a statement that it wouldn’t cut any U.S. wireless call-center jobs as a result of the purchase. The jobs plan doesn’t change Dallas-based AT&T’s forecasts for savings from the deal, it said. “At a time when many Americans are struggling and our economy faces significant challenges, we’re pleased that the T- Mobile merger allows us to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United Statesand significantly increase our investment here,” AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said in the statement.
By J. Smith
Activist organization ColorOfChange.org has launched a new campaign against the AT&T/ T-Mobile merger, calling on the FCC to block the deal. In a thorough report of the attempted deal, Color of Change says “AT&T wants to buy T-Mobile – and it could have huge, negative consequences, especially for Black Americans.” They drew up a report outlining the potentially harmful economic effects the merger could have and question the major civil rights groups that have come out in support of the merger.
“The deal is likely to destroy jobs, raise the price of cellular service and threaten net neutrality for wireless high-speed internet,” the report claims. Net neutrality essentially prevents large corporations from marginalizing smaller companies that threaten their profits or promote an opinion that is dissenting from the popular one. “Protecting net neutrality for wireless broadband in increasingly important as more and more people use their phones to access the internet, especially African Americans,” the report claims.
Color of Change’s study says that combining the two companies would effectively get rid of the competition, causing a snowball of other problems to gather, and that false and deceptive arguments have been used to support the merger. Read them here. But what is most troubling is the light the report shines on civil rights groups who have come out as strong supporters of the corporate giant after years of donations from the very groups in question.
“In order to shift focus away from the facts regarding the serious impact on the deal on marginalized communities, AT&T is trying to show the FC that civil rights groups support the merger,” the report said. And indeed, groups like the NAACP, National Action Network and the National Urban League have lent their support to the company’s cause. “Many of these groups have very close, long-standing relationships with AT&T, and have received significant financial support from the company.”
Those groups have the right to support whichever cause they’d like, but not if it works against the best interest of the groups they are charged with representing.
(Chicago Sun Times) — What do the Congressional Black Caucus and AT&T have in common? And I don’t mean Common, Chicago’s hometown rapper. They share an “interest” in expanding broadband access and diminishing the nation’s digital divide. Last week, AT&T and T-Mobile announced a proposed $39 billion merger that would create a telecommunications company with nearly 130 million subscribers. If the new combine passes muster with federal regulators, it will become the nation’s No. 1 service provider. No! howled Free Press, a non-profit that lobbies for a more democratic media. The group argues that the merger would erode competition, punish consumers and kill jobs. Yes! cheered the Wall Street Journal, claiming the deal would inspire innovation and fertilize America’s communications landscape with an explosion of new options. Is it a devil of a deal, or a deal with the devil? Either way, if the omnivorous AT&T wants to gobble up T-Mobile, it should include a little healthy altruism in its diet. Universal and cheap broadband would help.