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AT&T Will Have The Galaxy S 4 On April 30, T-Mobile And Sprint, A Few Days Sooner

April 17th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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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?

 

iPhone 5 and HTC One Customers Get Headstart With Online Pre-Ordering

April 10th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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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.

As Mobile Competition Heats Up, T-Mobile Goes Contract-Free

March 27th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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The mobile market has gotten tough, what with companies canceling contracts and deeply discounting their product. It has been hard for T-Mobile to compete. Now the company has quietly decided to stop offering contract plans and with it, it has ended phone subsidies. The result is a program where customers pay an upfront cost for their phone and continue to pay it off in monthly increments. Starting April 12, the company will offer the iPhone at $100 upfront and $20 per month for the next two years. Other devices, like the Samsung Galaxy phones, will be available at lower prices.

This move might help give the struggling company get a leg up, as it will become the first major U.S. carrier to drop smartphone subsidies. According to the L.A. Times, users will now be able to purchase phones at their full price, pay in installments or bring their own device and simply pay for the plan. Prior to this, with a contract plan, customers typically agree to sign up for two years of service in return for getting a phone at a lower cost than it would without the subsidy.

On the T-Mobile website, the company announced it will charge $50 a month for one line, $30 for a second line and $10 for additional lines after that. This includes unlimited talk, text and data with up to 500 megabytes of high-speed data. The newspaper reports that users can also pay $10 more a month for an additional two gigabytes of high-speed data. T-Mobile customers can increase this to 12 GB in increments of $10 for each additional two GB per line. Or pay $20 a month for unlimited high-speed data.

According to The New York Times, even with the contract-free program, many customers may feel that they’re stuck with a commitment because of the monthly phone-pay plan. Moreover, T-Mobile’s system is only now getting the updates it needs to compete on speed. The company’s CEO, who the Times describes as “eccentric,” John Legere spoke at a press conference yesterday where he talked up the value of being a T-Mobile customer (apparently, his remarks were laced with cuss words) But experts quoted in the story say that customers have a negative opinion of the company because of its slow speed and the fact that it took so long for the company to see the Apple devices.

Now the question is whether customers will go to T-Mobile and push it out of the fourth place position behind Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint. Any T-Mobile customers out there who care to weigh in?

Behind the Click: Brigette Jackson, VP and General Manager at T-Mobile

February 13th, 2012 - By Lauren DeLisa Coleman
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Current Occupation: Vice President / General Manager of Field Sales & Operations – Michigan/Indiana Region, T-Mobile USA

Favorite website: Pulse, C-Net, Wall Street Journal

Favorite read: #1: Good to Great; #2: What Customers Really Want

Recent read: The Help

2012′s ultimate goal: Get oldest Son off to college in the fall & celebrate 19happy years of marriage!

Quote Governing Your Mission or a Quote that Inspires You: Essential Piece: Isn’t it a wonderful thing that we’re all different? Each of us has strengths and skills to share. And when we link our individual strengths together, we’re invincible. Can’t imagine us without you.

Twitter handle: @tmobile

Brigette Jackson, an executive at T-Mobile, is the subject of this next installment of Behind The Click.  More specifically, she’s the Vice President and General Manager for the Michigan and Indiana Region of T-Mobile. I had an opportunity to connect with  this fellow digital power player to learn more about her position.  What follows will both inspire and encourage you, no matter what industry you currently work.  Fasten your seatbelts!

LdC:  So it seems that a lot of  your foundation is due in large part to your education. What was it like attending Michigan State?

BJ: My college career was an enjoyable experience. I grew up, learned a lot and met many people with diverse backgrounds.  A lot of the people I met are still my friends today.

LdC:  Are you an active alum?

BJ: Yes, I stay informed and attend homecoming.  I also participate in activities through the MSU chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, which I was a member of at MSU.

LdC:  Did you express an early interest in the convergence of tech and customer growth or did you “fall into” it?

BJ: I graduated with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Management. I have always been in sales jobs throughout my career.  Working in sales management, I was introduced to technology and saw the rapid growth and innovation first hand.  That’s what led me to my current position at T-Mobile.

LdC: What is a typical day like for you?

BJ: I conduct sales meetings with my team, attend strategy meetings where we plan business strategies and tactics to retain customers and grow the business, review sales reports, visit stores and our business sales clients and meet customers.

LdC:  What is the biggest challenge of your day?

BJ: Continuing to grow sales and market share within the Region.

LdC:  What advice can you give to women looking to get into telecommunications at an executive level?

B: Be ready for this fast-paced, innovative business.  You need to make sure you are knowledgeable about all of the ever-changing technologies, stay ahead of the competitors and be able to make quick decisions.

LdC: What advice can you give to women with projects who are looking to create strategic alliances with T-Mobile?

BJ: Pull customer demographics, make sure the demographics mirror the area of the product you are targeting and do a business case to ensure the return on investment is healthy.  Take as many business partners that relate to or support the project as you can throughout the process.

LdC:  How do you balance work and family life?

BJ: Careful long & short-term planning to make sure I don’t miss any important engagements.  I absolutely live by my Outlook Calendar to stay organized and I plan far ahead.

LdC: What’s your biggest dream for your position/department at T-Mobile this year?

BJ: At the end of the year, I would like to have a profitable business that has achieved all targets and have grown our customer base and increased our market share.

Thanks for reading!  Keep up with tech events and more at my site www.ldcoleman.com while we prepare the next profile.  Get the latest in digital news and more by following me on Twitter @mediaempress

 

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Sigh: Fantasia Hoping for Ring or at Least Child Support

January 6th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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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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Justice Dept. Sues to Stop AT&T and T-Mobile Merger

September 1st, 2011 - By TheEditor
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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.

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AT&T Heres the Call: Pledges to Bring Back Some U.S. Jobs

August 31st, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(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.

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Activists Take On AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

June 17th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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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.

Black Caucus’ Role in AT&T & T-Mobile Deal

March 28th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(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.

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AT&T Lays Down $39 Billion for T-Mobile

March 21st, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(New York Times) — AT&T announced on Sunday that it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion, in a deal that would create the largest wireless carrier in the nation and promised to reshape the industry.  The transaction, one of the largest since the onset of the financial crisis, is expected to start a fierce battle in Washington as regulators scrutinize the effect of the deal on competition and consumers. The deal would leave just three major cellular companies in the country: AT&T, Verizon and the much smaller Sprint Nextel.

Some critics denounced the merger within hours of its announcement, saying it would most likely lead to higher prices. T-Mobile had offered some of the lowest rates in the country, keeping pressure on competitors. While AT&T is expected to honor current contracts, T-Mobile customers may have to pay higher rates once those contracts expire.  Still, AT&T pointed on Sunday to a recent report from the federal Government Accountability Office that said cellular subscription costs fell 50 percent from 1999 and 2009, a period in which the industry has consolidated.

“Consumers have borne the brunt of the increasingly concentrated market for mobile phone service,” Senator Herb Kohl, the Wisconsin Democrat who heads the subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumers rights, said in a statement. “The explosion of cellphone usage — especially smartphones — makes competition in this market more important than ever as a check on prices, consumer choice and service.”

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