T-Mobile has announced their 3rd quarter financials which saw them hit the $10 billion mark, up 8% over the same period last year, in revenue while continuing to add new customers. The report is for the three month period ending September 30th and also saw the company state a free cash flow of $921 million (up 59%) and $7.6 billion in service related revenue. That put the company’s earnings at $2.8 billion before EBITDA.
In the quarter, the “uncarrier” net additions were 1.3 million with 595,000 braded postpaid phone adds and 226,000 prepaid. The carriers churn rate was down to 1.23%, a significant drop over the same quarter from 2016.
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T-Mobile has begun sending out an OTA update for the Galaxy Note8 on their network that brings a handful of improvements and fixes to the phablet. The new version is build N950USQU1AQ15 for those keeping score at home and the over-the-air updates have already begun. It is a small download, just 198MB.
The update brings the August Android Security Update to the Note8 along with a lot of stability improvements. Most of the improvements are aimed at individual apps but there are also general improvements to be found in the update.
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T-Mobile has released an update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on their network that is aimed at improving roaming on the devices. Build G930TUVU4BQH7 for the S7 and build G935TUVU4BQH7 for the S7 Edge are the updates you are looking for on these respective devices and they should be hitting your device over the course of the next few days.
The biggest change in this smallish 200MB update is improved IMS Roaming. What is IMS Roaming you ask? Essentially it is an interconnect between T-Mobile and other carriers to allow you to make VoLTE calls, video calls and media sessions to someone on another carrier in another country. It isn’t super sexy and unless you do international travel, it isn’t a big deal frankly. But it is good to see T-Mobile improving support for it (and Samsung for that matter).
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Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, has released a report on the health of mobile networks here in the United States. In that report, T-Mobile was deemed to have the best performing mobile network in the country, outscoring Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Speedtest, for those who don’t know, is a service that allows you to test the download and upload speed of your data connection (or Wi-Fi) from a website or their mobile app.
The report bases the information on a new Speed Score model that the company uses to measure the performance of mobile networks.
This year Ookla also introduced Speed Score to more accurately reflect the full breadth of networking experience on a given network. Speed Score incorporates low-end, median and top-end performance for both download and upload speed. It’s a comprehensive metric that combines all factors that matter to a good network experience into a single score.
Using this methodology, the test results should more accurately reflect what users can expect from a particular mobile network.
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T-Mobile has rolled out another BOGO plan and this one is on a phone that’s not even available yet. The carrier famous for these types of deals, is bringing customers the ability to get a free Galaxy Note8 when they purchase one through their payment program. It is a pretty sweet deal and if you and a significant other are looking to get the new Note8, this could be the way to go.
Here is how it works. First, you need to pre-order a Galaxy Note8 on the T-Mobile site. You must select the monthly payment plan (paying in full won’t get you the 2nd one free) which means you will be on a 2-year plan with T-Mobile. The free Note8 is done through billing credits that are applied to your account and that can take a couple of months to appear. Also, you will need to pay the taxes on the 2nd device. This is virtually the same program T-Mobile ran earlier on the Galaxy S8 and they have run it on other phones too. Even with the caveats, its a great deal.
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With the Samsung Galaxy Note8 announced earlier this morning, the focus now turns to the carriers here in the United States as to what the pricing is going to be for their customers. As for Samsung, they will be selling the Note8 unlocked for $960 and that is pretty much on par with carriers but with added payment options.
AT&T hasn’t explicitly called out their pricing for the Note8 at the time of this post but we do know that it will be $31.67 per month for 30 months. If you order before September 14th, you get your choice of either a Gear 360 Camera or the Galaxy Foundation Kit which contains a 128GB EVO+ microSD card and wireless charging station.
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T-Mobile has announced that they have turned up their first 600MHz LTE areas here in the United States. The company rolled out the new spectrum, which they acquired at auction from the FCC earlier this year, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The new low-spectrum will give T-Mobile a greater reach, particularly in rural areas and where they have not rolled out 700MHz yet.
The company is leveraging Nokia equipment for the rollout in Cheyenne and if you are curious as to why they started in Cheyenne, it’s a pretty straightforward reason. 600MHz, in some parts of the country, are occupied by television broadcasters. That’s not the case apparently in Cheyenne so rolling out could happen immediately. T-Mobile will continue to roll out the spectrum as it is cleared in other areas of the country.
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