T-Mobile’s Latest Uncarrier Move Is Not What Anyone Really Wants


T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier move is a total flop for consumers. The new One Plan is nothing short of a disaster for consumers that don’t need unlimited data and it will force users that don’t need it on to a plan that features it. While we appreciate the effort to keep things simple, if there is one thing the industry has taught us, it’s that one size does NOT fit all…

Highlights: All plans include unlimited mobile data (throttled at 26GB), SD Video via Binge On, Streaming Music via Music Freedom and 2G tethering for external devices.

Costs: $70 for line one, $50 for line two and $20 for all other lines – up to 8 total.

Add Ons: $15 for 5GB of LTE tethering (per line), $25 HD Video streaming (per line), $5 for non-use of Auto Pay services (per account)

What this amounts to is T-Mobile pulling a major rate hike when most consumers won’t need the additional services. Look for Magenta to start bleeding a few subscribers back to Sprint’s truly unlimited deals before too long.

How does it measure up for a two line consumer?

AT&T – 5GB $100  –  15GB $130  –  25GB $205

Verizon Wireless – 4GB $90  –  12GB $110  –  28GB $150

Sprint – 3GB $70  –  12GB $100  –  Unlimited (possible dep. at 20GB) $160

T-Mobile SIMPLE CHOICE (old) – 4GB $80  –  12GB $110  – Unlimited (possible dep. at 26GB) $170

T-Mobile One (new) – Unlimited (dep. at 26GB – top 3%) $120

Loosely translated, the big boys are catching up with T-Mobile’s lower pricing, so they are trying something dramatic to shake things up with their “unlimited” option. The questions that remain after today’s announcement are if this will roll over to their prepaid offerings as well, and what does this mean to the plethora of MVNO’s that operate under the T-Mobile network. Will Republic Wireless be able to offer their super low cost data plans going forward? Is one plan going to be enough choice for the average consumer and will all the add on fees deter too many users? What does this mean for the lower cost branding, MetroPCS? Will their model also change with their ownership’s?

There’s far too many questions and possible answers to even start a dialog on that topic, but for now, The new T-Mobile One plan options just look to be another way for T-Mobile to add-on a few more fees to your bill to let you really enjoy your service. We’d recommend a pass on this one and say take a look at Republic Wireless or Net10 Wireless if you want to keep your bill under $100 for two lines.

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Amazon Thinks A Few Ads Are Worth $50


There’s no doubt that the Amazon Fire Phone missed the mark with the end user. Even though it was a great device with some crazy cutting edge features, the price point and bugginess of the OS just didn’t make it a favorite with users. This hasn’t stopped them from continuing on into the mobile space though. Today, Amazon announced their new Prime Exclusive Phones. The Moto G4 and BLU R1HD are both up for grabs in the new program and both devices feature a hefty $50 discount for the ability for Amazon to set an advertisement on your lockscreen.

The BLU R1 HD is available in two configurations. The first a $99 handset that is discounted to $49.99 with the Prime Exclusive deal. This model features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The second is a $109.99 handset that drops to $59.99. The upgrades the RAM to 2GB and the storage to 16GB. The specs for the BLU R1 HD are listed here:

    • Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6735 ARM Cortex processor with 16 GB Internal memory and 2 GB RAM
    • Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more
    • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
    • Dual SIM and MicroSD support for up to 64 GB of expandable storage
    • Stunning 5″ HD display with curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection, plus an 8 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera that includes a front-facing LED flash
    • 4G LTE plus GSM unlocked for your favorite compatible carrier or for international travel (including AT&T, T-Mobile; not compatible with Verizon or Sprint)

The Moto G4 is also available in 2 configurations. The 16GB and 32GB models both feature 2GB of RAM and carry price tags of $149.99 and $179.99 respectively. The Moto G4 continues the Motorola tradition of being an exceptional value with a spec sheet worth of a phone costing quite a bit more:

    • Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5″ full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
    • Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more
    • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
    • Take brilliant photos with the 13 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
    • The all-day battery includes TurboPower charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
    • Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon)


Both devices are available from Amazon right now, but we have a feeling that these will sell out very quickly. Frankly with just the “ad” being placed on the lockscreen, we can’t see a reason not to take the $50 discount if you are already a prime member. The worst thing that could happen is that you find yourself buying a few new items that you may not have needed. As far as our choice goes, obviously, the $179.99 Moto G4 is a steal, but the money saving side of us really loves the 16GB BLU R1 HD for under $60. Ironically, both models ship free with Prime.

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Grab The Unlocked Asus Zenfone 2 Laser For $199


Have you been looking for a great deal on a GSM handset to use with AT&T or T-Mobile? The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser should certainly fit the bill, and with it’s price falling under $200 for the 32GB model, it’s the perfect time to grab yourself a new device.

    • Unlocked GSM Dual Active SIM Smartphone compatible on GSM Networking including AT&T and T-Mobile
    • Powerful performance with 3GB RAM and Qualcomm Octa-Core Processor
    • 5.5″ IPS Full HD Display protected by Gorilla Glass 4; 13MP Rear and 5MP Front Camera
    • Equipped with Laser Autofocus Technology for camera focusing 2-3 faster than traditional smartphone cameras
    • High-capacity 3000 mAh battery – Replaceable for increased longevity

Overall the specs on the Zenfone 2 Laser puts the device is the mid-to-upper range models of today’s offerings. The $199 price tag matches that rating nicely, though the mark down from $229 certainly makes the device much more tempting to grab before they sell out or go back up to regular price.

If you’re in the market for a new device to use the a GSM network, hit up the link below to grab yours today.

Amazon – http://amzn.to/1T3r6ob

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Dear Manufacturers: Bring Back The Thick Phone…

If there is one trend in mobile that EVERYONE seems to be partaking in lately, it’s bigger phones with more screen real estate. The second, and almost as popular trend is making phones as thin as possible. Whether this means they have a bulging camera, or an inferior design, thin has taken on the phablet as the silliest design concept ever invented. Remember the days of the Zoolander phone, where they were trying to make one as tiny as possible? Now it seems that big and flat is the design trend of the masses. What they don’t think about is what you give up to give that new device that slim line and how much better a device could be with a bit more heft to it.

For example, I’m currently holding a shiny, gold Galaxy Note 5. It measures a meager .3” thick and weighs just 6 ounces. That’s crazy for a device that offers so much power to be so thin. Which makes one wonder, that if they had just made it as thick as it is with the Spigen Neo Hybrid Carbon case is, how much more could they have done? The case adds a solid 1/16”-1/8” of thickness to the phone. If that space could be appropriated to the battery, that would mean a full 2.5 cubic inches of room that could be used to increase the capacity of the battery. This could theoretically mean a 4000mAh battery instead of a 3000 mAh battery would be used in the device. That would mean an additional 2-4 hours of screen on time without using a power saving mode. All for an 1/8” used correctly.

Manufacturers have become so intent on building the ‘perfect’ feeling phone, that they’ve forgotten that the first thing most people do is throw a thick, protective case on the device. If they took the route that many of the backup battery/case companies did, and built this into the design of the device, you would see a major improvement in devices lasting through a full day of use, rather than just making it from charger to charger throughout the day. The Alegant Galaxy Note 5 Battery Case is a great example of how they can ‘blow up’ the device and get a solid look to it. This particular battery adds 4200mAh of power to the device without adding more than a 1/4” of bulk to it.

Perhaps we can stop the talk of creating the thinnest phone ever by creating the longest lasting phones since Nokia ruled the planet. Maybe they will start putting a premium on power instead of ultra-thin designs. Everyone will like them for that one, even if it’s not the most fashion forward look on the planet.

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Republic Wireless Cuts $30 From Moto G Pricing


If you were looking at making the leap to the hybrid calling champions, Republic Wireless, this could be the day to do it. For a very limited time, you can receive the Moto G (3rd Gen.) for $199 for the 16GB or $179 for the 8GB models.The G is a solid competitor in the entry to mid level Android market and at these prices, the device is something of a bargain. When you combine the sub $200 price point of the 16GB model along with the monthly savings that Republic delivers to their customers, it almost becomes too simple to make the jump.

The Republic Wireless won’t last forever, but it’s a great time to jump in and give them a test drive. With monthly plans from $10 a month, the savings will add up very quickly for you and anyone else that needs a great deal on a smartphone.

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Unlimited Voice And Text To US And Mexico For Under $20 A Month


If you are a user with friends south of the border that you love to chat and text with, our friends at FreedomPop have a deal for you. Yesterday, the folks down in Hollywood launched a new program that includes unlimited talk and text to the US and Mexico. To make it even better, you get a virtual US and Mexico phone number. The $19.99 monthly price tag is a small price to pay for unlimited talk and text, but when you add the 500MB of included data to the mix, it becomes a major value. You can expand that data for free using the FreedomPop Freedom Friends and Data Earning programs.

To make the deal even sweeter, you can land a Kyocera Hydro Icon at 85% off list price with the current deal. Of course, it wouldn’t be right to not have a free month of service to offset the cost of the device, so that’s thrown in also. The features of the plan are highlighted below. If you think you’re ready to experience a $20 a month cell bill that includes all the calling and texting you can dish out to your friends stateside and in Mexico, then hit the link below for more details.

Main Features:
– Unlimited Talk & Text to the US
– Unlimited Talk to Mexico landline & mobile
– 500 MB of data each month
– Virtual Mexico phone number in addition to your US number
– No contracts & no credit checks
– Visual Voicemail
– WiFi calling & texting from anywhere

Link: FreedomPop

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