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T-Mobile is raising its throttling threshold to a massive 50GB

T-Mobile unlimited plan data limit 2017

T-Mobile just published a blog post announcing changes to its Unlimited plan, and for once, they're actually good. The prioritization threshold -- the amount of data you can use each month before being potentially throttled -- is being raised from 32GB to 50GB. That's double the limit Verizon and AT&T enforce on their customers, and all-around good news for anyone on T-Mobile One.

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T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly talking about a merger… again

sprint t mobile merger

As the third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers in the United States, T-Mobile and Sprint have been casually chatting about a merger for a long, long time. In fact, it's been going on for so long that something of a cycle has begun to develop, where news breaks that talks are happening, the hype dies down, and then everyone forgets about it just in time for new reports of merger talks to steal headlines again. Well, we're back at the top of the rotation it seems, because CNBC is reporting that T-Mobile and Sprint are once again at the negotiating table.

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T-Mobile fixed its bad Apple Watch data plan

Apple Watch 3 LTE plans

Welp, that didn't take long. T-Mobile has fixed the data plan it's offering for the Apple Watch Series 3 to include LTE data, rather than the throttled 3G-speed plan it was initially hawking.

In a series of tweets on Friday evening, CEO John Legere did the closest thing to a mea culpa that we've seen from the famously outspoken exec, and confirmed that the $10/month wearables plan for the Apple Watch Series 3 will include unlimited 4G LTE data.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone X Don’t Support T-Mobile’s Upcoming 600 MHz LTE Network

Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are not compatible with LTE Band 71, aka T-Mobile's new 600 MHz spectrum the company plans on rolling out in the United States as soon as this year.

All new iPhone models in the United States support FDD-LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, and 66, and TD-LTE bands 4, 38, 39, 40, and 41, according to the Tech Specs page for the devices.

Support for additional bands can't be added retroactively, so Apple's devices will not work with LTE Band 71 until support is added to future iPhones.


T-Mobile purchased the 600 MHz spectrum in an FCC auction in April of 2017. Shortly after, T-Mobile announced plans to use the spectrum to deliver 5G coverage starting in 2019, but later said it would use the spectrum to improve its network in rural America starting this year.

Unfortunately, by the time T-Mobile purchased the spectrum and announced plans for rapid implementation, the LTE chips and the hardware for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X were likely already secured, giving Apple no time to build in support for a newly announced LTE band.


T-Mobile in August activated the first 600 MHz LTE site in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has said it will deploy the spectrum at a "record-shattering pace" with plans to roll out 600 MHz sites in Wyoming, Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia, and Eastern Washington, but whether T-Mobile will hit that goal and get 600 MHz support in those locations by the end of 2017 remains to be seen.

As Peter Cohen points out, deploying the 600 MHz network is a complicated, time-consuming process that will span several years, so most iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X users won't be heavily affected by the lack of support for the new LTE band at this time.
Like every other carrier, T-Mobile is entirely dependent on a nationwide industry of independent cellular tower owners, operators and technicians to get their hardware deployed. Even if T-Mobile had unlimited funds to get a 600 MHz network up and running, there simply aren't enough people in the industry who can climb the towers, install the new hardware, test it and get it working for them. What we're talking about is a huge infrastructure effort that goes way beyond just flipping a switch and turning it on.
T-Mobile says Band 71 adds increased building penetration and covers greater distances. When used in metro areas, it improves in-building coverage, and in rural areas, it improves the company's LTE footprint.

There are no existing devices that support T-Mobile's new spectrum at this time. Like Apple's newest devices, for example, Samsung's Galaxy S8 and new Galaxy Note 8 do not offer support. T-Mobile has said that LG and Samsung will launch devices compatible with the spectrum by the end of the year, and LG's upcoming LG V30 will be one of the first devices to support it.

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Sprint just declared war with a free iPhone 8 deal

Sprint iPhone 8 pre-order deals vs T-Mobile

Last year, all four big carriers hammered each other with iPhone 7 pre-order deals that were great for customers, but terrible for the bottom line. 2017 was supposed to be different. Forget the "unlimited price wars" of early this year; carriers were all set to offer a couple hundred bucks off a phone over the course of a two-year-deal, and that was that.

Well, Sprint either didn't get the memo, or it didn't care, because it just upgraded its iPhone 8 pre-order deal to offer some customers a free new iPhone.

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