T-Mobile makes 5G just $15 a month. Maybe.

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T-Mobile 5G hits the airwaves next month, for way less that most people probably expected.
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When the 5G iPhone launches next year, it’ll be able to connect to the T-Mobile 5G network for as little as $15 a month. That’s half what the carrier currently charges for 4G service.

Dropping prices seems to part of T-Mobile working to convince skeptics that its merger with Sprint will be a big win for consumers. And that’s the ringer here: its new ultra-low cost plan is available only if the merger goes through.

FCC approval makes T-Mobile/Sprint merger almost a done deal

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai openly supports the big T-Mobile/Sprint merger.
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The Federal Communications Commission reportedly will grant approval for the multibillion-dollar merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. This is one of the last hurdles before the third- and fourth-largest U.S. carriers can blend into a single entity almost as large as AT&T and Verizon.

T-Mobile now offers 3% Daily Cash for Apple Card users

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Apple Card has another partner for its Daily Cash offer.
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Apple Card’s reward program, called Daily Cash, has added T-Mobile to its growing list of partners. Starting September 20, all customers will receive 3% Daily Cash when they use Apple Card with Apple Pay at any T-Mobile store.

“We’re all about giving customers the best value in wireless, and we’re doing it again by offering 3% Daily Cash on Apple Card,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere“More options. More value. And cash back, including on Apple’s newest products. It’s just the Un-carrier way.”

T-Mobile Test Drive hands out free mobile hotspots

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Anyone thinking of switching their iPhone to T-Mobile can try the service out for free.
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T-Mobile is so eager to get people to try its network, the company is giving away wireless hotspots. These are good for a month or 30GB of data, and are intended to let potential customers see how well T-Mobile service works at their home, office or school.

This telecom has a bad reputation as being mostly available only in big cities. This promotion seems intended to overcome that.

AT&T and T-Mobile join forces to fight robocalls and scammers

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Suck it, spammers!
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AT&T and T-Mobile today confirmed an unlikely partnership for a wonderful cause. The rival carriers are joining forces to fight robocalls and scammers.

Both will deliver the FCC-recommended STIR/SHAKEN standards to digitally validate calls across their networks. It will make it easier for customers to filter out unwanted calls.

Say goodbye to Sprint! T-Mobile merger gets green light

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You won’t be seeing these signs for much longer.
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The US Department of Justice just signed off on the biggest telecommunications deal in many years. This was the last real hurdle in the $26 billion merger of Sprint into T-Mobile.

The carriers had to agree to sell off some assets to win this approval. Still, every iPhone owner who’s a Sprint customer will soon be hearing from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile gives Samsung Galaxy Fold a hard pass

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T-Mobile has followed Kenny Rogers’ advice on knowing when to fold ‘em.
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T-Mobile was the first US carrier to commit to Samsung’s cutting-edge Galaxy Fold. Now it is un-committing. Perhaps that’s to be expected from the un-carrier.

This comes right after Samsung revealed that will finally ship its folding phone in September, months after it was originally scheduled.

T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger could earn DoJ approval this week

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Sprint and T-Mobile are 'all-in' on their merger.
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The long-awaited merger between T-Mobile and Sprint could finally be approved by the Department of Justice this week. The deal requires the agreement of the DoJ in order to proceed.

Provided that it goes through, the merger will create a company valued at $160 billion. The merged companies will also have to help establish a new fourth wireless competitor to replace the one being taken away.

Most Americans are excited about 5G

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There’s pent-up demand for a 5G iPhone.
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A large percentage of Americans are happy that 4G wireless networks are being supplanted by faster 5G ones, according to a recent survey by a respected market-research firm. And a majority of US consumers are very interested in getting a phone that supports these speedier networks.

T-Mobile and Sprint may have to create a new wireless carrier in U.S.

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Deal between T-Mobile and would be worth $26.5 billion.
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The Department of Justice are happy to let T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger complete — on one condition. In order for the $26.5 billion merger to proceed, the DOJ wants the companies to help with the creation of a new wireless carrier.

This would address the concern about a merger stifling competition by reducing the number of major U.S. carriers. But as Bloomberg points out, “spinning off a full-fledged national competitor would be a high bar for T-Mobile and Sprint to meet.”