This is the data usage for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit? (results)

We asked you last week how much mobile data do you consume on average per phone line, and it turns out that 28% of our 1322 respondents fit neatly into the sub-5GB average that the big four US carriers report. Most of you consume less than 10GB a month overall, yet there are plenty of people who are letting their hair down on unlimited plans, and get to 20, 30, and even 50+ GB of cellular data on a line, and that number is only set to grow in the future.

If you have ever been curious how much data are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint using …


T-Mobile in feud with AT&T over the Un-carrier's holiday video

You might recall the holiday video that T-Mobile released this year. Based on stop-action Claymation animated classics like Gumby, the video features a talking snowman who recites a story about Verizon and AT&T (the “abominable carriers,” as they are characterized in the video) and how they only cared about taking silver and gold from the people of the world. Using a fog of taxes, fees, limits and restrictions, the two top stateside carriers ignored the needs and wants of their customers. At least, that’s the story passed along by the Snowman.

Today, a press release issued by …

T-Mobile calls were getting nasty static, so the FCC told a Brooklyn bitcoin miner to shut it

You can’t make some stuff up, and the FCC putting a Brooklyn bitcoin miner on notice to prevent static noise from interfering into T-Mobile subscribers’ calls there, is one of those. Yes, T-Mo customers in southern Brooklyn have been ranting about weird static (read: hissing noises) emanating from their earpieces with each phone call, to the extent that the Federal Communications Commission had to be involved to figure it out.

The FCC agents rolled up their sleeves, and fired up their digital sniffers to narrow down where all that interference might be coming from. Hopping from …

This is the data usage by type and plan for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit?

If you have ever been curious how much data are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint using by cellular and plan type usage, the latest AppOptix report by research firm Strategy Analytics brings us the answer to that pressing question. Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but folks on the cheapest unlimited mobile data plans – those of T-Mobile and Sprint – are using much more bytes than those on the “expensive” carriers like Verizon or AT&T.

As you can see from the graphs below, T-Mobile subscribers are the absolute leaders in monthly data usage among all four major US …

T-Mobile says its LAA rollout brought 5-10x increase in network speeds

We launched LAA in 4Q 17 and have seen material impacts in speed performance – increasing speeds 5-10X— Neville (@NevilleRay) February 8, 2018 
T-Mobile introduced Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) as part of its LTE Advanced Pro network upgrades in the previous quarter, and is already picking the fruits of those labors, it seems. LAA uses carrier aggregation to bind together unlicensed 5GHz spectrum with LTE in the licensed band, enlarging the data pipe significantly.
Verizon and AT&T are also stepping up their LAA efforts, and plan to roll …

Deal: Buy a T-Mobile LG V30 or G6, get a free LG Projector ($249.99 value)

A new version of LG’s V30 is coming soon, but what if you need a V30 right now? Well, if you’re a T-Mobile customer (or intend to become one), you can get either the regular LG V30, or the more expensive LG V30+, and receive an LG MiniBeam Projector for free. The gift is also offered to buyers of the LG G6.  
This deal is available until February 22, only to US residents of at least 18 years old (or 19 in Alabama and Nebraska). There are no trade-ins required, but you’ll have to buy your LG phone on a T-Mobile equipment installment plan. After that, you need …

Score free phones from MetroPCS and T-Mobile for a limited time only

The loveliest two words in the English language are “free phones.” And both T-Mobile and its pre-paid MetroPCS unit are saying those two words to consumers with some new deals. Take T-Mobile’s pre-paid MetroPCS unit. Starting today you can switch to MetroPCS, port over your eligible phone number, sign up for a plan offering unlimited data, and you will receive an instant $150 credit toward the purchase of any phone. That means that moving to Metro could help you score a free 32GB Apple iPhone SE, which is usually priced at $149.

If you’re already a MetroPCS subscriber, don’t feel left out; …

AT&T beats Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint in mobile video streaming

T-Mobile has its quarterly OpenSignal network tests to brag with, Verizon boasts after each bi-annual Root Metrics study, while AT&T remains mum on the matter, although it scores very well in all reports.

No more, though, as AT&T just issued a bit of a humble brag on its own, citing the latest Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) study that puts its network at the top of the mobile video streaming pile, followed by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The GWS tests used criteria like loading (or time to first picture), video quality, amount of freezing, and the overall reliability …

Deal: Save up to $300 on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or S8 (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile), or get a $350 gift card (Sprint)

Since their release, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ have been included in so many deals and promotions that we kind of lost track of them. Still, we have to report about the newest deals involving Samsung’s three phones, as they’re pretty tempting (particularly if you’re interested in a Verizon Note 8), and don’t require trade-ins.  
As of this weekend, Best Buy lets you purchase a Verizon Galaxy Note 8 at $300 off. Verizon was already taking $200 off the Note 8 (reflected in reduced monthly payments), but Best …

Buy yourself a Series 3 Apple Watch from T-Mobile, and get one for your "Valentine" half-off

Starting tomorrow, February 10th, T-Mobile has some deals for Valentine’s Day 2018, which takes place this coming Wednesday. Buy yourself an Apple Watch Series 3 (with cellular) and you can get a second timepiece for 50% off (up to $215 in savings). With the Series 3 Apple Watch, you don’t need to pair the wearable with an iPhone. The stand-alone smartwatch will allow you to answer a call, stream your favorite tunes, and ask Siri for the latest weather forecast even if you left your iPhone back home. Also starting tomorrow, add a new line to your T-Mobile account and the Un-carrier will match it …