Will T-Mobile's Coolpad Defiant defy your expectations for a budget phone? No.

Giving the people what they want – affordable stuff that generally works – T-Mobile is gearing up to launch a budget handset for the smallest of budgets. The Coolpad Defiant will not defy your expectations for an entry-level handset, but can be just the backup phone you’re looking for in times of peril. However, T-Mo will have to price it really low if it wants to present it as a compelling offer.

That’s because the Defiant works on hardware we have long moved on from. Its 5-inch display has the grainy resolution of 480 x 854; the processor is a modest Snapdragon …


T-Mobile's interactive LTE coverage map shows how it wants to compare with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint by late 2017

If you check out the definitions of “fun” in the dictionary, checking LTE coverage maps on the Internet would definitely not be up there. Yet, it’s always fun to see how the US’ big four mobile carriers stack up against one another in terms of LTE coverage. Either that or we are just weird for having fun with maps and whatnot.
Anyway, T-Mobile recently released an interactive map that lets consumers do just that, i.e. see how Team Magenta stacks up against Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in an improvised coverage test. As you might imagine, that’s a pretty neat …

T-Mobile's low-key 20% discount for T-Mobile One expires a week from Friday

T-Mobile has a special promotion related to its T-Mobile One Unlimited Plan. Those who port their number over from another carrier are in line to receive a code from a T-Mobile employee that can be used to get 20% off on as many as 12 lines. The deal, called “20% Off For Life,” will be available until the end of this month. Reportedly, various T-Mobile employees were given a limited number of these codes to hand out at their discretion. The 20% Off For Life is also valid with the carrier’s “Two lines for $100” promotion

With T-Mobile One Unlimited, video is streamed at 720p, and tethering …

T-Mobile's LG G6 might be released on April 7

The LG G6 is hitting shelves this month in South Korea and other select markets, but we’ve heard that it may not be released in the US before April. While all major US carriers already confirmed the upcoming launch of the new smartphone, they only mentioned that the device would be available sometime “this spring.” Fortunately, it looks like this doesn’t mean late spring. Or at least not for T-Mobile.

Promo material posted on Twitter (apparently by someone who works at T-Mobile) shows the magenta carrier’s G6 with an April 7 date on its home screen. Quite often, promo images like these …

T-Mobile's Galaxy S7 Nougat beta users start getting the official Android 7.0 update

While the unlocked Exynos versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in UK, Germany and other places have been receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update on their handsets, the US carriers are still dragging their feet a month after Samsung announced the official rollout. That’s to be expected, of course, as the local units are powered by a different chipset, and… carriers. 

T-Mobile, however, is almost ready with the update, it seems, as it has started pushing retail Nougat with the new Samsung UX overlay to its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users who subscribed for the beta version …

T-Mobile's "Boston Tea Party" sale returns 11.2% of the price on every smartphone it sells


T-Mobile recently declared war on taxes and fees with its T-Mobile ONE plan. The wireless service is priced without requiring you to make either of these hair pulling, stomach gnawing, wallet thinning payments. Invoking the Boston Tea Party, T-Mobile continues to fight for the public, not by dumping boxes of Lipton’s finest into a harbor, but by rebating to smartphone buyers an amount that is more than the sales tax that they just paid.

The revolution begins on February 1st. That is when T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE subscribers purchasing a new smartphone, will receive …