It has been slightly more than a year since T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the company was working on its own TV service, and he promised something ”disruptive.” Since then, some of the carrier’s plans have taken shape with the acquisition of Layer3 and a set top box that stopped by the FCC. However, Bloomberg reports that Tmo has delayed launching the service this year. It turns out streaming TV is pretty hard to get right. Read MoreT-Mobile’s TV service reportedly pushed back to 2019 because it wasn’t ‘disruptive’ enough was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you are feeling a little bit of déjà vu when reading this headline then perhaps you are remembering back into the distant past of January 2014 when T-Mobile last announced that it was going to help you manage your money. That time around the initiative was called “Mobile Money” and it hung around for about 30 months before shuttering in July of 2016.
There are some similarities between that service and the newly announced T-Mobile Money, such as no fees whatsover, including overdraft or ATM fees. But this time around the service is going to be a bit more like a traditional banking service with checking accounts that will net you at least 1 percent annual interest or 4 percent (on up to $3,000) if you also deposit at least $200 each month via direct deposit or the like. Anything beyond the $3,000 will earn interest at 1 percent, which as T-Mobile points out is still well above the current national average of 0.4 percent from the top 5 banks.
There is naturally an app to go with the service with the familiar T-Mobile magenta theme to it and at first glance it looks like a clean and intuitive interface. You’ll receive a traditional Debit card and the service is compatible with Google Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay at launch. Accounts are FDIC-instured up to $250,000 and along with the fee free overdraft protection, T-Mobile subscribers are even eligible for up to a $50 “Got Your Back” interest free loan in essence from T-Mobile that will cover the overdraft as long as you pay it back within 30 days.
In case you were worried that T-Mobile was just venturing into the banking business on its own, they are partnered up with BankMobile, which is the younger and presumably cooler digital division for Customers Bank.
It’s an interesting move from T-Mobile, probably wiser than going for yet another payment service, but would you consider using your carrier as your bank?
Late last year, T-Mobile announced its intentions to “uncarrier” television service, with its purchase of Layer3, an online TV provider. The first fruits of that acquisition have just reared their head at the FCC in the form of a new T-Mobile-branded set-top box.
FCC filings don’t include a whole lot of information, but we do know based on the data provided that it features 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (BLE, based on the description included in one of the internal images). Read MoreT-Mobile set-top box surfaces on FCC, ‘Un-carrier’ TV service can’t be far behind was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/11/01 11:14am PDT
A previous version of this article stated that the Name ID app was preinstalled and not an optional part of the setup process (as we were first led to believe).
Update 2: 2018/11/05 3:00pm PST
Based on recent reports, some have finagled an early unlock from the carrier, but it appears to be discretionary. T-Mobile’s support is technically able to unlock the phone before
At launch, OnePlus was surprisingly quiet when it came to particulars about the T-Mobile version of its Oneplus 6T, but in a post published late last night to the company’s forums, additional details about both the partnership between the two companies and the differences in the T-Mobile version of the phone were discussed at more length. Read More[Update: Early unlock news] OnePlus shares details on 6T T-Mobile-version restrictions: bootloader, betas, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
As many had speculated, OnePlus is offering its brand-new 6T on T-Mobile. This is the Shenzhen-based company’s first venture into US carrier partnerships, and to spice things up, T-Mobile is offering $300 towards the 6T with the trade-in of any one of 33 phones. That $300 figure doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the newer flagships on the list, but for the older ones, this could be a great opportunity to get a nice discount. Read MoreT-Mobile offers $300 trade-in credit towards OnePlus 6T with 33 phones, including every OnePlus phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
At the company’s event today in New York City, OnePlus has revealed its expected mid-cycle refresh. The new OnePlus 6T has most of the same internals as the 6, but swaps the rear fingerprint reader for a fancy new in-display model while sliming down its notch. The headphone jack is sadly gone, but battery size has been bumped up to 3,700mAh together with improved camera performance. Prices start at $549 with general availability set for November 1st from both OnePlus and T-Mobile. Read MoreMeet the OnePlus 6T: In-display fingerprint reader, improved photos, no headphone jack, coming to T-Mobile was written by the awesome team at Android Police.