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T-Mobile is the 3rd largest U.S. wireless carrier behind Verizon and AT&T. Owned by German parent company, Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile has been using its “Uncarrier” marketing campaign to grow its market share since 2013.

With what seems like a good amount of success over the past few years, T-Mobile continues to announce new initiatives like discounted plans for seniors, Netflix included with service, and pushing competitors to bring back unlimited data plans.

As of April 29, 2018, T-Mobile has joined forces with Sprint and will now be re-branded to simply T-Mobile, with the Sprint brand completely going away.

T-Mobile Stories January 10

Earlier today, a report indicated that some European carriers were blocking the Private Relay feature introduced by Apple with iOS 15. This feature is designed to give users an additional layer of privacy by ensuring that no one can view the websites that they visit.

Now, in addition to some carriers in Europe, it appears that T-Mobile/Sprint in the United States is also blocking iCloud Private Relay access when connected to cellular data.

Update: In a statement to 9to5Mac, a T-Mobile spokesperson said:

Customers who chose plans and features with content filtering (e.g. parent controls) do not have access to the iCloud Private Relay to allow these services to work as designed. All other customers have no restrictions.

However, many of the users we’ve heard from, and tested ourselves, do not have any such content filtering enabled. We’ve followed up with T-Mobile for additional clarification, but have not yet heard back.

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T-Mobile Stories January 3

To boost sales of Apple devices, Verizon and T-Mobile partnered with Apple on a rebate program in which carriers would give a discount for new devices such as the iPad Pro, iPhone 13, and Apple Watch Series 7. Unfortunately, after a lot of users complained about not getting the proper discount, carriers decided to discontinue the program.

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T-Mobile Stories December 28, 2021

Earlier this year, T-Mobile suffered a massive data breach that saw data from over 50 million customers and former customers stolen. Now, a new report says T-Mobile has suffered another data breach, though this time on a significantly smaller scale.

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T-Mobile Stories December 17, 2021

The degree to which mobile carriers sell your personal data to third-party companies, allowing targeted ads based on your data, is rather tricky to ascertain from their privacy policies.

If you want to play safe, however, all three of the largest US carriers offer opt-out options…

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T-Mobile Stories November 30, 2021

Following problems with the Apple Watch $100 rebate program, customers are now reporting that T-Mobile trade-ins against iPhone 13 purchases are being similarly denied.

T-Mobile promised extremely generous trade-in values of up to $800 on older models when purchasing a new iPhone 13, with credits being applied against monthly bills. But some customers report being denied, while others say the credits are not appearing on their bills …

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T-Mobile Stories November 19, 2021

Some people are finding that an Apple Watch $100 rebate program announced by Apple is not being honored by carriers.

Bloomberg Apple correspondent Mark Gurman has gone as far as to say that the deal is “designed to not pay out” …

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T-Mobile Stories November 15, 2021

T-Mobile makes good on plan to cover 200 million people with its mid-band and mmWave 5G

T-Mobile has been moving quickly to build out its mid and high-band 5G coverage across the US and the uncarrier has shared an update on that work today. Coming a month and a half earlier than its self-imposed goal, T-Mobile says its “Ultra Capacity 5G” now “reaches 200 million people nationwide.”

T-Mobile Stories November 4, 2021

T-Mobile now offering subscribers a free year of Paramount+

T-Mobile continues to expand the number of benefits offered to its subscribers. The carrier announced today that new or existing T-Mobile and Sprint customers can get a free year of access to Paramount+ starting on November 9.

T-Mobile Stories October 14, 2021

Opensignal is out with its quarterly report on 5G in the US. For the October study, the findings include T-Mobile having the fastest average 5G download speeds for the fourth time in a row – now more than doubling its competitors. Meanwhile, Verizon came in on top for 5G video, games, and voice apps.

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T-Mobile Stories September 13, 2021

Competition between carriers will drive iPhone 13 sales with aggressive deals, say industry commentators, but iPhone subsidies will end at some point.

Carriers have played a significant role in driving demand for iPhones, thanks to fighting each other for market share …

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T-Mobile Stories August 26, 2021

Last week, T-Mobile confirmed that a hacker stole data on more than 50 million customers. T-Mobile also confirmed the claim that the personal data includes both social security numbers and driver’s license details for “a subset of people” along with account PINs for some.

Now, the 21-year-old responsible for the hack has spoken to the Wall Street Journal for an on-the-record interview.

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T-Mobile Stories August 24, 2021

PCMag has published its 12th annual “Fast Mobile Networks” test today, and the results show that the onset of 5G has made for a “radically new landscape” in the networking industry and a “surprising winner.” According to the data, T-Mobile is the overall winner with the fastest network in the United States…

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T-Mobile Stories August 20, 2021

In a massive data breach we first learned about earlier this week, T-Mobile is continuing to discover the extent of the damage that’s rising beyond 50 million accounts. In an update today, the uncarrier says it has found an additional 5.3 million current postpaid customer accounts had their name, address, date of birth, or other personal information compromised.

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T-Mobile Stories August 18, 2021

T-Mobile hack confirmed, carrier says 47.8M records taken; not just customers

The T-Mobile hack reported earlier this week has now been confirmed by the company. Some of the details differ from claims made by the hacker, but the carrier has admitted that 47.8 million records were taken – and not just from customers. You could be at risk if you have ever even applied for a T-Mobile account, whether or not it was ever opened…

T-Mobile Stories August 16, 2021

Hacker selling ‘full data from 100M T-Mobile customers’ – carrier statement [U]

Update: T-Mobile has confirmed a security breach, but says it doesn’t yet know the extent of it. Statement below.

A hacker is selling what they claim is personal data from 100 million T-Mobile customers in the US, stating that this means full records for each customer, including social security numbers…

T-Mobile Stories August 4, 2021

Sprint LTE network will shut down in June 2022 as T-Mobile continues assimilation

The Sprint LTE network will shut down by June 30, 2022, as T-Mobile continues moving customers onto its own network following last year’s merger

T-Mobile Stories July 13, 2021

Opensignal is out with an updated quarterly report on the state of 5G in the US. This time around, the findings include T-Mobile winning again for 5G availability, download/upload speeds, and more. And the carrier also saw a solid average download speed increase putting it close to 100 Mbps.

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T-Mobile Stories June 30, 2021

Tips and tricks to test carrier coverage with iPhone before switching networks

Making the jump to a new carrier can often sound appealing, whether it’s the incentives, the hopes of better coverage, pricing, or all of the above. However, the reality is that switching can be a commitment (even without contracts) and it’s no fun to make the move only to realize you’ve made a mistake. Let’s look at some tips and tricks to test carrier coverage with iPhone before committing to switching.

T-Mobile Stories June 29, 2021

T-Mobile has offered its free Test Drive program to trial the network for years now and that used to mean giving the Uncarrier a go through a hotspot device. Now T-Mobile is offering a super seamless way for iPhone users to give it a real test for 30 days without any strings or actually having to switch carriers thanks to the use of the built-in iPhone eSIM.

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T-Mobile Stories April 28, 2021

The first AirTag orders will be delivered to customers on Friday, and they enter a crowded field of item trackers. Today, T-Mobile announced its own AirTag-like product called SyncUP TRACKER that helps “keep track of the items that matter.”

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Opensignal is out with its latest studies on 5G coverage and performance in the US. Through the first part of 2021, T-Mobile is still leading the 5G race when it comes to availability and average speeds. But AT&T and Verizon were able to outperform the Uncarrier with their 5G games and video experiences. And a fascinating finding is how rarely users are actually connected to mmWave 5G.

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T-Mobile Stories April 7, 2021

T-Mobile’s 5G home internet service has been in the works for several years and today the carrier has officially launched the offering. The company says its 5G home internet is available for 30 million homes in the US and offers some compelling features like average speeds around 100Mbps, no data caps, hardware rentals, or contracts from $60/month.

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T-Mobile Stories March 17, 2021

T-Mobile teams up with SiriusXM to give customers a better version of Pandora for free

T-Mobile is out with its latest perk for customers – a special Pandora app experience with ad-free stations and more in partnership with SiriusXM.

T-Mobile Stories March 12, 2021

As carriers gradually move beyond LTE, we’re starting to see 5G home broadband services compete with cable and fiber as your primary internet service provider.

Verizon has announced an expansion of its existing 5G Home service to 10 more cities, and T-Mobile has said that its own version will launch before the end of this month …

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