The next time you go buy a new cellphone, things are going to look a lot different. The subsidized two-year contract is all but dead, and the carriers have replaced it with a new heap of confusing options. Here’s what you need to know about buying a phone in 2015.
Buying a cheap phone used to be a little depressing. You bought one because you had to. Now they’re finally becoming the phones you want to buy. And carriers are responding by ripping up their old two-year contracts. Freedom—at a price.
CEO John Legere has long asserted that T-Mobile’s been No. 3 carrier in the U.S. for some time, but now he has the officials stats to back it up. According to new Sprint quarterly numbers, T-Mobile is now the No. 3 wireless service based on subscribers., gaining two million additions last quarter compared to Sprint’s… »
Concurrency isn’t coming. It’s already here. And what was once an incredibly naive high-hopes buzzword and procurement concept has now become a slur in many defense crowds. Now, after nearly downing the F-35, and causing chaos in many other defense programs, it’s trying to sink America’s newest aircraft carrier, the… »
Our good friend and master F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer Joe “Smokin” Ruzicka is back to share with us his list of the weirdest terms any Naval Aviator or carrier-borne Naval Flight Officer would know. »
T-Mobile is known for aggressive plays, so here’s another to add to the list. If you’re a Verizon customer, T-Mobile will lend you a free phone for two weeks. If you’re happy with the service, it’ll then buy out your contract, up to a price of $650. »
Google’s Project Fi is the company’s long-rumored wireless carrier service for mobile devices. But far from a traditional plan, Google’s might be the most flexible out there—while also saving you a bundle of money.
Washington State just received federal funds to study a totally unique toll bridge concept, one made out of decommissioned US Navy Super Carriers. The bridge would consist of two or three carriers and would link Bremerton and Port Orchard, Washington, spanning the Sinclair Inlet. »
T-Mobile and its "Uncarrier" strategy are great. Selling people reasonable phone plans without locking them into ridiculous contracts is fantastic and consumer friendly. Unfortunately, good ideas don't always make good business sense. The head of T-Mobile's parent company said as much in a recent interview; T-Mobile… »
The FCC has told T-Mobile that it has to start being more upfront about the data speeds its customers are receiving. From now on, the carrier will have to send texts explaining the speeds that users will actually have to put up with when they hit their data cap. »
If you're tired of paying an arm and a leg only to be locked into a contract with Verizon or AT&T, an off-contract or prepaid plan is a great alternative—and it doesn't have as many downsides as you may think. »
You can add your wireless provider to the long list of companies and government agencies possibly sneaking a peek at your online movements. »