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T-Mobile Unveils Both Uncarrier 5 and 6

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T-Mobile just wrapped up their Uncarrier 5 (and 6) press conference and they did a lot of announcements. They ranged from device testing to music.

First of all, they announced a lot of network improvements. First and foremost, their Wideband LTE network has launched in over a dozen new markets, which are as follows:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Upstate, NY

T-Mobile has also launched their VoLTE network in several new markets as well, which are:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Long Island, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New Jersey
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, D.C.

And to take advantage of the new VoLTE improvements, starting tomorrow the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be getting a software update to get the advantage of making phone calls over LTE.

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Now on to Uncarrier news. The first news is a new T-Mobile service they’re calling the T-Mobile Test Drive. This new service lets you test out T-Mobile’s network for free for one week. They will give you an iPhone 5s and, of course, place a $700 hold on your credit card until you return it.

If you damage the iPhone, you will be charged $100 when you return it. It may be an iPhone, but it’s a great way to test out the network at the same time you are on another network.

T-Mobile also announced Uncarrier 6. Many people (113 million by T-Mobile’s count) stream music on their phones and that sometimes causes them to hit a data cap. No more on T-Mobile. If you’re using one of the following streaming services, it won’t count against your data:

  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • iTunes Radio
  • Rhapsody
  • Spotify
  • Slacker
  • Milk
  • Beatport

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And as an even better bonus, if you are on a non-unlimited plan and get throttled, music will still stream at high speeds. T-Mobile also says they will take feedback from users and add more popular services in the future. So if your service isn’t currently on the list, add your request to their website.

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T-Mobile has also announced their own streaming service. Starting June 22nd,they are partnering with Rhapsody to create Rhapsody unRadio. It has no ads and unlimited skips. It costs $4 per month. But if you have one of the new truly unlimited plans (the $80 plan, not the old $70 plan), it’s totally free. That’s great for customers who have the new plan.

T-Mobile even teased Uncarrier 7. Yep, 7. According to T-Mobile, it’s coming late this summer. So not very long until we get even more changes to the network.

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This seems like an even better time to switch to T-Mobile. Do the Test Drive, unlimited music streaming, and Rhapsody unRadio convince you to try out the network and then switch?

Sources: T-Mobile (Music Streaming), T-Mobile (Twitter), T-Mobile (Test Drive), @tnkgrl (Images)