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T-Mobile wants you to take the #7NightStand Challenge

T-Mobile US has come up with some bold moves in past year or two, some of which have been copied by its larger competitors. T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is kicking off another initiative that will allow you to test drive its network and have access to "unlimited calls, texts, [and data]" for “free” for seven days with a borrowed Apple iPhone 5S.
 
We say “free” because T-Mobile will place a temporary hold of $699 plus taxes on your credit card until the iPhone 5S is safely back in its possession. And be forewarned, if the iPhone 5S is returned with “a cracked screen, damaged screen display, water damage, active Find My iPhone feature, or can't be powered,” you’ll be slapped with a $100 damage fee.
 

Those that partake in the promotion, which kicks off on June 23, are required to return the phone to a T-Mobile retail store after their seven days test drive is over. The phones will then be refurbished and sent to the next participant in the program.
 
T-Mobile is hoping that potential customers will be so enamored with its LTE speeds and network coverage that they will decide to ditch their current carrier and join “Team Magenta.”
 
If you’d like to take part in T-Mobile’s latest promotion, you can sign up here.

Source: T-Mobile



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Nice... uncarrier 5 and 6
By retrospooty on 6/18/2014 11:02:04 PM , Rating: 5
Being able to try before you buy is great, but even better is uncarrier 6, music streaming won't count against your data cap. Legere is kicking arse and taking names.




RE: Nice... uncarrier 5 and 6
By Flunk on 6/19/2014 9:08:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not so sure about that, you could argue that it proves that they don't really have any issues with network bandwidth so why do they have such low data caps in the first place?

The wireless industry bills based on a bunch of lies. Text messages, for example, cost them literally nothing because they're transferred between calls. T-Mobile is just breaking down a few of the lies one at a time.


RE: Nice... uncarrier 5 and 6
By retrospooty on 6/19/2014 10:02:44 AM , Rating: 2
Of course they have bandwidth, but that isn't the point... What other carrier is offering anything even remotely close? If you want to call it the lesser of two evils, fine, but its far better than anyone else id doing, so give them that.


RE: Nice... uncarrier 5 and 6
By tayb on 6/19/2014 11:40:49 AM , Rating: 1
Everyone already knows that network bandwidth and congestion are bullshit. We put up with it because we have to put up with it. For all the great things that T-Mobile is doing they still don't have the coverage of Verizon or AT&T.

The idea that capping users reduces network congestion is completely illogical. It would be akin to a city implementing a weekly mileage cap to curb rush hour traffic. It won't curb traffic, people are still going to go drive at the same time. They'll just overall drive less during off-peak hours.

Throttling and data caps are a scam sold to the American public by greedy corporations and upheld by massive campaign contributions that protects their behavior from legislation. In any other developed part of the world these practices would be laughed straight to bankruptcy, but not here in the United Corporations of America. At one point in UCA history we would break up companies that had grown the size of AT&T. Oh wait, we DID break up AT&T once.


RE: Nice... uncarrier 5 and 6
By chripuck on 6/20/2014 9:55:37 AM , Rating: 2
Except data usage is nothing like driving... Outside of sleeping hours I'd wager wireless data usage is largely consistent throughout the day. I'm not defending the wireless providers, but limiting the quantity of data that is being used on a per person basis absolutely has a positive effect on reducing congestion on wireless networks.

Now wired broadband is a different story...


:(
By BRB29 on 6/19/2014 2:14:09 AM , Rating: 2
It pains me to think of Sprint taking over...




RE: :(
By Flunk on 6/19/2014 9:09:45 AM , Rating: 2
Realistically it wouldn't be Sprint, it would be SoftBank (who now owns Sprint and is reworking it to meet their needs). They will likely put T-Mobile's management team in charge if they merge the two.


RE: :(
By euclidean on 6/19/2014 10:02:59 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agree. Sprint beats T-mobile in available spectrum, but do to their misguided direction towards WiMax put them far behind in deploying LTE. Softbank has helped get them back on track, and while far behind Verizon they've done a good job catching up to T-mo & AT&T.

T-mo may be rock solid in the 'uncarrier' movement as well as LTE coverage within large population centers...but they distinctly suck in rural settings...combining the two can do nothing but help the customers from both companies.


RE: :(
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/19/2014 10:06:17 AM , Rating: 2
It pains me that you are so stupid. Sprint isn't taking over, it's not even a done deal or even guaranteed it's going to happen.


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