Monthly Archives: December 2013

SprinT-Mobile Merge: My Wishlist

Rumors are circulating around about Sprint and a possible bid for T-Mobile sometime next year. While absolutely nothing has even been close to being set in stone yet, the community is already voicing either their approval or opposition to the matter.   For me personally, as a new T-Mobile customer, I find the possibility of a merger interesting. Here’s my personal thoughts on the matter. I wouldn’t be opposed to such a merger if done “right”. I don’t think Sprint and T-Mobile should just create a hurried merger together and be done with it. Doing so would create nothing but a total mess.   However, if a merger was strategically planned and implemented correctly, then I could see a SprinT-Mobile combined company make a real difference in the wireless industry. Here’s what I believe would need to happen, as well as my personal “wishlist” on the matter.   1. Keep “Un-Carrier” The first thing that should come out of the deal is to retain all of the “un-carrier” approaches to wireless that T-Mobile has worked so hard to implement. Removing them would be suicide. It’s clear that “un-carrier” is working. While Sprint has some excellent value plans as well, T-Mobile’s “un-carrier” edge is just enough better to swing more people […]

Back to the iPhone (Part 4): Joining the T-Mobile “Un-Carrier” Revolution

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Back to the iPhone

In Part 1 of this series, I explained why I missed my iPhone and what caused me to go back to the iPhone. In Part 2, I gave an overview of the iPhone 5s from a hardware standpoint. In Part 3, I touched on iOS 7. In Part 4, I explain what caused me to leave AT&T as a wireless carrier, forego Verizon and Sprint, and join the T-Mobile “un-carrier” revolution.   AT&T: Clueless About Customer Service Shortly after going back to AT&T as a wireless carrier, I deeply regretted it. Instead of being presented with a welcome mat to bring me back, I felt stabbed with a knife in my back instead. AT&T immediately started adding additional fees on to my bill, while small and subtle, were just ways to inch my bill up even higher. Then AT&T pulled a tactic on me that I flat couldn’t stand: AT&T raised my early upgrade eligibility on me while being under contract. AT&T pulled this stunt on customers across the nation, and we were all deeply enraged about it. One of the reasons I chose to go back to AT&T, and even pick the Note II versus waiting for the Note III or another phone, was because AT&T offered a more […]

Back to the iPhone (Part 3): iOS 7

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Back to the iPhone

In Part 1 of the series, I explained what caused me to go back to the iPhone after using an Android phone, the Samsung Note II. In Part 2 of the series, I explained the iPhone 5s from a hardware standpoint.   In this part of the series, I’ll be touching on the latest version of iOS, iOS 7, and how it compares to previous versions and Android.   Fresh New Design When I first saw iOS 7 demoed during the WWDC keynote, I thought I hated it. In fact, I felt even more glad to be on Android. However, upon seeing iOS 7 in real, I found it to be a breath of fresh air. Simple, clean, and way better in design over iOS 6, and I’ll admit, I liked it much better than Android as well. The fresh new design is very uncluttered, simple, and fun to use. I feel like I’m back on an iPhone, yet I have an entirely new iPhone experience than before.   There’s a few areas in the design I wish Apple would refine. The icons for Photos and Game Center don’t make any sense, and I wish Apple would loosen up a little on pastels. However, all in all, especially closer to […]