How T-Mobile is reaching out to military members and their familiies. On the battlefield where all four major U.S. wireless providers go at one another awfully hard, T-Mobile is reaching out to servicemen and women and their families with the most aggressive pricing plan in its history. That would be the T-Mobile One Military family plan announced Wednesday and commencing April 22. The first line under this new monthly offering will cost $55, or $15 off the $70 consumers normally pay under the regular T-Mobile One plan. A second line goes for $25 per month.
T-Mobile is recognizing firefighters, local police, and EMS responders by offering the same steep discounts it affords military veterans. On Monday, the wireless carrier announced a rate plan dubbed Magenta First Responder, with 50% off family lines. That's the lowest plan T-Mobile offers any of its customers, and it matches the Magenta Military plan launched in April 2018 that extends to active members of the armed forces and their families. A family of four pays $100 per month with AutoPay under the new plan, a sum that includes taxes and fees. A standard Netflix subscription is also included, as are such benefits as unlimited texting and data and an unlimited hotspot with up to 3 gigabytes of high-speed data.
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T-Mobile announced that it has achieved the global first live network 5G data transmission using low-band spectrum in partnership with Nokia, saying it will now be able to "blanket the country with broad 5G in 2020". The trials, which took place in Spokane, Washington, showed that a single cell tower will be able to transmit 5G signals across hundreds of square miles. Using 600MHz spectrum will therefore mean regional areas will also have access to its 5G network, T-Mobile said, as signals reach farther than higher-band frequencies. "The Un-carrier is focused on delivering 5G for everyone everywhere, while the other guys focus on 5G for the few -- reaching just a few people in small areas of a handful of cities," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said. "We're building truly mobile 5G so everyone can benefit from the 5G revolution. And with Sprint, we'll be able to supercharge 5G with incredible capacity and speed."
While most investors had been led to believe that the proposed acquisition of Sprint by T-Mobile would be blocked, the FCC has indicated a more favorable position for the proposed merger. T-Mobile is about to offer a fresh sweetener for prospective customers reluctant to leave AT&T, Verizon or Sprint because they are grandfathered into a corporate, affiliate, senior, military or other special discount they don't want to lose. For those people willing to switch to a new T-Mobile plan called Magenta, the nation's No. 3 wireless carrier says it will match (and sometimes beat) those eligible rival discounts and let you keep the new Magenta rate plan and discount until you choose to change your plan. Magenta is the newly-named offshoot of the existing T-Mobile One plan, its top unlimited plan. T-Mobile One starts at $70 for a single line monthly with autopay; four lines are $160 a month.