T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 5.0 may include phone unlocking & next-gen billing

by: William Neilson JrJune 16, 2014

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While rumors continue about T-Mobile’s potential merger with Sprint, T-Mobile’s next step in their uncarrier phase may have recently been leaked. According to TmoNews, pictures received for an upcoming T-Mobile Samsung device (Galaxy Avant) show that the phone comes included with a pre-installed piece of software along with Android 4.4.2.

As TmoNews notes through their source:

As for the interesting piece of software: Two test drivers of the device noted that the phone had a pre-installed app for carrier unlocking the device. Upon booting up the app and going through a couple of prompts, the device was completely unlocked. Our source noted that he tried a VZW SIM card, which worked fine. Interestingly, once the phone was unlocked and the phone restarted, the device unlocking app was no longer there.

So, are T-Mobile phones going to soon be coming with carrier unlocking apps? We still are not sure.

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Plans have already leaked that included in T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 5.0 show on June 18 will be updated billing practices that allow a customer to buy a $50 plan and then be charged exactly $50 including taxes. This type of billing practice is rare but does currently exist under MetroPCS which is owned by T-Mobile.

According to PhoneArena, even with those billing practices in place, T-Mobile will not be increasing the overall price of their plans.

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Also, did I mention that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be performing at the Uncarrier event?

  • MasterMuffin

    We need T-Mobile in Finland :D

    • Varun Bansal

      Actually only john (t-mo CEO) would be enough for your country existing Carrier’s (if they employs him as their CEO too)

  • RyanT

    The billing would definitely be nice. I hate the nebulous nature of the “taxes” here, can never get a straight answer about how much the actual cost will be each month.

  • wezi427

    The Source used a Verizon SIM card and it worked fine, but was that with LTE? If that is the case I’ll buy my phone from T-Mobile.

  • Cole Raney

    Now if only T-Mobile could roll out something better than 2G outside of metro areas. AT&T has “4G” in my hometown of 5,000 people. Verizon has LTE there. Every other service is useless in that town.

    • David Rutla

      IDK maybe your town just sucks ? for celserive from tmo anyways

  • frhow

    How did a Tmobile phone work with a Verizon sim? Was it a CDMA/GSM phone? Is this just one phone that is part of this new Silver program where Google is trying to make phones that will work on ALL carriers. So you can change out carriers as you please without having to get a new phone? Hmmm…..

    • LivinInDC

      You get data service only. VZW uses CDMA for voice transmission.

    • Aar0nC

      I’ve heard that Verizon’s Iphone 5, 5c, 5s are totally unlocked (not sure if a mistake by verizon when making the contract with apple) and has a CDMA ESN and a GSM sim card slot. So technically you can run it on Verizon and then open the sim tray and run it on T-mo. (I could be wrong so don’t flame me if that is the case!)