T-Mobile US, Inc. is the American operating entity of T-Mobile International AG. The fourth-largest carrier in America, T-Mobile U.S. — NYSE: TMUS — is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. The company has 49.1 million customers across the United States and has annual revenues about $24.42 billion.
T-Mobile's roots go back to the mid-1990s, when VoiceStream Wireless PCS was created by Western Wireless Corp. The business spun off in the late 1990s, and T-Mobile acquired it and renamed it in 2002. T-Mobile developed a niche for itself with the Danger Hiptop, rebranded as the T-Mobile Sidekick — an early smartphone with a slideout screen and a QWERTY keyboard that proved popular with wireless users interested in messaging, email and other online access. Microsoft acquired Danger in 2008 then in 2009 its servers suffered a massive outage that made many Sidekick users lose their data. T-Mobile lost customers in droves.
Rival wireless company AT&T attempted to acquire T-Mobile in 2011 in a $39 billion stock and cash offer. After facing heavy resistance from the United States government, AT&T withdrew its offer. T-Mobile then merged with MetroPCS Communications, then the nation's sixth largest wireless carrier. The combined company, T-Mobile US, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as TMUS.
Since then, T-Mobile has embarked on an aggressive strategy to modernize and expand its wireless network. The company operates a wireless network that communicates using Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), the same system used by AT&T and operated by most wireless carriers worldwide.
T-Mobile's network operates on different radio frequencies than AT&T's, which affects both the area of coverage for its cell phone towers and how well its signal penetrates buildings. As a result, T-Mobile customers often complain of network dropouts or lost signals, especially inside buildings. To correct this, in 2014 the company bought unused 700 MHz spectrum from rival Verizon and plans to begin to deploy it by the end of the year.
T-Mobile has announced "Internet Freedom," a new way for customers to switch from their broadband provider on the company's tab.
T-Mobile has refreshed its Connect prepaid plans and added a new tier that is the company's "lowest price smartphone plan ever" at just $10 per month.
In a statement, Apple says that neither a bug nor lack of carrier support turned off iCloud Private Relay for users.
T-Mobile says that it has uncovered a bug in iOS 15.2 that is causing iCloud Private Relay to be blocked in error for users.
T-Mobile has announced that it now covers over 200 million Americans with its mid-band and mmWave 5G.
T-Mobile is officially rolling out its new promotion which offers a free year of Apple TV+ to customers on select plans.
According to PCMag's annual network test, T-Mobile beat out AT&T and Verizon as the fastest carrier in the U.S. for the first time.
T-Mobile has announced that starting on August 25, customers on select plans can redeem a free year of Apple TV+.
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