Since the iPhone 8 series was released, the carriers apparently felt that they would not have to offer any special discounts to move them. They were wrong! Dr Wireless has been doing this long before there was any such thing as an iPhone. One thing that has been pretty consistent over the years has been Apple's consistent iPhone release product cycle. It seems the new models come out early in the year and the refreshment models, generally distinguished with an "s" with some new features and improvements hit the third week of September. This year, Apple screwed up. The 8 series landing the third week of September should have been the 7s and 7s+. Why? Because they look identical on the outside. Apple shot themselves in the foot this time. Anyone who truly wants the latest Apple technology is totally ignoring the iPhone 8 series. To make matters worse, Apple will have major iPhone X supply issues as they still must rely on other companies to make their screens, and other major components. Up until now, we have found the iPhone 7 series and Samsung Galaxy 7 models to be incredible buys at their discounted pricing. Well Verizon just started what I hope will be an iPhone 8 series and X price war. Here's your chance to trade in your iPhone 6s or 7 series and get $300 off and 8 or X series on big Red's Unlimited network.
All of the iPhone are great these days. Anyone with an iPhone 6 or older should consider upgrading. The newest iOS 11 will likely cause havoc with the older 5 series. While the iPhone 6 is actually a good model, T-Mobile users would be better off with the 6s or later as the regular iPhone 6 does not support TM's 700MHz band. The iPhone SE, if you can deal with the smaller screen, is essentially the same guts as the 6S, but in the same body of the 4 and 5 series. My feeling is there has never been a better time to buy an iPhone 7 series model as they are deeply discounted.
Here is a small chart comparing the 8 to the X...
To see all iPhones and compare them.
My guess is that the Apple 8 series is not exactly flying off the shelves. After all, launching a model a mere month after the iPhone 8 series was not the brightest move in the world. In my opinion, the iPhone 8 series should have been called the iPhone 7s and 7s+. After all, they usually release the refreshed versions in Fall and the new ones in May. In any case, there has never been a better time to buy and iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy 7 model like right now. New and existing T-Mobile for Business customers who activate a new line on T-Mobile ONE can get the Samsung Galaxy S7 for $350 after monthly EIP bill credits. Offer ID: 437191
This is one helluva phone for only $350 and you really can't go wrong. Ask me for details.
Starting October 27 and for a limited time, eligible new and existing business and government customers can get $120 off eligible iPhones (X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE) via promotional EIP bill credits when they purchase on EIP and activate a new line of service or add a line on T-Mobile ONE™.
If you are thinking about getting a new iPhone, don't get fooled into thinking your carrier has a good trade-in deal. Dr Wireless is so confident that our deal is better that we will pay $50 over what the major wireless carriers offer. To get an idea of what your Apple iPhone or Android is worth, you can visit any of the following Carrier web links.
T-Mobile's BuyBack program . AT&T's BuyBack program . Verizon's BuyBack Program . Sprint's BuyBack
We need used iPhones for our subscribers that lose or break their devices and don't have insurance. Obviously, if your device is damaged, or not operating correctly, please trade-it in to the carriers as we are not interested. If the device is in good working order, or has a battery that doesn't stay charged very long, no problem. If the screen is shattered but it is still operational, we may still take it but subtract the screen replacement costs.
Contact Dr Wireless to sell your current device.
This morning, I got an error message on my iPhone warning me that I picked up a Trojan virus and needed to download something that popped up with the virus warning. Unless you have jailbroken your iPhone, the chance of randomly picking up a trojan virus on your iPhone is pretty slim. The bad guys know this. That's why these messages are accompanied with a link they want you to download. That, is when the real problems begin.
Rule #1 Never open links for banks, PayPal, e-Bay or an other of your accounts from an e-mail.
More often than not, the link is fraudulent and an attempt to get your personal information. It's better to launch a fresh browser and play it safe. Another trick is hitting reply and then running your mouse over the name of the person or business that sent you the e-mail. Often times, this reveals the bogus e-mail address.
Rule #2 Don't Get Sucked Into Stupid FaceBook questions requesting "harmless" personal information
I see these "questions" periodically on Facebook. List ten concerts you went to and one you didn't attend. Do you remember the first phone number you ever had. What was your first pets name? These all sound innocent enough but are often used by banks and financial institutions as challenge questions.
Generally, it's a good idea to clear your browsers cached information should you see any of these types of pop-up messages. Both Avast and AVG offer FREE virus protection that is as good as the paid versions available in most cases.
I'm not sure why, but all of a sudden, T-Mobile has become "Carrier-Like" and no longer very transparent, like the "Un-Carrier" campaign of last year. I guess when you catch up to the 800lb gorillas, you start emulating them. The above advertisement on the surface would appear to be a great deal. What is mentioned in the last sentence I find very troubling though. That's because, the T-Mobile One Plan they are offering may/ or may not be the same one you are on right now. If you are currently on TM's amazing 2 Line/$100 Unlimited deal, their 55+ plan, or were lucky enough to get in when TM was offering the FREE Plus offering (1080P resolution and 10GB of 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot), you forfeit all of this. That's right, the One plan being offered above with the FREE Netflix deal is Standard definition (480p) with snail slow 3G tethering, not 4G LTE.
This is the exact reason that Dr Wireless created our Robin Hood program. Like in a high stakes poker game, you need to know when to hold them and when to fold them. In this case, savvy Dr Wireless clients are holding their plans. It's far smarter to pay $10 to add Netflix to your current plan than let T-Mobile slam the breaks on your resolution and Mobile Hotspot speeds.
The last Android I had was a Samsung S3. While I liked the device, the volume would end up getting turned all the way down in my pocket quite often. I also found the Android operating system at the time to be less stable. Well, personally I'm getting a bit fed up with Apple's arrogance and lack of consideration. I just got off an airplane from Mexico and listened to my Amazon music (I hate iTunes) the whole trip. I was able to do that despite the fact that my iPhone 6S+ had 12% battery life when I got on my plane because I had the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack for my JBL headset while my iphone could simultaneously charge with the USB/lightning port. That, is the main reason I have no interest in the iPhone 7, 8, or even the X for that matter. If that wasn't enough to clinch it, the fact that Apple is totally disregarding the fact that T-Mobile dropped $8 billion on their exclusive purchase of 600mHZ spectrum early this year.
What made AT&T and Verizon better than the rest was the fact that they had 700mHZ spectrum while all the other carriers had 1700-2200 mHZ range. The lower the bandwidth, the better it works underground and indoors. To illustrate this, look at what happened to T-Mobile after investing $435 million on 700mHZ bandwidth. They practically went from worst to first overnight and have been cleaning Verizon's clock for data speeds ever since.
LG has had some hits and misses over the years with devices. Recently they have been making several good devices, particularly their LG V20. I'm considering getting their new LG V30 as it is the first model on the market to support T-Mobile's 600mHZ bandwidth. Obviously, even if you have this device, most markets don't yet have 600mHZ support. As TM is rapidly rolling it out though, who wants to drop $700-$1200 for a SmartPhone that will not even support possibly the best T-Mobile innovation ever.
Above is an impressive deal from T-Mobile on the LG V30. With a deal like this, it might be a good move to "go to the dark side" until mid next year when Apple wakes up and starts doing what is best for consumers and not trying to be so damn proprietary. In the interim, LG is likely to sell quite a few Smartphones.
T-Mobile is already as good as the 800lb gorillas even without their new 600mHZ. That means anyone buying an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or PIXEL 2 will still have a great experience. Verizon has been promoting their new Google Pixel 2 models as exclusive to their network. They obviously don't want their subscribers to know that Verizon is the only major carrier that never locks their SmartPhones to their networks. That means that anyone who has a recent Verizon LTE smartphone can pop in any other carriers card instantly. To really tick of Verizon, @johnlegere, T-Mobile's CEO, seems to take great relish in pissing off "Dumb and Dumber". In his latest effort, he just made a pretty amazing pitch to owners of Verizon's Pixel 2 models and here it is...
It’s #BYOPixel time! Verizon wants everyone to think the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are exclusive to their network…Well they’re not. As we announced last week, not only does the Pixel 2 work great on T-Mobile’s network, but we’re also offering a big promotion for Pixel customers who purchase their device directly from Google, Verizon or Best Buy. Starting October 17, for a limited time, postpaid customers who bring their Pixel 2 or 2 XL to T-Mobile and add a line can get $325 back – that’s up to 50% back – via rebate when they unleash the power of their Pixel 2 on America’s Best Unlimited Network!
Regretfully, I was just informed that T-Mobile will stop offering their wildly successful deal of two Unlimited lines for $100. Anyone who has it now or gets it before tomorrow evening can keep this deal for life. Starting October 5th, it will cost $120 per month, instead of $100. The only consolation is that TM is including Netflix with their new retail customer deal. For our business users, TM is offering a FREE bump up from standard to high definition and 10GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot.
The new iPhone 8 and 8 + are now available. It's still too early to know but it appears there may be some issues with the devices coming apart. Reports coming out of Japan and Korea have allegedly indicated the iPhone 8 battery swells up after getting hot resulting in the screen dislodging from the devices. I'd do some extensive google searches to make sure this is not a wide spread issue. Apple does know about it, according to our friends at BGR.
Verizon has recently revamped their Unlimited Plans. Below are the differences in Go and Beyond Unlimited plans
It looks like the shine on Apple may be dimming a bit. The new iPhone 8 series are now available and the stores are busier than normal. The previous craziness at launch time was far more subdued this time around, however. Apple may have blundered with the back-to-back release of the 8 series followed by the soon to be launched 10 model.
I have not used the 8 series yet, but have noticed the following observations from my colleagues that would explain the luke warm tepid response. The consensus is while the A11 processor is faster than the A10, it's hardly worth dumping your iPhone 7 series for. It is definitely worth moving from the 6s and older models. Interestingly, but not surprising to me, the iPhone 8+ is outselling the iPhone 8. As this model has a better super retina screen, better battery and the dual optical image stabilization that will be also found on the iPhone X, why not go big?
Apple told the public that their glass back, necessary for wireless charging, was extremely durable. That apparently was a lie since folks are already having them shatter after dropping them. Today, the iPhone 8+ is clearly the best Smartphone on the market. The biggest problem Apple has though the 8 series is already obsolete. It has the same old boring look of it's predecessors but more importantly, does not support T-=Mobile's new 600mHZ "Band 71" which is going to be a deal breaker for me. In fact, the iPhone X will not support this band either. As T-Mobile spent $8 billion to obtain this special bandwidth, I'm not spending big bucks for a device that does not support it.
Anyone who has been following coverage of the recent devastation caused by hurricanes and earthquakes would have noticed that landline and wireless networks almost always fail. That's because even it the infrastructure is not damaged, the networks cannot handle the added network stress. Imagine if there were 90,000 people in the Rose Bowl and everyone tried to make a phone call at the same time. The advantage of Satellite phones is they work when nothing else does. That's because your call goes 910 miles straight up to the nearest satellite. There is no need to use terrestrial local cell towers or switching stations. Dr Wireless rents and sells satellite phones. We also have "SatFi" devices that becomes a satellite hotspot for your SmartPhone or landline phone. Don't wait for the next emergency. Dr Wireless ask about our FREE satellite phone and SatFi packages with Unlimited monthly plans.
Are you tired of being taken advantage of by your wireless carrier or business phone provider? Do you want to level the playing field in your favor? For 25 years, Dr Wireless has worked for all of the major wireless carriers. While we have always tried to do what was best for our clients, it was never easy when the carriers are the ones that are paying you. What we discovered is by charging a "consultation" fee, we can now disclose ways of getting special "off-sheet" non-commissionable rate plans and other ways of saving big $, without the fear of carrier retribution. What's really cool is our guarantee. We offer a FREE consultation and can immediately tell you whether our Robin Hood program will be worth the $200 cost. If we cannot save you double that amount over 12 months, we waive our fee. Fair enough?
Unless you are new to my blog, you know that we never recommend doing software upgrades immediately, especially if you only have one device. That's because there are often stability issues, and battery life issues. With over a million third party applications available in the Apple and Google stores, it's impossible to really know how these applications will play with the new software until it's out there.
Generally, when Apple introduces new iPhone models, they usually bring out a newer iOS version too. While these are tested extensively on the new model(s) being released, there is no guarantee that the software will run flawlessly on your current model. Almost everyone I have talked to that has an iPhone 7 that upgraded to iOS11 regrets it. I'm seeing reports of additional battery drainage of up to 60%.
What this means is if you buy an iPhone 8 or 8+, it will be running iOS11 and you will likely be okay. It's the folks with the iPhone 7 series, 6 series and especially the 5 series that should hold off doing this upgrade. Whenever a new operating system or upgrade comes out, the first thing I do is google it. "Problems with iOS11". This time around, I found many iPhone 6 and 7 users that had done the upgrade had a giant loss in battery capacity.
If you have an iPhone 6 or before, you really need to upgrade the device, especially if you are a T-Mobile subscriber. That's because the iPhone 6 and older models did not yet support T-Mobile's 700mHZ band. The 6s model did offer 700mHZ support. Unfortunately, none of the new models including the not yet released iphone X will support T-Mobile's newest 600mHZ frequency, aka "Band 71". In a perfect world, we would be able to buy an iPhone X that supports Band 71 in November when it comes out. After all, the lower the frequency the better it works indoors. Until last year's $435 million purchase of 700mHZ spectrum, that was TM's achilles heal. Early this year, T-Mobile dropped $8 billion to be the exclusive major carrier offering 600mHZ bandwidth. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon should be thankful that Apple isn't supporting this yet. When they do, the other carriers are in big, big trouble.
Today, the only manufacturer that has a model supporting this new technology is LG. I suspect Samsung is working on this. I'm guessing that Apple will launch an "S" model early next year adding support for Band 71. Until then, I can't see dropping four figures for a device that lacks something this critical.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.