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!
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.