Today in a live interview T-Mobile CEO John Legere has made his eighth major announcement in their line of Uncarrier programs that try to differentiate them from the business practices of the other major US carriers. Legere described Uncarrier 8.0 as the biggest change they have made so far, and based on how big of a shift it is from how cellular data plans currently work I'm inclined to agree with him. 

The big feature being introduced with Uncarrier 8.0 is called Data Stash. As you know, when you pay for a certain amount of data from your cellular carrier, that data bucket is only good for your monthly billing cycle. If you have 3GB remaining at the end of your cycle, that data is lost when your next cycle begins. Data Stash allows users to keep their high speed data that they have unused at the end of the month, which allows them to have a greater amount of high speed data for future months. This is similar to how some prepaid carriers have operated for many years by letting users carry their minutes over to later months. Users should be aware that data will only remain valid for a year, but because it is continually rolling over every month this should not be much of an issue except for users who hope to save up in order to turn their LTE service into their home internet.

Legere has also stated that new customers will be given 10GB in their Data Stash for free. Later on in the interview Legere is now discussed various topics, including T-Mobile's network expansion, 15 MHz FDD-LTE, and subscriber numbers.

Source: T-Mobile Uncarrier 8.0 Stream

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  • Intervenator - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    Idk what could possibly excite you if this doesn't... D:
  • CaedenV - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    Pretty nice. I am almost convinced to jump ship from ATT and move over to T-Mo. They minute they put up a few more towers in my area and my T-Mo friends stop whining about coverage then I will be all over it.
  • shadarlo - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    This is FANTASTIC. I really hope it forces Verizon to follow suit.

    Unfortunately two factors stop me from switching.

    1. The T-Mobile network in my area (Daytona Beach Florida) is pretty spotty and it gets worse in surrounding smaller towns. I don't even have 4g at my house which is one of the largest subdivisions in town.

    2. Verizon is actually cheaper! I get 2gb data, unlim talk/text for $60/mo WITH subsidized phones. I could get a slightly cheaper plan with T-Mobile I think... but I'd have to pay for the phone myself. The only problem is I'm stuck with only 2GB data and I'd like 3-4. But I only pay $10-15 per gig I go over... so it's still pretty cheap if I need more some months.
  • TerdFerguson - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    $10-15/GB is cheap? I think it's outrageous, personally, and I wish that our government would've allocated spectrum for affordable technologies instead of assisting Verizon in lining their pockets.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    I wish I was rich enough to say "oh, $15/GB is cheap." To most people, that is an asinine price, especially since it barely cost verizon anything....
  • Impulses - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    When you're paying $60/month already, if you can't afford an extra $15 for the occasional overage you should probably evaluate your finances and try to stop living paycheck to paycheck.

    I'm not saying I agree with their cost structure, I think it's ridiculous too, but shadarlo's reasoning seems sound given the cards he's been dealt.

    Oh course if he's paying an extra $10-15 every other month he should consider how much that phone would really cost over two years... Still seems like he's coming out ahead tho.
  • Impulses - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    Biggest problem with the wireless industry is few people actually study their use and pick a plan/carrier that really fits their needs, so you have a massive amount of people overpaying and giving the larger carriers more inertia.
  • wondermanpoetry - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    You are Awesome T Mobile
  • crockett305 - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    What Brandon Chester didn't mention in this article is that T-Mobile wasn't the first to introduce the concept of rollover data. That honor goes to tier 2 carrier, C Spire who introduced Rolling Data last month. Apparently T-Mobile took notice and adopted their model to take on ATT & Verizon. I think it's important to note that T-Mobile isn't the big revolutionary carrier they try to be. Especially when they just copy what others in the marketplace are doing already.
  • Deelron - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - link

    It doesn't actually, at least one AT&T MVNO (Pure Talk) had rollover data last year (which I believe it has since done away with). Tricky thing when you're talking about "firsts."

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