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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  • Impulses - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - link

    Who cares? It's not like it's a novel idea, I've seen people suggesting it for years and we've already had rollover minutes... Who debuted it first or who copied who has just about zero significance, specially when you weigh those two carrier's subscriber base.
  • Deelron - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - link

    "Who cares?"

    The first guy to mention it, obviously ;).
  • Samus - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - link

    I'm surprised nobody is talking about T-Mobile partnering with Ting (a Sprint MVNO) to create the first cell phone provider to have GSM and CDMA compatibility under one roof.
  • Hrel - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - link

    I'd bet money this doesn't apply to their $40/month or $30/month plans, only starts at the $50/month plan and up.
  • Deelron - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - link

    "Sign up for a postpaid Simple Choice Plan with 4G LTE data for your phone (minimum 3GB 4G LTE data) or tablet (minimum 1GB 4G LTE data)."

    So no on the cheapest (1GB) of phone plans, but yes on the $20 a month tablet plan (also 1GB). Interesting choice.
  • twofoldpath - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - link

    There are definitely parts of Raleigh where I don't have service on T-Mobile, along some highways in Virginia, in some parts of New York/southwestern CT where I definitely think I should have as to say I'm not trying to be an apologist for T-Mobile, though I do like that they're not Verizon...

    But I live in Chicago and haven't had any issues for the past 1.5 years on T-Mobile. I don't think it's just the part of the city I live in (northeast near Irving Park Rd.) but I travel to literally most neighborhoods and a lot of suburbs and nearby cities (i.e. Rockford) and almost always have good service on T-Mobile. This includes good signal strength and LTE. I generally think of them as good in cities and not so much elsewhere (yet).

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