T-Mobile UN-carrier 5.0: Don’t Expect Unlocking as part of the Deal

June 17, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

Only one more day of waiting to see what John Legere has in store for T-Mobile and the newest UN-carrier news, 5.0. We know for sure that the event is tomorrow, and that he was ‘kind’ enough to move the event from Los Angeles to Seattle, so that journalists covering the big Amazon unveiling in Settle wouldn’t have to drive to two places…John is always so unselfish and thinks only of others…when he said:

“We heard a lot of journalists were planning to cover one or both events remotely, or send people to two places on the 18th. What a pain! And, you know, we do love to eliminate pain points. So, in true Un-carrier fashion, we are eliminating this pain point by moving Un-carrier 5.0 to Seattle on June 18th.”

One thing a tipster did share with our source is the elimination of all of those taxes – well, not actually eliminating them, but burying them in with the price.  It’s not uncommon to see up to fees and taxes make up to 15-percent of a bill.  Some are flat fees while others percentage based.  The word we are getting is that UN-carrier 5.0 Team Magenta’s post-paid customers will see their rate plans inclusive of all taxes and regulatory fees – what you see is what you get.  While not actually giving the customer any price breaks, it does make for a cleaner and simpler look…it also can allow T-Mobile to up the pricing and no one will know if it is a tax or fee increase or simply T-Mobile raising their price.

On Sunday we learned of a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Avant that was headed towards T-Mobile.  It featured a ‘carrier unlocking app’ in the App Launcher and by clicking on the app it would unlock the phone and allow it to work with a Verizon SIM card.  While this would be highly unusual move for a carrier to allow this type of device on their network – literally allowing that customer to walk to another carrier – T-Mobile, the friendly carrier, might just be the ones to start this sort of thing.  After all, you bought the smartphone with your own money, it would be nice to take it to the carrier that offers you the best deal.

While many may think that this is a sign that John Legere might announce such an initiative at Un-carrier 5.0 tomorrow…we say, “do not hold your breath.”  Even T-Mobile doesn’t want to allow you to quickly walk away to a competing carrier.  Please hook up with us on our Google+ Page and let us know what you think will be John Legere’s big announcement for UN-Carrier 5.0…as always, we would love to hear from you.