T-Mobile unleashes Uncarrier 5.0 and 6.0, introduces "Test Drive" and "Music Freedom"

It isn't a secret, T-Mobile is charging forward with a movement that is changing the mobile industry. John Legere started Uncarrier 5.0 by mocking another event that took place earlier in the day, but quickly got down to business as he praised T-Mobile's customers and employees. 

T-Mobile introduced Uncarrier 5.0, which is a new test drive program that will allow potential customers to trial the service for seven days. Every customer will have the opportunity to  pick-up a iPhone 5S and test out the network and its services for a full seven days. This trial period will come at no cost and will not require a deposit; the customer will have to register a credit card when applying for the test drive.

As a surprise, T-Mobile also unleashed Uncarrier 6.0, which gives customers the ability to stream music from some of the industries most popular streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, iTunes Radio, and more, without it hitting your data bucket. Essentially, this means that all your streaming data will not count against your data plan. Legere reiterated that even if you have exhausted your data bucket for the month, you will still be able to stream music from the participating services.

Finally, Legere unveiled Rhapsody unRadio. This will be a new service that will be available for T-Mobile customers with the unlimited 4G / LTE plans. The service will be free for unlimited subscribers, but will also be available to standard subscribers at a discounted rate of $4 a month.

Rhapsody unRadio will feature:

  • the ability to replay your favorites
  • listen to tracks you want to
  • unlimited skips
  • no ads
  • over 20 million songs

T-Mobile has again changed the landscape of the mobile wireless industry. With the announcement of Uncarrier 5.0 and 6.0, it's is clear that T-Mobile understands and is addressing pain points in the industry. While it's too early to tell whether other carriers will follow suit, one thing is for certain, Legere is pioneering a movement that will forever change how a wireless carrier conducts its business. 

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Now only if service was better in the areas I would use it. At my house I have a very inconstant connection and at my lake home (no internet there) I only have Edge but a very strong connection. I would really like to take advantage of it at my lake home.

Mandosis said,
Now only if service was better in the areas I would use it. At my house I have a very inconstant connection and at my lake home (no internet there) I only have Edge but a very strong connection. I would really like to take advantage of it at my lake home.

One really good thing about T-Mobile is their free Wi-Fi calling. Comes in handy when abroad if you ever travel.

Deihmos said,

One really good thing about T-Mobile is their free Wi-Fi calling. Comes in handy when abroad if you ever travel.

But one thing people don't realize is that the T-Mobile Wi-Fcalling feature uses minutes on a prepaid plan - if you have unlimited minutes for talk with your plan, it's a non-issue. But a lot of us tend to use the T-Mobile $30/month plan that has 100 minutes of talk time (with unlimited texts and 5GB of data up to 4G then capped at 2G after the 5G point) and even in situations where I'd be using Wi-Fi and not cellular data, if I make calls using that Wi-Fi calling app it subtracts minutes just the same.

Something to keep in mind...

br0adband said,

But one thing people don't realize is that the T-Mobile Wi-Fcalling feature uses minutes on a prepaid plan - if you have unlimited minutes for talk with your plan, it's a non-issue. But a lot of us tend to use the T-Mobile $30/month plan that has 100 minutes of talk time (with unlimited texts and 5GB of data up to 4G then capped at 2G after the 5G point) and even in situations where I'd be using Wi-Fi and not cellular data, if I make calls using that Wi-Fi calling app it subtracts minutes just the same.

Something to keep in mind...

I guess that's the case for prepaid which I don't have. My plan is 3 lines for $90.00 a month unlimited.

I have ATT with their new plans 3 lines for $150 a month with 10gigs of data and i've never gone over and i am always using iTunes radio and iTunes match so is my wife and daughter! and its blazing fast!!!

zerolimit said,
I have ATT with their new plans 3 lines for $150 a month with 10gigs of data and i've never gone over and i am always using iTunes radio and iTunes match so is my wife and daughter! and its blazing fast!!!

3 lines would cost $100 on t-mobile. If the extra coverage is worth the extra cost to you then more power to you.

while their network isn't quite like verizon....yet, but moving towards a better network. I don't know why anyone would want to go to AT&T and verizon and sign a contract besides thier 4g lte..

I have been with T-mobile way back when it iwas voicestream. What they are doing now is awesome.

Been without a contract for almost a year with their new pricing structure. I pay $50 + $10 for each extra line (have 3 extra lines) plus data plans for my wife, mine and my daughters phones our total bill is $180 Inc. taxes and fees) for 4 lines including payments for my wife's and my phones (galaxy s4 and note 2 t

This is fantastic. The 1GB high speed data is good enough for me but now I can stream all the music I want and only pay 90 a month for 3 lines of service.

Deihmos said,
This is fantastic. The 1GB high speed data is good enough for me but now I can stream all the music I want and only pay 90 a month for 3 lines of service.

Plus taxes and fees

Deihmos said,

I actually receive 15% off the bill so I actually pay little less than $90.


I thought they got rid of employer discounts. What is your source to your discount?

babyHacker said,

I thought they got rid of employer discounts. What is your source to your discount?

Nope not all of them. The one I had before was for school and that was discontinued and was 12%. The discount is for working the State as a teacher.

Sorry if this sounds stupid, but question.. doesn't that mean they have to track what you do in order to determine what's streaming and what's not?

Also, why only iPhone... they should provide at least 3 options (an IPhone, an Android and a Win Phone) since not everyone wants an iPhone.

The only real fly in the potion for the Test Drive - however, once the Test Drive is over, you are certainly free to use any phone that T-M supports (AFAIK, there are currently no Windows Phone 8 devices on that list). Still, it's a quibble for a Test Drive. j2006 - there are doubtless tracking mechanisms built into the apps themselves (regardless of platform) that tie into existing geolocation features (either in the OS or in the phone hardware, if not both - what should scare you witless is that similar features are in desktop computers; no, I am NOT joking one darn bit; Apple uses it in Find My Mac, and similar features and applications are available for Windows - it's FAR from rocket science.

j2006 said,
Also, why only iPhone... they should provide at least 3 options (an IPhone, an Android and a Win Phone) since not everyone wants an iPhone.
While I wish that were true, that would make the whole program much more difficult to manage, I'm sure. As much as I'd love to do the test drive with a Lumia, I believe the main point of the program is to ensure that you get good coverage where you'll be using the phone most (your house, work, favorite restaurants, etc.) and not to necessarily test the *phone* itself.

You are testing the phone itself and they want you to buy that phone after the trial is over because it's one of the highest costing phones.

xbbdc said,
You are testing the phone itself and they want you to buy that phone after the trial is over because it's one of the highest costing phones.
I believe you are wrong.

Yoikes - the Test Drive portion is a decided shocker (and is something that no other carrier I know of - national or otherwise - is doing in the US). Yes, that hold requirement will disqualify quite a lot of folks today (however, it's because of the PHONE you are getting for the trial - Apple's iPhone 5S - their current flagship); however, I don't see any OTHER carrier doing it - with any phone. Apparently, T-Mobile's UnCarrier strategem is NOT going away, Sprint acquisition or not.