To meet cost, Ting is selling the Nexus 5 for $96 more than it costs through Google Play. The MVNO wants you to connect a Nexus to its network. It just would rather you purchase it from Google.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS officially combined to create T-Mobile US on May 1, but in 61 days the new company has been relatively quiet. A lot has been going on behind the scenes, though.
Locking phones down to a specific mobile operator is an unpopular practice, and T-Mobile is maintaining it but only for customers who make use of its device financing options.
Ofcom wants to make it possible for consumers to pull out of their mobile contracts without paying a penalty, if the carrier raises the agreed contract price. But, as operators have warned, this may mean drastically reducing upfront hardware subsidies.
T-Mobile USA’s new CEO John Legere has a tough job ahead of him given T-Mobile’s shrinking customer base. But if he continues down the path T-Mobile has laid — challenging the status quo of AT&T and Verizon, Legere could help reshape the US mobile market.