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T-Mobile Expands Offerings as Customer Totals Increase

T-Mobile coverage map showing all of North America

Over the first six months of 2015, T-Mobile has seen an increase in overall customer totals that was higher than industry analysts expected. During the recent release of subscriber figures, during the second quarter of the year the company added over 2 million new customers across pre- and post-paid accounts. This growth brings the company’s customer total to just under 60 million which, despite the increase, maintains T-Mobile as the fourth largest carrier behind Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Commentators in the wireless industry believe that this growth will continue throughout the remainder of the year, although long-term forecasts suggest the promotions T-Mobile has used to elevate its presence in the market will not be sustainable.

In an effort to preempt the predictions that it will not be able to sustain its growth beyond this year, T-Mobile has announced the extension of existing promotions and new ones that it hopes will allow the company to enjoy a larger footprint, both domestically and internationally. One of its most ambitious plans was the offer for any Verizon customer to try T-Mobile for two weeks, absolutely free. The latest reports indicate that this plan was successful during the first quarter but has tapered off during the second quarter, although similar programs for AT&T and Sprint transfer customers have not seen any signs of slowing down.

Similarly, T-Mobile has expanded its two most popular data plan packages. These packages both cost $100 per month, but one includes two phone numbers with unlimited LTE data, while the other offers four phone numbers with 2.5 GB of data per line. Having satisfied its customers by providing an unlimited data plan, T-Mobile is now turning its attention to the part of its consumer base that wants to upgrade phones on a frequent basis. With a new program titled Jump on Demand, for a monthly fee of $10, T-Mobile customers will have the option to upgrade their phone three times per twelve months.

As innovative as the program is to allow multiple phone upgrades annually, T-Mobile’s plan to offer coverage throughout North America, including Mexico and Canada, without roaming fees is being heralded as a game changer. In particular, this plan is attracting attention because it will be available to customers sooner than the plan proposed by AT&T months ago, which will offer similar perks. Under T-Mobile’s plan, subscribers will be able to text, call, and use web services, like email and GPS applications, while in Mexico or Canada without incurring any additional fees. The plan will go live by the start of August 2015.

Dr. Seuss is Banned in Canada

Who here likes censorship?  Probably very few of us like things being censored, but at the same time we all probably realize that there are some things that should be censored; right?  Take for example the phase that most, if not all, of us heard at one time or another from our parents when they would reprimand us by saying, “there is a time and place for everything.”  That phrase there is an example of censorship, specifically self-censorship, it is essentially telling us what behavior to conduct ourselves in depending on the situation.  For example, it is probably a good idea not to do shots of tequila while at church.  There are also some things that children shouldn’t be exposed to, such as explicit sexual images, violence, and Dr. Seuss.

Huh?  Wait a minute I thought Dr. Seuss books are intended for children, so how can they possibly be censored from them?  Well, according to the school district in British Colombia Canada Dr. Seuss is no longer fit for the young fragile minds of their students.  At present it isn’t all of Dr. Seuss’ works (yet), just “Yertle the Turtle,” and the reason for it landing on the banned book list is because it violates ban on political messages in schools.  The surprising thing is that it was actually a teacher who landed this book on the contraband list by quoting this line from the book to administrators, “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we, too, should have rights.”  Does anyone see the irony by using that quoted text to land this book on the banned list?  If I recall “Yertle the Turtle” is about the dangers of despotic rule, and that quote actually illustrates that; and yet here we have a government organization (despots if you will) deciding what is right for the masses.

Yes, “Yertle the Turtle” is in fact a political book, and according to the BC school district’s policy on no political messages in school it falls into the banned text category; but that is a broad ban there.  I imagine that “The Lorax” will be next, because it advocates environmentalism, which is a political message and countless other children’s stories because they typically advocate sharing, which heaven forbid advocates communism!  I have to wonder, exactly what books the students in British Columbia are actually allowed to read, because some of the great works in literature have political messages, and they all warn of similar things that “Yertle the Turtle” is about.  “Animal Farm,” “1984,” “A Brave New World,” and “Fahrenheit 451,” they all are warnings to their readers about the dangers of an overzealous government deciding what is appropriate for their citizens.  Yeah, I remember reading all of those books and thinking to myself, “Gee, I sure hope one day I can live in a country like that.”  Well, apparently if I move to Canada I can.