‘Tis the season: T-Mobile offers holiday promos, CNET predicts mobile trends for the new year

Mobile industry news for the week of December 19, 2016

With the holidays fast approaching, carriers are announcing a variety of holiday promotions. This week, T-Mobile launched upgrades and a new international service plan for its ONE Plus plan option. The new upgrades offer reduced prices and a broader variety of international calling.

As we look to the new year, industry experts are predicting a lot of change in the wireless space. As far as mobile trends, we can expect carrier mergers to continue and lots of competition around 5G deployment. Package-delivery via long distance drones may also become mainstream in the near future. The stories on our minds are below.

Mobile trends for 2017 — 2017 is going to be a momentous year for mobile. Marguerite Reardon from CNET predicts that mobile trends will be highly influenced by the new Trump administration and the growing hype around 5G. Reardon’s top predictions include continued “merger mania” for major carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile, which we saw a glimpse of this year. Long-distance drones and 5G deployments from carriers will continue gaining momentum, as well as Wi-Fi networks like Google’s Project Fi and Republic Wireless. Finally, we can expect carriers to continue growing fiber networks in an effort to increase wireless speeds for their customers.

T-Mobile offers holiday promotions — In the spirit of the holidays, T-Mobile is now offering reduced upgrades for its ONE Plus plan and launching an international version, ONE Plus International. According to Digital Trends, T-Mobile ONE Plus subscribers receive access to free data roaming in over 140 countries and unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi, among other perks. ONE Plus International includes the same offerings, but also unlimited high-speed hotspot data and additional unlimited calling from the U.S. to more than 70 countries. Looking ahead to the new year, the carrier has also begun teasing a big “Un-carrier” announcement for the Consumer Electronics Show. 2017 looks like it will be a determining year not only for major innovations like 5G, but also for the success of the carriers themselves.

What news stories are on your minds this week? We’d love to hear what stories you’re dialing into.