T-Mobile execs claim 100K iPhone activations each month, first LTE market to launch in Vegas soon (Updated)

T-Mobile executives apparently had much to say during their 2013 Citi Global Conference in Las Vegas today.

According to TmoNews, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claimed this afternoon that his company now sees roughly 100,000 new iPhone activations every month. T-Mobile currently serves 1.9 million iPhones via the Bring-Your-Own-Device setup, he also asserted, even though the carrier cited 1.7 million in December.

TmoNews further reported that CTO Neville Ray “dropped word” during the conference that T-Mobile would deploy its first LTE market in “two to three weeks” in Las Vegas:

Given the importance of Las Vegas with events like the Consumer Electronics Show, it’s not surprising that “Sin City” will be the first market to get the green light. If you recall, Las Vegas was one of the first markets to showcase HSPA+, HSPA+ 42Mbps and the network modernization project back during Apple’s WorldWide Developers Conference.

T-Mobile will probably have more tidbits to add during its T-Mobile invite-only press event in Las Vegas at 5:30 p.m. PST tonight. 9to5Mac is live at CES 2013, and we will update this post when more information is available.

A live audio webcast of the Citi Global Conference will be available around 5 p.m. EST at Veracast. A portion of the webcast where Legere discussed iPhone numbers on T-Mobile is above.

Two updates to this story are below.

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Update 1: T-Mobile took the stage at CES 2013 tonight and made three noteworthy announcements. Firstly, T-Mobile announced its Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan would be available to consumers with no-annual contract starting Jan. 9. See T-Mobile’s press release below for more details.

T-Mobile further said it would be the first U.S. wireless provider to “enable HD Voice on its nationwide network, dramatically improving in-call audio performance for customers with capable devices.” It even revealed network enhancements in Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Virginia Beach, Va. Check out the press release for more information.

The carrier finally announced a program to make 4G connectivity a free, standard feature on select notebooks and tablets. Go to T-Mobile’s newsroom for more details.

Update 2: T-Mobile CEO John Legere confirmed on Tuesday evening that it would finally launch the iPhone in the next “three to four months” with a subsidy elimination plan, according to Reuters.

Legere declined to disclose details about the company’s agreement with Apple, except to say that T-Mobile USA’s timing for selling the smartphone would be sooner rather than later, along with its subsidy elimination plan.

“They’re all, I would call them, in three to four months as opposed to six to nine months, Legere told Reuters in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

T-Mobile said last month it would finally sell Apple products in 2013, but the carrier did not clarify when launches would occur or even specify which devices.

T-Mobile Shakes Up the Wireless Industry by Expanding Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data to No-Annual-Contract Customers

T-Mobile levels the playing field for the customer as demand for unlimited 4G data plans continues to grow

Today at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced an industry first — its popular Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be available with no annual contract starting tomorrow, Jan. 9. T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier to offer an unlimited, nationwide, 4G data plan on a fast, dependable, nationwide, 4G network, giving customers the ultimate worry-free experience with no data caps, overages or bill shock.

“As the ‘Uncarrier,’ we’re doing the unthinkable,” said John Legere, president and chief executive officer of T-Mobile USA. “We’re directly confronting the frustrations of American consumers fed up with the cost, complexity and congested networks of our competitors. Our Unlimited 4G Data plan means 4G speeds, no caps and no overages on a smoking-fast, nationwide, 4G network. What this means is simply that T-Mobile customers are going to be able to enjoy everything a 4G smartphone is actually designed to do without limits and without a term contract.”

Consumers today are demanding more choice and flexibility in how they purchase wireless, along with the freedom to take advantage of everything their 4G smartphone has to offer without having to keep track of their data usage. Since its introduction in September, T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan is by far the most popular plan choice among T-Mobile customers. In fact, nearly half (46 percent) of new customers opted for the new data plan in December 2012.

“Simply put, consumers want their data to be blazing fast, without limits and without overages,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “With our new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, that’s exactly what we’re giving them, and for the first time, we’re offering it without an annual contract. Other carriers want to lock customers in; we’re going to earn our customers’ business with an amazing 4G experience every day.”

Wireless data usage on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network continues to grow as consumers increasingly step up to a fast and unlimited experience on the latest 4G devices. In total, T-Mobile customers stream 32 million songs and visit Facebook 1.8 billion times per day. T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan helps these customers power a variety of 4G experiences — from on-the-go gaming to streaming music and video — all without limits on its 4G network.

Beginning Jan. 9, T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be available with no annual contract for $70 per month online at www.t-mobile.com, at T-Mobile retail stores or through select dealers and national retail stores.

To kick off the Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan with no annual contract, T-Mobile will have a new offer on one of its latest smartphones. Starting Jan. 9, the LG Optimus L9 will be available for $199.99 with no annual contract. Featuring a stylish design and a stunning 4.5-inch qHD touch screen, the Optimus L9 on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G data network delivers amazing 4G experiences, including streaming movies, searching the Web, online gaming and more.

For more information regarding T-Mobile’s lineup of no-annual-contract smartphones, visit http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/.

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