It does look as though when it comes to the year 2014 among tech companies in the U.S., T-Mobile has experienced a far more remarkable year than the rest of the pack – at least this is what CNN reported. T-Mobile did their fair share of actions in 2014, thanks to its “Un-carrier” marketing push that does away with pesky contracts so that folks can switch handsets all too frequently, with free international roaming to boot – and all of those were in 2013.
Sure, Apple unveiled the iWatch and Apple Pay. Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) has been on an absolute tear since new CEO Satya Nadella took over in February. Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) solved its speed issues. And Facebook (FB, Tech30) dominated the social landscape with its WhatsApp purchase. It has been a great year for tech. But no other tech company shook up its entire industry the way that T-Mobile (TMUS) did this year. Because of T-Mobile’s actions in 2014, wireless carriers have fallen over one another trying to cut prices. Sprint (S) offered to halve your bill, Verizon (VZ, Tech30) and AT&T (T, Tech30) lowered rates while offering more data for your dollar, and you can now get a smartphone for $0 down at any carrier. There is real competition in the industry for the first time in forever.