Mobile Diaries Podcast

Episode 7: The Next Chapter in 5G

Why one CMO says our 5G future is already in sight

The way our mobile connectivity impacts our lives is apparent in most everything we do today, but what about tomorrow, next year — or even next decade? T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Katz joins Jason and Shawna to talk about how 5G is unleashing the potential of our connected lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined even just a few years ago. We review some of the white-hot wireless advances that have been made since the beginning of the pandemic, and how our 5G future is swiftly coming into focus.

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Mobile Diaries: The Next Chapter in 5G


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Join the T-Mobile Stories team, Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Shawna Ryan and veteran editor and writer Jason Adams, as they delve into the various archetypes, personas, brilliant minds and unique stories that have emerged from the new digitally driven world that has massively accelerated since the start of the pandemic. From the type of connectivity we crave to the wireless technology that allows us to work from just about anywhere, they take a look at what it means to live a life of “mobile mindfulness” and how you can use your device without it using you.

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Jason Adams created the T-Mobile Stories vertical in 2018, bringing with him many years of high-profile media work in New York and Hollywood, and as a highly sought-after creative consultant in Silicon Valley. Now in tech hub Seattle, his vision for the T-Mobile Stories team came from a perfect blend of his time writing pointed pop culture content while steeped in the transformative power of technology in everyday life. A savvy interviewer, you would be hard-pressed to find a relevant topic in today’s zeitgeist that Jason hasn’t written about or a person embedded in that world he hasn’t, in some form, been connected to personally or professionally.

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Shawna Ryan of T-Mobile Stories

After more than a decade as a reporter and anchor in the Tri-State area, focusing not only on local societal issues in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but also focusing on the subject of digital transformation for various online publications, Shawna Ryan came to the T-Mobile Stories team at the height of the pandemic with a distinct purpose of connecting her technology reports with the human-interest aspect of her feature work. Having to quickly adapt to a mobile lifestyle herself in 2020, she brought with her the learnings as a broadcast journalist (and two Emmys) to elevate its narrative storytelling through not only her well-chosen words but her artful video skills.