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Rural Carriers, MVNOs Gearing Up for iPhone 6 Launches

September 23, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A second wave of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launches is coming Sept. 26 to rural and Tier 2 carriers along with MVNOs. NTelos announced it will begin selling Apple’s two new phones Friday and will start pricing out at $150 for the 16GB iPhone 6 and $250 for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, $50 less than where most major carriers start their on-contract pricing for the devices.

Cricket Doubles Data Buckets

September 10, 2014 11:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS - Cricket Wireless today announced a limited-...

MetroPCS Expands Into 10 New Markets, Ups Data for Existing Subs

September 4, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The T-Mobile prepaid brand will be setting up shop in Chattanooga, TN; Chicago; Kansas City, MO...

Cricket Offers $100 to Subs Switching from T-Mobile, MetroPCS

August 22, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cricket Wireless has joined the current wireless bounty bonanza by offering a $100 bill credit...

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FirstNews Briefs: HERE, Medio, Verizon, InterDigital, T-Mobile, MetroPCS

July 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Today HERE, a provider of mapping and location intelligence, completed the acquisition of Medio Systems Inc., a Seattle-based company dealing in the emerging field of real-time predictive analytics. The terms of the transaction are confidential.

Verizon Promises VoLTE This Year Supported by “Tangible Volume of Handsets”

May 20, 2014 5:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today is reminding its customers it hasn’t forgotten to launch VoLTE, promising the service will rollout nationwide later this year. The carrier is promising a “robust line-up” of VoLTE devices will be available at launch as well as an over-the-air update to make select devices already in service compatible with VoLTE.

AT&T Launches VoLTE in Select Markets

May 15, 2014 9:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HD Voice will initially be available on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which according to AT&T will be "coming soon." Additional devices are slated for market in the near future. AT&T says bringing the feature to the S4 Mini was the result of a collaboration with Samsung. 

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MetroPCS Shutting Off CDMA Network in Las Vegas, New England July 1

April 25, 2014 2:39 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

MetroPCS is urging customers in Las Vegas and parts of New England to upgrade their handsets to T-Mobile HSPA+/LTE models by June 30 as the legacy network in those markets is shuttering June 30. A page on MetroPCS’s website, spotted by Phonescoop, highlights Las Vegas as well as Boston and Hartford, Conn as the first markets to see the changes.

FirstNews Briefs: ARRIS, MetroPCS, ZTE, MasterCard, Verizon

April 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ARRIS announced it acquired Mississauga, Ontario-based SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition comes one year after ARRIS's acquisition of Motorola Mobility's Home division. ARRIS is integrating SeaWell's adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies and talent into its Network & Cloud business.

FirstNews Briefs: MetroPCS, Broadcom, NSN, Alcatel-Lucent, America Movil, Ruckus, AT&T

February 11, 2014 10:22 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

MetroPCS is expanding its wireless coverage to Mexico. With Mexico calling, customers receive: 200 minutes and 200 texts to the U.S. while roaming in Mexico; unlimited calling from the U.S. to Mexico-based landlines; 1,000 minutes of mobile-to-mobile calling, and unlimited texting to Mexico -- all for $10 per month when choosing MetroPCS' $50 or higher rate plans.

First News Briefs: Boku, Sierra Wireless, Nokia, Isis, MetroPCS

November 21, 2013 11:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Boku has acquired Qubecell, a direct carrier billing provider in India. The acquisition of Qubecell provides Boku with direct carrier billing connections with four of the largest carrier networks in India along with a number of key local merchant relationships. Financial terms were not disclosed.

First News Briefs: Sprint, MetroPCS, ABI Research, Ascom, Royal KPN

November 8, 2013 10:51 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint announced Sprint Phone Connect System 1. Available Friday, Nov. 8, in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, Sprint Phone Connect System offers homeowners and small business customers two cordless phones for $49.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excluding taxes).

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MetroPCS Hits 15 New Markets Ahead of Schedule

November 5, 2013 1:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As promised, T-Mobile is pushing its MetroPCS brand into more markets. The company today announced 15 new cities, essentially tripling its presence to 45 markets. Beginning Nov. 21, MetroPCS expects to roll out more stores in the new operating markets, bringing LTE along with it.

T-Mo Goes After Leap with 15 New MetroPCS Markets

July 25, 2013 3:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile is expanding its newly acquired MetroPCS prepaid to 15 new markets in a play that will allow it to more directly compete with prepaid rival Leap Wireless. The new territories, which lie in metropolitan areas from Texas to Maryland, will double MetroPCS' available markets. MetroPCS will offer its existing prepaid plans in the markets...

T-Mobile Sells 500K iPhone 5s in First Month

May 8, 2013 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile released its first quarterly numbers since adding the iPhone 5 to its portfolio and sales of the device are impressive. For the first quarter of 2013, T-Mobile said it sold 500,000 iPhone 5s to “new and existing customers,” quite a feat considering the U.S.’s fourth-largest carrier just rolled out the device to customers on April 12.

T-Mo's Merger with MetroPCS Complete, Now Trading on NYSE

May 1, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom today announced the completion of the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications. T-Mobile will also debut this morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TMUS. As previously announced, the company's board will have 11 members, including...

Approved: MetroPCS Shareholders OK T-Mobile Merger

April 24, 2013 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

MetroPCS shareholders have voted to approve a merger with T-Mobile. The approval comes after T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT) sweetened the offer by reducing the amount of debt the combined company would shoulder. In a statement, DT CEO René Obermann said “The merger with MetroPCS is extremely important, since it enables us to be more aggressive in the USA.”

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MetroPCS’s Biggest Investor Now Backs T-Mobile Merger

April 12, 2013 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After Deutsche Telekom (DT), the parent company of T-Mobile USA, announced yesterday it was sweetening its offer to acquire MetroPCS, Paulson & Co., a hedge fund holding approximately a 9.9 percent share of MetroPCS, has now decided to vote in favor of the merger.

MetroPCS Vote Delayed for Consideration of Deutsche Telekom’s Revised Offer

April 11, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

An upcoming special meeting of MetroPCS shareholders has been rescheduled for April 24 in order to give voters a chance to mull over Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) improved terms of the proposed merger of MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA. In a press release, MetroPCS said the decision to postpone the meeting was made mutually between it and DT.

Deutsche Telekom Could Delay Final Tally in T-Mobile, Metro Vote

April 10, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom (DT) could potentially halt the final tally of the shareholder vote to approve the T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger if things don’t appear to be swinging in its favor. A Bloomberg report is citing people familiar with the matter as saying the delay could provide DT a chance to sweeten its bid.

MetroPCS Responds to ISS Merger Concerns

April 1, 2013 11:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a letter to investors, MetroPCS today reiterated its call for shareholders to approve the proposed combination with T-Mobile USA. The letter comes after Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a proxy adviser firm, last week advised MetroPCS...

Cellebrite Aims to Ease Carrier Pain Associated with Device Repairs

March 27, 2013 9:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Cellebrite is one of those back-end companies that consumers don't realize they've been dealing for about as long as they've owned a cell phone. Founded in 1999, Cellebrite is the company responsible for the solution that carriers use to transfer contact...

First News Briefs for March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013 10:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

TIO Networks Corp., an expedited bill payment company, today announced it has partnered with Mobilicity, a Canadian mobile carrier, to develop and release a native smartphone-based account payment app for Mobilicity customers. The app is available in the Google Play Store.

T-Mobile, MetroPCS Clear Final Regulatory Hurdle

March 21, 2013 9:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has given its blessing to the proposed merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The deal has now received all necessary regulatory approval. The Committee concluded that there were no “unresolved national security concerns” in respect to the merger.

T-Mobile, MetroPCS Announce Board for Combined Company

March 20, 2013 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have released a list of the 11 members who will serve on the combined companies’ board of directors upon completion of their proposed merger. Timotheus Höttges, the current CFO of Deutsche Telekom AG, will serve as Chairman. Rene Obermann, who will step down as CEO of DT in December, will also serve on the board.

The "Un-Carrier" Cometh

March 19, 2013 3:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

I have to admit that I'm excited to hear what T-Mobile has on its mind tomorrow. I want to know more about what's behind John Legere's devious, trouble-making smile. Basically, I want the specifics on what it means to be the "un-carrier"?

MetroPCS Urges Shareholders to Follow FCC's Lead and Approve T-Mo Merger

March 12, 2013 2:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Reports that surfaced earlier Tuesday claiming the FCC was nearing a favorable decision on the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS proved accurate. The FCC Tuesday afternoon issued a declaratory ruling approving the transaction...

More Objections to T-Mo, MetroPCS Deal, but FCC May Be Close to Approval

March 12, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC may be looking to approve Deutsche Telekom's proposed merger of its T-Mobile USA subsidiary and MetroPCS. According to a filing with the FCC by the Communication Workers of America (CWA), which vehemently opposes the merger, the FCC may be seeking an order...

T-Mobile Says DOL Report Irrelevant to MetroPCS Deal

March 11, 2013 9:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA says the Communications Workers of America's (CWA) reference of a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation on T-Mobile call centers is not relevant to the carrier's proposed acquisition of MetroPCS. In a letter to the FCC last week, CWA suggested that the FCC examine the DOL's investigation...

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