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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.”

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.

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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.

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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...

Paulson to Vote Against T-Mobile-MetroPCS Merger

March 1, 2013 11:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Paulson & Co., an investment firm owning a 9.9 percent stake in MetroPCS, has said it will vote against the carrier’s proposed merger with T-Mobile. In a letter to the boards of both MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent company of T-Mobile, Paulson cited high debt, high interest rates and high equity risks for MetroPCS shareholders as the reasons for its decision to vote no.

MetroPCS Reports 117% Growth in LTE Subs in 4Q

February 26, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MetroPCS is making good on its promise to quickly migrate customers over to LTE, a strategy that should ease the complexity of merging with GSM carrier T-Mobile.  During the fourth quarter, MetroPCS surpassed over 2.2 million LTE subscribers, an increase of 117 percent...

First News Briefs for January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013 9:21 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today announced the launch of the Spirit 4G, a 4.5-inch touchscreen Android smartphone from LG Electronics. The Spirit 4G features  4G LTE connectivity for $199 after mail-in rebate with no annual contract.

T-Mobile Expects 3-5 Percent Growth, Sees 100K iPhones Per Month

January 8, 2013 4:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said to expect a 3 to 5 percent growth in revenue over five years following the company's proposed merger with MetroPCS. T-Mobile USA Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray added that the company was seeing 100,000 unlocked iPhones ported over per month from AT&T to T-Mobile's network.

MetroPCS Shares Dive on Q4 Subscriber Numbers

January 7, 2013 4:05 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MetroPCS Communications Monday reported disappointing fourth quarter subscriber numbers that sent shares of the company into a nosedive. The no-contract carrier saw gross additions of 866,000 subscribers, a 29 percent decrease over the same period last year...

T-Mobile Posts Steep Postpaid Losses, Sales Slump

November 8, 2012 6:02 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA's turnaround plan stumbled during the third quarter as postpaid customers flocked to competitors and sales declined.

VoLTE's Number One Objective: Efficiency

September 5, 2012 9:55 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

When MetroPCS rolled out the country’s first smartphone to route voice calls over an LTE network in August, its primary objective wasn't finding a new way to compete with the big guys. Instead, its top priority was making the most efficient use of its scarce spectrum resources.

A Look at Unlimited Data Plans at Top 5 Carriers

August 23, 2012 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two smaller wireless companies, T-Mobile and MetroPCS, announced unlimited-data offerings this week as they try to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Here’s how data plans offered by the five largest U.S. carriers compare.

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