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SmartWatch Ep. 15: IoT Wars Erupt as Sprint, T-Mo Pool Cash for Spectrum

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.

Dish, nTelos Expand Fixed Mobile Broadband Service

July 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish's Vice President of Wireless David Zufall said that it’s more than a proof of concept since...

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile JV Raising $10B for 600 MHz Auctions

July 15, 2014 5:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are raising $10 billion to jointly bid in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive...

Report: Lengthy Sprint-T-Mobile Review Spurring Higher Lending Fees

July 15, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenders are demanding higher fees for financing the deal to...

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Sprint, T-Mobile Stocks Jump on Nikkei Merger Report

July 11, 2014 2:36 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both Sprint and T-Mobile are surging in the markets after Nikkei reported SoftBank has reached an agreement to buy a controlling T-Mobile stake from Deutsche Telekom (DT). Sprint was up nearly four percent and T-Mobile was up 1.5 percent as of 1:15 p.m. CT.

Report: Sprint Vetting Plans That Undercut AT&T, Verizon

July 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The trials—reportedly running San Diego, Portland, Ore. and Las Vegas—are charging per device and offering data buckets ranging from 1 GB to 60 GB. Sprint’s 1 GB plan is $20, only $5 less than similar plans at AT&T and Verizon. But Sprint’s 10 GB plan is $40 less and its 30 GB plan is $95 less than the same deals at AT&T and Verizon.

Legere: FTC Unfairly Targeted T-Mobile with SMS Charges

July 7, 2014 8:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Legere went on to deny that T-Mobile was participating in any kind of "cramming" practices. He acknowledged that all of the larger U.S. carriers engaged in billing for third-party premium texting services from a period between 2009 and 2013. However, he claimed that T-Mobile had made the decision to terminate those services in November of 2013. 

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Why the Feds are Singling Out T-Mobile for SMS Fraud

July 2, 2014 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“[The charges] fly in the face of their positioning and makes them look like hypocrites,” Recon Analyst founder Roger Entner said. “And it’s a huge opportunity for the other three carriers to throw egg in T-Mobile’s face.” Lynnette Luna, senior analyst at Current Analysis, said T-Mobile will likely pay a settlement in order to minimize the damage to their public image.

Report: Ericsson Eyes Management of AT&T, Verizon Networks

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson says that interest from carriers looking to outsource operations is increasing. The company estimates that almost half of the $273 billion managed service market in 2012 was made up of carriers doing tasks themselves. Ericsson sees that as an opportunity. 

T-Mo's 'Test Drive' Perfect Showcase for Impressive Wideband Service

June 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now. 

AT&T Joins Sprint in Pushing Rural Service to Bolster Acquisition Hopes

June 24, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In his prepared remarks, CEO Randall Stephenson outlines AT&T’s plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation, he said the combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

Sprint Unveils Exclusive Galaxy S5 'Sport'

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Monday announced that it is teaming up with Samsung for an exclusive version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The new 'Sport' version of the S5 is part of a broader partnership with Under Armour and MapMyFitness to promote health tracking and fitness. 

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Sprint Announces 30-Day Service Trial, Nationwide HD Voice

June 23, 2014 12:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced a new 30-day satisfaction guarantee, promising to refund device costs as well as waive service and activation fees for any new customers not happy with the carrier. Sprint previously offered to refund the cost of a device within the first 14 days but customers were still on the hook for prorated service and activation fees.

FirstNews Briefs: China Unicom, Sprint, Consumer Cellular, Ruckus Wireless

June 18, 2014 11:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

China Unicom Hong Kong today announced the construction of its first and largest integrated telecommunications facility overseas in Hong Kong -- China Unicom (Hong Kong) Global Center. The company will invest approximately HK$3 billion in the premium information and communications technology (ICT) facility that meets the high international standards of design and construction.

Sprint Signs LTE Roaming Agreements Covering 34 Million People

June 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced 12 new LTE roaming agreements with smaller rural and regional carriers covering 34 million people. Along with a previously announced network agreement extension with nTelos, Sprint also inked LTE roaming deals with SouthernLINC, C Spire Wireless, Flat Wireless and eight other carriers.

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile Set $2B Breakup Fee, T-Mobile Name for Combined Co.

June 13, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CNBC is reporting that Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to a $2 billion breakup fee should their potential merger not go through. The Wall Street Journal had previously reported the breakup fee attached to the merger would be $1 billion. The two companies have also reportedly agreed on T-Mobile as the name for the combined company, lending credibility to reports that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is in line to lead after the merger.

Cell Towers Go Stealth with More Sophisticated Camoflauge

June 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

So-called stealth cellphone towers have been around for more than two decades and appear to be growing in popularity. They have been concealed in a wide variety of ways, including in a stop sign in New Orleans, a pine tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, and a water tower in San Dimas, California.

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Sprint Taps ItsOn for OSS/BSS

June 11, 2014 11:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has signed a multi-year agreement with ItsOn for access to its Smart Services platform. Sprint will integrate ItsOn cloud capabilities into its network architecture and ItsOn device software will come loaded on all new Sprint Android devices. ItsOn’s cloud offering features virtualized policy and billing features and will allow Sprint to faster send out to its subscribers new functions and services.

Report: U.S. Carriers Spent $109 Per Citizen in CapEx in 2013

June 9, 2014 11:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics, said in a report that AT&T's efforts to improve the quality of its network resulted in record spending among the four U.S. carriers. Enter notes that in 2013, AT&T spent roughly $11.5 billion on network improvements, while Verizon Wireless spent another $9.75 billion improving its network. 

Report: Combined Sprint, T-Mobile Would Still Need To Improve Margins

June 5, 2014 2:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Those who are willing to entertain the idea of a deal often ask whether it’s realistic to expect the two smaller carriers to compete in any meaningful way on their own. According to research released today from Strategy Analytics, a combined Sprint and T-Mobile would prove an entirely different entity than the one that would have come into being had regulators approved AT&T's transaction.

Report: Sprint Nearing $32 Billion Deal for T-Mobile

June 5, 2014 10:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal peg the price for T-Mobile at around $40 per share. The Bloomberg report said Sprint will offer DT 50 percent cash and 50 percent stock for part of its 67-percent stake in T-Mobile, leaving DT with a 15-percent interest in the U.S.’s fourth largest carrier.

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, InterDigital, Samsung, ParStream, Sprint

June 3, 2014 11:05 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ParStream, provider of the Real-Time Database for Data Analytics, announced that Peter M. Jensen has taken on the role as the company’s Acting CEO with immediate effect, based at the company’s Silicon Valley office. Former CEO and co-founder Michael Hummel will focus on ParStream’s European operation and take over responsibility for product management, research and development (R&D).

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Sprint, Seagate, Avago, Globys, Boost Mobile

May 29, 2014 10:41 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Boost Mobile and celebrity ‘coaches’ Ice-T and Luis Guzman kick off Boost Mobile’s “Spokesbattle” today, an interactive reality TV-style campaign that puts two people against each other and lets consumers vote to determine who will be the next Boost Mobile Spokesperson.

Report: Deutsche Telekom Accepts SoftBank’s Offer for T-Mobile

May 29, 2014 10:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reportedly accepted SoftBank’s offer for T-Mobile, according to Kyodo News. Reports surfaced earlier this year suggesting DT wanted an all-cash offer for its 67-percent stake in T-Mobile, valued around $26 billion. If the reports are true, the deal would come less than one year after SoftBank closed its $21.6 billion deal for a majority stake of Sprint.

T-Mobile Announcing Un-carrier 5.0 June 18, Not Playing it “Safe and Sound”

May 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile has sent out the invitations for its Un-carrier 5.0 announcement June 18. The event in Los Angeles comes with few details; just a tagline reading “We don’t play it safe and sound.” Considering T-Mobile’s recent VoLTE launch in Seattle and using “sound” as a clue, the upcoming announcement may have something to do with the HD Voice-enabling technology.

T-Mobile Launches LTE-Advanced VoLTE in Seattle

May 22, 2014 1:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today launched Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service in Seattle, deployed using an LTE-Advanced function called Enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC). T-Mobile subscribers in Seattle using an LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Light will be able to use the service right away via an over-the-air update.

AT&T Adds Wireless Home Phone, Broadband Service to Mobile Share

May 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its Wireless Home Phone & Internet service is opening up for nationwide availability. The carrier is allowing customers on a Mobile Share plan with 10GB or more to add the service for $30/month. The service starts as a trial in select markets in 2013. AT&T offered wireless home phone service as a $20 monthly add-on for existing Mobile Share plans.

FreedomPop Launches $20 Unlimited Everything Plan, LTE Phones, Android App

May 22, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FreedomPop today announced an “Unlimited Everything” plan for $20 per month. To go with the unlimited talk, text and data—1GB of high-speed, 3G speeds after that—the MVNO is also offering free tethering. To mark its official move over to Sprint’s LTE network, FreedomPop today is also offering up three LTE-enabled Samsung devices: the Samsung Victory, Galaxy S3, and the Galaxy S4.

FirstNews Briefs: Sprint, nTelos, AT&T, IBM, Globalstar, Broadcom, Xiaomi

May 22, 2014 9:39 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint Corporation and NTELOS Holdings Corp. today announced that Sprint and NTELOS Inc. reached an amended agreement to extend their Strategic Network Alliance (SNA) through 2022. Under the agreement, nTelos will continue to serve as the exclusive network provider for Sprint in the SNA territory, which covers approximately 2.1 million people in West Virginia and the western part of Virginia.

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