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CCA Expo: Broadcasters Require Trust in Incentive Auctions

March 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rick Kaplan, executive vice president of strategic planning for the National Association of Broadcasters, said he's worried that broadcasters still need assurances from the FCC around how the upcoming incentive auctions will work. "One challenge is you want to be able to trust what you hear from the Commission," Kaplan said. 

SoftBank CEO Pans U.S. Wireless Market, Appoints New Regulatory Chief

March 11, 2014 5:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SoftBank Corp. president and CEO Masayoshi Son pleads his case for more consolidation in the...

AT&T Launches New Individual Mobile Share Plans: 2GB for $65

March 8, 2014 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Saturday announced a new Mobile Share Value plan that starts at $65 for 2GB of data and...

Verizon Gives Discounts to Loyal Customers, Many Caveats to Qualify

February 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis confirmed for Wireless Week that the carrier has long offered...

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Net Neutrality’s Death Could Play a Role in Squashing a T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

January 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Rumors surrounding a possible Sprint bid for T-Mobile are ramping up again. But a recent blow to net neutrality might end up giving regulators another reason to say no to the potential merger. “If [the FCC] can't regulate an open Internet, then the more significantly-sized operators they can keep in existence the better to ensure that competitive pressure will keep large operators from abusing their power,” analyst Rich Karpinski said.

Banks Ready to Fund Sprint Bid for T-Mobile

January 17, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With shares of T-Mobile having risen over 25 percent in a little over a month, the fourth largest carrier is becoming less of bargain lately. That said, Sprint has apparently received proposals from multiple banks willing to finance a bid for T-Mobile, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. 

Sprint will Offer Curved G Flex Beginning Jan. 31

January 16, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Sprint Thursday announced that it will be the first operator in the U.S. to carry G Flex, the new smartphone from LG, which comes replete with a curved form factor. According to a press release, the G Flex will take advantage of Sprint's enhanced Spark LTE service, which promises peak speeds of up to 60 Mbps.

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First News Briefs: NQ Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Net Element, Aruba Networks

January 15, 2014 11:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NQ Mobile, a global provider of mobile Internet services, and Sprint have signed a definitive agreement for NQ Mobile to collaborate and deliver the next generation of Sprint ID, powered by NQ Live, on all new Sprint Android-powered smartphones in the U.S. market later this year. NQ Live is an "always-on" replacement for the wallpaper on an Android device. It delivers content and functionality to the device's home screen.

NetZero Launching Nationwide Data Service on Sprint’s CDMA Network

January 15, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

NetZero today announced the nationwide launch of its mobile broadband service on Sprint’s CDMA network. The launch comes after NetZero in July 2013 signed a five-year agreement with Sprint. NetZero plans to expand its coverage to Sprint’s LTE network by the third quarter. Customers signing up now and buying a hotspot can try out the network free for up to a year.

First News Briefs: Smith Micro, Sprint, Tarana, Cisco, iQmetrix, Kaelus

January 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Smith Micro Software, Inc., a provider of wireless and mobility solutions, announced that its CommSuite premium services platform now includes Spanish transcriptions in its Voicemail-to-Text service. The new feature has been launched on the Sprint network, allowing subscribers to read Spanish voicemail messages as text within the Sprint Visual Voicemail inbox.

Report: Just 15% of T-Mo Postpaid Subscribers Looking to Churn

January 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile appears to be succeeding at holding onto its postpaid subscribers. Just 15.4 percent of T-Mobile postpaid respondents surveyed in a recent Cowen and Company report said they were looking to switch carriers. That's a huge drop from the 42.9 percent T-Mobile respondents who said they were looking to switch in the third quarter.  

Sprint Retires One Up Early Upgrade Program

January 13, 2014 10:49 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint’s website said One Up was retired on Jan. 9. Existing Sprint One Up customers will be eligible to move to Sprint’s new Framily plans but they will no longer receive the $15 per month service discount that came with signing onto One Up. Customers who choose to move to a Framily plan will be able to pay an extra $20 per month per line for unlimited data and the ability to trade in their devices every 12 months.

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Analyst Take: T-Mobile Willing to Go Where Others Won’t

January 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Say what you will about T-Mobile’s recent moves, the company has managed to rattle a cage or two lately. While there’s undoubtedly a certain amount of smoke and mirrors involved, the 4.4 million net customer additions the carrier reported for 2013 can’t be denied. 

Former Clearwire Chief Erik Prusch is NetMotion’s New CEO

January 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Erik Prusch is now CEO of enterprise mobility software provider NetMotion. Prior to signing on with NetMotion, Prusch served as CEO of Clearwire, the mobile broadband provider that last year was bought out and absorbed by Sprint. Prusch joined Clearwire as CFO in 2009 and said he was excited to keep chasing the concept of mobility in his new position with NetMotion, though on a smaller scale than Clearwire.

T-Mobile Confirms ETF Payoffs for Customers Who Switch

January 8, 2014 4:33 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

John Legere Wedesday called family plans one of the “biggest evils” in the industry. With T-Mobile’s latest “Un-Carrier” move, the CEO aims to give families and individuals a way out of their contracts. T-Mobile will begin paying off the early termination fees—up to $350 per line—for individuals willing to switch over and trade in their device.

Sprint Concedes on FDD Plan for 600 MHz Band

January 8, 2014 1:48 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Sprint, which  has committed to a TDD LTE rollout, prefaced its remarks by saying it still believes a TDD band plan would result in the most bi-directional spectrum available for auction, the company said it recognizes it won't be the only one bidding on the airwaves.

Sprint Unveils New "Framily" Plans

January 7, 2014 4:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dan Hesse Tuesday took the wraps off what Sprint is calling “Framily” plans, which allows customers to add up to 10 members to one account. Hesse made the comments during a CITI investor conference. He said the new plans will start at $55 for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data.

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Motorola Solutions Buys IP Push-to-Talk Software Company

January 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions announced its acquisition of Twisted Pair Solutions, a company specializing in push-to-talk over broadband applications. Twisted Pair’s WAVE software provides integrated talk, text and messaging functions for smartphone, tablets and PCs.

Report: Sprint Preparing Financing for T-Mobile Bid

December 20, 2013 12:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint appears to be moving ahead with a possible offer to buy T-Mobile USA from German operator Deutsche Telekom. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Sprint and 80-percent stakeholder Softbank have lined up at least a half dozen banks to provide financing for what could be a $20 billion deal. 

Verizon to Disclose Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Info in Report

December 19, 2013 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced its intent to early next year publish a transparency report detailing all the U.S. law enforcement requests for customer information the carrier received in 2013. The company plans to release the first report in early 2014 and then semi-annually after that.

Sprint, Dish Network Partner on Fixed Mobile Broadband Service

December 17, 2013 10:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The service trial will kick off by middle of 2014 and will be limited to Corpus Christi, Texas initially. Dish will be installing either outdoor routers or indoor units for customers who want to take advantage of the TDD-LTE airwaves riding on Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum. The companies plan to expand into other markets after that.

Sprint Lights Up 70 New LTE Markets

December 16, 2013 4:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid rumors that it is testing the regulatory waters for a possible bid for T-Mobile, Sprint  Monday announced that it had turned on LTE in 70 new markets. The new markets, which include, among others, Green Bay, Wis, Orlando, Fla and San Diego. The new additions bring the carrier’s total LTE markets to 300. 

Report: Sprint Planning Bid for T-Mobile

December 13, 2013 4:48 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

With Sprint reportedly working on a bid to buy T-Mobile, a widely speculated possibility could be moving closer to fruition. The Wall Street Journal cited sources who revealed Sprint is studying up on the regulatory hurdles such a deal would have to clear and possibly planning on announcing the bid—reportedly higher than $20 billion—in the first half of 2014.

Details of the FCC, U.S. Carrier Cellphone Unlocking Deal

December 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless have all committed to a new set of voluntary rules regarding customer device unlocking. As CTIA spelled out yesterday in a letter to the FCC, the five biggest U.S. operators will push for the principles to be adopted into the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service.

Report: FCC, U.S. Operators Close on Phone Unlocking Deal

December 12, 2013 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that the deal would ensure carriers notify their customers—via text, email—when devices are able to be unlocked following contract periods. The new policies may cover prepaid devices as well. In addition, carriers would be expected to confirm or deny unlocking requests within two days.

Sprint CEO: Our LTE Speeds Will Triple Over Next Two Years

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

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is predicting two years from now customers on Sprint’s newly launched Spark LTE network will see speeds of 150 to 180 Megabits per second (Mbps). That’s three times what Sprint in October said the new tri-band LTE (800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz) network was capable of in peak speed conditions.

Hearings Highlight Complexity of Incentive Auctions

December 10, 2013 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Tuesday heard testimony from a number of entities on just how exactly the FCC should go about auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming incentive auctions. Nearly all of those testifying agreed that newly appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...

Sprint Looks to Raise Cash for Network Expansion, Modernization

December 9, 2013 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced plans to raise money for network expansion and modernization efforts. The carrier did not specify when the sale might occur or how much it hopes to raise with the offering. Proceeds from the sale of the notes, due 2024, will also go toward funding retirement or service requirements of outstanding debt.

AT&T Signs LTE Roaming Deal with Canadian Carrier Rogers

December 9, 2013 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced it has reached an LTE roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers. The deal will reportedly make Rogers the first Canadian carrier to offer U.S. roaming. Rogers customers traveling in the U.S. can expect a $7.99 daily roaming charge with a 50MB daily data diet.

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