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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.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, SFX Entertainment, T-Mobile, Lutron, Cricket

June 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T plans to pilot a new service that arms companies with the ability to confirm the location of participating customers who opt-in to advanced protection against fraud when they travel internationally. AT&T plans to make the new Location Information Services capability available in more than 150 countries. The company will begin a pilot this summer, and expects to deploy the service to enterprise customers later this year.

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.

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FirstNews Briefs: Huawei, NXP, T-Mobile, Tangoe, SpiderCloud

June 4, 2014 10:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Huawei and NXP Software have agreed to deploy LifeVibes VoiceExperience into Huawei LTE phones. The Huawei new LTE phones including G660, G730 and G620 will be the first global Huawei LTE devices using LifeVibes VoiceExperience on the Qualcomm Hexagon platform. The phones are launching in China with China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, and in Europe with Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile. 

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).

T-Mo Taps Ericsson for Improved Billing System

June 2, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of the contract, Ericsson will leverage its Service Agility solution, which includes charging, billing, order management, product catalog and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Ericsson will integrate and manage operations of the solution.

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.

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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.

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, Huawei, ROK Mobile, Boingo

May 21, 2014 10:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ROK Mobile has signed with major and independent music labels in order to create a cellular service and music app that effectively combines the mobile and music industries in one. ROK Mobile will offer a full 20-million-song music catalogue from any mobile device, laptop or tablet, as a wireless provider.

FirstNews Briefs: IBM, KPN, Walmart, T-Mobile, AT&T, Mosaik Solutions

May 20, 2014 9:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Walmart will offer T-Mobile connected tablets. The Trio AXS 3G Quad Core tablet will be available starting May 17 and will be priced at $179. The HP Slate 7 HD tablet will be available starting in June and will be priced at $229. Both tablets are 4G-enabled but neither support LTE.

T-Mobile Exec Promises Several More “Un-carrier” Initiatives in 2014

May 19, 2014 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the carrier has several more “Un-carrier” initiatives planned for 2014. “Some of it will be non-traditional,” Carter said, speaking at an investor conference. On the question of the need for consolidation in the wireless industry, Carter said that without T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” business model up front, it could be problematic.

Carriers, Others Respond to FCC’s Spectrum Screen, Incentive Auction Rules

May 16, 2014 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Following a busy day at the FCC that saw the Commission drafting rules for upcoming spectrum auctions and revising its spectrum screen, carriers weighed in with varying degrees of praise or scorn for the new policies. The FCC’s move to set aside a reserve of 30 MHz in the 600 MHz Incentive Auctions for bidders holding less than one-third of available low-band spectrum licenses per area drew a lukewarm response from T-Mobile.

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FCC Sets Rules for Incentive Auctions

May 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC said its band plan will limit variations in the amount of spectrum turned over from broadcasters in different geographic areas in hopes of preventing the “least common denominator market’ from limiting the quantity of spectrum we can offer generally across the nation.”

FCC Advances Open Internet Proposal Amid Protests

May 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Thursday's proceedings were disrupted when a woman began a vocal tirade during FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's remarks on the matter. The woman was escorted away by police. The protests were an indication of just how passionate the public is about keeing the Internet in the United States free from constraints. 

SmartWatch, Episode 10: T-Mo’s $1 Billion Break-Up Fee and Beats, the Apple of Tim Cook’s Eye

May 15, 2014 12:00 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at T-Mobile's reported request for a $1 billion break-up fee from Sprint should a potential merger deal fall through. The once jilted fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. knows how lucrative being rejected by the FCC can be after it took home around $4 billion in cash and prizes on AT&T failed bid.

Report: Rosenworcel Intimates T-Mo, Sprint Deal Possibly Warranted

May 15, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Democrat FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel reportedly expressed worry in a private meetings that the number three and four U.S. carriers might not be able to remain viable if they stay independent, according to report from the Wall Street Journal. 

Isis Mobile Wallet Adding 20K Accounts Daily

May 14, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Isis today boasted it’s adding more than 20,000 new “wallets” daily and claimed it has doubled its growth rate over the last month. The NFC-supported mobile payment joint venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile said its platform is now supported across 68 different devices on the three carriers and that the Isis Wallet now comes preloaded on 14 different devices.

Report: T-Mobile Pursues $1B Breakup Fee in Sprint Deal

May 12, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As Sprint is reportedly moving ahead with its bid for T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom (DT) is reportedly requesting a more than $1 billion breakup fee should regulators block the merger. DT, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile, is requesting the lucrative safety as well as seeking assurances that the T-Mobile brand and some of its management team would remain in place following the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dish’s Ergen Ready to Bid on T-Mobile if Sprint Deal Falls Through

May 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said T-Mobile would have “strategic interest” to his company if Sprint’s rumored bid for the carrier falls through. Ergen said Dish doesn’t have the money to outbid Sprint for T-Mobile, or AT&T for DirecTV for that matter, but added that Dish has to be “well positioned so that no matter what happens” and that he thinks “we're there,” according to Seeking Alpha’s transcript.

SmartWatch, Episode 9: T-Mobile's Righteous 1Q, and Tim Cook on Apple's WWDC!

May 8, 2014 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we look at T-Mobile’s impressive first quarter, which managed to outshine even Tier One behemoths Verizon and AT&T. T-Mobile added a whopping 1.3 million branded postpaid customers. While adjusted EBITDA was down a little over 12 percent sequentially to $1.1 billion...

Hesse Stumps for Merger, Comments on Price War

May 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With Sprint stock up 18 percent on the week, CEO Dan Hesse says a stronger number three carrier is needed to compete in a price war with rivals like AT&T and Verizon. Hesse took to Bloomberg TV Wednesday with a familiar message, namely that the duopoly of AT&T and Verizon will only ever be countered by a larger carrier that has comparable scale and cash flow. 

T-Mo 1Q Wows with 1.3M Net Postpaid Adds, Shares Up 8%

May 1, 2014 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Quarterly earnings don't get much better for a wireless carrier than those reported by T-Mobile Thursday morning. The company added a whopping 1.3 million branded postpaid customers. Wall Street took notice, as shares of T-Mobile soared over 8 percent in early trading to just under $32 per share. 

Report: Sprint Moving Ahead with T-Mobile Buy, Bid Could Come by June

May 1, 2014 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Masayoshi Son doesn't give up easily. That's the take from a Bloomberg report Thursday that claims Sprint is moving ahead with a bid to acquire T-Mobile. According to the report, Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer and Treasurer Greg Block have recently held meetings with six banks to ensure financing is ready for a T-Mobile bid. Sprint will likely put forth a bid in the June-July timeframe. 

Wrestling the Subsidy Challenge

April 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by Reuben Chaudhury, Partner, A.T. Kearney | Articles | Comments

In mature wireless markets around the globe, the subsidy model has driven operators’ revenue growth by both attracting new subscribers and enticing them to upgrade their service plans. But today the subsidy model faces challenges. Some operators have experimented with an alternate...

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