In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the rise and possible fall of the tablet. As net phone additions lagged in the second quarter, the major carriers leaned on tablet additions to prop up their numbers. Big Red added 1.4 million postpaid subscribers, reporting that it had added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and whopping 1.15 million postpaid tablets.
Sprint’s stock has fallen nearly six percent as of 11:15 a.m. CT upon news of the offer. The U.S.’s third largest carrier, owned by Japanese carrier SoftBank, is widely speculated to be putting together a merger bid for T-Mobile that values the carrier at around $32 billion.
T-Mobile took a moment out of its quarterly earnings day to proclaim nationwide coverage for its freshly launched VoLTE service. The carrier 2.8 million VoLTE-capable devices are currently running on its network and that more than 52 million VoLTE calls to date have been placed. The jump to nationwide coverage comes just two months after T-Mobile initially launched VoLTE in Seattle.
Though the net 220,000 subscriber losses Sprint posted represents an improvement for the carrier, it’s still significant. If both Sprint and T-Mobile maintain their current rates of subscriber growth/loss, it’s fair to imagine that T-Mobile will become the third largest carrier, in terms of customers, by the end of 2014.
Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies has completed its acquisition of EmpoweredU, developer of a mobile-centric cloud-based learning environment that is both device and operating system agnostic.
Sprint opened its new fiscal year with a rare quarterly profit. The carrier called a $23 million net income and $519 million operating income the highest in seven years. The black numbers came on fiscal first-quarter earnings per share of $0.01 and revenue of $8.78 billion, both of which exceeded analyst estimates.
T-Mobile is launching a limited-time offer of $100 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 10GB of LTE for four lines. In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere gets in his customary shots at AT&T, calling the carrier’s similar plan for $160 a “joke.”
AT&T announces Alcatel-Lucent S.A. and Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. as the newest vendors to join its User-Defined Network Cloud program. These two suppliers, and the previously announced Juniper Networks, will work with AT&T to build the User-Defined Network Cloud.
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.
Now through August 12th, customers can get $100 off when you buy an iPhone and iPad together at T-Mobile. Beginning July 20th, T-Mobile customers can take advantage of its EIP extended payment option on all accessories priced from $69-$250.
Sprint and T-Mobile are raising $10 billion to jointly bid in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. This follows an earlier Bloomberg report saying Sprint and T-Mobile are planning a joint venture, to be run by T-Mobile, for bidding in the auction. The $10 billion for spectrum is reportedly part of the $45 billion SoftBank is rounding up from lenders.
Lenders are demanding higher fees for financing the deal to offset the review process that could last at least a year, according to Bloomberg. Part of the money Sprint and SoftBank are requesting from lenders is being earmarked for spectrum. The report said Sprint and T-Mobile will enter into a separate joint venture and bid on spectrum available in upcoming FCC auctions.
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.
In a blog post today, AT&T Vice President of Regulatory Joan Marsh said T-Mobile’s revised roaming agreement rules proposal would violate the Telecommunications Act and “push the Commission’s regime over the line into impermissible common carrier regulation.”
As the title sponsor of Major League Baseball’s T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the carrier is rolling out wideband LTE and Voice over LTE city-wide in Minneapolis. As the official wireless sponsor of Major League Baseball, T-Mobile has also enhanced the fan experience in and around the All-Star Game’s host stadium,
Both Verizon and AT&T saw pressure on customer numbers in the first quarter of the year quarter, which could have been at least partially due to T-Mobile's disruptive promotions. AT&T marked just 625,000 postpaid additions in the first quarter.
The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. The FTC is seeking refunds for consumers and is looking to permanently stop Amazon from billing account holders for purchases made without their consent. According to the complaint, Amazon keeps 30 percent of all revenue from in-app purchases.
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.
“[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.
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.
“We exited this business late last year, and announced an aggressive program to take care of customers and we are disappointed that the FTC has instead chosen to file this sensationalized legal action,” Legere wrote. “We are the first to take action for the consumer and I am calling for the entire industry to do the same.”
The Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against T-Mobile alleging the carrier made “hundreds of millions” from fraudulent “premium” text message services. T-Mobile is accused of “cramming,” a practice of placing third-party services on a consumers bill and collecting a portion of the charge.
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.
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 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.