T-Mobile's uncarrier strategy appears to be getting a little help from sales of Apple devices. According to recent numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, T-Mobile grew to 13.2 percent of smartphone sales in the U.S. market in the 3 month period ending August 2013, marking its highest share of sales over the past year.
Dish Network is petitioning the FCC for waiver of certain technical rules governing a terrestrial deployment on its 20 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum as well as a one-year extension for that deployment. In return for the FCC granting the waiver and time extension, Dish has promised to bid in the upcoming H Block auction for the paired 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands.
Verizon seems happy to stay out of the current wireless industry consolidation climate. Discussing the topic at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam seemed comfortable with his company’s lead over its competitors. In network terms, McAdam put Verizon three to four years ahead of Sprint and T-Mobile and a year ahead of fellow heavyweight AT&T.
Apple’s record-setting iPhone weekend lead to a large amount of new activations on U.S. carriers, with the lion’s share going to AT&T and Verizon. Localytics estimates the iPhone 5S and 5C now represent 1.36 percent of all activated iPhones in the U.S. across the four big carriers. Of those new iPhones, about 49 percent jumped on AT&T and more than 37 percent started up on Verizon, accounting for nearly 87 percent of the total.
Analysts are mixed on how good the weekend sales for the new iPhones could be. As Barron’s points, BMO Capital Markets see Apple selling far fewer than the 6 million iPhone 5 units sold during the launch weekend last year. But RBC Capital thinks Apple will easily match that total with this year’s two new models.
T-Mobile and Verizon are likely to be mismatched rivals once the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auctions roll around next year but for now the carriers are teaming up to advocate a band plan. In an FCC filing, T-Mobile and Verizon both pushed for the Commission to adopt a “down from channel 51” for the incentive auctions.
Sprint might finally be caving and offering an early device upgrade plan that will match up against plans the rest of the big four U.S. carriers have already rolled out. Sprint’s plan, dubbed “One Up,” will reportedly launch Sept. 20. CNET has screenshots that seem to compare Sprint’s “One Up” program with AT&T’s Next, Verizon’s Edge and T-Mobile’s Jump.
T-Mobile is offering Apple’s new rainbow-friendly iPhone 5C for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $22. That comes out to $528, a good discount off the device’s $550 unsubsidized price tag. Sprint has also chosen to offer the 16 GB iPhone 5C for zero down and the 32 GB for $99, both with a two-year agreement.
The Simple Choice for Business plans are available to companies looking for six or more lines and start at $20 per month for unlimited talk, text and data with 500 MB of LTE or HSPA+ (whichever is available). After that 500 MB is used, data speeds are throttled back, but $50 per month can get unlimited LTE or HSPA+ to go along with unlimited talk and text.
In the past three years, wholesale connections stemming from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M have climbed by 30 million to hit 70 million across six top carriers. According to new numbers from GSMA Intelligence, the group including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Clearwire and Verizon Wireless has seen combined total connection gains of 20 percent over the last two years.
AT&T has come out firing against a T-Mobile proposal for the FCC’s upcoming incentive auctions for 600 MHz spectrum. The carrier is saying T-Mobile’s “Dynamic Market Rule” plan would result in failure to generate sufficient revenue and “almost certainly doom the auction.”
Chase cardholders nationwide can soon expect to tap and pay with their mobile devices as Chase has announced its going coast-to-coast with its support for the Isis Mobile Wallet. Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Slate, as well as JPMorgan Palladium cardholders, will now be able to load their card info into Isis.
T-Mobile's move to differentiate itself from the pack appears to be working. The Un-carrier today reported 1.1 million net customer additions, as well as a reduction in branded postpaid churn to a record low of 1.58 percent. Revenue was also up, climbing to $6.3 billion, or 20 percent annually...
The FCC is on track to auction off 10 MHz of paired spectrum licenses in H Block as early as January 2014 and AT&T has weighed in on how it wants that auction to proceed. The carrier is advocating for Heirarchical Package Bidding (HPB) that would allow bids for groups of licenses.
North South Holdings has filed a complaint against T-Mobile USA, alleging patent infringement over the use of geo-location technology. North South, an intellectual property development company, is filing the suit through its wholly owned subsidiary, Guidance IP. The patent in question deals with cell phone geo-location technology that T-Mobile currently uses on its network.
Google's recent move to provide Wi-Fi at all of Starbuck's 7,000 company-owned stores is intriguing. It seems to portend a continued encroachment on the connectivity market from the Internet giant. After all, Google has already launched its uber-fiber project in Kansas City, and Provo, Utah, with more markets on the way...
T-Mobile USA's ex-CEO Phiipp Humm has been promoted by new employer Vodafone amid a restructuring at the European carrier. Vodafone today announced that it will merge its Northern & Central Europe and Southern Europe regions into one Europe region and will report its Turkish operating company...
All carriers offer zero-down phones for new subscribers and new contracts, but that low price is traditionally reserved for entry-level devices. As of July 27, T-Mobile customers can snag devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, HTC One, BlackBerry Q10 and iPhone 5 (8 GB model only) for nothing up front in exchange for paying higher monthly fees in some cases.
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...
Over the past few weeks, three major U.S. wireless providers unveiled plans to combat phone envy: Let's say you just bought a phone, and then one with better features comes out a month later. You no longer have to wait a full two years to get it. Instead, you pay a monthly fee...
Cell reception can be tough to find when you’re riding a train underground. Up to this point, only GSM customers got much of anything in a handful of New York City’s subway stations, with only AT&T and T-Mobile having a presence—along with Boingo Wireless. But now Sprint and Transit Wireless have finalized a deal to bring Sprint voice and data to all 277 subway stations in New York.
The wireless carrier print ad wars just got a whole lot more entertaining. In T-Mobile’s new print ad running today in USA Today, the gloves are off as the carrier comes right out and calls AT&T’s new early device upgrade plan, Next, “calculating, sneaky, and underhanded.”
Verizon took out a full-page ad in Monday’s Wall Street Journal to stake its claim as the nation’s most reliable network. The ad—no small gesture considering the rate for a non-contract color full-page ad in the Journal’s national edition costs nearly $328,000—is presumably in response to an AT&T press release issued last Friday, in which the carrier claimed it is “now also [the] nation’s most reliable.”
After last week teasing the dawn of “What’s next in wireless,” AT&T late Monday announced its new ‘Next’ plan, that will give its customers the option of upgrading their devices (smartphone or tablet) every 12 months. Subscribers who opt for Next—which will be available starting July 26—will skip the down payment and activation fee, instead paying a monthly installment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Think of a leading phone maker. Apple and Samsung might come to mind — maybe even HTC, maker of the well-received One. But you're probably not thinking Sony, a company better known for its TVs, cameras and video game machines. With the new Xperia Z, Sony shows it can play in the smartphone big leagues.