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Legere: It's Fun to See AT&T Sweat

March 8, 2013 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

John Legere, the brash new CEO of T-Mobile says the "uncarrier" is just getting started. When asked recently about the recent war of words with AT&T over the strength of the companies' networks, Legere said the major carriers are in for a surprise if they think he's bringing down the intensity...

Report: T-Mobile Prepares to Cut Jobs at Washington HQ

March 7, 2013 2:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile is preparing a new round of layoffs at its Bellevue, Washington headquarters, according to a report from the Seattle Times. The cuts come as the company continues to streamline operations as it awaits regulatory approval of its bid to purchased MetroPCS...

Deutsche Telekom CEO Obermann to Leave for Ziggo

March 7, 2013 2:07 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann is jumping ship to become the CEO of Ziggo, a communications company that provides telephony, data communications and electronic payment systems solutions for small and large business markets. In a statement, Ziggo said its board has agreed...

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Analyst: Tone of T-Mo's Latest Antics Could Backfire

March 7, 2013 8:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile and AT&T appear to be officially at each other's throats with their latest marketing antics, but some are questioning the company’s brash approach to the market. Last week AT&T lashed out at T-Mobile with full-page ads in the New York Times...

Paulson to Vote Against T-Mobile-MetroPCS Merger

March 1, 2013 11:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Paulson & Co., an investment firm owning a 9.9 percent stake in MetroPCS, has said it will vote against the carrier’s proposed merger with T-Mobile. In a letter to the boards of both MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent company of T-Mobile, Paulson cited high debt, high interest rates and high equity risks for MetroPCS shareholders as the reasons for its decision to vote no.

AT&T Blasts T-Mobile in Full-Page Ads

March 1, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T lashed out at T-Mobile yesterday by taking out full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. The ads appear to be in response to T-Mobile's outspoken new CEO, John Legere who has made it clear that he intends to engage AT&T head...

T-Mobile Adds Customers, Loses Sales in 2012 4Q

February 28, 2013 9:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA’s latest earnings report shows the carrier closed out the final quarter of 2012 with 33.4 million net customers, a one percent increase annually. But total revenue for the fourth quarter was $4.9 billion, about a 5 percent decrease from the $5.2 billion the company posted in the same quarter of 2011.

MetroPCS Reports 117% Growth in LTE Subs in 4Q

February 26, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MetroPCS is making good on its promise to quickly migrate customers over to LTE, a strategy that should ease the complexity of merging with GSM carrier T-Mobile.  During the fourth quarter, MetroPCS surpassed over 2.2 million LTE subscribers, an increase of 117 percent...

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Raco Will Offer Customers Sprint CDMA, LTE Connectivity

February 26, 2013 8:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Companies looking to embed wireless modules in everything AND the kitchen sink are prevalent at events like Mobile World Congress (MWC), which kicked off yesterday in Barcelona, Spain. Raco Wireless, an end-to-end M2M provider, today announced that...

T-Mobile Launches GoSmart Prepaid Brand

February 20, 2013 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile late yesterday announced the nationwide launch of a new prepaid brand, GoSmart Mobile. The carrier is pitching the new brand as ending the era of "DUM hidden fees, roaming charges and overly complicated annual contracts." GoSmart will launch with...

T-Mobile Adds MobileIron MDM to Enterprise Offerings

February 12, 2013 9:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has added hosted and on-premise (Mobile Device Management) MDM provider MobileIron to its enterprise offerings, furthering its B2B push. MobileIron is designed to address the issues that come with a BYOD policy, enabling businesses to manage and secure mobile devices, content and mobile applications on all major mobile platforms.

Q&A: Frank Sickinger, Senior Vice President of B2B, T-Mobile USA

February 8, 2013 3:00 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The B2B push is on at T-Mobile USA. So how does the company’s new “un-carrier” attitude frame its approach to B2B? Wireless Week recently spoke with Frank Sickinger, Senior Vice President of B2B for T-Mobile USA, about how the company’s plans to go head-to-head with the market share leaders.

T-Mobile Eyes Mid-March Debut for BlackBerry Z10

February 8, 2013 10:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile SVP of B2B Frank Sickinger said BlackBerry’s new Z10 touchscreen smartphone could see release by mid-March. Speaking with Bloomberg, Sickinger said tests are going well and that T-Mobile will speed up the launch date if possible, but mid-March seems to be the target right now.

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Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Announce Availability of BlackBerry Z10, Q10

January 30, 2013 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the wake of today's official unveiling of the new BlackBerry 10 platform and the first two devices to operate it, the full touch screen Z10 and the QWERTY keyboard and touch screen Q10, U.S. carriers are beginning to announce their plans for the new gadgets.

First News Briefs for January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013 9:48 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Zoove today announced its StarStar Me service is available to T-Mobile USA customers nationwide. StarStar Me provides customers a personalized mobile phone number such as a name or favorite word and the ability to manage incoming calls through the StarStar Me app.

Report: AT&T Considering Overseas Acquisition

January 17, 2013 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T may be looking to acquire an overseas carrier, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal today. The Journal cites "people familiar with the carrier's thinking" who said that AT&T is currently looking at a number of targets and a deal could come before the end of the year...

Carriers Spat Over Spectrum Weighting

January 10, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It seems everyone agrees that the FCC needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed with the FCC this past week. AT&T and Verizon Wireless come down on the "light touch" side of things...

T-Mo Comes Out Swinging at CES

January 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA said Tuesday at CES that it would begin offering a nationwide unlimited plan to its prepaid customers for $70, as well a partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) to become the sport’s official wireless sponsor.  The company said that its Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan...

T-Mobile Expects 3-5 Percent Growth, Sees 100K iPhones Per Month

January 8, 2013 4:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said to expect a 3 to 5 percent growth in revenue over five years following the company's proposed merger with MetroPCS. T-Mobile USA Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray added that the company was seeing 100,000 unlocked iPhones ported over per month from AT&T to T-Mobile's network.

First News Briefs for January 3, 2013

January 3, 2013 9:43 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

InterDigital, Inc. and Sony Corporation of America today announced the launch of a joint venture to combine Sony’s consumer electronics experience with InterDigital’s wireless machine-to-machine and bandwidth management research. The joint venture, called Convida Wireless, will focus on driving new research in the field of M2M.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Obermann Resigns, CFO Höttges to Succeed

December 21, 2012 8:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann's request for termination of his contract has been approved by the company's board, according to a statement released on its website. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Obermann will no longer serve as CEO and CFO Timotheus Höttges has been tapped to take his place.

T-Mobile: We Will Aggressively Challenge AT&T

December 7, 2012 4:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere says that his company will aggressively challenge AT&T in the coming year. "You love your iPhone, but you hate AT&T. I want you to get used to that kind of tone, because that is the way we're going to play," Legere said, during remarks Thursday...

T-Mobile, Apple Partnering on Products in 2013

December 6, 2012 1:07 pm | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom today announced that its subisidiary T-mobile USA is partnering with Apple to "bring products to market in 2013." The news comes almost as a side note in a press release covering from the German company's financial investments for the coming year.

McAdam: Everyone Else is Playing Catch Up

December 4, 2012 11:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

During a presentation at the UBS Investor conference that was broadcast online this morning, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam wasn't shy about where he feels his company's network is in relation to competitors, saying that other tier one carriers are playing "catch up" in the LTE race. 

T-Mobile Posts Steep Postpaid Losses, Sales Slump

November 8, 2012 6:02 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA's turnaround plan stumbled during the third quarter as postpaid customers flocked to competitors and sales declined.

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