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T-Mobile Calls for More Clarity Leading Up to AWS Auction

April 18, 2014 10:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Without additional clarity about the impact of government operations in the band, wireless carriers’ bidding strategies will have to be made in a vacuum, potentially depressing auction participation and revenues,” Steve Sharkey, a senior director of government affairs at T-Mobile, said in a statement.

AT&T Warns FCC It Might Skip 600 MHz Auction Over Spectrum Rules

April 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC is planning to set aside up to 30 MHz in each market for smaller carriers to bid on once bidding for those markets hits a set threshold. After the threshold it hit, carriers holding at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market wouldn’t be allowed to bid. AT&T and Verizon would experience the most impact from this rule though in some markets, smaller regional carriers like U.S. Cellular would be restricted.

T-Mobile Challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to End Overage Charges

April 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers and it’s challenging AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit. The carrier claims that more than 20 million people in the U.S. were stuck with overage charges in 2013 and that the three biggest U.S. carriers raked in more than $1 billion combined off the practice.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers. Bloomberg reports the OEM is offering up to $600 in bonuses including PayPal vouchers—to use with the S5’s fingerprint scanner—as well free apps and a LinkedIn premium account.

T-Mobile Promises LTE Tablets for the Price of Wi-Fi Tablets

April 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it’s only going to charge the Wi-Fi tablet price to customers who add an LTE tablet to their plan. Wi-Fi-only tablets typically run $100 to $130 less and T-Mobile has vowed that will reflect in the zero-down monthly installment costs.

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

T-Mobile Intros $40 Simple Starter Plan, Promises More Moves This Week

April 9, 2014 11:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“It’s wrong! And I personally want to drive those ridiculous schemes out of this industry. We will continue to be relentless and bring this forced march of change to the market every day so consumers can be creative with and enjoy the true benefits of wireless. I know we have it right and when we all are done reporting results from the first quarter – I think you’ll share my conviction,” Legere said in a statement.

U.S. Cellular Offering Device Financing, $350 ETF Bounty

April 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is also allowing customers to purchase a new device for $0 down on Simple Connect plans as well as the company’s Shared Data plans, now named Shared Connect plans. The Shared Connect plans are similar to AT&T's Next, Verizon Jump and T-Mobile's Edge plans, where customers make monthly payments towards the cost of the device on their wireless bill.

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Sprint Offering Up to $650 for ETFs to Customers Who Switch

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is now offering up to $650 in Early Termination Fee (ETF) payoffs and device credits for subscribers who bring a number over to a Framily plan. The limited-time deal promises each line up to $300 for their current phone and a prepaid Visa worth up to $350 to take care of ETFs. The deal is good April 4 through May 8.

SmartWatch, Episode 4: T-Mo's Legere Opines on Everything from AWS to a New iPhone

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we get special insights from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a number of recent happenings. From Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s recent trip to CCA in San Antonio to rumors of a new iPhone, John Legere has something to say about all of it. 

T-Mobile Backtracks on Nixing Employer Discounts

April 2, 2014 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an updated blog post on the matter, Legere said he's "been doing a lot of listening to our customers," and as a result everyone enrolled in the Advantage Program or who applied to enroll before April 1 will be able to keep a rate plan discount as long as they work at a participating employer and remain on a qualifying plan.

C Spire Wireless Paying ETFs for Customers Who Switch

April 2, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The regional carrier, headquartered in Mississippi, announced the ETF program as “back and better than ever.” Customers will need to pick a C Spire plan and device, port over their number, fill out the ETF form within 90 days and C Spire will kick back a $200 ETF credit within 60 days of getting the form.

BlackBerry’s Split with T-Mobile Doesn’t Look Smart

April 2, 2014 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

April Fools’ Day is over, right? Technically, news of BlackBerry not renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell its phones came yesterday. But we checked and, it’s real. That means BlackBerry, a once-mighty handset maker that is now barely clinging to life, told the hottest U.S. carrier that it can’t sell BlackBerry devices anymore. This move seems counter-intuitive to say the least.

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BlackBerry Revokes T-Mobile’s License to Sell Its Phones

April 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced it will not be renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell BlackBerry products after it expires April 25. In a blog post, BlackBerry promised that existing BlackBerry users on T-Mobile would not experience any lapse in support and that it would continue to support any customers who purchase BlackBerry devices from T-Mobile’s remaining inventory.

Sprint, T-Mobile Caution FCC on AT&T All-IP Trials

April 1, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

T-Mobile Nixes Employer Discounts

March 31, 2014 5:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile's latest Un-Carrier moved announced today will do away with discounts for large companies.  In the interest of simplifying the company's pricing plans across the board, T-Mobile will do away with discounted plans for large employers. Writing in a blog...

Sprint’s Son: “We Need Real Competition, Not Pseudo-Competition”

March 27, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Masayoshi Son said that if only the big two U.S. carriers are increasing market share—from 56 percent to 73 percent in the last five years—the U.S. wireless market will continue at status quo. “We would like to have partnership with the rural carriers which we do not overlap,” Son said while speaking with press after his keynote.

SmartWatch, Episode 3: HTC One, Masayoshi Son, and March Madness!

March 27, 2014 10:45 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk, we take a look at HTC's new One flagship smartphone, as well as sneak peak at the Competitive Carriers Association's (CCA) annual expo. We also managed to get Stephen Elop's thoughts on just exactly why the Nokia/Microsoft deal has been delayed.  

Sprint's Son Pledges Spark Access, Financial Support for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Thursday at the CCA Global Expo Masayoshi Son talked about the need for teamwork between Sprint and the carrier members of the CCA in order to take a “real fight” to the AT&T and Verizon “duopoly.” And he had the GSMA Intelligence numbers to back up his doubt.

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. 

Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish Team Up to Plead Low-Band Spectrum Case to FCC

March 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network are teaming up to ensure smaller carriers can get their hands on low-band spectrum. Along with the Competitive Carriers Association and advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, the group is lobbying the FCC to adopt rules in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions that will benefit carriers other than AT&T and Verizon, who together hold the majority of available below-1 GHz spectrum licenses.

HTC Rolls Out All New One, Coming to U.S. Carriers Today

March 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC today announced its new One smartphone at events in New York and London. The phone will see U.S. release at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile within the first few weeks of April. But starting today, customers will be able to buy the phone online from all the carriers mentioned. Verizon will have the phone available in-store starting today.

U.S. Carriers Roll Out Pricing Details for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 21, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg and Ben Munson | News | Comments

Whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 shapes up to be the blockbuster its predecessor was remains to be seen. But carriers have already begun pre-orders and special promotions for the 5.1-inch smartphone (due April 11) and the trio of wearables Samsung is sending out alongside it.

FirstNews Briefs: CCA, T-Mobile, SimpleAir, Google, AT&T, Digigram

March 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Competitive Carriers Association urged the Court to grant certiorari of a pending appeal and resolve a split amongst lower courts related to the statutory prerequisites for denying applications for siting wireless facilities.  T-Mobile South, LLC seeks review of a decision which allows local authorities to deny applications without providing any underlying reasoning included as part of the denial.  

T-Mobile Goes to Bat for Smaller Carriers in AWS Auction

March 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a policy blog yesterday, T-Mobile suggested the Commission try to mirror the geographic market areas for existing AWS-1 licenses, a mix of smaller Cellular Market Areas (CMA) and larger Economic Areas (EA). The carrier also expressed support for the CCA’s proposed compromise of Partial Economic Areas (PEA).

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