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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.

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...

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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. 

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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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Q&A: CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry

March 19, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

CCA Global Expo is less than a week away and CEO Steven K. Berry is seeing more wireless carriers registered for this CCA than any prior event. The show, running March 25-28 in San Antonio, will feature keynotes from FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Roger Sherman and Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Ahead of the show, Wireless Week spoke with Berry about the policy issues on members’ minds and the impact from CCA’s biggest members.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Predicts Tough Time for T-Mobile in Spectrum Auctions

March 13, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges anticipates T-Mobile will have trouble competing with the likes of AT&T and Verizon in the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auctions. Hoettges told the Wall Street Journal that T-Mobile can’t be the “alibi” for an “oligopolistic market in the U.S.” and said that consolidation is the “best option” for getting around that.

Report: Starbucks to Test Mobile Ordering

March 13, 2014 11:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Starbucks is reportedly set to test a service this year that will customers to order their coffee right from their smartphone. The new feature is part of the company's push to promote its mobile application, according to a report from Bloomberg. 

T-Mobile Fires Back at Verizon Over Canadian Auction Argument

March 13, 2014 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile has returned volley to Verizon in a war of words over whether Canada’s successful 700 MHz spectrum auction proves spectrum aggregation limits are suitable for the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive auctions. T-Mobile has continually advocated for below-1 GHz spectrum aggregation limits to be applied to the FCC’s 600 MHz auction.

SmartWatch, Episode 1: Masayoshi Son Slams U.S. Wireless Industry

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. This week, we take a look at Softbank President and CEO Masayoshi Son’s quest for a unified Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ll also hear from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on his plans to turn around the Canadian handset maker. 

T-Mobile Upgrading 2G Network to LTE, Renewing Map Wars

March 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today revealed its plans to repurpose its entire 2G/EDGE GSM network and deploy LTE on that spectrum. The carrier plans to complete 50 percent of the transition by the end of 2014 and to substantially finish the rest of the project in 2015. T-Mobile has also issued a cease and desist order to Verizon, demanding the carrier stop with its LTE network coverage map advertising.

Report: U.S. Cellular Raising Data Caps for Shared Plans

March 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular this week will reportedly raise the data caps on its shared plans, in some cases more than doubling the allotted amount. The $40 plan will jump from 300MB to 1GB, the $50 plan will jump from 1GB to 2GB and the $60 plan will jump from 2GB to 3GB. U.S. Cellular will also introduce a $15 price point for 300MB and a new $60 single line plan with 1GB, according to a document Droid Life published.

SoftBank CEO Pans U.S. Wireless Market, Appoints New Regulatory Chief

March 11, 2014 5:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SoftBank Corp. president and CEO Masayoshi Son pleads his case for more consolidation in the United States. Son delivered a speech in Washington D.C. Tuesday, where he pledged more competition and mobile broadband speeds up to 200 Mbps via Sprint's Spark initiative. 

Masayoshi Son: I want to Be Number One

March 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahead of his speech Tuesday before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SoftBank President and CEO Masayoshi Son said he is prepared to start a "massive price war" should regulators give their blessing to a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. 

T-Mobile CFO Comments on Unlimited Sound Familiar

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter sounded a lot like AT&T and Verizon executives prior to doing away with their unlimited plans, claiming that a disprioportionately small number of users consumes a very larger percentage of the data. 

Report: Global LTE Connections Hit 200 Million

March 10, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Trade association 4G Americas Monday released a report conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media that shows there were approximately 200 million LTE connections in Decemeber 2013. The United States and Canada accounted for fifty percent of those connections. 

T-Mo Adds More Data, International Texting to Mobile Share Plans

March 10, 2014 9:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA late Friday updated its Simple Choice plans by increasing data caps and offering international texting from the United States. The new plans double the amount of LTE data and tethering to 1GB with the $50 Simple Choice plan.

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