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DT to Offer $3.1B in T-Mo Bonds

October 8, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom (DT) Tuesday filed with the SEC its intention to offer $3.1 billion in T-Mobile USA bonds. The company will offer two series of $1.25 billion each and one of $600 million to make the total amount. The first round of $1.25 billion in senior notes...

Target Confirms Brightspot Prepaid Service, Takes on Walmart’s Straight Talk

October 3, 2013 9:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The massive retailer’s new MVNO, available starting Oct. 6, will run on T-Mobile’s network. Plans begin at $35 for unlimited talk and text and jump to $50 for added unlimited data with the first 1 GB riding on T-Mobile’s HSPA+. Earlier reports suggested T-Mobile’s LTE could be part of the plan as well.

T-Mobile Proposes One-Third Limit on Sub-1 GHz Spectrum Ownership

September 30, 2013 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has proposed a one-third limit on the amount of below-1 GHz spectrum carriers can acquire in an individual market in the FCC’s upcoming auctions. T-Mobile outlined the proposal Friday in an FCC filing that insists the suggested spectrum aggregation limits will promote competition while still allowing AT&T and Verizon to “participate extensively in the auction.”

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Report: T-Mo Gets Boost from iPhone Sales

September 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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 Agrees to Bid in H Block Auction if FCC Gives it More Time on AWS-4 Deployment

September 27, 2013 10:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

CEO Puts Verizon Three to Four Years Ahead of Sprint, T-Mobile

September 24, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

AT&T, Verizon Dominate U.S. Carrier Activations for New iPhones

September 23, 2013 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

New iPhones Hit Stores Today as iOS 7 Sees Quick Adoption

September 20, 2013 9:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

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T-Mobile, Verizon Join Forces to Advocate Band Plan for FCC Spectrum Auction

September 17, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Report: Sprint Launching Its Own Early Device Upgrade Plan

September 16, 2013 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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, Sprint Selling iPhone 5C for Zero Down

September 13, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

T-Mobile Introduces Simple Choice for Business Plans

August 22, 2013 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

MVNOs, M2M Driving Wholesale Connections at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

August 19, 2013 11:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

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AT&T: T-Mobile’s Spectrum Auction Plan Will Lead to Failure

August 14, 2013 2:20 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 to Support Isis Mobile Wallet Nationwide

August 13, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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-Mo’s Un-Carrier Strategy Pays Off in 2Q

August 8, 2013 12:00 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

Sprint, U.S. Cellular Slam AT&T’s Push for Package Bidding on H Block

August 7, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Company Sues T-Mobile for Geo-location Patent Infringement

August 5, 2013 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Half-Caf Latte with a Shot of Google?

August 1, 2013 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

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...

Vodafone Promotes Humm to Head of Europe Operations

August 1, 2013 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

T-Mobile Offers Zero Down on Flagship Phones

July 29, 2013 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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-Mo Goes After Leap with 15 New MetroPCS Markets

July 25, 2013 3:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

Tech Tips: New Phone Upgrade Plans Akin to Renting

July 25, 2013 9:17 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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...

Sprint to Bring Wireless to All 277 NYC Subway Stations

July 24, 2013 10:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

T-Mobile Attacks AT&T’s Device Upgrade Plan in New Print Ad

July 23, 2013 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.”

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