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Verizon Touts “Standard for Reliability” in Response to AT&T Claims

July 22, 2013 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.”

AT&T’s New ‘Next’ Plan Grants Subs New Phones Once a Year

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

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.

Review: Water Resistance Stands Out in Sony Phone

July 11, 2013 10:04 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

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T-Mobile Jumps to Twice-a-Year Phone Upgrades for $10 per Month

July 10, 2013 3:37 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile promised to get bold at its July 10 press event in New York and the carrier made good by taking on one of the major pain points for wireless customers: lengthy waits for phone upgrades. Called Jump, T-Mobile’s new upgrade program charges customers a $10 monthly fee in return for the ability to trade in their phones up to twice a year—after being in the program for six months.

Verizon Flips Switch on 500th LTE Market

June 27, 2013 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is communicating its satisfaction today with a job well done on its LTE network. The company has dedicated the newsfeed on its website to all things LTE in recognition of its 500th LTE market. "Today, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network reaches a milestone. With the announcement...

Privacy Debate Rages as FCC Takes up Mobile CPNI Rules

June 24, 2013 4:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The operators right now are in a bit of a bind when it comes to recent revelations of the NSA's surveillance program. They're bound by law to cooperate with the government and most likely legally bound not to discuss the program. The best they can do is offer up the party line, which to this point has been that their customers' privacy...

Report: VZW, T-MO Not Part of NSA Surveillance Program

June 14, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile may not have been required to particpate in the NSA's phone surveillance program. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal today reported that the NSA may have exempted T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless from the program for their foreign ownership...

First News Briefs for June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013 10:13 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Zonoff, Inc. today announced the availability of its Open Device Software Development Kit for qualified partners who are currently (or will soon be) manufacturing connected devices. The new SDK enables device OEMs to take advantage of developing innovation within the "Internet of Things" space.

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AT&T Bumps Upgrade Wait From 20 Months to Two Years

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

AT&T has extended the waiting period for upgrades on phones from 20 months to two years. In a blog post Sunday, the company said the new upgrade policy will apply to new contracts and any existing contracts ending March 2014 and later.

Report: SoftBank Could Buy Deutsche Telekom’s Stake in T-Mobile

June 7, 2013 4:33 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank might be interested in buying Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) 74-percent stake in T-Mobile USA, if the Japanese carrier’s $20.1 billion bid for Sprint falls through. Reuters is citing three sources familiar with the situation saying that the talks—a continuation of preliminary negotiations between SoftBank and DT that began last year—have recently ramped up in light of Dish’s competing bid of $25.5 billion for Sprint.

First News Briefs for June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013 10:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T and IBM today announced a business agreement to deliver a new eCommerce solution that can help retailers provide a consistent shopping experience for customers whether they are shopping online, via a mobile app or in-store.

Q&A: Drew Kelton, executive vice president of B2B, T-Mobile

June 3, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Five weeks in, the new executive vice president of B2B for T-Mobile and Drew Kelton already seems to have a clear vision of the direction he wants to go. Kelton comes to T-Mobile from Bharti Airtel Business where he served as president for three years in the ultra-competitive carrier market of India. He plans to put that experience toward differentiating T-Mobile in the B2B market by focusing on providing services instead of economics.

Americans Talk, Surf More than Europeans on Cells

May 30, 2013 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Americans pay more for their cell service than Europeans, but they're getting a lot more use out of their phones, a global wireless trade group said Wednesday. In releasing the report, GSM Association urged European regulators to take cues from the U.S...

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Big 4 Cellphone Carriers Unite on Anti-Texting Ads

May 14, 2013 9:54 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will...

T-Mobile Sells 500K iPhone 5s in First Month

May 8, 2013 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile released its first quarterly numbers since adding the iPhone 5 to its portfolio and sales of the device are impressive. For the first quarter of 2013, T-Mobile said it sold 500,000 iPhone 5s to “new and existing customers,” quite a feat considering the U.S.’s fourth-largest carrier just rolled out the device to customers on April 12.

T-Mo's Merger with MetroPCS Complete, Now Trading on NYSE

May 1, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom today announced the completion of the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications. T-Mobile will also debut this morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TMUS. As previously announced, the company's board will have 11 members, including...

Approved: MetroPCS Shareholders OK T-Mobile Merger

April 24, 2013 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

MetroPCS shareholders have voted to approve a merger with T-Mobile. The approval comes after T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT) sweetened the offer by reducing the amount of debt the combined company would shoulder. In a statement, DT CEO René Obermann said “The merger with MetroPCS is extremely important, since it enables us to be more aggressive in the USA.”

Sprint, T-Mo Delay S4 Launch on Inventory Problems

April 24, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile, which had previously announced their customers would get first dibs on the Samsung Galaxy S4, have now said the device will be delayed. In a statement, Sprint said that while it had planned to launch the phone on Saturday, April 27, Sprint was dealing with...

First News Briefs for April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013 10:28 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the appointment of Drew Kelton to the newly created role of executive vice president of Business Markets, reporting to president and CEO John Legere; Openwave Messaging, Inc. has joined the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), an industry forum for developing market driven, interoperable mobile service enablers; and more.

MetroPCS’s Biggest Investor Now Backs T-Mobile Merger

April 12, 2013 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After Deutsche Telekom (DT), the parent company of T-Mobile USA, announced yesterday it was sweetening its offer to acquire MetroPCS, Paulson & Co., a hedge fund holding approximately a 9.9 percent share of MetroPCS, has now decided to vote in favor of the merger.

MetroPCS Vote Delayed for Consideration of Deutsche Telekom’s Revised Offer

April 11, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

An upcoming special meeting of MetroPCS shareholders has been rescheduled for April 24 in order to give voters a chance to mull over Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) improved terms of the proposed merger of MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA. In a press release, MetroPCS said the decision to postpone the meeting was made mutually between it and DT.

T-Mo Offers iPhone Trade-In Program

April 10, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile has added yet another incentive for prospective customers mulling a switch to the uncarrier. The company will offer an iPhone trade-in program as part of its sale of the iPhone 5. The trade-in offer, which begins April 12...

Deutsche Telekom Could Delay Final Tally in T-Mobile, Metro Vote

April 10, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom (DT) could potentially halt the final tally of the shareholder vote to approve the T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger if things don’t appear to be swinging in its favor. A Bloomberg report is citing people familiar with the matter as saying the delay could provide DT a chance to sweeten its bid.

Virgin Mobile Goes After T-Mo Subs with $100 Incentive

April 9, 2013 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile prepaid business is now offering T-Mobile users a $100 credit to switch carriers. A large banner ad on Virgin Mobile's homepage beckons, "Ditch T-Mobile and Get a $100 Credit." The move comes after T-Mobile earlier this month officially...

First News Briefs for April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013 10:42 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T now offers AT&T Mobile Barcode Services powered by Scanbuy to aid businesses with QR code campaigns. The service enables QR codes that can link to video, prompt a phone call or generate an email. It also provides solutions for mobile-optimized sites and analytics.

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