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Tech Tips: Using a Phone Abroad Without Huge Fees

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

BANGKOK (AP) — If you have a trip outside the United States coming up, one thing you'll likely want to bring is your cellphone. You might have heard warnings about how those phones can accrue international charges quickly through your U.S. wireless carrier. It doesn't have to be that way.

Report: Sprint Planning Bid for T-Mobile

December 13, 2013 4:48 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

With Sprint reportedly working on a bid to buy T-Mobile, a widely speculated possibility could be moving closer to fruition. The Wall Street Journal cited sources who revealed Sprint is studying up on the regulatory hurdles such a deal would have to clear and possibly planning on announcing the bid—reportedly higher than $20 billion—in the first half of 2014.

Report: Verizon Almost Ready to Deal 700 MHz Spectrum to T-Mobile

December 13, 2013 3:50 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Bloomberg is reporting that an announcement of the deal could come as early as next week. The report doesn’t mention how much money T-Mobile might spend for the airwaves but does say the carrier will likely give Verizon some of its AWS holdings as part of the deal.

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Details of the FCC, U.S. Carrier Cellphone Unlocking Deal

December 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless have all committed to a new set of voluntary rules regarding customer device unlocking. As CTIA spelled out yesterday in a letter to the FCC, the five biggest U.S. operators will push for the principles to be adopted into the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service.

Report: FCC, U.S. Operators Close on Phone Unlocking Deal

December 12, 2013 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that the deal would ensure carriers notify their customers—via text, email—when devices are able to be unlocked following contract periods. The new policies may cover prepaid devices as well. In addition, carriers would be expected to confirm or deny unlocking requests within two days.

T-Mobile Sets Sights on Low-Band Spectrum

December 11, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As T-Mobile's Uncarrier strategy begins to show results, the company is now eyeing more low-band spectrum as it seeks to improve its network. Jim Alling, Chief Operating Officer for T-Mobile, said during the UBS Media & Telecom Investor Conference today that his company has plenty of mid-band holding...

Hearings Highlight Complexity of Incentive Auctions

December 10, 2013 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Tuesday heard testimony from a number of entities on just how exactly the FCC should go about auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming incentive auctions. Nearly all of those testifying agreed that newly appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...

Dish Network Looks Like a Lock to Win H Block Spectrum Auction

December 5, 2013 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network stands out among a list the FCC released yesterday of applicants participating in the H Block auction scheduled for Jan. 22. As Reuters notes, Dish applied under the name American H Block Wireless LLC, and appears to be the best bet. In all, the FCC disclosed the names of 14 participants that have completed applications and 20 without.

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Report: AT&T to Bid Against T-Mobile for Verizon Spectrum

December 5, 2013 10:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Demand for Verizon’s lower 700 MHz spectrum seems to be growing by the day. AT&T is  rumored to be mulling a bid for Verizon’s A Block holdings, even as T-Mobile has already confirmed that it plans to pursue the licenses. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday AT&T’s potential interest in the A Block 700 MHz licenses and predicted Verizon could fetch as much as $2.75 billion for the spectrum.

T-Mobile Confirms Software Issue Caused Slower Data Speeds

November 27, 2013 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile confirmed an infrastructure software fix is being put in place to address much slower data speeds for some of its customers. TmoNews collected complaints from a number of T-Mobile customers in spots like California, New York, Boston, New Mexico, Texas and Hawaii. The outlet pointed to a speed test that had downlink speeds all the way down into the Kbps range.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Stopping Most Premium Text Billing

November 22, 2013 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The four major U.S. carriers have agreed to stop charging for most premium SMS in the hopes of curbing fraud. Lawmakers from 45 states pushed for mobile operators to move away from the practice. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all agreed to cease most PSMS charges to help prevent customers from getting hit with fraudulent third-party charges, a practice referred to as “cramming.”

Sprint Ranks Last in Customer Satisfaction Survey

November 21, 2013 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has slipped to last place among the four major U.S. carriers in Consumer Reports’ new customer satisfaction survey. As Reuters points out, Sprint scored a 59 out of 100 in the survey that uses metrics like voice, text and 4G reliability. In last year’s survey, Sprint finished second among the big four, slotted in just behind Verizon Wireless.

Carriers Lose Out with New NFC Tech in Android

November 20, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

A lot of analysts and media started prepping eulogies for the Near Field Communications (NFC) this year when Apple announced iOS 7. The company once again passed up NFC, while embracing Bluetooth LE for iBeacons, confirming that the new iPhones would not be featuring NFC. And so, NFC was dead, right?

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Confirmed: T-Mobile Going After VZW's A Block Spectrum

November 20, 2013 11:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has confirmed to Reuters that the carrier will consider selling its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum to T-Mobile USA. Shammo's comments come after Reuters on Tuesday reported that T-Mobile had approached Verizon about acquiring the airwaves. 

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile All Reject Smartphone Kill Switch

November 20, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular have all rejected a smartphone “kill switch,” a technology proposed by Samsung that could render a smartphone inoperable. As the AP reports, the carriers said no to Samsung’s Absolute LoJack anti-theft technology, saying it presents hacker’s with an opportunity to disable someone’s phone.

GOP Rep Warns FCC Against Spectrum Caps in Upcoming Auctions

November 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden (D-Ore.) has warned the FCC against limiting the participation of AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auctions through the use of spectrum caps. The Hill said that Rep. Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, told reporters that Congress might step in if it doesn’t like the FCC auction rules.

Isis Mobile Wallet Goes Nationwide Today

November 14, 2013 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Isis Mobile Wallet, the mobile payment joint venture from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, rolls out nationwide today. Isis uses NFC technology in phones to enable tap-to-pay functionality with mobile devices at participating retailers. The Isis app is free to download from Google Play but users will need to get a new SIM card from their carrier.

T-Mobile Plans Big Stock Sale for Spectrum Buys

November 12, 2013 9:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today begins the sale of 66,150,000 common stock shares in a public offering. The carrier is granting underwriters the option of snapping up an addition 6,615,000 shares. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, at the company’s closing price of $26.97 yesterday, the sale could raise approximately $2 billion. But T-Mobile’s stock is down more than three percent to $25.92 as of 8:33 a.m. CT.

Opinion: Carriers Missed Boat on Cloud Storage but There’s Still Time

November 5, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Cloud storage provider Funambol offers a white label cloud storage solution to some of the largest operators on the planet, but the company admits that only "a fraction" of wireless subscribers are using their operator’s personal cloud service. 

MetroPCS Hits 15 New Markets Ahead of Schedule

November 5, 2013 1:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As promised, T-Mobile is pushing its MetroPCS brand into more markets. The company today announced 15 new cities, essentially tripling its presence to 45 markets. Beginning Nov. 21, MetroPCS expects to roll out more stores in the new operating markets, bringing LTE along with it.

T-Mobile Keeps Up Subscriber Growth in 3Q

November 5, 2013 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Just like last quarter, T-Mobile has once again topped one million net customer adds, pointing out 648,000 net postpaid subscriber adds for its third quarter. CEO John Legere explained in a statement that, “Part of our customer momentum comes from the MetroPCS acquisition, adding that T-Mobile expects to expand MetroPCS into 15 additional markets by November 21.

Uncarrier T-Mobile Will Offer iPads for Zero Down with Free Data

October 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today released details about its plans for Apple's new iPads. The uncarrier said it will offer up the iPad Air and iPad mini with no money down, and will throw in a monthly stipend of LTE data (200MB) for free. Beginning November 1, T-Mobile will offer iPad Air and iPad mini (iPad mini with retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular will arrive later in November). 

Carriers Announce Data Plans for New iPads, T-Mo Offers 200 MB Free

October 22, 2013 3:31 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The four major U.S. carriers have rolled out the individual data plans for Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and T-Mobile is already putting an “un-carrier” move on the competition by offering 200 MB of data free. AT&T’s, Verizon’s and Sprint’s lowest tiered offerings don’t match T-Mobile’s free deal but up from there, things start to level off.

AT&T Comments on VZW, T-Mo Band Plan

October 22, 2013 11:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Monday voiced its concerns with T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless' "down from channel 51" band plan for the 600 MHz incentive auction. Overall, AT&T said it agrees with the plan's four main principles, which include maximizing paired spectrum in the 600 MHz incentive auction; allowing for cost-effective and  timely development of new equipment and devices...

T-Mo Shakes Up International Roaming with Shakira

October 16, 2013 4:40 pm | Videos | Comments

T-Mobile’s recent launch of Uncarrier 3.0 brought with it a shake-up of the way the U.S. wireless industry will view international roaming going forward. As part of a media event at NYC’s Bryant Park, T-Mobile enlisted the help of international pop sensation Shakira.  

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