If priorities were in the right place, though, it would be Amazon working around T-Mobile’s schedule. Amazon’s (probably) phone will show off some cool tricks but after the show, it’s still just another Android smartphone. Amazon is an interesting player with a strong ecosystem but it won’t become a major disruptor in the smartphone space on day one.
T-Mobile is shifting its planned Uncarrier 5.0 event from Los Angeles to Seattle in order to get closer to Amazon’s big device reveal. Now both events will take place June 18 in Seattle, the home turf for both companies. T-Mobile is framing the move as a response to media concerns or complaints.
Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics, said in a report that AT&T's efforts to improve the quality of its network resulted in record spending among the four U.S. carriers. Enter notes that in 2013, AT&T spent roughly $11.5 billion on network improvements, while Verizon Wireless spent another $9.75 billion improving its network.
9to5Mac said Apple Stores will begin stocking AT&T GoPhone SIMs and activations kits and T-Mobile SIMs, allowing customers to buy full-price iPhones and walk out of the store with a connected device. The report says Apple Stores will begin the prepaid offering during the last week of June.
Those who are willing to entertain the idea of a deal often ask whether it’s realistic to expect the two smaller carriers to compete in any meaningful way on their own. According to research released today from Strategy Analytics, a combined Sprint and T-Mobile would prove an entirely different entity than the one that would have come into being had regulators approved AT&T's transaction.
AT&T plans to pilot a new service that arms companies with the ability to confirm the location of participating customers who opt-in to advanced protection against fraud when they travel internationally. AT&T plans to make the new Location Information Services capability available in more than 150 countries. The company will begin a pilot this summer, and expects to deploy the service to enterprise customers later this year.
Both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal peg the price for T-Mobile at around $40 per share. The Bloomberg report said Sprint will offer DT 50 percent cash and 50 percent stock for part of its 67-percent stake in T-Mobile, leaving DT with a 15-percent interest in the U.S.’s fourth largest carrier.
Huawei and NXP Software have agreed to deploy LifeVibes VoiceExperience into Huawei LTE phones. The Huawei new LTE phones including G660, G730 and G620 will be the first global Huawei LTE devices using LifeVibes VoiceExperience on the Qualcomm Hexagon platform. The phones are launching in China with China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, and in Europe with Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile.
ParStream, provider of the Real-Time Database for Data Analytics, announced that Peter M. Jensen has taken on the role as the company’s Acting CEO with immediate effect, based at the company’s Silicon Valley office. Former CEO and co-founder Michael Hummel will focus on ParStream’s European operation and take over responsibility for product management, research and development (R&D).
As part of the contract, Ericsson will leverage its Service Agility solution, which includes charging, billing, order management, product catalog and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Ericsson will integrate and manage operations of the solution.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reportedly accepted SoftBank’s offer for T-Mobile, according to Kyodo News. Reports surfaced earlier this year suggesting DT wanted an all-cash offer for its 67-percent stake in T-Mobile, valued around $26 billion. If the reports are true, the deal would come less than one year after SoftBank closed its $21.6 billion deal for a majority stake of Sprint.
T-Mobile has sent out the invitations for its Un-carrier 5.0 announcement June 18. The event in Los Angeles comes with few details; just a tagline reading “We don’t play it safe and sound.” Considering T-Mobile’s recent VoLTE launch in Seattle and using “sound” as a clue, the upcoming announcement may have something to do with the HD Voice-enabling technology.
T-Mobile today launched Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service in Seattle, deployed using an LTE-Advanced function called Enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC). T-Mobile subscribers in Seattle using an LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Light will be able to use the service right away via an over-the-air update.
ROK Mobile has signed with major and independent music labels in order to create a cellular service and music app that effectively combines the mobile and music industries in one. ROK Mobile will offer a full 20-million-song music catalogue from any mobile device, laptop or tablet, as a wireless provider.
Walmart will offer T-Mobile connected tablets. The Trio AXS 3G Quad Core tablet will be available starting May 17 and will be priced at $179. The HP Slate 7 HD tablet will be available starting in June and will be priced at $229. Both tablets are 4G-enabled but neither support LTE.
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the carrier has several more “Un-carrier” initiatives planned for 2014. “Some of it will be non-traditional,” Carter said, speaking at an investor conference. On the question of the need for consolidation in the wireless industry, Carter said that without T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” business model up front, it could be problematic.
Following a busy day at the FCC that saw the Commission drafting rules for upcoming spectrum auctions and revising its spectrum screen, carriers weighed in with varying degrees of praise or scorn for the new policies. The FCC’s move to set aside a reserve of 30 MHz in the 600 MHz Incentive Auctions for bidders holding less than one-third of available low-band spectrum licenses per area drew a lukewarm response from T-Mobile.
The FCC said its band plan will limit variations in the amount of spectrum turned over from broadcasters in different geographic areas in hopes of preventing the “least common denominator market’ from limiting the quantity of spectrum we can offer generally across the nation.”
Thursday's proceedings were disrupted when a woman began a vocal tirade during FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's remarks on the matter. The woman was escorted away by police. The protests were an indication of just how passionate the public is about keeing the Internet in the United States free from constraints.
In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at T-Mobile's reported request for a $1 billion break-up fee from Sprint should a potential merger deal fall through. The once jilted fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. knows how lucrative being rejected by the FCC can be after it took home around $4 billion in cash and prizes on AT&T failed bid.
Democrat FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel reportedly expressed worry in a private meetings that the number three and four U.S. carriers might not be able to remain viable if they stay independent, according to report from the Wall Street Journal.
Isis today boasted it’s adding more than 20,000 new “wallets” daily and claimed it has doubled its growth rate over the last month. The NFC-supported mobile payment joint venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile said its platform is now supported across 68 different devices on the three carriers and that the Isis Wallet now comes preloaded on 14 different devices.
As Sprint is reportedly moving ahead with its bid for T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom (DT) is reportedly requesting a more than $1 billion breakup fee should regulators block the merger. DT, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile, is requesting the lucrative safety as well as seeking assurances that the T-Mobile brand and some of its management team would remain in place following the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said T-Mobile would have “strategic interest” to his company if Sprint’s rumored bid for the carrier falls through. Ergen said Dish doesn’t have the money to outbid Sprint for T-Mobile, or AT&T for DirecTV for that matter, but added that Dish has to be “well positioned so that no matter what happens” and that he thinks “we're there,” according to Seeking Alpha’s transcript.
In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we look at T-Mobile’s impressive first quarter, which managed to outshine even Tier One behemoths Verizon and AT&T. T-Mobile added a whopping 1.3 million branded postpaid customers. While adjusted EBITDA was down a little over 12 percent sequentially to $1.1 billion...