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Sprint Concedes on FDD Plan for 600 MHz Band

January 8, 2014 1:48 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Sprint, which  has committed to a TDD LTE rollout, prefaced its remarks by saying it still believes a TDD band plan would result in the most bi-directional spectrum available for auction, the company said it recognizes it won't be the only one bidding on the airwaves.

T-Mobile CES Event Aims to Stymie AT&T ETF Play

January 8, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been party crashing this week at CES. Now his company looks ready to crash early termination fees with its “Uncarrier 4.0” announcement. A leaked T-Mobile ad has surfaced, all but confirming the carrier’s plans to pay off ETFs for families that switch to T-Mobile and trade in their devices.

T-Mobile CEO Crashes AT&T Party, Gets Thrown Out

January 7, 2014 1:19 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere is taking his "bad boy" image and feud with AT&T to the next level: he crashed a party thrown by AT&T in Las Vegas, and was thrown out by security. The incident late Monday night occurred amid a recent escalation of the intense rivalry between the two companies. It was reported by CNET and confirmed by Legere on his Twitter feed. 


AT&T Buys More AWS Licenses from Aloha Partners

January 7, 2014 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Tuesday announced that it has agreed to purchase 49 AWS licenses from Aloha Partners. According to a press release, the licenses cover nearly 50 million people in 14 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Amid Spectrum Buy, Legere Says, 'We're Smackin' the Crap out of Them'

January 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that it has reached a deal to acquire $2.4 billion worth of 700 MHz A-Block licenses. The proposed transaction also includes the transfer of certain T-Mobile AWS and PCS licenses to Verizon, which according to a press release have an aggregate value of approximately $950 million. 

Analyst Reactions to AT&T’s Move for T-Mobile Customers

January 3, 2014 11:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has a plan to eat T-Mobile’s lunch and it comes just as the un-carrier was getting ready to make a big splash next week at CES. AT&T has announced a limited time offer of up to $450 in credits for T-Mobile customers who switch over to AT&T. With rumors of T-Mobile next week launching a similar incentive program...

AT&T Beats T-Mobile to Punch with ETF Payoffs

January 3, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

AT&T today announced a new program that aims to snag customers from T-Mobile's clutches. Starting today, AT&T is offering T-Mobile customers incentives valued at up to $450 per line when they switch to AT&T and trade in an eligible smartphone.

T-Mobile's GoSmart Brand Announces Free Facebook Access

December 23, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile’s prepaid brand GoSmart Mobile Monday announced that it will offer customers free access to Facebook. The announcement makes GoSmart the first wireless provider in the United States to offer free access to Facebook and Facebook Messenger...


T-Mobile CES Event Promises Uncarrier 4.0

December 23, 2013 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile on Friday sent invites for a special press event at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where the company will unveil its fourth Uncarrier initiative, dubbed Uncarrier 4.0. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The invite features the tagline: “This one you aren’t going to believe.” 

Report: Sprint Preparing Financing for T-Mobile Bid

December 20, 2013 12:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint appears to be moving ahead with a possible offer to buy T-Mobile USA from German operator Deutsche Telekom. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Sprint and 80-percent stakeholder Softbank have lined up at least a half dozen banks to provide financing for what could be a $20 billion deal. 

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 5 (5-1)

December 20, 2013 10:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

Welcome to the final segment in Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013. Today's the big reveal of our top 5 headlines of 2013, which includes major news from companies like Vodafone, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Clearwire. Thanks to everyone who has tuned in over the past few weeks. It's been a great year and we look forward to following all the headlines we're sure will be made in 2014.

Verizon, T-Mobile File for an AWS, PCS Spectrum Swap

December 18, 2013 2:37 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are looking to trade some AWS and PCS spectrum licenses with each other. No financial details are mentioned in the filing and the swap is only for spectrum and doesn’t entail exchanges of customers or network operations. Both Verizon and T-Mobile insist that the spectrum swap will allow both to operate more efficiently by providing each with bigger blocks of contiguous or adjacent spectrum.  

MVNO Red Pocket Launches Unlimited Data-Only Plans Through T-Mobile

December 18, 2013 2:05 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

MVNO Red Pocket today announced an expansion to its service with an unlimited data-only offering running on T-Mobile’s 4G network. Red Pocket has been around since 2006 and has already offered data on AT&T’s 4G network previously with its talk and text plans.


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.

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.

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.

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