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First News Briefs for April 5, 2013

April 5, 2013 10:22 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has been working with Facebook to optimize Facebook Home and Facebook for Android across all Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. These Facebook Home optimizations are designed to enable better overall performance, lower power consumption and improved data efficiency for consumers using Facebook Home and Facebook for Android.

T-Mobile Adds More Than Half a Million Customers in 1Q 2013

April 4, 2013 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile released some preliminary numbers for the first quarter of its fiscal 2013 that reveal the company pulled in 579,000 new customers, bringing its total customer base up to 34 million. Those numbers include 352,000 new branded customers and 202,000 new branded prepaid along with a net branded postpaid customer loss of 199,000.

HD Voice Coming to AT&T Later This Year

April 2, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T will be switching over to HD Voice later this year as it begins to migrate is voice calling over to its LTE network. The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital blog reports that AT&T senior vice president Kris Rinne, speaking at Venture Beat’s Mobile Summit, said that HD Voice is part of the company’s LTE strategy.

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MetroPCS Responds to ISS Merger Concerns

April 1, 2013 11:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a letter to investors, MetroPCS today reiterated its call for shareholders to approve the proposed combination with T-Mobile USA. The letter comes after Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a proxy adviser firm, last week advised MetroPCS...

Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.

T-Mobile USA's New Plans Compared to Competition

March 27, 2013 8:56 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA has revamped its pricing plans, the latest move in an industry that's still experimenting feverishly with various ways of luring customers and getting current ones to pay as much as possible. Here's how T-Mobile's gambit compares.

T-Mobile Becomes the "Un-Carrier," Will Sell iPhone 5 Starting April 12

March 26, 2013 12:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile introduced the new LTE network it is just beginning to switch on and the new no-contract plans that have already popped up on its website. CEO John Legere was there to bid goodbye to device subsidies as well as welcome Apple’s iPhone to his company’s device portfolio beginning April 12.

T-Mobile Goes Live With New No-Contract Plans

March 25, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile’s new no-contract pricing plans are now live on the company’s website with plans starting at $50 for unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of data. The plans add on $10 for each additional 2 GB and include mobile hotspot. The plans don’t include overage charges for surpassing the allotted 500 MB, instead opting to throttle back customers to 2G speeds once the limit is passed.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS Clear Final Regulatory Hurdle

March 21, 2013 9:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has given its blessing to the proposed merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The deal has now received all necessary regulatory approval. The Committee concluded that there were no “unresolved national security concerns” in respect to the merger.

T-Mobile, MetroPCS Announce Board for Combined Company

March 20, 2013 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have released a list of the 11 members who will serve on the combined companies’ board of directors upon completion of their proposed merger. Timotheus Höttges, the current CFO of Deutsche Telekom AG, will serve as Chairman. Rene Obermann, who will step down as CEO of DT in December, will also serve on the board.

The "Un-Carrier" Cometh

March 19, 2013 3:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

I have to admit that I'm excited to hear what T-Mobile has on its mind tomorrow. I want to know more about what's behind John Legere's devious, trouble-making smile. Basically, I want the specifics on what it means to be the "un-carrier"?

All Major U.S. Operators Will Carry Galaxy S4

March 15, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

All four major U.S. carriers have put their support behind Samsung's new Galaxy S4, which was unveiled yesterday at an evening event in New York City. Immediately following the announcement, all four major U.S. carriers, as well as Leap Wireless and U.S. Cellular...

MetroPCS Urges Shareholders to Follow FCC's Lead and Approve T-Mo Merger

March 12, 2013 2:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Reports that surfaced earlier Tuesday claiming the FCC was nearing a favorable decision on the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS proved accurate. The FCC Tuesday afternoon issued a declaratory ruling approving the transaction...

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Report: AT&T Closing Gap in LTE War with VZW

March 12, 2013 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and AT&T are battling it out in the LTE wars, with both carriers receiving impressive scores in RootMetrics' latest 77-market study. According to the study, which is offered in a consumer-friendly format, AT&T’s LTE network...

More Objections to T-Mo, MetroPCS Deal, but FCC May Be Close to Approval

March 12, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC may be looking to approve Deutsche Telekom's proposed merger of its T-Mobile USA subsidiary and MetroPCS. According to a filing with the FCC by the Communication Workers of America (CWA), which vehemently opposes the merger, the FCC may be seeking an order...

T-Mobile Says DOL Report Irrelevant to MetroPCS Deal

March 11, 2013 9:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA says the Communications Workers of America's (CWA) reference of a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation on T-Mobile call centers is not relevant to the carrier's proposed acquisition of MetroPCS. In a letter to the FCC last week, CWA suggested that the FCC examine the DOL's investigation...

Legere: It's Fun to See AT&T Sweat

March 8, 2013 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

John Legere, the brash new CEO of T-Mobile says the "uncarrier" is just getting started. When asked recently about the recent war of words with AT&T over the strength of the companies' networks, Legere said the major carriers are in for a surprise if they think he's bringing down the intensity...

Report: T-Mobile Prepares to Cut Jobs at Washington HQ

March 7, 2013 2:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile is preparing a new round of layoffs at its Bellevue, Washington headquarters, according to a report from the Seattle Times. The cuts come as the company continues to streamline operations as it awaits regulatory approval of its bid to purchased MetroPCS...

Deutsche Telekom CEO Obermann to Leave for Ziggo

March 7, 2013 2:07 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann is jumping ship to become the CEO of Ziggo, a communications company that provides telephony, data communications and electronic payment systems solutions for small and large business markets. In a statement, Ziggo said its board has agreed...

Analyst: Tone of T-Mo's Latest Antics Could Backfire

March 7, 2013 8:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile and AT&T appear to be officially at each other's throats with their latest marketing antics, but some are questioning the company’s brash approach to the market. Last week AT&T lashed out at T-Mobile with full-page ads in the New York Times...

Paulson to Vote Against T-Mobile-MetroPCS Merger

March 1, 2013 11:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Paulson & Co., an investment firm owning a 9.9 percent stake in MetroPCS, has said it will vote against the carrier’s proposed merger with T-Mobile. In a letter to the boards of both MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent company of T-Mobile, Paulson cited high debt, high interest rates and high equity risks for MetroPCS shareholders as the reasons for its decision to vote no.

AT&T Blasts T-Mobile in Full-Page Ads

March 1, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T lashed out at T-Mobile yesterday by taking out full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. The ads appear to be in response to T-Mobile's outspoken new CEO, John Legere who has made it clear that he intends to engage AT&T head...

T-Mobile Adds Customers, Loses Sales in 2012 4Q

February 28, 2013 9:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA’s latest earnings report shows the carrier closed out the final quarter of 2012 with 33.4 million net customers, a one percent increase annually. But total revenue for the fourth quarter was $4.9 billion, about a 5 percent decrease from the $5.2 billion the company posted in the same quarter of 2011.

MetroPCS Reports 117% Growth in LTE Subs in 4Q

February 26, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MetroPCS is making good on its promise to quickly migrate customers over to LTE, a strategy that should ease the complexity of merging with GSM carrier T-Mobile.  During the fourth quarter, MetroPCS surpassed over 2.2 million LTE subscribers, an increase of 117 percent...

Raco Will Offer Customers Sprint CDMA, LTE Connectivity

February 26, 2013 8:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Companies looking to embed wireless modules in everything AND the kitchen sink are prevalent at events like Mobile World Congress (MWC), which kicked off yesterday in Barcelona, Spain. Raco Wireless, an end-to-end M2M provider, today announced that...

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