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SoftBank CEO Pans U.S. Wireless Market, Appoints New Regulatory Chief

March 11, 2014 5:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SoftBank Corp. president and CEO Masayoshi Son pleads his case for more consolidation in the United States. Son delivered a speech in Washington D.C. Tuesday, where he pledged more competition and mobile broadband speeds up to 200 Mbps via Sprint's Spark initiative. 

Masayoshi Son: I want to Be Number One

March 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahead of his speech Tuesday before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SoftBank President and CEO Masayoshi Son said he is prepared to start a "massive price war" should regulators give their blessing to a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. 

T-Mobile CFO Comments on Unlimited Sound Familiar

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter sounded a lot like AT&T and Verizon executives prior to doing away with their unlimited plans, claiming that a disprioportionately small number of users consumes a very larger percentage of the data. 

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Report: Global LTE Connections Hit 200 Million

March 10, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Trade association 4G Americas Monday released a report conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media that shows there were approximately 200 million LTE connections in Decemeber 2013. The United States and Canada accounted for fifty percent of those connections. 

T-Mo Adds More Data, International Texting to Mobile Share Plans

March 10, 2014 9:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA late Friday updated its Simple Choice plans by increasing data caps and offering international texting from the United States. The new plans double the amount of LTE data and tethering to 1GB with the $50 Simple Choice plan.

AT&T Launches New Individual Mobile Share Plans: 2GB for $65

March 8, 2014 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Saturday announced a new Mobile Share Value plan that starts at $65 for 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text. The new plan amounts to $15 per-month savings from existing plans. According to a press release the new plans will be available to customers beginning on Sunday. Customers who select the plan can add an additional smartphone to the plan for an additional $25. 

Report: Wireless Networks Improving Overall, Verizon Tops

March 6, 2014 4:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless networks are becoming more reliable across the board according to a new the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study released Thursday. The study, which evaluates wireless customers' most recent usage activities in calling, messaging and data, found that overall wireless network quality remained flat...

AT&T CEO Won’t Rule Out Postpaid Cricket Offering

March 6, 2014 12:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T plans to use its recently acquired Cricket prepaid brand to disrupt the lower end of the industry. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company expects to close its acquisition of Leap Wireless later this month. "All of the sudden overnight, Cricket is going to have nationwide coverage," Stephenson said. 

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DT CEO Says T-Mo Standalone Strategy Sufficient for Now

March 6, 2014 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

DT CEO Timotheus Hoettges, told Bloomberg that the recovering U.S. economy is a boon for the rehabilitated Un-Carrier. He said T-Mobile will continue to build on its standalone approach and won't craft future plans on a "potential transaction." 

T-Mobile to Close Verizon 700 MHz Deal, Deploy LTE on Spectrum in 2014

March 5, 2014 5:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter and CTO Neville Ray were optimistic about the LTE network potential of the spectrum. Ray said the A Block licenses cover 158 million POPs and that T-Mobile should have devices supporting 700 MHz LTE by the fourth quarter.

Mobile Wallet Solutions Get Mixed Grades in Muddled Market

March 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The mobile wallet is an idea that seems to eternally be 12 to 18 months out, but not for lack of interest. According to a recent Yankee Group report, fully two-third of consumers surveyed are interested in mobile wallets. However, just 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months.

Verizon Attacks T-Mobile Over Canadian Auction Rationale

March 5, 2014 4:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Proponents of restricting Verizon and AT&T have failed to present economic evidence proving that the FCC should adopt rules that disadvantage Verizon and AT&T in the Incentive Auction. There is nothing learned from the Canadian experience that cures that failure,” Verizon wrote in the filing.

KORE Acquires Jazz Wireless Data, T-Mobile Network Agreement

March 5, 2014 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

KORE today finished its acquisition of Jazz Wireless Data, an M2M networking services provider. The acquisition will extend KORE’s North American M2M footprint, bring Jazz’s network management and technical into the fold and give KORE access to 2G GSM, 3G and 4G network connectivity options on T-Mobile’s network via an existing agreement with Jazz.

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Verizon Tops Latest Network Survey, AT&T Scores Fastest

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

RootMetrics today released its most recent survey of wireless networks in the United States, which crowned Verizon Wireless best over performer. Verizon Chief Technology Officer Nicola Palmer held a short call with media this morning to discuss the results of the survey.

FirstNews Briefs: LG, Verizon, Spireon, Sprint, Nextivity, T-Mobile, AetherPal

March 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

LG Electronics USA and Verizon Wireless today announced that the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet will be starting March 6 online and in stores. To kick off the launch, the tablet will be available for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation from March 6 until March 10. After March 10, users can purchase the tablet for $199.99 with a new, two-year activation. Customers can add the tablet to their More Everything plan for an additional $10 per month.

Testing, Testing: T-Mobile’s Mid-Size Market Weak Spot

March 1, 2014 5:02 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

On nearly a monthly basis, a post will pop up on the Madison, WI sub-Reddit asking about T-Mobile’s coverage in the city and surrounding areas. Unlike AT&T, Verizon and U.S. Cellular—whom, for better or for worse, people in Madison already know very well—T-Mobile is still a bit of a wild card here.

Review: CashWrap Case No Replacement for iPhone's Lack of NFC

February 27, 2014 3:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

My son picked up the my phone the other day and commented that he liked the case I was using. It's not as bulky as some of the other ones, he told me. I agreed with him that the Incipio CashWrap on my iPhone 5 has a nice feel. But beyond being a nice case, it also allows...

FirstNews Briefs: Mavenir Systems, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Altair, Cetecom

February 27, 2014 9:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Mavenir Systems today announced that its Session Border Controller (SBC) was selected by T-Mobile Netherlands for IP Voice Interconnect. Mavenir’s next generation SBC is specifically designed for wireless applications and provides the full suite of standards-defined wireless functions needed to launch next generation solutions and services, which T-Mobile plans to commercially launch starting in 2014.

T-Mobile Adds 1.6M Net Customers as Losses Grow in 4Q

February 25, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile added 1.6 million net customers during the fourth quarter but the cost of rapid growth is catching up as the carrier posted a $20 million loss, up from $8 million in the same quarter a year ago. Losses aside, T-Mobile has now managed three consecutive quarters of a million or more customers adds. The 1.6 million this quarter includes 869,000 branded postpaid net adds.

T-Mobile Offers Infinite Upgrades with A Catch

February 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 T-Mobile is allowing people who participate in its $10-a-month Jump program to upgrade their phones anytime, eliminating the previous limit of two upgrades a year. That's all good and fine, but there's a little bit of a catch involved...

T-Mobile Blasts BlackBerry CEO’s Response, Offers $200 BB Trade-In Credit

February 20, 2014 11:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In his response, T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert marveled at the passion of BlackBerry fans but firmly opposed Chen’s response. “The premise of his article was that it's best for customers if we restrict the free flow of information and limit consumer choice.  At T-Mobile we totally reject that premise,” Siervert wrote.

FirstNews Briefs: Transit Wireless, NetScout, China Mobile, DragonWave, Ceragon

February 19, 2014 9:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent are demonstrating their progress in the development of network functions virtualization (NFV) for mobile operators. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized LTE radio access network (RAN) Baseband Unit (BBU) and its virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) in a multi-vendor environment, the companies are showing how an open mobile cloud network can enhance agility, efficiency and scale.

BlackBerry CEO “Outraged” Over T-Mobile Promotion

February 18, 2014 4:40 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

An email blast issued by T-Mobile last week, offering BlackBerry users a chance to upgrade to an iPhone, was met with a swift and angry response from BlackBerry CEO John Chen. Chen voiced his outrage over the promotion in a blog post. “I can only guess that T-Mobile thought its ‘great offer for BlackBerry customers’ would be well received. T-Mobile could not have been more wrong,” Chen said.

T-Mobile Alleviating Roaming Costs with eSIM for IoT, M2M Markets

February 18, 2014 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced eSIM, a modular solution for connected devices that provides local data rates while roaming. Targeted at the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M applications, the eSIM will see its initial roaming deal launched for the U.S. and Canada. T-Mobile will be announcing more supported countries throughout 2014.

Review: Sony Xperia Z1S: Great Smartphone, Phenomenal Dinosaur Camera

February 13, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Sony has built a handsome, if somewhat smudge-prone, smartphone in the Xperia Z1S. If the Z1S is the kind of smartphone Sony can make now, it should be interesting to see what the company comes up with now that it’s putting even more focus on mobile.

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