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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.

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.

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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...

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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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Verizon Intros More Everything Plans with Higher Data Caps

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

Verizon Wireless today introduced new More Everything plans that raise the data caps on its shared plans and offer incentives for opting into the carrier’s Edge early upgrade program. As expected, Verizon seems to be responding to recent pricing moves from AT&T. More Everything plans are similar to AT&T’s recently announced shared data and early upgrade service discounts.

SoftBank CEO Says U.S. Consolidation Needed to Make Sprint Number One

February 12, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Son said that without consolidation, it’s “literally just a dream” for Sprint to become the number one carrier in the U.S. He also criticized the large gap between the top two U.S. carriers, AT&T and Verizon, and numbers three and four, Sprint and T-Mobile, respectively. Son said those current market positions are not good for competition.

Report: Sprint Getting Cold Feet on T-Mobile Merger

February 10, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son and CEO Dan Hesse are having second thoughts about their company’s plans to buy T-Mobile. In the wake of the passionate, public opposition the potential merger received from regulatory officials, Sprint is heading back to the drawing board, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Aio: T-Mobile Magenta Ruling Has No Effect on Advertising Plans

February 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“While we disagree with the court's decision, it addresses advertising and store designs that we are no longer implementing. Accordingly, this decision has no effect on our advertising plans,” said Alejandra Arango, director of media relations at Aio Wireless.

Verizon Gives Discounts to Loyal Customers, Many Caveats to Qualify

February 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis confirmed for Wireless Week that the carrier has long offered reduced rates for long-standing customers. She said there are a lot of caveats to qualify for the reduced rates and as such the plans are not advertised.

California Bill Proposes Mandatory Cell Phone Kill Switches

February 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Democratic State Senator Mark Leno has proposed a bill that would require all smartphones and tablets sold in California to feature a kill switch, a user-activated theft deterrent. The bill would by Jan. 1, 2015 require manufacturers to include the function on all devices or face fines of up to $2,500 for each device sold without a kill switch, according to the New York Times.

AT&T Tops, T-Mobile Passes Sprint in J.D. Power Wireless Study

February 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Although its overall score of 793 is slightly down from the 795 J.D. Power awarded it in August 2013, AT&T still came in first among its contract carrier competition. Verizon Wireless didn’t trail by much with an overall score of 788. T-Mobile managed to increase its overall score by 18 points over the previous study, giving it a 778 and moving it ahead of Sprint.

AT&T Done Paying T-Mo Customers to Switch

February 4, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T confirmed Tuesday that it has ended its incentive program that offered T-Mobile users up to $450 per line to switch carriers. AT&T said when it launched the program that it was a limited-time offer but did not specify how long it would last.

Report: FCC “Highly Skeptical” of Possible Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

February 4, 2014 9:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday met with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and said he would keep an open mind about the potential merger, according to Reuters. But in general Wheeler’s thoughts on the matter were in line with Justice Department officials who’ve already signaled doubts.

The Un-Carrier Effect: AT&T Is Wide Awake, Is Verizon?

February 3, 2014 4:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After AT&T's new Mobile Share plans went live Saturday, I am absolutely certain its customer care departments have heard of T-Mobile. I say this in reference to the Aug. 8, 2013 blog I wrote about a call I made to AT&T customer service.

Report: SoftBank CEO Meeting with FCC Chairman Wheeler

February 3, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son will meet Monday with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to discuss a possible merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. Son, who also serves as Chairman at Sprint, will reportedly push for U.S. wireless industry consolidation and argue that a combined Sprint and T-Mobile stands a better chance against Verizon and AT&T. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is also expected to attend the meeting.

New AT&T Mobile Share Plans: Two Lines, 10GB of Data, $130

February 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T's new plans start at $130 per month for two lines with 10 GB of data and unlimited talk and text. With the new plans, the carrier has dropped the monthly device charge to $15, regardless of the type of device. With other plans, smartphones incurred a $40 monthly charge, while basic messaging and feature phones were $20 per month.

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