T-Mobile’s recent launch of Uncarrier 3.0 brought with it a shake-up of the way the U.S. wireless industry will view international roaming going forward. As part of a media event at NYC’s Bryant Park, T-Mobile enlisted the help of international pop sensation Shakira.
Both AT&T and T-Mobile are moving to simplify their wireless plans by phasing out old offerings. In a blog post yesterday, AT&T confirmed that it will only offer new customers its bucket-style Mobile Share plans, essentially doing away with its family plans.
T-Mobile's announcements Wednesday that it will offer unlmited international data roaming and free texts in over 100 countries, as well as 200 million POPs covered with LTE, are yet more reasons the un-carrier is succeeding at its mission to become the value offering in America.
John Legere, T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, describes international roaming fees as "completely crazy,” and last night he resolved to do something about it. At a flashy event in Manhattan's Bryant Park Wednesday, which featured a preformance by Latin pop star Shakira...
Amid all the Uncarrier 3.0 hubbub and Shakira concerts, T-Mobile slid in a new message: that its LTE network is now nationwide, covering more than 200 million customers in 233 cities. The carrier is hitting the 200 million coverage mark well ahead of its anticipated end of year schedule and plans to keep going.
Taking all of this into account, the picture gets murky and it’s difficult to choose any potential auction participant worth rooting for. If AT&T and Verizon can help maximize revenue, good for them. If Sprint and T-Mobile can increase competitiveness, good for them. If someone else can snap up some spectrum and put it to good (potentially disruptive) use, good for them. Whoever comes out ahead, it should be a good show.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) Tuesday filed with the SEC its intention to offer $3.1 billion in T-Mobile USA bonds. The company will offer two series of $1.25 billion each and one of $600 million to make the total amount. The first round of $1.25 billion in senior notes...
The massive retailer’s new MVNO, available starting Oct. 6, will run on T-Mobile’s network. Plans begin at $35 for unlimited talk and text and jump to $50 for added unlimited data with the first 1 GB riding on T-Mobile’s HSPA+. Earlier reports suggested T-Mobile’s LTE could be part of the plan as well.
T-Mobile USA has proposed a one-third limit on the amount of below-1 GHz spectrum carriers can acquire in an individual market in the FCC’s upcoming auctions. T-Mobile outlined the proposal Friday in an FCC filing that insists the suggested spectrum aggregation limits will promote competition while still allowing AT&T and Verizon to “participate extensively in the auction.”
T-Mobile's uncarrier strategy appears to be getting a little help from sales of Apple devices. According to recent numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, T-Mobile grew to 13.2 percent of smartphone sales in the U.S. market in the 3 month period ending August 2013, marking its highest share of sales over the past year.
Dish Network is petitioning the FCC for waiver of certain technical rules governing a terrestrial deployment on its 20 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum as well as a one-year extension for that deployment. In return for the FCC granting the waiver and time extension, Dish has promised to bid in the upcoming H Block auction for the paired 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands.
Verizon seems happy to stay out of the current wireless industry consolidation climate. Discussing the topic at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam seemed comfortable with his company’s lead over its competitors. In network terms, McAdam put Verizon three to four years ahead of Sprint and T-Mobile and a year ahead of fellow heavyweight AT&T.
Apple’s record-setting iPhone weekend lead to a large amount of new activations on U.S. carriers, with the lion’s share going to AT&T and Verizon. Localytics estimates the iPhone 5S and 5C now represent 1.36 percent of all activated iPhones in the U.S. across the four big carriers. Of those new iPhones, about 49 percent jumped on AT&T and more than 37 percent started up on Verizon, accounting for nearly 87 percent of the total.
Analysts are mixed on how good the weekend sales for the new iPhones could be. As Barron’s points, BMO Capital Markets see Apple selling far fewer than the 6 million iPhone 5 units sold during the launch weekend last year. But RBC Capital thinks Apple will easily match that total with this year’s two new models.
T-Mobile and Verizon are likely to be mismatched rivals once the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auctions roll around next year but for now the carriers are teaming up to advocate a band plan. In an FCC filing, T-Mobile and Verizon both pushed for the Commission to adopt a “down from channel 51” for the incentive auctions.
Sprint might finally be caving and offering an early device upgrade plan that will match up against plans the rest of the big four U.S. carriers have already rolled out. Sprint’s plan, dubbed “One Up,” will reportedly launch Sept. 20. CNET has screenshots that seem to compare Sprint’s “One Up” program with AT&T’s Next, Verizon’s Edge and T-Mobile’s Jump.
T-Mobile is offering Apple’s new rainbow-friendly iPhone 5C for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $22. That comes out to $528, a good discount off the device’s $550 unsubsidized price tag. Sprint has also chosen to offer the 16 GB iPhone 5C for zero down and the 32 GB for $99, both with a two-year agreement.
The Simple Choice for Business plans are available to companies looking for six or more lines and start at $20 per month for unlimited talk, text and data with 500 MB of LTE or HSPA+ (whichever is available). After that 500 MB is used, data speeds are throttled back, but $50 per month can get unlimited LTE or HSPA+ to go along with unlimited talk and text.
In the past three years, wholesale connections stemming from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M have climbed by 30 million to hit 70 million across six top carriers. According to new numbers from GSMA Intelligence, the group including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Clearwire and Verizon Wireless has seen combined total connection gains of 20 percent over the last two years.
AT&T has come out firing against a T-Mobile proposal for the FCC’s upcoming incentive auctions for 600 MHz spectrum. The carrier is saying T-Mobile’s “Dynamic Market Rule” plan would result in failure to generate sufficient revenue and “almost certainly doom the auction.”
Chase cardholders nationwide can soon expect to tap and pay with their mobile devices as Chase has announced its going coast-to-coast with its support for the Isis Mobile Wallet. Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Slate, as well as JPMorgan Palladium cardholders, will now be able to load their card info into Isis.
T-Mobile's move to differentiate itself from the pack appears to be working. The Un-carrier today reported 1.1 million net customer additions, as well as a reduction in branded postpaid churn to a record low of 1.58 percent. Revenue was also up, climbing to $6.3 billion, or 20 percent annually...
The FCC is on track to auction off 10 MHz of paired spectrum licenses in H Block as early as January 2014 and AT&T has weighed in on how it wants that auction to proceed. The carrier is advocating for Heirarchical Package Bidding (HPB) that would allow bids for groups of licenses.
North South Holdings has filed a complaint against T-Mobile USA, alleging patent infringement over the use of geo-location technology. North South, an intellectual property development company, is filing the suit through its wholly owned subsidiary, Guidance IP. The patent in question deals with cell phone geo-location technology that T-Mobile currently uses on its network.
Google's recent move to provide Wi-Fi at all of Starbuck's 7,000 company-owned stores is intriguing. It seems to portend a continued encroachment on the connectivity market from the Internet giant. After all, Google has already launched its uber-fiber project in Kansas City, and Provo, Utah, with more markets on the way...