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DOJ Signals More Reluctance to Bless Sprint, T-Mo Merger

January 31, 2014 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In remarks made Thursday to the New York Bar Association, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Bill Baer, said that since the blocking of the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile "competition in the wireless sector has flourished and consumers have benefitted."

Aren’t Regulators Always Skeptical About Mergers?

January 29, 2014 3:21 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

The Justice Department being skeptical of a potential anti-trust-bending merger is not exactly news. It’s in theirs and the FCC’s job description to be skeptical of things like that. It would have really been news if the DOJ had indicated something like “Sure, go for it! Mergers are cool.”

Report: Regulators “Skeptical” About Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

January 29, 2014 10:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Justice Department officials told Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son that any potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger would be met with “skepticism.” The Wall Street Journal spoke with individuals briefed on the conversation who said the meeting reinforced Son’s seriousness in making the merger happen.

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Legere Says Sprint Merger would Help T-Mobile Compete

January 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said a merger of his company with the Softbank-held Sprint could put more pressure on what he called the "duopoly" of AT&T and Verizon. Legere told Bloomberg that T-Mobile would eventually need more spectrum and other resources to compete with larger rivals and that merging with Sprint...

T-Mo Goes After Banking Fees with Mobile Money Product

January 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile Wednesday announced a new side project with the launch of a personal finance and mobile payments service. The company calls the new project Mobile Money by T-Mobile. The service includes a combination of smartphone money management applications designed for use with a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card.

If Dish Wins the H Block Auction, What’s Next?

January 21, 2014 4:04 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Smaller regional carriers like nTelos and C Spire are in the running to snatch up some of the H Block licenses, but large competitors like Sprint and T-Mobile have sworn off participating in the auction. Dish could very well walk away with the most licenses. A win for Dish would put more spectrum in the hands of a business without an apparent idea of what to do with it. So what’s the endgame for Dish?

AT&T Offers Early Upgrade Program to Existing Customers

January 21, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As of Jan. 18, AT&T customers at least six months into their two-year contracts can switch to the Next program for no additional charge. At the same time, customers switching over can opt for one of AT&T’s mobile share plans. In addition, for customers newly signing on for two-year contracts as of Jan. 19, AT&T has shortened the device upgrade cycle from 24 months to 20 months.

Report: SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom Enter Direct Talks for T-Mobile

January 20, 2014 11:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have moved to direct talks on a deal for the German carrier’s 67-percent stake in T-Mobile. Bloomberg cited people familiar with the matter as saying the two companies are ironing out obstacles to the deal and said the process could take months. At issue is how much SoftBank will pay for DT’s share and how SoftBank-owned Sprint and T-Mobile would be integrated.

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T-Mobile: FirstNet Will Be Funded Before Incentive Auctions

January 17, 2014 11:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile sees the FCC hitting its funding goal for FirstNet before the big 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive auctions even take place. Adding up estimated proceeds from the FCC’s upcoming H Block, AWS-3 and 1695 Band auctions, T-Mobile predicts the Commission will see proceeds of $8.9 to $16.4 billion.

Net Neutrality’s Death Could Play a Role in Squashing a T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

January 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Rumors surrounding a possible Sprint bid for T-Mobile are ramping up again. But a recent blow to net neutrality might end up giving regulators another reason to say no to the potential merger. “If [the FCC] can't regulate an open Internet, then the more significantly-sized operators they can keep in existence the better to ensure that competitive pressure will keep large operators from abusing their power,” analyst Rich Karpinski said.

Banks Ready to Fund Sprint Bid for T-Mobile

January 17, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With shares of T-Mobile having risen over 25 percent in a little over a month, the fourth largest carrier is becoming less of bargain lately. That said, Sprint has apparently received proposals from multiple banks willing to finance a bid for T-Mobile, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. 

Report: Just 15% of T-Mo Postpaid Subscribers Looking to Churn

January 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile appears to be succeeding at holding onto its postpaid subscribers. Just 15.4 percent of T-Mobile postpaid respondents surveyed in a recent Cowen and Company report said they were looking to switch carriers. That's a huge drop from the 42.9 percent T-Mobile respondents who said they were looking to switch in the third quarter.  

T-Mo May Miss Out on $42B in Global Roaming Revenue

January 14, 2014 9:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new report from Juniper Research estimates operator revenues generated from mobile data roaming at $42 billion by 2018. Accorinding to the report, that represents 47 percent of the global mobile roaming revenue, which includes voice roaming, compared to an estimated 36 percent in 2013.

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Analyst Take: T-Mobile Willing to Go Where Others Won’t

January 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Say what you will about T-Mobile’s recent moves, the company has managed to rattle a cage or two lately. While there’s undoubtedly a certain amount of smoke and mirrors involved, the 4.4 million net customer additions the carrier reported for 2013 can’t be denied. 

Devil's in the Details on T-Mobile's Un-Carrier 4.0

January 9, 2014 5:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

So you've made the decision to follow John Legere on his crusade against AT&T and business as usual. He's promised you the world - the fastest wireless network on the planet; free international roaming; no contracts; upgrade your device when you want; and he'll give you $650 per line to get out of your contract and onto a new device.

T-Mobile Confirms ETF Payoffs for Customers Who Switch

January 8, 2014 4:33 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

John Legere Wedesday called family plans one of the “biggest evils” in the industry. With T-Mobile’s latest “Un-Carrier” move, the CEO aims to give families and individuals a way out of their contracts. T-Mobile will begin paying off the early termination fees—up to $350 per line—for individuals willing to switch over and trade in their device.

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.” 

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