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SmartWatch Episode 16: The Rise and Fall of the Tablet in Carrier 2Q Earnings

July 31, 2014 3:09 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the rise and possible fall of the tablet. As net phone additions lagged in the second quarter, the major carriers leaned on tablet additions to prop up their numbers. Big Red added 1.4 million postpaid subscribers, reporting that it had added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and whopping 1.15 million postpaid tablets.

Confirmed: French Carrier Iliad Offers to Buy T-Mobile

July 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint’s stock has fallen nearly six percent as of 11:15 a.m. CT upon news of the offer. The U.S...

T-Mobile Says VoLTE Coverage is Now Nationwide

July 31, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile took a moment out of its quarterly earnings day to proclaim nationwide coverage for its...

T-Mobile Adds 1.5M Net Customers, Closing On Sprint’s No. 3 Spot

July 31, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Though the net 220,000 subscriber losses Sprint posted represents an improvement for the carrier...

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FirstNews Briefs: Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Opera Mediaworks, Ericsson

July 30, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies has completed its acquisition of EmpoweredU, developer of a mobile-centric cloud-based learning environment that is both device and operating system agnostic. 

Sprint Swings to Profit as Subscriber Losses Slow

July 30, 2014 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint opened its new fiscal year with a rare quarterly profit. The carrier called a $23 million net income and $519 million operating income the highest in seven years. The black numbers came on fiscal first-quarter earnings per share of $0.01 and revenue of $8.78 billion, both of which exceeded analyst estimates.

T-Mobile Challenges with $100 10GB Plan

July 28, 2014 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is launching a limited-time offer of $100 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 10GB of LTE for four lines. In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere gets in his customary shots at AT&T, calling the carrier’s similar plan for $160 a “joke.”

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Lowe's, NetCracker, Sprint, Level 3, T-Mobile

July 23, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T announces Alcatel-Lucent S.A. and Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. as the newest vendors to join its User-Defined Network Cloud program. These two suppliers, and the previously announced Juniper Networks, will work with AT&T to build the User-Defined Network Cloud.

SmartWatch Ep. 15: IoT Wars Erupt as Sprint, T-Mo Pool Cash for Spectrum

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, T-Mobile, Ruckus Wireless, Bitglass, Jawbone

July 16, 2014 11:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Now through August 12th, customers can get $100 off when you buy an iPhone and iPad together at T-Mobile. Beginning July 20th, T-Mobile customers can take advantage of its EIP extended payment option on all accessories priced from $69-$250.

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile JV Raising $10B for 600 MHz Auctions

July 15, 2014 5:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are raising $10 billion to jointly bid in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. This follows an earlier Bloomberg report saying Sprint and T-Mobile are planning a joint venture, to be run by T-Mobile, for bidding in the auction. The $10 billion for spectrum is reportedly part of the $45 billion SoftBank is rounding up from lenders.

Report: Lengthy Sprint-T-Mobile Review Spurring Higher Lending Fees

July 15, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenders are demanding higher fees for financing the deal to offset the review process that could last at least a year, according to Bloomberg. Part of the money Sprint and SoftBank are requesting from lenders is being earmarked for spectrum. The report said Sprint and T-Mobile will enter into a separate joint venture and bid on spectrum available in upcoming FCC auctions.

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Sprint, T-Mobile Stocks Jump on Nikkei Merger Report

July 11, 2014 2:36 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both Sprint and T-Mobile are surging in the markets after Nikkei reported SoftBank has reached an agreement to buy a controlling T-Mobile stake from Deutsche Telekom (DT). Sprint was up nearly four percent and T-Mobile was up 1.5 percent as of 1:15 p.m. CT.

AT&T Calls T-Mobile’s Data Roaming Proposals Unlawful

July 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a blog post today, AT&T Vice President of Regulatory Joan Marsh said T-Mobile’s revised roaming agreement rules proposal would violate the Telecommunications Act and “push the Commission’s regime over the line into impermissible common carrier regulation.”

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, Vidyo, InterCloud Systems

July 11, 2014 9:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

As the title sponsor of Major League Baseball’s T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the carrier is rolling out wideband LTE and Voice over LTE city-wide in Minneapolis. As the official wireless sponsor of Major League Baseball, T-Mobile has also enhanced the fan experience in and around the All-Star Game’s host stadium,

McAdam: Verizon Postpaid Additions Hit 1.4M in 2Q

July 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Both Verizon and AT&T saw pressure on customer numbers in the first quarter of the year quarter, which could have been at least partially due to T-Mobile's disruptive promotions. AT&T marked just 625,000 postpaid additions in the first quarter. 

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Kids

July 10, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. The FTC is seeking refunds for consumers and is looking to permanently stop Amazon from billing account holders for purchases made without their consent. According to the complaint, Amazon keeps 30 percent of all revenue from in-app purchases.

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Legere: FTC Unfairly Targeted T-Mobile with SMS Charges

July 7, 2014 8:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Legere went on to deny that T-Mobile was participating in any kind of "cramming" practices. He acknowledged that all of the larger U.S. carriers engaged in billing for third-party premium texting services from a period between 2009 and 2013. However, he claimed that T-Mobile had made the decision to terminate those services in November of 2013. 

Why the Feds are Singling Out T-Mobile for SMS Fraud

July 2, 2014 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“[The charges] fly in the face of their positioning and makes them look like hypocrites,” Recon Analyst founder Roger Entner said. “And it’s a huge opportunity for the other three carriers to throw egg in T-Mobile’s face.” Lynnette Luna, senior analyst at Current Analysis, said T-Mobile will likely pay a settlement in order to minimize the damage to their public image.

FirstNews Briefs: HERE, Medio, Verizon, InterDigital, T-Mobile, MetroPCS

July 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Today HERE, a provider of mapping and location intelligence, completed the acquisition of Medio Systems Inc., a Seattle-based company dealing in the emerging field of real-time predictive analytics. The terms of the transaction are confidential.

T-Mobile: FTC Charges 'Unfounded and Without Merit'

July 1, 2014 6:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We exited this business late last year, and announced an aggressive program to take care of customers and we are disappointed that the FTC has instead chosen to file this sensationalized legal action,” Legere wrote. “We are the first to take action for the consumer and I am calling for the entire industry to do the same.”

FTC Alleges T-Mobile Made “Hundreds of Millions” From Bogus SMS Charges

July 1, 2014 3:17 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against T-Mobile alleging the carrier made “hundreds of millions” from fraudulent “premium” text message services. T-Mobile is accused of “cramming,” a practice of placing third-party services on a consumers bill and collecting a portion of the charge.

T-Mo's 'Test Drive' Perfect Showcase for Impressive Wideband Service

June 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now. 

AT&T Joins Sprint in Pushing Rural Service to Bolster Acquisition Hopes

June 24, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In his prepared remarks, CEO Randall Stephenson outlines AT&T’s plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation, he said the combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

Sprint Announces 30-Day Service Trial, Nationwide HD Voice

June 23, 2014 12:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced a new 30-day satisfaction guarantee, promising to refund device costs as well as waive service and activation fees for any new customers not happy with the carrier. Sprint previously offered to refund the cost of a device within the first 14 days but customers were still on the hook for prorated service and activation fees.

FirstNews Briefs: Eden Rock, T-Mobile, Panasonic, Anite, Vasona

June 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Wireless Week Stafff | News | Comments

Eden Rock Communications, LLC, a supplier of Self Organizing Network (SON) technologies and solutions, today announced the selection of Eden Rock Communications as a supplier of SON solutions to T-Mobile US, Inc. for its nationwide network. Eden Rock's centralized SON solution, Eden-NET, provides cloud software intelligence for 2G, 3G, and 4G networks for multiple RAN vendors. 

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Apologizes for Comments

June 19, 2014 4:43 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today took to Twitter to apologize to any offended by his remarks he made during the carrier’s Uncarrier 5.0 event Wednesday. The usually brash Legere regularly picks on the other three major U.S. carriers—AT&T, in particular—but his choice of words last night may have gone too far. Legere said AT&T and Verizon are “raping” their customers.

T-Mobile Offers iPhone Trial, Free Music Streaming

June 18, 2014 9:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We’re a mobile Internet company competing against utilities, so it’s no wonder we’re faster than they are,” Legere said in a statement. “We’re out there doing it while the other guys are still scheduling a meeting to talk about doing it. And there’s one more thing you can bank on. We won’t stop.”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Goes Off on AT&T-Amazon Exclusive Deal

June 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that exclusivity “sucks” for consumers and for the industry as a whole. He also jabbed AT&T for the Facebook Phone, another high-profile exclusive for the carrier and a flop with consumers and critics alike. The HTC phone quickly dropped in price all the way down to 99 cents on-contract.

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