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Sprint Finishes Dead Last in Latest Consumer Reports Survey

November 21, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to the survey, which covered opinions from over 58,000 respondents, Sprint received what Consumer Reports called...                     

Reducing Churn Shouldn’t Be About Punishing Your Subscribers

November 20, 2014 11:19 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Every tweak, twist, turn and total overhaul the...

Analyst: As AWS-3 Auction Hits $24B, Dish Soars, T-Mobile Likely Out

November 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction has rocketed past its $10...

Data Caps Don’t Work: Thoughts for the Future of Cellular Network Congestion

November 20, 2014 10:14 am | by By Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Corvil | Articles | Comments

How we use, how we...

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FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, China Mobile, T-Mobile, IBM, WiTricity

November 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ZTE Corporation announced that the company successfully completed pre-commercial field testing of pre5G 3D/Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) base stations in partnership with China Mobile.

AWS-3 Auction Cruises Well Past Reserve Price

November 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s ongoing AWS-3 auction in four days of bidding has easily passed its $10.5 billion reserve price. Currently in the 16th round of bidding, the auction has already pulled in...        

T-Mobile Giving Away Tablets for Black Friday

November 19, 2014 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile announced it will be giving away the 7-inch Alcatel ONETOUCH Pop 7 Android tablet to customers who add a tablet data plan. The deal will be available early for...                   

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Verizon Switches Up Terms for Early Contract Terminations

November 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon last week made some changes to its policy for Early Termination Fees (ETF). First spotted by Droid Life, the new policy now has Verizon contract customers wait...                       

AWS-3 Auction Tops $2B in First Two Rounds of Bidding

November 13, 2014 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s auction of 65 MHz of AWS-3 began today and it’s already drawn heavy interest from the 70 approved bidders. Total bids exceeded...                              

T-Mobile Grabbing Subs After Long Wait for New iPhones

November 13, 2014 10:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The long wait for the iPhone 6 has left many at AT&T and Verizon off contract, which T-Mobile sees as a major opportunity...                       

SmartWatch Ep. 26: 3Q Carrier Battles & VoLTE Friendships

November 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

Andrew is across the pond but while we weren’t raiding his desk for snacks, we still managed to film a brand new episode of SmartWatch.                                             

Sprint Considering Eliminating Device Subsidies

November 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is considering doing away with device subsidies all together as early as next year. During Monday’s earnings call, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said his company...                        

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T-Mobile Set Aside More Than $50M for Cramming Refunds

October 28, 2014 4:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Over the past two quarters, T-Mobile has accrued more than $50 million to cover the estimated cost of a refund program and settlement payments, both related to unauthorized premium SMS charges.

T-Mobile Keeps Adding Subs but MetroPCS Shutdown Hurts

October 28, 2014 11:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile maintained its momentum in the third quarter by adding another 2.3 million total customers partly due to a record...                       

Softcard Now Good at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

October 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple Pay went and stole all the thunder available in the NFC-based mobile payments space but Softcard is still busy. The mobile payment platform—formerly Isis—today announced an agreement with McDonald’s to...

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Berg Insight, U.S. Cellular, NetComm

October 24, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

T-Mobile announced its pre-paid brand MetroPCS is launching its first-ever tablet, th ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 7, for $149. Starting at $10 a month for existing MetroPCS customers, you get unlimited data (and up to 1GB of 4G data) for your new POP 7.

T-Mobile, Like AT&T, Settling with FTC Over Cramming

October 22, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is in settlement talks with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unauthorized premium charges on customers’ bills—a practice referred to as “cramming.” According to Seattle court documents found by Bloomberg, T-Mobile and the FTC has requested the proceedings be...

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T-Mobile Goes Uncarrier on 3Q Earnings, Adds Twitter Q&A

October 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The carrier is promising to keep the scripted remarks to a minimum to make more time for “free-flowing dialogue” with analysts, investors, and media on the call. T-Mobile will also be answering questions via its new investor relations Twitter account...

Analysts: AWS-3 Auction is Going to Be a Street Fight

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

In total, 80 potential bidders have submitted both complete and incomplete applications to participate in Auction 97. There are big name and small name players but four competitors stand out from the rest.

T-Mobile Claims Roaming Better in South Africa than On AT&T in South Dakota

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile claims its customers have a better roaming experience in South Africa than they do on AT&T’s network in South Dakota. The carrier says its customers got speeds twice as fast and unlimited...

New iPad Air Supports AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile

October 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The feature could be a catalyst for competition in the space of...                                                                                                

FTC Sees Huge First Week for Refund Claims in AT&T Cramming Settlement

October 16, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already received 359,000 refund claims just one week after an AT&T cramming settlement had been announced. An FTC spokesman said, as far as the agency can tell...

Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Iliad Drops T-Mobile Bid

October 13, 2014 2:21 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Iliad today said it is dropping its bid to acquire T-Mobile. The French mobile provider said in a press release that Deutsche Telekom (DT), majority owner of T-Mobile, and select board members of T-Mobile’s board “refused to entertain its new offer.”

AT&T Passport Packs Together International Data, Voice, Text

October 13, 2014 11:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its new Passport packages that combine international talk, text and data rates in three different offerings. The packages can be added to a domestic postpaid plan and are valid for 30 days, expiring automatically and not renewing afterward.

Sprint Leading Race to 1 Terabyte, Offering Businesses 800GB

October 10, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

At the current rates the major carriers are one-upping each other on double-data promotions, it’s basically become a race to see who can offer one terabyte first. Sprint is now in the lead with its new double data promotion for businesses that tops out at a mind-boggling 800GB a month—across up to 100 lines—for $1,350.

T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

SmartWatch, Episode 22: WiMAX and Other Endangered Species

October 9, 2014 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by Sandisk, we observe the passing of WiMAX, as Sprint this week confirmed the expected shutdown of its ill-fated 4G network. Yes, WiMAX has gone the way of the flip phone and other wireless dinosaurs. All this and more as we take you deeper into another dimension...the SmartWatch Zone! 

AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

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