The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Tuesday heard testimony from a number of entities on just how exactly the FCC should go about auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming incentive auctions. Nearly all of those testifying agreed that newly appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...
How the FCC manages the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions is on everyone’s mind, including LeRoy Carlson, CEO of Telephone and Data Systems (TDS). Carlson on Monday said TDS, which owns regional wireless carrier U.S. Cellular, is interested in bidding in the upcoming AWS-3 auction, as well as the 600 MHz incentive auction in 2015.
U.S. Cellular Moday launched Vehicle Monitoring, a service that will allow customers to track and control various aspects of their vehicles. The $10 per month service can be added to any Shared Data plan, and the device itself is available online and in U.S. Cellular stores today for $99.99 with a two-year agreement.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular have all rejected a smartphone “kill switch,” a technology proposed by Samsung that could render a smartphone inoperable. As the AP reports, the carriers said no to Samsung’s Absolute LoJack anti-theft technology, saying it presents hacker’s with an opportunity to disable someone’s phone.
Rep. Greg Walden (D-Ore.) has warned the FCC against limiting the participation of AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auctions through the use of spectrum caps. The Hill said that Rep. Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, told reporters that Congress might step in if it doesn’t like the FCC auction rules.
U.S. Cellular’s third-quarter revenue dipped 17 percent annually to $862 million and in turn, the company posted a net loss of $9 million for the quarter. On top of the dismal profit, U.S. Cellular reported losing a net 71,000 subscribers in the third quarter, attributing much of migration to issues with a new billing system.
Verizon Wireless intends to acquire some AWS-1 B Block licenses from U.S. Cellular. As Phone Scoop originally pointed out, Verizon has filed with the FCC to 20 MHz of AWS covering 53 counties in parts of Illinois and Missouri assigned from U.S. Cellular to Verizon. Verizon indicated it intends to put the spectrum—which covers St. Louis—to use in its LTE deployment.
Broadcom today announced a new C-DOCSIS system-on-a-chip (SoC) for Chinese operators to scale service deployments for more cost-efficient, competitive offerings. The new device expands on Broadcom's flagship C-DOCSIS silicon, the BCM3218, to provide Chinese operators with tailored offerings for their growing customer bases that scale effectively for smaller multiple-dwelling units (MDUs) with 50 to 200 users.
Customers of regional carrier U.S. Cellular can finally get their hands on an iPhone. The carrier announced it will begin carrying the iPhone 4S, 5C and 5S beginning November 8. A spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular said that pricing information for the devices will be announced in the coming days.
U.S. Cellular is getting into the bucket business with the announcement of its new shared data plans. The company has confirmed the plans for both consumers and business customers. The consumer plans all start with a $40 flat rate for each smartphone, $30 for each feature phone, $20 for each hotspot and $10 for each tablet, all including unlimited voice and text.
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.
ARM, a semiconductor IP supplier, and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement for the sale and transfer of Cadence PANTA display controller cores to ARM. The agreement enhances the companies’ long-standing ecosystem collaboration and strengthens their technical alignment.
Sprint is continuing to notify customers it acquired through the May 2013 transaction with U.S. Cellular that it plans to begin shutting down affected portions of the U.S. Cellular network. The shutdown will take effect for the St. Louis metropolitan area, including parts of Missouri and Illinois, on Oct. 31.
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.
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.
U.S. Cellular today announced that it will sell the majority of its Mississippi Valley 10MHz AWS spectrum license to T-Mobile USA for $308 million. The high-frequency spectrum, which is best for high-density areas, covers 32 million people in 29 markets in the Mississppi Valley...
Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) announced Saturday that Kenneth Meyers has been selected to take Mary Dillon's position as CEO of regional carrier, and TDS subsidiary, U.S. Cellular. Meyers has been executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of TDS...
Sprint on Friday announced that it had completed its purchase of 20MHz of PCS spectrum from U.S. Cellular that covers various Midwest markets, including Chicago, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Illinois. As part of the deal, Sprint also snagged 10MHz of PCS spectrum in the St. Louis market...
U.S. Cellular posted a net income of $4.9 million for its first quarter of 2013, down a considerable 97 percent from the $62.5 million it posted in the same quarter last year. Similarly, diluted EPS for the quarter sank to $0.06, down from the $0.73 EPS it posted in the first quarter of 2012.
Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.
Shares of Telephone Data and Systems Inc. fell Tuesday after the company posted a larger-than-expected fourth-quarter loss and announced the acquisition of Baja Broadband in New Mexico for $267.5 million. The owner of U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom, posted a loss of $41.9 million, or 39 cents per share, compared with a loss of $6.2 million, or 6 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2011.
Regional carrier U.S. Cellular, in conjunction with its partner, King Street Wireless, today announced a wave of new LTE markets. The company says that by the end of 2013, customers in more than 3,800 additional cities and towns will have access to LTE...
Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) announced today that it has completed the second phase of U.S. Cellular's LTE service. According to a press release, NSN has successfully launched an LTE network for U.S. Cellular and its partner, King Street Wireless...
U.S. Cellular is selling five top midwest markets including Chicago and St. Louis to Sprint for $480 million as it continues to fall further behind national competitors.