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AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile All Reject Smartphone Kill Switch

November 20, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

GOP Rep Warns FCC Against Spectrum Caps in Upcoming Auctions

November 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 Swings to 3Q Loss, Loses 71K Subscribers

November 1, 2013 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

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Verizon Getting More AWS Spectrum from U.S. Cellular

October 25, 2013 3:23 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

First News Briefs: InfoVista, U.S. Cellular, Broadcom, NSN

October 23, 2013 10:29 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

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.

U.S. Cellular Finally Gets the iPhone

October 21, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

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 Rolls Out Shared Data Plans

October 14, 2013 11:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Is it Worth Picking Sides in a Spectrum Auction?

October 9, 2013 12:18 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

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.

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First News Briefs: Siklu, Cisco, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, ARM

September 3, 2013 10:13 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

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.

First News Briefs: Sprint, Boingo, Movile, MobileHelp, EXFO

August 29, 2013 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

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.

MVNOs, M2M Driving Wholesale Connections at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

August 19, 2013 11:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Sprint, U.S. Cellular Slam AT&T’s Push for Package Bidding on H Block

August 7, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

T-Mo Snags AWS Spectrum from U.S. Cellular

June 28, 2013 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

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Dillon Leaves U.S. Cellular Post, Meyers Appointed CEO

June 24, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

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 Completes Spectrum Buy from U.S. Cellular, Gains 420,000 Customers

May 20, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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 Profits Down 92 Percent, 74K Postpaid Losses

May 3, 2013 9:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Telephone & Data Systems Shares Fall on 4Q Loss

February 26, 2013 11:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

U.S. Cellular Announces New LTE Markets

February 14, 2013 10:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

U.S. Cellular Completes Second Wave of LTE Rollout With Help from NSN

January 16, 2013 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

Sprint Buys US Cellular’s Midwest Markets for $480M

November 7, 2012 6:50 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

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.

Carriers Without iPhone 5 Place Hopes on Note II

September 19, 2012 7:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It looks like T-Mobile USA and U.S. Cellular are doing their best to compensate for lacking the iPhone.

Report: LTE Performance Tops All Other Network Technologies

August 23, 2012 7:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mobile customers on LTE devices see fewer data-related issues than do customers on 3G and HSPA+ or WiMAX devices, according to the a new study released today by J.D. Power and Associates.

U.S. Cellular: Finding Its Place

August 3, 2012 12:27 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Blogs | Comments

What is U.S. Cellular's brand identity, and why should customers pick it over a larger provider?

AT & T, T-Mobile Among New Spectrum Swaps

May 16, 2012 7:29 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Five wireless operators and one cable provider filed yesterday to swap various swaths of spectrum, reflecting larger moves within the industry to secure additional licenses for overburdened legacy networks and new LTE service.

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