In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we get special insights from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a number of recent happenings. From Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s recent trip to CCA in San Antonio to rumors of a new iPhone, John Legere has something to say about all of it.
Verizon Wireless today quietly adjusted its More Everything plans with cuts that bring its offering more in line with rival AT&T. Verizon's MORE Everything plans now bring monthly per-line smartphone access fees down to $15 for those customers who subscribe to Verizon's Edge upgrade program.
Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network are teaming up to ensure smaller carriers can get their hands on low-band spectrum. Along with the Competitive Carriers Association and advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, the group is lobbying the FCC to adopt rules in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions that will benefit carriers other than AT&T and Verizon, who together hold the majority of available below-1 GHz spectrum licenses.
HTC today announced its new One smartphone at events in New York and London. The phone will see U.S. release at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile within the first few weeks of April. But starting today, customers will be able to buy the phone online from all the carriers mentioned. Verizon will have the phone available in-store starting today.
On Thursday, I tuned in to the Wisconsin Badger's first game in the NCAA basketball tournament on a Nokia Icon from Verizon. The phone was a review unit, so I didn't watch for long, but I have to admit that I was impressed by the quality of the picture. In fact, I had a little bit of an epiphany around video on mobile.
Whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 shapes up to be the blockbuster its predecessor was remains to be seen. But carriers have already begun pre-orders and special promotions for the 5.1-inch smartphone (due April 11) and the trio of wearables Samsung is sending out alongside it.
CCA Global Expo is less than a week away and CEO Steven K. Berry is seeing more wireless carriers registered for this CCA than any prior event. The show, running March 25-28 in San Antonio, will feature keynotes from FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Roger Sherman and Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Ahead of the show, Wireless Week spoke with Berry about the policy issues on members’ minds and the impact from CCA’s biggest members.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges anticipates T-Mobile will have trouble competing with the likes of AT&T and Verizon in the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auctions. Hoettges told the Wall Street Journal that T-Mobile can’t be the “alibi” for an “oligopolistic market in the U.S.” and said that consolidation is the “best option” for getting around that.
T-Mobile has returned volley to Verizon in a war of words over whether Canada’s successful 700 MHz spectrum auction proves spectrum aggregation limits are suitable for the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive auctions. T-Mobile has continually advocated for below-1 GHz spectrum aggregation limits to be applied to the FCC’s 600 MHz auction.
T-Mobile today revealed its plans to repurpose its entire 2G/EDGE GSM network and deploy LTE on that spectrum. The carrier plans to complete 50 percent of the transition by the end of 2014 and to substantially finish the rest of the project in 2015. T-Mobile has also issued a cease and desist order to Verizon, demanding the carrier stop with its LTE network coverage map advertising.
U.S. Cellular this week will reportedly raise the data caps on its shared plans, in some cases more than doubling the allotted amount. The $40 plan will jump from 300MB to 1GB, the $50 plan will jump from 1GB to 2GB and the $60 plan will jump from 2GB to 3GB. U.S. Cellular will also introduce a $15 price point for 300MB and a new $60 single line plan with 1GB, according to a document Droid Life published.
SoftBank Corp. president and CEO Masayoshi Son pleads his case for more consolidation in the United States. Son delivered a speech in Washington D.C. Tuesday, where he pledged more competition and mobile broadband speeds up to 200 Mbps via Sprint's Spark initiative.
Ahead of his speech Tuesday before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SoftBank President and CEO Masayoshi Son said he is prepared to start a "massive price war" should regulators give their blessing to a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter sounded a lot like AT&T and Verizon executives prior to doing away with their unlimited plans, claiming that a disprioportionately small number of users consumes a very larger percentage of the data.
Trade association 4G Americas Monday released a report conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media that shows there were approximately 200 million LTE connections in Decemeber 2013. The United States and Canada accounted for fifty percent of those connections.
Device financing programs are all the rage these days, but they aren't with out their risks. Verizon CFO Fran expects to see more device upgrades this year, especially as users take advantage of the company's new EDGE program, which allows users to upgrade as often as every 30 days.
AT&T Saturday announced a new Mobile Share Value plan that starts at $65 for 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text. The new plan amounts to $15 per-month savings from existing plans. According to a press release the new plans will be available to customers beginning on Sunday. Customers who select the plan can add an additional smartphone to the plan for an additional $25.
Verizon is offering a total of $20 monthly discounts to customers who sign up for at least one smartphone service plan and the FiOS Quantum Triple Play option. The limited time deal, running March 7 through April 19, grants $10 per month off each bill and promises two-year contract savings of up to $480.
Wireless networks are becoming more reliable across the board according to a new the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study released Thursday. The study, which evaluates wireless customers' most recent usage activities in calling, messaging and data, found that overall wireless network quality remained flat...
The FCC today deemed Alaskan telecom General Communications eligible for $41.4 million in grant money to build out 3G and 4G mobile broadband in underserved rural areas. The money, coming as part of the FCC’s Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, will go toward serving 37,000 people across 48 communities in Alaska.
Speaking at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter and CTO Neville Ray were optimistic about the LTE network potential of the spectrum. Ray said the A Block licenses cover 158 million POPs and that T-Mobile should have devices supporting 700 MHz LTE by the fourth quarter.
The mobile wallet is an idea that seems to eternally be 12 to 18 months out, but not for lack of interest. According to a recent Yankee Group report, fully two-third of consumers surveyed are interested in mobile wallets. However, just 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months.
“Proponents of restricting Verizon and AT&T have failed to present economic evidence proving that the FCC should adopt rules that disadvantage Verizon and AT&T in the Incentive Auction. There is nothing learned from the Canadian experience that cures that failure,” Verizon wrote in the filing.
RootMetrics today released its most recent survey of wireless networks in the United States, which crowned Verizon Wireless best over performer. Verizon Chief Technology Officer Nicola Palmer held a short call with media this morning to discuss the results of the survey.
Verizon Wireless is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's data management platform throughout its network, helping to support the carrier's LTE expansion. The Alcatel-Lucent Subscriber Data Manager (SDM), part of the company's IMS Subsystem portfolio of technologies, will help support the expansion of Verizon's LTE services by centralizing multiple application databases.