Verizon today announced the completion of its deal to buy Vodafone’s 45-percent stake in Verizon Wireless. The monster $130 billion transaction finally gives Verizon sole ownership of Verizon Wireless. Verizon said the deal will be immediately accretive to its earnings per share by about 10 percent.
T-Mobile is allowing people who participate in its $10-a-month Jump program to upgrade their phones anytime, eliminating the previous limit of two upgrades a year. That's all good and fine, but there's a little bit of a catch involved...
Sprint announced that its new pricing program – Sprint Framily Plan -- is available to small business customers beginning Feb. 21 in Sprint retail stores and Sprint third-party dealers. Now small businesses can take advantage of the savings when adding new lines to a Framily group and get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for as little as $25 per month per line.
China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent are demonstrating their progress in the development of network functions virtualization (NFV) for mobile operators. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized LTE radio access network (RAN) Baseband Unit (BBU) and its virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) in a multi-vendor environment, the companies are showing how an open mobile cloud network can enhance agility, efficiency and scale.
Verizon Wireless today introduced new More Everything plans that raise the data caps on its shared plans and offer incentives for opting into the carrier’s Edge early upgrade program. As expected, Verizon seems to be responding to recent pricing moves from AT&T. More Everything plans are similar to AT&T’s recently announced shared data and early upgrade service discounts.
Nokia today announced the Lumia Icon, its new 5-inch Windows Phone flagship. Besides having a name that’s easier to remember than your typical Nokia, the Icon packs a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, full HD OLED display and Nokia’s 20MP Pureview camera.
Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis confirmed for Wireless Week that the carrier has long offered reduced rates for long-standing customers. She said there are a lot of caveats to qualify for the reduced rates and as such the plans are not advertised.
C Spire announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Callis Communications, a provider of cloud-based communications services for businesses. Based in Mobile, Alabama, Callis serves customers in key business markets across the Southeast. As part of the merger announced in December, Callis customers will gain access to additional products and services.
Democratic State Senator Mark Leno has proposed a bill that would require all smartphones and tablets sold in California to feature a kill switch, a user-activated theft deterrent. The bill would by Jan. 1, 2015 require manufacturers to include the function on all devices or face fines of up to $2,500 for each device sold without a kill switch, according to the New York Times.
AT&T has filed with the FCC for the assignment of Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) licenses from Cable One, a national TV, phone and broadband provider. The transaction would assign 20 MHz of AWS-1 spectrum covering 119 counties in 24 Cellular Market Areas to AT&T Mobility. The licenses cover a scattered selection of geographic areas from all over the country.
Although its overall score of 793 is slightly down from the 795 J.D. Power awarded it in August 2013, AT&T still came in first among its contract carrier competition. Verizon Wireless didn’t trail by much with an overall score of 788. T-Mobile managed to increase its overall score by 18 points over the previous study, giving it a 778 and moving it ahead of Sprint.
NYU WIRELESS announced that AT&T joined the university research center as an affiliate sponsor—a three-year commitment to collaborating on the next generation of mobile network technology. Their research aims to ensure that the telecommunications industry can stay ahead of the demands of its users, who are consuming data at an ever-increasing pace and scale.
Claiming progress in his goal to put the world at the fingertips of every American student, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to begin wiring more classrooms with high-speed Internet.
After AT&T's new Mobile Share plans went live Saturday, I am absolutely certain its customer care departments have heard of T-Mobile. I say this in reference to the Aug. 8, 2013 blog I wrote about a call I made to AT&T customer service.
AT&T's new plans start at $130 per month for two lines with 10 GB of data and unlimited talk and text. With the new plans, the carrier has dropped the monthly device charge to $15, regardless of the type of device. With other plans, smartphones incurred a $40 monthly charge, while basic messaging and feature phones were $20 per month.
The Justice Department being skeptical of a potential anti-trust-bending merger is not exactly news. It’s in theirs and the FCC’s job description to be skeptical of things like that. It would have really been news if the DOJ had indicated something like “Sure, go for it! Mergers are cool.”
Verizon is hoping to use the upcoming Super Bowl to showcase the power of LTE. The carrier is demoing LTE Broadcast technology that can make more efficient use of available bandwidth at large events. Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) is the technical specification that the 3GPP included Release 9 of LTE.
RacoWireless today unveiled the details of the latest version of its Omega Management Suite (OMS) platform, a device management platform. Omega Management Suite 3.0 delivers new features like subscriber insight, mobile support and multi-carrier support.
Verizon says its shareholders have approved its $130 billion deal to buy the 45 percent stake in its wireless division owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone. As part of the deal, Verizon will issue up to 1.28 billion shares of common stock to Vodafone shareholders. Vodafone Group PLC shareholders also approved the deal at a meeting held earlier Tuesday.
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo played it cool when asked about how his company will respond to T-Mobile’s recent “Un-Carrier” moves. “We are seeing a segment of our base that is responding to the competitive offers,” Shammo said, during a fourth quarter earnings call Tuesday that was broadcast online.
Verizon has agreed to acquire from Intel the assets of Intel Media, the company’s online TV service. Intel hopes this transaction will advance online TV availability by integrating with Verizon’s FiOS fiber service and extending over the top to mobile devices. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
NetZero today announced the nationwide launch of its mobile broadband service on Sprint’s CDMA network. The launch comes after NetZero in July 2013 signed a five-year agreement with Sprint. NetZero plans to expand its coverage to Sprint’s LTE network by the third quarter. Customers signing up now and buying a hotspot can try out the network free for up to a year.
A D.C. Circuit Court of Aopeals today struck down the FCC's Open Internet rules. The rules were aimed at ensuring that large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) couldn't discriminate against the types of traffic carried over their networks.
T-Mobile appears to be succeeding at holding onto its postpaid subscribers. Just 15.4 percent of T-Mobile postpaid respondents surveyed in a recent Cowen and Company report said they were looking to switch carriers. That's a huge drop from the 42.9 percent T-Mobile respondents who said they were looking to switch in the third quarter.
Say what you will about T-Mobile’s recent moves, the company has managed to rattle a cage or two lately. While there’s undoubtedly a certain amount of smoke and mirrors involved, the 4.4 million net customer additions the carrier reported for 2013 can’t be denied.