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Verizon Wireless Churn Ticks Up in Competitive 1Q

April 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Verizon's first-quarter earnings remained steady, Big Red's wireless division may finally be feeling the effects of an increasingly competitive market. Retail postpaid churn was up 6 basis points annually to 1.07 percent in the first quarter. Retail churn was 1.37 percent in the first quarter, up 7 basis points year over year.

FCC Approves T-Mobile's 700 MHz A Block Deal with Verizon

April 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today gave its blessing to T-Mobile's acquistion of a swatch of 700 MHz A Block spectrum...

FirstNews Briefs: ARRIS, MetroPCS, ZTE, MasterCard, Verizon

April 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ARRIS announced it acquired Mississauga, Ontario-based SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed...

Verizon Opens More Everything for Month-to-Month Customers

April 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that its existing month-to-month customers can now move to the...

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T-Mobile Challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to End Overage Charges

April 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers and it’s challenging AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit. The carrier claims that more than 20 million people in the U.S. were stuck with overage charges in 2013 and that the three biggest U.S. carriers raked in more than $1 billion combined off the practice.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers. Bloomberg reports the OEM is offering up to $600 in bonuses including PayPal vouchers—to use with the S5’s fingerprint scanner—as well free apps and a LinkedIn premium account.

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

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Samsung 1Q Profit Falls Short of Estimates

April 8, 2014 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

For the second consecutive quarter, Samsung’s profits fell short of analyst estimates. Samsung Tuesday predicted its first quarter operating profit would come in at 8.4 trillion won ($7.98 billion), falling just short of 8.5 trillion won ($8.07 billion) analyst consensus, according to Reuters.

U.S. Cellular Offering Device Financing, $350 ETF Bounty

April 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is also allowing customers to purchase a new device for $0 down on Simple Connect plans as well as the company’s Shared Data plans, now named Shared Connect plans. The Shared Connect plans are similar to AT&T's Next, Verizon Jump and T-Mobile's Edge plans, where customers make monthly payments towards the cost of the device on their wireless bill.

Verizon Buying Cincinnati Bell’s Spectrum for $210M

April 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cincinnati Bell today announced it is winding down its wireless network operations and selling its spectrum licenses and other assets to Verizon Wireless in a deal valued at $210 million. The regional operator, headquartered in Cincinnati, will lease back its spectrum from Verizon for a period of time while it shuts down its network operations and assists its customers in moving to Verizon or another wireless provider.

SmartWatch, Episode 4: T-Mo's Legere Opines on Everything from AWS to a New iPhone

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | Videos | Comments

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 Matches AT&T with New More Everything Promotion

April 2, 2014 5:48 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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.

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Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish Team Up to Plead Low-Band Spectrum Case to FCC

March 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 Rolls Out All New One, Coming to U.S. Carriers Today

March 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Video over LTE in March is Madness

March 21, 2014 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

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. 

U.S. Carriers Roll Out Pricing Details for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 21, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg and Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Q&A: CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry

March 19, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

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.

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Deutsche Telekom CEO Predicts Tough Time for T-Mobile in Spectrum Auctions

March 13, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 Fires Back at Verizon Over Canadian Auction Argument

March 13, 2014 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 Upgrading 2G Network to LTE, Renewing Map Wars

March 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Report: U.S. Cellular Raising Data Caps for Shared Plans

March 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 CEO Pans U.S. Wireless Market, Appoints New Regulatory Chief

March 11, 2014 5:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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. 

Masayoshi Son: I want to Be Number One

March 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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 Comments on Unlimited Sound Familiar

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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. 

Report: Global LTE Connections Hit 200 Million

March 10, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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. 

Verizon's Shammo Outlines Risks of EDGE Program

March 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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 Launches New Individual Mobile Share Plans: 2GB for $65

March 8, 2014 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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 Offers Up $20 Monthly Discount for Customers Bundling Wireless, FiOS

March 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Report: Wireless Networks Improving Overall, Verizon Tops

March 6, 2014 4:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

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